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The following databases are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription.
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Videos and other activities that are student centered. Great for introducing a new lesson or topic to illustrate complex subject matter or reviewing before a test.

Teachers: fully compatible with interactive whiteboards, learner response systems, projectors, Macs, and PCs.
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The perfect Capstone Interactive eBook is waiting for you! Choose from different subjects, genres and levels to find just the right book. Every title has professionally narrated audio recording.

Username and password are listed separately under Capstone Interactive (eBooks) at the bottom of the Online Services Passwords Google doc.
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Provides the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.
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Common lit is a non-profit website that provides free lessons that support student literacy growth in grade 5-12. All resources are created by teachers and aligned to CCSS. Teachers are able to search for literacy resources by theme or topic and are provided with articles, reading passages, poetry, and more that are paired with both multiple choice and open ended questions. Many resources are also paired with multimedia extensions. Teachers are able to search by lexile level as well to differentiate for students. When students make an account teachers are able to assign readings to them. Some content is in Spanish.

MCPS Approval Status: Use Responsibly / Affirmative Parental Consent
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Allows teachers to check to see how well or how much students are using and learning video content. Blair has a school-wide premium account during the COVID-19 crisis. Introduce students to self-paced learning with interactive video lessons. It's easy to add your own voice narration and questions!

MCPS Approval Status: Use Responsibly / Affirmative Parental Consent.
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An eBook platform delivering unlimited simultaneous browsing of the MBHS Library collection of epointplus books. If you just want to read these books, click on this link.
If you want to view, take notes, highlight and save your work on this rich platform of over 100 selected titles, then log in through Destiny. Ask Ms. Lamphier for help with this.
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Free video labs with related teacher and student guides to help students continue making progress on key science topics. Educators—Learn how to receive unlimited access to Flinn's digital learning platforms through June 30, 2020. The Science Behind– Helping students understand how science is all around us.
We’ve created The Science Behind series to help students connect science with their everyday lives, putting science concepts and theories in an easily understood context. Each topic contains FREE activities, fun videos and a downloadable poster or infographic.

MCPS Approval Status: Not evaluated (08/27/2021)
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Formative makes it easy to understand your students’ progress and adapt your lessons to their needs - whether they’re working in person with you or remotely. Harness the power of live student responses and feedback!

MCPS Approval Status: Use Responsibly. Affirmative Parental Consent.
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FreedomFlix is an online resource that combines eBooks with reading supports and a deep and diverse collection of related videos, images, Web links, and text.
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This resource for academic research integrates the full text of scholarly publications and general interest periodicals from across the disciplines. Provides indexing for more than 5,000 periodicals, more than 2,800 in full text without any embargo.
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Books and Authors provides opportunity to explore fiction genres and essential nonfiction titles. Includes a What Do I Read Next? to support readers advisory.
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Gale General OneFile allows researchers to find the information they want quickly. Included in General OneFile are reference, newspaper, and audio content that complements the resource's robust collection of magazines and journals.
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Gale in Context High School offers current and authoritative information to meet the needs of today's learners with a mobile-responsive design that is easy to navigate.
Users can access news content including full-text newspapers and periodicals like The Economist, The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Science, Smithsonian, and more
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Research In Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, literature, and many more.
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This collection of more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports is a great resource for any educator—from the school teacher and administrator to those studying in the field at the collegiate and graduate level. Educator's Reference Complete seeks to provide full text for titles in the ERIC database and covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college, and every educational specialty—such as technology, bilingual education, health education, and testing. It also provides insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy.
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Provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. Includes access to the New York Times.
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Gale OneFile: High School Edition provides access to authoritative digital content for classroom assignments. Learners can research magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political science, sports, and environmental studies. Entries are labeled with Lexile reading level or Lexile score.
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Issues & Controversies explores and analyzes hundreds of topics in politics, business, government, crime, law, energy, education, health, family, science, foreign policy, race, rights, society, and culture. Updated weekly, with a wire-service newsfeed providing the latest headline stories, Issues & Controversies offers in-depth articles designed to inspire thought-provoking debates and research papers
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When you first enter the site, you are on Blair's account. You can sign into your personal account using:
Student Login is Student ID# // password is your MCPS password.
Teacher Login is your Outlook LOGIN (in ALL CAPS) // password is your Outlook email address (with Capital Initials).
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From Kami: Kami is an online document annotation and markup tool. You can highlight, underline, and strikethrough text in PDF and other document formats. You can also add text boxes, shapes, and images. Kami works with Google Drive and Google Classroom. With Kami, you can easily collaborate on documents in the classroom while avoiding the hassles of printing documents. Also integrates with Canvas.

MCPS Approval Status: Approved
PAID subscription (full access).
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MackinVIA will direct you to Follett. Login using your Student ID (only the #) and your MCPS password.
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Learn a new language with this interactive database that provides step by step lesson plans for 72 different languages. If you are just getting started, use your MCPS Google username and password to create an account.
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Instructional Content Platform with engaging content and embedded assessments. Provides Lexile-scaled articles in English and Spanish - builds an online classroom. Also integrates with the College Board. Assessments are integrated directly into articles to help students engage with the content and to give teachers and administrators actionable insights on students’ reading activity.

MCPS Approval Status: Approved
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Students and teachers will be assigned and access code & PIN so they can access free eBooks! Teachers will provide access codes to students.
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Parlay is a unique combination of software tools, curriculum content, and supports services. We make it easy for teachers to bring student-driven discussions to the forefront of the classroom experience.

MCPS Approval Status: Use Responsibly: Affirmative Parental Consent
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A great place to explore for research on States, Science, American History, Biography, and Social Studies.
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Encuentra informacion sobre animales, ciencia, biografias y estudios sociales en Español.
Find information about animals, science, biographies and social studies in Spanish.
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Piktochart is a web-based infographic application which allows users without intensive experience as graphic designers to easily create infographics and visuals using themed templates.

MCPS Approval Status: Use Responsibly / Only for 13 and above; Affirmative Parental Consent is required for account creation.
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See the media center staff for a username and password.
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Science, an academic interdisciplinary science journal published since 1880 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is recognized as one of the most valuable and respected science publications.
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Browse hundreds of TED-Ed Animations and TED Talks - designed to spark the curiosity of your learners. You'll also find thousands of other video-based lessons organized by the subjects you teach.

MCPS Approval Status: not evaluated (08/27/2021)
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30 Quests for students around the world to celebrate, explore and connect with nature.

MCPS Approval Status: not rated (08/27/2021)
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Whiteboard.fi is good for real-time feedback. You use if for quick check for understanding questions during notes/review which is universal across content areas. Students do not see each other's answers, giving teachers immediate and authentic feedback to reteach concepts if needed. Additionally, teachers can set it up so students can also collaborate on work simultaneously (think google docs, but with the freedom of freehand drawings, etc.).

MCPS Approval Status: Approved. No login required; Affirmative Parental Consent for account creation.
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Wide Open School Partners Include American Federation of Teachers, Amplify, Apple, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Comcast, Google, Head Start, Khan Academy, National Geographic, Noggin, PBS, Salesforce, Scholastic, Sesame Workshop, Time for Kids, YouTube, XQ Institute, and Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

MCPS Approval Status: Use Responsibly. Affirmative Parental Consent.
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World Geography provides authoritative content and online tools that develop students’ global literacy, focusing on the geographic, political, social, economic, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world.
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