For several years, I was also curating a Tools site for students. I decided to stop updating that and to gradually move the more useful tools from that site to this Topics site, adding new tools as I come across them. Starting January 2017, here is (the beginning of) an index, by category:



Editorial cartoons

Free Online Courses

  • Highbrow (10-day reading courses, delivered to your email)
  • Khan Academy (highlighting one free course about Pixar)

Games & Puzzles


Images / Photography

  • Photofunia (free photo editing & effects site/app)


News / Current Events


  • DailyArt (a free phone app with a daily dose of art)
  • Delanceyplace (short reading excerpts delivered daily to your email)
  • Highbrow (10-day reading courses, delivered to your email)
  • Letters of Note (a collection of thought-provoking letters)
  • Tween Tribune (read news stories with different levels of difficulty)

Recipe sites 

Typing practice

Video collections

Vocabulary improvement

Word clouds

Writing prompts