Lumio is the new name for SMART Notebook. This platform allows teachers to find, upload, or create interactive lessons that can be displayed on an Interactive Touch Screen or on students’ devices. The Lumio Library includes thousands of premade activities that can be edited to fit a teacher’s exact needs. In the free version of Lumio, teachers are limited to 50MB of storage, but get unlimited student access and a variety of instructional tools. You need to log in to Lumio in order to view the Library
Race to Ratify is a game created by iCivics, it puts students into the year 1787 and has them explore core concepts and meet important people that surrounded the Constitutional Ratification debate. It is playable in the web browser or Apple and Android devices. The game is also offered with optional activities and detailed lesson plans.
Google Earth has a lot of cool features, but one particularly useful for teachers is “Voyager.” Look for the pirate ship wheel in the menu, then explore premade virtual field trips such as a tour of the Underground Railroad or Geometry found around the world. Another great feature is called “Projects” that allows students to create and share their own virtual field trips in Google Earth.
Google Arts & Culture is an enormous website with thousands of images, videos, virtual field trips, games, and other educational resources. They also have a dedicated section for teachers to explore lesson plans and other activities that can be immediately integrated into their class.
Empatico is a free tool that connects classrooms around the world. It combines live video chats with activities designed to foster meaningful connections among students. Empatico provides virtual exchange activity plans that are designed to spark empathy, curiosity, and creativity through joyful student interactions, as well as supporting resources for educators to create meaningful experiences.
Code.org features a full K-12 Computer Science curriculum. The curriculum ranges from the principles of coding all the way up to software engineering. Each lesson is fully detailed and includes a teacher guide. Each activity can be shared directly to students through a link or Google Classroom.
The Federal Reserve is the Central Bank of the United States. Did you know they have a huge library of learning resources? From their website, you can search by grade level, topic, standards, and more to find meticulously detailed lesson plans, videos, activities, and more! It’s not all Financial Literacy either, they also have resources for History, Government, Economics, and Career Exploration.
The FDIC has some great Financial Literacy resources for teachers and students. They have a catalog of K-12 resources called Money Smart that includes educator guides, lesson plans, student handouts, and more!
You can also explore their Money Smart Games at playmoneysmart.fdic.gov/games