It’s easy to compare Sites for Teachers with Singapore’s trademark investment and economic strategy. While the latter is about being the regional, continental and international hub for anything and everything, the former is effectively the pedagogical hub for all things related to education.
With links to sites hailing primarily from the USA, Canada and UK, one can argue that Sites for Teachers provides teachers with the latest pedagogical techniques and educational technologies.
At the same time, it has the unique feature of ranking educational websites according to the most number of visits and materials downloaded.
For instance, abcteach is currently ranked number one on the list. With its tagline of providing “6000+ FREE printables, Holidays, Classroom Signs, Word Walls, Portfolios, Theme Units, Seasonal Units, Basics, Shapebooks, and Teaching Extras”, it is obviously a sure winner. The site does indeed provide a kaleidoscope of teaching materials for teachers and teachers-to-be.
With the plethora of teaching materials, one could easily be overwhelmed. Thankfully, abcteach categorises the materials clearly and effectively for its users. The site also offers refreshing teaching tools that can be used in the classrooms such as shape books, word walls ,and even the ever-challenging Sudoku.
Number two on the Sites for Teachers list was SchoolExpress. With over 900 free worksheets and software programs, this site aims to make classroom activities fun yet enriching. It also provides a free e-newsletter where teachers can receive regular updates on new material being uploaded on the site. Other tools available on this site include a free puzzlemaker, e-books and, yes, a free game-a-day! However, as compared to abcteach, this site is more suitable for lower primary students.
Of course, abcteach and SchoolExpress are merely the top 2 among over 650 other education-related sites that can be found in Sites for Teachers. Others worth mentioning include: Gamequarium, an online educational-gaming experience; Busy Teacher’s Café, a site which appeals to all teachers; and A Kid’s Heart, a good source of refreshing graphics teachers can use in their PowerPoint presentations.
Overall, Sites for Teachers is a godsend for all teachers. Teachers will no longer have to rely too heavily on Google or Yahoo in order to get alternative teaching material. Almost everything can be found on this site. You name it, they have it: e-books, vocabulary banks, worksheets, and even templates for attendance records and class blogs.
Teachers surfing this site just need to be judicious in selecting the best materials for their students. The resources are already right in front of us and as we all know, knowledge is indeed everywhere, literally. As philosopher al-Kindi once noted:
“We ought not to be ashamed and lazy in appreciating the knowledge of truth and acquiring it wherever it comes from, even if it comes from races distant and nations different from us.”