Useful Links

The following Internet resources are made available FREE to students and adults because these subscriptions have been purchased by the Heartland Area Education Agency. For the username and passwords, please contact me at or at 641-746-2241.  Megan Farnsworth

Additional resources may be accessed at the Heartland AEA 11 website

School Library
This is our online catalog.  A simple search can be conducted using the search box.  You may search by keyword, title, author, subject, or series.  To conduct an advanced search, click on "Expert" or "Combo" near the search bar.  You can also access the online catalog through the school website using the “Our Online Library” link.

AEA Digital Library
With over 400 titles, Iowa's Area Education Agencies are pleased to provide Iowa PreK-12 educators and students access to this growing collection of educational digital media resources. This collection includes streaming video, still images, and digital documents for PreK-3 children's literature, 4-8th grade science, 7-12th grade health and guidance, and the AIME copyright newsletter.

Encyclopedia Britannica
This site contains materials for all ages of readers with specific sections for elementary, middle, and high school. Highlights include biography, atlas, dictionary, and timelines.

Mackin ebooks
This is a link to online elementary, junior-high, and high school ebooks and audiobooks.  The titles are grouped into various fiction and non-fiction categories.  The ebooks and audiobooks are available 24/7. There is no checkout or wait list.  All students can read the same book at the same time. The ebooks and audiobooks work on any computer, laptop, or mobile device with Internet access.  There is also a Mackin VIA app.  Search the App store for Mackin VIA. 

Pebble Go
This site is for beginning researchers.  Databases include animals, earth and space science, biographies, and social studies.

Tales 2 Go 
This site provides access to audiobooks for readers of all ages and skill levels and will work on computers, iPads, and mobile devices.

Culture Grams
This site provides factual information about various nations around the world, including languages, foods, holidays, government, history, and famous people.  This link is to the Kids Edition and can also lead you to links for the World Edition and States Edition.

This search engine accesses recommended sites for elementary, middle school, and high school students.  It takes most of the “guess work” out of finding accurate information.

Book Flix
This site is for children grades Prek-3 to develop their reading skills.  It pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks and provides numerous activities.

SIRS Researcher
This site contains thousands of full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

Photos for Class
Provides access to safe images for classroom and educational use that are age appropriate for a school setting.  Photos are licensed for public use through Creative Commons and generate automatic citations.

iCLIPART for Schools
This site provides royalty-free clip art, photos, sounds, web graphics, and videos.

Teen Health & Wellness
Topics include bullying, suicide, alcohol, drugs, mental health, green living, nutrition, and financial literacy.

This site stores the archives of hundreds of magazines (including children’s titles), newspapers, government pamphlets, encyclopedia articles, and TV and radio transcripts.  Once you are in the site, you may search various databases, including the following:

Explora (K-5)                                      History Reference Center

Kids Search (Grades 6-8)                  Science Reference Center

Middle Search Plus                          Literary Reference Center

Funk &Wagnalls Encyclopedia         Points of View Reference Center

Vocational & Career Collection        Professional Development Collection+ERIC


Learn 360
This site provides full videos, video clips and speeches by subject and grade level.

American History in Video
This site has nearly 5,000 historical videos.
Educators can find teacher guides, thematic booklists and author/illustrator interviews for fiction and nonfiction books.

This site provides royalty-free music that can be used for educational projects, such as podcasts, PowerPoint, news shows, TV broadcasts, digital storytelling, and web design.