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Instructional Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

Instructional Resources

Standards-aligned STEM teaching resources.
CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit that creates and aggregates high quality curated STEM content.

Open Courseware Consortium
We envision a world in which the desire to learn is fully met by the opportunity to do so anywhere in the world.
The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing OpenCourseWare and its impact on global education.

iTunes U 
A lifetime of learning on tap.
The free iTunes U app gives you access to the world’s largest online catalog of free education content from leading institutions — on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Khan Academy 
Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free.
With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 315 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

Open Educational Resources 
Community College Consortium
The mission is expanding access to education by promoting awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER).  Over 200 colleges have joined the consortium and many more participate in the activities and use the resources posted here. 

Wolfram Alpha
Broad, deep, expert level knowledge to everyone... anytime, anywhere.
Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers—
not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.Wolfram Alpha (also written WolframAlpha and Wolfram|Alpha) is an answer-engine developed by Wolfram Research. It is an online service that answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from structured data, rather than providing a list of documents or web pages that might contain the answer as a search engine might.

Ideas worth spreading.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize. Since June 2006,[1] the talks have been offered for free viewing online, under a Creative Commons license, through As of November 2011, over 1,050 talks are available free online.

Texas Virtual School Network
TxVSN provides online courses to students in public school districts and open-enrollment charter school. The Texas Virtual School Network is a clearinghouse of rigorous online courses offered by approved providers. Because the Texas Education Agency approves all courses, students can be assured that courses meet the state's high standards for teaching and learning.

YouTube EDU
Get more into learning.
YouTube EDU brings learners and educators together in a global video classroom. On YouTube EDU, you have access to a broad set of educational videos that range from academic lectures to inspirational speeches and everything in between. Come here for quick lessons from top teachers around the world, course lectures from top-tier universities, or inspiring videos to spark your imagination.

MIT Open Courseware
Unlocking knowledge, empowering minds.
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

Interactive simulations.
Hosted by The University of Colorado, the PhET project provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons.

The power of digital media.
HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge. 

Websites educators should know.
A Google spreadsheet with more than 50 websites regarding curriculum, instruction, productivity, organization, collaboration, and creativity.  

The Students' History
A digital history textbook created by students, for students.
A collaboration between Two Ohio Middle Schools, with help from many others around the globe.

Open courseware site
A complete list of massive open online courses (free online courses) offered by the best universities and entities.