Educational Resources

Take Home Containers with Food
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March 27, 2020
Leah Harding
Leah Harding, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director
July 8, 2020
Father and son working together on a laptop at home

We all miss you very much.  We hope that you are able to work on your assignments, reading for enjoyment, and discovering new things.  This is a very unique opportunity to think about what you want to learn and go for it!  Have an adventure from home! 

We know your teachers are doing a great job with staying in touch with you and giving you ideas to keep your brain growing.  Here is a list of helpful websites so that you never run out of ideas for your learning. 

Keep up with your E-learning assignments:  https://www.d41.org

Learn to code and design video games:  http://www.code.org

Try some at-home science lessons:   http://www.mysteryscience.com

Scholastic’s free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Be a Jr. Ranger by participating in National Parks Service activities:  http://www.nps.gov/kids/junior-rangershtm

Pretend to travel the world.Go on a virtual tour of 12 famous museums: https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

List of thinking games by grade: https://allinonehomeschool.com/thinking/

Some Online resources to search:

  • BrainPop       
  • Curiosity Stream
  • Tynker
  • Outschool
  • iReady
  • Beast Academy (Math)
  • Khan Academy
  • Creative Bug
  • Discovery Education

YouTube Channels with fun learning:

  • Crash Course Kids
  • Science Channel
  • SciShow Kids
  • National Geographic Kids
  • Free School
  • Geography Focus
  • TheBrainScoop
  • SciShow
  • Kids Learning Tube
  • Geeek Gurl Diaries
  • Mike Likes Science
  • Science Max
  • SoulPancake

More awesome free learning websites:

https://www.starfall.com/h/

https://www.abcya.com/

https://www.funbrain.com/

https://www.splashlearn.com/

https://www.storylineonline.net/

https://pbskids.org/

https://www.highlightskids.com/

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

https://www.coolmath4kids.com/

http://www.mathgametime.com/

https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/

http://www.literactive.com/Home/index.asp

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

https://www.switchzoo.com/

https://www.seussville.com/

https://www.turtlediary.com/

https://www.e-learningforkids.org/

Information from District 41 regarding technology access for student learning:

New Gmail Accounts for Elementary Students

In an effort to provide more access to communication tools for students and teachers, Gmail accounts will be enabled for our students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade.  Previously this was not an option to our elementary students, however, given these extraordinary circumstances, we feel open lines of communication between students and teachers will benefit from access to email. 

Access to email will be available by the end of today, however, students will NOT receive email from anyone outside our d41.org domain, so no outside emails will be delivered.  Also, students will not be able to receive email from other students, only teachers. A monitoring solution is in place to scan for inappropriate language or content in the emails.  Any language/content that triggers this filter will automatically trigger an alert that will be sent via email to the school principal. 

Using Zoom to Keep Us Connected

We have also begun using an online conferencing solution called Zoom. Teachers have access to this service to create closed online classrooms with students.  Invitations sent to students can be received through Gmail or Google Classroom and will allow students to join the conference. For this reason we have also enabled the cameras included with their Chromebooks so students will be able to see and hear their teacher during the lesson (see Student Expectations below for directions on using the camera).

Student Expectations and Directions

We expect all students to be respectful, responsible and safe online and to understand that the district Acceptable Use Policy still pertains to them when they are at home. You can find expectations and directions for Gmail and Chromebook cameras.

We encourage parents to have conversations with their child/children about their digital citizenship.  This is an exciting time for our students to learn new communication skills in an authentic way! It remains important to remember to continuously monitor their usage of and interactions through technology.

Mike Wood
Director of Technology,
District 41 Glen Ellyn Schools

Nuevas cuentas de Gmail para Estudiantes de Primaria en Distrito 41

En un esfuerzo por ofrecer mayor acceso a las herramientas de comunicación para los estudiantes y maestros, cuentas de gmail serán habilitadas para nuestros estudiantes desde el Jardín de Niños hasta el 5to grado. Anteriormente no era una opción para nuestros estudiantes de primaria, sin embargo, dadas estas extraordinarias circunstancias, sentimos al tener líneas abiertas de comunicación entre estudiantes y maestros será de beneficio tener acceso a los correos electrónicos (email).

El acceso a las cuentas de correo electrónico estará disponible al final del día de hoy, sin embargo, los estudiantes NO podrán recibir correos electrónicos de nadie que esté fuera de nuestro dominio d41.org, así que no podrán recibir correos externos. También, los estudiantes no podrán recibir correos electrónicos de otros estudiantes, solamente de los maestros. Una solución de monitoreo será utilizada para filtrar lenguaje y contenido inapropiado en los correos electrónicos. Cualquier palabra o contenido inapropiado que detecte el filtro, enviará inmediatamente una alerta, que será enviada inmediatamente al director de la escuela vía correo electrónico.

Usando Zoom para Mantenernos Conectados

Hemos comenzado a usar un sistema de conferencias en línea llamado Zoom. Los maestros tienen acceso a este servicio creado para crear grupos cerrados de clases con los estudiantes. Las invitaciones enviadas a los estudiantes pueden ser recibidas a través de Gmail o el Salón de Clases de Google y permite a los estudiantes unirse a una conferencia. Por esta razón, también hemos activado las cámaras incluidas en los chromebooks para que sus estudiantes puedan ver y escuchar a su maestro durante las lecciones (Ver más adelante Expectativos de los Estudiantes, para instrucciones de como usar la cámara).

Expectativas de los Estudiantes e Instrucciones

Nosotros esperamos que todos los estudiantes sean respetuosos, responsable y cuidadosos en línea y que entiendan que La Política de Uso Aceptable de nuestro distrito aún aplica a ellos incluso estando en casa. Usted puede consultar las  expectativas e instrucciones para las cuentas de Gmail y las cámaras de las Chromebooks.

Motivamos a los padres para que tengan una conversación su(s) hijo(s) acerca de lo que es un buen ciudadano digital. Este es un tiempo muy emocionante para nuestros estudiantes en el que aprenderán nuevas habilidades de comunicación de una forma muy auténtica! Sigue siendo muy importante el recordarles a ellos y continuamente monitorear el uso e interacciones que tengan a través de los dispositivos  tecnológicos.

Mike Wood
Director de Tecnologías
Distrito Escolar 41

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