F LEXIBLE A CCESS TO A UTHORATATIVE R ESOURCES FOR G RADES 7-12 Golden Hills School Division PD Day September 19, 2014 Jamie Davis, ORC Coordinator.

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F LEXIBLE A CCESS TO A UTHORATATIVE R ESOURCES FOR G RADES 7-12 Golden Hills School Division PD Day September 19, 2014 Jamie Davis, ORC Coordinator Slide 2 W HAT 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 * Funded by a yearly Grant-In-Aid from Alberta Education to The Alberta Library (TAL) Return on Investment (ROI) calculation of 3:1 for Alberta Schools *for the purposes of supporting K-12 patrons Slide 3 W HY S HOULD STUDENTS ACCESS THE ORC? ORC Resources: Provide authoritative, age appropriate, engaging, curricular-aligned content Allow students to become familiar and comfortable with the kinds of resources and searching practises that an integral part of 21 st century learning Are time savers once you are familiar with using them Include embedded supports for diverse learners like listen, text translation, citation tools, vetted websites, copyright friendly pictures and videos Provide anytime, from anywhere access Slide 4 W HY S HOULD SCHOOL STAFF ACCESS THE ORC? ORC Resources Provide: Access to ready-to-use or customizable lesson plans, teaching materials and direct curricular correlations Support for ESL and foreign language learners Access to journals like Walrus, National Geographic, National Geographic Kids, Mens Health, and Macleans just to name a few (RSS feeds available) Consistent and explicit update schedules Access to vetted websites Ability to create permalinks that can be posted on a website or in an email blast Slide 5 A CCESSING THE ORC Go to LearnAlberta.caLearnAlberta.ca Select English Click on Online Reference Centre in the tab along the top of the screen In school automatic authentication Access outside of school requires a remote username/password Share your district username/password using low tech methods Email jdavis@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca for your remote username/passwordjdavis@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca Slide 6 A NY Q UESTIONS ? Slide 7 R ESOURCES TO S UPPORT L ITERACY AND L ANGUAGE L EARNING S KILLS Slide 8 T EACHING B OOKS. NET Bring an author into your classroom any time you need Search for Meet-the-Author Movies or Book Readings, Author Audio Name Pronunciation, book guides and lesson plans Access Alberta specific booklists: Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award (YRCA) ELA Authorized Novel and Nonfiction Reading Lists grades 4-12 Meet-the-author book readings in French Canadian Book Award Winners/Canadian Book and Author Resources Personalized Book Lists upon request Slide 9 L ITERARY R EFERENCE C ENTRE Recommended for grades 7-12 Customizable listen feature (where HTML format available) Related information links provided along the left- hand side of the screen SMARTTEXT searching capabilities Create notes within article and save to an account Create article permalinks Download to PDF, save in a folder or print directly Access professional publications and subscribe to RSS feeds for them Slide 10 V ISUAL T HESAURUS Recommended for grades 3-12 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 Personalized word lists and spelling bees* Vocabgrabber* * With personal accoun t Slide 11 S TEPS FOR SETTING UP A PERSONAL V ISUAL T HESAURUS ACCOUNT Slide 12 Slide 13 Slide 14 Slide 15 R ESOURCES TO S UPPORT THE S CIENCE C URRICULUM Slide 16 S CIENCE I N C ONTEXT Recommended for grades 6-12 Featured news and videos on homepage Content organized into Featured, Reference, News, Statistics, Videos, Images, etc. on topic pages Customizable listen feature Download articles to MP3 Text translation into 13 languages Resources section includes resources for students, teachers, and librarians Curriculum Standards for Alberta Slide 17 T EEN H EALTH AND W ELLNESS Database addresses teen health and wellness issues for students in grades 7-12 Provides straightforward information to all things related to teen health and wellness issues Students can share personal stories Students can submit questions to Dr. Jan and receive answers back Current in the news topics changed frequently Many interactive features in the database that allow students to interact and contribute Slide 18 R ESOURCES TO S UPPORT THE S OCIAL S TUDIES C URRICULUM Slide 19 T HE C ANADIAN E NCYCLOPEDIA Recommended for grades 5-12 New updated interface very aesthetic and functional Multiple pathways to accessing information Personal accounts, videos, articles, images, etc. Wealth of Canadian content to support: Grade 4 - Geography, Geology, Natural Resources, Provincial & National Parks, Hoodoos, Dinosaurs in Alberta, Foothills, Rocky Mountains, etc. Grade 5 - WWI, WWII, John A. Macdonald & George Etienne Cartier, Confederation, Canadas National Railway, Great Depression, Famous Five, Lester B. Pearson, Statute of Westminster, Potlatch, etc. Grade 6 - Local Government, Lieutenant Governor Grade 7 - Pre-Confederation/Confederation, Immigration/Migration Grade 9 - Canadian citizenship, Government, Charter of Rights & Freedoms Slide 20 C ANADA I N C ONTEXT Recommended for grades 6-12 Includes Canadian content! Customizable listen feature Articles downloadable to MP3 Text translation to 13 languages Share or permalink capabilities Featured videos, news, and stories on homepage Jump to related articles within the article Advanced search allows for Boolean, and content selection (basic/intermediate/advanced) Slide 21 C ANADIAN R EFERENCE C ENTRE Recommended for grades 7-12 Customizable listen feature (where HTML format available) Text translation into 32 languages (where HTML format available) SMARTTEXT searching capabilities Create notes within article and save to an account Create article permalinks Recommended for grades 7-12 Slide 22 W ORLD H ISTORY I N C ONTEXT Recommended for grades 7-12 Excellent support for grade 8 Social Studies curriculum Ability to perform Boolean searching (advanced search) Ability to set content level basic, intermediate, or advanced (advanced search) Customizable Listen feature Downloadable articles to MP3 Text translation to 13 languages Featured videos, news and topics on homepage (clickable navigation) Access thousands of newspaper articles, magazines, reference materials, videos, images and websites Slide 23 G LOBAL I SSUES I N C ONTEXT Recommended for grades 7-12 Excellent support for grades 10-12 Social Studies curriculum Ability to perform Boolean searching (advanced search) Ability to set content level basic, intermediate, or advanced (advanced search) Customizable Listen feature Downloadable articles to MP3 Text translation to 13 languages Featured videos, news and topics on homepage (clickable navigation) Access thousands of newspaper articles, magazines, reference materials, videos, images and websites Slide 24 O THER E NGAGING R ESOURCES TO C HECK O UT Slide 25 W ORLD B OOK S TUDENT & A DVANCED Recommended for grades 4-9 (Student) and 8-12 (Advanced) Text to speech feature General encyclopedia that includes atlas, dictionary (with voice pronunciations), images, web links, and charts "My Research" option for students to track and save their research online Timeline feature embedded & Embedded eBooks (Advanced) Available on iPads Online Training Available Slide 26 S UPPORT FOR S CHOOL S TAFF USING THE ORC Slide 27 ORC S UPPORT S ITE 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 ORC Twitter and Facebook accounts Slide 28 ORC L ISTSERV Weekly email updates organized by E/J/S: O New resources and features O Province-wide trials O Surveys O Free PD opportunities No emails during school breaks Membership has its benefits joining incentive Email jdavis@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca or visit the ORC Support Site to join todayjdavis@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca Slide 29 C ONTACT For more information or to schedule a school presentation please contact Jamie Davis, ORC Coordinator Call 780-414-0805 ext.229 OR Email: jdavis@thealbertalibrary.ab.cajdavis@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca Slide 30 L INKS TO C HECK OUT ORC Support Site http://www.onlinereferencecentre.ca/ ORC ListServ https://lists.talonline.ca/listinfo/orc ORC Facebook http://www.facebook.com/OnlineReferenceCentre Twitter @ORC_AB

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