Resources

Ancestry Classroom

Do you ever wonder about your ancestors, where they came from, or what life was like for them many years ago? Well, it’s time to find out who you really are. Through a grant offering, CCSD students and teachers have access to Ancestry Classroom. Ancestry Classroom offers access “to all the original and primary documents of Ancestry’s U.S. Collection for use in the K-12 classroom.” Take advantage of this limited access to discover your history.

Other helpful resources: newspaper.com and fold3.com (for military records)

Note: Ancestry Classroom is only accessible via the CCSD network on campus or through the VPN.

Book Awards 2015

The American Library Association announces the 2015 youth media award winners including Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Printz and many more. Be sure to utilize this resource list and to check out some of this year’s noteworthy titles for children and young adults.*

Citation Machine

This easy to use resource automatically generates citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian. It makes properly citing sources so easy, there’s no reason for people not to do it the right way.*

Note: Also available in your App Store!

Common Core

Learn more about the Common Core State Standards Initiative including development, frequently asked questions, links to the English Language Arts and Math Standards, and much more.

Digital Textbooks

Free Digital Textbooks

Free Digital Textbooks

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, [email protected]

August 29, 2014 — As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware that they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education’s website.

 “As we implement the new standards, we know teachers and parents need high-quality resources,” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. “We developed these textbooks and other resources for middle and high school virtual school courses, and the students who have used them have been very successful. Much of their success can be attributed to these exceptional resources in the hands of our teachers.”

 The textbooks, which can be accessed by visiting www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources, are currently available for middle and high school courses. They cover an array of content areas in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, CTAE Electives, and several World Languages (Spanish, German, French, Latin, Chinese and Japanese). Textbooks available range from courses such as Coordinate Algebra, Analytic Geometry, and Biology to electives such as Web Design, Agriculture, and Healthcare Science.

 Many of the textbooks feature supplemental or interactive content, including study guides, discussion questions, games, audio recordings, and quizzes. When learning about function families in a Coordinate Algebra textbook, students can hover over vocabulary words to view their definitions. In a Fundamentals of Web Design CTAE course, students can take interactive quizzes as they learn HTML.

These resources are aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and are free for use by schools, districts, or individuals. To access the textbooks and a list of subjects available, visit www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources, then visit the “click here” link under the “shared” heading. Visit www.gavirtuallearning.orgto access more online-learning resources from the Georgia Department of Education

 Brian Smith, Supervisor K-12 Learning Resources

Cobb County School District

Office 365

Parent Resources

Support Resources

The National World War II Museum

The National World War II Museum*

Plagiarism

In our copy and paste culture, it’s important for digital users to understand the ins and outs of incorporating secondary sources into their original works (see also the Digital Citizenship tab above), and plagiarism.org is here to help with a bounty of helpful resources.

Read Kiddo Read

James Patterson’s ReadKiddoRead.com provides resources for kids, parents, and teachers alike that are fun, engaging, and anything but boring. Patterson, originally best known for his best selling adult novels, has created quite a following of young readers. Check out his book suggestions and reviews, celebrity interviews, upcoming events and webcasts and much more via his website linked above.

Reading Assessment: A Book and a Hug

Take the ten question assessment from A Book and a Hug to learn your reading personality then use the results to help you find books fitting that style.*

Snap & Read

Text Reader

Text Reader

Snap & Read is an accessible text reader that can read any text on-screen as it floats over any application. The simple one-button interface reads both accessible and inaccessible text aloud from Flash websites, Word docs, PDFs, web-based tests, images, and even dialog boxes. This amazing resource is available on all school computers and the software is even available for check out through the media center. Access the following link for product demos, training tutorials and more.

http://donjohnston.com/snap-read/#.VD0cJlPZozg*

 

SYNERGY: STUDENT VUE

Check out the hyperlinked video for details regarding accessing your Student Vue account.

Visual Texts: Word Clouds

Wordsift*

Tagxedo*

Note: Users are responsible for educating themselves regarding the Terms of Service guidelines for all suggested resources.

*By accessing the suggested links, you will be leaving the Cobb County School District web site. Reasonable care has been taken in reviewing these links. However, CCSD is not responsible for the content of these sites nor should the link provided be considered an endorsement of the site and/or the companies represented. Parental discretion is recommended.

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