College Resources For Students
- FAFSA.gov (Federal Student Aid – grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school)
- The SAT (the Scholastic Aptitude Test – information on registering, SAT practice, SAT subject tests, and more)
- The Common Application (a website offering a college admissions application that is accepted by nearly 700 American colleges and universities)
- The MCAT (the Medical College Admission Test – obtain information on the MCAT and register for the test)
Education Websites For Teaching Professionals
- DigitalLiteracy.US (an award-winning website of resources for teachers and professionals in the education industry)
Education-Focused Twitter Feeds
The U.S. public school system is immense in size. It is an essential component in building a stable future for America’s youth and also a strong U.S. economy. Many Americans have been educated in the public school system as well as in State colleges and universities where tuition and fees were more affordable for in-state residents.
In K-12 public schools, meeting funding challenges has been difficult for taxpayers. While this challenge remains a distinct concern, America’s schools persevere in meeting the educational needs of their children, teens, and young adults. The success of the public school system is based on the enormous collective effort of hundreds of thousands of teachers, support staff, school administrators, and governmental leaders.
Critics, many of whom make valid points, suggest that the public school system has been negatively impacted by the gradual disempowering of educators in the classroom. What remains a universal truth is that teachers must be allowed to effectively manage their classroom and to create an environment that is fully conducive to learning. School Principals and area Superintendents must also be allowed to craft policies and procedures for running local public schools without undue interference from groups that ultimately undermine the authority of career educators.
For over 100 years, the public school system has served a vital role in the cognitive and emotional development of America’s youth. The rapid emergence of quality private schools has been a natural extension of the need for additional education options. Private schools offer unique benefits of their own, and they are meeting the growing need for a different type of structured learning environment. Both public and private schools shape the future of America by shaping the young minds that will one day lead the country.
Common Lit is one of my new all time favorite READING sites. First and foremost it is free to teachers. Materials are rigorous and relevant in a user friendly format. It is a unique resource available to promote critical thinking. It has an amazing collection of texts and even features paired texts which allows students to explore enduring themes. It aligns with Common Core standards and brings an immediate benefit to teachers and students. I am finding it a new “go to” resource and my students really love it!…
Word Hippo is an online dictionary/thesaurus which offers a wide range of other tools including opposites, rhyming words, translation, and lots more besides.
There are probably other sites which offer the same or similar features, but I liked the simplicity of Word Hippo. The example sentences function is particularly useful for students and teachers who want to see how words are used in context.…
The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You’ll understand language in a powerful new way.
Say you have a meaning in mind, like “happy.” The VT helps you find related words, from “cheerful” to “euphoric.” The best part is the VT works like your brain, not a paper-bound book. You’ll want to explore just to see what might happen. You’ll discover — and learn — naturally and intuitively. You’ll find the right word, write more descriptively, free associate — and gain a more precise understanding of the English language.
With the Visual Thesaurus, you can:
- Find the right word. The VT has over 145,000 English words and 115,000 meanings. Find the word