101 Free (or Free-to-Try) Online Collaborative Learning Tools for Teachers and Educators

Today’s student generation is mobile, online and Internet-savvy. They are all computer gurus, and they often engage better with their electronics than they do with paper and pencil.  As the saying goes, when you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em: charge into the information age as a 21st century teacher.  Use online tools and resources to power your lesson-planning and engage your students. And do it for free, with these 101 online tools for collaborative learning – all free to use, or at least free to try.

1001 Uses for a Digital Camera

This site is designed as a reference tool, putting educators in touch with creative educational applications for digital cameras in educational settings. Successful lessons and classroom applications are organized by content areas for other educators to view and print.  Also see Digital Quilt activity and Craig Nansen's "Two Dozen Digital Camera Activities."

BBC Words and Pictures

The games and activities on this site are divided into 5 modules, each focusing on a different area of phonics.

Colors and Reading Game

The purpose of this activity is to help beginning readers recognize and spell the basic color words.  It is designed for children ages five to six years old.

Free Speech Therapy Materials

Carrie Clark, a speech therapist located in Columbia, MO, dedicates her time to creating awesome activities and breaking down the current research into easy-to-follow plans. She provides lots of free materials, blogs, podcasts, and products, even more if you have a membership.  Materials can be shared with other people on the child’s team, including teachers, parents, caregivers, baby-sitters, and therapists so that everyone will understand what’s going on and can help the child make faster progress.  This page shows free downloadable games, flash cards, and worksheets.

KidsKnowIt Network

The KidsKnowIt Network is your student’s free portal into the many exciting facets that make up our Universe. From the human heart, to the moons of Jupiter you will find it all on the KidsKnowIt Network. Our fun and educational games, activities, worksheets, free online classes, and much much more, make learning fun. At the KidsKnowIt Network we provide accurate, updated, and fun information for you and your student. Best of all, you never pay for anything!

Sight Words is a comprehensive sequence of teaching activities, techniques, and materials for one of the building blocks of early child literacy. This collection of resources is designed to help teachers, parents, and caregivers teach a child how to read. We combine the latest literacy research with decades of teaching experience to bring you the best methods of instruction to make teaching easier, more effective, and more fun.


This website includes a detailed curriculum outline to give you an overview of how the individual lessons fit together. It provides detailed instructions and techniques to show you how to teach the material and how to help a child overcome common roadblocks. It also includes free teaching aids, games, and other materials that you can download and use with your lessons.

Teachers Pay Teachers

We believe that real teachers create the most relevant and engaging educational resources. Our open marketplace model supercharges resource quality, quantity, and availability.  Bringing educators together forms a powerful community that shares best practices, raises the bar for all, and compensates our best curriculum developers.  In the end, everyone wins, especially students.  And that's what it's all about.

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