Links for Educators
Americanliterature.com links to hundreds of complete works including novels, short stories, and poems.
Professional titles for educators. Click here for the password info.
BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Includes short video clips, activities, and various testing options. Refer to password list for login information.
Discovery Education offers a breadth and depth of digital media content that is immersive, engaging and brings the world into the classroom to give every student a chance to experience fascinating people, places, and events. Refer to password list for login information.
Edutopia is an educational website and magazine that was created by filmmaker George Lucas after he founded the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) in 1991. The non-profit organization was formed as an effort to spread exemplary educational practices for grades K-12 throughout the country via various media such as books, documentary films, and the Internet.
HRVH provides access to historical materials from digital collections contributed by colleges, libraries, archives, historical societies, museums and cultural organizations from the following counties in New York State: Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Westchester.
The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.
Learn360 is an interactive media-on-demand service for the K-12 educational market that provides educators and students the power to meet and exceed 21st century educational expectations across all curriculums. Learn360 contains over 8,000 full videos from PBS, National Geographic, A&E Television Networks, Weston Woods, Sunburst Visual Media and many other K-12 content providers. Longer videos are clipped into approximately 40,000 shorter segments. There are also thousands of audio files, images and print resources. The content is searchable by keyword, subject, grade-level, format, state curriculum standards and more. Refer to password list for login information.
Browse free educational audiobooks, MP3 downloads, podcasts, and videos.
LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your own computer:
The Foundation for the National Archives works in partnership with the National Archives to “open the stacks” of the Archives and enable millions of visitors to interact personally with the original records of our democracy through the National Archives Experience, filling the public spaces of its flagship building in Washington, D.C., with exciting exhibitions and varied learning opportunities.
Newsela Essentials, helps teachers integrate literacy across subject areas with texts that are engaging and accessible to students and relevant to all classrooms. Resources include: an extensive library of authentic cross-topic nonfiction texts from the world’s best publications across 20+ genres. You will also find leveled texts presented to students at their recommended reading level to support differentiation; along with multiple choice standards aligned quizzes and customizable write prompts to strengthen student comprehension. Login with your school Google credentials. Your account will be automatically be upgrades. Go to Settings to Create a Class.
NoodleTools is an online research management platform that promotes critical thinking and authentic research. Students stay organized as they evaluate information, build accurate citations, archive source material, take notes, outline topics, prepare to write, and create a bibliography. Tools for collaboration make sharing easy between student research partners as well as students and teachers. Students and staff can sign in with Google.
WMHT and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for New York teachers.
Install the Screencastify browser extension to easily record, edit, and share videos. Use your OCS email to set up your school account.
Shmoop is a digital textbook publisher, offering lively learning guides created by experts and educators. Writers come from Ph.D. and Masters programs at Stanford, Harvard, and Berkeley. Shmoop aims to make its readers better lovers of literature, history, poetry, civics, life….Subjects span from middle school to college levels, with an emphasis on high school curriculum. Shmoop’s mission: To make learning and writing fun and relevant for students in the digital age.
Show / A New Way to Look at the World
Learn about the world by changing the familiar map. Select a subject from the menu and watch the countries on the map change their size. Instead of land mass, the size of each country will represent the data for that subject --both its share of the total and absolute value.
Rosen uses helpful features, including time lines, multimedia, and primary documents, to cover a variety of cornerstone topics. History and science are presented through a hybrid of ebooks, clickable chronologies, narrated audios, expandable maps, and other features. Each title includes an “Explore This Page” menu with navigable links: “Vocabulary Words” and “More About." The “Vocabulary Words” section is a page-by-page glossary that highlights each word on the page that appears in bold font. Clicking on the word causes an information box to appear with a brief definition of the word. Students can click on “Say It” to hear the pronunciation of the word and read the definition. The “Primary Source” and “Video Clip” add depth to a topic. A “Listen” icon allows users to hear an actor narrated speach to text for the current pages. Hovering the cursor over the bottom of the page allows a menu to pop up containing helpful links: “Table of Contents,” “Browse Pages,” “Primary Source List,” “Index,” “View Book Full Screen,” and “View Printable Items.” The database is usable on Chromebooks, tablets, smartphones, and interactive whiteboards. Teacher Resources include an “Instructional Support” section with several links for teacher use: a planning guide, a lesson plan, a list of events and dates, information on people and places to know, and vocabulary/word sort. Refer to password list for login information.
TeacherTube provides an online community of instructional videos. These videos are not blocked. You can request to have your own videos or videos from Youtube to be downloaded to Teachertube.
Produced for K-12 educators, Teach This Poem features one poem a week from our online poetry collection, accompanied by interdisciplinary resources and activities designed to help teachers quickly and easily bring poetry into the classroom.
TEDTalks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. Under the moniker "ideas worth spreading," talks were released online. They rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions. Indeed, the reaction was so enthusiastic that the entire TED website has been reengineered around TEDTalks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world's most inspiring voices.
Click HERE to view a spreadsheet of all TEDTalks (with links).
Teaching Books is a diverse and constantly growing collection of multimedia k-12 book and author resources that integrates books throughout the curriculum. Refer to password list for login information.
Vital NY on Teacher's Domain
VITAL New York on Teachers’ Domain is a free digital media service for educational use, brought to you by the New York State public broadcasting stations and their partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.
Updated August 29, 2020