The Anchorage School District’s first day of school is August 20th, and other schools are starting all over the state. This is a tough beginning of the school year. Many students are learning from home or finding it hard to do homework on their own. It’s a good time to get acquainted, or reacquainted, with SLED, the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway (https://lam.alaska.gov/sled) developed by the Alaska State Library and the University of Alaska libraries. If you’re in another location, you may have a similar site for your state.
As you can guess from the name, this website has information resources for Alaska students and others. It’s easy to access from school, but Alaskans can also get a username and password to access the databases from home, too. Just follow the easy instructions on the home page.
There are lots of activities and databases for students. Here are a few favorites:
Tutoring:Live homework help in areas like English, Math, and History
BrainPOP:Quick movies, quizzes, and activities in many subject matters
Sesame Street eBooks:Ebooks in English and Spanish for young kids
Teen Health:Resource guide for teens and their adults
And there are also resources for research, languages, even tailored for elementary, middle school, or high school, and more. Check it out at https://lam.alaska.gov/sled!
This service is another example of librarians pulling resources together to help students and families. Thanks to our libraries for all they do.