Digital Libraries (eBooks and Virtual Tours)

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The following content has been collated from various websites and added to by our PDST Digital Technologies Advisors.

Below you will find a list of digital ebook and virtual tour libraries that are available at the moment.

 

Digital Library Description

 

 

Worldbook Online 

 www.scoilnet.ie (click enter World Book Online, then eBooks)

Account not needed. Over 2,500 digital books. Some books have a Read Aloud feature.

 

Britannica LaunchPacks

 https://packs.eb.co.uk/hss 

Free content from Britannica for Science and Humanities at all levels. Very nicely presented and free for the Republic of Ireland at the moment through the Scoilnet home page.

JCSP Libraries

https://jcsplibraries.com/jcsp-digital-library/

This collection consists of a wide range of teenage and young adult titles to suit all year groups, interests and ability levels.  In addition, the library hosts a collection of titles to support teacher CPD.

Membership of this digital library is free for students and staff in all JCSP/DEIS schools.

 

Irish Newspaper Archive

https://www.scoilnet.ie/scoilnet/news/article/news/detail/News/irish-newspaper-archive-home-access-announced/

Teachers now have home access to the Irish Newspaper Archive (via a Scoilnet Account sign in). You'll find the Irish Newspaper Archive under the Tools for Teachers section of the Scoilnet home page. https://www.scoilnet.ie/scoilnet/tools-for-teachers/

 

Dictionary of Irish Biography

 https://dib.cambridge.org/

Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy have also opened access to the Dictionary of Irish Biography to Irish IP addresses. This is particularly relevant to History teachers/students at LC level.

 

Epic

 www.getepic.com/educators

Need to create an account. Always free for teachers. Parents can avail of a 30 day free trial. 40,000 digital books. Can be sorted by grade, Lexile measure and more. Can track student reading and teachers can set books to be read. Lots of audiobooks too. 

 

Oxford Owl

Parents: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/books/free-ebooks/

​Teachers: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Account needed. Access to a selection of Oxford Reading Tree books. Read aloud feature available. Some interactive activities also. Books sorted by colour band. 

 

Collins Big Cat

 https://connect.collins.co.uk/CLPPrimary/BigCatLanding.html

​330+ Collins Big Cat eBooks available free of charge. 

Username: [email protected]

Password: Parents20!

Audible Stories

 https://stories.audible.com/discovery

​Account not needed. Instant access to a collection of audiobooks.  

 

Libraries Ireland - BorrowBox

 https://www.librariesireland.ie/

​Account needed. Register with Libraries Ireland for free to access their bank of ebooks via the BorrowBox app. 

 

Vooks

 https://www.vooks.com/

Animated books that are read aloud. 7 Day free trial available. 

News Mag Media

http://newsmagmedia.ie/Default.aspx

Publishing award-winning, curriculum-linked news magazines for primary schools in Ireland. Three monthly titles are issued.

 

Séideán Sí

 www.seideansi.ie/aiseanna-eile.php

Account not needed. Leabharíní a bhaineann leis an scéim Séideán Sí. 

 

Leigh Anois

 https://www.leighanois.com/

Is suíomh sealadach é seo atá á chur ar fáil ag an Áisaonad le hábhar léitheoireachta a chur ar fáil do Ghaelscoláirí na tíre agus muid go léir gafa sa teach faoi láthair.

 

 

 

 

Virtual Tour Library Description

 

 

360 Cities 

 

https://www.360cities.net/

No account needed. A vast collection of panoramic images and videos from around the world.

 

INTO

https://www.into.ie/2020/03/25/virtual-tour-season/

No account needed. Expanding repository of virtual tours collated by the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO)

Google Maps Treks

https://www.google.com/maps/about/treks/#/list

Explore the world with Google Maps. Take a Street View journey to sites of cultural, historical, and geographic significance. Free to access online.

 

Google Arts & Culture

 

https://artsandculture.google.com/ 

Google account needed. Android and iOS application available. An online platform which features content from over 2000 leading museums and art galleries. The public can view high-resolution images and videos of artworks and cultural artefacts from partner cultural organisations throughout the world.

 

 

Irish Museums

 

http://irishmuseums.org/text-pages/irishmuseumsonline-content-and-resources

No account needed. Collection of virtual tours, 360 tours and historical materials from a number or Irish museums being shared via one portal by Irish Museums.

 

 

 

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