You are certainly welcome, Dyane. Free AND classroom-useful resources are always a welcome addition. Two more I came across recently are great Brit sites: Lighthouse for Learning http://tlfl.org.uk/ and British Pathe http://www.britishpathe.com/. As always, I must say that the teacher should ALWAYS preview the site and video(s) before using them in any class. I have seen disasters occur in even the most inocuous videos cause the teacher a lot of trouble, simply because he or she didn't preview the video in advance--and watch and listen to the video to the bitter end.
The screen casts, glogs, cartoons, and word clouds are fun and easily incorporated into collaborative activities. I did have trouble accessing the storybook web even though it was created or posted by read write and think. It seems like it would be fun for some students. Does anyone have access to a more current link for this web site?
It is so good to have a larger group to bounce ideas off and share with. I have a site that is good for STEM. The site explores careers in engineering, gives simple descriptions of jobs and how they relate to interest, salary and education. The site is focused on girls, but the valuable information could be pulled for any student. engineergirl.org.
Thanks for the reminder about Engineer Girl. Thanks to this post I'm considering possible changes in my classroom for this coming year. It's possible I can integrate this in my core if I spend a little more time thinking deeply about it!
I thought of a program that I love that has not been mentioned yet. Tarsia is a program that I love to use with my math students, but it could be used for a variety of different subjects such as vocabulary....anything that takes matching questions to answers. Basically, Tarsia lets you create domino games, jigsaws, almost any type of game that needs rectangular cards. For my math classes I create equations that need to match up to solutions. Create a review activity with Tarsia, and you will get a group of cards that students will need to cut out and match up to solutions if you are doing the jigsaw. What I love as a teacher is that I can tell by looking if the student has the correct answer, because the solution will make up a shape such as an octogon, triangle, etc.... a completely different shape than what they start out with on their original worksheets. Free...just download and go to town. Students love it and you can tailor the activity to any grade level!
http://www.learnboost.com/ Learn Boost was mentioned as a free gradebook program in Richard Byrne's "Free Technology for Teachers Blog" He has some great things to say about it...and it's free! Wouldn't hurt to check it out. have a good school year!