Top 30 Educational Web Sites

Top 30 Educational Web Sites
June 1, 2000



Here's a handy mini-guide to some of the best educational Web sites on the Internet. The selections contain a wealth of instructional information and activities for students, parents, and educators. Included are a lot of neat freebie sites that have tons of free items for parents and teachers. Many of the rated sites have excellent lesson plans, online curriculum, and free online reference materials. Have fun and happy surfing for your students!


Sponsor Website URL Description Free or Fee Ease of Use Overall Rating
For Children, Parents, and Teachers
Bigchalk.com, Inc. http://www.bigchalk.com student, parent, and teacher learning activities Free, some fee-based A A
Brittannica.com, Inc. http://www.britannica.com one-stop source for excellent reference information Free, some items for purchase A+ A+
Classroom Connect http://www.classroom.com nice classroom educational resources free A+ A+
Discovery Communications http://school.discovery.com World Book online, lesson plans, links free, some items for purchase A A+
Ednow.com http://www.ednow.com hodgepodge of many educational links Free B A
History Happens http://ushistory.com Excellent U.S. history resources Free A A
Houghton-Mifflin http://www.eduplace.com great K-8 resources and fun edugames free A+ A+
Lightspan Partnership, Inc http://www.studyweb.com comprehensive collection of subject resources Free A A+
Lightspan.com http://www.lightspan.com comprehensive online curriculum K-6 Fee, some free resources A+ A+
Math.com, LLC. http://www.math.com math tips, tutorials, homework help Free, some fee services B+ A
Maui Office of Technology, University of Hawaii http://www.motted.hawaii.edu excellent online quiz software 25 free quizzes, fee for more A A
Microsoft Education http://www.microsoft.com/education online curriculum, lesson plans, excellent tutorials Free and some fee-based A+ A+
Phyllis DiBianco http://home.computer.net/~dibianco/index.html curriculum and lesson plans for K-12 teachers, parents and students. Free A A+
Riverdeep Interactive Learning http://www.riverdeep.net Online curriculum, English, science, math Fee, some free A A+
South Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium http://www.4kids.org homework help page, safe websites for children free A+ A
Women.com Networks http://www.familyplay.com Fun activities for the family Free A A
ZapMe! Corp. http://www.zapme.com numerous educational resources free A A
For Parents and Teachers
About.com http://freebies.about.com/shopping/freebies freebie items for parents and teachers free (look under Subjects heading) A+ A+
Creative Classroom Publishing, LLC http://www.creativeclassroom.com nifty teacher tips and strategies Free A A
FamilyEducation Network http://www.familyeducation.com nice parent's site for educational resources Free B+ A
Free Things for Educators http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Oaks/9122 great collection of freebies for teachers Free A A+
PowerSchool.com, Inc. http://www.powerschool.com online grades, administrative software Fee A A
South Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium http://www.4teachers.org neat online tools for educators free A A
Classroom Connect (Connected University) http://cu.classroom.com/logon.asp excellent online staff development Fee A+ A+
Epylon.com, Corporation http://epylon.com researching, comparing and purchasing products and services online Free A A
Extra Credit For Schools, Inc. Fundraiser for schools using consumer purchases Free A+ A+
SchoolPop, Inc. http://www.schoolpop.com Fundraiser for schools using consumer purchases Free A+ A+
Shopforschool http://www.shopforschool.com Fundraiser for schools using consumer purchases Free A+ A+
Strohl Systems Group, Inc. http://www.planetstrohl.com school safety plans and crisis response plans Fee A A
WebEd, Inc. http://www.webed.com Professional staff development Fee B

Russell Smith is an award-winning journalist and educator in Texas. He welcomes comments at http:/www.fairuse.com.