Favorite Databases for High School Jamie Davis, ORC Coordinator The Commons Connection Library Conference 2015 November 2, 2105 Q: What is the ORC? A: $1.7 million collection of curricular aligned authoritative digital resources licensed on behalf of all Alberta: K-12 students and their parents School staff
Pre-service teachers Public library staff* A: Funded by a yearly Grant-In-Aid from Alberta Education to the Alberta Library (TAL) *for the purposes of supporting K-12 patrons Q: Why These Resources? A: ORC Resources: Provide authoritative, age appropriate, engaging, curricular-aligned content Google and Wikipedia are the tip of the searching and information literacy iceberg
allow students to become familiar and comfortable with the kind of resources and searching practises that are integral to 21st century learning Are time savers once you are familiar with them include embedded supports for diverse learners like listen, text translation, citation tools, vetted websites, copyright friendly pictures and videos Provide anytime, from anywhere with an internet connection access Q: Whats in it for Librarians? A: Direct curriculum correlations that support learning
A: Curriculum mapping for: Elementary Science Elementary Social (under completion) Secondary Social and Science mapping in the works A: Support for diverse learners A: Access to journals like Walrus, National Geographic, School Library Journal, Mens Health, and MacLeans (RSS feeds can be set up) A: Consistent and explicit update schedules A: Access to vetted websites A: Ability to create permalinks that can be posted on a website, blog page or sent in an email blast
Q: How do You Access the ORC? Go the LearnAlberta.ca Select English or French Click Online Reference Centre in the tab along the top of the screen In school automatic authentication should occur Outside of school access requires a district username and password Share your district username and password using low tech methods - do not post on an open website Email [email protected] for your remote
username/password Questions? Using QR Codes in your Library Learning Commons QR a book trailer and tape the QR code in the top right-hand corner of the book QR the link to an article about an author(s) you are highlighting Create online book clubs and offer
the choices on a bulletin board in the learning commons using QR codes Highlight some content for Remembrance Day/Read In Week/Earth Day using a QR code Provide a link to one of the ORC databases Not sure how to create a QR code? Learn how here How to Make a QR Code in 4
Quick Steps og/tabid/6307/bid/29449/How-to Whats New, Whats Invaluable for High School Explora The Canadian Encyclopedia Explora New interface for all three
EBSCO resources - Advanced Placement Source, Canadian Reference Centre and Literary Reference Centre Numerous publications with RSS feeds to save budget dollars Ability to create permalinks for webpage/blog or email blast Layout aligns better with youth searching trends Advanced Placement
Source Ideal support for IB/AP/-30 student Change the language of interface at the top right hand side of the screen Text translation for 32 different languages Customizable listen feature available for articles in HTML format, MP3 downloads also available Embedded citation tools (ABNT, AMA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, Vancouver) SmartText searching to find similar articles along the left-hand side Create notes within articles and save to personal folder for access from anywhere Create an RSS feed for a search to continue to track new information Share/permalink any article using the permalink features long the right=hand side of the screen
Some academic journals in original French and Spanish Canadian Reference Centre Change the language of the interface at the top right-hand side of the screen Text translation to 32 different languages Customizable listen feature available for articles in HTML format , MP3 downloads also available Embedded citation tools (ABNT, AMA, APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, Vancouver) SmartText searching to find similar articles along the right-hand side Create notes within articles and save to a personal folder for access from anywhere Create RSS feed for a search to continue to track new information
Share/permalink any articles using the Permalink feature along the right-hand side of the screen Search for professional publications including Canadian Libraries, School Library Journal, Walrus and subscribe to RSS feeds Literary Reference Centre Homepage includes full text classics, citation help, research guides, featured work, author and content, etc. Customizable listen feature available for articles available in HTML format, MP3 downloads also available SmartText searching to find similar articles along the left-hand side
Create notes within article and save to a personal folder for access from anywhere Create an RSS feed for a search to continue to track new information Share/permalink any aricle using the Permalink feature along the right-hand side of the screen Search for professional Publications to stay up-to-date Using EBSCO Resources to Create LLC Programming Support classroom learning: Create permalinks to related articles about an author classes are reading/studying
Create permalinks to articles related to Social Studies topics Highlight a staff members favourite author each month - have students enter a comest to guess which staff member belongs to which author The Canadian Encyclopedia Free website provided by the government of Canada
Change from English to French at the top of the right-hand corner of every page New updated interface - much more aesthetic and functional View personal accounts from veterans, view videos, Articles include publication date, editor and edit date Using The Canadian Encyclopedia in the LLC Provide a link to a digital exhibit from the collection (found along the top of the
webpage) Link to a first hand account by a Canadian veteran for Remembrance Day If you school is named after a famous Canadian, link to information about that Canadian Link to articles relevant to the curriculum for various units of study Additional Literacy Resources TeachingBooks.net
Visual Thesaurus TeachingBooks.net A wealth of support materials to teach and promote books in your school (book trailers, author interviews and read ins, author audio name pronunciation, book guides and lesson plans) Share/permalink any page using the Email Permalink QR Flyer or Share this Page features Access Alberta specific booklists: Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award (YRCA) ELA Authorized Novel and Nonfiction Reading List for grades 4-12
Meet-the-Author book readings in English and French Canadian Book Award Winners/Canadian Book and Author Resources Create and/or request a personalized booklist How to use TeachingBooks.net to Create LLC Programming Using the Permalink option, feature a Canadian author each month on your Learning Commons webpage (link print and virtual - create a related bulletin board with a QR code to the webpage) Feature staff pick(s) each month and provide a permalink to the books TeachingBook.net page (s) Create: custom reading lists for different grades, top student selections page, or
create a librarians pick page in TeachingBooks.net and permalink the page to your LLC webpage - mimic this in the physical space Support classroom novel studies and/or book clubs with the support materials in TeachingBooks.net Create a LLC Virtual Book Club using content from TeachingBooks.net Promote Rocky Mountain Book Award selection using the support materials in TeachingBooks.net (virtually on your webpage and in library print collection also) Promote Young Readers Choice Award selection using the support materials in TeachingBooks.net (virtually on your webpage and in library print collection also) Visual Thesaurus 6 languages including English, French, Spanish, and
German Correct word pronunciation in human voice for every word Images related to words with right click (images are google images and not vetted) Word of the day/week/month - Use this for an LLC contest (see next slide) Personalized word lists and spelling bees* Vocabgrabber* *With personal account How to Create and LLC
Contest Using Visual Thesaurus 1. Sign up for the word of the day 2. Select a word appropriate to your division ( if multiple divisions, pick one for each division) 3. Create a word map of the selected word(s) 4. Print off the map only without definitions (in the settings slide down menu at the top of the word map) 5. Use the photocopier to blow up the word map 6. Create a QR code taking users to Visual Thesaurus (see using QR codes in your
LLC) 7. Create a bulletin board(s) with word map(s) and QR code as hint 8. Users enter the contest by providing the definition, and related sentence 9. Draw names Friday morning and announce winners - prizes can include sitting in comfortable seating for reading time, first check out of new book of their choice, candy, etc. Additional Social Studies Resources Culturegrams Canada In Context Global Issues In Context
World History In Context Culturegrams New interface for 2015/2016 Kids Edition - excellent support for gr. 3 S.S. Provinces Edition - supports gr. 2 S.S. Updated every 6 months and written/reviewed by incountry consultants Features included: customizable read-aloud, photo gallery, slideshows, videos, famous people, and cultural recipes Tools included: build-your-own graphs and tables, pregenerated graphs and tables, distance calculate, and currency converter
Culturegrams in the LLC There are only so many books on Tunisia This database can greatly assist when all of the grade three students are looking for and wanting to check out that one book Finding content for the grade 2 social studies curriculum is challenging While this database does not provide information on the exact cities and towns studied in the grade 2 curriculum, it does provide excellent content on each of the provinces This database can also support some parts of the grade 4 social studies curriculum
Of particular interest may be the timeline for Alberta Canada In Context Canadian content not only for Social Studies but also for Science (i.e. Alberta Oil Sands) Featured videos, news and stories on homepage Customizable read-aloud feature, articles available to download to MP3 Text translation to 13 languages Highlight and take notes within the article, save to a folder without an account Embedded citation tools (MLA 7th Edition or APA 6th Edition) Links to Related Subjects to support shallow searchers Share/permalink any page using the Bookmark tab on the right-hand side of the
search bar Advanced search allow for Boolean and content election (Advanced/Intermediate/Basic) Search specific learner outcomes in Curriculum Standards for the Alberta Social Studies, ELA, and Science curriculum - embedded links to the articles included Global Issues In Context Excellent support for the Grade 10-12 Social Studies curriculum Featured videos, news and stories on homepage Customizable read-aloud feature, articles available to download to MP3 Text translation to 13 languages Highlight and take notes within the article, save to a folder without an account
Embedded citation tools (MLA 7th Edition or APA 6th Edition) Links to Related Subjects to support shallow searchers Share/permalink any page using the Bookmark tab on the right-hand side of the search bar Advanced search allow for Boolean and content election (Advanced/Intermediate/Basic) Search specific learner outcomes in Curriculum Standards for the Alberta Social Studies and Science curriculum - embedded links to the articles included World History In Context Excellent support for Grade 8 Social Studies curriculum Featured videos, news and stories on homepage
Customizable read-aloud feature, articles available to download to MP3 Text translation to 13 languages Highlight and take notes within the article, save to a folder without an account Embedded citation tools (MLA 7th Edition or APA 6th Edition) Links to Related Subjects to support shallow searchers Share/permalink any page using the Bookmark tab on the right-hand side of the search bar Advanced search allow for Boolean and content election (Advanced/Intermediate/Basic) Search specific learner outcomes in Curriculum Standards for the Alberta Social Studies curriculum - embedded links to the articles included
Using In Context in the LLC Use the bookmark feature to create permalinks of any of the pages in the database Highlight content on library webpage or staff email blast related to the curriculum, supplement print collections, support student interests, provide season/holiday content, provide information about other cultures/countries/customs Access to current editions of Science News, The Science Teacher, Popular Science (Science In Context), Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, MacLeans (Canada In Context), World and I, Newsweek International, and The
Historian (World History In Context) A Sneak Peek at Resource Trials Curriculum Video Britannica School Britannica Image Quest Curriculum Video Available on the ORC webpage from October 2015-January 2016 Access over 17 000 full length curriculum support videos Full interactive transcripts for all content with Google translate
Create your own playlists using segments of videos Ability to link Permalinks/Persistent URLs to allow easy access to content Sneak Peek Information: http://streaming.factsonfile.com Username: research1 Password: research101 Britannica School Available on the ORC webpage from October 2015-January 2016 Easy to use multidisciplinary database Access a wealth of content in 3 different reading levels including
biographies, primary sources and E-Books Features include: read aloud, interlinked related images, videos, and articles Includes a Canada In Focus sections with current and relevant information specific to Canadian learners Sneak Peek Information: http://school.eb.com Username: learnalberta Password: albertaschools Britannica Image Quest Access over 3 000 000 rights cleared images
Support for every subject area Images easily manipulated without distortion issues Images easily cited for inclusion in any work Sneak Peak Information: http://quest.eb.com Username: learnalberta Password: albertaschools Support for School Staff Using the ORC ORC Support Site ORC Listserv
Links Contact ORC Support Site www.onlinereferencecentre.ca Resource training materials - podcasts, videos, archived, webinars, and guides Information about upcoming free ORC PD opportunities Information about province-wide resource trials and surveys Online booking system for ORC sessions Calendar of ORC Events
Links to the ORC Twitter and Facebook accounts ORC Listserv Weekly email updates organized by E/J/S: New resources and features province-wide trials surveys Free PD opportunities No emails during school breaks Membership benefits for every 50th person to join Email [email protected] or visit the ORC Support Site to join today
Links to Check Out ORC SUpport Site www.onlinereferencecentre.ca ORC Listserv http://lists.talonline.ca/listinfo/orc ORC Facebook http: www.facebook.com/OnlineReferenceCentre ORC Twitter
@ORC_AB Contact For more information or to schedule a school presentation contact Jamie Davis, ORC Co-ordinator Call 780-414-0805 Ext. 229 OR Email [email protected]
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