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HWDSB LearningServicesThe Ministry of Education has launched Learn at Home, a new online portal that provides resources for families so that students can continue learning while schools are closed. 

HWDSB continues to review many additional online resources that support the Learn at Home initiative. Below is a list of resources that cover a range of grades and subjects that may be helpful for students and parents during this time. It is important to note that these online resources are not mandatory or graded and are meant for families to use as resources to support independent learning while students are at home.  

You can also access our Learning4Success page. This page is a digital initiative of HWDSB Specialized Services created in response to the COVID-19 school closure. Here, you will find meaningful learning tasks for families to use with their child at home. These learning tasks are designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or a Developmental Disability who are on a modified or alternative program at school. All tasks use items commonly found at home.

We know these are challenging times for students and families, and we are committed to working with the Ministry of Education to support you during this unprecedented interruption to student learning. 

Arts

Resource Description
Chrome Music Lab Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
Mike Cope Students can access a special series of animated videos and activity sheets that Mike Cope has created for young children (students in JK to Grade 3). Students can also draw with Mike by exploring his YouTube channel.

Literacy

Resource Description Features for ESL and Accessibility
Early Literacy: An Activity Guide for Families This guide is intended to be a springboard of sample activities. If your child finds an activity
too challenging, then simply modify it or consider returning to it at a later time. Parents are
encouraged to have fun with their children and be creative.
Pebblego Books for beginner researchers. Topics include animals, science and social studies. Enriched with spoken-word audio, text highlighting and audio and video clips.
Identify labels and signs in the environment. Go for a walk in your neighbourhood (or in your home) and point out words you know. Ex. Cheerios, stop sign, McDonalds sign etc.
Snuggle up and Read Choose a time in your day where you can read to/with your child. When reading to your child, ask questions like “What do you think this book about?”, “What do you think will happen next?”
Scholastic Phonological Awareness Activities for Families  A variety of fun and easy activities for early readers to begin to develop early reading skills A variety of hands on ideas that are easily accessible for students with low vision.
EMax (Sora) Use this resource to find a book to read or to listen to.

eMAX (Sora) is the HWDSB’s e-book and e-audiobook library.  It offers approximately 7000 popular titles which can be read in-browser or downloaded on computers, iPads and mobile devices.  The Sora app is also available from the HWDSB App Catalogue.

A valid Student OEN or Staff ID is required to borrow e-books.  Enter your 9-digit OEN or 7-digit Staff ID to sign in.

Audio books for students to listen to the texts.
Unite For Literacy A multilingual free digital library for preschool and primary learners that celebrates cultures and languages Read Aloud
Multilingual
Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) With over 200,000 books available for loan or download, CELA is a comprehensive and free database for students to use.  Ebooks and audiobooks are shared as DAISY Text, DAISY Audio (synthetic voice), MP3 (synthetic voice), or Braille Ready Format.
Tumblebook Library Over 250 animated, talking picture e-books. The site features English, Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, quizzes, and games and puzzles. Alternate book forms, provides multi-sensory approach (video, print), natural reader/voice over, highlighting, chunking of information (through tabs). Provides English, Spanish & French books.
Write a letter to someone in your family or a friend in the neighbourhood. Use paper and pencils/markers/pens to tell someone two things about you. Ex. What is your favourite food?
Go for a walk and draw a picture of something you see. Use paper and coloured pencils/crayons to draw what you saw on your walk. Ex. flower, bird, car, house. Label your picture and read it to your family.
Britannica School Elementary An engaging website about a variety of topics for students to explore. Two different reading levels are available to match student level. Text to voice capabilities so that students can hear the text.
Read Aloud
Translation
Can change font options
Reading level options
Britannica Fundamentals Interactive games for reading, math, art. Simple texts that can be read aloud or that students can read themselves. Games include letter identification, opposites, vocabulary building and simple parts of speech. Some text to voice capabilities so that students can hear the text.

Accessibility Support

Pearson Canada at Home Open access to Pearson Canada Resources at Home. Lists of special days (Dr. Suess Day, World Health Day, Earth Day) with hands on activities and resources for students and families to read. Activities range from K-6. A range of activities that can be adapted to meet a range of learners. Tasks can be hands on, visual or auditory in nature
Scholastic Story Starters- Interactive An interactive website that generates writing prompts for students to write sci-fi, adventure or fantasy stories. Students can pick whether they write in a notebook, create a newspaper article or a post card. Quick and focused writing to engage students. Activities are prompted and broken down into small chunks to make writing easier.
Pearson Texts-Fiction and Non Fiction Access to a wide range of learning materials, including textbooks, organized by grade.  Simply follow these steps to create your free account

Once you’ve created your account you can access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet (allows offline viewing).

Text reader available on app & desktop versions of Texidium (currently not available with online version)
Scholastic-Make Your Own Phonics Game   Hands on, interactive games and activities that can be made from objects around the house. Great for students K-3, to help develop phonics skills. Hands on activities that involve movement. Can be adapted for many learning styles.  
Storyline Online  Video recordings of celebrities reading a huge variety of popular children’s books. Videos come with teacher and parent guides.   Closed Captioning Options.

Math

Resource Description Features for ESL and Accessibility
Pearson Mathology Mathology Little Books support children learning the essential skills of critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to communicate mathematically.
Includes parent info for learning opportunities at home.
Available in French
mPower

TVO’s mPower resource with grade level activities and tasks meant to improve student learning in math.

Mathies

Virtual manipulatives to assist in student learning 

Available in French 
Pearson at Home Access to a wide range of Learning materials, including math textbooks organized by grade.  Simply follow these steps to create your free account.

Once you’ve created your account you can access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet.

Text reader available on app & desktop versions of Texidium (currently not available with online version)
Prodigy Prodigy is an online math game that uses game-based learning to build student’s math knowledge and understanding. 
Khan Academy

A repository of free lessons and tutorials to support students in math.  If you’re stuck on a question you can search the site for a tutorial to help you along.

Other Suggestions

Look for math in books (ex. How many do you see? How do you know that?)

Play games with a deck of cards (ex. crazy 8’s; matching numbers)

Count how many steps it takes to get from your bedroom to the bathroom!

TumbleMath

TumbleMath has the most comprehensive collection of math stories available anywhere- all in our world famous TumbleBook format which combines animation, narration, and sound to create a compelling and enticing story book for students of all ages.

Physical Education

Resource Description
Ophea 10-Day Challenge – #DPAEveryday Take a word from the list below and create a challenge for yourself and/or family members. Do a word daily. Join in with Ophea on Facebook or Twitter if you like.

List: skip, hop, jump, balance, dance, roll, twist, gallop, throw/toss, run, leap

Make an obstacle course.

Set up a bowling alley using objects you can safely knock over. Practice the underhand roll using a soft ball or rolled up sock. Try sending it with your feet, your other hand or striking it along the ground with your hand or an implement (like a pool noodle or a wooden spoon).

Design and make your own obstacle course inside or outside. Add elements of over, under, around and through.  You can use string to make a rope maze, chalk, obstacles, sticks, pillows…

Use the alphabet. Create an action for each letter of the alphabet. For example, A: Spin around 5 times. Use the alphabet to spell out your full name. For variety, use other words you know.

Get building! Build a tower of playing cards. Estimate how high you can get. Try to beat your highest structure.

Using a ball or a rolled-up sock, create some tossing and catching games.  For example: toss and catch; toss, clap catch; toss, clap, clap, catch; toss, touch knee, catch; toss, spin, catch; toss, touch the floor, catch, make more for yourself! Toss into objects too like laundry baskets, buckets, pots…over objects too…safely

Science

Resource Description
Pebblego  A database for students in K-3 with leveled texts enriched with spoken-word audio, text highlighting and audio and video clips. It also features games and a “question of the day” feature. All connected to Science Topics.
Use of open-ended materials (loose parts) to help children investigate and actively construct ideas and explanations about physical properties of the nonliving world. Encourage children to explore the loose parts. Ask questions such as “I wonder what you could build with…” to provoke ideas and active construction using the loose parts.  

Examples of Loose Parts: 

Cardboard, newspaper, wrapping paper, pinecones, flowers, sticks, leaves, acorns, straws, beads, pom poms, cotton wool, buttons, sand, shells, sticks, stones, wood pieces, and different types and sizes of cups. 

Encourage children to tell you about what they are making by asking “Tell me about how you made this….” 

The Kids Should See This This free site houses over a 1000 short videos for young scientists using materials commonly found at home. The videos explore curiosities of young scientists. 
Government of Canada Science Education Resources  Seven Printable Science Activity Books, Science Activities, Ask a Scientist, Science Videos 
Pearson at Home Access to a wide range of learning materials, including textbooks, organized by grade.  Simply follow these steps to create your free account

Once you’ve created your account you can access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet (allows offline viewing).

We Help: Wellness Resources

Resource Description
2020 COVID-19 Time-Capsule Record personal, community and global facts, trends, and stories during the Covid-19 pandemic with the objective of passing this information on to others in the future.
Calm Down Brain Break Breathing Exercise Cards A variety of breathing techniques designed to benefit both mental and physical health.
FACE COVID by Russ Harris ‘FACE COVID’ is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) by Russ Harris, an internationally acclaimed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and author.
Helping Kids Get Enough Sleep A tip sheet for parents/caregivers on bedtime routines and sleep patterns highlighting challenges with computers and devices.
Kids Calm Down Bin A calm down bin is used to help bring calm and comfort to times of unease. They are created using objects and tools from around the home that can help us to calm our mind.
Yoga for Kids Body Shape Cards A well-illustrated variety of simple Yoga stretches for both the body and mind.
Home w/Kids, Now What? Social and emotional support for families with tips on anxiety and stress, including fun activities, video clips, and other resources.
Take a Breath with Raffi Listen/sing along to an uplifting tune by artist Raffi offering calming and breathing exercises.
Belly Breathe w/Elmo A lighthearted music video by artists Common and Colbie Caillat along with Elmo, offering calming and breathing exercises.

Arts

Resource Description
Naxos Music Library Comprehensive collection of over 165,000 musical tracks including Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music.

Click on Naxos image in the top left corner.

Login using: 
Username: hamwdsbmm
Password: hamwdsbmm

Literacy

Resource Description Features for ESL and Accessibility
Tumble Books Over 250 animated, talking picture e-books. The site features English, Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, quizzes, and games and puzzles Text to voice capabilities so that students can hear the text.
EMax (Sora) Use this resource to find a book to read or to listen to.

eMAX (Sora) is the HWDSB’s e-book and e-audiobook library.  It offers approximately 7000 popular titles which can be read in-browser or downloaded on computers, iPads and mobile devices.  The Sora app is also available from the HWDSB App Catalogue.

A valid Student OEN or Staff ID is required to borrow e-books.  Enter your 9-digit OEN or 7-digit Staff ID to sign in.

Audio books for students to listen to the texts
Britannica School Elementary An engaging website about a variety of topics for students to explore. Two different reading levels are available to match student level.  Text to voice capabilities for students to listen to the text.
Read Aloud
Translation
Can change font options
Reading level options
Pearson Canada at Home Open access to Pearson Canada Resources at Home. Lists of special days (Dr. Suess Day, World Health Day, Earth Day) with hands on activities and resources for students and families to read. Activities range from K-6.  A range of activities that can be adapted to meet a range of learners. Tasks can be hands on, visual or auditory in nature.
Scholastic Story Starters- Interactive An interactive website that generates writing prompts for students to write sci-fi, adventure or fantasy stories. Students can pick whether they write in a notebook, create a newspaper article or a post card.   Quick and focused writing to engage students. Activities are prompted and broken down into small chunks to make writing easy.
Pearson Texts-Fiction and Non Fiction Access to a wide range of learning materials, including textbooks, organized by grade.  Simply follow these steps to create your free account

Once you’ve created your account you can access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet (allows offline viewing).

Text reader available on app & desktop versions of Texidium (currently not available with online version)
MyNELSON The myNelson website provides open access to a variety of student resources to support at home learning using digital texts. Access to myNelson will be available at no cost until June 30, 2020.

Username:  ontario48
Password: NelsonON123

Storyline Online  Video recordings of celebrities reading a huge variety of popular children’s books. Videos come with teacher and parent guides. Closed Captioning Options.

Math

Resource Description Features for ESL and Accessibility
Pearson at Home Access to a wide range of Learning materials, including math textbooks organized by grade.  Simply follow these steps to create your free account.

Once you’ve created your account, using the steps above, you can then access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet. 

Text reader available on app & desktop versions of Texidium (currently not available with online version)
Prodigy Prodigy is an online math game that uses game-based learning to build student’s math knowledge and understanding. 
mPower

TVO’s mPower resource with grade level activities and tasks meant to improve student learning in math. 

Khan Academy

A repository of free lessons and tutorials to support students in math.  If you’re stuck on a question you can search the site for a tutorial to help you along. 

Mathies

Virtual manipulatives to assist in student learning. 

Available in French 
MyNELSON

The myNelson website provides open access to a variety of student resources to support at home learning using digital texts. Access to myNelson will be available at no cost until June 30, 2020.

Username:  ontario48
Password: NelsonON123

 

Physical Education

Resource Description
Design and make your own obstacle course inside or outside. Add elements of over, under, around and through. You can estimate how quickly you can go through or just time yourself and repeat for your own personal best. You can also create it for your family members.

Create a short dance routine to your favourite song.

Create a hand-clapping routine alone or with a partner. You can make your routine more interesting by snapping your fingers, slapping your thighs, crossing your hands over your heart.  Wash your hands before and after playing with a partner.

Play paper plate badminton. Grab a balloon and make some paper plate racquets or use your hands. Set up a playing area to send it over by using string, a blanket a skipping rope, etc. No balloons? Create your own version. Rolled up sock? A latex glove? Make a birdie? You can play alone against a wall.

Science

Resource Description
Government of Canada Science Education Resources Seven Printable Science Activity Books, Science Activities, Ask a Scientist, Science Videos
Pearson at Home Access to a wide range of Learning materials, including math textbooks organized by grade.  Simply follow these steps to create your free account.

Once you’ve created your account, using the steps above, you can then access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet. 

MyNELSON The myNelson website provides open access to a variety of student resources to support at home learning using digital texts. Access to myNelson will be available at no cost until June 30, 2020.

Username:  ontario48
Password: NelsonON123

We help: Wellness Resources

Resource Description
2020 COVID-19 Time-Capsule Record personal, community and global facts, trends, and stories during the Covid-19 pandemic with the objective of passing this information on to others in the future.
Calm Down Brain Break Breathing Exercise Cards A variety of breathing techniques designed to benefit both mental and physical health.
FACE COVID by Russ Harris ‘FACE COVID’ is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) by Russ Harris, an internationally acclaimed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and author.
Helping Kids Get Enough Sleep A tip sheet for parents/caregivers on bedtime routines and sleep patterns highlighting challenges with computers and devices.
Kids Calm Down Bin A calm down bin is used to help bring calm and comfort to times of unease. They are created using objects and tools from around the home that can help us to calm our mind.
Yoga for Kids Body Shape Cards A well-illustrated variety of simple Yoga stretches for both the body and mind.
Home w/Kids, Now What? Social and emotional support for families with tips on anxiety and stress, including fun activities, video clips, and other resources.

Arts

Resource Description Features for ESL and Accessibility
Britannica Middle Use this resource to find articles, media, and biographies. Search Arts, Music Drama, and Dance. Read Aloud
Translation
Can change font options
Reading level options
Accessibility support

Literacy

Resource Description
EMax (Sora) Use this resource to find a book to read or to listen to.

eMAX (Sora) is the HWDSB’s e-book and e-audiobook library.  It offers approximately 7000 popular titles which can be read in-browser or downloaded on computers, iPads and mobile devices.  The Sora app is also available from the HWDSB App Catalogue.

A valid Student OEN or Staff ID is required to borrow e-books.  Enter your 9-digit OEN or 7-digit Staff ID to sign in.

Media Smarts – Break the Fake Use this resource and “Break the Fake” lesson to learn how to think critically about digital media.

MediaSmarts promotes critical thinking about media and digital literacy and teaches students how to analyze the content of various types of mass media.

National Film Board of Canada Use this resource to access the National Film Board’s collection of films.  These films include content that is important to Canada and Canadians.
Pobble 365 Use this resource to find a picture and to write or speak a response to the picture.
Pearson at Home Access to a wide range of Learning materials, including math textbooks organized by grade.  Simply follow these steps to create your free account.

Once you’ve created your account, using the steps above, you can then access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet.

MyNELSON The myNelson website provides open access to a variety of student resources to support at home learning using digital texts. Access to myNelson will be available at no cost until June 30, 2020.

Username:  ontario48
Password: NelsonON123

Teen Book Cloud  TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for middle school or high school students offering a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be reading, watching, or listening to fantastic content.

Math

Resource Description Features for ESL and Accessibility
Pearson at Home Access to a wide range of Learning materials, including math textbooks organized by grade.  Simply follow these steps to create your free account.

Once you’ve created your account you can access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet.

Text reader available on app & desktop versions of Texidium (currently not available with online version)
Prodigy Prodigy is an online math game that uses game-based learning to build student’s math knowledge and understanding.
Khan Academy A repository of free lessons and tutorials to support students in math.  If you’re stuck on a question you can search the site for a tutorial to help you along.
Mathies Virtual manipulatives to assist in learning. Available in French
Courseware The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (University of Waterloo) offers courseware materials featuring lessons, interactive activities, enrichment challenges, and unlimited opportunity for practice with feedback. Courseware is free to use and requires no registration.
MyNELSON The myNelson website provides open access to a variety of student resources to support at home learning using digital texts. Access to myNelson will be available at no cost until June 30, 2020.

Username:  ontario48
Password: NelsonON123

Physical Education

Resource Description
Minute to Win It Create challenges that you can try to accomplish in under a minute. For example:
Give it a Spin – A player spins a coin on the table. A second player stops the coin with one finger on its edge (upright). If playing alone, spin the coin and stop it yourself. It’s a win if you do it in under a minute.ORKeep 3 balloons up in the air at one time.
Share with family and friends where possible.Design and create a board game and play it with your family. If possible, make it active.Create a short dance routine to your favourite song or just create an original to share.

Science

Resource Description
Science Measurement Challenge Accurately estimate the length, width and height of a small plastic block and calculate the block’s volume. Then predict the mass of the block—without a balance—by using the block’s known density.
Government of Canada Science Education Resources Seven Printable Science Activity Books, Science Activities, Ask a Scientist, Science Videos.
Pearson at Home Access to a wide range of Learning materials, including math textbooks organized by grade. Simply follow these steps to create your free account.

Once you’ve created your account, using the steps above, you can then access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet.

MyNELSON The myNelson website provides open access to a variety of student resources to support at home learning using digital texts. Access to myNelson will be available at no cost until June 30, 2020.

Username:  ontario48
Password: NelsonON123

We Help: Wellness Resources

Resource Description
2020 COVID-19 Time-Capsule Record personal, community and global facts, trends, and stories during the Covid-19 pandemic with the objective of passing this information on to others in the future.
Calm Down Brain Break Breathing Exercise Cards A variety of breathing techniques designed to benefit both mental and physical health.
FACE COVID by Russ Harris ‘FACE COVID’ is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) by Russ Harris, an internationally acclaimed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and author.
Helping Kids Get Enough Sleep A tip sheet for parents/caregivers on bedtime routines and sleep patterns highlighting challenges with computers and devices.
Teen Calm Down Bin A calm down bin is used to help bring calm and comfort to times of unease. They are created using objects and tools from around the home that can help us to calm our mind.
Yoga for Kids Body Shape Cards A well-illustrated variety of simple Yoga stretches for both the body and mind.
Home w/Kids, Now What? Social and emotional support for families with tips on anxiety and stress, including fun activities, video clips, and other resources.

Arts

Resource Description
Virtual Museum The largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations
Britannica ImageQuest Britannica ImageQuest is an image database containing over 3 million images. All images are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use.

Literacy

Resource Description Features for ESL and Accessibility
EMax (Sora) Use this resource to find a book to read or listen to.

eMAX (Sora) is the HWDSB’s e-book and e-audiobook library.  It offers approximately 7000 popular titles which can be read in-browser or downloaded on computers, iPads and mobile devices.  The Sora app is also available from the HWDSB App Catalogue.

A valid Student OEN or Staff ID is required to borrow e-books.  Enter your 9-digit OEN or 7-digit Staff ID to sign in.

Britannica School High Use this resource to find articles, media, and biographies. Read Aloud
Translation
Can change font options
Reading level options
Accessibility support
New York Times Picture Prompts Use this resource to choose a picture and then write or speak a response to the picture.
National Film Board of Canada Use this resource to access the National Film Board’s collection of films.  These films include content that is important to Canada and Canadians.
Pearson at Home Access to a wide range of Learning materials, including math textbooks organized by grade.  Simply follow these steps to create your free account.

Once you’ve created your account you can access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet.

Text reader available on app & desktop versions of Texidium (currently not available with online version) 
MyNELSON The myNelson website provides open access to a variety of student resources to support at home learning using digital texts. Access to myNelson will be available at no cost until June 30, 2020.

Username:  ontario912
Password: NelsonON123

 

Math

Resource Description
Pearson at Home

Access to a wide range of Learning materials, including math textbooks organized by grade.  Simply follow these steps to create your free account.

Once you’ve created your account you can access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet.

Khan Academy A repository of free lessons and tutorials to support students in math.  If you’re stuck on a question you can search the site for a tutorial to help you along.
Courseware The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (University of Waterloo) offers courseware materials featuring lessons, interactive activities, enrichment challenges, and unlimited opportunity for practice with feedback. Courseware is free to use and requires no registration.
MyNELSON The myNelson website provides open access to a variety of student resources to support at home learning using digital texts. Access to myNelson will be available at no cost until June 30, 2020.

Username:  ontario912
Password: NelsonON123

Physical Education

Resource Description
Self Improvement Choose an area you would like to improve. For example: cardio or strength. Create a plan to achieve your goals. Track your progress.

Science

Resource Description
Government of Canada Science Education Resources Seven Printable Science Activity Books, Science Activities, Ask a Scientist, Science Videos
Khan Academy Interactive Lessons on Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Cosmology and Astronomy, Electrical Engineering and Health and Medicine
Pearson at Home Access to a wide range of Learning materials, including math textbooks organized by grade.  Simply follow these steps to create your free account.

Once you’ve created your account you can access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet.

MyNELSON The myNelson website provides open access to a variety of student resources to support at home learning using digital texts. Access to myNelson will be available at no cost until June 30, 2020.

Username:  ontario912
Password: NelsonON123

We help: Wellness Resources

Resource Description
Teen Calm Down Bin A calm down bin is used to help bring calm and comfort to times of unease. They are created using objects and tools from around the home that can help us to calm our mind.
Helping Kids Get Enough Sleep A tip sheet for parents/caregivers on bedtime routines and sleep patterns highlighting challenges with computers and devices.
FACE COVID by Russ Harris ‘FACE COVID’ is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) by Russ Harris, an internationally acclaimed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and author.
Home w/Kids, Now What? Social and emotional support for families with tips on anxiety and stress, including fun activities, video clips, and other resources.
Resource Description
BrainPOP Online site to explore all subjects.  Suitable for French Immersion, k-12 
Radio Canada Jeunesse Radio clips and podcasts that are relevant and of high interest.  It includes quizzes and games related to each audio clip
Chez mimi Short you tube series on everyday subjects.  Suitable for Primary immersion and Core French.
Reading A-Z Levelled readers French Immersion and Grade 1-6 Core French
Duolingo for Schools Online site and downloadable app (free) Grades 1 to 12
Word Reference Similar to Google Translate, this tool allows simple translations, lists of translations by topic, and text-to-speech features.
Pearson at Home Access to a wide range of Learning materials, including math textbooks organized by grade.  Simply follow these steps to create your free account.

Once you’ve created your account you can access the account through your computer or download the Texidium App to access your textbooks on your phone or tablet.

National Film Board of Canada  Use this resource to access the National Film Board’s collection of films.  These films include content that is important to Canada and Canadians.
Dessiner Avec Moi/Draw-Along Students can access a special series of animated videos and activity sheets that Mike Cope has created for young children (students in JK to Grade 3).

Students can also draw with Mike by exploring his YouTube channels (in French or in English).

Voila Live Visit the website and complete the form and use the code: 02HWDSB. Email instructions will be sent once registered.

Students are able to explore Voilà Live ’s Virtual Immersion Campus. Every evening from Monday to Thursday (5-8pm) students have access to live teachers online to practice their French and get homework help in French, English and Math. You can also send your child’s homework to homework@voilalearning.com before accessing the platform.

Your child can also practice their French and play live, communicative games in French on the platform, all while earning points.

Resource Description Features for ESL and Accessibility
Unite for Literacy A multilingual free digital library for preschool and primary learners that celebrates cultures and languages. Read Aloud
Multilingual
Sora (Emax) eMAX is HWDSB’s e-book and e-audiobook library. Use it to find a book to read or to listen to. A valid student OEN (9 digit) of staff ID (7 digit) is required to borrow books. Multilingual books available in 24 different languages
Go to Preferences > languages > select language > apply 
Storyline Online Video recordings of celebrities reading a huge variety of popular children’s books. Videos come with teacher and parent. Select Youtube read aloud.
To access multilingual subtitles go to:
Settings (gear icon) > select subtitles > auto translate > choose preferred language  
Storybooks Canada Storybooks Canada is a free open educational resource that promotes literacy and language learning in homes, schools, and communities. Multilingual
5 different reading levels
Read aloud
Adjust reading speed
Books are downloadable
ReadWorks ReadWorks is a free non-profit online levelled library for K-12. Reads Aloud
Highlight and annotate
Guided reading strip
Reading level options
Adjustable font size
Reading A-Z Levelled Readers in various languages Gr 1 – 6. Free
Available in Spanish, Vietnamese, French, Polish and Ukrainian
Duolingo Online site for families to practice English Gr 1 – 12. Free downloadable app. Multilingual
Multisensory learning
BrainPop ELL Currently this is a free subscription. Describes parts of speech with a movie/vocabulary/quiz
ESL at Home Low tech ideas and available in many languages.

Accessibility and Special Education Supports

Special Education

Meaningful learning tasks for families to use with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder or a Developmental Disability, and are on a modified or alternative program at school. All tasks use items commonly found at home.
  Parent Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Distance Learning. This guide answers some commonly asked questions and recommends resources to support your child’s auditory learning at home.

iPad

iPad 101

iPads are great learning tools that are used universally in classrooms to support student learning. Understanding many of the basic features of the iPad is a great place to start supporting student learning using technology.

iPad Accessibility Features

The iPad has many built in Accessibility features that help to support the use and functionality of the iPad for all students.

Laptop/Desktop

Assistive Technology Supports

The Centre for Success team also supports students with Laptops/Desktops in addition to iPads. This page will provide an overview on assistive technology tools available on Laptops/Desktops.

Google Read/Write Keyboard for iPad/Laptop

Read & Write Keyboard

Read & Write Keyboard is an alternative keyboard that can be enabled on your iPad or Laptop/desktop computer. It offers several friendly tools to help if you’re writing emails, creating documents or entering and editing any kind of text.

ClaroPDF Read IRIS

ClaroPDF and Readiris

ClaroPDF and Readiris are accessible apps that use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to convert typed text on a printed paper into text that can be read by the speech recognition tools on an iPad.

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Updated on Thursday, May 07, 2020.
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