List of online resources for teachers, students, parents and the community.
If you find that a link is no longer active or has changed, please contact the DASD webmaster to modify the link within our database.
- Power Library - use your Chester County Library Card to access Power Library's online world of electronic resources
- Reading Is Fundamental Reading List- these reading lists are provided by Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF) and the American Library Association (ALA) for you and your young reader.
- 100 Best Children's Books- here is a list of one hundred books selected by the National Education Association in 1999 as great reading for children and young people.
- Caldecott Medal Winning Books- The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
- Children's Book Reviews- this is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.
- Newberry Medal Winning Books- The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
- The Online Books Page – Created by the University of Pennsylvania, this site has over 800,000 listings of free books on the Web
- Turbo Read .
Test your reading speed and comprehension online. Discover why you read so slowly. Improve speed, comprehension, and memory for school and at work.
- Book Report
Prepare and write a clear, complete and excellent reading report. Included are instructions, a scenario, links to libraries, book stores, and e-books. It features a useful approach for secondary and college students.
- Chester County Library
- Brain Pop Jr. - This website is designed for kids, and includes information on health, reading, writing, science, math and social studies. It also has a sign-up for a kids newsletter and a parent newsletter, and links to educational games.
- OWL - The Purdue Online Writing Lab - The Purdue University Online Writing Lab serves writers from around the world and the Purdue University Writing Lab helps writers on Purdue's campus.
- Word Central -This website, created by Merriam-Webster, has a dictionary, thesaurus and rhyming word area, along with a daily buzzword and word games.
- Homework Elephant .
Homework help at your fingertips. Choose a topic and find over 5000 carefully selected resources to help with your homework problems. Subject & reference help, hints and tips; a colourful and easily navigable site, great for both kids and parents.
- Kids' National Geographic - This website has information on animals, countries around the world, and health with games, stories, videos and activities.
- Fact Monster - Fact Monster is a comprehensive site for kids, including homework help, an atlas, dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia, plus subject-specific material for math, science and language arts.
- KidsClick! - KidsClick!, created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System, guides young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites.
- Study Guides and Strategies - Comprehensive collection of academic study guides. Topics include classroom and study preparations; studying, writing and reading skills; math and science skills; evaluating and using web content; and preparing for tests. By the University of St. Thomas, MN, USA.
- Active Learning
Applied lessons in writing and reading English for students grades 6 through college, home schooling, the adult learner, and for improving writing skills in the workplace.
- Reading, Researching & Writing for History: A Guide for College Students - How to read primary and secondary sources and write a history paper.
- Old Dominion University Library Research Tutorials
Guides and tutorials to finding library materials for college papers and projects.
- National Education Association - This webpage is dedicated to tips on helping your child with homework.
- Parent Teacher Association - This website is full of great parent resources, including information on health and wellness, safety, and technology
- Central for Disease Control (CDC) Parent Portal - This website is an online, alphabetical encyclopedia of information covering a variety of topics, ranging from school violence and autism issues to body piercing and travel vaccinations. This site also includes a comprehensive list of product recalls, as well as safety alerts and downloadable podcasts.
- MyPyramid - Kids - This a link to a PDF with the Kids Food Pyramid and tips for getting physical exercise.
- U.S. Department of Education - This federal website includes information on the No Child Left Behind Act, parent tips and news updates for parents.
- Parent Magic Newsletter - This link is to the newsletters page of an outstanding website for helpful parent tips.
- Mental Health America - Helping children cope with tragedy related incidents.
Internet Safety Links
- A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety - this publication, developed by the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation outlines helps parents begin to understand the complexities of on-line child exploitation.
- CyberAngels - as one of its three main initiatives, CyberAngles hopes to help prevent Internet users from becoming the victims of online criminal activity. CyberAngels also offers online classes in many topics concerning the online child.
- Digital Technology 101 - a resource for parents sponsored by Parents. The Anti-Drug, this site offers a crash course in the most popular communication tools used by teens today along with guidance and advice to help parents monitor their teen’s activities on these devices.
- Family Online Safety Institute - based in Washington D.C., the Family Online Safety Institute's primary objective is to find innovative solutions for family online safety.
- GetNetWise - is a project created by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure safe and rewarding online experiences and to put Internet users only "one click away" from all the resources they need to make informed decisions about their family's online experience.
- i-Safe Inc. - i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth everywhere. i-SAFE incorporates classroom curriculum with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the Internet a safer place.
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - serves as the national clearinghouse for information on missing children and the prevention of child victimization. This website brings images and information about missing children, as well as a wealth of child protection information.
- NetSmartz.org - the NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet. It also includes NetSmartz 411, an online resource for learning about Internet safety, computers, and the Web.
- OnGuard Online - provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
- SafeKids.com - created by Larry Magid, SafeKids.com is one of the oldest and most enduring sites on Internet safety. It also maintains a companion site SafeTeens.com. with resources targeting older children and their parents.
- staysafe.org - an educational site intended to help consumers understand both the positive aspects of the Internet as well as how to manage a variety of safety and security issues that exist online.
- STAYSAFEONLINE.org - sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a public-private partnership which includes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Trade Commission, and many private-sector corporations and organizations to provide tools and resources to empower home users, small businesses, and schools, colleges, and universities to stay safe online.
- Pennsylvania Department of Education - ODE's Testing and Assessment Resource Page.
- Recently Adopted Core Standards – the new core standards in Math and English adopted this summer.
- PA Dept. of Ed. Family Resources - This Web site serves as a starting point for tools that can help in understanding Pennsylvania’s statewide assessments for the Pennsylvania Achievement Tests (PSSA)
*Please note that the Downingtown Area School District cannot guarantee the accuracy or appropriateness of content on other web sites that users may reach via links from this site. A link to a non-DASD web site does not signify an endorsement or acceptance of responsibility for the content of the external site.