Thursday, January 1, 2015

Best Educational Websites for 2015

Brand new website--elegant, efficient--never anything like it before. Great for parents and educators all. This site is so innovative, it will be an amazing, positive force for the Special Needs community.

About Understood 

From this site:

Parents want the best for their children. We do, too. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.
With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.

About MindShift 

From this Site:

Launched in 2010 by KQED and NPR, MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions, covering cultural and technology trends, innovations in education, groundbreaking research, education policy, and more.   

Teaching Channel 

From this site:

Teaching Channel is a thriving online community where teachers can watch, share, and learn diverse techniques to help every student grow.

Free Technology for Teachers


From this site:

Our Vision

Our vision is of a new world of learning, a place where students and parents, teachers and administrators, policy makers and the people they serve are all empowered to change education for the better; a place where schools provide rigorous project-based learning, social-emotional learning, and access to new technology; a place where innovation is the rule, not the exception; a place where students become lifelong learners and develop 21st-century skills, especially three fundamental skills:
  • how to find information;
  • how to assess the quality of information;
  • how to creatively and effectively use information to accomplish a goal.

From this site:

Edudemic was created in 2010 and has since grown into one of the most popular destinations to cover teaching, learning, and how technology positively shapes our education.
We publish these types of stories:
  • Research and evidence-driven strategies for professional and self-improvement
  • Expert guides and how-tos for the newest education apps
  • News re-caps of the most important updates for each week
  • Compilations of the most useful edtech tools and tips
  • Reviews of valuable and innovative products for educators
  • Special features such as college reports

Edudemic’s new mission (2014-beyond)

In 2014 Edudemic re-focused its efforts and took on a new mission:
Create awesome students.
With this change, our core audience includes educators, administrators, teachers, parents, and now students.

Teach Thought

From the site:

Who We Are
TeachThought, LLC is a progressive learning brand dedicated to supporting educators in evolving learning for a 21st century audience.
Most visibly, this starts with thought leadership and practical solutions for K-20 teachers via the TeachThought blog. It then extends to our design of learning models, curricula, technology, apps, and other learning tools to experiment with a combination of utopic opining and data-driven and research-supported thinking.
TeachThought is primarily interested in exploring new learning models, including blended learning, project-based learning, self-directed learning, and the role of play in learning while also supporting existing K-20 educators as they seek to improve their own craft in practice today. So, a balance of reality and possibility.

Well, these should get you started!

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