Links and Resources

Below are a wide variety of resources for students, teachers, and parents.  Please let me know if you have other sites that would be good to add to this list.



Tools for Students


All about reading
Research & Presentations
Have some fun!
What's going on in the world?
Coding 
Robotics
  • Wonder Workshop has a variety of fun apps to use with Dash and Dot (robots)
  • Tickle - we use this to program WeDos, Dash, and BB8
  • Lego WeDo - We have several Lego WeDo kits in the robotics lab this year.  Students will get a chance to explore basic programming and STEM concepts with this kits later this year.



Tools for Teachers


Instruction
Research & Presentation
  • AllSides: See how the news is reported from the right, center, and left. Better understand all sides.
  • Newseum: Today's Front Pages: See how the news is being reported around the world.
  • FactCheck.org: There are a lot of things said by politicians these days, with lots of data and stats. Is it all accurate or even true? 
  • Search CC: Use this site to search articles, images, videos and more, all with a Creative Commons filter to find media you can use for school.
  • EasyBib: Teach students how to generate citations in MLA, APA and Chicago formats for bibliographies.
  • Newslea: News and other nonfiction text for kids, with lesson plans for teachers!
  • Pics4Learning: A curated image library that is safe and free for education. 
  • Photos for class: Free (Creative Commons Licensed) photos for use in education.
Assessment
  • WeVideo: Get creative with audio, video, and even greenscreen! Every student has a story tell. (HSD has a district-wide license for WeVideo)
  • Canva: Easily create infographics with a variety of designs and templates.
  • Rubric Maker: Create custom rubrics for your classroom.
  • Wixie: An online publishing platform for students to create and share using writing, voice, and art.
Research

Book Awards





Tools for Parents


Coding & Robotics
We will be setting up accounts at many of these sites throughout the year.  Please remind your child to log in first if they want to use them at home.  That way their work will be saved and transferable between home and school.
iPad Apps
  • WeVideo: Get creative with audio, video, and even greenscreen! Every student has a story tell.
  • iMovie: make awesome videos
  • GarageBand: - make music and have fun

Typing
  • Typing Club:  All students have login accounts on this site and use them during school to practice typing skills.  Please encourage your child to practice at home as well, remembering to log in first so their progress is documented.

Media
  • Common Sense Media: This is a great website for evaluating all things media.  They review books, movies, video games, and more.  I love that they give detailed reviews, broken down by categories such as commercialism, sex, language, drugs, and violence.  They also provided a insightful overview of the media, alerting parents to potential scary situations, or situations such as death or divorce that may require further conversation. 
  • Biblionasium:  Find, review, and share your love of books!