BYOC Resources

Department Specific Resources

General Resources for all Departments

Apple Education and Google Schools are the tools the School Town has chosen to support as we transition to a 1:1 environment. For that reason, I would strongly recommend beginning your curriculum building with iBooks and iTunes U. Both resources are designed by Apple to work together with our Macbooks and iPads.

That said, no resource can do it all, so I've created this "pathfinder" to help you get started.


A convenient source for pics, sound files, and video for educational use that is either copyright free or issued under a Copyright Commons license.


- Our online catalog helps with finding way more than the print books in our collection. Atriuum also provides:

1. Easy access to our curated collection of thousands of eBooks through a permalink in the catalog record
2. Links to online reference library titles that are part of our Oxford Reference Library
3. The surfIT  button allows you to simultaneously search Britannica School, Opposing Viewpoints, Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, and Google Scholar
4. There are links to other sites providing FREE audio books and eBooks, and I highly recommend checking out: Textbook Revolution, a site "dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors."


You have access to a large number of subscription databases at Highland. EBSCO and Gale databases allow you to post items directly to your Google Classroom, either by a dedicated button, or as an option under Sharing.

All of our databases offer the ability to:
1. print, download, or save items. 
2. Provide a permalink to give students direct access to items you want them to view
3. Create a PDF of the item you want to use that can be uploaded to your classroom
4. Create a personal login for saving Favorites or creating Folders for items you'd like to access later
5. Translate items
6. Cite items

Britannica School 

Britannica offers online encyclopedia articles of course, but also provides access to images & videos, primary sources, eBooks, "Web's Best Sites" (curated web sites), magazine articles, and lesson plans. 

Britannica also allows filtering searches by Reading Level and Lexile range.

Explora for Educators and Explora for Secondary Schools

Designed for high schools, Explora provides access to magazine articles, scholarly/peer reviewed journals, trade publications, news sources, primary source documents, images and video. Explora also allows filtering items by Lexile range.

Opposing Viewpoints

While Opposing Viewpoints contains the pro-con articles you'd expect, it offers much more. You will also find recommended web sites, primary sources, audio, image, & video files, academic journals, magazines, reference books, biographies, curriculum standards, and the ability to highlight and make notes within items of interest. 

Ready Reference

This is a list of 5 reference sites that can be used with students, including the Library of Congress' Virtual Reference Shelf.

Oxford Reference

 is a subscription database that includes access to hundreds of Oxford dictionaries, companions, and encyclopedias. Some of the titles we own, and some are available as part of our subscription. Either way, Oxford provides answers with authority.

Other Oxford databases include: Oxford Art, Oxford English Dictionary (OED), Oxford Music


netTrekker delivers the industry-leading digital learning resource library with only the best content from the web — 360,000+ curated digital resources tagged, organized, and aligned to standards so that teachers, students, and parents can find just what they need, all in one place, in a fraction of the time.

Points of View

Similar to Opposing Viewpoints, Points of View provides a tie-in with curriculum standards, reference titles, charts & graphs, primary sources, Radio/TV transcripts, newspapers, magazines, and academic journals. 

TIP: Unchecking the Points of View box will provide a much higher number of hits when you search. Otherwise the database limits results to only pro-con articles.


Provides access to newswires, webnews, and EBSCO's Image Collection.


Search Engines provide keyword searching of cached Web pages. While Google dominates searching the wide open Internet, there are many subject specific or specialty databases that can weed out the noise and help you focus on finding relevant information.
1. Academic Index, 2. Infortopia, 3. InfoTrek, 4. iSeek, 5. TeacherTopia, 6. Virtual LRC

Web Directories
 are highly selective sites organized by subject specialists:
1. Comon Sense Media, 2. AlphaMarks

Social Bookmarking
provides a centralized location for sharing Internet resources:
1. delicious, 2. diigo, 3. Pearl Trees, 4.

Primary Sources

Primary Sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research.
This definition is taken from the Reference and User Services Association's (RUSA) online research guide:

Professional Resources

Look for the Lesson Plans tab under the Teaching, Learning & Instructional Technology Resources heading. It's the bottom group of tabs on the Professional Resources page.

There are many professional resources on the page to help you get started, but for BYOC the Lesson Plans tab is probably the most relevant.

Free professional development resources are also available on the Professional Resources page.