Thursday, October 4, 2018

October 2018 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter

Good morning!  Our October 2018 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter is now online as a PDF. 

This month's issue includes the following:
  • Citation makers for students
  • October/November events and resources
  • Animal research for elementary students
  • Our top 5 keyword search terms for 2018 for Infotopia and Kidtopia
  • 50 ideas for project-based learning
  • Amazing Google search tips that you can use on Google or any custom Google search engine

Sunday, September 2, 2018

September 2018 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter

September 2018 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter

Be sure to check out our Science recommendations on Kidtopia for Grades K-4. Don’t forget to send us your requests for science topics to be included. Here are just a few of the fourteen science resource pages. 

October is International Dinosaur Month

Here are some recommended websites with dinosaur names, images, information about when and where they lived, and more.

The National History Museum (UK)
(Images, diet, country, period in which it lived, who named it, etc.)

The Smithsonian:  Dinosaurs in our Backyard

(Current topics from UC Berkeley concerning dinosaurs)

The Dinosauria
(More about dinosaurs from UC Berkeley)

Science Kids:  Dinosaurs

Artists and Art History

Are your secondary students researching artists?  With links to over 100 artists, the Academic Index is your best resource for information about artists and their works. 
Art History
(by form, by movement, by region, and more)

Artists from A to Z

English Language Arts Teachers

     Infotopia has resources for all of the following, all on the same web page:
·      Literature in English (American and British Literature)
·      English/Language Arts
·      Grammar
·      Poetry
·      Folktales and Fairy Tales
     For literature in languages other than English, check out our web site:

     One of the best sites for all literature in languages other than English is Voice of the Shuttle from the University of California Santa Barbara.  Just scroll down and you’ll find African, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Eastern European, French, German, Greek, Guatemalan, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Scandinavian,
Spanish,  and more.

June, July, and August 2018 Newslettter

June, July, and August 2018 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter

Check out some of the articles in our newsletter:

Cool FREE Websites for a Hot Summer

Cool Text is a FREE graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work. 
Animate your text for web pages and for presentations in just a few seconds.
Write a story and integrate their art into your work. 

Find amazing writing prompts in this website.  They have a random prompt button with pictures to accompany the prompt. 

Find that word that you've been thinking about all day but just can't seem to remember.

Folktales and Fairy Tales
     Find American, Mexican, and Canadian folklore, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales, Russian folktales, and more, on our resources pages. 

Monday, September 17th

Constitution Day in the United States

Check out these resources:

One of our favorite websites is Larry Ferlazzo’s edublog on the Constitution (and many other topics.):

YouTube has a link to the SchoolHouse Rock video on the Preamble to the Constitution:

Ask an Expert
Do you and your students want to ask important questions of experts in the field of science? Try “Ask An Expert” below.

Why Use Infotopia instead of Google?

1) Infotopia, a site created by school librarians for students and their teachers, is a directory and search engine including only websites recommended by teachers, librarians, and library and educational consortia.

2) Infotopia is a Google custom search engine of selected sites, so you get reliable resources in your search results, while still enjoying Google`s cool search features.

3) You can recommend topics for which you need information and we will prepare new resources for inclusion on

Attention: Teachers for Grades K-4

     Are your students trying to do online research and discovering that the resources are just too difficult for their understanding?  Our website/search engine is designed to be age- and subject- appropriate for these students.  Websites are selected only if recommended by teachers and librarians for these levels.

     If you need additional resources, please let us know.  Many of our resources were developed based on requests from teachers and librarians.

May 2018 Newsletter


The May newsletter includes the following:
  • Do you need an idea to start class and improve your students’ English every day? Try the Phrase Finder, with more than 2,000 English idioms, phrases, and proverbs that we use in daily life.
  • Check out our Texas History Resources 
  • Hey Guys! Let’s Have a Comic-Con at our School or Library! Find resources/links to school and/or library comic-conventions to celebrate reading, support STEM, and promote graphic novels!
  • How can your students tell “fake” news from real news?  Just read the news from a balanced selection of news sources and compare.
  • Are your elementary students studying the ancient civilizations of China, Greece, Rome, Egypt, Iraq, or India?  Check out our resources.
  • Do you need to move photos or files from one computer or device to another?  Check out our easy recommendation.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

April 2018 Newsletter

The April 2018 Monthly Newsletter for Infotopia and Kidtopia is now online as a PDF. 

This month’s issue includes the following:
·      The Grand Opening of the Redesigned Virtual LRC
·      The Periodic Table of Comic Books (a fun way to introduce middle and high school student to the elements)
·      Richard Lederer’s Verbivore Website
·      Math resources for kids
·      April events

Have a great April.  See you in May!

March 2018 Newsletter

Our March 2018 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter is now online as a PDF.  This month's issue includes the following:
  • Sources for online children's stories
  • A great source for free online, downloadable middle and high school audio books
  • Chemistry resources
  • March and April events and resources

As always, all our newsletters can be found at:
Have a great March!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February 2018 Newsletter

Good morning!  Our February 2018 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter is now online (PDF).

This month's newsletter features the following:
  • The American Association of School Librarians' Best Websites and Best Apps for Teaching and Learning for 2017
  • Our top queries on Infotopia, Infotrek, and Kidtopia
  • Online reference tools (dictionaries, thesauri, etc.)
  • Links to March events
  • Links to resources on Black History Month and the Civil Rights Movement
You can find all our archived newsletters (in PDF) at:
Have a great day!

January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year from Infotopia!  Our January 2018 newsletter is now online as a PDF.

This month's issue includes recommended resources for the following:
  • The 50 U.S. States
  • Math teachers
  • Health and medicine
  • February events, including African American History Month, the Civils Rights movement, Valentine's Day, and Presidents' Day
  • Biographies of scientists and inventors
Our newsletters can always be found at:

December 2017 Newsletter

In case you missed it, our December 2017 Infotopia/Kidtopia newsletter is now online as a PDF.

This month's issue includes the following:
  • How to do research using Infotopia, Kidtopia, or Infotrek
  • Where to find public domain (copyright-free) images for presentations
  • Websites about Christmas traditions around the world
  • Recommended free online citation (bibliography) makers
  • Where to find information and images on the Holocaust
As always, our archived newsletters can be found at:

Have a great December!

October and November 2017 Newsletters

In case you missed these newsletters in October and November, here they are!

Our October and November PDF newsletters are online. In case you miss our monthly email, you can always find all our newsletters at:

October includes resources for:
·      Colonial America
·      English (ESL)  (new!)
·      Chemistry and the Periodic Table
·      Freebies for your classroom

November includes resources for:
·      Thanksgiving
·      Remembrance Day and Veterans Day
·      Our Infotopia YouTube Channel
·      Learning French, Spanish, German, English (ESL) and American Sign Language