Updated February 2019
The Pirate Cove (PES Media Center) offers many resources to improve student learning.
Which one would you like to learn about in order to enhance your curriculum? Pick from the following choices:
- Accelerated Reader – setting goals, certifications, testing limits, and conferencing
- MackinVia E-books – finding reading ranges, using backpacks, and research tools
- Destiny Library Search Catalog – books, e-books, and databases
- Worldbook Online Encyclopedia – research and games for even for the youngest learners
- Learning Ally - audio book library for ESE and/or RTI students
- Schoology - What is it and how to get started?
- Teachingbooks.Net – a district paid website for children’s literature
- Office 365 Advantage at Home and One Note for Beginners
- What’s in the Book Room?
- Favorite Free Apps: Padlet, Socrative, Buncee, Epic, KeepVid, Kahoot, Book Creator, and Book Taco.
Access these treasures from the PES Pirate Cove Website and learn more below.
Accelerated Reader – setting goals, certifications, testing limits, and conferencing
Certification goals are different from the Reading Practice goals that are set in the Reading Practice Goals Record Book. If you set certification goals and enable the TWI Monitoring Preference, Accelerated Reader will automatically award the appropriate certifications to students as the students meet the requirements. You can also add certifications manually if you prefer to disable the TWI Monitoring Preference.
MackinVia E-books – finding reading ranges, using backpacks, and research tools
Destiny Library Search Catalog – books, e-books, and databases, digital newspaper
~To log-in Username: Student Number or Teacher e-number both with the “s” or “e” Password: same password used to log-in to laptops (it will change if you change your password.)
- Search for books
- Create a list
- Monitor what you have checked-out
- View or create a collection of resoueces
Worldbook Online Encyclopedia – research and games for even the youngest learners
Learning Ally - audio book library for students who need reading accommodations
If you have students who you feel will benefit from this program, please contact the PES Media Center or the PES ILC. We can add students to the program based on their eligibility and request the software be put on to student devices.
Schoology - What is it and how to get started?
Teachingbooks.Net – a district paid website for children’s literature
Office 365 Advantage at Home
What’s in the PES Book Room?
- 3-5 grade small group novel sets (5-10 books per set)
- Math manipulatives and scales
- Leveled readers for guided reading instruction
- Whole class book sets
Buncee - creation and presentation tool
Epic - free ebooks for your classroom
Epic is like Netflix for children's books. The e-book platform is provided free to educators and supported by home subscriptions.
- Gives instant access to the world’s largest digital library of high-quality fiction and nonfiction for kids 12 and under
- Includes personalized reading recommendations for each child based on individual reading preferences and abilities
- Reading logs to track student progress
- Available on iPads, iPhone, Android devices, and on any computer or desktop
You can read on Epic! at home, with a $4.99 subscription. Access a great list of holiday books and more for 30 days free at home. Click here.
KeepVid - download videos for offline access
Socrative - quizzing platform
Padlet - online sharing platform
Padlet is an online virtual “bulletin” board, where students and teachers
can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location.
Padlet allows users to create a hidden wall with a custom URL. Padlet
creators can also moderate posts, remove posts, and manage their board 24/7. Padlet is free and easy to use! Padlet for Beginners