Online Resources for Middle Schoolers

Below is a list of online resources that are useful, entertaining, and educational for students at this grade level. Take some time to try them all and bookmark your favorites. If you have a resource to recommend, please contact Mr. Brunken to get it added to the list or leave it in the Comments section below.
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Analyze My Writing http://www.analyzemywriting.com/ Writing Tool Check the quality of your writing with this great free online tool. 
Crash Course http://www.youtube.com/crashcourse Educational Media Great YouTube channel for learning all about World History, US History, English Literature, and Science. Funny AND educational. 
Dictionary of Historical Terms (English) http://www.historytoday.com/dictionary Dictionary/Thesaurus Don't know what some historical event, person, or reference is? Use this dictionary to look it up.  
Free Technology for Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ Other Looking for a free online tool or game? Search this blog. Richard Byrne has reviewed thousands of websites, apps, and games, and you can find them all right here. 
Google Apps Tutorial Videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtx-qUNKJwDz6b_3NaGTkGXaTPrLCpacY Google Apps A YouTube playlist of videos by the Google Apps expert, Richard Byrne, that will teach you how do just about anything you want in Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Classroom, Drive, and more) 
Google Drive drive.google.com Google Apps If you aren't using Google Drive, you should be. Get a Google Account today and start using it for all of your assignments and school work. 
Google Search Training http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation/index.html Search Tool Everyone uses Google to search, but do you know how to do it correctly? Learn how to be a search star by taking these quick lessons. 
Hemmingway App http://www.hemingwayapp.com/ Writing Tool Check your writing for spelling, grammar, and vocabulary level with this excellent free writing tool for both your computer and smartphone. IT will also analyze your sentence structure, fluency, and more! 
Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/ Educational Media Learn just about anything online here. Set up an account, take "classes", complete short quizzes, and "Graduate" to the next level. Excellent practice for learning English words for many science and math concepts you already know. 
Read & Write for Google Chrome https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google-chro/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd Writing Tool Boost reading and writing confidence. Offer support for Google Docs/web to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL. Read&Write for Google Chrome™ offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research. 
Vocabulary.com http://www.vocabulary.com Vocabulary Learning A wonderful online tool for practicing your vocabulary. Choose from a wide variety of lists including SAT/ACT prep. Try it today. It syncs with Facebook! 
Wise Old Sayings http://www.wiseoldsayings.com Writing Tool Looking for that perfect quote to add to your paper? This website gives you thousands of quotes by famous people and historical figures. The best part is that they are organized by theme! 
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