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Great Websites for High School

There's still nothing as reliable as the web when it comes to classroom tech. Given all the sites out there, there's also nothing as overwhelming. And when you add in the fact that it's tough to find great content for older students, sometimes high school students don't get as much exposure to tech. We're here to help with this hand-picked list of the best of the best web-based tools for high school students. It features tools tuned to the sensibilities of older students, and the picks span all subject areas, including quite a few that cross-disciplines. We've also made sure to curate useful and flexible tools that can be used all year long.

Newsela Visit Website: https://newsela.com/
Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content
Grades 2-12
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Price Free, Paid
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Google Earth Visit Website: http://www.google.com/earth/
Virtual globe shines with breathtaking features, endless possibility
Grades 3-12
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Price Free
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Screencastify Visit Website: https://www.screencastify.com/
Easy screen-recording tool facilitates outside-the-box teaching
Grades 3-12
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Price Free, Paid
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ClassFlow Visit Website: https://classflow.com/
Robust lesson-creation, presentation tool offers built-in assessment
Grades 4-12
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Price Free
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Mozilla Thimble Visit Website: https://thimble.mozilla.org/
Inspiring platform teaches coding through remixing
Grades 4-12
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Price Free
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National Archives Visit Website: http://www.archives.gov/
Access U.S. history with treasure trove of docs, genealogy, and other resources
Grades 4-12
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Price Free
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Schoology Visit Website: http://www.schoology.com/
Top-tier LMS for digital classrooms
Grades 5-12
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Price Free
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Facing History and Ourselves Visit Website: https://www.facinghistory.org/
A wealth of resources explore racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism
Grades 6-12
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Price Free
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Google Arts & Culture Visit Website: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/
Excellent curation and an unmatched art collection invites exploration
Grades 6-12
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Price Free
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Instructables Visit Website: http://www.instructables.com
Endless collection of DIY projects; good for sharing and inspiration
Grades 6-12
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Price Free
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Listenwise Visit Website: https://listenwise.com
Bring real-world stories from public radio into the classroom
Grades 6-12
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Price Free to Try, Paid
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NASA Global Climate Change - Vital Signs of the Planet Visit Website: http://climate.nasa.gov
Tons of climate change info from expert sources in one easy place
Grades 6-12
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Price Free
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NOVA Labs Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/
Online science, mastered: exceptional content within meaningful tasks
Grades 6-12
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Price Free
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Quizlet Publisher: Quizlet LLC
App to find, create, use digital flashcards; website is better
Grades 6-12
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Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome
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Sutori Visit Website: http://www.sutori.com
A slick way to share knowledge via interactive timelines and stories
Grades 6-12
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Price Free, Paid
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Zinn Education Project Visit Website: https://zinnedproject.org/
Resources, lessons help teach a more inclusive version of U.S. history
Grades 6-12
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Price Free
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Checkology Visit Website: https://checkology.org/
Go-to news-literacy site is an excellent primer on media issues
Grades 7-12
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Price Free
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Kaizena Visit Website: https://kaizena.com/
Make feedback count, save time assessing digital work on Google Drive
Grades 7-12
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Price Free
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Adobe Spark Visit Website: https://spark.adobe.com
Super-flexible design tool for crafting fabulous images, videos, and sites
Grades 8-12
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Price Free
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Vidcode Visit Website: http://www.vidcode.io/
Cool coding tool tuned to teen girls' passions aids creativity
Grades 8-12
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Price Free to Try, Paid
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Big History Project Visit Website: https://www.bighistoryproject.com
Fascinating look at life's bigger questions with a fresh perspective
Grades 9-12
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Price Free
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