penThis Thing shares some useful websites and ways to find relevant resources.

The internet has a vast range of resources. Finding and evaluating how useful they are takes time.

This Thing will help you find resources to support effective teaching and learning, then we’ll use them to create an online resource next in Thing 12.


pondThe online communities in Thing2 are great places to find resources, specifically:

Pond is the online NZ site where educators can access resources, and add content that we mentioned in Thing2. You can collate resources into ‘buckets’ then share them. Accounts are free for educators and including EDSW students. If you have not already,  you may wish to register here


TKI (Te Kete Ipurangi) has NZ relevant resources and curriculum materials about teaching, learning, student achievement. It also has info on professional development. You can use TKI without an account, however teachers at NZ schools can access additional features when they log in with an Education Sector Logon.

Nationanational libraryl Library provide services and support for schools, learners and educators.

They also have high interest topic resources.

The Virtual Learning Network (VLN), He kōtuinga ako ā-ipurangi, is another great place to access a variety of resources aimed at New Zealand educators. You can use the VLN without an account, however registering and logging in will provide you with additional features.

Search effectively

Keywords are really important when searching for things on the Internet. If you use relevant keywords then you are much more likely to find the image or information that you need.

Here are some hints:

Basic Searching on Google 

Advanced Searching on Google 

Search using Bing

Bookmark (save) your sites

There are many ways to bookmark and and organise your links so they are online and you can access them from wherever you are, on any device. Some free options we use are:

Google or Internet Explorer can be used to as a place to save your bookmarks/ favourites in the browser. Learn how to do this on Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.

Delicious is said to be the world’s largest social bookmarking site where you can save, manage and share pages in a centralised source. On the Delicious website you log in to access your favourite bookmarks, here’s more info.

Diigo which lets you install a bookmarklet on your browser to drop and save links. Help to use Diigo is here.

Symbaloo is a bookmarking site where you create a ‘webmix’ to share with your students.  Here’s a video introducing Symboolo.

Pinterest is a visual bookmarking site.  Pinterest Basics, will help you to understand how to set up and make the most of Pinterest.  Adding the  Pinterest browser button makes it easy to bookmark websites from the browser.

Some other social bookmarking sites are in Top 10 bookmarking websites for educators.

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Over the next three Things we’ll build an online resource. You can make it on a topic of interest to you to use with a class, now or in the future.

  • Choose your topic, theme or interest e.g. Te Reo, an aspect of science, personalising learning, collaborative learning etc…
  • Locate 3 – 5 useful online resources from the websites above or below. Check out a site that you have not used before.
  • Link to these resources on your blog and your criteria for selecting them.

If you recommend any other really great websites to locate teaching resources please blog about them.

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 More sites with resources

tes       TES is an English equivalent to Pond.  Most resources are free to access and download although they have recently started charging.

primary resources       Another English website for sharing teaching ideas and resources.

internet4classrooms      Designed to assist anyone who wants to find high-quality, free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, developing project ideas, reinforcing specific subject matter areas both in the class and at home. There are even online technology tutorials.

bbc      Some really great resources, games and quizzes can be found here to support learning. Some have been archived but it is still relevant and useful.

Pinterest_logo-3   Many teachers use Pinterest to ‘pin’ teaching and learning ideas online. Pinterest saves your pins on your account so you can access them easily. You can follow friends on Pinterest and “repin” things. A starting place might be “Teachers on Pinterest” or “Education on Pinterest“. This Pinterest blog entry, “Say hello to Teachers on Pinterest!“, shares some of teacher boards that they recommend.

Science learning Science Learning website shares a variety of ” free, quality assured teaching resources to support school science learning”.

ppta-logo   The Curriculum Support area of the PPTA website has resources developed on their Curriculum Support Days to assist principals and teachers in bringing together the different parts of the New Zealand curriculum within each specialist subject area.

Mark Treadwell Mark Treadwell has a list of digital resources for educators and learners which have Creative Commons licensed Digital Content.


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23 teaching things is written by Lucie Lindsay and Bronwyn Edmunds at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work. #23Teaching

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