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Gale In Context: Elementary

Gale In Context: Elementary has been enhanced to automatically include libraries’ existing k-5 Gale eBook titles. This update makes all Gale elementary content available in one place! Students are able to page through Gale eBooks in Gale In Context: Elementary’s kid-friendly interface, and teachers can discover curriculum-relevant eBooks alongside authoritative reference overviews, magazine articles, images, and more! In this session, we explore Gale In Context: Elementary content and features, plus review the new eBooks tab.

Duration: 30 Minutes
Hello and welcome to your Gale training session on Gale In context Elementary. My name is Tammi Van Buren and I'm your Gale trainer. And for this session we will be using the q amp a box for any questions that you may have.

So please feel free to ask away, today's training we are going to focus on how kindergarten through fifth grade students can access cross curricular content, all in one place, our session will focus on the content, the features and enhancements within

your Gale in context elementary resource. So let's start with a brief agenda. We're going to start with an overview of Gale In context elementary where I'm going to share with you a few slides, and then we're going to explore that content, and I'm going

to model, those tools and features within Gale In context elementary questions I encourage you to ask throughout the session, and I will also stay on the line at the end if you have any additional questions, and I will also share with you where you can

go for additional support, you have a team of folks at Gale that are there to support you. Hopefully you are already connected and familiar with your Gil sales rep, but you also have Customer Success managers that work closely with your sales rep.

And are there for that one on one support. So if you're looking for additional support your customer success managers a great place to go to a great person to connect with they can help you with all sorts of things.

And I will share their information at the end of this session.

Gale In context, elementary now this is a cross curricular general reference it has great content to support all subject areas and it is extremely kid friendly, you're going to find rich content fantastic content for all users kindergarten through fifth

grade that they can search through. So over 1600 images, 600 videos 1700 charts and graphs and so much more. And I'm going to talk to you about all of this plus, those hidden gems within the resource itself.

You do have the ability or users have the ability to turn on the sound so toggle on the sound, it's the interface dictation so wherever their mouse moves, they will be able to hear the text underneath where their mouse's so if they do happen to have their

mouse on pictures, it would read that word to them out loud so they do have to toggle that sound on and I'll show you where you can find that within the resource.

I wonder questions. I love these I wonder questions anyone that's worked with kindergarten through fifth graders knows that they ask a lot of questions, and the these I wonder questions encourage that inquisitiveness and spark that curiosity and encourage

them to explore those questions the answers to those questions and the content within the resource itself. So, great idea, or great ideas also for librarians and media specialist and teachers if you want to ask those I wonder questions.

When you're introducing or students are logging on to this resource just a great idea and you're going to find that on the homepage and on the topic pages too.

I'll share that with you. The visual topic tree really helps students visually find their content related to whatever they're searching for it organizes it for them, it takes them through that larger subject area like geography, and then visually they

can drill down to the content they're looking for

the rich content is nice and organized here for your users, you do have immediately land on the topics but also books now here's an enhancement. The book section, you will see if you have k five titles that you've purchased k five Gale ebook titles in

your own libraries collection. So let's say I am coming to you from the Tammi Van Buren library. I have purchased a bunch of K five titles, I had them living in when they still are there in Gale, ebooks, and now I'm already seeing them in Gale In context,

elementary how exciting that I can find them here and my younger users can access them.

Let's say you're not seeing that Books tab. Well it could mean a couple things. It could mean that maybe you don't have the K five titles available and you may want to add to that collection and your sales rep can definitely help you with that.

I can put you in contact with the sales rep. If you would like me to just send me a message in the q amp a and I'd be happy to do that.

But it also means that maybe you do have k five titles, you're not seeing them here yet that our product team hasn't added them yet so our product team is diligently working to add ebooks they're working with publishers, they're adding those collections

into Gale In context elementary and they're doing it every day you're going to see a few more they're adding batches monthly so be sure to check back and see if those ebooks are available.

If you aren't sure if you have any connecting with your sales rep or your Gale customer success manager to look at and review those books and help you find that content.

You also have this great new section now publications periodicals pulling that in into these younger users can be really helpful maybe you're talking about current events, and you want to bring in some publication or periodical content, these publications

are written for kids, and the right here on the homepage and easily search through pictures, enhance that research and those presentations one of our top used areas students are including pictures in their presentations.

Their PowerPoints or Google Slides, and the citations are already there on the pictures available, and students can quickly search through will all the pictures that we have available within this resource.

Same with the video content video content can be easily search through to further engage those young learners to add to their research maybe teachers are using them to kick off the unit that's how I would use them, kick off a unit, and really take that

researching to that next level.

Topic overview page so once we click into a topic like animals that's pictured here you're going to see all of these subject categories available, you're going to find an overview information or high level overview of the topic, and then the topic tree,

which really makes it easy for young users to explore those topics, and you can see we clicked into animals we have mammals, birds, but also animal related subjects are here, pets and farm animals.

So a great way for your younger users to access that information and drill down that content because we know at this age, they're using point and click More than they're using a basic search or advanced, they really want the information at their fingertips

so pointing and clicking into those subjects is really helpful. Once they choose a topic page they're taken to this area where they have an essay overview and the essay overview summarizes the information that that's here under, for example penguins,

and it's at two different levels, you'll find a level one which is for lower elementary and a level two which is for upper elementary.

You'll also find quick facts that are ready to use information, great for students to pull them into the reports, or just to kind of pique their interest, those quick facts are available.

This Gale In context elementary has a very powerful platform and there's some fantastic tools available for your young patrons and your K five students.

We do have leveled content so as I mentioned on the essay overviews you have the ability to change it from a level one to level two, and I'll monitor model that for you today, but a great way to differentiate instruction.

You also have the ability to filter by content level or Lexile measure. When you are in a content type such as magazines and you want to filter down that content, I'm going to show you that today too, but it's a real simple way to filter content so your

users are reading information at their reading level highlights and notes is at the top of the page this really allows users to annotate and track questions.

Great for a mini lesson great when you're trying to teach students how to pull out information that is important within an article that they can then apply to whatever they're working on.

Listen and translate articles you have the ability to translate the articles, up to 40 languages, actually it's just over 40 languages now and that is done right on the screen, also have the ability to listen to have that article read out loud to your

users, so they can click that listen button. If they translate and then click Listen, it will read the text to them in the translated language, so you have both features available, save and share content to connect with K five users you have some options

get link get link creates a persistent URL. Back to any content within the resource. So if you want to quickly share content you're curating a collection, you want to add content onto a syllabus or a lesson plan maybe you're using a learning management

systems such as canvas or school.

You want to link to add to a social media post or you're building a live guide. These are all great ways to use get link. Maybe it's an email or a monthly newsletter you're sending out and you want to highlight some information, get your parents or your

students into that content in your resource kit link is a great tool to use.

Also, you can send and your users that are your kindergarten through fifth grade users can send documents audio files and images directly to Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.

And it's really easy to do, but a model that for you today.

Sending creating assignments or pulling content topic pages, even those filtered results I mentioned right into Google Classroom you can do that from within the resource and I'll also share that with you today so you can see what that looks like.

So with that, we're going to jump into the resource and do some exploration so here I'm going to model, some of that content. Remember, if there's any questions.

Oh, looks like we have a question that came through.


If you so someone is asking who they would contact to purchase those ebooks, you can connect with your sales rep. If you're not sure who that is, please let me know in the q amp a and I'll connect you to them directly I'll make reach out to them and introduce

you if you haven't met them yet.

So we'll make that connection for you Thank you for asking.

All right, the other questions are applying to ebooks and I'm going to model that for you right now so thank you for for asking those questions.

Before I do I want to mention a few things on this homepage, again you have basic search and advanced search here available with rk five students and pay young patrons.

They are mainly pointing and clicking, so that's why you have this very visually friendly kid friendly homepage available, your land into topics and you can see all the topics here below there's that I wonder question.

animals geography, great information on US state people you have presidents, actors,

inventors scientists, even athletes here within people literature is great when you're talking about maybe you're comparing fairy tales and fables literature there's great literary genres here.

We're going to spend some time in plants today. I do want to show you animals before we do, and before we even go into any topics, let's talk about these at the top.

now remember you can turn on or off.

toggle on or off, where the mouse goes, it will read that text, so it said just read pictures and my headset here, but your, your users can toggle that on or off, turn it on or off, and then wherever they move their mouse, it will read that text to them.

I'm going to turn that back off.

Going into books. Now remember this is my own libraries collection. So I am seeing titles in all of these subject categories as I scroll down, there's 10 and art, biography, these are what have been loaded.

So far, and also available in my own library or on my account.

And when I'm looking at these titles if I scroll back up to the top, I do have the ability to search through these books so I can search just through all of these ebooks if I want to, I have all of the categories here that I can quickly jump to.

So let's say I, I want to environment I can select that and it'll take me to that section or that collection. If I wanted to just click into that collection I can do that here at the top.

By clicking on environment. There's also down here in the right, more books, most of your users are going to access through the purple.

But it looks like a button but the purple label at the top. When I am on my books. Now again, this is depending on what I have available in my own libraries collection.

I have all of these environmental titles, I have the ability to change the filter by book level. So, all of my level ones and twos are showing up here, but if I want just level one, I can select that.

I just want level two, same thing. I want all of them. I can go back to all of them. Now we'll explore what the book looks like when we've gone through a topic play page because that's another route to find your ebook content so I'm going to model that

for you. And it'll look the exact same as if your students or your users were to click into that title here.

homepage I want to just touch on a few others, you have news pictures and videos. All of these have that search at the top also where I can search through news.

Also my fun facts are here below in the news section, pictures, same thing I have that ability to search through my pictures, pictures are used a lot with students when they're working on projects or maybe they're creating a poster presentation pictures

are used a lot also a great way to really bring that research to life for students when you have an image to go with it. So searching through those pictures.

Remember the citations are automatically attached to all of these pictures to videos. Same idea you have great, rich video content available. I can search through those videos I can page through all the pages if I want, click into a video and play that

video for my students.

Looking back at that homepage.

Let's take a look at that animal section.


I you can see here once I click into it, it does give me some information at the top about animals, and then I have all of these great categories here below.

I'm going to click into mammals and again, I get more information this is specifically about mammals now.

And then here are those featured mammals topic pages are most searched, our dogs and cats are most clicked on I should say dogs and cats we have a picture of Twiggy there, and it depends on the month determines which one is the most popular at the very

bottom, you're also going to see another I wonder question. And then other mammals topic pages. So we actually have to, to I wonder questions here. Let's go back up to the top.

and we're going to go back to that homepage, because now I want to take you into plants.

So when we're in plants you can see I have plant related subjects trees and types of plants, we're going to go into types of plants and the reason why I selected this one is because when I was a teacher, this was one of my favorite units of study, we

would start with the unit a few weeks before Mother's Day and then end the unit with an all about plants, learning celebration, we'd invite the students, families to come into school and they would enjoy everything that we've learned now things have changed

slightly with the coronavirus but hopefully you'll be able to go back to those learning celebrations at some point. Also you this is something that can be done virtually where you're having a learning celebration might be even easier for families to join

those classrooms those virtual classrooms and students to share their information and how great would it be for them to learn how to use these tools such as zoom or maybe Google meets that they're using to share their presentation to the class and have

their parents or their families be a part of it so just another idea, but during my unit of study we did take a look, we did a lot of reading we did a lot of research I cleared out the library of print books.

I wish I would have had more digital resources that were appropriate for an at the reading levels of my first this was your first grade for my first grade students but I really didn't have those tools available to me like Gale In context Elementary, but

we would do that research and we look at different types of plants. We'd also research on parts of the plant or how plants were, how plants in the environment, we're in the environment so how important they were in the environment, and even like insects

and how they can be helpful or harmful to plants and just so much more.

This would, if, if I were teaching or a media specialist that was working with a teacher librarian working with a teacher, and I knew that this, that they worked on types of plants are they had a plant unit of study coming up.

I would direct them to these topic pages and a way to do that would be to use get link.

Remember get linked creates that persistent URL right back to any spot within your resource, and you can grab this URL, share it, maybe you have a newsletter, a website you have a, you're a public library, and you want to share this content on your website,

maybe you're doing a gardening, focus on books and you want to share this link is a great tool to use that I even had a library share with me they had iPads, a set of classroom iPads, for the library, and they took the get link URL and pulled it into

a QR code the QR code generator. And then the students would come up with their iPads scan it and it would take them directly into this topic page which is a great idea.

Looking at the topic page we have the essay overview, those great quick facts here in the center of the page, we have book articles. I happen to have ebooks available in the Tammi Van Buren library so that collection is showing up here, news magazines

biographies pictures, videos, and even related topics are at the bottom for more exploration.

Scrolling back up at the top, I just want to show you the essay overview, because this has leveled content so I can change in real time, and I have the text quite and larger let me decrease it normally not that large level one and level one has these

words to know and then the article is below. And again, remember this is for our lower elementary upper elementary would want that level two. And here I happen to have main ideas. and then the article is below.

And then the article is below. And this is a great overview of types of plans. Now I also have these great features and these are going to be at the article level, no matter which type of Article you're clicking into, you will have the Listen, the ability

to increase or decrease or increase the size of the text and then translate the listen button.

You do have the option to turn on the enhanced text visibility and to save us time I had already turned it on. I love it for emergent readers because it pulls out that text.

Now if you were just if you didn't have it on all you would see, when you click that listen button is here at the top, where it's highlighting and blue and green types of plants, but when I turn it on, it pulls out that text, great for emergent readers,

and how do I do that really easy. I just click on the Settings gear here.

And I turn on the enhanced text visibility, I turn it off you can see that box disappears. I turn it on and once I click play, it'll appear again, there's also some other great options to manipulate that text for your users.

You also have the option to download this as an mp3. If your users don't happen to have internet access.

Okay, I'm going to close that box.

Translate, you can translate over 40 languages now and it translates both the text, and that listen button so remember that Translate Option is there.

Now if I wanted to share this article with my students, or in a newsletter I have that option to use get link. So remember I said any spot within the resource, you can share that information, going back to that homepage.

if I wanted to share this in my Google Classroom I want to share this topic page in my google classroom, I can do that. I just click on the icon, let me sign in real quick first must assign me out there.

There we go, click into Google Classroom icon.

Now the screen pops up let me share it with you.

Zoom doesn't recognize it on my screen there we go. So this pops up Google Classroom. I can choose my class.

It helps if you have the class but you don't have to have the class setup beforehand. Just a tip there it does it is helpful I can make an announcement, and then click Go.

Once I click Go. I can add in any text.

And I might want to change that if I'm sharing this with my students.

And then I can post it.

When I click Post.

It will give me the option to view. So let me click view so you can see what that looks like.

I'm going to share that screen again. so we don't lose your. There we go.

So here's my class and here is my unit on plants, so I can pull in that entire topic page and it post right in my Google Classroom.

Okay, so let's first talk about books and I did have another question come in about books and I'm going to share that with you right now so great questions thank you for asking that I will read that question aloud so everyone can can see what I'm talking

about here, or what you've asked. So looking at our book titles, I have the ability to sort by publication title relevance is what is defaulted to, I have the ability to filter by Lexile measure, or by guided reading level.

That's over on the right hand side. Now all of my titles are available. What's it look like when I click into one. I'm going to click into types of plants.

And you can see, it is a PDF version of the print book.

I have the ability to listen to this text being read out loud to me. How do I do that right at the top, I have that listen button. When I click on it, that enhanced text visibility is defaulted here so in the E book itself, it is defaulted, and it will

be on you don't have to do anything in settings like you do when you're in an article, so that gear you can turn it off if you want and just listen to it and remove this box under that, that settings as I showed you previously, but it is defaulted and

will be on.

And it will read the text out loud to me, and it is highlighted here at the bottom. I also can turn the or enlarge the zoom in and zoom out, I should say, I can make this whole screen I can turn the page here on the right, I can tap and turn.

I also have the option to go into text view and text view is going to give me that translate tool.

Okay, I can still listen to it here but I don't have the same visual so translate is here so I can easily in my contextual toolbar switch from text view to book view and back and forth.

I can grab a link directly to this ebook. That's also available.


All right, I had a question come through and let me go back and share with you the answer to this question. So the question is, can you please show me how to go to the ebooks when I try it.

The results show as an article not an E book. Okay, so what you're seeing is, I'm in books. If you don't happen to have an E book collection it's something you want to build out remember I have folks at Gale, that would be happy to talk to you about that.

But if you're not, if you're seeing book articles that just means that you have access to book articles that's always there. This is only if you have those k five titles book articles.

I'm going to click into that so you can see, this is always here it's always available, it is pulling documents from within books. So that's why we call the book articles, and you will always have this available so that's what you're seeing and these

are actual articles or documents so they're going to be, you're going to see that text there for those. So hopefully that answers your question. Let me know if you have have any other questions.

Okay, let's go into real quick. We're going to go into video content because I want to share with you a video again I have ways to filter down my results if I want to if I want to search within my results, I can.

I'm going to click into kinds of plants and the video is here I can click play and it will automatically play this video for me I also have the option to turn on or off closed captioning.

A great feature that's available for your users right at the top, they can turn that on and then click play.

But the transcript is also here below. I love this when I was listening to it because I can only imagine when the video gets to 1500 years old and ways as much as 10 large animals talking about the sequoia trees, the reaction that young users would have

wouldn't be fantastic if you're using this video as a whole group. I would love to be there to see that.

Okay, let's go back to our topic page, and we're going to go into another category and I'm going to show you how to filter down content. So we've just review we've talked about the listen to translate, how to enlarge text, we jumped into the videos where

where you saw closed captioning. Now let's go into magazines, clicking into magazines.

I can see that I have 5000 magazines which is quite a lot of magazines to have. So, what I can do, very easily and very quickly, I can filter down my content level so I can filter this suggest level ones and twos because with magazines, we have some that

come in a little bit higher level. If you've ever read magazines with your students or your young patrons you'll know that some of those words within those magazines will jump it up to the next the next level so let's filter it down so that we only have

magazines at our students reading level, level ones and twos and apply that.

And that has filtered down our content so you can see I'm at just over 1000 magazine articles. I'm going to click into this first one pollen power, so that you can see what the magazine looks like.

And also this one happens to have a great image available so I level down that content really quickly by wanted to share this, I could use get link or google classroom, and share that with my students.

Let's, since we're level two, one, and two, let's take a look at those book articles and see what we have. So here we have the book articles you can see I've filtered them down to level one and two.

If I want to share all of this level content because once I apply this filter it applies it to all of my content types.

So it is looking at just level ones and twos and all of my content types. If I wanted to then share this with my students using get link or pulling it into Google Classroom would be really helpful.

If I click on parts of a plant

or parts of plants. Here I have those parts of plants, I've got an image here I've got main ideas here's my content below. Maybe I want to use highlights and notes to annotate some of this information by clicking and dragging.

Selecting the color, and saving that could be again a mini lesson.

And then I want to save this okay I have, I liked this article I've done some highlighting, I want to save it as a student or teacher, or media specialist or librarian, I can send that I can send it to Google Drive one driver email.

I have the ability to download or print. The nice thing is, when I send it if I send it to Google Drive, and I've done some highlighting or Microsoft one drive by done some highlighting I've taken some notes.

I have the article will land in my Google Drive in a folder titled Gale In context elementary and everything I've highlighted any notes I've taken will go with it turns it into a Google Doc, or a Microsoft doc.

So, that will be there and live in that Gale In context elementary folder on my Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, until I choose to delete it.

Okay, I'm going to show you one more hidden gem. Let me know if there's any questions. And again, I'll stay on the line at the end if you have any additional questions.

I went all the way back out. Okay, so let's click on pictures, because I want to show you another filter real quick.

You have document type. So there's a lot of fantastic images available here within the subject of types of plants, but I want to show you I'm going to document type, and I'm going to just select drawings, all the drawings because within this resource.

We have these labeled illustrations and unlabeled illustrations labeled illustrations parts of the plant, they're listed below. This is a great teaching tool.

If I go back.

The unlabeled would be a great way to check assessment to do an assessment or check their knowledge, so see where they're at, you could create a had a library and share with me once that it would be great to pull this into Google draw create a word bank

because all the words are here below and have the kids then label the parts of a plant, so just another idea that librarians and teachers are using I thought it was a great idea.

So we do have a lot of labeled and unlabeled illustrations. If you would like to see more of those or how to find them. You're going to find them always in pictures.

And I filter down remember document type two drawing, and that's how I quickly found them. I be happy to stay on the line and show you a couple other paths on how you can find those images if you're interested.

Alright so with that we are at the end of our time. So I just have a couple other items I want to share with you in my PowerPoint, just as we wrap up here.

I had mentioned that we have training materials marketing materials all of them live on the Gale support site. This is one of the training materials I wanted to highlight for this session.

It is a scavenger hunt for Gale In context Elementary. We have a few they're available and for all of your in context resources, you'll find a lot of great scavenger hunts available.

Also, if you happen to have any of our literature resources we have some for that too. But we have so much more on the training center. Not only do we have webinars we have video tutorials lesson plans tip sheets, they're all there and ready for you to

access and share with your teachers, if your librarian or teachers, you can use them within your classroom. Connect with us, Gale Customer Success managers.

If you'd like to connect with them and have them walk you through the support site. Again they work closely with sales to. You have your. If you're interested in who your Gale sales rep is let me know I'm happy to share that information with you, but

this is we're looking at support people that can offer you support with your resources, they do work closely again with your sales reps but your customer success managers are there for that one on one support support you in all things scale walk you through

the resource answer any questions you may have help you with access usage reports, things of that nature.

The support site has all those great tools I mentioned, and then a training survey will pop up at the end of this session, but here's also a link we'd love to get your feedback, not only on the session but also if you have any comments you'd like to leave

about future sessions something that you're needing help with that you'd like additional training on Let us know in that comment section, we're always looking to add new content and new training lessons or training sessions for you all.

But that wraps our session I will stay on the line if there's any additional questions thank you for your time today. We hope to see you again at a session in the future, and you can find all of our upcoming webinars listed on the support site and here's

the link.

So I'm going to take a look at the questions real quick and see if there's anything that we should go over again.

Okay so question again I don't see an E Books tab.

Should I assume that they're not available, so you may couple things you could not have any in your collection yet and you might want to add those and connect with your sales rep.

If you would like to do that let me know if you're not who you're sure who your sales rep is or also.

It could be that the new batch hasn't loaded yet so they might not be in there yet, as I mentioned, there's ebooks are being added regularly so keep an eye out and take a look.

If you want to filter filters through and review your collection you can connect with your customer success manager or your sales rep they can definitely help you with that and take a look at K five titles and see what you have, and also probably be able

to give you an idea of when they'll be added if they haven't been haven't been added yet they know who to connect with that Gale.

Okay, thank you. Angela she said this information was or this was informative and efficient.

Okay, so she wanted to go through the drawing label again. So those of you that have to jump off. I will end the session here and say thank you so much for your time.

Please come back and join us again, I will continue the recording just in case anyone else has a question about the diagram, and where to find that labeled information because I said I would stay on the line and do that.

So let me go back into the resource and share that with you.

Okay, so I want the way that I had it. I have it available is under types of plants, I'm always going to find any unlabeled images, under the pictures section, and how I found it from the topic page is I went into pictures.

I chose document type drawing. And there are 19 drawings and a few of those happened to be those labeled and unlabeled images. Now let me show you another way that you can find it.

Now this will take you to all of our unlabeled images that we have available by just doing a basic search so it's not going to take you to both the labeled and unlabeled but at least it'll give you an idea of what we have available.

So I'm typing in unlabeled into basic search, and it's going to look for that term unlabeled and look it took me to all of these pictures.

Let me see how many do we have here.

57, different images, and again this is only going to take me to those unlabeled images here's an illustration on photosynthesis.

So if I were to do a search on photosynthesis. Let me just copy it and paste it in. It should take me to

not only this unlabeled image, but then that labeled image too, so at least this gives you an idea if you want to do a quick search and see if we happen to have unlabeled image on something, or maybe you've already taught it and you want to use this as

as an assessment on photosynthesis, it's here and readily available for you, within the resource.

Here's photosynthesis.

And here we go, we have the labeled, and the unlabeled available. So both those illustrations so that's how I would go about finding it thank you for asking.

That's a great question.

Okay, I think.

She said that's it very cool thank you I will definitely use this great, thank you, Angela, that's great feedback.

Okay, I think I've answered all the questions throughout the session.

And you make sure.

Okay, did answer a lot of questions about the ebooks today which is fantastic. I really want to make sure that you understand that. And again, if you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

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