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.

Internet Public Library- Authoratative internet resources on a wide variety of subjects.

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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