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Sagamore Middle School

Faculty Resources - Professional Development



Prior resources that were under Faculty are now updated and integrated in this page.

  • American Experience - In addition to the PBS site, many of the movies from PBS's American Experience are now available online, including previews, trailers, and full movies, such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.
  • American History Videos - this folder, through Google Drive, contains downloaded American History videos in .wmv format. There is also an additional video about the Civil Rights movement in the InstructShare Drive > Share folder > sbucher, which would not upload.
  • American History Websites - collection of history websites. Some external links may not work, but overall, some great information. 
  • Augmented Reality - ebook prepared for Library Leadership Academy
  • Beyond Google - ways to search more thoroughly and effectively.
  • Classroom Teachers SLO wiki - developed specifically for the classroom teacher. Provides all resources for teachers writing Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) as part of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR). All of your documents and standards in one place.
  • Common Core websites poster -14 sites to support Common Core. Presented by Mrs. Bucher, Librarian, at the Sequoya faculty meeting 12-11-13. Links to Newsela, S'more and more!!
  • Digital Public Library of America - search over 2.5 million records by exhibition, map, timeline or topic. Great for primary sources.
  • Discovery Education - Check out the free resources for teachers, parents, and students!
  • Educational Technology and Mobile Learning (new)- A blog resource of educational web tools and mobile apps. Google, iPad, posters, infographics, and so much more!! Select the All Categories tab and click on any title to access additional resources.
  • EdTech Focus on K-12 - where education and technology issues collide - articles, tips, videos, and more.
  • Engage NY - All teaching and learning resources for NYS.
  •  - iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.
  • Khan Academy - Over 3,300 free videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice. Includes Teacher resources.
  • Learn Zillion - free signup to access Common Core aligned video lessons for math and ELA.
  • Librarian Resources - Learning and Teaching, Information Access, Program Administration, Technology, Education and Employment, and Continuing Education.
  • Math Tutorials - select by grade level. Also check the Movies and Worksheets tab.
  • Middle Web - Resources for teaching and learning for middle grade students from grades 4-8. Articles, blogs, interviews and reviews. E-newsletter as well.
  • Creating a Board in Discovery Education
  • 50 Ways to Use Board Builder
 Professional Development Word Cloud
  • National Geographic - Great videos and photography about animals and the environment.
  • National History Day - links to their annual contest, but also great links to primary sources
  • Science NetLinks - STEM resources produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science includes lesson plans, interactives, and reviewed Internet resources.
  • PBS Learning Media - Welcome to PBS LearningMedia™, your new destination for trusted, classroom-ready, curriculum resources from PBS.Sign up for free to tag favorites, access standards-aligned public media (videos, interactives, audio, photos, and in-depth lesson plans)!
  • Physics Central - Physics in action, people, experiments, podcasts, vodcasts, pictures, blogs and more. From the American Physical Society.

  • Purdue OWL: Grades 7-12 resources on the writing process, rhetoric and logic, essay genres, style and language, and citations.

  • ReadWorks - Common Core aligned, research based reading passages, Filter by grade and Strategy. Free registration for access to all passages. Includes many non-fiction documents with questions. Fifth and sixth grade novel units contain multiple comprehension concepts are taught in a single unit, and all units include a pacing guide, five to seven lessons, student packet, and unit assessment

  • Science NetLinks - STEM resources produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science includes lesson plans, interactives, and reviewed Internet resources.

  • Scientific American - Latest news and features on science issues that matter including earth, environment, and space.

  • Shake Up Learning (new)- Digital learning resources, tips and tricks, and classroom technology integration ideas. Resources for Google apps, including guides and cheat sheets, mobile learning and apps, iPad tips, and social media tips.

  • Stories from the Web -  a great place for children and young people to read, write and play. It is all about books, stories and creative writing.

  • Student Learning Objectives - This wiki was developed for librarians, but, there are a LOT of materials and sites in here pertaining to SLO's for any teacher. Of particular note, on Page 2, there are many benchmark skills and assessment worksheets K-12 (note: gr. 10, 11, and 12 follow Grade 1, before going on to Grades 2 and up). On Page 3 there is an expandable SLO template, as well as many examples.
  • Thinkfinity - Thinkfinity as itself is no longer available as a website, BUT, if you click into their site and select the Content Partners tab, you will still have access to free K-12 standards-based lesson plans across many disciplines including art, economics, humanities, mathematics, science and geography. These are provided through top educational organizations, including Kennedy Center ArtsEdge, EconEdlink, National Geographic Education, ReadWriteThink, EDSITEment, Illuminations, Science NetLinks, Smithsonian's History Explorer, and Wonderopolis. Great interactive activities in each site.
  • WordSift - just cut and paste any text into WordSift and the program helps to quickly identify important words that appear in the text. You can mark and sort different lists of words important to educators, such as Academic Vocabulary. Includes visualization of word thesaurus relationships and Google® searches of images and videos. With just a click on any word in the Tag Cloud, the program displays instances of sentences in which that word is used in the text.