Academic and Educational Websites

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Links To Academic and Educational Websites

Colleges and Universities

Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities - Represents 18 member institutions which offer higher education in the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition at the undergraduate and graduate (masters and doctoral degrees) level.

Braintrack University Index - Index to institutions of higher education throughout the world.

The Center for Measuring University Performance - Research enterprise focused on the issues of measuring university performance and rankings of top public research universities.

College and University Home Pages - College and University Home Pages - Alphabetical Listing

College and University Research and Reference Page - Extensive research and reference page.

Colleges, Schools and Universities Listings - Alphabetical listing of community, graduate, management, law, dental and medical schools, colleges and universities around the globe.

Council of Independent Colleges - Provides professional and educational development services for the presidents, deans, and faculty for over 500 independent liberal arts colleges and universities.

Council of International Schools: Higher Education - Organization information, information on the higher education systems of different countries and regions, advice on admissions and financial aid for international students, database of member institutions, and other resources.

Getting Ready for College Early - A handbook for parents of students in the middle and junior high school years by the US government.

GoCollege - Information for the collegebound student.

Inside Higher Ed - Offers free online news and job information for college and university faculty, adjuncts, graduate students, and administrators.

International Association for Management Education (AACSB) - Accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.

International Association of Universities (IAU) - IAU members are individual universities and major regional and national university organisations (approximately 150 different countries).

Postsecondary Education Opportunity - Policy research on opportunity for postsecondary education and training.

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) - Aims to improve the quality of higher education through the encouragement of debate and publication on issues of policy, on the organisation and management of higher education institutions, and on the curriculum.

The Value of a College Degree - Provides full-text access to the ERIC Digest of this name which examines the financial and social advantages which are associated with a college degree.

Early Childhood

The Perpetual Preschool - Over 6,000 free songs, crafts, games, snack ideas, and learning activities for preschool and kindergarten educators to use in the classrooms. Includes thematic units, professional development resources, and teacher forums.

Ask The Preschool Teacher - A place to ask questions and get responses from qualified preschool teachers. Includes an archive of questions asked previously.

A-to-Z Kids Stuff - Includes lesson plan themes, monthly calendars, educational activities, and free downloads appropriate for use with young learners.

CanTeach - Resources for Educators - Features classroom management resources, children's songs and poetry, planning tools, and free lesson plans.

Early Childhood Educators and Family Web Corner - Provides articles, message boards, chat area, and extensive web guides.

Early Childhood Educators Resources - Links to pages providing ideas for art, science, small group, circle time, and quiet time activities.

Early Childhood Focus - Provides current news stories related to the profession. Allows users to submit news or discuss items, publications and press releases.

Early Childhood Resources - Links to information about child development, curriculum, and parenting. - Improving the education and general life experience of young children. Advice from experts in the early childhood field, creative projects, and sharing of ideas and questions with the early childhood community. - On-line preschool community provides resources for teachers and parents, as well as interactive activities for young children.

Everything Preschool - Includes lesson plans, art, songs, thematic units, and book reviews.

Facts in Action - Summarizes early education research and policy for parents, teachers, advocates, and policymakers . From the Early Education Clearinghouse.

First School - Features activity calendar, educational themes, crafts, printable activities, and other resources in English and Spanish.

Hummingbird Educational Resources - Includes lesson plan ideas, links, message board, and links.

The Idea Box - Site aimed at parents and teachers of young children offers games, songs, kid recipes, craft ideas, and message boards.

Kinder Korner - Resource website for Pre-K through 2nd-grade teachers and includes an early childhood education discussion list with more than 1,200 subscribers.

Kindergarten Classroom - Thematic reading and math readiness activities for kindergarten science and social studies units. Technology connected lessons for each unit plus links to age appropriate sites.

Marilee Schuhrke's Page - Offers topically-organized annotated links to help teachers develop thematic units. - Free activities, crafts, games, and printables for ages 3 to 6.

MuddlePuddle Early Years Home Education - Features thematic activities parents may do at home with toddlers; many games reflect the Montessori approach. Includes a support list and information on Cleft Lip and Palate.

National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC) - Provides daycare regulations by state.

Pratt's Educational Resources: Early Childhood Education - Includes thematic activities, games, recipes, coloring pages, songs, and fingerplays.

Pre-K Directory of Schools - Large, searchable directory of U.S. preschools.

The Pre-kinder Corner - A site for 4- and 5-year-olds, their parents, and teachers of preschool students. Activities, curriculum, schedules, and important early childhood links.

Preschool by Stormie - Monthly curriculum and lesson plan ideas.

Preschool Education - Activities for the preschool and kindergarten classroom grouped by theme, and a free newsletter.

Preschool Printables - Provides free printable calendars, classroom news, awards, bulletin boards, file folder games, charts, and so forth.

The Rainbow Bag - Activities and ideas for parents and teachers of young children. Also includes a page on frequently asked interview questions for beginning teachers.

Recipes 4 Learning - Free kids recipes, crafts, learning games, songs, and poems.

Resources for Early Childhood Education - Small collection of links compiled by researchers at Pennsylvania State University.

Sherry's Kindergarten - Lesson plans and favorite links for preschool and kindergarten. Changes monthly.

Step By Step Theme Pages - Offers book recommendations, songs, fingerplays, and art activities for more than themes.

Suzyque: Cyber Preschool - Offers fingerplays, snack recipes, art ideas, printables, and curriculum calendar. Activities grouped by months and themes.

Tammy's Teaching Tips - Provides tips, themes, ideas, and activities for preschool teachers as well as elementary teachers.

Teaching is a Work of Heart - Site updated monthly provides thematic activities and screened links.

Technology and Young Children - Includes information about educational practices, research, funding. A project of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Technology in Early Childhood Education - Assists educators in connecting technology with the way young children learn. Includes information about technology and curriculum, project planning, classroom arrangement, software selection, ergonomics, and internet safety.

Web Corner Index: Teacher Pages - Hundreds of organized links related to early childhood issues.

Home Schooling Homeschooling - Provides unit studies, games, forum, local resources, and a weekly newsletter.

Afrocentric Homeschoolers Association - Resource for families wishing to incorporate Afrocentric homeschooling. Links, activities, and email group.

A-to-Z Home's Cool - Homeschooling community and portal site: chat, boards, events, articles, kids' sites, links to learning materials, support groups, ideas for educating teens, and laws worldwide. Also includes sample forms and transcripts.

Carschooling - Ideas and resources for learning while in the car.

Cottage School Search Site - allows you to find homeschoolers, cottage and classical schools, teacher and tutors close to your home.

Denim Jumpers - New homeschooling information, articles, filtered search function, and top ten lists. From a Christian perspective. - Print-outs, forms, planners, handwriting practice sheets, grading cards, cursive animations, and resource links. - Provides free articles, resource links, a newsletter, and other features to help make homeschooling easier and more enjoyable.

Eclectic Homeschool Online - An online homeschool portal with extensive resources and support for creative homeschoolers, including state laws and regulations, curriculum reviews, articles, and a bookstore.

Educationsense - Down-to-earth support, resources, products, services and camps, by home educators for home educators. Includes discussion lists, de-cluttering pages and "The Festival Folk Finder".

Home School Information - Offers the positive and negative views of homeschooling, resources that are available for homeschooling, and links to colleges.

The Home School Source - Services include a lending library with mailing direct to homes, a curriculum and book store, swap and discussion boards, and events listings.

HomeHearts - Information and helps including philosophy, methods, materials, scheduling, tools, support, and step-by-step guide to getting started.

Homeschool Central - Advice for new homeschoolers, columns from the Miserly Mom, Catholic resources, preschool through high school activities, and information on individual states.

Homeschool Country - Includes Christian articles, lesson-planning worksheets, and links to other resources.

Homeschool Dads - Geared specifically for the fathers who homeschool. Includes homeschooling news, articles, organizations, events, and forums.

Homeschool Highlights - Curriculum reviews and education articles from Dean and Karen Andreola.

Homeschool Highway to Learning - Complete Resource information for the beginning homeschooler. Free newsletter, free curriculum information, chat room and online bookstore.

The Homeschool Oasis - Encouragement for those considering it, starting out or burning out. Plan to spend some time exploring this 300-plus page site.

Homeschool Resource Directory - Portal site with support information, getting started, articles, laws, and regional resources.

The Homeschool Resource Directory - Offers a database of websites for use in homeschooling. Categories include worksheets, recipes, forms, and school subjects.

Homeschool Social Register - Offers a free service allowing homeschoolers to get in touch with other homeschoolers in their area while protecting each party's privacy. Separate pages for towns, cities and counties in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.

The HomeSchool Times - Offers support for homeschoolers with message boards for adults and children, articles, and lesson plans.

Homeschool World - Home of Mary Pride's Practical Homeschooling magazine and homeschooling community. Large number of articles, news, online experts, up-to-date events list, groups listed by state, contests listing, forum, email newsletter, and links area.

Homeschool Zone - Comprehensive site for home educators, parents and kids with information on starting homeschooling, resources to support your program, online support groups, and newsletters. - Resources and information including articles and message boards.

Homeschooled Multiples - Message boards, educational sites, an egroup, and advice from other parents who educate twins, triplets, quads, or more. Alumni Directory - Bulletin boards, classifieds, and user pages for this alumni directory which seeks to connect homeschoolers throughout the world.

HomeSchooler Network - Provides lessons, activities, and articles to help homeschoolers in their educational and parenting aspects of their lives.

Homeschooling and Homeschool Info - General information and articles on homeschooling and homeschool including HSLDA, homeschooling laws, curriculum, and social concerns.

Homeschooling at - Advice and information, activities, product reviews, discussion boards.

Homeschooling Boys - Articles, links, contests, an email list, forums, and advice all boy-specific. From a Christian perspective.

Homeschooling in America - Find information on state laws, support groups, styles, laws, local resources and support for homeschooling in every state in America.

Homeschooling on a Shoestring - Frugal ideas for homeschooling, including unit studies, educational software reviews, recipes, and safety tips.

Homeschooling Only One - Tips and support for those homeschooling only children.

Homeschooling Resources - Links to resources, schools, and educational tools.

Homeschooling With Notebooks - Information and resources about using notebooking techniques to homeschool. Includes both free and paid for printables, plus articles and tips.

Homeschooling.Com - Homeschooling portal containing legal information, opinion pieces, resources, forms, and high school helps.

Jon's Homeschool Resource Page - A large collection of homeschool resources. Online support groups, regional support groups, FAQs, discussion boards, chat, mailing lists and links.

Learn in Freedom! - Resources for unschoolers, homeschoolers, and all learners, with or without school.

Learning By Grace, Inc. - Online homeschooling academies including Jubilee, MorningStar, Grace Academy, Victory Math Academy, SAT training, and Radio Grace.

Learning Treasures - Provides worksheets, unit studies, articles, and a newsletter. - Homeschool portal including state resources, laws, information, an "Ask Julie" column, and articles.

Parents Educating at Home (PEAH) - Discount card for home educators.

Percipion - Resources and articles from seasoned veteran homeschoolers.

Returning Educational Choices to Parents - Links, statistics and information supporting the case for home schooling versus government programming.

Secular Homeschooling - Resources, curriculum reviews, guidelines, and forums for nonreligious homeschoolers.

Teach Your Children Well - This is a secular site with a message board and regularly updated news from which homeschoolers can get lesson ideas.

Teach-At-Home - Providing links to news, articles, study guides, and support groups. - Message board, articles, and resources for homeschooling and family life. From a Christian perspective.

TheHomeSchoolMom.Com - A variety of free resources for home educators, from software to unit studies. Also lists academic contests, homeschooling styles, and curriculum recommendations.

Treasured Time for Homeschooling - Teaching ideas on do-it-yourself homeschooling, chat room and forum.

Trivium Pursuit - Resources for applying classical Christian education to homeschooling. Home to the Trivium Email Loop, an Internet Guide for homeschoolers, articles by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, listing of national contests open to homeschoolers, seminar schedule, a great books list, all about Greek, Logic, Speech and Debate.

Vision Harvest - Tools for home education, vocation, alterative education, small business, vocational callings, and frugal living.

Wise Folk - Christian homeschool directory combined with lessons and worksheets with a focused support to the Bible.

You Can Teach Your Kids at Home - Provides learning activities geared toward preschoolers. Includes teaching tips, story stretchers, and a guide to getting started.

K through 12

Apples4theteacher - Newsletter features articles on topics of concern for teachers such as classroom discipline, socialization for homeschoolers, and parental involvement. Page also has educational games for students.

The Education Revolution - Considered by many to be the primary hub of communications and support for educational alternatives around the world. The Alternative Education Resource Organizationis non-profit organization founded in 1989.

Edu_RSS - Your one-stop source for today's top writers in educational technology. We retrieve weblog RSS feeds from across the web and store them here.

e-Grants - The Department of Education's (ED) portal site for electronic grants. From e-GRANTS you may access all of the Department's web-based grant systems.

ePALS Classroom Exchange - Maintains a community of collaborative classrooms engaged in cross-cultural exchanges, project sharing and language learning. ePALS is also a provider of school-safe email, blogs, eMentoring and web-browsing technology for the global educational market.

42explore: Thematic Pathfinders for All Ages - We believe in life-long learning and encourage people of all ages to explore information. Our primary audience is students who need starting points for a particular project.

The KIDS Report - A biweekly publication produced by K-12 students as a resource to other K-12 students. This is an archive; it is no longer active.

KidsConnect's Research Toolbox for Students - Online research toolbox for K-12 students. - Learning resources for the UK national curriculum From The Guardian, UK.

The McGraw-Hill Learning Network - Showcases K-12 materials and content in a Web-based community. Features educational programs, interactive textbooks, productivity tools, lesson plans, and games for students, teachers, and parents.

School Bus Drivers - A web page for school bus drivers with some interesting information. A message board for sharing information, experiences, or what ever you want to talk about.

Teacher's, Parent's, and Youth Professional's Page - Miami University, Oxford, Ohio presents information for parents, teachers, and students and additional resources regarding learning issues that confront our students in today's classrooms.

What Works Clearinghouse - Established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education.

Special Education

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention: BAM! Body and Mind - Provide information, materials for students and classrooms. Has related information about birth defects, child development, and disability and health.

Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities - Section 504 and special education (IDEA) resources and conferences for educators of students with disabilities.

DoDEA Special Education Resource Directory - Guide to online resources related to technology in Special Education.

A Guide to the Individualized Education Program - US Government plan to assist educators, parents, and state and local educational agencies in implementing the requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

ISER - Internet Special Education Resources - Directory of professionals who serve the learning disabilities and special education communities.

Judy Raneri's Career Transition Dream Catcher - A categorized list of sites useful for Secondary Special Education teachers, parents, and their students.

The Maddux Special Education Home Page - Information from The University of Nevada, Reno.

SEN Teacher - Resources for teachers working with children with special needs, including severe learning difficulties and autism.

Special Education News - News relating to educating students with disabilities.

Special Populations - Information on Special Education rules, regulations. Technicial assistance documents various disability categories. Interactive IEP training.

Transition Coalition - Resources for providing transition services to young adults with disabilities in secondary special education. Features include free publications,, and contacts for parents, service providers, and teachers.

Yahoo! Groups: IEP and Special Education - Mailing list for disabilities group to support one another with information.

Distance Learning

AOL Find a Job - Online Campus - Find distance learning opportunities from online colleges and universities.

The Center for Distance Learning Research - The center's mission is to provide timely and appropriate information on the development, application and maintenance of information technology systems. This information is provided through demonstration, training, publications and technical assistance.

Centre for Self Managed Learning (SML) - Promotes the wider use of SML and provides a network giving advice and support to people involved in SML.

Distance Learning - News, articles, resources, and discussion of distance learning from - Links educators, students, retailers, and professionals in a single network.

Free-Ed.Net - Free online courses, tutorials, study guides and lessons in 120 academic and vocational/technical topic areas.

Gateway Preparatory School - Offers accelerated distance education for homeschool students, college prep, and SAT prep.

Indiana State University - DegreeLink Program - Transfer your associate degree credit to Indiana State University, and complete a bachelor's degree via the Internet, live television, correspondence, or videotapes - anywhere in Indiana.

LearnLinc Live Internet Learning - LearnLinc 4.0 software for live online learning via a "virtual classroom" carried over the Internet, corporate or university intranets, or wide area network environments.

Lifelong Learners - Distance learning courses from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden).

The Malet Street Gazette - Online tutorial program for University of London External Programme (Laws) students.

NetWORLD University - NetWORLD University provides online web based training and education on most computer and business related topics.

PassKey, A Prescriptive Learning System - Self-paced computer-based learning system teaches basic-skills proficiency in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. The program is designed for young adults, but many courses would be appropriate for younger children as well.

Project VIEW - Technology Innovation Challenge Grant led by the Schenectady City School District. Harnesses distance learning technologies in a classroom environment.

Southeast Online - Southeast Missouri State University's Distance Education site providing access to education through technology mediated courses.

Teleclass Canada Distance Learning Centre - Teleclasses are live interactive training classes from the convenience of home or office via telephone. Choose from a wide range of topics.

Wired News: Virtual Degrees Virtually Tough - Don't expect an diploma to compete with a Harvard degree anytime soon. (August 28, 2002)

Wired News: Online Schools Under Scrutiny - Some charter schools are being run in a slipshod manner. (May 3, 2002)

Educational Testing

Building Tests to Support Instruction and Accountability - Information from The Commission on Instructionally Supportive Assessment concerning best practices for designing and implementing standardized testing.

Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education - The code states the major obligations to professionals who develop or use educational tests. The code is meant to apply broadly to the use of tests in education (admissions, educational assessment, educational diagnosis, and student placement).

Collaborative Testing and Test Performance - Presents the results of a study that shows that collaborative testing alone has a significant positive association with test performance.

National Assessment Governing Board - Provides specifics on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) as well as the proposed Voluntary National Tests in Reading and Math.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - NAEP reports on U.S. student performance with comprehensive information about what students at grades 4, 8, and 12 know and can do in various subject areas.

Number 2 Pencil - A psychometrician's weblog devoted to standardized testing. Aimed at parents, teachers, and general readers. Includes ideas, research and news.

Organizations and Individuals to Contact for Information on Testing - Directory of contact information for the testing industry.

Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation - Referreed, full-text on-line journal whose purpose is to provide education professionals access to relevant articles that can have a positive impact on assessment, research, evaluation, and teaching practices.

Question Base - A free questions editor and tester. The program must be downloaded before any questions can be identified.

Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing - Addresses professional and technical issues of test development and use in education, psychology and employment [ordering information].

Test Design - Discussion of the question of how "difficult" should a test be?

The Testing And Assessment Page For The American Psychological Association (APA) - Information on psychological testing and assessment including: finding and obtaining psychological tests, test standards and other guidelines, testing information clearinghouses, and links to other testing-related sites.

What Do Test Scores in Texas Tell Us? - Rand Corporation's study of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS)test scores in Texas. Includes link to Rand Corp. press release and Rand CEO's statement.

World Class Arena - International initiative designed to identify and assess gifted and talented students. Devised by the Department for Education and Skills in the UK. Example questions, online assessments, registration details for schools. Focuses on mathematics and problem solving.

How to Study

Academic Tips - Helping students manage time, take better notes, study more effectively, improve memory, take tests and handle the stresses of college life.

Bucknall's Refuge - Free downloads of tips on studying.

Earn Your Degree - Practical advice for under graduate degree students covering time management, efficiency, managing relationships and making use of academic resources.

Essay Writing Tips - Student resources and lessons on essay writing including discussion of academic formats.

How To Study - Short tutorials on many aspects of study, note taking, writing techniques, flexible reading.

Imperial College Health Center - Study Skills & Stress Management - Tips on stress management specifically for testing and study skills.

Learning and Grade Improvement Techniques - Over fifty articles produced by an Academic discussing critical writing, critical thinking, reading techniques, presentation techniques, research methods.

LearnPlus Learning Guide - Important elements involved in the learning process: time-management, concentration, memory, attitude, and learning styles.

Mrs. M's Study Skills Page - Tips for middle and high school students on organization, test taking, and career planning.

Neuromod - Online Memory Improvement Course - It is possible to improve one's memory performance in specific areas by applying memory techniques. This site explain a number of systems ranging from simple to sophisticated. The training steps are clearly laid out and in most cases online training software is provided.

Prentice Hall's Student Success Supersite - Academic Skills - The ABC's of effective studying and test-taking techniques.

Professor Freedman's Math Study Tips - Math test taking and note taking tips. (Note: Animation and loud music included.)

Study Guides and Strategies - A comprehensive list of collaboratively maintained study guides and strategies made available in over thirty languages. Articles cover every aspect of study and are formatted as bulleted lists.

Study Skills Guide (College of St. Benedict's/St. John's University) - Tips on time management, listening, note taking, remembering what you've read, test taking skills and stress management.

Study Skills Memory Principles - A list of memory or learning principles with a brief definition of each. Additional information related to the principles is available.

Study Skills Self Help Information - Articles and self-assessment tests covering scheduling and time management, memory techniques, note-taking, reading, and setting up a good studying environment.

Study Strategies (University of Minnesota) - Ways to develop study skills competency.

Study Tips - More than fifty articles covering writing help, math help, science help, learning information / techniques and advice on a range of tests.

StudyGuideZone's Study Directory - Help with study skills, classroom learning, testing, and studying. Information for both students and educators.

Studying Revising Exams - One-page summary of studying, examination, and writing techniques.

Taking College Courses - University of South Florida - Advice from Gregory McColm, math professor, on reading a textbook, the purpose of homework and methods for dealing with it, how the mind is affected by homework, asking questions and getting help, and tests and grades.

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