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Website Resources for Families

Below are resources to support parents in using the educational websites utilized in District 301 as well as a list of popular websites to enhance your child(ren)'s learning.


Website Resources


Parent Help for Skyward

Conferences Sign-Up (Elementary)

Conferences Sign-Up (Middle/High School)

Parent Guide to Online Registration


Gmail Tutorial (video)

Ten Tips and Tricks for Gmail (video)

Using Category Tabs and Labels in Gmail (video)


What is Canvas? 

Signing up as a Parent Observer (video)

Canvas Student Overview (video)

Google Drive

Drive & Docs

Google Drive Tutorial (video)

Google Docs Tutorial (video)

Sharing Folders and Docs (video)

Using Google Slides

Creating a Google Slides Presentation (video 1)

Creating a Google Slides Presentation (video 2)

Learning Resources
Popular web sites for parents!


This website offers many recommended favorite books for primary grades through adult.




Looking for an interactive website to motivate young children to learn to read?  This site uses a systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice and is perfect for Pre-K through Second grade, special education students and English Language Learners.


This website is loaded with hundreds of website links for families ranging from pre-school through high school. Many of the links are free and include a plethora of educational activities, games, art projects, holiday projects as well as social-emotional topics.  


Reader girlz was awarded a "Reading Innovators" Award this year from the National Book Foundation. Designed to help teen girls connect with their favorite authors and other readers, it has lots of fun features like playlists of favorite tunes from writers:


Jon Scieszka's fabulous site Guys Read has been revamped and recharged so it is more useful and fun than ever.  We've featured the site before, but you might want to revisit, scroll down, and read through the new categories of books for guys.  My favorite is books with "At Least One Explosion."   His picks are bound to appeal to even the most reluctant boy readers:





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