Sonoma County Office of Education

Technology for Learners

Electronic Learning Resources

Electronic learning resources can engage and inspire learners of all ages, abilities, and needs. They are a vital resource for 21st schools implementing California Standards.

With electronic learning resources, students have access to multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats that include portable document files, web pages, and electronic books. Examples include scanned historical documents, maps, digital photographs, animated video demonstrations, electronic books, and entire courses. Costs for electronic learning resources range from “open education resources” offered at no charge to subscription-based materials where schools pay for access. This page is a starting point for locating electronic learning resources.

Free Resources

Audio, Image & Video Resources | Link
Educators and students often encounter problems when they try to acquire multimedia resources for use in presentations, projects, and assignments. Copyright laws also pose challenges to legal and appropriate use of multimedia found on the Internet. SCOE developed this resource page to help reduce random searches and attempts to connect to blocked content.

CK-12 Flexbooks | Link
CK-12 Flexbooks offers free standards-aligned materials that teachers can customize. Topic areas include biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, economics, and SAT preparation. Educators can search for digital materials by grade or subject.

Concord Consortium: Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry | Link
The Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry project engages students in STEM activities through the integrated use of technologies that include modeling, computational thinking, and real-time data acquisition. This comprehensive project will assist teachers in preparing diverse students for STEM careers by engaging them in exciting, inquiry-based science projects.

Curriki | Link
Curriki makes world-class learning materials freely available to educators, students, and parents around the world.

HippoCampus | Link
HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). It offers multimedia lessons and course materials to help students with core instruction, homework, and study. Lessons and courses can be browsed or searched via topic area.

iTunes U | Link
iTunes U offers a growing collection of courses for students in K-12. It supports educators by organizing course elements such as syllabi, handouts, Internet resources, quizzes, apps, and videos. Courses can be created and distributed privately or publicly at no cost. They are organized by district or school name in iTunes U’s K-12 area.

Jobs Made Real | Link
Jobs Made Real is a website with resources and information designed to help teens discover a potential career path. The site features over 2,000 videos of people describing their jobs. Along with the videos, Jobs Made Real features statistical information about different career paths including salaries, education requirements, and need forecasts. Another option encourages users to think about their personality types and what type of work they enjoy.

Kahn Academy | Link
Khan Academy has a library of over 2,600 videos that cover topics in K-12 math, science, finance, and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long. Students can use this library as an interactive, self-paced learning tool, allowing them to review concepts taught in class and/or practice on their own.

Library of Congress | Link
The mission of the Library of Congress is to support Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. Teachers can find a wealth of free electronic learning materials through this site.

The National Academies Press | Link
The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy.

PhET Interactive Simulations | Link
PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effect relationships as well as multiple linked representations (motion of the objects, graphs, number readouts, etc.)

Subscription-Based Materials

Discovery Education | Link
Discovery Education offers a wide variety of digital materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Content can be customized to support classroom instruction using a range of technologies.

EBSCO Information Services | Link
EBSCO provides optimized research solutions through e-journals, e-books, and research databases that maximize the research experience of end-users.

SCOE Library Media Catalog | Link
SCOE provides instructional resources for classroom use and support services for school libraries. The SCOE Library collection includes over 40,000 books, videos, and other items. The online catalog allows teachers reserve items for immediate and future use.

World Book Encyclopedia | Link
World Book offers a wide variety of digital learning materials for K-12 schools. Students, parents, and educators can obtain free access to World Book resources through the Sonoma County Public Library using their Sonoma County Public Library identification card number.

Contact

  • Rick Phelan, Director, Technology for Learners
    (707) 524-2847,