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BTC: Websites for Teachers (General)

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Subject Specialist

Would you like to suggest a website to add to this list? Email Mrs. McDaniel at

Michele McDaniel
Ballenger Teacher Center (BTC) Coordinator
Subject Specialist for Education, Counseling, and Student Development
BTC Phone: 217-581-8442
Office Phone (voicemail): 217-581-6099
Teacher Professional Development
Edutopia's guide to professional development topics.

Professional development in your pajamas. Lots of videos, articles, and tips and tricks of the trade.
Free Teacher-to-Teacher Sites
A to Z Teacher Stuff
Over 1000 pages of lesson plans and teacher resources, including TeacherChat (last update 2015).

Education World
​"Connecting educators to what works". Includes a huge database of curriculum material, in addition to special areas for teachers, students, parents, and administrators.

Lesson plans and related education sites. Option for free membership.
Calls itself the ultimate teacher's resource. Includes a chat area.
​Lessons, curricula, and activities for classroom and online learning.
Free Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities
Discovery Education
"Discovery Education offers a broad range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell."

Worksheets and no-prep teaching reasources.

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything
Lots of great articles on hot topics for teachers.

NEA Lesson Plans
Lesson plans from the NEA as well as a custom search for lesson plans from across the Web.
Search or browse thousands of PreK-12 lesson plans and resources in all subjects.

This site, partially sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a constantly growing collection of online resources for teaching English, history, art history, and foreign languages.

Hotchalk Lesson Plans Page
Includes lesson plan links by subject and features special topics.

PBS Teachers
A gathering of all of the educational resources related to PBS programming.

Educational Web-based Games
Leader in educational games for kids.

Discovery Education Puzzlemaker
A fun and easy puzzle-generation tool for all ages.
Integrate games and assessment quizzes into daily lesson plans. Over 50 online games to reinforce classroom skills.
Virtual Explorations
Discovery Education's Free Virtual Field Trips
A full archive of virtual field trips as well as a schedule of upcoming trips.

Museum Stuff
One of the world's largest gateways to museum related information.

Top 10 Best Virtual Field Trips
List of the Top 10 Best Virtual Field Trips from eSchool News.