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Top Ten Websites of 2011

Every week, I post a website that my classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with me about; others not so much. Here, I’ll share with you

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Top Ten Websites of 2011

which sites readers thought were the most helpful in their efforts to weave tech into the classroom experience. Between these ten, they had over 80,000 visitors during the year. See if you agree:

  1. Great Kids Websites–this is a list of hundreds, organized by grade and topic. It’s no surprise it came in at #1
  2. 20 Great Research Websites for Kids–I suggest you post these sites where students can easily access them. I have them on the internet start page that’s the first site students see when they open the internet. This was #5 last year and inched its way up to #2 this year.
  3. 18 Online Keyboard Sites for Kids–Overall, keyboarding websites are the most popular posts I have. In my school, it’s the #1 request from the classroom teachers–that students type faster. There were four more subsets of this theme in the top ten, but those sites are included here, so I skipped them for the purposes of this post.
  4. 41 Websites for Teachers to Integrate Tech into Your Classroom–a collection of the top websites I’ve found to integrate tech into the elementary classroom
  5. 20 Websites to Learn Everything About Landforms–lots of information, games and virtual visits to our world’s landforms
  6. Four Online Sites to Teach Mouse Skills–this is geared for youngers. They’re fun and are skills every student must master
  7. 4 FREE Online Keyboarding Programs for K, 1–great starter keyboarding sites for our youngest students. They’ll think they’re playing games while they learn the keyboard
  8. 23 Websites to Support Math Automaticity in K-5–Websites that encourage the accomplishment of mental math skills
  9. Nineteen Ways to Use Spare Classroom Time–websites to fill those 5-10 extra minutes before lunch/end of the day, for early finishers, or anywhere you have a few minutes you don’t want to waste
  10. 31 Human Body Websites for 2nd-5th Grade –Great list although I’ve added to it this year. Stand by for an update in 2012

On the list last year, but pushed off:

  1. 10 of the Best Math Websites Out There–teachers like keyboard sites, but students love math sites (at least my K-5 students do)
  2. 5 Great FREE Programs for Kids–these are outstanding sites that you’ll want to make staples in your classroom
  3. FREE Lesson Plans for K-8 Technology–these are all online and cover a range of grades and topics
  4. 18 Great Poetry Websites–these sites range from informative to fun and are all popular with my students.
  5. Weekend Website #29: Storybook Maker–I’ve posted 40 Weekend Websites to date. This is the most popular among them.

Have a wonderful 2012!

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and author of two technology training books for middle school. She wrote Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist forExaminer.comEditorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing TeachersIMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s seeking representation for a techno-thriller Any suggestions? Contact Jacqui at her writing office, WordDreams, or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.


8 thoughts on “Top Ten Websites of 2011

  1. With National Geographic, do you ever worry that there are words said that are inappropriate for K-5 grades? If the kids are looking at the next video coming up, how can you have pre-screened them?

  2. I had a great video about recycling and then right in the middle of it they said, “We couldn’t figure out what the h— it was?” otherwise it was great. I can’t believe these people don;t think about how their video might be used.

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