Media Center
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Getting started: 

Databases

  • Destiny: Search all Minneapolis Public School libraries from school and home.
  • Culture Grams: Country and state information including cultural perspectives.
  • African American Registry: The largest African American History website in the world!
  • Encyclopedia Britannica: Comprehensive up-to-date online encyclopedia with versions for elementary, middle and high school students.
  • ELM: Resources for Kids: Grades K-5: KidsInfobits: information in all subjects.
  • ELM 4 You: Databases, video clips, magazines, newspapers at your fingertips, includes links for teens from 6-12
  • AskMN: Get real-time answers from a librarian 24/7.
  • Research Project Calculator: Developing Cool Tools for Minnesota secondary school students and teachers.

Books & eBooks

  • Teaching Books: TeachingBooks.net is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books.
  • Tumble Readables: This collection for upper elementary and middle school readers has 125 Read-Along titles of picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle school readers, YA/teen Novels, children’s classics, classics and Shakespeare.
  • Tumblebooks: Online books for elementary and ELL students to listen and read-along; in English, Spanish and French.

Web 2.0 tools

  • Animoto: Turn your photos, video clips, and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone. Fast, free, and shockingly easy
  • Audacity: You can use Audacity to: Record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files., cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together, change the speed or pitch of a recording
  • Doodle: Doodle radically simplifies the process of scheduling events, whether they’re board or team meetings, dinners with friends, reunions, weekend trips, or anything else
  • Edmodo: Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications.
  • Google Drive: Share and archive documents. Collaborate. Create forms. Build spreadsheets. Post presentations.
  • Kidblog: Kidblog is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community.
  • Moodle: Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
  • Tagxedo: Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
  • TED Talks: Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world. Technology, Entertainment, Design
  • Twitter: Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting.
  • Wikispaces: A wiki is a space on the Web where you can share work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media — and anything else you can think of.

Keyboarding

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