Sunday, July 3, 2016

5 Amazing Websites For Your Classroom

In the 17 years that I've been teaching,  technology has changed a lot! I remember when it was a big deal to have a huge t.v. on a cart with a teacher computer. We got so excited to use laser discs that we checked out from the library!

Times have really changed! Now we have classroom computers, computer labs, laptops, iPads, smart boards, and lots of other options as far as technology goes. I could list dozens of websites that I use regularly, but I came up with 5 that I used on a daily basis in my classroom.

XtraMath is a great site for your students to practice their math facts. When students sign in, they take a test to get their individual level and then the site sets up their personalized program!  It even gives them a snapshot of their progress as they go along. If you sign up as a teacher, they will email your student's progress.

I'm sure a lot of you have heard of Prodigy, but if you haven't you are missing out!  My students love Prodigy! They beg to play it all of the time. My own sons play it at home too. One of the great parts of Prodigy is that once you sign up as a teacher and create your class, you can make assignments based on individual student's needs. You also have access to AMAZING reports on your student's progress. I can't say enough about this wonderful program. It is completely free, but parents can upgrade their students accounts for a small fee. This is not required at all. All of the academic parts of the program are free!

LearnZillion is a site that has a little bit of everything.  You can find instructional videos, lesson plans, close reading stories, and much more. There is so much on that site, you just need to go to it and look around.  

Newsela is a site that I use all of the time!  It provides you with current event articles an various reading levels. You search articles by subject and reading level and print them off for your students.  Each story also comes with comprehension questions.  My students love the articles we read from Newsela.

We love Edmodo!  I hate to compare it to Facebook but it's like Facebook in its look and that students can communicate with each other.  As the teacher, you can set up privacy settings and settings to allow the proper amount of freedom for your students.  One of the things that I love about Edmodo is that I can make class research assignments and I can link any videos, websites, or images to their assignments.  They can turn in their assignment through Edmodo.  Students have a backpack on Edmodo that can house all of their assignments or Websites they visit often.  

Many times I will assign students a video or short article and they will respond with a short answer. This can open up a class discussion on Edmodo.  One of the things that I really like about it, is that by assigning them short answer response questions they get some extra practice with typing. 
You can even create a survey for your students. There is so much you can do with this amazing site! 

Christa from The Little Log Cottage School also created a list of her top five sites for her homeschool. Hop on over to her site and see the great sites she uses!

What websites do you find useful in your classroom? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. Thanks for compiling this list, April! I'm excited to learn more about these!

  2. I have been searching and searching for a kid friendly news site to replace what I used to use. This is wonderful! I'm so glad I came across your post!

    1. I'm so happy it helped you! I love all of these sites so much! Thanks for taking the time to comment and let me know. :)