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Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader Testing

Link to Sam Rayburn ISD's Accelerated Reader testing site.

AR Book Finder

a place to search for books for which tests have been written

Recommend Books for AR Quiz

a place to recommend a book to have an AR test created

Bibliography & Citation Tools


Fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills.  It's the easiest way to build a works cited page.

  • Search for a book, article, webstie, or film, or enter the information yourself.
  • Add it to your bibliography and continue citing to build your works cited list.
  • Download your bibliography in either the MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian formats.

Citation Machine

Helps students and researchers properly credit information they use in both MLA and APA style.


Formats bibliographies and title pages in APA 6th edition, MLA 7th edition, and Chicago 16th edition.


Academic research platform that allows students and researchers to save, organize, and automatically cite online or offline information throughout the duration of the writing process, and store content privately or aggregate it by topic to be share with the community via Knowledge Cards.


Provides citation, note taking, and research tools that are easy to use and educational.  It is accurate, fast, and comprehensive while helping teachers or students learn how to become effective and organized researchers.


Free reference manager and academic social network to help organize research, collaborate with others online, and discover latest research.


Collects all your research in a single, searchable interface where you can add PDFs, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and just about anything else.  It automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for.


Access American Indian Histories and Cultures

Username:  j074917

Password:  learn

Access American West

Username:  j074917

Password:  learn


Password:  learn


to access training materials, FAQs, and program updates

TexQuest Support Center or 1-844-719-1501

ESC-20 Facebook:

SR Databases

Alexandria Researcher

Sam Rayburn ISD library database is now cloud hosted through COMPanion Corp.  You can access our database from home computers, iPad, and iPhones to browse the collection and make lists.


username:  samrayburn

password:  brainpop

Note:  to access the free BrainPOP Educators section, you will need to go through a short online registration process where you crete your own username/password and then activate it through the e-mail you receive.

Some movies/quizzes are available in Spanish at

Britannica Online

username:  samrayburnsch

password:  Ktwelve

This site also includes Enciclopedia Juvenil & Gran Enciclopedia Planeta

Britannica Online School Edition

Username:  j074917

Password:  learn

Discovery Education United Streaming

Individual username and password required for login

This site includes at least 100 Spanish videos.


username:  sres

password:  rebels

This site also has EBSCOhost Espanol.

Immersion Presents

username:  srisd

password:  iv2008


The Dewey System

Online Documentaries

Documentary Tube

Documentary Wire

Free Documentaries

Hulu Documentaries

Note:  The school does NOT have a Hulu account, however, you may have a personal account where you could access the documentaries.

Snag Films

Top Documentary Films


Reading Programs

Braum's Book Buddy

Purpose:  Braum's Book Buddy is a reading incentive program for students in Gr 1-5 created as an effort to promote a positive attitude in children and a lifetime love of reading.  Students receive a Braum's coupon after he/she has read six books.  Readers can earn up to 6 free Braum's treats (Single Dip Sundaes, Single Dip Ice Cream Cone and more) throughout the year.Sept 1 - May 21

Pizza Hut's Book It!

Purpose:  Book It! is a reading incentive program that is held for six months of the school year for Grades K-6.  Students who reach their monthly reading goal get a certificate for a free, one-topping personal pan pizza.Oct 1 - March 31

Read Across America

Six Flags' Read to Succeed

Purpose:  This unique recreational reading program for K-6 students provides students an opportunity to earn a free ticket to their nearest Six Flags Park.  Each student who reads and logs 600 minutes during the 2 month period will receive a free ticket.Jan 1 - Feb 28/29

Texas Bluebonnet Award

The program is aimed at students in grades 3-6.  Participating students must read a minimum of five books from the current master list of nominees before they may vote for their favorite title.  Voting takes place on the last day of January each year.The Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) reading program was established in 1979 to encourage Texas children to read more books, explore a variety of current books, develop powers of discrimination, and identify their favorite books.


Teacher Helps

Activity Village

Babelfish Language Translation


Crash Course

Educational YouTube channel with 17 seasons covering astronomy, biology, English literature, government, chemistry, pshycology, economics, humanities, philosophy, physics, games, history, anatomy and science.

Discovery Learning

Educator's Reference Desk

Frank Gregoria

YouTube channel dedicated to providing teachers and students video "trailers" in the natural sciences:  biology, Earth science, astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.


Graphic Organizers

Hardcore History

Podcasts by Dan Carlin which presents subjects from multiple angles and dissecting and thinking about them in original ways.

Movie Sheets

Movie worksheet database provides access to video worksheets for educational movies that can be shown in the classroom.

Murderous Maths

Provides helps for anyone coaching maths on an individual basis.

November Learning

One World Classrooms

Project Based Learning

Promethean Planet


Rubrics for Assessment

Science World


Teacher Tube

Texas Performance Standards Project


Word Magnets

Virtual Field Trips

Tour Ancient Greek artifacts

view paintings, sculptures and artifacts--some in 360 degree view

Tour an Ancient Roman Villa

In this virtual tour you can see the villa from all sides and enter the inside rooms.

Tour exhibits from Colonial Williamsburg

see restorations of paintings, examine types of currency, look at the historic clothing, and explore colonial maps


watch specific places such as Times Square, Key West, Statue of Liberty, Thassos, Greece, Brooklyn Bridge.  See construction sites such as World Trade Center, Lake Champlain Bridge, GWB Presidential Center.  Watch live streaming of an osprey nest, giant pandas at the Atlanta Zoo, puppies in an animal shelter, budgies and their chicks, a young foal and his mother, and more

Electronic (Virtual) Field Trips

resource list of virtual field trip sites

Tour virtual Gettysburg

view 29 of the 99 battlefields panoramas--click on "hotspots" within the panorama to take you to new locations on the battlefied

Museum of Science and Industry

watch a video of a baby chick being born or the moving of a submarine, use the activities that cover the circulatory system, colors of lights, straw bridges, pop rockets, simple machines, building an electric motor, food ingredients, habitat overcrowding, extracting DNA, analyze candy using chromatography, porridge thermal energy, worm farming, solar cooking, and much more!

Tour the Museo Galileo Institute

tour the museum and see more than 1,200 objects on exhibition

Tour the National Gallery of Art

Tour the collection where you can search by artist, title, or subject.

Tour Plimoth Plantation

go on a Thanksgiving virtual field trip or see a 360 degree tour of the English village

Tour the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

tour the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and learn about geology and some strange things

Tour the Sistine Chapel

explore the paintings of the Sistine Chapel

Tour the White House

an interactive tour of the White House including the West Wing, Residence, East Wing, and South Lawn

WebCam Galore

complete cross-indexed listing directory that is searchable by region, theme, and name

Web 2.0 Tools

Animoto: Video Creation

makes beautiful videos from images quickly--also can add music


easily record and share audio

Big Huge Labs: Cool Stuff to Do With Digital Photos

do fun stuff with your digital photos--make posters, calendars, magazine covers, badges, mosaics, collages, trading cards, puzzles and much more!


make and share your own comic strips with thousands of others


makes your images talk

free application to brainstorm online


Annotate and edit PDFs


popular social bookmarking site

Do Ink

Create animations using this simple website


A free cloud service that lets you drop your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them.  Never email yourself a file again!


social learning environment and one of the best ways to teach with tech


popular photo-sharing site which now lets you print

GoAnimate for schools

state-of-the-art animation tools for schools

Google Docs

cloud-based system for creating and editing real-time documents

Google Earth

view anywhere in the world anytime

Google Sites

make your own website while knowing nothing about websites!


free image and video screen capturin software that can be shared instantly over the web

Museum Box

innovative way to understand history by creating your own digital museum box


virtually publish your book and sell it


online notice board maker (or bulletin board)


thousands of educational wikis and workspaces (build your own!)


photo editing tool


a place to host podcasts


easy way to share visual ideas


Create animated videos and presentations


innovative way to share presentations without PowerPoint

Primary Pad

web-based word processor


an online painting application for use with photos and images


learning management, online education tools, and much more


create and share stories, games, art, etc.


share your presentation, documents and videos with millions


innovative way to organize your web visits


build your own stories with images and share them with others


easy way to create your own stories and illustrate them

Tagxedo: Word Cloud

takes it a step further than Wordle as text--can be used to build bigger images


fantastic timeline visualization tool to understand history

ToonDoo: Cartoon Strip Creator

Easily publish custom comic strips


rich and free blog hosting platform offering customizable templates, bookmarklets, photos, mobile apps, and social networking


micro blogging service


A cloud-based system that is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos using voice (mic or phone), text, audio file, or video (via webcam).  Has the ability for users to doodle, embed, and export.

Voki: Speaking Avatars

create your own avatar--use a variety of accents or your own voice!


very easy to use website or blog creator

WigFlip: Toys & Tools for the Web

make rounded corner graphics, tiny little graphic text tags, stickynotes, animated text icon, scrolling typerwriter text, speech bubbles on pictures, animated Super Mario Brothers screen, street signs, animated LED sign, motivational poster, and image macros


create your own collaborative workspace


easily make your own flash-based website


create a beautiful aggregation of any amount of text


content publishing system--way beyong just blogging