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Last Updated: September 08, 2022

For CA: STEM Resources from Gale for the Classroom and Library

Want to get to know the STEM resources available from Gale through California’s K-12 Online Content Project? Then this session is for you! We walked through all three resources (Gale Interactive: Science, Gale In Context: Environmental Studies, Gale Presents: National Geographic Kids) and shared ways you can incorporate them into your everyday work in the classroom, school library, and public library. 

Duration: 45 Minutes
Hello folks. I'm Stacey Knibloe

Gale trainer for California. Thanks

for joining me to take a look at

our webinar stem resources

from Gale uh in the classroom in

the library. What we want

to do with this session is just provide an

overview of the Gale resources

that come to you through the California K

12 online project.

And I wanted to let you know we've got

a couple other sessions coming up or actually

three more sessions coming up that will dive

deeper into each of the resources we're

gonna given over to overview to

in this session. Uh So if you're

interested in attending any of those, I'm

gonna be sharing the link for our

our calendar for these sessions. You

can also of course find them in all the all the California

calendars. Um but you can

feel free to register for those too if you'd like to dive

a little bit deeper into one of these resources

or of course all three.

What we're gonna do during the session

though is give you some an overview of

the content and some best practices for

each of the resources that are available

through the statewide program.

And up first we're gonna be taking a look at National

Geographic Kids. Then

we'll take a look at Gale Interactive science

and then lastly Gale in context,

environmental studies and as

always we wrap up our sessions with

a little bit of info about the Gale support

site and how you can get in touch with your Gale team

so that we can help you with any, anything

you might need having to do with your Gale resources.

So before I kind of dive in

um I do want to make sure that I cover your

needs during the session so feel free to

share in the chat if there's

anything in particular you want to be sure

I'm gonna cover during the session, you

know any particular feature

or tool or you know a bit of content,

anything like that. I'll keep my eye on

that so I can make sure to add it to

the session if it isn't something I was already gonna cover.

So I really want this to be your session,

you let me know what you need out of it.

So again these resources come to you through

the California K-12 online content

project. And you can actually see the Gale databases

are just over there on the right hand side.

They were a more recent edition than some of the

other databases. So I would just like

to remind folks that they're there you can have

of course access them through the site. But

again I'm gonna be sharing our support site later

and you can actually get all of your access information

there too. And what's great about

the databases is their geo authenticated.

So as long as you're in California and

you use one of the resources, no

password required, no other form of authentication

you're in which is always great.

So let's go ahead and dive

in and again give you an overview of these resources

and share some best practices along the way.

So at first I'm gonna start with National Geographic

Kids. This is a resource I

think people never outgrow. It's probably

mostly used by elementary

middle aged middle school aged students.

But the content there is

I think well loved by everybody. Let's

go ahead and dive in.

Now. I have um

again, I'm the library source here.

So you see something on the screen

you have a question about or uh

want me to click on and show you what it does, just

let me know at any point.

So, National Geographic Kids

actually got a little interface update

this summer. Uh so if

you had used the resource

prior to I think this launched

at the beginning of

august, you would have seen a slightly

different look and feel we've updated, I think

made it more modern. I think it's a little easier

on the eyes. We've added some new tools

and have raised the level of

accessibility in the resource as well.

So hopefully this is your first

look at it. You'll be pleased with the result

of that release. There's nothing you

needed to do to get these updates. It just

happens automatically. So no changes

on your end need to be made. Uh

so the homepage, like most of our homepages

offer a way to kind of browse

around the content and discover what's here

and with National Geographic Kids,

you have the kids magazine of course,

it's namesake publication.

We are, I'm gonna show you later

how you can kinda browse the issues and we can talk about

how far back it goes and things like that.

But we also have a good bit of content

from National Geographic in

book form or a book form I guess I should

say. Uh these are collection

of titles that um

we can recover to cover no special

viewers required. We

have um a good number of these. I'm gonna

share the title list when we look at these a little bit closer


And then we also receive some multimedia

content working with that geo. So they've got

lots of great videos and images that

are downloadable, which is great. Um

Of course you want a site where you got them. But we'll talk more

about that when we get into the resource. But

the home page just kind of gives you a scope of what's


And then of course you've got the option as

always with our resources

to send off a search. And since that's what

most users do when they get started

in this resource, that's what I'm gonna do too.

And we'll just dive in. As you

can imagine tons of animal

searches in this database. So I'm gonna go ahead

and look up Sharks, my niece's

favorite animal.

And when you bring back results,

you know, our databases are

built for kids certainly to find

information and use it

to support research and the like we

also don't want to kind of in this,

you know, kind of subtle way help grow

their information literacy skills too. So

a lot of the things we do on these pages

are to reinforce what they're working

with here and how information gets organized.

You'll see across the top here.

It's telling us where our hits are coming from. We've

got hits from the magazines from the book,

from the videos, from some magazine

covers, which actually gonna go ahead and scroll

down and just mentioned that briefly. So

one of the things we do with the content

from Nat Geo is actually index the images

that are on the covers. So I searched for

sharks. It's gonna bring me back the

page or sorry, the covers that

have sharks on them. So you know,

Nat Geo content is often recognize visible

by its cover. So just a way for you to kind

of easily identify those if they remember,

oh, I want that issue with that have the big shark

on it. Boom, we've got it. But

say were you know, writing a report about

sharks. We probably are going to be more interested in the

content that comes up top. And if you

look over to the right, you can filter results,

you can narrow down your results maybe

isolate by subject. Um

you have

the ability to search within. So if

I wanted to specifically know about, you

know what sharks are found and say the Atlantic

ocean or something. I could search within and look

for Atlantic ocean. Uh,

just ways to work with the content.

So you'll see that really in most of our databases

when you have a search result in front of you.

But let's go ahead and examine our results a little more

closely here. So we've got some hits from the

magazine and we're getting a little thumbnail view

of the article. Um, and

looking here at these first few pages, funky

fish science bloopers help

for sea otters, basically, we're getting the

most recent articles that mentioned

that mentioned sharks. If I go into view all

of the results. Just a little more kids magazine

link here, I can

actually change the sort

to uh, relevance,

which I prefer in this case.

You know, this I think


it's gonna be a great option to kind of zero

in on the shark article. So here we

have, you know, I think articles

that look a little more relevant to our topic.

Um, but currency is always important.

So that's why they sort

by date, particularly when, you know, we're talking

about something science related. So

we are certainly eager to hear

feedback, you know, if you, if you'd rather see

a different type of store it there, but you can always make the change.

And again, we've got a little thumbnail view

here of every article I'm thinking the

shark fest one looks good, so I'm gonna click

in. We did upgrade the viewer

that we're using here, it is still kind of

a pseudo pdf viewer, but

we added a few things just to make it a little

easier to use and to make it, I

think a little more familiar to kind of mimic

what kids would see, say

with e book viewers or other

tools like that.

And one of those features is just

putting the next page icons just

here to the left and right rather than kind of before

they were up in the

toolbar of the article, that's just,

you know, you can see them a little easier and actually

if you were on a touch screen you can swipe

to turn in the pages, which is nice. And

then we've added the tools if you want to zoom in

right here in the

article rather than again kind of pushing them

off to a toolbar so and you can

of course lift and move the content around

and they've done um

really nice scans of the articles,

so you know, so you're looking at an image

that maybe has a map or something on it, you can,

you can zoom in really closely without it getting too stored

it. However, what I like to do

with this content because we're kind of in the

magazine here is really immerse

in it and you'll see there's an icon,

this one with a little four corners that

will put the magazine into a full

screen view and just let it take

over my screen. So actually now I

can kind of shrink it back down to the two

page view

and just work through this article,

you know, as needed.

And again can kind of go through these

facts, we've got a little game over on

the right.

You know, you can get lots of good info here for my animal


Let me go ahead and leave that full screen and we'll talk

about some of the other features. Now in

our agreement with Nat Geo, we don't

have the option to download the

magazine content or

um, email it or anything, but you will

see there's a print option. So if there's content

you want to share, say for example,

you know, we want to use this game or something

in the classroom or maybe a little activity in the library,

you can always print the content.

Just note that you have to choose

the pages you want to print. It does default

the entire issue

right now. Hopefully we can change that down the road.

But for right now you would want to choose the pages

you want and you can see of course the page

numbers just right here at the lower portion of the screen

so we can print those out easily.

Again, if students are using this to

write a research report, you've got

the option to site and

basically this build your citation for

using a p a M L a Chicago

or Harvard and then I can just copy

that, put it right in my bibliography.

I'm good to go or I can actually export

the citation out to any of these tools as well.

So let's go ahead and take a look at some of the other

content. I'm going to jump back to our

list of results and we're going to

talk about some of these other features so we can go ahead and pop

into another article here. So Sam

Sand Tiger Shark Rescue sounds

kind of interesting

for me. Maybe starting to think

up here. Um

Here we have again same layout,

all the same tools. You notice over

on the left hand side though we've got a

menu of items. We can

search within the issue because

if I click the button above that, the three lines

that we got a little hamburger menu, we

actually can browse the entire issue.

Again, Part of our agreement with Nat Geo

is that we really treat the content

like its print. So that's why it

always opens to the two page view. You know

like we've got it open on the table and really

we have access to the entire issue so

I can jump around in here. We have

everything. You know, you'll see the opening

pages where we've got the table of contents.

You'll see the end where they've always got, you know,

the games and stuff. Say this funny fill in

and I can jump right to those pages.

So you see exactly what you would

see in the magazine and can take

advantage of all of this.

The search though. If we wanted to search within

this and maybe get back to our Shark article

quickly, I could use that. We also have a

quick um look up here for marrying

Webster's kid dictionary. So if they come across

a term in an article and they can always

get a quick definition

and then you can see the full citation, just

more details about this issue. And

uh when it was published,

all the

details there.

So you can navigate through actually the

entire issue when

you're looking at the magazines as well. And we're gonna

see that similar to what we can do with the

book content too. So I'm gonna just use the

toolbar up top here to move to the books


and here we have, let me

kind of scroll down a bit, so you can see

a few more of these. There's a really nice

range of reading levels within the

book's content that's here really down

to pre k and up into about

I think 7th and 8th grade. So

this is a resource that really spans

reading levels. Um and I'm gonna again

share a title list later that will go into more detail

about that. But

you have access to the entire book,

There's no check in or check out. So

let's say the ultimate book of Sharks looks appealing.

Again, we're gonna treat it like it's prints.

You actually open up to the cover and

then can use the next page to navigate

through. Or like we had with


magazine, I can open up the table of contents

for the book

and move through it that way.


So the Secret Lives of Sharks

sounds intriguing, but we can

read through, read right through this content

again, could switch to the full

screen mode to

to have to take over the screen. You'll notice

there's also a listen button here. It's

reading the text that kind of lives behind

the picture. Uh So you can have some

text speech capabilities, which can be really


But again, access to the entire book,

right? And we do have mark records for these. So you could

load them into your catalog and right

from your catalog. That would direct people right into the resource

and land right here.

So already, let's go and take a look at some of our results.

So, the video content

is again coming from Nat geo everything

here is their content. So it's something that maybe,

you know, they showed on tv or maybe has

been lived at their website. But

the video content is really engaging,

a great way to kick off a lesson or

you know, just in this case, learn more

about sharks. You know, I was trying to pique

curiosity and

you'll see with the videos. Let me go ahead and turn on

the audio here.

This underwater creature

has a toothy

jaw. We'll sneak peek of that one.

The videos will all come with close captioning

and if I scroll down a little bit more you'll see

a transcript as well. So

I'm more of a reader myself. So I might choose

to read the transcript. But of

course we know a

lot of our younger users are

going to love that video content. So

lots of good stuff.

Now if I knew that there

was a big interest in Sharks


there are ways to drive users

to the content you want to share with them.

And I'm just gonna jump back here to the main results

page that we had

say this is where I want to send folks

or maybe I want to send them to the books page, All

these books about sharks. Right? Whenever

you see



the get link button way up here

in the upper right hand corner, it's in our

our toolbar. That kind of follows us through the database

that get link is gonna give

me a persistent U. R. L. Or

pearl. I can copy that you

are L. And then put it wherever I would normally

put a U. R. L. In a tweet

in an email on a web page and a

live guide in our learning management system

wherever you are L. Can go

this U. R. L. Can go and

what it's gonna do again is drop you

to whatever where you were looking at. So it's always

going to bring me back to this list of shark

books. So you can drive users right

to the content you want them to use. So

maybe I don't want all of these books. Maybe I'm

working with fourth graders and I've decided

that uh this book here,

Mission Shark Rescue is

appropriate for their reading level. I

want the kids to you know, maybe read a few

pages here

again just look for that. Get link

and it would drive them right to this book.

And that's actually what we do with the Mark Records. The

8 56 tag of the Mark record holds

that persistent U. R. L.

And again drives people right to it.

So lots of good stuff here.

I do want to though. Get to the other

resources. So I'm just gonna share a couple more

things here.

The book content again is really my

favorite content in the resource.

Um if you go in from the home

page and choose more books, it's

going to give you the entire list of all

the books in the collection or 653

currently. And we tend to be able to load

new ones about twice a year. And

I'm gonna, while I'm kind of talking about this, I'm gonna load

into the chat, the

uh title list because

the title list for this database

or the title list I'm gonna share with you

has a reading level

by age and grade for each

book in the collection. So that's in the chat

now and it's also available through our website

and I'll share a link with it that will come

in the follow up email that you receive tomorrow.

So you can get the updated one when we add

new titles. But it is

a great way to get zero in on

books by reading level.

You'll also see though here

we can take advantage of those filters. So if

I want to narrow this down a bit, if I open

up subjects I can scroll

through this subject list and zero

in about books about butterflies,

actually sharks of course. Um

but if you keep scrolling you can see a

lot of the topics, you know, we know that the National

Geographic is gonna cover. Say I want volcanoes.

Maybe we're doing something in earth science

and boom, I can find some volcano titles

of course you can search and find these books

the same way. But I love the browse

tool for our librarians are teachers

to kind of get familiar with what's here

Now you can also from the homepage

browse the magazine and

if you let me point it out

here and use my annotate tool. Again.

Again we've got in the toolbar

that's gonna follow us through the resource. There is

browse magazines and this will

just let us browse every issue

And you'll find there is a delay.

We do have an embargo period

meaning we have to wait to put the current

issues in the database. We have a 90

day embargo. You'll actually see it's noted

over here on the right in our filters. Uh

so we have to wait to put that content in.

So the August issue will come in in a couple of months.

We have the

run of the magazine going back to

February 2009

and you can again use the filters to

you know, look at the collection of older issues.

Um but if we as we

scroll again can pop into any

of these. So maybe the

uh well I do love koalas. I'll go ahead and

grab the koala. Rescue

can jump right into the issue and flip through

it so we can go great kind of

activity in the school library

kids need to do some nonfiction reading.

You know, have a great tool here to

point them to, they can just pick an issue that looks

good and get started.


lots of great stuff in National Geographic

Kids and again, kind of an Ageless

Resource I would say. But

you will of course be the best judges of that.

So let's go ahead. I'm gonna pop back to

the power point here and we'll move on to our next

resource. Now this one does age up

Gale Interactive science is

a three D. Kind of virtual

experience working with

different models and we're gonna get

in there so you can kind of see what I

what we mean by the models there. But

I will say this is probably gonna start

reading level wise and just curriculum

wise for middle and high school students.

Uh Is that you actually might

even find content here first couple

years of college and in jail interactive

science but it's a great way

to be interactive with the resource.

You know, we've named the database after that

perform virtual experiments. Can be

a nice savings. You know, you don't have to order

90 earthworms for the classroom.

You can do it all virtually right in the resource.

Uh and there's lots of good contextual

information as well as they're working with the models.

So let's go ahead and dive in.

Now. This database really has

a let me close out of

geographic kids and jump into interactive

science. Um

This database is gonna look

pretty different. It's intent is really

different. It's a it's an interactive resource

but we're gonna actually find some similarities.

Things like a listen tool and

get link capabilities and

all of that are gonna be here too.

So you can see the homepage again

we're always gonna offer a search and a

way to browse. So we're again gonna start

here with a search. So say I'm looking

for resources to support


desert uh you know, bio

Maura or ecosystem unit.

And your search goes across all

of the different models that are available.

And it's gonna pick up as we see

the desert ecosystem. But it's also gonna pull

something like cactus because within that entry

deserts are mentioned. So you can find

some related topics as well.

And if you look actually over on the left here, you

can filter by the different categories. So if I

had a ton of hits, I could I could

narrow that down. But with just three, I'm

pretty confident this first one.

So the interactive tool

is takes a minute to load. So you'll see there is a

bit of a delay sometimes when

that happens depending on your internet speed.

Before I get into that though, I just want

to mention too, if you look off to the right,

you've got great overview essays

to go along with these topics as well. So

if you do need to do any reading

with students or just learning more about

that content, you know, similar to what

you might have in a textbook words

to know glossary here to go along with

it. But this is content that

again will become you be comfortable with in your

textbook, you can see the source of

it. Um

if you choose the how to site and these are gonna be

uh some of our publications at Gale.

We are a publisher ourselves. You can get all

the details about where that came from. But

lots of good content here for students

now. The good stuff though, the interactive

piece, let's get into that. So just in the upper

left here we have the model we can work

with and you have different viewers.

Again, I love to go full screen, particularly

with the content

of Nat Geo. And here in in Gale

interactive science we can just have it take over

the screen.

So however, I'm not positive

that always shows up on the other end of the

webinar. So I'm actually gonna go back to

the regular view. So

just in case that wasn't sharing

with you. So

the models all come with contextual

kind of notes on every page.

You look to the left here desert ecosystem.

It's just giving us a brief definition

and this is probably

middle school level. You know, we look at

where this content appears. Looking at next

gen science standards for different grades.

We look at certainly state standards,

things like that as well to help determine.

But you're always the best judge. So

you can always just take a look and decide if this is

appropriate for the patronage student. You're working

with reading level wise. But

these are nice notes to kind of go along

with the stages of the model. You can see across

the bottom here. This row of circles is just

how many we have with this model. And

you can actually, if that's kind of getting in your

way, you can close out

that those notes and just open back

up if you need them.

So we can move through again

arrows to the right and left here to move through the

model. Or you can use the circles

here. But this is just informing

us about the desert ecosystem.

It's gonna point out uh

there we go as we move in. It's gonna

use these little pointer tools to point out in

this case you could plant um

barrel cactus and so on

and you can

interact with these. I'm going to use actually the earthworm

example in a minute to kind of show how you can

pull these apart. I think it's a little more impressive

there. So we'll put a pin in that but

we can just move through this lesson

and learn more about these items

that appear in the desert ecosystem. And

then as you reach the later stages

of the model, I'm just gonna jump ahead here and use

the circles there are actually quizzes.

You can move through. So and

we can we can

jump to those. I want to give you that example. So

question what, what kind of plants for

water and thick fleshy stems

and of course this is a little knowledge check because it told

us this earlier in the model and

it's giving us a look. So we've got those visuals

to go along with it. Touch

of succulents and I get a little

green check and uh

I can move on to the next question if you answer

incorrectly. I'm gonna go ahead

and choose Jackrabbits

here. You get that little X.

And it prompts you to answer again

and then you can move through. So it's just a quick

again knowledge check. Uh And

depending on the model you're in you might be actually

identifying different pieces for example

often I'll use the caves. Um

model is an example and

you actually have to point to the different stalactites

and things like that on the page. So

just gonna vary depending on the

model you're working with. So

but I do want to show you some of those ones where you can

kind of pull apart. So I'm gonna

head back to the homepage

and in this case I am going to browse we've

broken down the database into

four major areas Biology, chemistry

or science and human anatomy.

And before I go into one of those let me just point

out also should you have access to a three

D. Printer we've got three D. Printable models

for a lot of different um models

within the database. And you just download those

STL files and go to work with

your three D. Printer. Uh But

looking here

we can go into any of these one categories

or we could actually click

in just in the upper right hand corner to browse activities.

But let me go ahead and jump in

and you'll see that filter by category is

back so you can see just the check marks are showing

the ones that it's displaying for me.

So if I specifically wanted to examine,

say zoology or microbiology,

I can kind of uncheck the ones I don't want. If I

want to now maybe switch into earth science

mode, you can just use those filters. We've also

got these broken down by next gen science

standards. So you can actually kind of pull

those in. Let me actually get rid of biology for

minutes. You can see that. So I don't

know the standards by heart. But

um let's see. High school LS

2-3. We've got,

oh coincidentally looks

like we're studying ecosystems. So there's

our desert ecosystem again,

all right. But let me go ahead and bring some of the biology content.

So I do again love the zoology

content. This is actually how the resource started

giving teachers a

virtual option for,

you know, anatomy studies basically

we have um

you know, certainly there's a cost

to bringing in, you know discuss

dissecting frogs in

the classroom. So now

you've got this tool, everyone can do it just

virtually right through the resource.

And again we just can move through the model.

But I wanna let me get a little further in here.

Yeah, I think for the nervous system here, so

the pieces of the models,

you can pull them apart. I could have done this in the desert

ecosystem. I don't think it's quite as impressive though.

So say I want to get a closer look

at the oh,

find when I go, let's just say nerve. So

uh pull

these out and get a closer look

at the ventral nerve cord if I want,

you can zoom in. I'm just using my mouse

to do that here. So you can do

that for any piece. And again, you can kind of pick things

up and move them more. So the cerebral

ganglia, I'm gonna say

I can pull that out as well and get

a closer look.

So it's a really, again,

interactive tool, we can work with this,

pull things apart and again, get

a closer look

for all of this content now, granted I'm using

one with some really basic anatomy, just


it is

super realistic, but I just

don't want to uh I'm uh I'm

not great with dissecting

things. So I apologize,

we're going kind of simple here, but

really great content in this

resource and again, something that's engaging

for your students, really um, you

know, lets them get up close and personal here

with the content.

So another let me go ahead and grab.

I'm gonna just move to actually only brews

activities, browse activities and we'll grab

something. So maybe we've got an astronomy course

pull that up and

you have

capabilities to put students right where

you want them in this resources well

or really anyone again, this

is I think would be fun for public library

patrons. The chemistry content

particularly I think would be great in

kind of beginner courses in uh

in college. So you really got a range

of users for this one. So down below

here, we do have just a brief description

of what the model you're working with, the

standards it's meeting and then just

below that ways to again, kind of

get this in other people's hands, so

get rid of the circles here so I can click,

we have the option to send this

to different social media, but you'll notice there's

also a google classroom link here,

basically that's gonna set you down

the path, let's bring this over

here to posting

to one of your google classroom

pages, so I'm just gonna

put this in my library.

You basically are just following the

same steps you do when you add something to your

classroom yourself, it's just kind of walking

you through and what it's gonna do is


the link to this model

right in the resource. It's using that get

link tool that we talked about just kind of doing

it for you. So really handy

way again to put your students right where you want

them. Um and if you're a google classroom

user again, even easier, let's

say you're not the, let's say you've got a learning management

system like canvas or something like that.

Or again, you're at the public library, You want to tweet

this, you're at college, you want to put it on a live

guide. You choose link to activity.

It's just going to give you that, get link and drop

you right here with that link.

You can actually put people right to

a specific slide. So let's say I wanted

to get right to, I think let's see, does this one

have a quiz? Yes. So let's say I wanted to get

kids right to the quiz. Looks

like maybe it's just two questions, but I can use

the link to slide and it will bring them right

here. It'll kind of jump ahead and land

them on the second to last slide. So

those, URLS again there, get links.

They're persistent. They're always going to bring back

to the same place like we talked about with National Geographic.

So again, lots of good stuff

in this resource. Again, does age

up the middle school is probably where you're gonna want

to start and then actually let me jump in to

say something like chemistry. So you can get a closer look.

I think a lot of this content would be great

for certainly chemistry class, but also

as you move up into ap chemistry and into

the first couple years of college,

the database has really grown over time

due to feedback from

our users. So uh

you can expect that to continue happening,

but I can tell you that the chemistry content

is fairly new. We didn't start out with it

there, but we got a lot of feedback that folks wanted

it. So

we're never finished with our database is always

something new to to bring in.

Alrighty, let me bring us back and

we're going to jump into our last resource Gale

in context Environmental studies. So

this resource again, I'm gonna

say age up, I would start, you can

probably start middle school here, but this definitely

goes up into more even academic

research, you're gonna find case studies here.

Uh you have academic journals,

so again, a pretty wide range of reading levels

here, just kind of starting with middle school and up

and there's a variety of sources

here as well. It's probably

of the three, the most traditional kind of research

database. Let's go ahead and take a look.

So Gale, in context, environmental studies.

Again, we're third time we're seeing here can

start right out with a search or browse

around on the home page and our

Galen context databases are built

around topic pages

and if you are in the classroom

at all, it might be these are gonna

align with units, you'd be covering in the

library or sorry, in the classroom.

Um and certainly supporting in the library

or you know, coming from

a public library, big areas that

folks are going to be interested in.

And of course we're focusing here on environmental studies.

So we've kind of broken down into large

areas here. Earth systems, global change,

the living world populations and so

on. And then show

the topics that tie along with this. So

if we went under state pollution,

these are the topic pages we've created

so far for pollution. Again,

we're never done with our databases. So more items

get added. And certainly we're feeding

new content into the databases all the time,

particularly the ones with periodic

als, those get updated daily with new issues

and uh, you know, dates, paper and things like


But these pages are

kind of the homepage for the topic.

So let's say for example, we wanna,

you know, no more about fast fashion

and its impact on the environment.

The topic pages always start

out the same, a good introduction. We

get about a paragraph of that here. So we can

kind of immediately,

you know what we're talking about. What is fast

fashion. And then as we scroll

down again, breaking down the content

by the types of sources we're getting. So

just like we did National Geographic

and then

again a mix of content here.

This database has a lot of different types of sources

feeding into it. So reference a bit overview.

We've got some images, video

content, audio magazines

and one of the things Gale in context

does is identify reading levels for

you. So these little icons

you see next to each entry

are telling us something. You'll also

see. We have lex ill scores

to go along with every article. And

these are all

just kind of quick ways for you to zero

in on content that fits you can also

go filter by it if I leave the

topic page, the home or sorry,

the topic page, the home page for this

topic and go into one of these areas like


Our filters come up and again,

like we saw the minute Geo and one of the options

here is content level and that will

show you those boxes and the lexical scores

that go along with them. So the

level 12345

are gonna line up like this. Level

one and two, generally elementary

level three, middle school level four,

high school level five, academic

or scholarly. Now again,

you're always the best judge, but this can be a good

way to kind of zero in. So if I'm talking

about this with high school students, I may want to look

for level four, maybe level three

too. If I if I maybe want to dip down a


apply and there we go.

Right now. We've also got academic

journals here. Oh, actually not anymore

because I got rid of the level five. Let

me go and bring that back. So we've got some academic

journal results too. So this is a database.

You can, you know, again may be used with ap students

goes on up into the first couple years of college.

Uh so you've got some great content to kind

of get them ready for that college level research


But again, we're gonna go ahead and search

because that's what most folks do in this database

ramp invasive species and

the topic pages again, we can see

just lay out the same way it's very reliable.

You're gonna have this this kind of format

and with

our resources here. I did want to highlight

case studies. Um these

are increasingly harder to find

to use in the classroom for free.

So I wanted to point these out, it

is um

you know, content that is

really valuable now again reading level is going to be

higher here, so maybe for an ap environmental

science class, something like that. But

this is great content to kind of get them

ready. You're gonna see most of that content is going to be

pure reviewed, particularly I think most

case studies are anyway. But um

you know, you will find your of your content in the academic

journals as well. But it is

a really excellent way to

dive deep into a topic

and we can kind of just jump in

so the article display here because

this database is full

of various print materials

and because a lot of it is ours, we kind

of treat it more as text. So we don't have the,

you know the viewer like we did with nat Geo

or interactive science. You kind of dive

right in here. If we have the images from

the publication as well, you would see this on the page

to But it's nice, easy, easy

on the eyes for the text. That also gives

you the advantage of the different interactive

text interactive tools we can take advantage

of. So all right here we

have an on demand language translation

about 40 different languages to pick from

there. We have the ability

to enlarge the text or shrink it

of the article, a display

tool and then again a text to speech

like we saw in that Geo. And

these are available for every article

I came enlarge the text.

The display options kind of give you the most comfortable

or needed reading display. I

have a nephew who has a processing

issue and he really can

see text better when it's on a green or

blue background. So I could make that change for

him. We have different fun options. You can change

the spacing and it remembers

those settings. So if I go into,

let me just jump into another article here.

You know, this reference article, it remembers

them as I move through the database. I don't have to keep changing

it. So

lots of good stuff. Now students

are using the resource again for research which

I imagine a lot of them are or say adults

are in the public library and they're producing

some sort of report. You

have again, the site tool that we talked about but

there's another tool to kind of help aid

in in research.

When you are working with an article,

you can click and drag as if you're gonna copy

and it acts as a highlighter and you can

even pick the color highlighter you want,

you can add a note.

Mhm. And that then

becomes embedded in the article for

your session.

So I'm gonna say that again, this lasts

for your session. If I were to

leave the database right now

it gets cleared out to protect user privacy,

we always clear out your session information

so I need to take this with me before

I go.

And to do that, I can use

right here at the top of the article. These

retrieval options. They

also exist though if I scroll past

there, they also exist up here in

our toolbar.

These are the same options just displayed

a bit differently, but of course you can print

our content, you can

um download

it here in this database and

are sent to options are really would have become

the most popular folks can get this content

digitally um and send

it to email just in an email

or google drive. And one drive

have become really the most popular options.

We can send this off to google drive

if I'm already logged into my google account just

to save us a little time. But what it does

is drop it in a folder named

after the database you're using so

I'm in jail and context environmental studies,

there's the article I just sent over.

It shows up quick

and it's going to be the entire article, any

images that came along with it, my

citation and of course my highlights

and notes

so we can scroll down.

There's one of my highlights and if I go all the way

to the bottom, it reprints

the highlighted passages and gives me

my notes here.

It's a great way to keep track of the document

and once it's here it's mine to do with

what I like so I can rename it, I can

move it to another folder, I can share

it. It's my document

now. There's no really any digital

rights management assigned to it. It is

just here for me to take advantage

of it as I need it

a great feature.

Alright, let me take a look at my notes here, see what else

I wanted to share.

Oh, the last thing I wanted to mention

um we haven't looked at advanced search

in any of the other databases. I wanted to point it

out here. So just right

there always following the search box is gonna be

an advanced search link and it takes you right

in and this is

where you're the boss, you fill

in whatever field you need. You can keep it really

simple and just use the search field and be

off or you can take advantage of

all those limiters. So here's where you could actually

start if you know you need a particular

lexical range. You you can use

your own we've got a few ranges for you

to pick from. You can use our broader content

levels. You can isolate

to certain types of documents if I know any

case studies. If I know I want news articles

and academic journals on



The database

here at advanced search lets you pick

the fields you want to search in Sochi word's

gonna look in some key fields. Entire

document reads every word in the articles

and document title. Some

of these are kind of more straightforward than other subject

would look at the subject headings that we've assigned to

it and we can just send this off

and we go to a more traditional search result

here where you know, we have

some kind of stacked results on like the topic

pages although technically I still stacked

too. But here we have

all of our results that just hit those limits that

I applied.

Hi we also have

a tool

that is well loved the topic finder.

This is going to give me more of a visual

search result. So what do we

talk about in these articles when we talk about

recycling? Right? It can

help give you other key terms

to search later. It can help you find related

topics and it's just a bit more

engaging. You can, you know, click

and zoom in. You have then your results

over on the right,

you can zoom back out

and find terms. It's a bit of a heat map

or I shouldn't say it a bit of it is a heat map. So

things in red or are those terms

are used more often than ones in green. You get these

kind of pieces of pie here where you can see

how much

more content there is for say

metal recycling than there is for

continental recycling. You get these

visual cues which is really handy.

And you can actually start with this search.

If you go to advanced search,

it's right here

as a search you can start with. So

a lot of our particularly um

in middle and high school librarians like

to point students to this. So you can jump

right to topic finder and let's try that

invasive species search. It gives


again an idea of what

is kind of

the key terms we use when we talk about

this topic and you can throw more

topic, you can throw more terms into

it and see what it does with it. It's it's really

an engaging way to look at results

And again, particularly well liked

by by middle school and high school

age students.

Alrighty, let me give one last check

to my notes, I think I've covered everything I wanted

to. So let me check the chat and

the Q and A. It looks like we're in good

shape. Let me go ahead and move back to the power

point and we'll start wrapping up here.

So I did want to mention you can embed

our databases and learning management

systems like canvas and psychology.

This is what it looks like when you do that.

A call to your Gale customer success

manager and they can get you down

the path of setting this up. It's nice because

the content lives inside the LMS,

they don't leave it and go out. So

really interesting way to take advantage

And then

again, lots of good stuff out of our support,

say we have created a

homepage for, oh I apologize, we don't

need the training part in that link there,

get rid of that.

Um although you would jump to

uh all the great training content but

we want to get you to everything. So support

dot Dell dot com slash C

A K 12 will get

you to a customized support site. When you get

to that page, you'll select your library

or school from the list and

then it will customize to the content

you get from. So the three that come to you from the state

and then if you subscribe to anything else from jail,

you can find all of your access

info, Mark records like I mentioned,

uh the training center is gonna have

lots of tutorials, training decks,

things like that and then lots of great marketing

materials to let people know you've

got this content in the library.


it is a wealth

of materials. No need to recreate the wheel. We've

got a lot of good stuff for you to start with there.

So if you want to talk to a person

though, that's what you're Gale team is for.

So you can feel free to reach out to me again, I'm your trainer.

Um, I mentioned just a minute ago, your

customer success manager Gale. This is probably

the best person to get to know. They are going to

be able to walk you through the databases,

answer questions about access authentication,

um, answer questions provide,

you can send your feedback to them.

They're there to help you be successful with our

resources. And if you use the email address that

I've shared here, it'll get routed to the right

person because they specialize by

library type. So if you're with a school

library, if you're with a public library, that's who

they work with all the time.

Uh and then another great person to get

to know what Gale is, your account rep, your

educational sales consultant, you can always find

them through our rep finder

tool on the home page and then again

the support site, but our 800 number and

our tech support are also always available

to you as well. So there's no shortage of places to

go when you've got questions if you're not sure

where to start, feel free to get in touch with me and I can

point you in the right direction if it's not my area.

So happy to help with that.

So with that, I will say thank you and

see if there are any questions.

Um, happy to take those, but thanks so much

for tuning in. I hope this was helpful and

what you had in mind, I think,


I'm looking at my list, I cover everything I want

to. So of course do feel free if there is anything

that comes to you later and you've got questions,

so thanks everybody and have

a great rest of the day.
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