• Welcome to the Virtual Instructional Media Center (IMC) 

    Mrs. Konopack skonopack@jacksonsd.org

        The BEST Thing For Your Brain!




    If you are attending 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade in the fall, watch THIS video. If you have already watched the video, use THIS slideshow for the links. 

     If you are attending 1st or 2nd grade in the fall, watch THIS video. If you have already watched the video, use THIS slideshow for the links. 


     Summer Reading Newsletter for PARENTS 


    The Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library is now OPEN!

    Monday through Thursday 10am – 2pm, and 3pm to 7pm Friday and Saturday 10am – 2pm

    • Digital Library Cards: Did you know you could receive a digital library card? It's true! We are currently issuing temporary digital library cards to customers. Fill out the library card application form and you will be contacted with card information. 

    o View our quick video tutorial for How to Sign up for a Digital Library card here. (A valid email address is necessary.) 

    • Digital Materials: As always, we have a great selection of digital materials available from several platforms—including audiobooks, eBooks (even graphic novels!), magazines, and more. There are many options for patrons of all ages, and our staff can recommend digital materials for you and your students (see Concierge Service below). The Ocean County Library has also temporarily increased borrowing limits on Hoopla and Overdrive (Libby) during this time. 

    o View our Digital Resources & Tutorials playlist on our YouTube Channel for additional information about these resources. 

    • Chat/Text Service: Questions? Chat with us: Monday - Fridays 10am - 2pm. Text us: 732-943-1625 (standard messaging rates may apply) 

    • Education Initiative Resources: We're here for you - Find digital resources for all your education needs. 

    • Looking for Education Activities: World Book has opened all their digital resources to Ocean County Library patrons. Sign in to World Book Online with your Ocean County library card you will have access to eBooks, Activity Corner, Dramatic Learning, Science Power, and Social Studies. 

    • OCL's YouTube Channel: Subscribe for the latest video releases for kids each week! 

    • BrainFuse! Look no further than Ocean County Library for free live one-on-one online tutoring from a Brainfuse tutor. Tutoring is available in math, science, writing and other subjects for elementary, middle school, high school and college students. 

    • TumbleBooks! Through August 31, 2020, enjoy e-books, e-audios, videos and more without a library card and PIN. Options available for all ages, too! 

    • Access Video On Demand and Access Video Just for Kids provides streaming videos for preschool to grade 5 that are educational and entertaining. Explore a kid friendly website to watch thousands of videos. 

    • Reading Challenges: Explore OCL's online materials and earn badges while participating in our Cabin Fever Challenge for all ages! The OCL Summer Reading Challenges starts June 1st

    o View our video tutorial for how to sign up for our Reading Challenges on Beanstack. 

    Try any of the links below. Thank you, PTN, for sharing this free access!

    Scholastic Books - Read for Free (until 6/28)

    TrueFlix: People, science, and nature. Username: trueflix50 Password: jade

    ComicsPlus: Graphic novels and comic books. Angry Birds, Ninja Turtles, Disney, and Bone. Username: scholastic@librarypass.com Password: Falcon987

    BookFlix:  Username: bookflix50 Password: jade

    ScienceFlix: Experiments, careers in science, and current events. Username: flixsci50 Password: jade

    FreedomFlix: Social Studies and history. Username: freedomflix50 Password: jade

    Scholastic Go!: Virtual libary, atlas, and world news. Username: groliergo49 Password: reds

    EyeDiscover: Books read aloud, supported with video. Username: scholasticdemo Password: 4kton5t

    World Languages: Books that can be read in ten different languages, accompanied by video. Username: scholasticdemo Password: 4ktkon5t

    Scholastic Watch and Learn Library: Nonfiction video and quizzes. Username:wall 49 Password: reds (valid until 6/12)

    Other Sites Full of Books

    Audible: Listen to books FREE online; need an Amazon account

    Abdo Books: Free access until the end of July; all eBooks, very good selection. 

    Tumble Books: Free eBook library for you to use - Login= Jackson2020 Password = trial

    Tumble Math: eBooks that have to do with math Login: elms Password: login 

    World Almanac for Kids: Take a look at these facts, maps, and information. Username: JacksonTwpElem Password: digital

    Pebble Go

    PebbleGo (English & Spanish) Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2 :

    • Visit www.pebblego.com and click "Sign In"
    • Username: engaged
    • Password: learning

    PebbleGo Next 3, 4, & 5th:

    Capstone Interactive eBooks:

    red dog at Read Across America week at Elms


     Don't Actually Eat Your Book

    Books, Authors, and Illustrators

    Storyline Online: Watch famous actors and actresses read picture books aloud.

    Storytime with Ryan & Craig: Fun, engaging read-alouds from two actors

    Kate Messner: Author Kate Messner shared videos from authors and illustrators, reading aloud and talking about their work.

    Jarrett Krosoczka: Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka is sharing art lessons on his YouTube channel.

    Emily Arrow: Librarian Emily Arrow shares singalongs with music and stories on her YouTube channel.

    Story Time From Space: Astronauts read stories from space

    Tumble Books : Read free eBooks Login= Jackson2020 Password = trial

    We Are Teachers Storytime: popular books read aloud for you


    kids at desk


    Free Sites for Distance Learning

    BrainPop and BrainPopJr: Use our school login ElmsTigers2020 and same for password. Videos, games, all easy access. Jr. is best for grades K to 3.

    Wonderopolis: Every day this site shares a new wonder, submitted by kids, and the answer, in an article with a video.

    National Geographic Kids: Games, articles, and videos about animals and nature.

    Mystery Doug: Video science lessons and activities

    Typing Club: Use your time at home to learn keyboarding skills!

    Scholastic Learn at Home: Daily learning projects from Scholastic, geared for different grade levels

    Explore Animal Webcams: Observe animals live on webcams from around the world

    Virtual Museum Tours and MORE: Take a free virtual museum tour of a famous place, like the British Museum in London

    Hour of Code: Learn coding skills with an hour of code activity.

    Code Break: From Code.org: Weekly live webcast & challenges for code.

    Design Squad Global: Watch PBS Design Squad videos, to learn about science and engineering challenges

    Khan Academy: Free online video lessons in math and other subjects

    Crash Course Kids: Elementary school science videos

    Instructables: Watch others make things, and try it out yourself!

     Mrs. K and her teenager, Trenton

    Family Activity Ideas

    Set a routine! View these .pdfs for more info.

    Indoor Activities for Kids Stuck at Home: Buzzfeed lists 27 fun activities for kids home from school

    70 Educational Activities: A former homeschooler shares 70 educational activities you can do when you're stuck indoors.

    Podcasts: Listen to a podcast together. Common Sense Media curated this list of best podcasts for kids.

    Cosmic Kids Yoga: Stay active as you practice yoga together.

    Distance Reading Book Bingo: Read together and complete this bingo board!

    Virtual Field Trips: Visit zoos, museums, and aquariums. Yep! Stream it to your big screen.

    Jenkinson's Aquarium Penguin Cast: Yep, they're still there :)

    Fluency and Fitness: Review essential K-2 reading and math topics, while providing a movement break.

    The Franklin Institute's Spark of Science:  At-home experiments & presentations created by FI. 

    Spanish/en Espanol and Other Languages

    Story Place: Video storytime activities in Spanish

    PBS Kids Spanish Games: Play educational games in Spanish

    World Languages: Books that can be read in ten different languages, accompanied by video. Username: scholasticdemo Password: 4ktkon5t


    (information above provided by https://librarylearners.com/distance-learning/?ck_subscriber_id=531712649)


    Mystery Science

    Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. (K-3) Log in with ElmsTigers2020 and same for password

    Article full of links for ideas regarding online learning: https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/coronavirus-bearing-down-schools-educational-content-providers-have-chance

    How to talk to your child about the Coronavirus from Mr. Rogers Talking to your kids about Covid-19& Scholastic News Magazine to read together. 

    Mindfulness: How to practice it, relieve anxiety, and other information.

    How Parents Can Help Kids Understand the Protests and Fight Racism 



    To contact the Media Specialist, please email: skonopack@jacksonsd.org

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