Other Free Digital Resources

Colorado History

Colorado Department of Education- Offers primary source sets for elementary teachers and students grades k-6.

Colorado Encyclopedia- An online resource for all things Colorado vetted by top Colorado scholars. Includes articles leveled for 4th, 8th, and 10th grade readers. 

Colorado Histories from the Colorado Virtual Library - A collection of biographies of historically important persons with connections in Colorado.  

Current Events

Newsela- Teachers can sign up for a free account through Gmail to access non-fiction content and recent news stories. 

NewseumED - Free resources on fighting fake news and developing your student's media literacy skills.

PBS Learning Media- Teachers can sign up for the Basic Free Version to access thousands of free, standards-aligned and curriculum targeted digital resources.

Smithsonian TweenTribune- Teachers can sign up for free to curate news articles for their classes to read & take quizzes. All news stories are leveled by grade/lexile. 


Epic!Instantly access 25,000 of the best books and videos for kids 12 and under (free for educators).

International Children's Digital LibraryA collection of digitized children's books from around the world. 

Project Gutenberg- Multi-format digital library of eBooks.

Unite for Literacy- Free online access to a global library of age-appropriate picture books in a number of languages. 

General Reference

Awesome Library- Organizes 37,000 carefully reviewed resources for k-12 teachers & students. 

Digital Public Library of America- Connects people to the riches held within America's libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions. 

Internet ArchiveMillions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)- Curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high-quality, multi-subject, open access, peer-reviewed journals. 

Health Sciences & Medicine

PubMedProvides access to MEDLINE, NLM's database of citations, abstracts, and full text related to the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health care, and preclinical sciences. 

Natural Sciences

PubChem- Provides information on the biological activities of small molecules.

Scientific Research

NASA Image and Video Library140,000 images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online.

National Science Digital Library- Serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. 

Safe Search For Kids

Boolify- Teaches young learners how to correctly use a search engine and refine their searches. 

Kiddle- Kid-friendly, Google Safe powered search engine for younger learners. 

Interland- Adventure-packed online games that put the key lessons of digital citizenship and safety into hands-on practice. 


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Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).