For the Teachers: 5 Awesome Websites!

School starts back in a few weeks for me, and I spent the summer attending some really cool conferences (mostly Advanced Placement).  One of the most important things I discovered at these conferences was the websites that the teachers use to enhance their classroom learning environment.  Sure, you could pay some website a lot of money for a service (and we all know that money is as far removed from education in the U.S. as oil and water) so why not gain the same services for FREE!

Here’s the list:

1. Edmodo – What if Facebook was geared toward learning, allowing you to post assignments to a digital locker, group students by class so that only they could access said assignments, give quizzes, provide immediate feedback to parents and students, and build a learning community with other teachers?  Well, this is generally what Edmodo does.  Who needs digital backpack (which is $99 per year) when you can utilize the assignment feature plus send out a push notification to your students via an app (that is also free) to remind them to do their homework…right on their phone.  Not only that, you can create badges for students who do well.

2.  Quizlet – Imagine a database of quizzes on every subject imaginable.  Now imagine that teachers can create quizzes for their students based on terms and definitions.  Now imagine that the student can download an app on their smartphone that allows them to quiz themselves and study for your tests.  By the way, it’s free.

3.  Memorize – Like Quizlet, this website allows you to make lists of things to memorize for students and they can get the handy app.  You can create pages using their handy wizard, then publish them, then students can access them from anywhere to study and memorize material.

4.  Kidblog – I used to use WordPress for my student blogging, but sometimes this opens them up to creepers and inappropriate content.  With Kidblog there is never a worry about this because students can write entire papers on the blog and only the class and the teacher can see it.  The service is completely free, the students can completely design their own blog page using easy features, and there is a handy free app so that students can do writing assignments anywhere they have access to the internet or wifi.

5.  Google Docs – Your classroom could become completely paperless with Google Docs and the link I have provided is a step by step tutorial on how to do this.  Students can access their Google Docs through a handy app (again, it’s free) and can do writing assignments, presentations, spreadsheets, etc.  Many schools are going to Google Docs for their homework and thereby can create a 24/7 classroom where students can get immediate help from teachers at home without giving out personal email addresses.  It is awesome, and I plan to use Google Docs and the above websites in years to come.

Published by Roger Colby, Novelist, Editor

Roger Colby is a novelist and teacher who has taught English for nearly two decades. He is also an avid reader of science fiction who feels, like many other sci-fi readers, that he has read everything. He writes science fiction for the reader who is looking for the next best thing, something to excite them into reading again. This blog is his journey as a writer and his musings about writing. He also edits manuscripts for a fee and is an expert at helping you reach your full potential as a writer.

4 thoughts on “For the Teachers: 5 Awesome Websites!

  1. Hey Roger, have you checked out QuizPoo yet? It’s a web app to instantly assess your students. You can make your first quiz for free at

  2. I love your blogs! I am a fellow writer with Natalie Bright and read your comment on her blog. Then I came to your site and went through a few and wished I had time for more. Will check back later. Isn’t that what its all about?. Great story on this! My daughter, Andrea Keller obtained her teaching degree from WTAMU and has her Master’s in Educational Technology and teaches in the Irving/Dallas Texas area. Kevin Honeycutt with ESSDACK was a huge influence on getting her on the right road. She writes some great blogs and is an advisor with Brain Pop and would love to share some great sites. The annual Podstock conference/unconference in Wichita Kansas is one of the greatest to attend. Kevin shares “Launch Me” videos and short teaching inspirational notes. Check them out. Again, you have great insight all across the board. I bet you are a great teacher and the kids are lucky to have you. The writing goes without saying. Thanks for posting on Natalie’s blog so we can share and enjoy the gift of others. Sharon Stevens

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