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Ten Myths of Reading Instruction
General Topic: Reading
Scope: Research-based information about reading instruction
Cost for Access: None
Comments: An excellent jumping off point for reading up on reading.
 
Vicki Blackwell's Internet Guide for Educators
General Topic: Resources and Skills Development
Scope: An essential collection of links and resources for teachers. Great web sites are categorized into 70 different groups. There are multiple templates to speed classroom practices and a variety of tips and tutorials for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Timeliner.
Cost for Access: None
Comments: This site is regularly updated.
 
Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers
General Topic: ESL/ELL
Scope: This site covers every aspect of second language instruction. Lesson plans are organized by themes.
Cost for Access: None
Comments: This site is available in both French and English.
 
Teacher Talks Forum
General Topic: Collaboration and Mentorship
Scope: Over 80,000 registered users are waiting to chat about education.
Cost for Access: None
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WebQuest
General Topic: Project Based Learning
Scope: Webquests matter in education and these sites provide many of the tools you need to understand a webquest and prepare one that help students scaffold through the skills needed in a hypermedia realm.
Cost for Access: None
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Scholastic Write It!
General Topic: Written Language
Scope: This site will take students through each step of the writing process and vary for the type of writing: poetry, essay, short fiction, memoir or humor.
Cost for Access: None
Comments: Student work can also be published on the Scholastic site.
 
NWREL
General Topic: Educational Research
Scope: Wide variety of topics are addressed with white papers and current research, including 6 Traits Writing.
Cost for Access: None
Comments: There are some paid resources available, but start with what they offer for free.
 
Google Scholar
General Topic: Research
Scope: Enter a topic and Google will do a search through scholarly sources. This will speed your quest for the latest information on an research topic.
Cost for Access: None
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National Teacher Enhancement Network (MSU)
General Topic: Science Content Development for Teachers
Scope: Teachers can study small chunks of science content online.
Cost for Access: None
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The Jason Foundation
General Topic: Science Content Development for Teachers
Scope: Teachers can study science content online.
Cost for Access: None
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