Best Website Design Awards Showcase for Educators



Introduction

This page is devoted to the best website design awards for the Top 50 Classroom Websites and the Top 50 Teacher Resource Websites as nominated by you, my fellow teachers.

For complete details on how to nominate a site in either (or both) of these categories, please see this page.

This is NOT a site-of-the-month kind of thing. Once we reach 50 quality sites in each category, no more nominations will be considered.
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The ideas and rich mix of teaching ideas and resources that are just beginning to appear here will benefit teachers, educational website developers, and ultimately, all of the kids who populate our classrooms.

It's a win-win situation for EVERYBODY.

If you haven't bookmarked this site, please consider doing so--more and more of the educational websites winning one of the six awards available will soon be appearing here.

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Award Number: 1 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield
Date: May 25, 2012
Website: The Borgeson Bunch
Recipient: Dale Borgeson
School: Vintage Hills Elementary
Location: Temecula, California
Intended Audience: His 3rd Graders, Parents, and Teachers Everywhere

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My Comments:

This site is extremely well done. It blew the lid off my rubric, and then there were additional explosions.

It's attractive, easy to navigate, and has a wealth of information appropriate for the intended audience.

The rich use of mixed media is truly a standout. It doesn't really matter what grade level you teach, this site offers a wealth of useful information.




Award Number: 2 of 50


Award: The Silver Band
Date: August 20, 2012
Website: The Nettling Newsline
Recipient: Leslie Nettling
School: Not Listed
Location: Carlisle, Ohio
Intended Audience: Her 5th Graders, Parents, and Teachers Everywhere

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My Comments:

This site is very well done. It's mighty early in a new school year, so I would suspect that the content will be updated as soon as Leslie gets a chance.

Content includes BrainPop, slideshows, animated gifs, and more. It's an attractive site that's easy to navigate, and there is a wealth of information appropriate for the intended audience.




Award Number: 3 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield
Date: August 20, 2012
Website: Mr. Smith Online
Recipient: David Smith
School: Creek View Elementary
Location: Alpharetta, Georgia
Intended Audience: His 3rd Graders, Parents, and Teachers Everywhere

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My Comments:

This site has quite a variety of resources for the intended audience, including xtranormal animations, online surveys, and slideshows to name a few.

The drop down navigation links are a nice touch.




Award Number: 4 of 50


Award: The Starry Plaque Award
Date: March 19, 2013
Website: Ms. Weber's Second Grade
Recipient: Gina Weber
School: Crestwood Elementary
Location: Crestwood, Kentucky
Intended Audience: Her 2nd graders and their parents

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My Comments:

This site, on first glance, looks deceptively simple. But, a couple of minutes of exploring reveals a wealth of information and multimedia that effectively targets the intended audience.

Learning Links, a newsletter, a word wall, pictures, videos, and more are easily accessible on this site. All in all, a very nice and thorough job, Gina!




Award Number: 5 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield Award
Date: March 21, 2013
Website: Mr. Johnson's Virtual Classroom
Recipient: Erik Johnson
School: Park City Magnet School
Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Intended Audience: His middle schoolers and their parents

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My Comments:

This site has a pleasing look and a well-organized structure inviting all stakeholders in for a closer examination. Blogs and archives for both 7th and 8th graders are included along with Powerschool Gradebook, Study Island, and many other informative resources.

A standout here is that as soon as you open the home page, the calendar that greets you there is obviously current--the previous days (including the day prior to my visit) had already been crossed off.

Note--due to file size constraints, the bottom 20% or so of the home page shown here had to be cropped.




Award Number: 6 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield Award
Date:January 20, 2014
Website: The Laraway Tech Center
Recipient: Joan O’Connell
School: Laraway CCSD 70-C
Location: Joliet, Illinois
Intended Audience: Kindergarten thru 8th Grade students, parents, and teachers

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My Comments:

This site has a lot to offer for all stakeholders including a one-stop site for kids to find educational websites to practice with, information for parents, resources for Common Core State Standards and The National Technology Standards for Teachers.

The home page (shown here) features a very cool slideshow embedded in an iPad. Other slideshows and video productions display nearly Hollywood-like quality. Even the menus and submenus slide out in clever ways. Thank you for sharing this with us, Joan—excellent work.




Award Number: 7 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield Award
Date: August 18, 2014
Website: Mr. Maloney’s Classroom Website
Recipient: Sean Maloney
School: Brooklyn Elementary School
Location: Brooklyn, Connecticut
Intended Audience: His 4th graders and their parents

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My Comments:

This eye-popping site and the classroom it’s embedded in makes you wish you were a fourth-grader all over again!

If you visit this site before August 27 (the first day of school in Brooklyn, Connecticut), you may not get the full impact of what’s to come. But, look out after that…

There’s a behavior calendar for parents, a homework page, photos of classroom activities updated weekly, a collection of online educational skills games, and much more. And, is that Steve Irvine holding a huge live gator?!?

This site is an outstanding example of what can be done to keep kids and the parents informed and on track to success in school and beyond.

Well done, Sean. Well done.




Award Number: 8 of 50


Award: The Silver Band
Date: September 4, 2014
Website: The Hoggatteer Experience
Recipient: Dale Hoggatt
School: Cecil Floyd Elementary School
Location: Joplin, Missouri
Intended Audience: His 4th graders, parents, teachers, and readers

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My Comments:

This attractive and compelling site offers an extensive wealth of materials for all interested parties.

It turns out that Mr. Hoggatt is quite the accomplished author and novelist as well. There’s a generous sampling of his writing here, and it would be well worth your time to drop by for a visit.

This outstanding and evolving effort from a 25 year teaching veteran garnered several awards before it ever came to my attention. When you can grab a look, I’m sure you’ll see why.




Award Number: 9 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield
Date: December 17, 2014
Website: Mr. Cairns’ Math Online Academy
Recipient: Curt Cairns
School: Chartiers Valley Middle School
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Intended Audience: His 6th Graders, Parents, and Teachers Everywhere

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My Comments:

Mr. Cairns has done an excellent job with this site for math kids. The most outstanding aspect, in my opinion, is the plethora of activities and resources for kids to learn about math—including Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.

Khan Academy plays a key role here, but there’s loads of other stuff that math teachers everywhere would be delighted to discover.

It’s been a pleasure sharing this with you, and if you can grab a few minutes, check it out for yourself!




Award Number: 10 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield
Date: April 28, 2015
Website: Coach Bailey’s Social Studies
Recipient: Rick Bailey
School: Pilot Point High School
Location: Pilot Point, Texas
Intended Audience: His high school US History and World Geography students

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My Comments:

Coach Bailey posts detailed weekly lesson plans on his site that serve as a syllabus as well as a study guide for both US History and World Geography classes. Study sets and online quizzes utilizing the Quizlet app are featured prominently here.

With Spark Notes, STAAR Review presentations, and a “Crash Course” in history via an extensive collection of YouTube videos, students in Coach Bailey’s class are certainly not in a position to complain about a lack of study materials.

This site is a great reference and model for teachers who teach similar content.




Award Number: 11 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield
Date: May 22, 2015
Website: Master Barrett
Recipient: Sara Jo Barrett
School: Delta High School
Location: Richland, Washington
Intended Audience: Her 11th and 12th grade English students

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My Comments:

Master Barrett, a stellar site for high school English students and their parents, offers a wealth of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint resources that are ready for download. Topics include literary critiques, writing a thesis statement, and reader’s prompts for responding in writing (to name a few).
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A true standout is The 10 Commandments of AP English found in the AP Exam Boot Camp section of this site. Actually, this whole section will be a vital resource for teachers of advanced placement English.
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Given that this site’s creator is a first year teacher in a school where the faculty must write their own curriculum, I’m astounded that she was able to pull all of these resources together in the first place. If you get a chance, see if you agree with me.
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Award Number: 12 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield
Date: September 12, 2015
Website: Laraway & Oak Valley Music
Recipient: Cherrelle Negrusz
School: Laraway School District 70C
Location: Joliet, Illinois
Intended Audience: Her K-8 music students

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My Comments:
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Mrs. Negrusz, the general music teacher and Chorus and Drama Director of Laraway and Oak Valley Schools, has put this site together with her young musicians clearly in focus.
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Here you will find a top 10 feature that contains weekly updates, a nice collection of online music games, and a sidebar containing Around Town—a schedule of live local student performances that is particularly packed around the holidays.
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What really demands attention is the Music News Network, which features podcast audio samples of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders performing. Coming from a guy who can’t carry a tune in a bucket or coax a few notes out of a kazoo, I’m astounded by how accomplished her young people have become under her tutelage.




Award Number: 13 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield
Date: September 29, 2015
Website: Ms. Rice’s Room
Recipient: Jennifer Rice
School: Ottoson Middle School
Location: Arlington, Massachusetts
Intended Audience: Her 7th grade math students and parents

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My Comments:

Ms. Rice, a seventh grade math teacher and Harvard graduate, is the creator of this clean, uncluttered, web resource for her students and their parents. And, it’s loaded with great content.

Along with daily class agendas, homework assignments, and announcements, there are a plethora of how-to-do math videos on topics that are way beyond me. A small sampling of these topics include order of operations, absolute value, and my personal favorite, expanding and factoring using the distributive property.

Say what?
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Another great resource that Ms. Rice has included here is a collection of tutorials from Houghton Mifflin’s Harcourt’s Math Steps. I’m not as strong in math as Ms. Rice’s kids soon will be, but I think she has created a great reference and model for math teachers everywhere.




Award Number: 14 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield
Date: November 7, 2015
Website: Logophiles Unleashed!
Recipient: Tracey Rains
School: Gatlinburg-Pittman High School
Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Intended Audience: Her CP and Honors English students

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My Comments:

Nominated by a former student, Mrs. Rains became a recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award of 2015. This website strongly suggests why.
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A load of content is available here, particularly reference and interactive materials for the literature that she is currently teaching. These works include To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Bridge of San Luis Rey.

Mrs. Rains actively employs social media on Logophiles Unleashed!, and student commentary on the site reveals their engagement and enthusiasm. Through her efforts with Donors Choose, a website that helps schools fund educational projects, Mrs. Rains' greatly-expanded classes received enough funding to purchase copies of The Bridge of San Luis Rey.

If you are a high school English teacher, this site deserves a bookmark in your browser.
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Award Number: 15 of 50


Award: The Starry Plaque Award
Date: April 25, 2016
Website: Books & Buffalo Wings
Recipient: Maurice Williams
School: American Indian Public School
Location: Oakland, California
Intended Audience: His 7th Graders and their Parents

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My Comments:

A horizontal collage of photos running at the topside of this site provides the navigation to the contents. The visitor simply selects a thumbnail photo of interest to link into and explore the associated materials.

Through the aforementioned structure, visitors may access current homework assignments, student artwork, students of the month, class projects, and several other activities that his class is pursuing. Additionally, resources here include GO Math!, the Oakland Public Library, Khan Academy, PBS Learning Media, and TIME Edge, to name a few.

This site is truly innovative and is well deserving of a visit. Three cheers to Mr. Williams and his class for this outstanding classroom website!
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Award Number: 16 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield Award
Date: June 22, 2016
Website: Mr. Krokos’s Kindergarten Class
Recipient: Mark Krokos
School: Fairview Elementary School
Location: Mountain Top, PA
Intended Audience: His Kindergartners and their Parents

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My Comments:

The class of 2028? Is anybody really that young?!?

These cute, little kindergartners who attend Mr. Krokos’s class certainly are. The bountiful slideshows, song videos, and class project vignettes posted on this site are truly heart-warming. Along with the aforementioned is a generous collection of class newsletters, class schedules, and homework assignments.

Access to Skyward, their district’s parent portal for accessing grades and progress is also provided. Yes, these kids are learning and having fun at the same time—multiple cheers for them and the steady hand who guides them.






Award Number: 17 of 50


Award: The Gold Shield Award
Date: September 11, 2016
Website: Mr. J’s Virtual Classroom
Recipient: Mr. Jura
School: Warren Easton Charter High School
Location: New Orleans, LA
Intended Audience: His High School Students

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Award: The Bolted Plaque
Date: October 10, 2012
Website: ELA Seminars
Recipient: Janice Malone
School: Richard Stockton College
Location: Galloway, New Jersey
Intended Audience: English Language Arts Teachers Everywhere

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My Comments:

Janice's website is one that language arts teachers everywhere will want to bookmark and visit frequently. She offers a variety of resources, including but not limited to, podcasts, videos, webcasts, lessons, and products that are useful for teachers, and ultimately their classroom students.

The information presented here is straightforward, organized, and easy to access. And, as the title of her website suggests, Janice is available to conduct her highly-regarded English Language Arts Seminars.

Congratulations for a job well done, Janice!




Award Number: 2 of 50


Award: The Bolted Plaque
Date: September 12, 2014
Website: Dr. Young’s Reading Room
Recipient: Dr. Chase Young
School: Texas A&M University
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Intended Audience: Students, Families, and Educators Everywhere

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My Comments:

Categorizing this site was difficult. After all, on the one hand , it’s a wonderful showcase for the works of second graders. For example, here you’ll find their autobiographies, their Blabberize projects, and even Fotobabbles—the one of a second grader “speaking” as former President George W. Bush is truly a standout.

On the other hand, this site offers an amazing treasure trove of information and resources for teachers everywhere. Dr. Young has posted many of his own professional articles on topics of interest to teachers, such as, best classroom practices, methods for teaching reading comprehension, strategies for supporting struggling readers, and much more.

In addition, there are 20 or more free downloads, including but not limited to, a literature circle PowerPoint and accompanying rubric, a how-to on developing literacy with student-produced movies, and several items related to Readers Theater--a topic that Dr. Young wrote extensively about in an exclusive article for The Guest Authors Toolbox.

In my opinion, this site is a must-bookmark resource that merits close attention.


This little fellow with the big question mark looming behind him is my way of saying that we only have two award recipients in this category so far (see above).

I'm quite sure, however, that there will be more and more as the calendar pages continue their unmerciful turn.

Will you help us out here?

Do you have a teacher resources website that you have found to be particularly outstanding?

Please share it with us here!

If you would like additional information regarding the Daily Teaching Tools Website Awards, you may access that here.

Thanks ahead of time for your participation!

Conclusion

For the very first time here on this site, this conclusion is sort of a conclusion, and it's sort of not.

I'm quite sure you know where I'm going with this--there really can be no definitive conclusion to a page that will continually evolve (with your help, of course).
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I make no apologies for that--it is what it is.
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Only time will play the final card.
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Best wishes always to you and your kids!



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