Supporting Young Learners in K-3 with the Online Reference Centre
AUTHORITATIVE, AGE APPROPRIATE CONTENT FOR DIVISION I STUDENTS Bethany Arsenault, ORC Coordinator 2017/2018 Q: WHAT IS THE ORC? A: $1.4 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 practices that are integral to 21st century learning Are time savers once users are familiar with the resource 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 WHATS IN IT FOR TEACHERS? Direct curriculum correlations, curriculum mapping for Science and Social (under completion) Support for diverse learners Access to journals like Walrus, National Geographic, School Library Journal, Mens Health, and MacLeans Consistent and explicit update schedules Access to vetted websites Ability to create permalinks that can be posted on a website/moodle
page/blog 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 LA___________ (username) ______________ (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? IDEAS FOR USING QR CODES 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 Link QR codes to content at each learning centre in the classroom Not sure how to create a QR code? Learn how here HOW TO MAKE A QR CODE IN 4 QUICK STEPS
http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/29449/ How-to-Create-a-QR-Code-in-4-Quick-Steps.aspx QUICK TIPS FOR TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM Create a direct link to the ORC Create enlarged icons of the databases to post on board Preload iPads, Smart Boards, or computers to save time Model in whole group - paired work - independent work Number each student - that will be their computer/device number every time Create recipe cards with each students login information - laminate and keep on a ring
Assign in-class tech helpers Assist with age appropriate citations - icons, pre-made worksheets, etc. RESOURCES THAT PROMOTE AND SUPPORT LITERACY LEARNING Early World of Learning (Grades K-2) BookFLIX (Grades K-3) TrueFLIX (Grades 3-6) TeachingBooks.net (Grades K-12) EARLY WORLD OF LEARNING
Recently added to the ORC Collection Designed for very young learners with human voice read-aloud embedded throughout Stories, pictures, videos, songs and activities build literacy skills
Related content to Science and Social Studies curricula Fun and interactive, works well on iPad or tablet URL at the top of the screen acts as a permalink **only for this resource HOW DO I USE THIS IDEAS: EARLY WORLD OF LEARNING
Begin a library class/lesson/unit introduction/welcome to the day with a sing along and/ or nursery rhyme to get the students set up for learning/reading/read aloud/book selection Have Early World of Learning running on iPads in the library, classroom or office for students to access independently Have a related activity/article or database on the Projector/SMART board for students to complete/read and discuss collaboratively Highlight a section of the Early World of Learning database that is related to classroom learning on the Smart board and/or iPads
Use a permalink to various pages as learning centres Use as a listening centre BOOKFLIX Recommended for K-3 students 120 fiction and nonfiction book pairs (250 books total) organized into themes Pairing fiction with related nonfiction increases student comprehension when reading both formats Search titles by guided reading level (Fountas and Pinnell), author, grade level, theme, etc. Lesson plans provided for each pair Real voice audio support embedded throughout resources to allow emergent readers to
navigate the resource independently Between 1-3 follow up puzzlers for each pair HOW DO I USE THIS IDEAS: BOOKFLIX Read Aloud Ideas: Highlight a book/author from your collection and have all of the related print resources on display following the reading Turn volume on mute and have a karaoke read - divide students into two groups and each group reads different pages
Have no read along on and read it yourself using the beautiful large illustration to engage the students Instruct students to look for a word or phrase during the reading and make a motion/sounds whenever it comes up Load the book on the Smart Board and students can complete the puzzlers on the SMART board following the book reading Pre-load on iPads/tablets or computers and use for a listening centre Use for home reading program TRUEFLIX Sister resource to BookFLIX designed for grades 3-6 Nonfiction content divided into 2 broad themes with 3-5 sub themes Each eBook includes an introductory video to help build background knowledge
of topic and improve students comprehension Lesson plans provided for every eBook, all eBooks are guided reading level (Fountas and Pinnell) aligned Human voice read-along feature to support emergent/struggling readers Interactive table of contents for each eBook, in addition to a glossary and index Essential inquiry questions and project ideas from every eBook HOW DO I USE THIS IDEAS: TRUEFLIX Assist resistant readers to select books with the introductory video for every eBook
Find True Books in your print collection - pull them and highlight them for your readers Direct students to TrueFLIX to supplement nonfiction content for inquiry projects Run an introductory video related to their topic of study to promote nonfiction in general in your library 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, QR flyers, embedded citations, book guides and lesson plans)
Share/permalink any page using the Email/Text/QR Flyer/Bookmark or PermaLink 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 Canadian Book Award Winners/Canadian Book and Author Resources Create and/or request a personalized booklist HOW DO I USE THIS IDEAS: TEACHINGBOOKS.NET Using the Permalink option, feature a Canadian author each month on your Learning Commons/classroom/school 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/teachers 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 school-wide 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) SPRUCING UP SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE
WITH THE ORC Amazing Animals of the World (Grades K-6) PebbleGO Animals (Grades K-3) PebbleGo Science (Grades K-3) PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science (Grades 1-6) PowerKnowledge Life Science (Grades 1-6) PowerKnowledge Physical Science (Grades 1-6) National Geographic Kids Virtual Library (Grades K-6) PEBBLEGO ANIMALS Recommended for students in K-3 Easy navigation, levelled text, visual searching all designed for beginning researchers
Human-voice read aloud with text highlighting, photos, videos, audio clips to enhance learning and engage learners Articles segmented into brief sections with tab navigation at the top of the screen One or two videos that align with the article to help activate/develop background knowledge of the topic PEBBLEGO SCIENCE Recommended for students in K-3 Easy navigation, levelled text, visual searching all designed for beginning researchers
Human-voice read aloud with text highlighting, photos, videos, audio clips to enhance learning and engage learners Articles segmented into brief sections with tab navigation at the top of the screen One or two videos that align with the article to help activate/develop background knowledge of the topic HOW DO I USE THIS IDEAS: PEBBLEGO ANIMALS AND SCIENCE This is a database that can be easily navigated by kinders and grade 1 students with very little assistance on chromebooks, tablets or iPads
Always a struggle to find nonfiction content appropriate for this age range - this can supplement the print collection Use for independent inquiry projects or for science lessons Topics covered in Science: plants, animals, humans (senses), matter, sound, forces and motion, seasons, weather, etc. Topics covered in Animals: amphibians, animals behaviour, animal classification, animal habitats, birds, dinosaurs, fish, insects and spiders, invertebrates, mammals, pets and farm animals, and reptiles Science curriculum map will be updated with this resource POWERKNOWLEDGE SUITE
Recommended for grades 1-6 Content divided into 3 databases: Earth & Space, Life Science, and Physical Science Includes a customizable read aloud feature Short, segmented articles with introductory videos to build background knowledge Embedded science experiments, projects, and educational games related to the content of the database Aligns with 95% of the grade 3-6 science curriculum and 87% of the grade 1-6 science curriculum
POWERKNOWLEDGE EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE Science Units Supported: Grade 1 Seasonal Changes Grade 2 Exploring Liquids Grade 3 Rocks and Minerals Grade 4 Light and Shadows & Waste and Our World Grade 5 Weather Watch, Wetland Ecosystems & Social Studies Mapping Grade 6 Sky Science POWERKNOWLEDGE LIFE SCIENCE
Science Units Supported: Grade 1 Needs of Animals and Plants Grade 2 Small Crawling and Flying Animals Grade 3 Animal Life Cycles & Hearing and Sound Grade 4 Plant Growth and Changes & Waste and Our World Grade 5 Wetland Ecosystems Grade 6 Trees and Forests POWERKNOWLEDGE PHYSICAL SCIENCE Science Units Supported: Grade 1 Needs of Animals and Plants
Grade 2 Hot and Cold Temperature & Magnetism Grade 4 Wheels and Levers Grade 5 Electricity and Magnetism & Classroom Chemistry Grade 6 Trees and Forests HOW DO I USE THIS IDEAS: POWERKNOWLEDGE SUITE Supplement your print collection for the classroom and library There are only so many books a classroom or library can have on penguins PowerKnowledge databases can be accessed by a limitless number of students simultaneously While pulling print content fetching units, find related content in the PowerKnowledge databases, create permalinks to articles to send those along in an email as well
Use permalinks to create QR codes to various animals/topic articles and have a centres around the classroom Earth - select applicable articles and create QR flyers for around the school These resources are included in the Science curriculum mapping documents NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS VIRTUAL LIBRARY New to the collection for 2015/2016 Authoritative nonfiction content Award-winning maps and photos 200 National Geographic Kids Books
500 Kid-friendly downloadable images National Geographic Kids Magazines (2009-Present, 3 month embargo) Include listen feature HOW DO I USE THIS IDEAS: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS VIRTUAL LIBRARY Have National Geographic Kids running on iPads instead of print - better yet have both Have a featured article on the Smart board to explicitly teach pulling key information out, begin exploring a topic, etc.
Show a video to set up learning and/or activate previous knowledge Use a permalink and QR to articles about different Canadian animals and have that abound classroom as learning centres, around the school as a Did you know? series Use copy-right friendly images from this resource in student projects, around the school and/or classroom Easy to use and access content for classroom inquiry/project based learning SOCIAL STUDIES Pebble GO Social Studies (Grades K-3) Culturegrams (Grades 3-12)
PEBBLEGO SOCIAL STUDIES Recommended for students in K-3 Easy navigation, levelled text, visual searching all designed for beginning researchers Human voice read aloud with text highlighting, photos, videos, audio clips to enhance learning and engage learners Articles segmented into brief sections with tab navigation at the top of the screen One or two videos that align with the article to help activate/develop background knowledge of the topic
HOW DO I USE THIS IDEAS: PEBBLEGO SOCIAL STUDIES This is a database that can be easily navigated by kinders and grade 1 students with very little assistance on chromebooks, tablets or iPads Always a struggle to find nonfiction content appropriate for this age range - this can supplement the print collection
Use for independent inquiry projects or for science lessons Topics covered: my world, maps, long ago and today, community, culture and awareness, citizenship, holidays, etc. Social Studies curriculum map to be completed using this resourceurce CULTUREGRAMS
Kids Edition - excellent support for gr. 3 & 5 S.S. Provinces Edition - supports gr. 2 & 4 5 S.S. Updated every 6 months and written/reviewed by in-country consultants
Features included: customizable read-aloud, photo gallery, slideshows, videos, famous people, and cultural recipes Tools included: build-your-own graphs and tables, pre-generated graphs and tables, distance calculate, and currency converter HOW DO I USE THIS IDEAS: CULTUREGRAMS There are only so many books on Tunisia/India/Ukraine/Peru and Canada This database can greatly assist grade three and five students who are looking for content related to various countries
Finding content for the grade 2, 4 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 Of particular interest for grade 4 students is the timeline for Alberta Provides related content for globalization and nationalism for the grades 1012 social studies curriculum BRITANNICA SCHOOL ONLINE Britannica School: Elementary (Grades 1-3) BRITANNICA SCHOOL: ELEMENTARY
Recommended for students in grades K-6 Britannica Learning Zone designed for grades PreK-2 Offers play-based activities for learning colours, geography, numbers, shapes, how to tell time, and vocabulary Canada In Focus section devoted to articles about significant Canadian people, places, and history Two reading levels allow users to change level while maintaining age appropriate interface Embedded read aloud feature and font adjustment Text translation for 50 languages Seamless access on tablet, smartphone, laptop or desktop Educator tools including lesson plan builder
LANGUAGE LEARNING BBC Muzzy Online (Grades K-6) BBC MUZZY ONLINE Guided immersion language learning program; lessons build on the previous for lots of repetition Languages include: British English, American English, Spanish, LatinAmerican Spanish, French, Chinese Pinyin, Italian, German, Korean (RR) Two levels of learning, twelve lessons per level Topics include: time, health & feelings, past, present & furthers tenses, asking questions, transportation, people and places, life at home, family and friends, food, etc.
New features include: music (with optional subtitles) and recording Ideal for English Language Learners (ELL), french as a second language (FSL) or special needs students experience social challenges 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, YouTube, and Facebook accounts ORC LISTSERV Weekly email updates powered by MailChimp and organized by grade levels: New resources and features Province-wide trials
Surveys Free PD opportunities No emails during school breaks 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://eepurl.com/cgred5 ORC Facebook www.facebook.com/OnlineReferenceCentre ORC Twitter
https://twitter.com/ORC_AB ORC YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0KNbdjEt6OwuTsXvfhUnFg CONTACT For more information or to schedule a school or library presentation, contact: Bethany Arsenault, ORC Co-ordinator Call 780-414-0805 Ext. 236 OR Email [email protected]
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