High School Online Learning Resources
AP Exam Preparation
Message from the College Board: “The AP Program is developing resources to help schools support student learning during extended closures, as well as a solution that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. Additional information will be posted by March 20. We will announce portfolio submission deadline extensions for AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, Computer Science Principles, Drawing, Research, and Seminar courses by March 20. Schools do not need to call AP Services for Educators to request these extensions.” For more information, visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update.
Many teachers are posting information to Blackboard for students to independently prepare for the AP exams. Students may voluntarily use this information. It will not be graded and will not receive credit. As we receive information from the College Board, we will continue to update you on any information received regarding AP exams.
In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled. Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds. In the coming days, College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers. For more details, visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat.
The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. For more details, visit https://www.act.org.
PSAT exams for March 24 at NAI have been canceled. Reimbursement will be provided upon return to school.
- Articles with quizzes and writing prompts
- Free e-books
- Independent reading library (as long as students already have accounts) at www.activelylearn.com. The Independent Reading Library has nonfiction and current events articles organized by grade level, topic, and rating. After reading, students can leave a review of the article and a rating out of 5 stars for other students to see.
- Several lessons for multiple disciplines are available on the Great Minds site. These lessons have been developed as part of the available New York State curriculum.
- Looking for a reading challenge? The College Board's 101 Books for the College Bound Reader
- 100 Most Common SAT Words Quizlet
- 500 Most Common SAT Words Quizlet
- Kahn Academy has online learning modules (videos and practice) for grammar concepts ranging from parts of speech to elements of syntax and style.
- Zooniverse - citizen science projects that anyone can participate in and contribute to findings. Learn about initiatives and research projects all over the world and participate in the crowd sourced science to find answers.
- Learn.Genetics- extensive Biology resources, interactives, videos and virtual experiments.
- ActivelyLearn - articles and videos with comprehension questions built in. Search Science and then choose Curriculum Units for either High School Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
- ChemCollective - Students can review and learn chemistry concepts using our virtual labs, simulations, and tutorials. The ChemCollective is organized by a group of faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon
- PhET - PhET provides free interactive math and science simulations that engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.
- MIT Blossoms - STEM Video Lessons for High School Classes.
- Great Minds - This site provides several lessons for a variety of disciplines that have been developed as part of the New York State curriculum.
- CK12- Free simulations, mostly based in physics and chemistry.
- Cincinnati Zoo - offering a Facebook Live session everyday with a different animal and scientist. The sessions are then archived and can be found on Youtube.
- Practice your instrument
- Warm-Ups John McAllister Free Resources (Elementary – High School)
- Sight-Reading Work John McAllister Free Resources (Elementary – High School
- Scales & Technique John McAllister Free Resources (Middle – High School)
- Cinematic Long Tones with Accompaniment (Middle – High School)
- Brass Videos
- Woodwind Videos
- Percussion Videos
- Percussion Students: Concert and Set Drumming Lessons
- Instructional Jazz Ensemble Videos
- Jamey Aebersold Free Jazz
- Jazz Resources
- Various Streaming Instructional Videos (Used to supplement both concert and jazz resources – including live performances of top ensembles)
- Elementary and Middle School Winds Tutorials
- All Instruments - Learn music using only note names
- Listening List
- Please keep singing!
- Vocal Mastercasses
- You are a vocal athlete
- You can start with some vocal warm-ups:
- YAWN-SIGH TECHNIQUE-For this quick vocal exercise, simply yawn (take in air) with your mouth closed. Then, exhale through your nose as if you are sighing. This will help relax your voice and improve its range.
- HUMMING WARM-UPS-Humming is one of the best vocal warm-ups because it doesn’t put a lot of strain on your vocal cords. Place the tip of your tongue behind your bottom front teeth and hum up and down the major scale while keeping your mouth closed. Each note should sound like “hmmm” — including the “h” sound is less taxing on your voice.
- VOCAL STRAW EXERCISE-To perform the vocal straw exercise (also known as straw phonation), take a straw and hum through it. Start at the bottom of your range and slide up to the top slowly and evenly. Then, hum your favorite song through the straw. You can also place the straw in a partially full glass of liquid and blow controlled bubbles in the glass.
- LIP BUZZ VOCAL WARM-UP-As far as vocal warm-ups go, lip buzz (or lip trill, as it is sometimes called) is very simple. The goal is to make a motorboat sound by making your lips vibrate as you blow air through your mouth and nose. You can incorporate pitch slides as well.
- TONGUE TRILL EXERCISE-The tongue trill vocal exercise is difficult for some singers. It involves curling your tongue and rolling your R’s as you go through your range from low to high.
- JAW LOOSENING EXERCISES-When singing, you want to drop your jaw lower than when you are just talking. With your finger, trace back along your jawline from your chin to your ear. That curved space between your jaw and your ear is where you want to drop your jaw. Pretend you are yawning with your mouth closed and feel where your jaw drops. Avoid just dropping your chin.
- TWO-OCTAVE PITCH GLIDE WARM-UP-For this easy vocal warm-up, make an “eeee” or “ohhhh” sound and gradually glide through the chromatic notes of a two-octave range. Glide up and then back down. This will transition from your chest voice to your head voice.
- VOCAL SIRENS EXERCISE-Much like the pitch glide, the siren exercise takes an “oooo” sound and gradually goes from the lowest note of your range to the highest and back down, like a siren for an emergency vehicle. The sound is continuous and covers the tones between the notes.
- VOCAL SLIDES TECHNIQUE-This technique is also known as a portamento, which is Italian for “the act of carrying.” Much like the siren exercise, you slide from one note to the next in your range, but you don’t sing the in-between notes.
All Music Students
- Adam Neeley
- ¡Yo Soy Artista!
- Gamelike music creation
- Online music creation
- Online music creation
- Looping music creation
- Online sequencer
- Online music creation
- Modular Synthesis
- Free Music Resources
- Virtual Eurorack
- Make music with self-playing machines
- Learning Modular Synthesis
- Music Theory Lessons
- Music Theory Exercises
- Free Ivy Classes
- First Nights - Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th Century
- Music and Social Action
- Introduction to Classical Music
United States History
- Library of Congress: Explore multimedia collections of photographs, recorded sound, moving pictures, and digitized text. You can easily find primary set collections and themed resources that correlate to the time period you are studying.
- Docs Teach: Access thousands of letters, photographs, speeches, posters, political cartoons, maps, patents, videos, audio recordings, graphs, legislation, telegrams, court documents, amendments, draft cards, executive orders, citizenship documents, census records, and more — covering a wide variety of historical topics, all saved for the American people at the National Archives. On the left hand side there is a menu which includes many activities that you can complete related to time periods you are studying.
- Crash Course in U.S. History: This is an excellent set of videos summarizing all major historical topics in U.S. and World History.
- World History lessons from Stanford Education group
- Explore amazing photographs and videos organized by region and time period.
- Crash Course in World History
- Learn how to cook something new!
- 8th Graders can complete the EverFi FutureSmart Course located in Tiger ID. This course will empower students to effectively set goals, prepare for careers, and manage their financial future through interactive, real-life scenarios.
- Learn how to disinfect laundry and household surfaces, as well as how to care for family members
- Explore foods that can help build your immune system
- Spend time in the kitchen trying new recipes. This site allows you to type in ingredients you currently have in your kitchen, and will generate recipes you could make with those ingredients.
At this time, a lot is happening in the business, computer & information technology world. Below are current event topics/articles to consider & discuss for a variety of our classes.
- Many companies have implemented guidelines on how employees should work from home. Here is an article related to remote working, and here is an article about businesses staying connected.
- Not only do businesses need to worry about communication among employees, but they also need to communicate to its customers.
- How do businesses communicate the serious nature of the coronavirus?
Sports & Entertainment Management
- Here is an article about the financial blow of the coronavirus on sports.
- A full rundown on how the coronavirus is changing the entertainment landscape.
- Empty stadiums & online streaming: coronavirus affecting the media industry.
- Coronavirus and its effect on global trade.
- The Economic Impact of Coronavirus in the U.S.
- The economic effects of COVID-19 around the world.
- How the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the global economy.
- Coronavirus impact on imports.
Finance & Investments
- How the Coronavirus Is Disrupting the Global Advertising Industry.
- How much impact coronavirus will have on marketing industry.
- With the abundance of people working from home, many expect cyber-related crimes to increase due to lack of security features at home compared to the office. Here are some cybersecurity tips to consider while working from home.
- Cybersecurity in the coronavirus age.
- Hackers are using coronavirus concerns to trick you.
- Kneading Dough - Money Lessons from Professional Athletes.
- Better Money Habits - Learn about personal finance education through Better Money Habits. Start managing your personal finances and making smart financial decisions now.
- Economic and Personal Finance Resource - This site has a variety of lessons available covering a range of topics related to economics and personal finance.
- Financial Soccer - Put your financial skills to the test with Visa’s World Cup-themed Financial Soccer multiple-choice question game. It tests players' knowledge of financial management skills as they advance down the field and try to score.
- Financial Football - Visa and the National Football League have teamed up to create Financial Football, a fast-paced, interactive game that engages students while teaching them personal finance skills.
- Solid Professor offers a variety of online courses, the first five lessons of each are free. The classes are design software (CADD) focused along with a number of other suggestions and resources for educators in response COVID-19.
- A majority of the software used for the Solidprofessor courses is available for free to students and teachers from Autodesk. NA uses the Autodesk suite of programs (primarily Inventor) in a number of our Tech ed courses, but unfortunately to the best of my knowledge the student laptops are not able to run Autodesk Inventor. Helpdesk would need to confirm the compatibility of the student laptops with Autodesk Inventor or any of the other Autodesk programs such as Revit and AutoCAD.
- Comptia A+ cert study guides and practice exams. The A+ certification is a widely recognized entry level IT course.
- “Learn about Film”: a great compilation of lessons of the basics of filmmaking; story telling, editing, and equipment
- Electronics Hub: tutorials, project ideas, and kits.
- 100 Sketchbook Prompts (The Art of Education)
- How to Make a Schedule, Avoid Chaos, and Still Be Creative - Project Planning - Appropriate for independent project planning with AP Studio Art (Art and Design) students.
Virtual Museum Visits
- Museum of the World (British Museum)
- National Gallery of Art Online Exhibits - Online Galleries (Google Arts & Culture)
- The Louvre (Paris, France) - Online Virtual Tours
- J. Paul Getty Museum - Online Galleries and Google Street View Tour (Scroll to bottom of page for gallery tour)
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - Google Street View Virtual Tour of Museum Galleries
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam - Online Galleries and Google Street View Tour (Scroll to bottom of page for tours of each floor of museum)
- Uffizi Gallery, Florence - Online Galleries and Google Street View Tour (Scroll to bottom for gallery tour)
- MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York - Online Galleries (Google Arts & Culture)
- The Met 360° Project - The Metropolitan Museum, New York
- Explore the Carnegie Museum of Art's collection virtually
- North Park Trail Maps: We have a tremendous resource right in our backyard, try to get out and hike some of the beautiful trails throughout North Pak or any of the Allegheny County Parks.
- Geocaching: Geocaching is like a game of hide and go seek, there are thousands of Geocaches hidden around our area that can be found using your cell phone and a free app. Click has some great tutorial videos to better explain.
- AllTrails: Trail Guides & Maps for Hiking, Camping, and Running | AllTrails: The Alltrails App is a great resource to locate hiking trails in our own backyard or around the globe. Trails are rated by difficulty and provide reliable descriptions.
- Strava: In addition to being a top-notch running and cycling tracker, Strava Running and Cycling adds some pretty neat competitive and gamified features to the usual run-tracking recipe. The app records your running speed, distance traveled, time and course taken, but also combines it with leaderboards, achievements and challenges.
- Yoga with Adriene: Yoga With Adriene Adriene offers almost every type of yoga routine imaginable with routines and programs for beginners on up all for free.
- FitnessBlender.com: Free fitness workouts to meet many individual goals.
- Just Dance: Search this topic on YouTube and you can be entertained for hours while trying to keep up with the on screen characters.
- Dr. Gregor: Eat More To Weight Less, Food As Medicine
- Dr. Robyn Chutkan: Live Dirty, Eat Clean
- Power Foods for the Brain, Neal Barnard | TEDxBismarck: Are you looking to make some healthy changes to your diet? Check out this 15 minute video and let me know through the worksheet what changes you are going to try.
- Discovery Ed - thousands of videos covering every area of interest. See what’s trending!
- CommonSense Media - movie, book, TV, app reviews and ratings.
- Northland’s eLibrary - Find Duolingo and Mango language programs, BookFlix and TrueFlix ebooks, Libby, Overdrive, Flipster digital magazines, All Music and Hoopla. Sign up for an eCard online and start accessing resources today!
Social and Emotional Learning