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Online Resources

Iowa AEA Online is a virtual library that provides no-cost access to 14 high-quality, web-based resources for accredited public and non-public PreK-12 schools. Every teacher and student in Iowa has access to these resources, which are provided by Iowa’s AEAs. Access is available 24/7 at home and at school through a username and password, which is given out by school librarians. Ask your school librarian for that information and check out some of these excellent resources to bring lessons to life and expand on classroom teaching.

Many of the new resources require the Iowa AEA Online username and password which you can get from the library. The following databases are part of Iowa AEA Online(http://www.iowaaeaonline.org/):

  • AEA Digital Library - Digital curriculum resources from leading producers of preK-12 content.
  • BookFlix - An online literacy resource that pairs fictional video storybooks with related nonfiction books. Includes a read-aloud feature.
  • Britannica Online - Suite of products designed to support student research and classroom instruction.
  • CultureGrams - Perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
  • FreedomFLIX - Offers students a behind-the-scenes look at the people, places, and events that shaped our world.
  • GALE: Content from magazines, newspapers, an reference materials. Ten different resources are designed for age-appropriate access.
  • iClipart - A collection of more than 7.8 million royalty-free photos, clipart, fonts, animations, and sounds.
  • Learn360 - Library of educational videos, video clips, images, and other teacher resources
  • ScienceFLIX - Transforms the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build a lasting interest in science, technology and engineering.
  • SIRS Issues Researcher - Exploration of the origins, perspectives, and essential questions under debate on over 300 pro/con social issues.
  • Soundzabound: Licensed audio that can be used without copyright infringement in videos, podcasts, and other forms of multimedia.
  • TeachingBooks.net - Collections of author video interviews, book readings, teaching resources and lesson plans to support student reading skills and interests
  • Teen Health and Wellness -  Nonjudgmental, straightforward information on today's teen health and wellness issues.
  • TrueFlix - Combines Scholastic True Books content with related videos, Web links and text. Includes a read-aloud feature. 

Other Online Resources:

  • CyberSmarts - A collection of interactive eBooks for students about staying safe online.
  • Visual Thesaurus - An interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps. Has over 145,000 English words and 115,000 meanings. Words are color-coded to indicate parts of speech.
  • AP Images - Over 9 million primary-source photographs, sound bites, maps, charts, timelines, and text plus news stories from the Associated Press.
  • Mackin VIA eBooks - Nonfiction eBooks with unlimited simultaneous access.
  • Atomic Learning - Professional development resources. Includes access to over 5000 tutorials.
  • Read Write Think - Engage your students in online literacy learning with these interactive tools that help them accomplish a variety of goals—from organizing their thoughts to learning about language—all while having fun.
  • Khan Academy - You can learn anything. For free. For everyone. Forever.
  • eduTeacher - Teachers explore, share, contribute ideas and resources.
  • SchoolTube - The best videos from students and teachers everywhere.