FREE RESOURCES AND DOWNLOADS
The internet can certainly be a rabbit hole sometimes and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of information available. How do you know which site to go to? Which is the best platform to use? Where do you start? As teachers, to have more time is often our biggest wish. Here, we aim to help you take control of it!
Remember, you don’t have to go to all links at once. We have included the link to the resource as well as a description so you know what you will be stepping into (or not). We have had a good look around each of the sites below and found them to be packed with educational gold so feel free to explore. If you have a favourite site that is not included here, feel free to comment and we will be happy to add it to the collection.
This is the official Granted Education Facebook page. Jump on over and check it out!
Hundreds of hands-on, wellbeing activities to help kids (and adults) navigate stressful and uncertain times. This site is seriously good and I have used it regularly in my classroom.
Our New School Life
When the World Stayed Home
Supporting individuals with Autism through uncertain times is a great article that offers practical ways to help support not only autistic students, but neurotypical kids as well. Considering our current Covid-19 reality, this could be really helpful for both kids as well as adults who are struggling to function in our ‘new normal’ situation.
Ready to go lessons, ideas and tools, including activities that are designed with Autism kids in mind. While this page may look ugly, the activities within it are actually really good, so check out the activities before you rule it out. Unfortunately, you are unable to view the activity before choosing to download it, but you can easily delete it if it doesn’t suit you. It looks like most of these activities are hands-on and great to do in the physical classroom, so if you are looking for things to do during the Covid-19 digital land, I would probably bypass this one.
ASAP Science makes learning fun for kids! It’s a YouTube channel that answers interesting questions from a scientific point of view. Use it as a lesson starter to get student’s brains ticking, or to help deliver a dry topic. Questions like: Why do we yawn? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Where 21st century teaching strategies are a piece of cake!
Silent Classroom Fidgets is a fantastic resource when you need tools for keeping kids focused on doing their work. These great little gadgets give your kids something to fidget with, without distracting them from their task at hand. Tapping, clicking their pen, and all the other things that drive you bonkers! Win-win!
Printable puzzlemakers to make your own worksheets – word search, maths squares, mazes. I use this one all the time!
Make your own customisable and printable comics! This is an awesome site and I use it to provide graphical information on my worksheets. It also gives an opportunity for colouring in (who doesn’t love to colour in?) and helps cater to your visual learners.
This site has a heap of IT resources to use in the classroom, like – SMS generator (you could use this in English to have a conversation with a famous author), QR code generator, timer, fishbone diagrams, twister (create a fake tweet from a fictional character), Venn diagram templates, auto citation for references … and more.
This is a collection of websites and apps that are great to create visual timelines. These would be handy in any subject and I’ve used some of them in Science to show geology over time as well as the history of the universe. The website itself is also a great repository of educational technology solutions.
These free videos are awesome at explaining Maths & Science concepts. I regularly refer my students to this site if they are revising or studying. The Khan Academy website also provides FREE educational courses for maths and science. They pride themselves on the fact that they will never charge for access.
This is a collection of resources to help make literacy learning fun & interactive.
Bloxorz – this is a game that uses problem solving and spatial awareness. The kids absolutely love playing it and it’s a great way to warm up before a maths session. It needs flash to run, so it may not be appropriate for tablets and ipads.
Google skills test – These challenges are a great way to get your students to put their Google skills to the test.
Google Feud – this is an awesomely fun game that can be used in teams to guess what the next search term would be for the category. Check it out but be warned IT’S ADDICTIVE and the kids will probably bug you all the time to play it! Rocking the 21st century teaching strategies!
18 things a 21st century teacher SHOULD be able to do and HOW to do them – here’s a lifehack article that contains hyperlinks to show you how to get your 21st century teaching strategies up to scratch!
Comic font creator – this is awesome for creating interesting looking titles for worksheets. The images can be downloaded immediately and are free to use! I use this a lot because the standard fonts in the Microsoft suite are “very 90’s looking” as my daughter would say (apparently this is not a good thing)!
Google Scholar – I use it to show the kids how to read through journal article abstracts to see if the article is relevant to their research. It’s a great search engine & for journals, published papers and the higher end research. It’s awesome for up to date education research also!
TES Australia – Share & download worksheets, lesson plans and activities for both primary & secondary classrooms! You need to sign up, but it’s free & then you have access to all the great resources – it’s worth it.
Edpuzzle – create flipped learning where questions can be embedded and encourage the learner to engage with the content. You can create your own videos or use existing YouTube clips. You can also track to see how your students go on the questions and work on mastery by requiring them to get the questions correct before moving on. I use this quite a lot in my classroom!
www.classdojo.com – this is a great resource to use to reward positive behaviour