Digital Learning Resources

Please visit http://www.tinyurl.com/blackstonelearnfromhome for all distance learning tools and access to google classroom


This page will be updated as we continue to identify new and helpful resources for distance learning. Please check this page daily for updated information.

March 13, 2020 UPDATE: All Blackstone teachers are preparing packets of work for students to take home in the event of school closures next week and putting work on GoogleClassroom for students to access digitally. GoogleClassroom can be accessed through the Clever Digital Backpack.

Accessing the Clever Digital Backpack

  • Go to www.bostonpublicschools.org/backpack and click on “Log in as a student”
  • Your child’s homeroom teacher will reach out to families to provide more detailed instruction on what to use in the Digital Backpack if we need to move our students to alternative digital learning for school closures. 
  • Older students log in using their BPS email and Password through “Log in with Google” while younger students with access to a webcam log in with “Clever Badge log in”
  • Homeroom teachers will share email/password and badge info with families in their room. Student passwords for their BPS email is their 8-digit birthday (MMDDYYYY).
  • Please note that we don’t have subscriptions to all the applications listed on the Clever homepage. You can learn more about the BPS Clever Backpack here. The BPS is already working with additional companies to secure more resources for your child during this time to ensure continuity of learning.
Independent Reading (K – 8)Reading is power! Research supports that independent reading is the largest driver of student success. As always, we need all students to read a minimum of 30 minutes per day at their “just right” book if they are reading at grade level and up to 90 minutes for students reading below grade level. Homeroom teachers will share book levels to support families in finding appropriate books for students – all students received new books from the Library team last week – these are a great place to start.
Lexia Core5 in Clever (K2 – 5)Lexia® Core5® Reading supports educators in providing differentiated literacy instruction for students of all abilities in grades pre-K–5. Lexia’s research-proven program provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, targeting skill gaps as they emerge, and providing teachers with the data and student-specific resources they need for individual or small-group instruction. 

Depending on your student’s performance level in Lexia, the system will inform you of the number of minutes per week they recommend. It ranges from 20 – 100 minutes per week.
ST Math in Clever (K2 – 5)ST Math is a visual instructional program that leverages the brain’s innate spatial-temporal reasoning ability to solve mathematical problems. Students can use ST Math for up to 30 minutes per day.
ALEKS in 
Clever (5 – 8)
ALEKS is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know in a course and then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn.
Everyday Math Games (K – 5)
Connected.mcgraw-hill.com/school/r2k1
Math games to practice key math key concepts. Students can use Everyday Math for up to 60 minutes per day.
ThinkCERCA in Clever (5 – 8)With ThinkCERCA, students learn how to consume information, think about it critically, and express their thoughts effectively in ELA, social studies, science, and math. Our online curriculum walks students through the process of analyzing content-rich texts and multimedia to construct cohesive argumentative, informational, or narrative writings.

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