More than 30,000 students from throughout the county have access to safe and dynamic digital resources through the San Diego County Office of Education's Digital Content Portal.
This online library includes e-books, streaming video, research databases, technology tools, and digital library resources.
"It's like a library 10 blocks long and eight stories tall full of current educational resources," said Leslie Kelsey, director of Library Media Services and Digital Resources. "Our goal is a robust, relevant library with something for everyone."
There are also free materials available through the portal that were created by the San Diego County Office of Education.
The service was created by educators about four years ago to ensure students and teachers had a safe place to get information online.
"When students are in the library conducting research online they have so many more choices for current and accurate sources," a local teacher said about the service. "This quick and easy selection of up-to-date information directly affects student achievement in a positive way."
Students at schools that subscribe to the service can log on to the resources from home or school.
The Digital Content Portal also provides professional learning resources for teachers with information for enhancing instruction that includes: engaging online content, state standards support, informational text, and streaming video available any time. The materials in the portal are categorized by academic grade level, reading level, and subject.
A search function will be added this year that will allow students and teachers to search for a topic across all of the resources in the portal. School districts across the county subscribe to the service, which costs $6.25 per student each year.