52-Word-Story Contest: No age requirement. Deadline on the 21st of every month. New prompts monthly. This month: Write a 53-word story about something green, BUT . . . do not use the word green. Winners are published and receive a free book.
WGBH and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for Massachusetts teachers. This collection combines all the resources of PBS and many have support materials. The top purple bar has a drop down menu for subject. Click and Assign to Google Classroom or copy and paste the video link and supporting materials in Schoology.
Curated podcasts and lessons on engaging topics, plus comprehension quizzes and a variety of accessibility features
and embedded supports for English learners. They have made their premium service free for schools during this
crisis. Easily integrated with Google Classroom.
For English teachers: A cross-curricular literacy tool designed with ELA teachers in mind. This tool includes non-fiction pairings for popular novels, research projects, Collections that complement many popular curricula, and fiction. Assign in Classroom or Schoology.
While school is out, Audible (part of Amazon) has FREE streaming audiobooks. Click, browse, and listen in your browser on your computer or phone. Go to stories.audible.com. Multiple languages available.
Podcast on Covid19 - Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta provides daily updates about the coronavirus. He'll make sense of the headlines, speak with the experts - This site is updated daily, informative and free.
WGBH's Distance Learning Center. Find videos and activities and then test your knowledge.
For teachers: A calendar of all WBGH's upcoming webinars.
Commonwealth eBook Collections:
On your portable device (cell phone or tablet) search for and download the SORA app. Watch the VIDEO to learn how.
Note: Start by clicking "My school isn't listed" at the bottom, type in Montachusett, and tap MLS Commonwealth Collections. Select Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School and sign in with your montytech.net account. You may need to type in your password. To download books, use wi-fi. Take out three books at a time (21-day loan). Or read or listen in a browser.
Note: These books automatically sync whether you use the website or the app. To expand your options, link your public library card and/or Boston Public Library card to SORA (see directions below or watch the VIDEO). In the app, click in the corner and add a library.
Click here if using a computer and downloading to a Kindle or Nook. Choose Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School. Click on your Monty Tech account. Take out three at a time (21-day loan). Move over to your Nook using Adobe Digital Editions or your Kindle. Or read or listen in a browser.
Free Boston Public Library Card:
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD, get an ecard from the Boston Public Library online. Add the BPL to your SORA app for even more books. Detailed instructions are here! The BPL eCard gives you online access to apps where to borrow audiobooks and ebooks, among other things like research databases and movies. Here is the link to register for an e-card.
Monty Tech's Destiny Discover: Download the Destiny Discover app to find books and ebooks in our catalog. Use your montytech login and password to login and download books.
Or Use Your Public Library Card in the Libby app: If you have a public library card, you can use the Libby app and/or go to the Overdrive page of CWMARS and download books. If you use your public library card, you can download five books at a time. Find your public library here!