Online Education Websites
“Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free” (from their About page, 12/11/2014).
“Our purpose is to provide a free, comprehensive directory of online education. Course Hunter is a streamlined one-stop experience for everyone interested in furthering their knowledge with an online course in any field. Aggregating the most recent course listings from over two thousand institutions in the United States and abroad, it is the only site students will need to know about to find the course they need” (from the website’s About Us page, 12/11/2014). This website provides links to financial aid, degree programs, and online courses for all levels including high school, undergraduate, graduate, and international students, military service members, and adult learners. While some of the online courses from universities do cost a fee, Course Hunter identifies approximate cost by number of $s, and searches can be filtered to display only free classes.
TED stands for Technology, Engineering, and Design. TED talks are short (less than eighteen minutes long) inspirational and educational talks by leading thinkers on a wide range of topics. TED and TEDx (local speakers presenting at independently organized events) videos are free to access.
Access to Universal Class is available for library patrons, who can create a free account and enroll in up to five classes at a time. Search the catalog of online courses for hundreds of classes on every topic from test prep and computer and career training to pet care, crafts and hobbies, and do it yourself. Go at your own pace and receive feedback from an instructor. While Universal Class courses do not earn college credit, at the end of each course participants receive Continuing Education Units and a certificate of completion.
Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Students
Instead of doing a Google search, try using one of these alternative search engines on your next homework project. Whether you want to target your search by subject or do a broad keyword search, these search engines will help you avoid advertisements and find reliable information. Some of them even break down sources by grade-level, which makes them ideal for younger searchers.
The National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment website has a number of resources for those researching history, sociology or any number of related topics. Resources are specifically designed to help teachers with their lesson plans and students with their homework.
“ERGO is a project on the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a signatory to the Budapest Open Access Initiative, the ERGO is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of open access (“free to read”) scholarship in education. Read about Open Access publishing in the Wikipedia” (as found on their site on 12/11/2013).
The office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help you prepare and pay for college or career school, including
- Information on College Preparation and the Federal Student Aid Programs
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Information
- Loan Information
- Consumer Protection
This page explains homeschooling options in Tennessee and tells you how to begin the process. It has the appropriate forms, such as the “Tennessee Notice of Intent to Homeschool,” an up to date list of LEA (Local Education Agency) coordinators, and various other resources.
This website connects teachers and students with a wealth of resources on different subjects by grade level. High school students can find ACT and SAT prep materials, and teachers can find great Common Core resources. The Black History Resources page is a great example of the variety and depth of subject help you can find, and the links are regularly verified.
ReadWriteThink is a resource for educators (teachers and parents) created by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Find grade-appropriate lesson plans, student interactives, and afterschool resources. Teachers can also find lots of excellent professional development tools.
The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is a virtual library that you can access from your home pc, your school library computer lab, or your iPhone – anywhere with an internet connection. TEL provides access to over 400,000 electronic resources, including magazines, scholarly journals, podcasts, videos, e-books, test preparation materials, federal census records, Tennessee primary source materials, and more! (from the TEL About Us page 12/11/2014). The Homework, Research, and Test Prep TEL shortcuts will connect students and teachers with a wide range of useful resources at every grade level.
Test Prep Review has a practice test for almost any standardized test you may need to ready yourself to take. This includes everything from the college entrance tests to nursing school exams.
Schools and Statistics
The official website of Johnson City schools provides information for teachers, parents, and students.
“Though many of the specific questions parents have can best be answered by contacting the individual school, this site presents general information about how to enroll, understand the school system, and get involved with their child’s education. The site aims to create a comfortable experience for those entering the Tennessee public school system by providing quick access links and various insight on how best to be prepared” (from their website 12/11/2014).
“The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally” (as found on the NCES About Us page 12/11/2014).
“TICUA engages Tennessee’s private colleges and universities to work collaboratively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional development to better serve the state and its citizens. The association counts among its membership each independent, non-profit, regionally accredited college and university in Tennessee with a traditional arts and science curriculum” (from the site’s About Us page, 12/11/2014).
The state of Tennessee implemented the Common Core State Standards for the 2013-2014 school year. On the TN Core website, find key information from the Tennessee Department of Education about Tennessee’s implementation of Common Core, and find resources according to subject standards and grade level, and learn about the new standard assessment PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).
This is the official website of Washington County schools. Find important information for parents, teachers, and students.