Resources for Online Learning

Using the Virtual World to Keep Up-To-Date (updated 5/29/20)

This list will be updated as more resources come available. The resources listed here are available to our HFM BOCES and component school districts. If you have any questions please contact the School Library System and Instructional Resource Center.

Research Resources

Newsbank Databases

NEW 4/7/2020

A comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.

  • Access World News Research Collection 2020 – Explore diverse perspectives, topics and trends that align with curricular areas such as English, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Arts, History and more to foster critical thinking skills. Features reliable, credible information from over 12,000 sources from 196 countries around the world providing local, national and global perspectives on virtually any topic.

  • America’s Historical Newspapers – Study significant periods in American history through a timeline-based interface. Complete editions from hundreds of U.S. newspapers provide primary source content covering eras such as the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, Information Age and more. This collection of unique primary sources also supports English Language Arts, Science and more.

user name: ncdulsterco

password: ncdulsterco (they are the same)

Free through June 30, 2020

Learn 360

use your IRC login to access

students use student IRC login (last name = XHFMIRC; password = MEDIA; leave first name blank)

Learn 360 - Streaming over 164,000 multimedia resource for K-12 education.

Videos, interactives, printables, audio content, music tracks, maps and flags

  • Share on Google Classroom
  • Audio and video speeches

  • Vetted, safe, ad-free content
  • Science diagrams and experiments
  • Images
  • Encyclopedia articles
  • Fact sheets
  • Math activities
  • Timelines
  • Spanish-language content

World Book Online

Early World of Learning - Educational games and stories supporting development of early literacy skills. Includes stories in English and Spanish.

World Book Kids - Geared for elementary students. Easy-to-read articles with illustrations, videos, interactive maps, and engaging games and activities.

World Book Student - Targets middle school students. Includes 40,000 encyclopedia articles and similar resources featuring clear, high-interest content.

World Book Advanced - Multimedia reference tool for high school students. Integrates, reference articles, eBooks, and primary source databases in a single search. It also includes access to up-to-the-minute news publications from all over the world.

World Book Discover - Developed for students reading below grade level due to language or learning difficulties. The collection includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, research tools, and interactive videos.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - The optimal beginner’s Spanish-language reference tool. The site offers all the best elements of Kids—thousands of easy-to-read articles packed with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, and a wealth of engaging games and activities—designed to build key language and research skills.

Wold Book Timelines - Discover events spanning the arts, literature, notable people, science and technology, society and culture, sports, and world history and geography. Hundreds of interactive timelines of important events throughout history.

use HFM BOCES credentials to access:

user name: hfmboces

password: hfmboces

Fact Cite Databases for Research

UPDATED 5/29/2020

Fact Cite Databases are a reference resource K-12 that encourage reading and support NYS curriculum.

username: hfmboces

password: read

(extended and available untilJune 30, 2020)

Fact Cite 1-2-3 = Targets primary grades and students reading below grade level

Lingo 1-2-3 = Targets ENL students of all ages

Biography for Beginners = Targets grades 3-7

U.S and World Biography = Targets grades 4 +

World Mythology = Targets grades 5 +

American History = Targets grades 4 +

Science and Technology = Targets grades 4 +

Defining Moments in U.S. History = Targets middle school and high school social studies

Countries and Culture = Targets middle school and high school student

Shapers of Society = Targets middle school and high school students

Sports Champions = Targets middle school and high school students

Essential Information = Targets middle school and high school students

NOVEL Databases

New York Online Virtual Electronic Library. A wide variety of resources − books, magazines, newspapers, research and reference sources and more are available to New York State residents with NO FEES 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Access resources using geolocation..... if you are someplace in New York State you will automatically be linked.

Reading/ELA Resources


NEW 4-13-2020

Book Flix - Connecting fiction and nonfiction titles together in themes for deeper discovery.

Free to use during the closure with this information:

username: Learning20

password: Clifford

Junior Library Guild Digital Resources

NEW 3/27/2020

Read books online from any digital device. Unlimited number of users. Titles enter and exit regularly for new selections to pick from.

Elementary Books

Middle School Books

High School Books

Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen - weekly webcast serial Tuesdays at 2:00 PM but also captured to listen anytime afterwards. A funny weekly story about a middle school student caught up in the Cornoavirus that has turned his life upside down. Target age: Grades 4-8

Tumble Books

NEW 3/27/2020 Updated 3/30/2020

Free access through August 31, 2020

if needed: user name = tumble2020

password = A3b5c6

You can now post direct links to books on platforms such as Google Classroom.

To find link - go to the Index and click on book ID. A link will appear for you to share.

Online Audio Book Cloud - listen to books from any device, select age category ages K-adult

K-6 Children's eBook Database - read books online

Teen Book Cloud - eBooks targeting grades 7-12

Teaching Books

NEW LINKS 3/27/2020

Teaching Books - Sign in using IRC credentials

last name: XHFMIRC

password: media

leave first name blank, click on IRC Home at bottom of screen to access teaching books

Complete Books and Poem Collection - over 1000 complete books and poems that can be searched by grade, genre, curriculum as well as title

PK - 2 Collection - 48 full text books and activities

Activities to Support Lessons - use to help create mini-lessons, bell ringers, interactive activities and prompt discussions


Listen to books from any digital device.

user name: hfmboces

password: hfmboces

MYON Digital Reading

NEW 3/23/2020

MYON is a literacy platform that has open up it's online resources of over 6,000 books to students for free during this time of school closures. Students do not need an account they just follow the login information below:

Login information:

school: New York Reads

username: read

password: books

Awesome Stories

Awesome Stories is a free website presenting compelling stories with related primary source evidence in the form of videos, audio clips, documents and images, so that students can engage, research, think critically, reflect and communicate to succeed as 21st century learners.

Login in using SLS credentials:

user: hfmboces

pass: hfmboces1

Kid Lit Authors and Copyright Questions

NEW 3/30/2020

Authors of children's literature are trying to help educators during the school closure period while not violating copyright law. This articles mentions what some of them are doing themselves by reading and others allowing their works to be read within certain parameters.

Authors include:

Laurie Halse Anderson

Mo Willems

Grace Lin

Jason Reynolds

Dan Gutman

Kate Messner

Remote Connection Assistance

Curriculum Areas

Scholastic - Social Studies, Science

NEW 3/27/2020

Free worksheets and activities - Teachables for grades PK - 8

True Flix - watching, reading, exploring social studies and science grades 3-6

  • watch an introductory video
  • read a book
  • project ideas
  • lesson plans
  • activities

Science Flix - browse by science topic, aligned to NGSS, grades 4-9

  • careers in science
  • experiments
  • science news

Tumble Math

NEW 3/27/2020

K-6 Math eBook Database - Combine literacy and math with engaging books directly related to math concepts.

NYSED Continuity of Learning



Continuity of Learning Links by NYSED -- these resources are examples and not necessarily recommendations by NYSED. They stress that resources used by schools are up to the local school district. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether the resources are Ed Law 2D compliant.

Mystery Science

Science for grades K-5. Free lessons ready to click on.

BreakOut Edu

A collection of digital games related to curriculum that students can play at home. Students can click on any game and start playing! Click here.

NEW 4/16/20

Students invited to a live Breakout held daily at 2:00 PM.

How do you play?
In order to play, visit at 2PM ET and wait for the game to start. There is no login required. When you complete a game, you can enter to win a prize.

Can students win prizes?
When a game is complete the player enters their parent’s or teacher’s email address. Winners must reside in the U.S. to win a prize

How much does it cost to play?

Can I play past episodes?
Yep! All past episodes can be found at Please note: you can only enter to win prizes when you play a game the same day it is aired.

How difficult are the puzzles?
The puzzles start easy and get progressively more difficult. Starting with middle elementary going up to middle school.

How do I know what the topics will be?
Each Sunday we’ll send out an email with the next week’s topics and prizes. Prizes typically include Breakout EDU kits and Breakout HOME games.

Zoo Visit Virtually and Educationally



The Cincinnati Zoo is bringing Home Safaris to the public. Every day at 3:00 PM the Zoo will highlight one of it's animals on video and include an activity that can be done at home. The video will be live on the Zoo's facebook page every day and will be posted on their website and on Youtube.