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Last Updated: September 21, 2022

For CA: Engaging Young Science Learners with National Geographic Kids

Tune into this recorded webinar to get familiar with Gale Presents: National Geographic Kids and its refreshed look! We shared tips for finding what you need and ways to share with students and patrons. Audience: PK–12 | All Administrators, Teachers, Instructional Coaches, TOSAS, and Library Staff – Public Libraries | Children’s Library Staff

Duration: 30 Minutes
All right. Hello and welcome everybody.

I'm Stacey Knibloe your Gale trainer

for California. Glad to be

with you to take a look at our

uh National Geographic Resource.

Uh We have a good amount of time to cover

what we want. So do feel free to use the chat,

the Q. And A. If you want

to make sure there's anything I'm gonna cover

or uh of course I have any questions.

I am happy to take those

along the way. Uh Or of course

right now so

let's talk a little bit we want

to uh in this session our

engaging young science learners with National

Geographic Kids is give you a quick

resource refresher. So this has been

available for a little while but I just want to remind

you what's there and then really we're gonna spend

most of our time in the resource. We had

a release this summer that updated the

interface, added some new tools

uh and we really wanted to provide.

just a little info on uh what's new

but also make sure you're comfortable with all the tools

that are that are already there and are aware

of all the content and how you can put it to

work in the library in the classroom.

We'll also talk about sharing content

from the resource getting in front of students

and other learners. Uh and always

and as always we'll wrap up with the support

you can receive from Gale when you've got

questions about any of these resources,

So again just to kind of make

sure I hit the things you want to see, feel

free to make use of the chat, you should

be able to send me chats now.

I think it might have been disabled earlier in the session

zoom seems to be resetting that every

time I start a webinar. So

um feel free to send me a chat there or

use the uh Q. And a tool and I'm

happy to uh make sure I cover

anything you want to see. This is really your session

And the resources um

that National Geographic is a part of

come to you through the California, K-12

online content project and

you can of course access the resources there but

we have set up access for each school

district and public library in California.

Uh again I'm gonna share our, you know, support

when we wrap up.

you can generate your access U. R. L. S. And

get lots of other good stuff on our support site.

Uh The nice thing about these resources is

they're all geo

authenticated meaning if they

know you're in California, they just

let you in. No need for passwords

or library card numbers or anything.

Um We can also set up off the other authentication

methods if uh there are ones that

interest your institution. Uh But

G. O. Is uh kind of our default

for our California resources.

and of course one of those is National Geographic

Kids. So kind of an evergreen tool.

Uh One of the librarians I work with

always likes to say you never outgrow National

Geographic Kids. Um and I think that's

true, it's great content.

Um You of course have the magazine and the

collection and we have that going back to

2009. So you can browse past

issues um and of course find

content to help support uh research

and instruction. You also

have over 200 videos for National

Geographic, a great kind of starting point

grab kids attention. Uh if they're

more kind of visual learners, you've

got over 650 full text

eBooks and the collection as well published

by Nat Geo

and over 900 downloadable.

Images, which is nice. Um The uh

content from Net of course is

outstanding. Um and they are

very protective of it, we'll talk about it uh that

a little bit more when we get into the resource too. But

those downloadable images are

really handy because it's not generally something they

like to do. So we're pleased to be able to offer


This resource has unlimited use

so you can get in there and use it as much as you like.

The magazine. The eBooks are

all kind of varied reading levels. We'll

talk a bit more about that too when we get in there.

Uh But it's available to everybody at your

school. So if you've got an eighth grader you wanna put in

this resource, they of course have

have access to it. You have an adult you want to put

in this resource, everybody's got access.


with that let's go ahead and take a look at the new

interface. It is. Um

something that released this summer and it just

happened automatically. There was no need

for um our uh libraries

or schools to do anything. It just launched

uh with some enhancements and again

here's that California K 12 online pro

content project page and can

see the G resources Britannic,

all of their uh digital resources available

over here on the right, you can always get them from there.

However, I'm not coming to you from California

so the geo authentication won't work for me. I've

gone ahead and just launched our menu

here so I can get into the Resource

So the home page has

a different look and feel but

really what's there hasn't changed. The

home page of really most

scale resources are there to give

you a chance to dive right in with a search

when you know your topic and you're off and running

but also wants to encourage discovery.

So we give you some browse options here. You can

browse some magazine articles

that our editors have chosen to highlight.

You can browse some book content

videos, pictures, just

things to grab attention. We usually change

the home page out every month or so

just to give um you know a fresh

look at content uh for users who are

in here often. Uh But it's a great

way too to just kind of realize what's

here. The home page is showing

you, you've got the magazine, you've got books, you've got videos

and so on. So it's a nice reinforcement

if you're not familiar with the resource to kind

of get to know what's here.

Uh So we are gonna dive right in with

a search and then we'll talk about some of the

new features and working with results.

Uh We're gonna come back to the home page and browse a little

bit though there are a few tips I want to share for

uh our teacher librarians, our librarians,

our teachers um that may

uh they may find candy. So let's dive in

right though, let's say we've got a student who

uh is uh maybe a first, you

know, , researching an animal.

And they're gonna go with sea

tour toles.

So sending your search out

is gonna look across all of the different types

of content in the resource

and like most of our databases

we break down the content


the types of sources it's coming

from. So you'll see here across

the top. We used to do this down the left hand

side in the previous interface. Now we've

just pushed it to the top, you can get a quick

summary of how many hits you have.

And again, where they're coming from. So we find

of course magazine articles, books,

videos, pictures, magazine covers,

even which is something special.

We do for national geographic content.

They are generally so uh recognizable

by covers. They kind of stick. If I jump

down a bit we can see those. So basically

what I did was find any covers that had sea turtles

on them. Uh so I Oh yes, that's

the issue I wanted and I can dive right in.

So something kind of fun with the magazine


but really the good stuff kind of appears

uh well it's all good stuff. Uh but the

uh the content you might be using if you're writing an animal

report is probably gonna appear up top. So

magazine articles, books and so on are all

kind of how we get started.


you'll see over on the right, you have the ability

to filter your results so you can choose

things like subjects person

by or about if it should be you

know need it for that result. Uh document

type, this kind of thing you can really

filter in but it is

a smaller collection so that's there

if you need it. But generally we find with

National Geographic Kids you can kind of jump right into

your results

uh the magazine, let's go ahead and take a look

closer look at these. So we show just a couple

quick thumbnail views of the first three

results. If I click on more kids magazine

or even just the header here,

I'll jump right it and can view all 60 of

those articles,

and again you get the thumbnail view of the pages

where your articles are on. Um So some

of them we can see like this first one art

zone I can see there's you know an image of a of

a turtle there. That's why I got this one back. So you

kind of these visual cues

but we are sorting by newest articles.

So you get kind of the newest contact first

which you know, typical, you're looking at science things. Science

related is a good thing.

Uh, but what we can also do is there's

a sort by option,

uh above our results. So I could change

that and you know, depending on your search,

you may need that trick in in your pocket.

So I'm gonna go ahead and choose relevance in

this case. And what it will do is just kind of push

my sea turtle articles up to the top

I also filtering by subjects could

have done the same thing. So she's usually more than one

way to do things in our resources.

But now I can kind of see these articles that are

all about sea turtles right up to

the top of my page,

and one of the uh ways

that we work with National Geographic

is to stay true to

their original publications. So

with all of the magazines the books

you're gonna actually view it like you would if

you've taken it off the shelf and are flipping through

it. Two page view. It's kind

of like we're working with a P. D. F. Here, everything's

been scanned. Um Of course they do

a really nice job with that. Um Really

high quality scans uh And

it just mimics what you would have in the print experience.

And we find the end users like that as

well. You know, the act of kind of flipping through the

magazine, flipping through a book. We've got that here.

And we did update the viewer

that we're using here. It is uh, it works

better with different accessibility tools. So

if you're using screen reader or

or other kind of browser tools, um, to

reach every learner. This new interface,

not only the viewer, but just other changes

we make kind of upped our um, compliance

with different accessibility tools.

Um, we have more details on that on our website.

Actually, if you scroll to the bottom, let me go back

out uh, to the results here. If you

scroll to the bottom of most of our pages,

there's a link out to our accessibility


right at the bottom of the page. Plus you can get

to our V. A. Directory. So if you really need

to get into the weeds on accessibility

we've got a lot of great content here. And then of course

you can always reach out to the Gale team.

Um But let's jump back into the article

here. So

the viewer allows um

for a lot of kind of um, interaction

with the uh, with the images,

we have the arrows over here on the right and left,

so I can flip through it or I on

a um

uh, touch screen, I'd be able to actually

flip to swipe my finger and slip uh, swipe

the pages through.

Uh, you also have tools, let me just

go ahead and circle them embedded

right in the images to let you interact

with them. So no separate toolbar

or anything.

And really my favorite of these

is this kind of four co four

corners icon. What that's

gonna do. It may look familiar, it's often


to switch into full screen mode.

So we can have the magazine kind of take over

our screen and instead of

getting you know all of the database

headers and other stuff,

I just get the magazine right. I've got the

arrows to navigate through it. I have a plus

and a minus here to zoom in or out.

I need to I want to get a closer look at this.

Um uh wrinkle butt,


uh turtle, I can zoom

right in,

I can zoom back out and then we

do have a text to speech tool

and it is working

with the text that's kind of behind the scenes

so we can go ahead and turn that


slippery swimmers. The idea that

sea turtles are plotting and ungraceful

proves untrue. As soon as biologist,

my house tries to catch a three ft

long, £350

go stop though. Uh,

but great tool to be able to again reach

more learners if we have kids who are maybe

absorbed more when they're listening rather than reading,

you've got that that tool as well.

All right so the full screen would be really handy

but let me go back to the database view,

And I'll show you some other tools here.

So over on the left, we

have um, basically

the details around the article. I can open

up the table of contents and

actually get to the whole issue

because again, it's staying true to the print.

What it did was really just opens us up


this sea turtle article in this issue.

If I go back another page, you'll see. We're actually

in the magazine. So this is the previous o article

about Otters.

So the table of contents here just lets you browse

through that whole magazine if you'd like or get

back to where you need to be.

You can search within the article,

it's also gonna show you where your search term

hits are. So of course this whole article

is about sea turtles. Uh so,

you know, all pages mention it,

but this can be handy if you are, you

know, maybe there's just a mention of sea turtles in another

article about, you know, uh marine

life or something. We can zero in on that

then there's a quick dictionary look up. We're

using Merriam Webster's uh, kids dictionary

here. So you can pull a term maybe from the article

and search here.

and then our full citation for the

article. So what issue is it coming from

the author? All of those things kids would need

if they were going to, you know, build a work

cited uh page or bibliography,

although we have another trick in our book for that.

Let me go ahead. And

point it out here,

our site tool actually builds

a citation for students.

So of course this is always important in research.

We want to know where we got, you know,

our information.

And the site tool uses four

different citation styles M L A

a p a Chicago and Harvard

that I could just copy and paste and put right

in my bibliography. So depending

on the age of the user you're working with,

you know, especially in elementary school, they may

not be familiar with these specific styles

yet, but they can build their citations

from the full citation over there on the left. But if

we're working with say 1/7 grader, you

know, this might be something they're starting to learn about

different styles. May have particular needs from

uh, the classroom, uh, around

styles. They can pull this,

put it right through their bibliography or export

out to these tools here, like noodle tools,

easy bib and so on.

And so really handy make it easy

for them to cite their sources.

Now I mentioned before, we are a little

limited. Um, there are some restrictions

that Nat Geo places on us,

you'll notice really. The only thing we can do

with this article aside from of course reading it on

the screen is print it, it's gonna give

you the option to print now

by default it is printing the

whole issue, so you can just change

that to the pages of the article. So this one

starts on page 24

and I think it went through, I think it was that whole

next page too. So what

a page. Uh let's see, that would be 27

I can print just those pages. It'll give you a preview,

like a P. D. F. Preview so you can make sure that's

what you want.

Um But printing is really our only option.

Unfortunately we can't download the magazine

or book content, we can't email it,

we can really only print it.

So just something that's a little different.

Your other databases typically don't have that restriction.

Um But again Nat Geo is

uh you know very protective of its content.

Um So we are uh

uh limiting the retrieval options

as we would call them here

All right. So there's a look at some of our results

for uh the mega. Well actually we just looked

at one. Let me jump back out to the results, but all of

our articles are going to mimic the same format.

So if I jump into the second one again,

the two page view, the viewer

tools here and here, over

on the left, the arrows to move between

And it can again you know kind of get

to the entire issue from here so

we can move through

some of the puzzles things like that.

so I'm gonna move over to book content

and I'm just gonna do that by using the

header up here at the top.

and we've got a few different books. Now.

I'm going to in the chat kind of while

I talk about this, load up

a title list for um,

National Geographic Kids because it

gives you

the uh

reading level for all of the books

that are in

this resource,

we can't see them here.

in the results. There we go. I just uploaded

it. Um We can't see a reading level

here but the covers of the book sometimes

are you know just a good indicator, you can see the reader

number. Um or you

know something that looks more like a picture book versus

you know a middle reader or something like that.

So covers can be you know kind of a visual

queue. But that title list will give

you a much more uh specific

reading level uh and grade level

for each of the books in the collection

And like our other

Um Meg or like our magazine viewer. The

book viewer is actually gonna work the same way

here. We've pulled the book off the shelf

and hold in our hands, looking at the cover,

we can open up and we've got everything,

the cover pages, the copyright

info, all of that.

Again, over on the left, we'll have a table

of content. So if I want to, you know, maybe

move forward in the book and read about how

uh sea turtles build their nests.

I can just jump to that section,

and again, these are nice scans.

So sometimes you'll see it are a little spinner kind

of working on that for a minute. Uh It takes

a little time sometimes to load out, but

again, high quality stuff

So I have an entire book here about sea turtles

and we can check out some of our other results too.

We've got some video content.

Uh, and again, pictures

and these are downloadable, so

I can just do a right mouse click

copy and paste that image.

Um, or save it

You're able to work with over 9000,

downloadable images in the collection.

So when you're searching, it kind of brings

you across the resource,

Let's try another one. Say here on the water cycle.

And it looks like we've got some magazine hits, some


Ok. And I did want to highlight the video

content. So these are typically

um you know, less than about five minutes

long automatically. We have

the closed captioning turned on, we

display a broadcast transcript.

Uh But let's go ahead and let me

unmute this so you can hear it.

326 million cubic


that's how much water there is enough.

But that can make a nice introduction

to a topic. It can again engage

the users, particularly the younger viewers

with uh with video content. And

of course because it's N. G. O. You're working

with great uh great videos

now let's say I want to kick off

a lesson about the water cycle around

um this video

I want to send my students to it.

There are a few different ways I can do that.

One is by using our get

link tool, get link

up here in the toolbar. Same place we saw the site

tool of the print option.

This will let me

Sorry, let me get rid of my drawings here. So I can actually

click it. Get link will give

me a persistent U. R. L. Or

pearl to go along

with this video. And this

is just A U. R. L. So I can put

it wherever I would normally put A U. R. L.

Embed it on a web page,

Put it in uh

You know they've got some sort of learning management system

like canvas or

um oh shoot what's the there's a new one

well new to me seesaw uh one

I'm hearing more and more about for younger kids.

You can put these links wherever a link would normally

go and when someone clicks it,

they land right here in the database

on this video. They don't have to

you know find the database,

find the right video and then view it,

they're there in one click

so get link is really powerful. It

lets you put your users right

where you want them and you're gonna see it more often

than not. It's here in individual documents.

But if I go back out to my results,

it's on this page as well. So I could

I could use the Git link for this page and

send students to it.

If I'm in the public library and I know,

you know they're working on the watch cycle. I want to help

support research. I can put this on

our web page again. I'm working

you know in the library as a teacher librarian.

I want to push this out to the third grade

teachers because I know they're gonna be covering water cycle

this year again get link

is a really powerful way to put folks right

in your library resources

right where you want them.

So let me just check the chat and Q and a

see if anything's come in so far.

It's like

we're in good shape. So I want to show you

a few more things here

I'm gonna jump back to that home page and show

you some of the browse tools because of course

most of our end users are gonna search,

you know, they know what they're after. I

like the browse though for discovery.

You know, finding something interesting. We actually

have found that

Average session time and our Nat Geo

database is about twice that of

our other databases folks just get caught up

in the content.

Um But it's also handy for you to know kind

of to know what's here. So

I loaded that title list for the eBooks

and actually when you're on the home page, if

you click into the books

into the browse, you get all

of them and you can browse right here

and see what's you know basically on the electronic

shelf. This is where the filter

tool can come in handy. So if I open up subjects,

I want animal books, I want marine animal

books, I want dogs, lots of lots of animal

content and that geo I want animal

rescue, I want holidays

just to click and it'll filter

and show you the results that go along with that.

and then if you want to keep browsing, I can just x

out holidays and go back

to subjects. Maybe I'm looking for things relating

to space,

and I can

again, filter

and then of course you've got

you know, the viewer. Again, you can just flip through

the book

So I wanna share this is more of a picture

book. Wait, let me actually get in a few pages


and we'll uh

can kind of get a look at some of the text.

a little bit further in. But I think there's

gonna be this seems to be more of a picture book.

I just guessing from the cover. Uh

But yeah not a ton of texts but some

good facts. I want to start maybe here with

third or fourth graders Again

get link and drop them right into the book

Now I could also

use another tool to drop

them right here. Gatling is a little

more manual. It's universal.

You can take a U. R. L. Practically anywhere

but it's on the you know, user to kind of put

it where they want it

one of the new features we added with the

release this summer

is our shared a google classroom


So if you're already a google classroom user

that might, that icon might look familiar,

what it's gonna do is just

start me down the path to posting

to my google classroom stream.

So it pops up this little wizard

like tool

shared a classroom, where do I want to put

this? I'm gonna put it in Ms Knibloe fourth grade classroom,

and I'm gonna create an assignment out of

it, click go. And what we've

done here is if I open this

up a little more you'll see. It's just embedding

that get link U. R. L.

and forgive my very brief

instructions here I assign it.

It works for a minute. it's posted

to my class

and my students will see this pop

up in the classroom stream

and it sometimes takes a minute for

that link to show up on the page here.

I'm a little impatient, so I'm gonna jump right to class

work so we can see it but there it is


and with one click

they land on that book.

Hi. So fully

integrated with google classroom and

we can uh talk about other

L. M. S options here in a minute uh because

I can't quite demonstrate those on the right from

here but I do want to mention those so we'll

come back.

Uh talk about that.

Oh whoops, I'm in the wrong pages here

Mhm. So

the last thing I wanted to share

again is just some more of the browsing options.

So if I jump back to the home page again we can browse

all of the videos, all of the pictures,

those are both in the title list too.

So you can you know see the list there

or you can of course pull them right from the browse

list. p

me, We also


The ability to browse magazines

and oops I guess so I didn't make my circle quite big

enough explore topics here from

the toolbar on the home page and

the Browse magazines is exactly that you

can browse the issues that are in

in the resource. So again we go back to


and we do have a bit of an embargo. We have

to wait for National Geographic Kids magazine,

we have to wait 90 days from the

the date on the mass tad before we can include it

in the resource so you'll see a bit of a lag


Uh But other than that we have all of these

issues so kids can just load up

the special forest issue and dive

right in and flip through it

and this is again the

whole magazine, everything is scanned

here. So if I open up the table of contents

I can get to say all the fun puzzles

and trivia and stuff like that. That's in every

issue. And again, you can always print

out from the content. So I could make maybe

a, you know, fun activity in the library

or maybe something in the classroom,

You know share some artwork uh that kids

have submitted. So you know you've got

the whole thing here, there's tons of great

content here,

and then the explore topics just is

more of a discovery tool, kind of hits the six

major areas that Nat Geo uh really,

you know, kind of specializes in and highlights

some of the content in this case relating to the environment.

So again just a nice discovery. If kids

have a choice maybe in what they're, you know researching.

This can be a fun way for them to find something too.

So really brows

uh resource. But

of course search is often

our favorite. So kids kind of dive in.

If I'm looking for manatee

is my favorite.

Can dive right in

So let me check the chat and the Q.

And A. And I think we're in good shape.

I want to talk to you about support and other learning

management systems. So I'm gonna pop back to the power

point here for a minute.

So we saw the google classroom integration.

This can also integrate into

tools like cannabis school

G. Blackboard um

with resources that are L.

T. I. At least one point. Oh compliant

You can actually embed the

content into the learning management

system. So the student doesn't even leave that

environment. They don't go out to the database.

The database kind of comes to them through

the L. M. S. So this is what this article

on dolphins would look like inside

uh an assignment or

uh um materials inside canvas

are school so it is

a great way to again kind of keep

them in the regular school environment

but bring this library content to

them. And the nice thing is it counts.

You get that usage uh counts

in your use reports on the databases

even if it comes to them through the L. M. S. So

that's what the L. T. I. Integration

uh really does for you. So you want

to know more about this, That's what I'm

gonna recommend you get in touch with your Gale team.

So let's talk a bit about support.

support dot Gale dot com slash

c. A. K. 12 will take

you to our custom support site for the California

uh statewide program that Gale is a part

of you can generate your access

U. R. L. S. You can get all of our database

icons. Mark records, things like that, the

title lists

um All of our training materials,

our free market. materials to help

you know boost usage. Lots of good

stuff out there. And the things like tutorials

are for the end users talk to them about

how to use the site tool, um how

to use get link, that type of thing. So some

good stuff to share with your teachers with students

with patrons. Um Lots

of things you don't have to recreate the wheel. We've done

a lot of the work

And then of course when you've got questions, you can always

reach out to your Gale team. Again, I'm your trainer.

You'll get a follow up email from me tomorrow

around this time. Uh That gives you

all of this contact info, our support site,

all of that. Um And you can

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

I'm a librarian too. So I know where to go to get

it. Um If you want to dig in on that learning

management system uh integration,

then your customer success manager is a good

person to get to know. They really regardless

are a good person to get to know at gale. They can

help with usage questions, access

database questions and

they specialize by library type. So if you're in

a K. 12 setting, that's who they work with all the

time and can understand your challenges,

same thing in a in a public library

uh you can also reach out of course always to your

Gale account rep, they're great, you

know, they have font of information.

and uh they have

uh the ability usually to come visit you should

you need that. So they're generally more local.

Uh And then of course our tech support is available,

you can get us at the 800 number. And tech

support is option four on the phone menu.

So if you're experiencing an issue or anything

it's always I think good to talk to them right then

when it's happening so I love the 800

number but you can also get in touch with them via email

uh and they'll get back to you as quickly as possible

so no shortage of places

to go for help. Don't suffer in silence. Do

reach out when you've got questions or be

bad for us.

and with that I'll say thank you so much for tuning

in today, I'm gonna stick around and see if there are

any more questions. Uh But again

keep an eye out for that email that will come to you around

this time tomorrow with a follow up

from the session. So

uh thanks everybody for tuning in.

I hope this was helpful and that the uh resource

will come in handy to you, um certainly

this school year, but really any time

and that the improvements we made to it

um work well for you and your users.

Thanks everybody.
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