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Online Resources

Students and families have more choices to find secondary school-oriented learning educational content with the growing availability of websites and downloadable apps on Apple iTunes and GooglePlay. We recognize that each student is unique and though these tools can be useful, people should be cautious about how much time is spent online. When using apps on phones and tablets, people should know and understand the app developer's identity, terms of use, content, etc. to make an informed decision about their inclusion in your daily usage. 

The list of resources provided here is a small number of many sources that may be useful in the composition of student reports, presentations, and school projects. We encourage you to explore what works best for you and to make suggestions to us so that that we can work together in appreciating new and different ways of learning in a digital world.

 

Updated: 9/30/20

 

Amazing Educational Resources

This resource contains dozens of listings with descriptions of online educational resources. Families can find many free lesson plans to download and links to numerous videos. Currently, the list is available as a Google Sheets document. There is also a Facebook group in which members can converse and seek each other for best tips and support. The listings are extensive; we suggest exploring to find what looks most beneficial.

 

American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT)

The AACT website provides useful instructional materials for elementary, middle, and high school students. Materials may feature a teacher's guide, student activity, and sometimes a video. Range of subjects include acids & bases, atomic structure, equilibrium, gases, molecules, states of matter, and more.

 

American Literature

This resource has content for elementary, middle, and high school students.

According to their description:

"The American Literature Library has thousands of FREE short stories and classic books free for you to enjoy. The site features a vast short story library and great authors from around the world as well as books, stories, poems, quotations and searchable quotes. Don't miss our short story collections, children's library and Christmas stories. The American Literature site has been serving readers, writers, teachers and students with public domain content and original commentary for more than twenty years."

 

Contra Costa County Library System (CCCLib)

In recent years, the CCCLib offers a variety of digital websites and tools for kids and teens. 

 

Coolmath Games

This site manages several websites for different audiences and they collectively present basic mathematical concepts in fun and entertaining ways. The link below covers subjects such as pre-algebra, algebra, and pre-calculus. Free lessons and games can make learning complex subjects easier to grasp.

According to their description:

"Coolmath Games is a fun brain-training site for everyone, where logic, thinking and math meet fun and games."

 

Exploratorium

The Exploratorium, located along San Francisco's waterfront at Pier 15, is world-renowned for its educational focus on the sciences suitable for children, young adults, and generally people of all ages. The institution currently offers a Learning Toolbox which focuses on various phenomena in nature and the science behind them. 

 

Internet Archive

This resource provides content for a huge variety of collections of books and media. Their collections range from mainstream to the eclectic, accessible with free registration.

According to their description:

"Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more."

 

Junior Achievement of Northern California

This nonprofit collaborates with many companies, nonprofits, and organizations to educate young adults and enhance understanding of financial literacy, business fundamentals, and professional growth. In addition to hosting various events around the Bay Area that students attend through school field trips, JA has a robust website that includes virtual learning. Some events and online activities may require free registration. 

 

Khan Academy

This nonprofit has grown in recent years to become an essential resource for learners of all ages. The website and videos, many of them accessible on YouTube, offer comprehensive exploration of various subjects in practical and easily relatable language. Subjects range from language, grammar, math, mathematical concepts, science, history, etc. Watching videos allows viewers to set their own learning pace.

 

MDUSD: Remote Learning Teacher Resources Page

MDUSD has compiled lists of educational resources to foster effective student access to remote learning. The lists are on separate Google Docs as described below. 

 

PBS LearningMedia

PBS and local stations present a large collection of materials and media applicable to all ages. Visitors of this site can search by topic and grade levels.

 

Picture This: California Perspectives on American History

This website showcases historic information and images from the Oakland Museum of California. It covers the land presently known as California from pre-1769 to the present, giving voice to the diverse peoples and cultures that inhabit this land. Students can view the images and read the stories about them that will add context and essentially bring the pictures to life.

 

ProCon.org

This nonprofit provides opposing pro/con views on a variety of subjects that are deemed controversial. The views are described in nonpartisan language, and context is provided in the forms of brief historical summaries, quotations, and citation of sources. This site can be useful in aiding students with writing reports and presentations.  

According to their description:

"The mission statement at ProCon.org is: "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial ideas in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format."

 

Smithsonian Open Access

The Smithsonian, a world-renowned institution and collection of museums in Washington D.C., is making millions of images from their collection available through this website. Website users can search for any keywords or use advanced search functions. 

 

Stanford History Education Group

The Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) is an award-winning research and development group that has numerous history and civic educational materials available for free. Teachers and students can create a personal account to access US and World history lessons, videos, a variety of assessments, and civic lesson materials.

 

WebAnatomy

Developed at the University of Minnesota, this website is a study aid for students learning human anatomy. This website allows users to take an interactive self-test on correctly naming anatomical parts of the human body.