Copyright and Schools
This website gives helpful information about how to go about using resources and follow the copyright laws.
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Writing Help /Research Help Websites
A Research Guide
We're here to help you write your research papers. Scholars and librarians have collated some of the best resources for literary research and we have the latest styleguides to guide you through footnoting, referencing and bibliographies. Explore our in-depth resources for key literary works or visit our ask & answer section to submit your research dilemmas.
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Generate citations in MLA, APA & Chicago formats for your bibliography
Save hours by making a Works Cited page automatically!
Grammarly makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.
Catches what spell checkers, grammar checkers, and human editors miss
The Hemingway App
Want to make your written content easier to read? Paste your content into this free web app, and it'll assess your writing and identify opportunities to make it simpler.
A website dedicated to helping define plagiarism and how to avoid it and cite resources properly.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
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SAS Writing Navigator
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Helps students evaluate a website to figure out whether it is a reliable resource or not.
Son of a Citation Machine
Citation Machine™ automatically generates citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, and thousands more!
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Alabama Virtual Library
The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources are available to every student and citizen of Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state. (Information from The Technology Initiatives Fact Sheet)
Helps students find relevant research articles for their research paper or project.
This website helps students and researchers evaluate websites by taking them through a step by step questionning process to help decide whether a resource is credible or not.
The preeminent internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.
This website helps build vocabulary for all students of all levels. It has interactive quizzes.
Great reference website for students looking for information on how to cite research sources in the correct format. They have the MLA, ALA, and Chicago styles and the different categories.
Gives information about Plagiarism, the consequences of it, and how to prevent it.
From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this website offers more information on how to prevent plagiarism in your research work.
Online presentation maker. It is free and can be accessed from any computer with internet access.
From the Ted-Ed website:
"There are two types of TED-Ed lessons. The first, TED-Ed’s award-winning original lessons, represent collaborations between expert educators, screenwriters and animators. Each collaboration aims to capture and amplify a great lesson idea suggested by the TED community. The second type of TED-Ed lesson can be created by any website visitor, and involves adding questions, discussion topics and other supplementary materials to any educational video on YouTube. Both types of TED-Ed lessons are used regularly – in classrooms and homes – to introduce new topics to learners in an exciting, curiosity-inspiring way."
From the Homepage:
"Teacher.org is dedicated to supporting teachers. From providing free lesson plans to mapping out teacher discounts, we want to help teachers thrive in and out of the classroom. We are committed to assisting teachers in order to foster deeper engagement and opportunities for students to excel. We want to do our part in making the lives of today's busy teachers a bit easier.
That is why we offer a wide range of free teacher tools and resources. Ranging from sensitive topics such as religion and holidays to professional development, our Teacher Guides and Articles will help new and current teachers tackle the art of teaching. Our Lesson Plans for Teachers are engaging and based on standards, so that teachers can easily incorporate them into an existing curriculum. The Teacher Discounts section will help you save your hard earned money as you make purchases for yourself or your students. The Scholarships for Teachers section is a great tool for anyone who is continuing their education."
This is an online flyer maker. You can link to your flyer online, on pinterest, and other social media outlets. You can also print your flyer and spread your information the old fashioned way!
ALEX- Alabama Learning Exchange
ALEX is the free, state educational Web portal designed to provide the best, high-quality resources and one-stop shopping for Alabama's teachers, principals, parents, and students. Over 38,000 Web-based interactives and panel-reviewed Alabama Teacher lesson plans linked to Alabama's official Courses of Study are available for all teachers to use in their classrooms immediately. This award-winning Web portal contains a wealth of additional resources to enhance learning in every content area--all digital, all online, all completely Alabama's. (Information from Alabama's Technology Initiative Fact Sheet)
Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, & Students Statewide(ACCESS)
ACCESS is a statewide distance learning initiative that uses technology to deliver free, high-quality multimedia courses to students in Grades 8-12 across the state of Alabama, regardless of where they attend school. This program provides access to high-quality instruction by certified and highly-qualifed teachers; a statewide network infrastructure that delivers quality learning opportunities through quality of service deliver; cutting edge technology and additional multimedia and tools to enable teachers to enhance instruction; and a wide range of courses that are available to relatively few Alabama students today. Course offerings include basic core courses, advanced and honors courses, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, dual credit courses, electives, and remediation and supplemental resources. These courses are taught via the Web, interactive videoconferencing, and a unique blended approach that seeks to addresses the individual learning styles of all students. (Information from the Alabama Technology Initiatives Fact Sheet).
Educator iPad Apps
This website is a great reference site for teachers and students to research apps that are mostly free to use on their iPad, iPod, iTouch, devices.
Technology in Motion
Technology in Motion (TiM) provides FREE onsite job-embedded professional development for teachers to promote the use of technology in teaching and learning. The program offers services, materials and training that support teachers' professional growth in effective teaching practices, the creation of technology-rich learning environments and project-based learning.
HippoCampus is a free educational resource provided by ACCESS Distance Learning for teachers to support online, blended, and classroom instruction. Teachers may search across disciplines, link to the NROC-hosted media from within a LMS, or use the tools at the site to customize a version for their own students. HippoCampus allows teachers to:
- Browse the contents of a course, including readings, assignments, and assessments
- Search for multimedia course content using a standard text search
- Create their own HippoCampus site with custom subject and textbook lists, bookmarks, and announcements
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Intel Teach is a proven, worldwide professional development program that helps educators enhance 21st Century learning through the effective use of technology. The program delivers a range of offerings which includes both in person and online instruction and incorporates relevant and useful online tools and resources. The program promotes 21st century learning skills critical for student success in today's knowledge economy: skills such as digital literacy, problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. (Information from the Alabama Technology Initiatives Fact Sheet).
Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC)
AETC is a state technology conference dedicated to the professional development of educators. The conference features nationally-known and home-grown experts that deliver presentations and hands-on workshops on current topics in the use of instructional technology. Additionally, the conference hosts one of the largest vendor shows in Alabama featuring state-of-the-art hardware and software for education. (Information from the Alabama Technology Initiatives Fact Sheet).
eLearning Alabama is Alabama's implementation of the e-Learning for Educators Initiative, a project initially funded through a federal Ready to Teach grant and multi-state collaboration between nine state education agencies and associated public broadcast stations, eLearning Alabama partners are Alabama Department of Education (Technology in Motion/ACCESS) and Alabama Public Television. eLearning uses a Web-based model to provide effective professional development that leads to gains in teachers' content knowledge, improvements in their teaching practices, and increases in the achievement of their students. (Information from Alabama Technology Initiatives Fact Sheet)
ALMO- Alabama Library Media Online
The Alabama Department of Education advocates exemplary school librarians and library media programs in public schools in Alabama to ensure that students, faculty, and staff have access "to information that is appropriate to student development and features diversity in perspective, format, and interest"(Literacy Partners, 1999, hope. 3) This website has been developed to provided librarians throughout the state with valuable resources needed as a School Librarian and a resource for questions on library issues. (Information from Alabama's Technology Intiative Fact Sheet).
Alabama State Technology Plan 2007-2012
The Alabama State Technology Plan 2007-2012 was adopted by the State Board of Education on October 12, 2006. As Alabama enters the new millennium, we must integrate new technologies into learning environments wherever students are actively engaged in dynamic, vibrant learning activities with other "learners". It is with this idea in mind that the IMPACT (Indicators for Measuring Progress in Advancing Classroom Technology) document was created. The purpose of the IMPACT document is to make recommendations for all stakeholders' effective use and integration of technology in the classroom and to provide guidelines for the creation of a unified technological infrastructure that supports 21st Century learning. This document can be found on the SDE website at the link listed.
Best History Reference Websites
This website has a great list of reputable website to research Historical topics.
Smithsonian History Explorer
From the "About" Page:
"Smithsonian's History Explorer was developed by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning American history.
The site is designed for use by K-12 teachers and students, afterschool program providers, families, and individuals interested in lifelong learning.
History Explorer's resources focus on learning history by "reading" objects for the stories they hold about the nation and its many peoples. Learning activities feature artifacts selected from over 3 million items in the Museum's collections, and draw on the expertise of the Museum's renowned curatorial staff."
From the Website: "Discovery Education offers free student resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom. We invite you to take a look at our interactive games, videos, contests, virtual labs and activities designed to help you dive deeper into a topic —and have fun too!"
Great Resource for Online Learning and Reviewing of Mathematical Concepts
Synopsis from Concordia University Online (http://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/e-learning/websites-that-help-students-with-high-school-math/): "It does not have a catchy name, but Math.com has everything needed for a website that assists students with help in high school math. This site is easy to navigate with a drop-down menu on the side that contains choices for every subject of mathematics studied on a high school level. The site also includes a section where teachers may find information for lesson plans and a multitude of classroom resources. There is another section for parents who need help from the website’s homework directory for their child."
From the Website:
Math planet is an online community where one canstudy math for free. Take our high school math courses in Pre-algebra,Algebra 1, Algebra 2 andGeometry. We have also prepared practice tests for the SAT and ACT. All material is focused on US high school math but since math is the same all over the world we welcome everybody to study math with us - it is all for free
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"S.O.S. MATHematics is your free resource for math review material from Algebra to Differential Equations!
The perfect study site for high school, college students and adult learners. Get help to do your homework, refresh your memory, prepare for a test, ....
Browse our more than 2,500 Math pages filled with short and easy-to-understand explanations. Click on one of the following subject areas: Algebra, Trigonometry,Calculus, Differential Equations, Complex Variables, Matrix Algebra, or Mathematical Tables.
You can find topics ranging from simplifying fractions to the cubic formula, from the quadratic equation to Fourier series, from the sine function to systems of differential equations - this is the one stop site for your math needs.
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Great resource for online review of scientific concepts
Ten Cool Websites for Environmental Science for Teachers and Students
From "About the Website"
Exploratorium Ten Cool Sites is a collection of cool, interactive sites from the Web, hand-picked by the Exploratorium.
Ten Criteria for Ten Cool
Any site included in the Ten Cool section should have a “yes” answer to at least five of these questions:
Does the site:
- Have a content focus on a science subject?
- Provide educational information or materials?
- Display new or provocative use of web technology?
- Cover historical or current events that relate to science, art, technology, or culture?
- Encourage thought and discussion about science, art, culture, technology, or current events?
- Remain free of commercialism (no pop-ups, few if any ads, no excessive personal info gathering or product promotion)?
- Draw you into the subject matter in an unusual way?
- Give visitors access to interesting information or data in a comprehensible way?
- Provide an unusually compelling interface and/or graphic design?
- Allow visitors to interact or contribute to each other’s efforts?
Discovery Education for Science
Discovery Education offers free student resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom. We invite you to take a look at our interactive games, videos, contests, virtual labs and activities designed to help you dive deeper into a topic —and have fun too!