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Last Updated: October 28, 2022

For CA: Supporting AP Environmental Science with Gale Resources

Gale In Context: Environmental Studies, available to CA schools through California’s K-12 Online Content Project, provides students and researchers with comprehensive information to critically analyze and understand topics across environmental studies. With case studies, news, reference materials, academic journals, videos, and more, AP Environmental Studies teachers can find real-world materials to support their course and students find a rich resource to support their lab and field work. Tune into this recorded session to explore this resource and how teachers and librarians can share content with students directly.

Duration: 30 Minutes
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All right. Hello, everybody! I'm welcome, I’m Stacey Knibloe with Gale.

Thanks for joining me for our Supporting AP Environmental Science with Gale Resources.

What we want to do today is take a look at, particularly one of the resources that comes to you through via California K-

12 online Contact project called Gale and Context, Environmental Studies, and how this can support your Ap science, environmental science courses.

So. so we'll give a little refresher or maybe introduce the resource to you, kind of as a whole.

But then we want to get in there and really show you how you can find the content you need to support classroom work.

And then how you can incorporate that into lessons and cl and activities in the classroom and outside it.

And then it's always We'll Wrap up with where you can go to get support from Gale after today.

We've got lots of great on demand tools but Then also want to let you know who your gale team is.

So if you need to talk to someone you know who would, who to reach out to.

So as we go through, feel free to ask questions anytime.

The chat and the Q. A. are both open, so feel free to set me a message.

Or you can use the race hand feature happy to hear from you, of course, questions, but also feedback.

If you've been using the resource and you have something to share, or just if you see something on the screen, you want to know what it does, or more about it again, just feel free to make liberal use of that chat and Q.

A ops, or those options So already let's introduce gale in context, environmental study.

So again, this is a resource that comes to you through the Kate and I may have of a Miss quoted the name of the program before I think.

Actually I think I got it right California’s k 12 online content project.

So bringing all this great digital content to our schools and public libraries in California, and we are thrilled to be part of the program.

We have 3 different resources on them. And again, gallon context, environmental studies is one of them, and this is a resource that is full of reference content.

Periodicals, multimedia and in this database you'll also find case studies conference paid papers, statistics, lots of great tools that you can use to maybe supplement a textbook.

Or maybe you don't have a textbook a great content here that you can work on from there.

But resource Students can use for their own research purposes as they're doing field work and things like that.

They can take advantage of the resources as well to supplement. that That kind of hands on work that they'll be doing, and of course, can provide a great resource to help them study for the AP.

Exam the resource is you know aptly named so it's built on

This basis of studying sustainability. in the environment so you're going to find a number of topics here within the resource that would be studied in your course.

I did a bit of work to look at the Ap. Exam.

And what the courses involved, and the database really does a nice job of supporting that work.

So hence way we are offering this session, and what we also build into our databases or workflow tools that make sense in the classroom.

But also just for students researchers purpose research purposes.

Our site team tools a big hit with students. They love that so they can kind of have that work done for them.

But tools that you can make use of in the classroom and in the library like Get Link and the Google and Microsoft integration as well, are great ways to get content in front of students and bring them right into the resource.

So we're going to dive in and take a look at it again as we go through.

I'll be here in the database so let's know if there's anything in particular you want to hear.

So before I go in, though, I’ve got to just take a quick look and pull some screenshots from the Ap's page around this course, and the types of things you'll be studying to kind of lead us into the database

with the first search. So the unit one the living world ecosystems.

I wanted to show you how the database handles a lot of these kind of units.

They're not kind of had those these units in the resource. So let's go in and we'll start right with that.

So before I enter this search. so let me just kind of mention what the homepage does here.

Briefly. there's always a search you your students will all probably use that most often.

But I always like to point out for our teachers for our librarians. administration.

You've kind of browse around the database and see what's here to get a sense of it the same way.

You might take a book off the shelf and flip through it. And so the browse issues is a great place to do that.

Let me actually make things a little bigger here. Our databases are

I like to say device agnostic. You can use them on any sort of advice.

You know your phone. it will adjust the screen size. they are very responsive to different tools. So you can see I'm just using the chrome option to zoom in and make things bigger that all works like a charm we have

just accessibility features so I’ll go through some of those as well.

But the browse here is a good way. to get comfortable with what's in the resource.

And these are I Go ahead and pop into one. Issues will take you to kind of a homepage for that issue.

We start out with a quick overview, and then on this page some are gives you an idea of how much content we have in all these different areas.

And you know this is similar to the way a library like group content in their fiscal space.

So. magazines are here newspapers here, books here we do the same thing.

Keep those like sources together, and of course we're going to look much closer at these.

But this is a pretty common format for the most studied issues in this resource.

But we're again going to stag in with a search So again that first unit say, looking at ecosystems and start to type. we offer searches which is handy one I’m a terrible speller so that's

helpful. But to you also get these suggested topics.

So you can see we have a general overview page for ecosystems, something you might use at the beginning of the unit, just to introduce the topic and speak to it.

But then there are also options here for ecosystem change, ecosystem structure.

So even just typing in a little bit attached you kind of get the breadth of the database and can explore what's here. But I thought we'd start with just the ecosystems

portal to start, and again we start out with an overview.

So this is just a good introduction to the topic, you know.

Kicking off the course might be good over to you to share with students.

And then this is a big topic right it's a lot of different things, all grouped into one.

When you're talking about ecosystems broadly So that's kind of how you might approach this page as well.

When you are at the top of the list of results one of the things you start out with their reference articles, and these are again another something that might supplement your textbook, or even replace it.

The content stays fresh we're always putting in our newest editions and adding new content. the other neat thing you can look for with these reference articles.

Let me go ahead and pop in we'll look at all of the results.

Here is each of them offer and I’m going to use my little annotate tool here.

Call this out these little boxes to indicate their reading or content level.

You can also see Lexile scores are included and in this database.

You'll actually see a lot of these 2 the purple box and the yellow box.

This is. these are levels 4 and 5 high school for the purple and academic or scholarly for the Orange.

These are something to keep your eyes peeled for when you're in the resource.

Just It's going to you know. be a higher level bit of content.

You know a more complex text. what you're working with you were those circles we can click on these items.

But if we jump in up at the top of the page you're always getting the information about the article, so you know where it's coming from, you know when it's coming from you know who wrote it all those details that we

want students to look for when they're doing research are going to be shown right here at the top of the page, and to talk about some of the of the workflow tools. I'm going to pause here for a minute and she

all the items here that are kind of integrated with the text.

So we have the option to manipulate and work with the text a bit.

We have an on demand translation. We have about 40 different languages you can make from here.

We have a text tool, so you can or font size tool, so you can make that bigger or smaller.

And I like It's different from that zoom tool I was using in chrome, where that makes everything bigger.

This just works with the text as needed. We have a display options so we can make this the most comfortable or needed reading experience.

I have a nephew who has a processing disorder, and he really sees and reads text comprehends text better when it's on a green or blue background, so I can make that switch he can make that switch I can

change the font. Sometimes folks do better with something with serifs so we could switch to Garamond, or we got a lot of request for the open dyslexic font switch to that.

And you can adjust the spacing of the text as well.

So you can get this to kind of the most comfortable setting.

Let me click done, and then every article I look at let me pop into another one.

We'll use those same display settings so it kind of sets a cookie for your session.

Or really, if you're on your own devices that's the cookie on your on your machine.

So then you have that same display every time you come into the resource.

So really handy I’m going to go ahead and they'll go back to the fall.

So yeah, quickly, and then less than we have our text to speech tool.

This will read the article to the user. Unlike a screen reader would, it doesn't try to read everything on the page. It gives the title of the article and then starts with the article it dives right in so it

If we’ve got students who comprehend or when they're listening rather than reading really handy tool, and of course for students with vision issues as well.

And then we can always pull this content out of the database and take it wherever we need it.

These options sending a Google drive or Microsoft one drive.

We're actually going to take advantage of but you can also email the content Download it, print it and have it available where you need it.

So we're going to use a couple of Those a little later.

So you'll see that for every document that you go into those are standard features.

Okay, our explorer panel can link you to other great content.

So this is option a good place to get started branching out within your topic, and actually let's go back to that overview for ecosystems, and see what we have there. oops.

Did I and we'll talk to page you

There we go. Sorry I’ll move to the second page of results.

Here we are. So the explore panel is a good place to discover new content.

Often you'll find 2, maybe a table of contents or an image list for the article within the resource.

These images are, of course, available for use. if I want to copy and paste this into a slide.

Maybe I’m using the students. you know of course you want to get credit.

But you can absolutely make use of that content. The related subjects Just bring up subjects within the article, and let you branch off and read more about those.

So if we want to go more into microorganisms to just to click away.

So really easy to kind of move around and discover new content.

But the overviews are, and just bring back that coral again.

A good jumping off point. But this is an AP level course right? So let's examine some of the other content. the case.

Studies. we're going to come back and examine content a bit closer.

But these are really valuable it's getting harder and harder to find that content that you can use in the classroom at no cost to the classroom.

So it's really valuable to Have those There we're going to examine those a bit closer later.

We've got biographies for people known in the field again. multimedia good, you know.

Way to introduce content as well magazine articles.

These are going to be more general audience but you'll notice just below it.

Academic journals. we've got a ton of academic Journal.

Content in this database, and these are the things they'll be reading in college, and with an Ap.

Level for support. that's what you're going to want So you'll see that the reading levels are high on these.

Often they're peer. reviewed and if we jump in We've got, of course, over 12,000 articles We're looking at a pretty big topic here, but there are lots of tools to let you filter and narrow this down you look off

to the right. You have the appointment to filter results in a few different ways, and certainly with science, often date is going to be, You know, very important.

These resources, their journal articles, the magazine articles in the news could go back as far as the late 19 seventies.

So date can often be a nice way to just kind of cut this off of it.

You can also use the subject tool which I particularly like when we're looking at a big topic like ecosystems.

We can start narrowing it down a bit here, marine ecosystems, and they scroll down.

You can see some other options there so really isolate and cut down our hits a bit.

And focus document type, I think, is really valuable it's a great way to find you know something like editorial something within a bit of an opinion.

You can find actually cases here. as Well, but it's a good way to is your own in different types of research and things like that publication title, you know. work with some titles.

Maybe you're familiar with and more specific content around reading level. The content level is going to be those 5 levels that we use and then search within as well.

So we can kind of isolate, and what, of course, the big things in an Ap.

Environmental science course is doing field research field work and one of the things I wanted to test.

I wasn't sure If this would really be successful with this topic with search within what it's going to do is search within this results that we have so searching on.

I want to see what happened. if I search it on field work because a lot of this content it's kind of implied right.

These are research articles about the results of field work. But I wonder what would happen if I searched on those terms to see if maybe we could 0 in.

And it actually kind of worked out pretty well, so I did want to suggest it during this session, because what you'll find is they'll reference being in the field, or it really where it came out a lot is in the

acknowledgment for a lot of these papers.

It mentions different people doing field work or field research so you kind of know you're going to have that aspect play into these articles that you found.

So it was, you know, kind of a hunch when I when I tried it out.

And those don't always work out but this one actually I thought was pretty useful.

So the great way again to kind of show students with the results of field work looks like right when they're doing research.

And as we scroll down here, you can see one thing that I love about academic journal articles.

The titles really kind of tell you exactly what's going on.

They're not those kind of attention grabber type titles.

So when you find something you want to use in the classroom, there are a few different ways.

You can share that content with students, and let me just pop back to the PowerPoint for a minute we're going to talk about these 3 items.

So. Oh, we've already done that sorry I’m a slides ahead of order.

There. So we have a few different tools. Get Link is a persistent URL, that raise the student right into the resource and puts them right where you want them.

Send 2 is something you're going to pull content out of the database saying to Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, even just as a Pdf.

And then get it to your students and then we've also integrated directly with Google classroom or you have to do this same thing using our Get Link URLs in another learning management system.

So we're going to talk about all 3 of these paths and then kind of recap them.

So again, I want to get this into students hands. Maybe this entry on figure now.

Plans hi! and let's say we're big Google drive users. Hi!

So again. we've got that right here at the top of the article.

However, Say, you've read through it. Maybe read the abstract. Yeah, yeah, this is I want to share this with my students.

You'll also see. Use my annotation tool again.

The send to button up there in the banner this is going to give me that Google drive option.

It's also going to give me, though, the option to send to Microsoft one drive or email the content.

So go ahead and choose Google, drive, and I’ve already logged into my Google account just to save a step.

But of course, normally, it would just prompt you to log in if you weren't.

And if we go out to Google drive what it's going to do is the very first time you do this, you'll also be prompted to kind of give us permission to send something to your Google drive.

And then what it does is create a folder named after the database you're using.

So gale and context environmental studies it's going to put every article from gal and context environmental studies into that folder that I send.

Now doesn't have to stay here once, you've sent something over It lives in your Google drive now, and you can do whatever you like with it.

So I could take this. here. it is the figure now clams.

I could use the move tool and Google drive to send it over to another folder.

You know, Folder, or whatever I may have created it's just always going to start out here, and then you are still with what you like.

The other 8 thing is, we do send it over, and an editable format this is in a static.

Pdf: This is technically a word document. We have to set it over in that format.

So the formatting works the Google Doc format for some reason when we send it over it's really wide margins.

And so the text is about an inch wide so we've we have to send it over word. but you can, of course, just use their file and saves Google, Doc, if you prefer once you do that.

It actually looks fine. So something in the transfer regardless here's the article, and I can now do what I like with it.

This was linked. I think it was maybe 7,000 words or so if I don't want all of that for my students.

You know this is 38 pages worth of content. I can edit this.

I can cut out different pieces, or maybe I just want to share the abstract with them.

I can delete the rest you know it's really up to me.

You can use their commenting tool, their highlight tool you've got all of those features that you would normally have in a Google dot.

And then you can just use the share tool to share this with your students.

Link it to your Google classroom. You know again wherever you would normally take it.

That's the great thing about this Google and Microsoft integration is that you're already using that in your workflow.

So once you have our content, it just fits into your workflow.

So really handy, really handy feature I’m just going to pause here quickly.

Spending is coming to the chat or the q a like we're in good shape.

Alright. So let's pop back to the resource and take a look at some other searching options finding what you need.

So one of the things I noticed there was a good section and one of the Ap.

Environmental science. exams, or like test prep.

Exams that I looked at covered a lot of There were several questions around.

Oh, shoot I’m forgetting the name of it now, but it's the different ways that species interact with one another.

So predation. I can't even remember all the others, but predation is actually what I’m going to search here today.

So finding you know the way, Maybe an invasive species takes over, or not even invasive.

You know the way the different species interact. And this is where I wanted to examine the case study.

So again, This is a really great piece in the database.

For Ap. courses. These are something they'll definitely be using in college, so it helps prep them in that way.

But then also it really is, you know, deep dive into these content, into this content.

And what I wanted to point out is you'll see entries you know 11,000 words that's not going to be unusual. 5,000 words.

When you see those that are shorter, you know how many case studies are really 500 words long, Not many right.

Usually it's because it's like a news coverage or maybe the abstract to an entry, and then there's a link to get out to the full study from somewhere, or at least somewhere, to request it from so you'll.

see some of those as well. but if you want to use something that's in the database. just look for those ones that are lengthy.

That's how you know it's going to be the full case study.

And this is again. something I could just quickly send over into Google drive.

But it is Pardon me again, I’m still a pretty big topic at 40.

8 of these, Maybe I want to look at it in an entry that also discusses mutualism along with predation.

So if I look over here and search within, I can again search within the set of content that I have.

So now I can just throw that into my search as Well, now that I’ve kind of seen my results.

Now I could have also sent, just started a search on predation and mutualism.

Right. That would have been fine, too. there's always more than one way to do things in our resources. And here and now we've found couple, and I can take this, and again Google drive is a way to pull it out of the resource you can also

go. send students into this resource, live using our get link tool.

And this is also in that toolbar we've got lots of good stuff in the toolbar.

Now get Link is a persistent URL or Perl that I could link into a learning management system.

If we use canvas, or something like that at my school, I can just add this to an assignment within.

You know, my canvas if I’ve got even just a web page that I use the students, or even if I want to email.

Them. However, I normally push content out to them this is just a URL.

We'll work with any of those tools. you just copy it and then paste it where you need it to be, and what's neat about is drop students right into the live database.

They land right here, and then they could, if they wanted, send it to their Google, drive email it to themselves, download it.

They can also take advantage of our highlights and nodes tool.

So is there. Reading through this, they come across something interesting maybe something they're going to want to investigate, or use as part of you know, something they're doing research on.

You can click and drag is if you're going to copy and what it will do is then let you create a highlight, or, you know, make a note

And that's kind of embedded in the our phone. However, unlike Google drive where it kind of keeps track of all those highlights and notes you're creating our databases.

Don't really know who the students are user privacy is always important. it's especially important when we're working with people who are under 18.

So students don't need to log into these databases as themselves.

They just click and they're in so there's no way for us to really know that it's the same student coming back the same next day looking at this article, so if they do send it to Google drive or if they print

they download it. it will give them the article and show their highlights and notes.

I'll just do that here. in a printout and see There it is. There's a highlight, but they need to do that before they leave the database.

If I were to close out of the database. It cleans out everything I did during my session, so I like to notes as a really handy tool.

But you have to know when you're in our databases that it is temporary.

So Get Link is really powerful I’ve got to hear what I am in an article.

If I wanted to link to the list of results I could do that to get Link I'm.

What's need is if I go into academic journals.

This is still kind of doing that same search, basic search predation, with a search intent to the entire document of that result set of mutualism.

If I grab this, get link, it actually performs the search again. and the next time I click it, so as new content gets added to the database, I’m able to you know 0 in and earn as you're sorry not 0 I’m

able to get refreshed, content. and new articles as they're added to the database, and we update daily new content feeding in every day.

So all right. Now, if you know this, with case study I ended up with only 2 results.

When I when I narrowed down let's try this another way, an abandoned search is where you're the boss, you're able to do really almost everything from advanced search and say we're looking for case

studies. that's all we want. so I can Come down here and use the filters right at the start of my search for case study, and when you use our search it's up there in the banner that search is Google s

it's trying to do a little help it's trying to give you a little more.

It's also not the most extensive search it's not really every word out of the database.

It's looking at the hot spots of articles it's, looking at subjects. so we can do a mark. thorough search when we come to advanced search by selecting search and field entire document and here I can do that search

I mentioned before, kind of giving it both of my search terms.

If I got sorry I was terrible type or too. so I think I've got this folks phone correctly.

I can send this out. We can see if we do any matter which actually I didn't.

I still just got those same, too. but it's always a good check to see if you did find anything new.

So if bad search is really powerful let's again you'd be the boss of your search, and tell it exactly what you wanted to do.

It's also handy because we jump back you have things like content level Lexile scores, things like that. so you can isolate and make sure you're getting that higher level, content.

If you need it. also let you 0 way on different types of sources.

So if I know I want some statistics. I need some hard numbers.

I want video, you know, you can isolate to those 2.

And then it also offers Peer reviewed as a limiter as well.

So remember we can always see that and our results, their tagged peer reviewed.

But this will let you just 0 in on those so the last thing I wanted to share here. quick search on invasive species, and we have a portal for this as well.

One of the neat things you'll see though is as you go into each of these results that so if I go in I'm going to use the academic journals again.

Here. You then get all of those filters and if again date is important. I can go in here and isolate.

Let's say we want to go back, maybe you know 5 or 6 years going to click in Huston date.

Range went back to 2012, and then I’ll just select the end of the month.

Here. we'll reset our results. and this is still a big you know. topic 1,300 results, and they can get a little tedious, you know, scrolling through a bunch of texts you'll notice over here one of the other options in

this right hand tool is a topic finder. and What this will really give you is our visual search result.

It takes what's in that result. list and breaks and down looking for the keywords that are used most often in the first paragraph of the articles, and then creating this kind of word cloud around them So what do we

talk about when we talk about invasive species. Well, we talk about the Asian tiger mosquito.

We talk about bees we talk about Florida some of these. Aren't quite as useful.

But you kind of have a broad subject to give you an idea.

So you know, ecosystems, biodiversity plants that type of thing, and also can help you discover terms.

You may want to search on. so if I’m looking for a basis species, you know.

Plans, Reports going to play a role, but I can see.

Oh, alien plants, Maybe that's a term I should search on as well.

So it helps you discover new terminology. It helps find relationships between different topics, and then you get linked to the articles that go along with it And again.

Because we did that limit by date. We know these are all going to be within the last 6 years or so, so, and then jump in and find a new article. And the last thing I’ll just mention here is again the what the other way we

want to talk about how you can share content Is we built in a Google classroom integrator here, So I can actually get started right on the path of posting to my Google classroom page.

Just opens up a little window I choose which class I want to share it with.

And is it going to be an assignment or anything like that? and what it's going to do is embed that get Link URL in the assignment?

The announcement, Whatever you choose. it just gets embedded right.

There as a link, so your students see it in the classroom stream.

Make an assignment, you know you're able to kind of track their progress.

They come in and read the resource so really handy, built right in.

So there are ways for us to do this with other learning management systems, too.

So that's something you're interested in definitely let us know what kind of is starts inside your LMS and kind of goes the other way.

So something to discuss if you're further if you're interested so already.

So those things I wanted to share here tried to grab some things that of course, went along with the Ap.

Environmental science exam. that I saw, but also just looking at the courses to pull some subjects.

But of course, there's a wealth of content when I’m trying to get you started with this so pop back to the PowerPoint and start wrapping up.

Let's get down with your day, so you can always reach out to your gale team.

We also have great on demand, support, and support at Yale.

Dot com slash. Ca: P 12 slash training we have all, although you don't have to put the training on the end actually.

And you know what you probably know. Let me actually get rid of that training part.

We don't need it because that way what happens when you go to the support site you select your school or library from the list, and that customizes the page for you. so you can get URLs and all of the good kind of

specific tech support it. also rains in the training and marketing material. So you don't have to be through all of our other resources.

You can just stick with the 3 that come through the program.

So tutorials example lesson plans, scavenger hunts, and then lots of free marketing materials, too.

So no need to recreate, though we've got a lot of that great on demand, training and marketing support.

And then again, you want to talk to your gale team you're going to get an email from me and going to have lots of good links for the things we looked at today.

So you can feel free to reach out to me if I don't have the answer.

I know where to go to get it tech supports at our 800 number, and I always, if you're having a tech type issue, I always recommend calling between email them as well sure that my follow up email and a good person to get to know what

Gale is your customer success manager. They know everything about our resources about setup, and they can really help you.

Be successful with the resources. So if you reach out to this email address, they'll partner you up with your CSM the folks who were with K 12 do that exclusively.

The folks who work with public libraries do that exclusively, so.

They really know those library types, and of course your account rep is always happy to work with you.

You can always find them through our ref finder on our site as well.

No. with that I will go ahead and thank so thank you so much for tuning in today.

I'm going to stick around and see if there are any questions But here I'll get an email around this time tomorrow with a link to the recording and all those support tools I mentioned and can feel free reach out anytime with the

questions or feedback. we love to hear from you, so thanks everybody for tuning in.

Do let me know if I can answer any questions again.

I'm going to stick around for a few minutes
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