1. PBS-Copyright Criminals

  • This is a tool that has all of the basics for learning about copyright. On it, there are video clips, timelines, a nice glossary, a discussion of fair use, and a place to post thoughts on the film.

  • This tool will be helpful in teaching about copyright which is a subject that should be taught throughout a child's schooling.

  • I found this tool on LM_Net from a post by Debbie Abilock on March 10th.

  • It is strong because it has a good overview on copyright policies and discusses sampling which is a big part of what a lot of people use. However, it doesn't cover all aspects of copyright as it seems to be mostly about music.


Independent Television Service. Copyright Criminals. 2010. PBS. 12 January 2010. Web. 9 April 2010.


2. Infotopia

  • This is a comprehensive academic search engine that has many different topics of research. From the original search you can search many different subjects that have websites.

  • This will be helpful when giving students search engine options other than Google and teaching them how to use a variety of sources.

  • I found this on an LM_Net post by Dr. Michael Bell from March 1st.

  • There are many different possible options to use for searching and finding things but there are so many it my be overwhelming. Still, there are a lot of good sources that can be found on this cumulative search engine.


Bell, Dr. Michael. Infotopia. Texas Association of School Librarians. Web. 15 April 2010.



3. Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues

  • This website has a lot of prominent issues and discusses both sides of the issue.

  • This will be helpful when teaching students about looking at both sides of an issue

  • I found this tool on LM_Net from a post by Honor Zalewski from March 1st.

  • Overall, I think this tool is strong because it gives the plain and simple valid points that both sides of an issue have but it does not have academic articles which i something that would be needed for projects. As a introduction tool this would work nicely though.


ProCon.org. Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues. ProCon.org. Web. 15 April 2010.


4. NoodleTools

  • This is an accurate citation generator which also has some resources for teachers.

  • This tool will be helpful when teaching students about how to create citations.

  • I heard about NoodleTools in class and decided when I looked it up it would be a pretty good source to use.

  • Using citation generators is something I feel very wary of because they don't always cite things correctly but this one seems much more responsible because it also teaches how to evaluate sources. It does say something about is something that needs to be purchased but it doesn't seem like much of fee. $8/year


Abilock, Debbie and Damon. NoodleTools. 2002. Web. 17 April 2010.


5. Michigan Online Resources for Educators

  • This tool has several databases not only that students could use but also teachers. It also has job postings and discussion boards.

  • This tool would be helpful with teaching students how to use databases. But mostly, it's for educators and there are a lot of great resources for finding information that would be helpful for teaching or getting a job.

  • I found this website when I was looking on the Michigan Department of Education website.

  • It is a strong resource because it has a lot of information but I also think it has too much. When I was looking at this source I was rather confused as to what I should use it as which is why I labeled it as both a professional source and something to use with students.


Library of Michigan. M.O.R.E. State of Michigan. Web. 14 April 2010.


6. Fact Monster

  • Not only does Fact Monster have all the normal school subjects, it also has games and quizzes as well as a homework center.

  • This will be helpful for my students because it has all of the subjects they need to study as well as somethings that might entertain them when they take a study break.

  • I can't remember where exactly I found this but it was probably part of a link that I clicked on.

  • Fact Monster is strong because it delivers the knowledge students need to know along with fun things that will occupy them and hopefully teach them things as well. It might be a little younger than all of the rest of the sites I have been citing but I still really like it.

Information Please. Fact Monster. Family Education Network, 2000-2009. Web. 18 April 2010.


7. UN Cyber School Bus

  • The concept of the Cyber School Bus is really neat; you click on a country and you get a whole bunch of facts and current events about that country.

  • This will be helpful to my students when or if they have to do reports or projects on other countries.

  • I can't remember where exactly I found this but it was probably part of a link that I clicked on.

  • This site really sucks because none of the information or pictures are showing up but the idea behind it is very awesome so I included anyway in case it starts working again.

United Nations Cyber School Bus. United Nations, 1996-2010. Web. 18 April 2010.


8. The Best History Websites

  • I really like that this culmination of sites has a side bar with a variety of different categories to split the history sites up.

  • This tool will be helpful for multiple different projects because it covers a wide range of history without any of the frustrating sorting done by yourself.

  • I can't remember where exactly I found this but it was probably part of a link that I clicked on.

  • This is a really great comprehensive site the sites used look reputable but maybe they meant for this site to be mostly for teacher since there's a section for lesson plans and generating games.

EdTechTeacher. Best of History Websites.Academic Public University, 2008. Web. 18 April 2010.


9. BBC- Learning Schools

  • This has a lot of links and videos about a variety of different subjects.

  • This will be helpful when discussing perspective because the perspective from BBC is not always the same as what can be found on ABC in the US.

  • I can't remember where exactly I found this but it was probably part of a link that I clicked on.

  • It's great site because it's part of BBC but I find it rather confusing to navigate.

BBC Learning. Learning Schools. BBC, 2010. Web. 18 April 2010.


10. Access Excellence

  • A lot of different resources about science.

  • This will be helpful when or if students have science projects, especially biology or anatomy related.

  • I can't remember where exactly I found this but it was probably part of a link that I clicked on.

  • It's a nice site with a lot of information but I wish it didn't have so many advertisements that blink; it's a little distracting.

Access Excellence. The National Health Museum, 4 December 2009. Web. 18 April 2010.