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April 05, 2020

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CalSNAP is Multimedia Services integrated login and search system that provides one search within one place. Members have 24/7 easy access to:

  • CaliforniaStreaming
    CaliforniaStreaming is our non-commercial media-on-demand service, which is a statewide collaborative effort from the California County Educational Technology Consortium (CCETC). CaliforniaStreaming provides thousands of the best media content available with instructional videos, video segments, images, and audio files in support of California's content standards.
  • Grolier Online
    Scholastic's Grolier Online provides award-winning quick encyclopedia reference materials with multimedia visual support. Grolier Online
     contains over 120,000 articles. All articles are lexiled and correlated to national and state standards. Included with the subscription is an atlas, dictionary and over 1,100 world newspapers in 73 languages representing 195 countries. Additional resources include news articles, videos, lesson plans and over 300,000 editor vetted web links.
  • BrainPOP
    As a member benefit add-on, BrainPOP has animated movies and engaging learning games that encourage reflection and connections in History/Social Studies, STEM, English Language Arts, Health, and the Arts. The BrainPOP Combo includes BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr., BrainPOP Español, and BrainPOP Francais; BrainPOP ESL, a proficiency-based English language learning program for all ages, is also available.
  • State Funded Content
    The California State Library has purchased three online databases for use by K-12 students in the state. To make access to these online resources simple, you can access them through your CalSNAP account with no additional cost. See below for list of resources and descriptions of each.
  • Partner Content
    CalSNAP provides additional high quality secondary and teacher professional development and classroom content fromAnnenberg Learner and a brilliant array of images from Pics4Learning. See below for a description of the growing list of CalSNAP's partner content.

PD Resources

Recorded Webinars - The below webinars refer to MediaSnap. However, the information contained in them is still useful. Although the name has changed to CalSNAP, the features are the same.

MMS Member Webinar - Covers the basics for accessing and using MediaSnap as well as helps you learn time-efficient tips for planning so you can maximize your membership.

MediaSnap Overview - Provides an overview of MediaSnap, our integrated login and search system. 

State Funded Content

Britannica Escolar is a Spanish-Language Resource for Native Speakers, Bilingual Students, and Students Learning Spanish. It provides accurate and age-appropriate encyclopedia content in two distinct levels of unique content—Primaria (Elementary) and Secundaria (Middle School).

Britannica School offers thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases – elementary, middle, and high school.

ProQuest Central Student is a multidisciplinary resource that brings together some of ProQuest’s most used databases in education, humanities, psychology, science, social sciences, and news with results from thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers, videos, reports, and other types of content. The database provides students with millions of articles from more than 10,000 full-text scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers needed for academic success from the secondary education level through the university level.

CultureGrams is an online resource of reports on 209 countries, each U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Reports contain information on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people, as well as audio, video, images, maps, infographics, and classroom exercises. The content is written at a range of reading levels to support a variety of users.

ProQuest eLibrary delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content designed to support every range of users, including middle and high school students, college-prep and college-level researchers, and professional educators. Educators can search for resources that correlate to state and national standards, including Common Core State Standards. eLibrary’s updated interface and features make research easy. Researchers will find the answers they need from more than 1,700 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcript titles, plus a collection of over 7 million maps, pictures, weblinks, and audio/video files.

Ebook Central (ProQuest School & Educators Complete)  includes ebooks from publishers such as ALA Editions, ASCD, Classroom Complete, and the National Science Teacher Association. The collection now includes a growing selection of over 12,000 titles with unlimited, multi-user access and a wealth of information in professional development and training resources. Almost 4,500 titles in the database have relevance to state, national or provincial curriculum standards, with coverage of all Common Core subjects.

SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database providing safe, reliable, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students and educators in the Primary and early Secondary school market segment. It is the only resource for materials targeted to student research. All content is hand selected and indexed from over 2,100+ reliable high-quality sources. SIRS Discoverer is created with special care to provide for differentiated instruction and information literacy requirements. High interest, relevant non-fiction newspaper and magazine articles, as well as graphs, tables and political cartoons are all easily accessible through easy-to-follow search and browse options.

SIRS Issues Researcher delivers the pros and cons on today’s complex social issues with relevant, credible information that tells the whole story on the major questions of the day. Go in depth into any one of 345+ critical, current, and enduring social issues. Analysis and opinions hand selected from thousands of national and international sources such as newspaper & magazine articles, websites, videos, multimedia graphics, charts, maps, statistics, primary sources and government documents.

A suite of instructional resources that enrich the fiction and nonfiction books read by children and young adults. Databases include:

  • Book guides & lesson plans
  • Diverse books
  • Literature-based vocabulary lists
  • Meet-the-Author videos and book readings
  • Resources for award-winning books

CalSNAP Partner Content

Annenberg Learner is the multimedia division of the Annenberg Foundation whose mission is to "Advance Excellent Teaching in American Schools." funds and distributes educational video programs along with coordinated web and print materials to improve teaching methods and subject-matter expertise of teachers (K-12 and college levels).

Centropa is a non-profit, Jewish historical institute dedicated to preserving 20th century Jewish family stories and photos from Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. They have interviewed over 1,000 Jews and collected and digitized thousands of family photos. The current CalSNAP collection contains 57 films produced by Centropa.

Pairing high-quality content with the latest technologies, CK12 offers free textbooks through customizable Flexbook technology and interactives.

Common Sense Education empowers educators and students with resources to harness the power of technology for learning and life, including tool kits, lessons, posters, and videos for Digital Citizenship and Digital Teaching.

DocsTeach is designed to assist educators in teaching with records from the National Archives. Its collection contains over 7,000 primary source documents selected by the education staff at the National Archives. These documents include a variety of media from the holdings of the National Archives—items such as George Washington's draft of the Constitution, the cancelled check for the purchase of Alaska, Chuck Yeager's notes on the first supersonic flight, and President Richard Nixon's resignation letter.

In addition to primary source documents, the DocsTeach collection contains over 70 activities created by the National Archives Education Team. Teachers are allowed to adapt these lessons to fit their students needs or to create new lessons using National Archive materials and tools to create engaging activities that can be accessed online by students and shared with other educators.

Facing History and Ourselves is a nonprofit international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. The collection in CalSNAP includes videos resources that provide content that allow students to study and discuss these topics; additional print and media resources are available at

Khan Academy offers instructional videos in math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. It's mission  is “changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.” The tutorials are informal in style and organized for building knowledge one concept or lesson at a time.

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. MediaSnap’s index includes over 100,000 maps, photos, prints, and drawings from the library's American Memory digital collection.

American Memory is a gateway to the Library of Congress's vast resources of digitized American historical materials, documenting U.S. history and culture. It is organized into more than 100 thematic collections based on their original format, their subject matter, or who first created, assembled, or donated them to the Library.

"Pics4Learning is a safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos & images for classrooms, multimedia projects, websites, videos, portfolios, or any projects in an educational setting.

"Photographers from around the world donate images to this collection. While the photographers retain the rights to these photos, they have graciously allowed their use through this collection.

"The thousands of donated photos are approved for use in the classroom, indexed, and sorted in order to maximize their effective use by students in a 21st century classroom."

Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks in a variety of electronic formats. Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. The Project Gutenberg collection consist of high quality ebooks that were previously published by bona fide publishers. Through help from thousands of volunteers, books are digitized, proofread, and published.

The Smithsonian Learning Lab puts the treasures of the world's largest museum, education, and research complex within reach. The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and sharing in the Smithsonian's expansive community of knowledge and learning. Create collections of resources to engage learners, or freely adapt ones already made by Learning Lab users like you. Through CalSNAP you can search the collection of resources organized and structured for teaching and learning by Smithsonian education staff and subject experts.

Storynory has published a free audio story every week since November 2005. The stories are beautifully read by professional actors. The collection includes books and poems by classic authors, fairytales from around the world, myths and legends, and a host of original stories.

The Colorado Library Consortium, Douglas County Libraries and Unite for Literacy have partnered to provide access to more than 120 free ebooks for young children. These early literacy titles are all original books carefully crafted to connect with young children and their families. They have narrated audio support in multiple languages (an initial goal of supporting the 300 languages) and contain photos and illustrations to authentically depict a child's-eye view of the real world. The books are structured to reflect the most current research on the specific features that impact success for beginning readers of all ages.

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