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Student Learning Resources

The 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.

The Toronto District School Board continues to review a number of additional online resources that support the Learn at Home initiative. Below, TDSB staff have compiled a variety of resources that cover a range of grades and subjects that may be helpful for students and parents during this time. It’s important to note that these online resources are not mandatory or graded and are meant for families to use as optional resources to support independent learning while students are 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.

For students who require differentiation when accessing the provided curriculum resources, please note that assistive technology tools are available: TDSB Assistive Technology Tools. To support accessibility of resources you may find the following link helpful: AODA.

Below is a list of online/digital resources from the TDSB Virtual Library for students and families that do not require a login or password to access. To explore the full digital resources, please use the links within the second column. Have fun exploring!

Subject

TDSB Virtual Library Online Resource

Features for ESL & Accessibility

Early Years
K-2

Primary
1-3

Junior
4-6

Intermediate
7-8

Secondary
9-10

Secondary
11-12

Literacy

TDSB Virtual Library collection: Capstone
Interactive

Temporary access to all titles from Capstone

Almost 200 fiction & nonfiction read-aloud eBooks at a range of levels.

Read aloud

Glossary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy

CBC Kids

CBC Kids | Play Games, Watch Video, Explore

 


 


 


 

 

 

 

Math

Khan Academy

Online instructional videos and support for students on related math strands.(Please note: resources may not align with the Ministry curriculum, but serve as supplementary resources.)

 

Math

Mathies

The mathies.ca website houses Ontario Ministry of Education developed resources to support mathematics learning from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

 

 






All Subjects

Kids InfoBits

Temporarily opened by vendor - no login required. In the future, this resource will require a login found on the Virtual Library Learnmark.

Curriculum-aligned books, magazines, news periodicals, images, and videos on a variety of subjects. Includes over 16,600 images, 1,700 charts and graphs, and 600 videos.


Read aloud

Translation

Embedded dictionary

 




 

 

All Subjects

NFB

Streaming videos on issues of global importance from a Canadian perspective including documentaries, animations, experimental films, fiction and interactive works for K-12 Canadian curriculum, critical thinking, and student engagement.

 

 






All Subjects

TVO in the classroom

More than 10,000 articles, videos, and games from TVO current affairs, documentaries, and TVOKids.

 


 

All Subjects CBC Curio

Temporarily opened by vendor - no login required. In the future, this resource will require a login found on the Virtual Library Learnmark.
 
 

All Subjects

Gale in Context: Canada

Temporarily opened by vendor

An engaging experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events.”  Includes magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, and audio.


Read aloud

Translation

Embedded dictionary

     
All Subjects

Gale in Context: Middle School

Temporarily opened by vendor

Combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more.” Created specifically for middle school students but covers popular subjects in an accessible way for grades 6-12.


Read aloud

Translation

Embedded dictionary

   
All Subjects

Gale in Context: High School

Temporarily opened by vendor

Integrating reference content, biographies, primary sources, multimedia, critical essays, news, academic journals and more, High School is updated daily, offering nearly 1,000 issue, topic, and geographic pages across the curriculum.

Read aloud

Translation

Embedded dictionary

       
All Subjects

Gale in Context: College

Temporarily opened by vendor

Learners can access news content including full-text newspapers and periodicals like The Economist, The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Science, Smithsonian, and more. Empower  learning with hundreds of thousands of images, videos, and audio selections that include archival film clips, broadcast video, BBC News, New York Times video, and NPR.
 

Read aloud

Translation

Embedded dictionary

         

French

Mini TFO et TFO Enfants 

French streaming educational videos, films, music, games for students.

 


 

 

 

French

Curio FR

Streaming educational video and audio from CBC and Radio-Canada for K-12 Canadian curriculum, critical thinking, current events and student engagement.

 

French

ONF

Streaming videos on issues of global importance from a Canadian perspective including documentaries, animations, experimental films, fiction and interactive works for K-12 Canadian curriculum, critical thinking, and student engagement.

 


 

French (Social Studies, History & Geography)

Big Timber French eBooks

25 nonfiction eBooks for FSL learners with a focus on social studies and science

Annotation tool

 




 

 

French (Social Studies, History & Geography l’Encyclopédie canadienne

Online Canadian reference articles on history, politics, arts, science & more. Includes timelines and browsable curriculum topics.
 
     

Science

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Temporarily opened by vendor - no login required. In the future, this resource will require a login  found on the Virtual Library Learnmark.

Reference eBook collection supporting secondary science, social sciences and humanities curriculum.


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

Change text sizes

 

 

 




Science

TDSB Virtual Library collection: Capstone Interactive

Temporary access to all titles from Capstone

Almost 200 fiction & nonfiction read-aloud eBooks at a range of levels.


Natural voice read aloud

Glossary

 




 

 

Science

Khan Academy
www.khanacademy.org/science


Online instructional videos and support for students on related science strands. (Please note: resources may not align with the Ministry curriculum, but serve as supplementary resources.)

 

 

 

 

Science

PebbleGo

Over 1,000 science and social studies articles with vocabulary support and read-aloud features.


Natural voice read aloud

Simple text

Videos




 

 

 

Science

PebbleGo Next

Over 150 science articles with vocabulary support and read-aloud features.


Natural voice read aloud

Illustrations

 

 




 


Social Studies/
History/
Geography

CultureGrams

Temporarily opened by vendor - no login required. In the future, this resource will require a login  found on the Virtual Library Learnmark.

Primary source and cultural information about Canadian provinces and territories, and countries around the world including statistics, interviews, images, national anthems, recipes, infographics, and maps.


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

Word pronunciation

 







Social Studies/
History/
Geography

Global Issues in Context

Temporarily opened by vendor - no login required. In the future, this resource will require a login  found on the Virtual Library Learnmark.

Articles, biographies, images, videos, and more to support global awareness, inquiry, and critical thinking, including 250 different country topic pages and over 400 pages on specific issues for searching or browsing.


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

Change text size

 

 

 

 



Social Studies,
History &
Geography

tab-vue

Almost 100 curriculum-aligned nonfiction Canadian eBooks in French & English.


Zoom in on text

Search words in book

 

 



 

 

Social Studies,
History &
Geography

The Canadian Encyclopedia

Online Canadian reference articles on history, politics, arts, science & more. Includes timelines and browsable curriculum topics.
 
     



In addition to the student learning resources listed above, the resources listed below are also available to students and families but do require a login and password to access. The TDSB licences a wide range of selected digital content for K-12 student use. This includes ebooks, encyclopedias and informational databases. These can easily be found on the TDSB Virtual Library - Read Watch Learn The use of licenced content is effective as it allows for more focused searches, is fact checked, is often available at multiple reading levels and includes tools for translation, read aloud and note taking. Students can use these resources to more deeply explore or confirm information found on the open internet.   

When students are in schools, they are automatically logged in to these resources. Outside of the TDSB network, passwords are required. TDSB Families can learn how to access passwords hereFamilies are encouraged to download, print, or screen capture a copy of the Learnmark so that passwords are readily available. Please do not post the passwords or the link on the internet.

Subject

TDSB Virtual Library Online Resource

Features for ESL & Accessibility

Early Years

K-2

Primary

1-3

Junior

4-6

Intermediate
7-8

Secondary
9-10

Secondary

11-12

  Literacy

BookFlix

140 animated stories paired with a nonfiction read-aloud eBook.


Read aloud

Animation

Spanish translation



 

 

 

 

  Literacy

Destiny Discover

460 fiction & nonfiction read-aloud eBooks at a range of levels, includes annotation tool & downloadable content


Automated read aloud

Ability to change display options

Annotation tool

Downloadable content

 

Literacy/ English

Canadian Literary Centre

A database of books, author biographies, essays, literary criticism, book reviews, and reference content from Essays on Canadian Writing Press (ECW Press).


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

 

 

 

 



Literacy/ English

Literary Reference Centre Plus
 

Full-text resources for information on thousands of authors and their works across literary

disciplines and timeframes.

 


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

 

 

 

 



Math

TVO Mathify

Free 1:1 online Grade 6-10 math tutoring with Ontario Certified Teachers. 

“Until further notice, we are pleased to share that tutoring is extended to include grade 6 – and tutors will be available Monday-Friday 9am to 9pm and Sunday 3:30pm to 9pm!”

 

 

 

 

Math

TVO mPower

Online games that support the development of foundational K-6 math and STEM skills while fostering positive attitudes towards math. 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

All Subjects

Advanced Placement Source

Database for secondary students in various Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate

(IB) courses.


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

 

 

 

 


 


 

All Subjects

Canadian Points of View

Presents multiple sides of current issues with a focus on key topics of interest to Canadian researchers to help students think critically and  develop persuasive arguments and essays.


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

 

 

 


 


 


 

All Subjects

Canadian Reference Centre

This database includes leading Canadian periodicals and international periodicals, reference books, thousands of biographies, and an image collection containing thousands of photos, maps and flags.


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

 

 


 


 


 

All Subjects

Explora K-6

Over 180,000 full-text articles from popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and over 1.8 million images on a wide variety of topics.


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

 


 


 

 

 

 

All Subjects

Explora 7-12

Searches a variety of databases for grade 7-12 inquiry and research.


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

 

 

 


 


 


 

All Subjects

https://www.mcintyre.ca/

Collection of fantastic programs from our award winning producers that have been produced specifically for the Canadian educational market.

 


 


 


 


 


 

All Subjects

http://www.accesslearning.com/

Educational media and resources on demand. Over 35000 video clips, guides, programs, projects.

 


 


 


 


 


 

All Subjects

Learn360

Streaming video, audio, and accompanying support materials for K-12 curriculum and student engagement.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


French 

(All Subjects)

Canadian Reference Centre

This database includes leading Canadian periodicals and international periodicals, reference books, thousands of biographies, and an image collection containing thousands of photos, maps and flags.


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

 

 

 


 


 


 


French 

(All Subjects)

Idéllo

The Canadian reference in French educational content. Contains videos, websites and mobile apps across subject areas.



 



 



 



 


French 

(All Subjects)

Universalis Junior

A French-language encyclopedia with over 4,000 articles (including 1,800 articles in French and English for bilingual education) featuring maps, integrated dictionary, animations, charts, images, and videos.


Read aloud

Ability to change text size

Embedded dictionary

 

 


 


 


French 

(All Subjects)

Encyclopedia Universalis

An extensive French-language encyclopedia with over 38,000 articles featuring bibliographies, maps, timelines, integrated dictionary, images, videos, and primary sources.


Read aloud

Ability to change text size

Embedded dictionary

 

 

 


 

French (Math)

NetMath

French language math activities aligned with the curriculum.

 

 

Health & Physical Education

Teen Health & Wellness

Nonjudgmental, straightforward articles on a variety of health & well-being topics reviewed by professionals in the relevant field.


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

 

 

 


 


 


 

Music

Naxos

Online classical music library offering streaming access to more than 144,990 CDs with more than 2,244,500 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire.

 

 

 

Science

Science Reference Centre

Full text resources from hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

 

 

 

 


 


 


Social Studies/
History/
Geography

History Reference Centre 

U.S. and world history topics, featuring historical reference books,

magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents.


Automated read aloud

Machine translation

 

 

 


 


 


 

For a full and comprehensive list of resources, please visit the TDSB Virtual Library.

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