Archive.org This site crawls through the web and saves webpages in an archive. So if you are looking for a website that has been removed, you might be able to find it in the Way Back Machine®. Likewise you can see how a webpage has changed over time by viewing the sampling of its pages from the past. It also stands as a warning to be discretionary in your webposts: "just because you delete something from a site, doesn't mean it's gone."
Whois Need to check out the credibility of a site's authorship? This site will help you find out who is the author/owner of a website.
Son of Citation Machine™ Regardless of citations style--MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian--this site helps you get documentation of sources right. Fill in the blanks, click "submit," and this site gives you a correct copy of the citation in format.
Literary Resources on the Net Maintained by Prof. Jack Lynch of Rutgers Newark, this site provides a straightforward directory to sites literary.
PBS NewsHour Poetry Series Don't think poetry is an urgent need? This site makes you think again as it offers Poetry Foundation resources and the latest news on how poets reflect on and reshape world events.
USA Literature in Brief Created by the U. S. Governement and produced for teachers and students of English and literature and readers with an interest in this subject, this publication, is based on a more extensive overview, the Outline of American Literature. The website is no longer maintained but can be found through Archive.org. A PDF version may be found here. Encyclopedia Mythica An award-winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion, Encyclopedia Mythica includes Greek, Roman, Norse, Celtic mythology among others. Another popular area of interest is Arthurian legend.
BibleGateway Maintained by Gospel Communications, Inc. this search engine helps locate Old and New Testament verses of the Christain Bible. The site offers scores of translations in various languages and versions.
Qur'an and Hadith Explorer Translation of Islamic sacred texts into English is controversial, but this site offers interlinear translations into English by scholars.
Folger Shakespeare Library's Discover Shakespeare Whether you are just discovering Shakespeare, or are simply eager to learn more about his life, his works, how they were first performed, and the times in which he lived, these resources created by Folger staff members and others make learning about Shakespeare enjoyable.
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you're into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.
This website provides families and educators with straight talk about social media, films, television, and more. As the name implies, there's a calm, common sense approach here. Following is the mission statement and ten core beliefs of Common Sense Media.
Common Sense Media Beliefs
Media is fun and our kids love it. We also know that kids now spend so much time absorbing its messages and images that it has become "the other parent" in their lives. We started this organization because we know families need trustworthy information to help manage their kids' media lives. We're posting our beliefs here so that all our users can know the underlying principles that guide our philosophy and mission.
Ten Common Sense Beliefs
We believe in media sanity, not censorship.
We believe that media has truly become "the other parent" in our kids' lives, powerfully affecting their mental, physical, and social development.
We believe in teaching our kids to be savvy media interpreters -- we can’t cover their eyes but we can teach them to see.
We believe parents should have a choice and a voice about the media our kids consume. Every family is different but all need information.
We believe that the price for free and open media is a bit of extra homework for families. Parents need to know about media content and need to manage media use.
We believe that through informed decision making, we can improve the media landscape one decision at a time.
We believe appropriate regulations about right time, right place, and right manner exist. They need to be upheld by our elected and appointed leaders.
We believe in age-appropriate media and that the media industry needs to act responsibly as it creates and markets content for each audience.
We believe ratings systems should be independent and transparent for all media.
We believe in diversity of programming and media ownership.
Periodic Table for Information Literacy This periodic table by Visual-Literacy.org provides examples of virtually every way to display information visually. Use this to provide inspiration to your note-taking and presentations. Mouse over the table to see examples.
SafeTeens Topics on this site include "Safe Blogging Tips for Teens" and "Guidelines for Parents of Teens."
NetFamilyNews Run by journalist and child advocate Anne Collier, NetFamilyNews, is a public service for parents, educators, and everyone interested in young people's use of technology. NetFamilyNews is the virtual "community newspaper" of a vital interest community. Founded in 1999, it has become the journal-of-record on all aspects of youth and technology and is the only high-frequency news service of its kind in the English-speaking world, serving readers in more than 50 countries. The site is based on the premise that informed, engaged parenting is essential to kids' constructive use of technology. With the advent of Web 2.0, or the social Web, that has never been more true.
MySafeSurf This is educational technology expert Kevin Honeycutt's index to Internet safety resources for students of various ages and their parents.
Audacity Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.
iTunes Apple software to store and convert audio and video files.
TeacherTube Video up/download site with videos for classroom use as well as how-to-tech videos
Zamar Zamar provides the ability to transform a file from its original file format to a user-selected file format.
Web Links for Teachers
ReadWriteThink ReadWriteThink.org is produced by the literacy experts at the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, through a grant provided by the Verizon Foundation, and is a member of the Verizon Thinkfinity consortium. RWT offers lesson plans, materials, and links to resources for teaching reading, writing, and well, thinking!
Roobrix This web tool converts any rubric score into a percentage.
Edutopia George Lucas Educational Foundations' emagazine full of "what works in education public education." Emphasis here is on creativity and technology in education.
Thinkfinity Verizon Foundation's professional development site with a focus on education, literacy, and technology. Find free lesson plans and instructional materials in its collection.
Keeping It Legal In an article for From Now On (June 1996) article, Jamie MacKenzie reports on Copyright and Fair Use as the issue relates to media in the classroom.