Check out these Digital Resources for the classroom or at home!
This website offers a selection of free ebooks and excerpts that you can read on any device. It is not downloadable, and the books are only available for a specific time period, so be mindful of that. The books they offer are all recent releases, and all genres. Right now, I know they have Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Burn for Burn by Jenny Han, and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, along with several others. You will have to create an account, but there are no other requirements.
This is a link to apply for a library card online, which you can then use on the Libby app to check out ebooks. Libby also has a large selection of books, but the downside here is that you may be put on a waitlist for books because they are “checked out” just like in a regular library.
This site allows you to borrow books for free from an online archive. It has a huge variety! I randomly searched for books, and I know for certain they have Harry Potter, the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, Gary Paulsen books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and more. You have to have an account here, too, but that’s it.
Scribd has offered a free 30 day trial for anyone that is not already a member. If I were you, I would leave this as a last resort, because after 30 days you have to pay. I did not do much research into the requirements of this because I did not want to have to start my 30 day trial yet, but I do know that it has a large selection. You must download the Scribd app on your device to use it. I believe you will have to put in credit or debit card info to start your free trial, and cancel it before the end of the 30 days or you will be charged. You can look through what they offer before you decide to start your free trial to see if it’s worth it. If you choose to keep the subscription, it is $9.99/mo, and it really does have a TON of excellent books, audiobooks, magazines, and even sheet music (from all genres and artists) for anyone stuck at home with an instrument. So if you’ve been wanting to learn how to play ‘Truth Hurts’ by Lizzo on your tuba, now is your time.
-From Mrs. Jefferson, High School Library Media Specialist
Audible has released a selection of audiobooks for free. You don’t even have to have an account! Both the teen and tween sections have good choices, and many of the elementary choices are fun, too.
-From Mrs. Jefferson, High School Library Media Specialist
ReadingIQ is an advanced digital library and literacy platform for children through 6th grade that provides access to thousands of high-quality books, all curated by experts to advance literacy. ReadingIQ includes many books in Spanish, and an offline mode that does not require continuous Internet connectivity.
A free library of over 60,000 free eBooks that include a children’s literature category where kids can download or read online classics like “Little Women” and “Peter Pan.”
Social Studies, History & Social Sciences
Big History Project
Big History Project is a free online social studies course that emphasizes skill development as students draw mind-blowing connections between past, present and future. This multidisciplinary approach is focused on high school students, yet designed for anyone seeking answers to the big questions about the history of our Universe.
For elementary to high school students with lessons that engage through stories and podcasts. Segments in categories like Physics & Chemistry, Earth Science, Brain and Biology, and more will provide kids with a new way of seeing science.
Multiple Subject Areas Resources
IDEAS AETN Online Learning Resources
Wide Open School
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.
Access to Britannica E-Books is easy and comes with options.
- Go to https://ebooks.eb.com and use the username/password authentication below. Or download the iPublishCentral Reader for offline use. You will have the option after you login to your bookshelf to read either online or offline. Once you login on a particular device you will not need to login again.
- After downloading the spreadsheet you can click on the individual titles to go directly to that particular book.
My Folder can be accessed after logging in with the above account. You will have to create your own unique username and password to be able to highlight and take notes.
ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy is the leading and most comprehensive digital early learning resource for students in preschool through 2nd grade. ABCmouse offers a research-validated curriculum with more than 10,000 individual Learning Activities and more than 850 complete lessons along our Step-by-Step Learning Path. ABCmouse includes a significant amount of Spanish language content.
Adventure Academy is a massively popular multiplayer online game (MMO) for students in 3rd through 8th grade. Adventure Academy brings learning to life as it builds critical knowledge of essential curriculum topics with thousands of learning activities in language arts, math, science, and social studies in a safe and engaging virtual world.
BrainPOP is here to help you and your curious learners stay informed and on-track with free access during school closures.
How-To Videos from FSD Faculty
How to Use Student Email from Mrs. Robson
The Metropolitan Opera
Met to launch “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure
This free app site is perfect to work on a series of practice exercises. From Arabic to Portuguese, kids will not fall behind with these fun and educational lessons.
Online Virtual Tours
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli is one of the jewels of the Uffizi collection. The 16th-century halls of The Uffizi Gallery are available for exploring via Google Maps. One of the world’s most prominent museums, its Italian Renaissance collection is unmatched.
London’s Tate Modern is known for its collection of modern and contemporary art spanning from 1900 to the present day work. Since 2000, Tate Modern has been housed in the former Bankside Power Station, on the south side of the Thames.
Housed in a former railway station, the Musée d'Orsay is filled with French art dating from the mid-19th and early 20th centuries.
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the Dutch national art museum and home to the largest collection of masterpieces by Dutch artists like Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Museo Nacional de Antropología
The national museum of Mexico, Museo Nacional de Antropología is the largest and most-visited in the country. It’s best known for its vast collection of pre-Columbian era artifacts from current-day Mexico, as well as those from former Mexican territory in the southwest U.S.
It may have opened just more than 10 years ago in 2009, but the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, is home to archaeological artifacts spanning from nearly 5,000 years ago found on the nearby Acropolis, home to the Parthenon— both the ruins and the neighboring museum are free to explore virtually on Google Maps.
The Louvre Museum
The Louvre in Paris offers free virtual tours (Flash required) of several of its most popular exhibits online.