Information Technology

IT glossary and tech tools for kids

To meet the expectations of a complex, dynamic, and ever-evolving world, it is important that students have the opportunity to learn skills that help them gather and make sense of information. These skills will help them solve problems, and evaluate evidence to make decisions or find solutions to challenges and are often developed in science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science disciplines — also known as STEM.


Khan Academy

Short lessons in the form of videos to help educate students

Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.

Khan Academy is an American non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by Sal Khan, with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators.


Academic Resources for Your Child

www.starfall.com
Use this website to work on literacy with your child.

www.abcya.com
Browse grade-level material for math, literacy, academic games and so much more!

www.funbrain.com
Read stories and enjoy their math arcade!

www.knowledgeadventure.com
For the scholar that loves to play games to learn, this is the site for you!

20 Really Cool and Useful Websites for Kids

60 of the Best STEAM Apps Teachers Love - WeAreTeachers

Top 7 Science Websites for Kids

Department of Defense: Learn about careers in STEM fields

Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics: Kids' Zone

Department of Energy: Games and Activities; Virtual Field Trips to National Energy Labs

Environmental Protection Agency: Games, Quizzes, and Videos about the Environment

The Library of Congress: Presentations and Activities to Help Students Learn about History

NASA: Interactive Lessons about Space, Earth, Solar System, and Universe;  Lessons from Astronauts about Living in Space;  STEM Activities for Students of All Ages

The Kennedy Center:  Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems; Tour the Kennedy Center with The Pigeon

The Smithsonian: Free Smithsonian STEM Games and Simulations; Meet the Animals of the National Zoo; 3D Exhibits and Virtual Tours; Smithsonian Magazine Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit; The Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour; Digital Smithsonian American Art Museum; Distance Learning Resources

NOAA: Use Real-Time Ocean Data to Explore the Environment

USGS: Learn from Home About Physical science, Geography and Maps


Boston Public Library: eCard


The Boston Public Library eCard gives you instant access to thousands of ebooks, movies, audio files magazines and more! Click here to get or renew your eCard.


Teen Programs in Holyoke


Boys and Girls Club: A variety of programs ranging from swimming to college and career preparation

Girls Inc: An all-female organization that inspires girls and young women to be "strong, smart, and bold"

Holyoke Urban Bike School (HUBS): Bike education and maintenance skills and mentorship

Holyoke Youth Commission: A youth-led organization working on advocacy and creating a better Holyoke

Nuestras Raices: Programs for youth surrounding agriculture, sustainability, health, and culture brought to you by Holyoke's own urban farm

Radioplasma Studio: Recording studio for youth with a focus on media creation and media literacy. 

House of Colors: A resource center designed for and by LGBTQ youth and their allies.


Health and Support Services in Holyoke and Beyond

Gandara Youth Development Center: Educational Support, Media Literacy, and Emotional Support

MSPCC Holyoke: Pregnancy and Parenting Support

River Valley Counseling Center: Mental Health services

Scarleteen: Sex Ed for the Real World

Tapestry: Comprehensive and confidential health services

Womanshelter/ Compañeras: Healthy Relationship Support/ Domestic Violence Prevention

Medicare Plans: Medicare Services/Resources/Advisors for those 65 and older

WIC: WIC is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify.


Online Learning


Explore Accredited Schools Online to search for online schools, programs and degrees available completely online or on campus. Find information on scholarships, financial aid, and online learning tips.

Find online schools in Massachusetts and throughout the US on OnlineColleges.net

Discover affordable online education options with Affordable Colleges Online. Providing resources from how to manage student stress to assisting low-income and homeless college students in need.


College & Career

CareerPoint: -- Job Search Assistance, Resume Writing, Career Readiness, etc

The College Board: -- SAT and AP resources, and a comprehensive college search tool and guide

Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center: -- Transition to College Services, Tutoring, Academic Counseling, etc.

The Princeton Review: -- A Comprehensive College Resource Guide

Westover Job Corps: -- Free and intensive career and technical training program

Cybersecurity Guide --The cybersecurity field is currently undergoing a massive shift. Once thought of as part of IT departments, or only really required for military outfits and massive financial institutions, cybersecurity is now the concern of just about any company or organization of any size, shape, or affiliation.

Interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathmatics) fields? Best Colleges compiles a webpage about different career paths you can take with STEM education as well as connects you with different resources to lead you there!


Application.Careers

 
Application.Careers  provides applicants with thousands of job applications, application forms,  high quality resume templates, cover letter samples, how-to-apply steps to apply for online jobs and a scholarship contest open to all qualified students.
 


Scholarships


The GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine makes searching for available scholarships quick and easy. View awards available, application requirements and narrow search results by location, school level and application methods.

Apply here for the Reservation Counter General College Scholarship award now through April 15, 2016! Students enrolled in a two year, four year, or a graduate program are encouraged to apply. The General Scholarship is awarded each fall and spring semester.

The TeacherCertification.com team developed a comprehensive guide to scholarship opportunities for the future teacher community. Their aim is to highlight the best scholarships and advice in order to take some of the financial pressure off of students as they make their college plans and begin their studies.   

Their Guide to Scholarships for Future Teachers offers in-depth information in several areas, including:

  • Scholarship basics; dos and don'ts
  • General qualifications for applying for education scholarships
  • A list of scholarships for different student populations 
  • An outline of other funding options for teaching and education students

 


Practice RMV Tests


Practice RMV tests for cars, motorcycles, and CDL.
 


Tax Forms


Tax Forms
Do you need to print a tax form? Click here to access the IRS Forms and Publications directory.
 


Register To Vote

With these voter tools, you can register to vote, check your registration status, get reminders about upcoming elections, and file for an absentee ballot.


Massachusetts General Laws


Search the Massachusetts General Law directory including the Massachusetts Constitution, Session Laws and House and Senate Rules.
 


Legal Tactics: Tenants Rights in Massachusetts




Legal Tactics: Tenants’ Rights in Massachusetts
Written in easy-to-understand terms, this volume focuses on private rental housing. It includes:

  • 18 chapters on security deposits, rent, repairs, evictions, lead poisoning, and more
  • 2-page plain language handouts for each chapter
  • 11 self-help court eviction forms
  • 30 forms, sample letters, and checklists
  • 60-page phone directory
  • Text of key laws
  • Glossary of legal terms

It is a one-stop reference and listed by the Massachusetts Trial Court Library as the "Best Bet" on eviction law.
Legal Tactics chapters and forms are also available online for free at MassLegalHelp.org/legal-tactics