HELPING YOUR FAMILY

School from Home

Virtual Communications
Tutorials and More
Advanced Research
STEAM
English and Languages
Music

VIRTUAL COMMUNICATION

Teachers at many local schools are utilizing Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Google Classroom to connect with their students. We've collected a few tutorials here to help you get started learning with these tools.

Microsoft Teams
Tutorials below are from Fresno Unified (login information may differ for your student's school):
Microsoft Teams for Families
Microsoft Teams for Families (Spanish)

Zoom
How to Use Zoom for Students & Parents
Como Usar Zoom Para Clases On-line

Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts Meet Guide for Teachers, Students and Parents in 2020
tutorial uso de Google Meet

Google Classroom
Student Guide to Google Classroom
Getting to Google Classroom at Home (PDF from Clovis Unified)

New to distance learning? Click on the links below for some handy recommendations for beginners, as well as those looking to enhance their child’s learning experiences.
General Tips for Transitioning to Remote Learning, from Microsoft
Low-Tech DIY Strategies for Students with Learning Challenges – Education Modified
Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning - American Association of School Libraries
Home-Learning Resources for Librarians, Educators and Parents – Demco
SEL (Social & Emotional Learning) Resources for Parents, Educators & School Communities Related to COVID-19


TUTORIALS

Free educational resources abound at FCPL and on the open web, if you know where to look! We’ve gathered a few links here to help you easily access some of the best.

Learning Express – School Center
Tutorials and practices (many subjects), for elementary, middle school, and high school students.
Khan Academy
Free, expert-created tutorials and other content for a wide variety of courses and grade/age levels, including AP (Advanced Placement) and college admissions test-prep resources.
Khan Academy Kids
Free, fun educational content for children ages 2-7.
PBS Learning Media
Free standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans and more, for teachers and parents.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Day-to-day projects to keep kids PreK-9th grade reading, thinking and learning.
Keep Learning: Resources to Support Families and Student Success – Families in Schools
A directory of selected online learning resources in core subjects (Math, English, Social Studies/History, Science, Foreign Languages, etc.), including recommendations for Special Education learners.
YouTube Learning
Video resources and activities to enhance student learning, brought to you by Google and Khan Academy. Explore learning by age group or subject.
SchoolTube
A YouTube-style video-sharing site, featuring only educational and student-produced content for K-12 audiences.
East Bay Scholars
Free reading, writing, and math classes and other educational opportunities for elementary and middle-school students, all provided online by a team of high-school students.


RESEARCH

Britannica Escolar
Un excelente recurso digital en español que ayuda a enriquecer el aprendizaje de los estudiantes de primaria y secundaria.
Britannica School
Browse thousands of up-to-date and K-12 curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools and links to recommended web sites.
Funk & Wagnall’s New Encyclopedia
A general-purpose encyclopedia, featuring informational articles of use to children, teens, and adults.
Newspaper Source Plus
Need a news article? Click here to search a collection of over 1,000 regional, national, and international newspapers, plus television and radio news transcripts.
Explora
Find reliable, high-quality articles from leading magazines and reference books. Get started with this tutorial.
Academic Search Complete
Need scholarly journal articles on a topic? Search a wide variety of academic and professional journals here.


ENGLISH & LANGUAGE-LEARNING

Literary Reference Center
Find literary criticism, plot summaries, biographies, poems, short stories and reviews.
Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
Read hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems and short stories, plus biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques.
Points of View Reference Center
Working on a pro/con assignment? Easily find pro and con articles, background information, and research guides on a wide range of controversial issues. 
CommonLit
A free collection of fiction and nonfiction texts for grades 3-12, plus annotation tools, guiding and discussion questions, translations into various languages, and text narration.
TeachingBooks.net
Experience 12,500+ read-along audiobook performances; meet authors and illustrators with exclusive videos and recordings; find resources and assignments to tie in with the books you’re reading; discover new books to match your interests—and more!
Get started freely using the site by following these login instructions:

  • Go to TeachingBooks.net/SignIn
  • For the username, type in: fresno
  • For the password, type in: teachingbooksK12library
  • Click "Sign In."

Mango Languages
Develop everyday conversation skills in 70+ world languages.
Pronunciator
Learn over 50 non-English languages, starting from English, Spanish, or a host of other languages.
Duolingo
Learn 30+ languages with the free mobile app or via your web browser, earning points for completing challenges.


STEAM

Science Reference Center
Access articles from academic journals, magazines, and other sources on a variety of science topics.
ScienceFlix
Interactive science information for kids aged 10-16, for homework and general interest.
Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE)
A wide variety of activities (online curriculum, modules, and/or simulations), tools, as well as tips to support remote student learning—brought to you by a network for STEM education researchers funded by the National Science Foundation. Search by grade level, content area, type (activity, tip, tool) and/or learner (student or teacher).
Stuck at Home Science   by the California Science Center
Fun science activities that make use of household supplies! New activities posted every weekday at 10 am.
STEM Learning Ecosystems
Links to online resources (including activities) to engage students during the pandemic, plus webinars and workshops that share practical tips, virtual experiments and other concrete tools families can use to enhance their children’s learning.
Hacking STEM Library by Microsoft
Downloadable, hands-on, teacher-tested projects and activities using everyday materials to make STEM affordable, accessible, and fun.
Boolean Girl
Learn to code, build, invent and animate through live online events every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 1 pm PST.
Code at Home by Girls Who Code
Computer Science educational activities available for free download. New activities are released weekly.
CS Unplugged
Learn Computer Science concepts through a collection of free games and puzzles that can be assembled from stuff in your house.
Natural History Museum of Utah Research Quests
Led by NHMU scientists who are experts in their fields, analyze evidence and Help solve mysteries scientists are still trying to figure out!
Cabin Fever Science
At-home science experiments for younger kids, presented by a kid.


HISTORY & CIVICS

History Reference Center
Find historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents to help you with your school research projects.
Latino American Experience
Learn about the varied experiences, culture, and history of Latinos in America.
Biography Reference Center
Look up biographies of famous people around the world, past and present.
Smithsonian’s History Explorer
An easily-searchable collection of interactives, videos, museum artifacts and other resources helpful to history teachers and students.
iCivics
Free, engaging civics content, including lesson plans and digital games, content about media literacy, and Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics prep.
Discover our Shared Heritage - National Parks Service
Virtually explore thousands of places significant to American history and culture.
Google Arts & Culture Open Heritage
Visit important world heritage sites virtually, in 3-D!