Databases are collections of vetted and reliable resources. Databases are especially helpful in more academic research.
You can log in to most of our databases from home without a password. They use special geolocation links that will give you access from anywhere within the state of Massachusetts.
If you have trouble getting in, take a look at our passwords page in Google Docs. You'll need to be logged in to view it.
These sites give a general overview of Natural Disasters and Hazards or have in depth information on a variety of types of disasters. To search, use the site's search feature (usually a magnifying glass or a search box) to do a keyword search on your topic, or click on the picture of your topic when available.
Fiction and nonfiction titles on Natural Disasters from Sora (use NPS LASID account to access).
Fiction and nonfiction titles on Storms from Sora (use NPS LASID account to access).
Fiction and nonfiction titles on Weather from Sora (use NPS LASID account to access).
Fiction and nonfiction titles on Natural Disasters from Lightbox (Free for now resource, click for access information).
Fiction and nonfiction titles on Storms from Lightbox (Free for now resource, click for access information).
Fiction and nonfiction titles on Weather from Lightbox (Free for now resource, click for access information).
Create animated videos and presentations using Powtoon. Powtoon is available for free in NPS GoogleDrive Apps.
- Login to your NPS GoogleDrive account
- Create > Connect more apps > search for Powtoon > click Connect
- Create, select PowToon
Anchor.fm is a user-friendly free service for recording, hosting, and distributing podcasts. You can create recordings on your computer or on the mobile app.
There are some great options for background music and you can even publish your Anchor recordings straight to iTunes, Spotify, Google Play etc. Users can record a podcast with a guest or co-host in another city or country. All you both need is the app.
Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display.
Teachers and students logging in with their My BrainPOP educator or student accounts can access Make-a-Movie on every BrainPOP topic. With Make-a-Movie, you can make your own BrainPOP-style movies, building scenes with images from BrainPOP’s library, or creating your own drawings. Students can record narration, manipulate backgrounds, and add transitions between scenes. To use this tool you will need an access code linked to an educator account. See your library teacher for help.
Timetoast allows you to create dynamic timelines online.
Here's a sample timeline for Rosa Parks (to see it in larger format, use this link)
The bibliography for this project including citations for all of the images can be found here.
Smore makes it easy to create online fliers and posters with slick templates and simple click and drag manipulation. Consider using smore to jazz up that old paper poster project and provide a means for all students to shine--not just those who are good at drawing, cutting and pasting.
Here's a sample smore flyer: https://www.smore.com/ja9c-the-senses
Prezi is an online alternative to PowerPoint. "Make your presentations zoom!"
Adobe Spark helps you create posters, social graphics, web stories, and animated videos, with music, images that slide in and out and a voice-over narration.
Watch Adobe's demo video below
Piktochart is an infographics tool to help you present data and information in a visually appealing way. Choose from pre-set templates or create your own design using charts, images, and more.
Lucidpress is an app that can be used to create presentations, brochures (including trifold), newsletter/papers, magazines, flyers, posters, etc.
The History Project allows you to create timelines, and associate images, maps, videos and text with specific events. You can also record voice "memories" to go along with your events. Invite collaborators to work together on a shared project. The final project can be shared via a link.
From iTunes: "Haiku Deck is the simple new way to create stunning presentations – whether you are pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement. Featured on the iTunes “New and Noteworthy” and “What’s Hot” lists, Haiku Deck makes it fast and fun to create beautifully designed slideshows you’ll be proud to share." It's available as an iPad app, and as a desktop tool.
Haiku Deck is designed to move you away from reading a bunch of slides. To see the "speaker's notes" that would accompany the second presentation below, click here.
This app lets you create Green Screen videos right from an iPad. Use it with a green screen and tripod to set up your own video studio. When you’re finished with your project, remember to click "save" to render the video. Once the video has rendered, which might take 10 minutes or more, you will be able to upload it to Google Drive.
Google Slides is an easy way to create presentations. It allows real-time collaboration. Auto saving. Easily import images, videos and more. Use premade templates and themes or start from scratch.
Check out this helpful Slides Cheat Sheet:
Display your information visually! Easel.ly includes pre-made templates based on the type of data (timelines, maps, etc.) or themes (the environment, science, sports). Add your data, and create a beautiful presentation.
Canva is a design tool that helps you create for images Web or print, including blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, and more.
Click here for a page with a variety of short video tutorials on how to use Canva.
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