All student work in the Keyboarding and Digital Media classes is assigned and collected through Google Classroom. Students can only sign up for classes if they have the correct code and their BUSD email information.
Google Drive has unlimited storage and an online office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, et cetera). Google Drive is free for everyone, but students should sign in with their school email for maximum compatibility with Google Classroom. Student accounts should only be used for schoolwork.
As part of their Google Drive accounts, every student also has a Youtube channel. This channel should only be used for school projects.
All BUSD students have a free Microsoft Online account. The account gives them access to several useful tools including:
- Office365, an online version of the Microsoft Office Suite
- OneDrive, one terabyte of online storage. Student accounts should only be used for schoolwork.
- Free software! Each student gets FIVE free copies of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and more) for their entire time as a BUSD student.
Your login name or Microsoft Online is the same as your school login with “@stu.burbankusd.org” on the end, and your password is your school login password.
Lynda.com is an amazing resource for learning about software. All BUSD students can log in for free. Your username is your email address, and your password is your AR password with a lowercase b in front of it.
An excellent set of research databases. Use the username lutherebsco and the password 3700WJ .
Library Lookup (only works on campus)
Find out what’s available in our library!
AR – Renaissance Learning (only works on campus)
Go here to take AR & STAR tests.
Renaissance Home Connect
Check your AR progress at home.
Search for Accelerated Reader books.
6th grade students participating in the keyboarding section of the wheel will use this site to practice typing skills.
Digital Media Software
Unfortunately, we cannot provide student versions of any Adobe software. However, Adobe does have trial versions of their software available. They are fully functional for 30 days. You can also purchase a student Creative Cloud license. It’s $9.99 for Photoshop (which we use a lot) & Lightroom (which we never use, but it’s part of the bundle). You can also lease the full Creative Cloud bundle (including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver, and Audition) for $19.99 a month. Note: Students are not required to have any software at home. They will have plenty of time to complete all assignments during class.
These free alternatives to Photoshop run in your web browser. They do not have all of the power of Photoshop, but they can do a great deal of work, and each one has some unique features.
Royalty free music for personal projects
Thousands of free sound effects and samples.
Free Music Archive
Music that’s free for personal use, and usually for public use as well!
Internet Archive Audio
Lots of free music here, but be careful- some of it requires a license to use it.
A Google Drive folder loaded with royalty free music. Not in any order- have fun hunting!
Josh Woodward has recorded dozens of royalty free albums. Just give credit!
A curated collection of public domain music.
Creative Commons Sources
Multiple sources of royalty-free music. Be careful- there are different licenses! Make sure you can use the music you pick.
Adweek’s list of royalty-free music
Many more sources of music! Again, check the licenses!
Make your own chiptunes!
Images and Video
Library of Congress Pictures
Public domain images. Students can use other web sites for images (Google Images is the most popular choice), but the sites above offer images that can be used without fear of copyright issues.
NASA Image and Video Library
Copyright free images and video from NASA.
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Search
A good source for historical photographs.
A YouTube channel full of After Effects tutorials. Some of them are complex, but lots of them are quick and easy to follow.
Realistic Fire in After Effects
An advanced tutorial to help you light things on fire.
Walk Cycles with Character Animator
Straightforward instructions for importing a puppet from Photoshop into Chaacter Animator.
After Effects Animation Tutorial (Puppet Warp)
A detailed but easy to follow tutorial about animating in After Effects using puppet warp without using plugins. This link is to the first of four parts.
Scratch is an excellent way to learn the basics of coding using preformatted code blocks.
Code.org is very similar to Scratch. It has pre-written lessons to guide self learners.
Snap is a variation of Scratch with some more mature features.
Codecademy moves beyond preformatted blocks and teaches learners to manually write code. Students can learn everything from the basics of web page creation to implementation of databases with Ruby on Rails.
Celtx is a script writing tool. Their is a pay version with tons of bells and whistles, but the free one will help you create and properly format a script.
BBC Writers Room
Learn how to write a script. Do well and you could be writing for the BBC! BONUS: Tons of free scripts!
An online dictionary.
Another online dictionary.
Twine is a free program for creating non-linear stories. Think “Choose Your Own Adventure.”
A rhyme finder.
Find synonyms and antonyms. Don’t go crazy with this. Synonyms usually mean approximately the same thing as each other, not exactly the same thing.
A glossary a words used by Shakespeare.
A silly thing I made that comes up with (mostly terrible and/or nonsensical) movie titles.