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Palm Beach County Schools brings the best of the web to you right here in Learning Tools! You'll find research tools for your projects, get help with your homework and more using the links below.

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Student Resources in Context

Student Resources in Context provides topic perspectives by integrating a multitude of content, including: 79,000 reference articles, 15 million periodical and newspaper articles from the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and many others, 4,200 primary sources and video and audio content from NBC, NPR and many other respected sources
WorldBook Discover World Book Discover includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video. Be sure to check out the World Book Explains video series where experts on all topics answer questions posed to World Book by students!

World Book Students

World Book Students gives you access to great information in an easy-to-read format. You'll also find lots of images, sound files, and more to enhance your research projects and presentations.
World Book Advanced World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedic, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.
World Book Dramatic Learning With scripts and ideas for plays that you can perform, Dramatic Learning is a fun way to learn about all sorts of topics!

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netTrekker has all sorts of great websites that teachers have already previewed to make sure they are helpful and accurate. Use netTrekker for Middle School Students to save yourself time when you are looking for great resources online without having to search and search and search.


eLibrary Curriculum has a gigantic collection of materials for your use in presentations, reports, and more. You can find more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, reference books, and transcripts-plus thousands of pictures, maps, and educator-approved websites.
eLibrary Science eLibrary Science allows you to explore thousands of full-text and multimedia files for research and to help you understand concepts in science. Teachers can use the service to find engaging science materials, lessons, and activities for students.
Ask a Librarian Need help finding information for a report or project? Library Closed? Use Ask a Librarian to chat with a real librarian who will help you with your research. Open until Midnight on weekdays! (This service is only available from your home computer.)
Internet Public Library Internet Public Library Teenspace is a great place to get help on writing research papers and for finding information about a variety of topics.
Newspapers Visit the Newspaper and Periodical Listing page for a complete list of local and national news outlets where you can find current events and breaking news.
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Help With Homework!


Tim and Moby explain the Mysteries of the Universe at BrainPOP, and give you all sorts of good information that will help you understand the things you do in class. You'll find lots of information about the topics you're studying and all sorts of fun things to do at BrainPOP.
Edline You'll find many of the textbooks for your courses at your teachers' Edline home pages as well as information about assignments, your progress reports, and news about your class. You can choose your school from this complete listing of Edline sites in Palm Beach County then login with your own account information.
Khan Academy With a library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 240 practice exercises, Khan Academy is on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
Glencoe's Virtual Manipulatives Glencoe's Virtual Manipulatives can help students master math. From basic math to algebra and geometry, the manipulatives can be a great tool to help you with homework.
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Get Creative!

Pixlr Pixlr gives you all the power and features of an expensive image editor, but for free! Create a masterpiece from scratch, edit your own images, or use their express and automatic tools to create an awesome image with ease!
Glogster logo Glogster.Edu provides a creative, dynamic, and innovative digital environment where you can make virtual posters by combining text, images, sounds and even video.
Wordle Example Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text and you can choose from any number of designs to illustrate your writing.
Prezi Prezi provides free accounts that you can use with your students to create truly fresh and innovative methods for creating presentations. Tired of PowerPoint? Give Prezi a try!
Voicethread A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).
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Individual Learning

Compass Learning Odyssey

CompassLearning Odyssey provides middle school students within the School District of Palm Beach County an excellent opportunity for remediation and course recovery. The program allows students who are falling behind during the school year in one subject to make up course work so they can move on to the next grade.

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Riverdeep Destination Series: Destination and Edmark House Series courseware are web-based programs that can be accessed from school or home. Currently, courses are available in Math for PreK-12, Reading for PreK-8, and Science, Social Studies, and Music for PreK-2 grade level abilities.

V Math Vmath provides instruction on math concepts that work hand-on-hand with your classroom lessons.
Core Assessment Center The CORE Assessment Center provides you with the results of the classroom diagnostic tests that you've taken. You only need your student ID number to access reports and find out more about how you're meeting your own learning goals.
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