F LEXIBLE A CCESS TO A UTHORITATIVE R ESOURCES IN G RADES 10-12 Central Alberta Teachers’ Convention February 20, 2015 Jamie Davis, ORC Coordinator.
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Flexible Access to Authoritative Resources in Grades 10-12Central Alberta Teachers ConventionFebruary 20, 2015Jamie Davis, ORC Coordinator
1What 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 staffPre-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
Why Should students access the ORC?ORC Resources:Provide authoritative, age appropriate, engaging, curricular-aligned contentAllow students to become familiar and comfortable with the kinds of resources and searching practises that are an integral part of 21st century learningGoogle & Wikipedia are the tip of the searching and information literacy icebergAre time savers once you are familiar with using themInclude embedded supports for diverse learners like listen, text translation, citation tools, vetted websites, copyright friendly pictures and videosProvide anytime, from anywhere with Internet access
Why Should 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 second language learnersAccess to journals like Walrus, National Geographic, National Geographic Kids, Mens Health, School Library Journal, Canadian Libraries and Macleans just to name a few (RSS feeds available)Consistent and explicit update schedulesAccess to vetted websites Ability to create permalinks that can be posted on a website or in an email blast
Accessing the ORCGo to LearnAlberta.ca Select English or FrenchClick on Online Reference Centre in the tab along the top of the screenIn school automatic authenticationAccess outside of school requires a remote username/passwordShare your district username/password using low tech methods Email email@example.com for your remote username/password
Please do not share the username and password combination on a website that can be accessed by anyone.
School newsletterParent information nightMeet the teacherParent technology nightSchool agenda
Resources to Support English Language ArtsTeachingBooks.netBring an author into your classroom any time you needSearch 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 4-12Meet-the-author book readings in FrenchCanadian Book Award Winners/Canadian Book and Author ResourcesPersonalized Book Lists upon request
Advanced Search allows you to search:French and Spanish resources by selection Foreign Languages and then French/SpanishSpecific grade rangesBook Apps available
Features:1) Hover over any book cover to see a listing of the resources available for that book2) Link for requesting a personalized booklist along the right-hand side of a booklistAlberta Specific Lists at the bottom of the homepage:YRCAELA ApprovedRocky Mountain
Also at the bottom of the homepage find:Curriculum usesWhats NewFeatured ContentNew Material
Canadian Authors:Large listing, always changingAuthors include Melanie Watt, Sigmund Brouwer, Eric Walters, Cory Doctorow, Marty Chan
Marie-Louise Gay Canadian authorVideo recording from her home, available in French or EnglishCan use to learn about the writing process to include in your own writing curriculumName pronunciationAccess her materials two waysBottom of the page links share this page or email this page
Help and Training Available:Video demonstrations that can be sharedSelf-guided professional development
Contact:Make author/illustrator suggestions Suggest links to be included in TeachingBooks 8Literary Reference CentreCustomizable listen feature (where HTML format available) Text translation into 32 languages (where HTML format available)SMARTTEXT searching capabilities to find similar articlesCreate notes within an article and save to an accountCreate article permalinks for sharingSearch for professional Publications and subscribe to RSS feeds to stay up-to-dateSame publisher of Canadian Reference Centre and Advanced Placement Source including similar features
Visual ThesaurusCorrect word pronunciation in human voice for every wordImages related to words with right click (images are google images and not vetted)Subscribe to age specific word of the day on homepageAccess professional development videos in the Educators link to maximize the features of this resourcePersonalized word lists and spelling bees*Vocabgrabber*Instructions for setting up a personal account included in the next four slides
*With personal account
Creating an account a new feature will not do today but have included steps
Homepage:1) Word of the day, week or month sign up top right hand side2) Featured word lists just below word of the day3) General article top left hand side 4) Spelling Bee and Vocabgrabber found in the centre of the homepage
Educators tab along the top grey links bar1) Educator article changes monthly, found in top left hand side of Educators page2) Search lesson plans (be aware there is US Content)3) PD videos found on the lower right hand side1. Great for introducing resource to staff members2. Great for reminding yourself how to do something3. Instructions for creating word lists/spelling bees included 4) Spelling Bee and Vaocabgrabber found in the centre of the Educators pages
Search pleasantSettings along the top in greyAdjust for SMART BoardIdentify word relationships to targetAdd in other languages 2) Right click on any word to hear it pronounced or to pull up images3) Words sorted by verbs, adjectives, etc. (along the right hand side of the screen)1. Can turn on/off verbs, adverbs, etc. 2. Coloured circles for each of the words tells you what kind of word3. Can focus on a specific definition (found along the right hand side)4. Click on a word to find words related to that specific word4) Can browse history (top left side of the screen)5) Print/Share options along the top of the screen
Steps for setting up a personal Visual Thesaurus account
Resources to Support the Science CurriculumScience In ContextCustomizable listen feature, articles can be downloaded to MP3 formatText translation to 13 languagesShare or permalink capabilities (Bookmark)Featured videos, news, and stories on homepageJump to related articles within the articleAdvanced search allows for Boolean, and content selection (basic/intermediate/advanced)Search specific learner outcomes from a variety of Alberta curricula to find supporting articles in Curriculum StandardsFeatured videos, news and topics on homepage (clickable navigation)Access thousands of newspaper articles, magazines, reference materials, videos, images and websitesSame publisher (same functionality) as other In Context resources
Teen Health and WellnessDatabase addresses teen health and wellness issues for students in grades 7-12 Straightforward discussion of all teen health and wellness topicsLinks to the high school Science curriculumCustomizable read aloud feature and text translationMany interactive features in the database that allow students to interact and contribute:Student polls on current topicsShare personal stories and read stories from other teensCreate and submit videos on various health and wellness topicsSubmit questions to Dr. Jan and receive answers backCurrent in the news topics changed frequently
Resources to Support the Social Studies CurriculumThe Canadian EncyclopediaNew updated interface very aesthetic and functionalMultiple pathways to accessing informationPersonal accounts, videos, articles, images, etc.Wealth of Canadian content to support:Grade 7 - Pre-Confederation/Confederation, Immigration/MigrationGrade 9 - Canadian citizenship, Government, Charter of Rights & Freedoms Check the Historica Canada icon for extra content including the Citizenship Challenge (grade 9)
Just a few areas this resource supports:
Grade 4 Social Studies Geography, Geology, Climate, Natural Resources, provincial and National Parks, Hoodoos, Dinosaurs in Alberta, Foothills, Rocky Mountains, etc.
Grade 5 Social StudiesWWI, WWII, John A. Macdonald & George Etienne Cartier, Confederations, Canadian's National Railway, the Great Depression, the Famous Five, Lester B. Pearson, Statute of Westminster, Potlatch, etc.Grade 6 Social StudiesLocal Government, Lieutenant Governor
The Canadian Encyclopedia - Did You Know?
Left-Hand Side of Homepage
When you click on the Historica Canada icon in the top left-hand corner of the homepage a menu of options will drop down. Here you will find:"Historica Canada" search programs, videos (Heritage Minutes, Parodies, Radio Minutes, and Memory Project Archives), polls, media and education resources on this page."Aboriginal Arts and Stories" is the largest art and creative writing competition in Canada for Aboriginal Youth. Explore past winners artwork and writing, or create your our submission. This competition is currently open."Citizenship Challenge" Although this competition is expired it remains a wonderful idea for a class project."Encounters with Canada" Canada's largest youth forum."Got a Minute" Access heritage minutes about a variety of Canadian historical events. The most recent one is about Sir John A. Macdonald and Confederation."My Park Pass" Designed for grade 8 students, classes create and submit videos that highlight the national park system in their area. Once submitted, visitors to the website can vote on their favorite video. Voting has commenced and will remain open until March 24, 2014. The winning class receives a trip to British Columbia."Passages Canada" is a storytelling initiative that compiles the personal accounts of cultural identity and heritage from volunteers around Canada. Stories are organized into themes like Adjusting to Life in Canada, Human Rights & Social Justice, Multiculturalism & Diversity, etc.
"The Memory Project" shares stories of service and sacrifice. Access images of artifacts and personal stories from Korea, WWI, and WWII, in addition to peacekeeping missions. In the middle of this page, you can click on the Image Gallery which includes a searchable image gallery. Along the top of the Image Gallery homepage you will see a link for Inside the Classroom. Access a variety of lesson plans including, but not limited to Putting a Face on Remembrance, Passchendaele, Women and the War, Dieppe, and more."Toronto in Time" offers tales of the city told in words and image. This may not necessarily be all that applicable for us in Alberta, but it is available nonetheless.
"War of 1812" provides a wealth of content for teaching the War of 1812. This page includes an interactive Timeline, Classroom Resources (themed activities, guide downloads, guide supplements, external resources), and Heritage Minutes related to the War of 1812.
Right-Hand Side of HomepageClick on the Learning Centre to access study guides and a searchable timeline. You can also change the language from English to French and French to English by clicking on EN/FR on the very right-hand side of the screen at the top.Centre of HomepageThe centre of the homepage allows for a traditional search, but also provides content organized into 4 themesEvents - Holidays, Political, Weather Phenomena, Historical, etc.People - Explorers, French Canadians, Politicians, Women, Scientist & Technologists, etc.
Places - Cities, Provinces & Territories, Parks & National Historic Sites, Geography, etc.Things - Agriculture, Innovations & Technology, Environment, Politics, Sports, etc.
Just under the search bar you will find quick access to the Exhibit (a digital themed exhibit like Black Freedom Fighters, Human Rights, The Korean War, etc), Your Canada (an interactive map that allows you to read and share your Canadian story), as well as a searchable Today in Canadian History timeline.
Bottom of HomepageAt the very bottom of The Canadian Encyclopedia homepage you will find three columns with links to Popular (WWII, Confederation and Fur Trade), Recommended (Urban Music, Quebec Values Charter and Natural Regions) and Latest (Norval Morrisseau, Queen Mother and Martin Picard) content.Within the ArticleWhen you open an article you will immediately notice how clean the text is. Even though there is not an embedded listen feature, for those students who are not able to read it or who prefer to have it read aloud the clean text should make it very readable for a program like Naturalreader. You will also notice that words within articles are red. These words link to additional information - a great way to stretch and deepen learning! In addition, you will notice a box at the top right-hand side of the article that provides information on who wrote and revised the article, when it was published and last edited. Just below that information users will find a searchable table of contents, suggested reading, related articles and links. And if that was not enough, there is also citation information available for every article. Located between the share and save icons at the very bottom of the table of contents is the open quotation mark which provides citations in 4 different styles.
19Canada In ContextRecommended for grades 6-12Includes Canadian content!Featured videos, news, and stories on homepageCustomizable listen featureArticles downloadable to MP3Text translation to 13 languagesShare or permalink capabilities (Bookmark)Featured videos, news, and stories on homepageJump to related articles within the articleAdvanced search allows for Boolean, and content selection (basic/intermediate/advanced)Search specific learner outcomes from a variety of Alberta curricula to find supporting articles in Curriculum StandardsSame publisher (same functionality) as other In Context resources
1. In the "Advanced Search" directly under the search bar, you can perform Boolean searches, select content type, limit by dates and document types. However, you can also select the level of content - basic, intermediate or advanced. This can be very helpful when you are searching for the same content for different reading abilities.
2. You can search for specific learners outcomes from the Alberta curriculum in the "Curriculum Standards" tab along the top grey links bar? Curriculum alignments are available for grades 6-12.
3. You can access short tutorials for uses these resources in the "Resources" link beside the "Curriculum Standards" along the top grey links bar.
4. There are many features within every article to support divers...