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What online resources are available to parents and students?

2012 October 25
by HISD Communications

Parents of HISD students lead busy lives, and they may be unaware of all the online resources that are available to help their students learn at school and at home. The HISD Department of Library Services has provided the list of online resources below to help parents become partners with HISD schools and maximize the child’s educational experience in and outside the classroom. All resources are available free of charge to HISD parents.

Click here for more details and speak with your campus librarian for login information.

  • BrainPop provides various resources supporting many areas of the curriculum that is aligned to academic standards.
  • Discovery Education is a digital video-based learning resource from Discovery Education. This web based video archive provides on-demand access to 50,000 content-specific segments from 5,000 full-length educational videos- including more than 1,000 new videos in subject areas including foreign language, secondary math, science, and language arts.
  • EbscoHost provides access to reference databases, online journals, and books in subject areas such as business, science, biography, literature and consumer health. 
  • FollettShelf is a library of eBooks that are digital editions of print titles with extra features that accelerate learning.
  • Gale Cengage provides students with access to traditional literary reference works, critical information on authors and their works, and current journal articles, biographies, essays, full-text magazines, glossaries, historical overviews, photographs, audio files to answer research needs.  
  • Nettrekker organizes websites around the K–12 curricula. Users can search by grade level, subject directory, keyword, famous person, and find lesson plans, images, learning exercises, games, pictures, or maps and charts. Special content is provided for ELL learners
  • Proquest provides access to more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, reference books, historical documents, and transcripts-plus thousands of pictures, maps, educator-approved websites, and audio/video content.
  • Teaching Books provides original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of professional book readings, guides to thousands of titles and a wealth of multimedia resources on children’s and young adult literature.
  • Teen Health & Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers is a comprehensive database that allows teens (and those who care about teens) to research health-related issues important to their well-being.

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