Recommended Websites

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Scratch - An MIT Media Lab Animation Project

"With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations - and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively - essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge." Create an account to save your creations and join in the fun.

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Khan Academy - Online Learning for Everyone

"A free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge."

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National Geographic

"The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation."

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OWL Online Writing Lab - Perdue University

"Launching the World's First Online Writing Lab in 1994. In an attempt to bring the Purdue Writing Lab to students no matter where they were, Dr. Muriel Harris (former director and founder of the Purdue Writing Lab) and David Taylor (former graduate student in Educational Computing) started the world's first Online Writing Lab (OWL) in 1994...Since that time, our OWL has become a complement to classroom instruction, a supplement to face-to-face tutorials, and a stand-alone reference for thousands of writers worldwide."

Great Websites for Kids - American Library Association

The Notable Children’s Digital Media list includes real-time, dynamic, and interactiveA.L.A. notable media logo media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways. This list represents the titles selected by the committee in June 2021, and titles added in January 2022.

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Bartleby - Great Quotes and Books Online

" began as a personal research experiment in 1993 and within one year published the first classic book on the Web (Whitman's Leaves of Grass). It was inconceivable then that a billion page views was possible, let alone, hundreds of millions of users...(Bartleby's is) proud to have shepherded our mission over the last two decades to serve both the academic community and the curious reader, especially continuing the development of our original offerings: quotations and poetry anthologies.

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Book Awards by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association)

"Looking for great teen books? Look no further than Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Book Awards and Selected Booklists. While these books have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA's selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families."

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Mass Moments - Great History of Massachusetts

"The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (Mass Humanities) launched the Mass Moments project-an electronic almanac of Massachusetts history-on January 1, 2005...Visitors to the Mass Moments website can choose to listen to a one-minute audio spot or read the script, and then explore the story further by reading a background essay and clicking on a primary source document, links to follow, and places to visit. You can also use the timeline to see when a given "moment" occurred and a map to see where it happened."

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InfoPlease - online research and information

"Information Please has been providing authoritative answers to all kinds of factual questions since 1938-first as a popular radio quiz show, then starting in 1947 as an annual almanac, and since 1998 on the Internet at Many things have changed since 1938, but not our dedication to providing reliable information, in a way that engages and entertains."

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Internet Public Library - Kid's Space

"ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions...and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections... In January 2010, the website "ipl2: information you can trust" was launched, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2."


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Free Rice - Get smarter and help end hunger in the world

"Freerice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Freerice has two goals: Provide education to everyone for free (and) help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free. For each answer you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger."