Useful Links

Listed below are some links that you might find useful for planning and preparing your lessons. All external links will open in a new tab / window.

Sites For Studying

Quia Web
www.quia.com/web - online study and testing site. Lots of activities for practicing / remembering vocabulary and teachers can create online assessments.
Quizlet
www.quizlet.com - online study site. Search for existing vocabulary sets or create your own.

Sites For Making Worksheets

Crossword Puzzle Maker
www.armoredpenguin.com/crossword/
Another Wordsearch Maker
www.armoredpenguin.com/wordsearch/
This one allows hidden words - words that are in the puzzle but not listed
www.armoredpenguin.com/wordsearch/index2.html (one use is to add intentional misspellings to see if kids are really checking what they circle - hidden words are handy for this)
Scrambled Words
www.armoredpenguin.com/wordscramble/
Colour by numbers or letters
www.coloring.ws/cbn.htm
Connect the dots
www.coloring.ws/connect.html
Alphabet links
www.dltk-teach.com/alphabuddies/links.htm
Find the letters
www.beginningreading.com/Alphabet%20Set%202.htm
Write the beginning letter
www.beginningreading.com/Alphabet%20Set%203.htm
Circle the correct letter
www.beginningreading.com/Alphabet%20Set%205.htm
How many?
www.beginningreading.com/counting_set_1.htm
Handwriting Sheets (only three lines)
www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/manuscript.htm
Handwriting Sheets (only three lines)
www.handwritingworksheets.com
Handwriting Sheets (four lines)
www.writingwizard.longcountdown.com/handwriting_practice_worksheet_maker.html
Wordsearch
http://colorstudy.com/scramble/javascript-wordscramble.html
Printable dominoes
www.dltk-cards.com/dominos/index.htm

Clip-art Collections

Drawings of Famous People in Japan
http://star.nigaoes.com/nigaoe01/
Royalty-free clip art collection for foreign/second language instruction
http://tell.fll.purdue.edu/JapanProj//FLClipart/default.html
Wikipedia images
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_images
OpenClip Art
www.openclipart.org — Huge collection of public domain clip art, much of it in SVG format.
Yasu's Illustrations
http://dns.satonishi.town.satosho.okayama.jp/vg/english/ resources/imgs/tnthemes.htm
Google image search (English)
http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi&q=
Google image search (Japanese)
http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=ja&tab=wi&q=
English Microsoft clipart
http://office.microsoft.com/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-us

ESL/EFL Resources

Very large collection of sites to do with English
www.usingenglish.com/links
Collection of resources for teachers
www.mes-english.com
Alphabet, phonics, crafts and more
www.kizclub.com
Various activities, worksheets, etc.
www.first-school.ws
Interactive site links
www.owen.k12.ky.us/trt/kindergarten.htm
High level interactive site links
www.citycol.com/basic_skills/interactive%20english.htm

Software

TuxType
http://tuxtype.sourceforge.net/ — Also look here for screenshots and information on installing and using.
PortableApps.com
http://portableapps.com — Apps you can use from a usb drive, without installing to the computer. Very useful for people who work at more that one school or who cannot install software on school computers.
Inkscape
www.inkscape.org — an SVG editor. Easy to make very cool worksheets very quickly.
The GIMP
www.gimp.org — The main site for the GNU Image Manipulation Program. http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net — The GIMP for MS Windows.
Snipshot
http://snipshot.com — A cool online tool for making changes to your pictures. Easier to use than The GIMP, and no need to install anything - everything happens right in your browser.
OpenOffice.org
www.openoffice.org — an office suite, comparable to MS Office.
Google Documents
http://docs.google.com — online wordprocessor and spreadsheet. Not as many features as MS Office, OpenOffice.org, or Ichitaro, but because Google Documents is online, your documents are available anywhere.
Google Earth and Google Maps
http://earth.google.com — Google Earth is a 3D program that lets you fly around the world and zoom in almost to street level. Works best on a fairly powerful computer with a broadband connection.
http://maps.google.com — Google Maps is similar to Google Earth but runs in your web browser.

World Facts/Encyclopaedias

Universal Currency Converter
www.xe.com/ucc
Current population of countries
www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/information/population/index.php
World Times
www.worldtimeserver.com/current_time_in_JP.aspx
CIA World Factbook
www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
World Flags
www.flags.net
World Weather and Maps
www.wunderground.com
Encyclopaedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Japanese version
http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/メインページ
World heritage site
http://whc.unesco.org

Kanazawa Related Sites

Kanazawa homepage
www.city.kanazawa.ishikawa.jp/index.html
Kanazawa homepage (English)
www.city.kanazawa.ishikawa.jp/index_e.html
Department of tourism homepage
www.kanazawa-kankoukyoukai.gr.jp/index.html
Department of tourism (English)
www.kanazawa-kankoukyoukai.gr.jp/kanazawa_e/index.html
Kanazawa 21st Century Modern Art
www.kanazawa21.jp/ja/index.html
Kanazawa 21st Century Modern Art homepage (English)
www.kanazawa21.jp/en/index.html