Distance Learning- WEEK 3

Ted Talks, Podcasts, & More

Pandemic Financial Resources!

Parents and Students

Click here for a comprehensive list of metro area financial aide in every possible way -- everything from filing for unemployment, to mortgage relief news, you name it. .Below are just a few - - -

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Step-by-step guide on Downloading and Using the LIBBY APP


This is a phone app compatible with iphones or android phones, as well as an app that can be downloaded onto an iPad. Search in the app store for LIBBY by Overdrive (it is a teal and burgundy icon of a little girl)

When you first download the app, scroll down to where it says 'Find My Library'

The app will immediately search on nearby public library systems.

Ours is: Fulton County Library System

Where it asks: Is this your library? click yes

Next, it will prompt you to enter your library card information. All APS students - including high school - have been enrolled in the Fulton County Library's active user list, so YES!! All high school students have library cards activated.

So at this prompt, they will simply enter their school login credentials.

username: 1st initial + 1st seven of last name + last 4 of Student ID

password: lunch number

Great News! My-ON no longer requires the reading assessment portion

Students used to be prompted to take a reading assessment during BTW's pilot of MyON , back in Janurary, February and March. . NO LONGER IS THIS THE CASE! Now that the distict has purchased MyON for all high schools, students simply follow the steps below



Teachers use Deck.Toys to create interactive lessons for their students. A deck is created by the teacher with paths and activities for students to follow. Media may be included in the deck with options to assess students along the path using apps that allow for varied types of responses offering a fun learning experience. Easily integrates into Google Classroom or share a link with the class. Can be used with all different age groups.


Create and share Interactive stories for free! Elementari promotes arts and literacy through their platform that allows users to easily write, collaborate, and publish interactive stories for free. Educators can create a free classroom of up to 30 students and have access to Elementari’s curriculum guide. Students can write and illustrate digital stories that allow for voice recorded narration. In addition, students can also animate their stories using basic coding functions.


This tool allows you to create presentations, infographics, video presentations, resumes, and more. It includes many templates with access to photos, animations, and illustrations giving the user the ability to make any image or text interactive. Content can be shared through a link or downloaded. Teachers can make materials to share with students or other teachers, and students can use to build resumes or design a product for summative assessment.

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban


Ted-Ed has premade lessons that align with their TED talks that can be customized. Check out this lesson I modified for our Hornets.

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window— and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

Access the lesson, complete with questions here: https://ed.ted.com/on/VZhEYuah

Could you be a Lighthouse Keeper?

Self - Isolation and a Lighthouse Keeper: If you think self-isolation during this pandemic is bad, persons in the position of lighthouse keeper often have to live on an island 365 days a year and watch the light and the waves. It is a very unique profession and automation has taken this job away from many all over the world.

Canada still has staffed lightstations, by the way - - on both on the west coast and the east coast.

Related Read: The book series, Anne of Green Gables / House of Dreams features a lighthouse keeper. .

APS myBackpack

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Advantages of Class Pass @APS

Advantages of Class Pass @APS:

  • There is no card involved
  • Students use their APS username and password
  • There are no late fees
  • If a student loses a book, the fee is a writing assignment

Class Pass allows the following checkouts:

Print checkouts:

  • 50 books, 10 CDs, 5 DVDs

Digital checkouts:

  • Hoopla - 10 downloads per month
  • Overdrive - 10 items every 30 days
  • Axis 360 - 5 titles per month
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Student Access to Emails on their APS Google Account

CLICK HERE for the step by step process


School Colors is a narrative podcast that focuses on the story of Ocean Hill-Brownsville in Brooklyn where “Black and Puerto Rican parents tried to exercise power over their schools and they collided headfirst with the teachers’ union — leading to the longest teachers’ strike in U.S. history.” It will be of interest to students studying the history of New York, labor organizing, and/or schooling.

In NPR’s Throughline podcast, “the past is never the past.” This weekly series explores the history of stories in the headlines today. Recent episodes cover the history of vaccinations in the United States, the biography and legacy of Qassem Soleimani, LGBTQ activism before Stonewall, Andrew Johnson’s impeachment, and more.

By profiling everyday people whose current circumstances are inextricably tied to the Civil War and its memory, Uncivil makes the past present. In the first episode, “The Raid,” we meet Fallon Greene, a descendant of Pa Shed, who escaped slavery, joined the Union Army, led a daring and successful raid with Harriet Tubman, and eventually bought the very land on which Fallon’s church sits today.

Via The Zinn Ed Project

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Learn360’s enhanced, state-of-the-art platform makes it a powerful tool for flipped classrooms, blended instruction, project-based learning, and 1:1 environments. Its available to students and teachers in MyBackpack.

Features include:

  • Vetted, safe, ad-free content
  • Available 24/7—on-site or remote access
  • Browse and filter entire site and all landing pages by grade ranges
  • More than 164,000 media resources across all subjects, including:
    • Full-length videos
    • Video clips
    • Newsreels
    • Teacher guides
    • Interactive games and lessons
    • Student activities and worksheets
    • Audiobooks
    • Audio and video speeches
    • Science diagrams and experiments
    • Images
    • Encyclopedia articles
    • Fact sheets
    • Math activities
    • Maps and flags
    • Timelines
    • Spanish-language content
  • More than 1,300 interactives to help engage students and increase their understanding of key concepts
  • Subjects include Career Development, Engineering & Technology, English/Language Arts, Health & Guidance, History, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts, and World Languages, plus titles on teaching practices and professional development.