Jane Mitchinson shared this great mind mapping WBLT to get your students' creative and organizational juices flowing.   This site allows students to create up to 3 mind maps for free.  There is a discounted educational membership that you can purchase for unlimited mind maps and other add-ons.

Google has a ton of WBLTs for educators and learners and this one has me gasping at its beauty and usefulness.  The Google Art Project has a vast array of art in all mediums that you can zoom in so close that you can actually see the texture and techniques.  Viewers can create their own collections for comparison--a great way for students to do research for art projects
Part of what I teach includes design and colour theory and this websites allows budding designers to create a personal palette before they design either on the computer or on paper.  Why by that huge box of markers when you don't know if you're going to use them?  This site allows you to teach colour theory on a variety of levels.
Need a free new daybook? Try going digital by using the website, Planboard.  It  not only allows you to track and   plan for your students, but it  allows you to add curriculum  expectations from various  provinces and states with  a click of a box.  It also allows you to share it by email:  great for sudden absences.

WBLTs

‚ÄčWeb based learning tools are often free and are great tools for  educators to add to the teaching pencil case.  Some of these I personally used or I was just impressed and could recognize other subjects and grade levels benefiting from their use.  Please let me know if there are any others I should add this growing list.

Quizlet offers both educators and learners a way to create their own flash cards for memorization.  These cards can be shared and the website even offers a mobile app to add to your android or iDevice.  Rote memory studying is hard but here's a tool that can be used both in and out of the classroom.

I originally thought that Google Earth was just for geography teachers, but there are so many different ways that you learn from this site.   Google Lit Trips allows you to explores books and authors as if you're falling behind him/her.  What a great way to  explore an author or character.  Google earth also allows you to view areas based on the year.  Try this feature by Googling Rome and enjoy exploring ancient Rome today.  This site can also be used as a virtual field trip and it doesn't cost anything!


I'm not a science teacher, but I wish there was this WBLT when I was studying chemistry.   This not only is a great visual for studying but it also gives various information for students of all levels.  It even has links to videos and other resources.

I've been a fan of the National Geographic since I was a little girl, but as an educator, I think they've produced a really well thought out educational resource.   This site is well organized with units, lesson plans and resources for all grade levels from pre-K to post secondary.  This site isn't just for geography teachers but science and social science teachers as well.  I would use this site as a com tech teacher for students to analyze their videos and photographs alone.
Edmodo provides teachers  with a free private class web page  that looks a lot like a common social media site that studentsare familiar with. This site  offers two-way communication with students as well as the option for parents to have a parental account to follow assignments and other  postings.  Assignments, quizes and polls options can also be used

I happen to love grammar books, but there never seems to be one  present when I need it.  What was that rule about dangling modifiers?  Share this site with your colleagues and students so that they can find that answer to their burning writing question.  

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