Discussion in 'General Education' started by heavens54, May 25, 2010.
May 25, 2010
Edhelper? Enchanted Learning? Is there one you can't live without?
I don't know what grade you teach but I can give you a little help. I teach special ed.
Edhelper is good for basic remediation, but doesn't include a lot of critical thinking stuff. They are pretty strong in the math worksheet domain.
Enchanted Learning is the one I like the best, but I don't subscribe because most of the things are too young for my students. If I need something, the elementary teacher prints it out for me. They have a lot of open-ended ideas and wonderful projects and scaffolds. They aren't as strong on the math worksheets or with older kids.
I hate Scholastic Printables. It was a waste of money. I can't find too much useful on there.
But I love edhelper.
I use edhelper because using it I can throw together a review crossword puzzle quickly when I need it. Honestly, other than that I haven't explored the options much, but I love being able to make and save crossword puzzles so that's why I subscribe to it.
I subscribed to Evan Moor's teacher filebox. I wasn't too impressed - I had a lot of trouble finding things to use, and wasn't too crazy about their search options.
I had more luck with Scholastic Printables. I was able to find quite a few things to use in my second grade classroom. This alone may not have been worth the money, but I also used it for extra work with my 5 year old.
Again, not sure if they are worth the money - you need to use the sites quite a bit to justify the money spent.
I had a membership to every site previously mentioned. I gave up Scholastic Printables because Teacher FileBox had more varied resources. I love Enchanted Learning for my younger students who can't or are just learning to read. I like EdHelper for the older students. I use my school money to pay for the sites so it makes it a better value for me.
May 26, 2010
So I see I am not the only one with the dilemma of which site to invest in...good to know. Grade? No grade yet. Still working on it.
Try www.softschools.com for math worksheets. There are tons of free math ones. It has a wonderful math fact worksheet generator. Some things I think you have to register for, but I'm pretty sure that is free, too!
I always find free stuff using Google that is just as good or better than the paid stuff.
My school subscribes to several online resources. I don't pay for any subscriptions on my own...it's what the school has or what I get for free.
I'd look at the free stuff first, to see if I needed anything the free sites were missing, and then buy that. No one free site (to my knowledge) has everything, but taken together, they cover a lot of it. I like free!
So many free ones...
May 27, 2010
I love superteacher!
I subscribe to Edhelper and love it. I do pull a lot of math (love the Sodoku puzzles!), the vocabulary and spelling worksheet builders, and the reading comprehensions. I subscribed to lesson planet this year. I shouldn't have. I only used a few times, and it really just sent me to other sites.
www.abcteach.com is good. There are a lot of free things even if you don't sign up and pay for the membership.
I'm a science teacher, so I love NSTA.org (National Science Teachers Association).
Have you tried sciencespot.net? I love love love that site. There are some great science activities and pages there.
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