Learning From Home

As new resources become available, we will post them here. Please check back often for the latest additions.  

Gulf Shores City Students select the link below to obtain your Thomas B. Norton Public Library card.



Resources - Access these databases using your Thomas B. Norton Public Library card.  


Macmillan has put together a wide array of resources to help students, teachers and parents.  

They are arranged by age for ease of use.  Activities, electronic books, author pages, helpful tips for parents to help with organization, nutrition, physical fitness as well as specific resources for Science, Math and Grammar.  

AudibleAudible - Amazon canceled the subscription cost of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link https://stories.audible.com/start-listen.  


Pandemics: The Invisible Enemy features important information on pandemics throughout world history. This content will help provide students and researchers with a deeper understanding of the health and societal impacts of pandemics from an historical perspective.

The content provides important information on: 

  • COVID-19
  • General Information About Pandemics
  • Late Middle Ages: The Black Death, Decameron, Florentine Chronicle, Genocide of American Indians
  • Seventeenth Century: Smallpox, Great Plague in London
  • Eighteenth Century: Outbreak of Plague
  • Nineteenth Century: National Quarantine Act, Malaria
  • Twentieth Century: Influenza Epidemic, Development of the Mechanical Respirator, Typhus, Establishment of the CDC & WHO, Polio, Asian Flu, Ebola, AIDS, Meningitis
  • Twenty-First Century: SARS, H1N1, Swine Flu, Zika Virus, COVID-19  


Zoom help from Florida State University

Florida State has put together some information to help first time Zoom users.  

The how-to guides are free to the public and can be viewed and downloaded here via these links. They cover:

The institute is also recruiting tech-savvy older adults who can assist others who have questions about the Zoom platform.

 If you would like to talk to one of ISL’s Zoom mentors, send an email to ISL@fsu.edu .

CommonCraftlogoCommon Craft video packs make teaching easier.  These video packs are being made available temporarily.      Digital Citizenship (8 videos)    Research and Study Skills (13 videos)    Internet Safety (11 videos)    Intellectual Property (5 videos)    Financial Responsibility (8 videos)  Each one comes with a lesson plan and transcript. Also their latest video Fact and Opinion is now available complete with lesson plan and transcript.  

ComputerScienceInterested in exploring a career in technology.  Here are some resources that outline the job opportunities and college and university programs that support them.

Network Administration Career Essentials

Network Administrator Career Guide 

Computer Science Scholarships

Room Recess - OnlineRoomRecessHeader learning games for Kindergarten through 6th grade specific to Math, Reading and Word Skills. 

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National Emergency Library - a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. 

ActivelyLearn Opens in new windowActively Learn - Free for the remainder of the school year.  Platform for teaching and learning online.  Example: Scroll down and click on the Science link for direct access to all grade levels of curriculum, topics, and news and articles to support at home learning.  

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Tumble Math - K-6 math ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6 

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Common Sense Media  Great group of resources that target Learning From Home, Family Entertainment, and Understanding the News. 

FamilyHood Opens in new window20 Virtual Field Trips to take with your kids. Lesson ideas, activities and book suggestions will help extend learning.  Art museums, zoos, aquariums and travel destinations are offered. 

EBSCOEBSCOPage specifically designed to provide information and free resources for schools and public libraries impacted by COVID-19. 

Free Coding Resources - free Tynker at home with over 500+ coding puzzles and 200+ tutorials.  

ArcademicsArcademic Skill Builders - fun and free educational games for K-8. Multiplayer learning games, math games, language arts games and more! 

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 Free educational videos organized by age and topic. 

FamilyGuideBoredom Busters - 110 fun at-home activities.  Great way to learn new games and explore new activities.