Instructify.com: Reviews of Free Teaching Tools for Teachers by Teachers

Instructify.com is chock full of reviews and links to free resources for instructors. While the main demographic seems to be K-12 instructors, there are certainly tools here for college writing courses. The site is a bit clunky and silo-y, but the resources reviewed here are incredibly useful. With close to 1,500 posts there is surely something here for everyone.

I am particularly drawn to the “writing” tag (of course) – instructify.com/tag/writing. This tag features reviews of gems like Let Them Sing it For You, comic strip creators, Vintage Technology, and more. Remember, all the tools and resources featured on Instructify are free.

Books Without the Burden

Books are expensive; textbooks are outrageously expensive. And heavy. So even if you’re a die-hard print lover, this list of free books available online can ease your burden (both financially and physically).

The first and most obvious is the heavy hitter: Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg runs off of donations and impressively manages to provide over 42,000 high quality free e-books, and most are available in multiple file formats.

For textbooks, we have textbookrevolution.org. The site can be a bit annoying to navigate – broken links scattered through the navigation become frustrating quickly. On the bright side though, textbookrevolution has over 1000 free textbooks available on a variety of subjects. There’s also en.wikibooks.org, an open source/open collection of informational books that utilizes the familiar wiki structure to crowdsource the content.

Finally, if you’re looking for a beach read to throw on your kindle, there’s publicbookshelf.com. Public Bookshelf has a community built around romance novels, and as such some of their top hits include Sense and Sensibility, Princess Zara, and a fictional biography of Jane Austen.

The full list at justenglish has 103 entries separated into even more categories, like foreign language novels, poetry, and even illustrated children’s books.

Open Access Online Feminist Journals, curated by HASTAC scholars

hastac_logoYou’re going to want to bookmark this post, or at least bookmark the resource – A free list of free online peer-reviewed feminist journals. Shoutout to HASTAC scholar Lori Beth De Hertogh and post commenters for putting the list together.

Many of the journals listed here are relevant to rhetoric and writing – Harlot; Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology; and The Fibreculture Journal: Digital Media + Networks + Transdisciplinary Critique, to name a few. In addition to considering this list for publication potential, also consider the use of these feminist journals in your scholarship and classrooms.

Imagination Library

80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children (Source). These same children often go without age-appropriate books available at home as well. This can set them up at a disadvantage from their very first moments in the education system.

Dolly Parton is out to change that. Imagination Library is her project, founded in 1996. Families who sign up can receive one age-appropriate book each month, starting at age 5. Imagination Library serves families in America, Canada, the UK, and Australia.

If you know a child that could use an opportunity like this, point their parents this way and pass on the #weekoffree love to those who need it most.