Sunday, November 1, 2020

November 2020 Newsletter


Our new November 2020 Infotopia/Kidtopia newsletter is now online as a PDF. 
This month's issue includes the following:
  • Health resources for students
  • November events
  • JFK Assassination resources
  • Primary vs. Secondary Sources
  • Kidtopia Educational Games
Thanks for your support!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

October 2020 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter


The October 2020 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter is now online as a PDF.  

This month's issue includes resources on:
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Ideas for Virtual Learning and Virtual Rewards
  • Fairy Tales and Folktales
  • Geography and Travel
  • Language Arts from Kidtopia
Please share with your colleagues.  If you want to support us with a small contribution, please become a patron of Infotopia.  

Have a great October.

Monday, September 14, 2020

September 2020 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter


The September 2020 Newsletter is now online at:

This month's issue includes online resources about the following:

  • Technology Tutorials and Online Technology Courses 
  • World Religions
  • Fairy Tales in French, Spanish, German, and English,
  • How to Become a Patron of Infotopia and all the perks that go with it
  • How to Easily Cite Your Resources
  • All About Dinosaurs

What would you like to see in future issues of the newsletter?  Send us an email or comment below.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

June, July, and August 2020 Newsletter

     We just published our summer/winter newsletter, depending on your hemisphere.  This month's newsletter includes resources about the following:

Primary Sources:  Do you want your students to study primary sources by reading diaries, listening to speeches, discovering oral histories, viewing historical images, and more?

Free MP3 Audiobooks:  One of our favorite literature web sites is Lit2Go, a free online collection of stories, books and poetry in MP3 audiobook format.

Our New Look at Infotopia:  Try the full-screen format to see some amazing photos.

Help! How can my students practice their newly acquired Spanish while school is out--Try our recommendations.

Why Should I Read? TEDEd has produced 80+ incredible 5-minute animated videos about why you should read a range of authors or books.

Is Copyright Really That Important? Did you know that a large school district in Texas was recently found guilty of copying and distributing copyrighted study guides?  Check out our links for resources on copyright.

Are you looking for online videos to use with your classes? TeacherTopia has a great little search engine to find videos for classroom use.

     Please share with your colleagues!  As you know Infotopia, Kidtopia, VirtualLRC, and Infotrek are free custom Google search engines, created and managed by Dr. Michael and Carole Bell, a husband-wife team with more than 35 years of teaching/librarian experience.  (Yet, we are still very young!) 

     We have just created a Patreon page in case you want to become a patron of Infotopia and our other search engines.  There are all sorts of benefits for the three tiers:  an Infotopia Insider, a VIP patron, or a Diamond patron.  Or, if you really appreciate us,  just make a one-time donation via Patreon.


Thursday, April 30, 2020

May 2020 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter

Hello friends.  Our May 2020 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter is now online at:

This month's issue includes the following:
  • Virtual field trips around the world
  • Great resources for learning about the Periodic Table 
  • Comic classroom starters
  • Grade level recommendations for our resources
We hope you are doing well, especially with your remote teaching and library services.

In case you missed our April newsletter, all our newsletters in PDF can be found at:

Let us hear from you!

Monday, April 13, 2020

April 2020 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter

This month's newsletter can be found at:

Join us for resources on Poetry Month, the Holocaust, Primary Resources, Kidtopia Science and Technology, and Edutopia.

We know that teachers and librarians are working remotely with their students in all kinds of creative ways.  We want you to know that we are thinking of you all during this difficult time throughout the world.  Stay safe and take care of your loved ones.

Carole and Mike Bell, 
(owners and webmasters for Infotopia, Kidtopia, Infotrek, TeacherTopia, and VirtualLRC)

Monday, February 24, 2020

March 2020 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter

This month's newsletter is now online as a PDF.  Be sure to open it with Adobe Acrobat so all the links are active.

Our March newsletter includes the following:
  • Resources for natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, droughts, and more.
  • Great websites from Rader for kids in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geography, and math.
  • Coloring sheets from more than 100 institutions
  • Online (and downloadable) MP3 audiobooks that are free from Lit2Go.
  • All about our "new" look on Infotopia
See you next month!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

February 2020 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter

Our February 2020 Infotopia/Kidtopia Newsletter is now online as a PDF.  (Don't forget your valentine this month!)

This month's issue includes Part 3 of our series, "How Can I Improve My Google Searches" plus other really cool Google ideas.  Infotopia and Kidtopia are custom Google search engines that access resources recommended by teachers and librarians, and are provided at no cost to our users.

Our newsletter also includes 16 card games from "We Are Teachers" that will turn your students into math aces.

Feel free to share our newsletters with your colleagues!