Books with LGBT Themes

Lee Wind has a great blog about books with LGBT themes called I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell do I Read?

The 50+ best free web tools for education

Here is a link to the 50+ best free web tools for education.

YA Books About LGBT Characters of Color

Here is a link to a blogpost about YA books with LGBT characters of color.


Triptico is a FREE desktop app for teachers. It includes lots of easy-to-use programs such as randomizers, word magnets, and a variety of timers.


Remind101 is a FREE computer program that allows teachers to send text messages to parents and students without actually texting or revealing your phone number. It’s done through the computer and is one-way so you cannot be texted back. You never know the numbers of those who receive the messages, and vice versa. Parents and/or students must sign up in order to receive texts, and I imagine that both parties will be charged depending on what texting plan they have. You can organize your classes on Remind101 and schedule updates to be sent at specific times in the future if not immediately. With parent permission, it would be great program for students as well (to send them reminders), since today’s kids seem to be attached to their phones.

Censorship Resources & Laurie Halse Anderson

I stumbled upon Laurie Halse Anderson’s website and found some wonderful resources, mostly about censorship. The only banned/censored book she has written that I have read is Speak, and she offers reasons for why it is important that young adults read it. There are also other resources for combating censorship in your school in general.

In addition, she’s got some links about researching and writing advice that will hopefully have content coming soon.

Is she not the coolest lady?! is the coolest website.

As you might expect, it shows both sides of various controversial subjects, from vegetarianism (which is apparently a controversy) to the death penalty.

The good: information is unbiased, factual, and plentiful. There is a “teachers’ corner” link (top of page in orange bar) with great ideas for lesson plans and other ideas and resources for teachers. Teachers’ corner also offers reasons why teaching controversial issues is beneficial (uh, critical thinking).

The bad: information is only available for the 50+ topics provided, and there’s too much information for most students to use without teachers condensing the information first. It’s easy to get lost in all the links and information, so if students were visiting the website on their own, they would need a clear purpose.

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