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Last Updated: November 09, 2023

For MA: Introducing Gale Interactive: Science

An introduction to Gale Interactive: Science and putting it to work in your library and school.

Duration: 12 Minutes
Stacey Knibloe: Hello folks and thanks for tuning in to our introducing Gale interactive science for our Massachusetts libraries.

Stacey Knibloe: I’m Stacey Knibloe your Gale trainer for Massachusetts and I want to give you a quick introduction to using this new resource that's available in Massachusetts.

Stacey Knibloe: As just a reminder, we do offer several resources through the Massachusetts program and are thrilled to be continuing with many of them and adding some new ones as well.

Stacey Knibloe: Gale interactive science is one of the new ones, and a really exciting resource I’m going to spend just a minute or so on a slide to introduce it, but then I want to get in there and show you around.

Stacey Knibloe: So Gale interactive science as the name implies is an interactive resource that works with 3D models to help learners understand you know, a multitude of things within different science courses biology chemistry or science and so on.

Stacey Knibloe: They are going to find this resource and excellent help and really anybody interested in science users can interact and explore with the 3D models there's also great overview text introduced topics as well, so.

Stacey Knibloe: The content is really paired together nicely with the interactive element, as well as content that.

Stacey Knibloe: You might expect to find in a textbook or something like that to introduce it and there are ways, you can drop students right into particular points in the 3D model path.

Stacey Knibloe: And you'll find there are knowledge checks within the resources well so it's got a lot of great stuff for the classroom but also really for anyone who's interested in learning more about science so let's go ahead and take a look at it.

Stacey Knibloe: So, as with most of our resources on the homepage, you have the option to dive right in and search for something you're interested in, but the homepage is also going to cycle through.

Stacey Knibloe: Some of our popular options for exploring as well as let you browse through really all of the 3D modeling content that's available.

Stacey Knibloe: And something else you'll notice here on the homepage if you have a 3D printer we do have some sql files, you can use to actually.

Stacey Knibloe: print out your own actual models, with a 3D printer so some additional content there that may come in handy say and our public libraries that have maker spaces are certainly in you know variety of classrooms.

Stacey Knibloe: Now the resource is again browser well we're going to come back and do that but I thought we dive in with a quick search first to give you an idea of how that works so many use photosynthesis here I’ll use the search assist to help me out.

Stacey Knibloe: send this search out and it just match you up with the models that have found.

Stacey Knibloe: A search result it's using the same type of search tool that we have behind all of our kale resources and.

Stacey Knibloe: Now that's needed for this result but you'll notice over on the left, you are able to filter by category, these are really the ways we can also browse the resource so.

Stacey Knibloe: Maybe by a particular area of study or even by next gen science standards, a while, which I know content of that has to kind of filled into Massachusetts science standards so that could be helpful as well we'll go ahead and dive right in here with our photo photosynthesis model.

Stacey Knibloe: And before we get into the model, I just wanted to point out again that text content that I mentioned appears over here to the right.

Stacey Knibloe: good overview to the topic, and if you're familiar with Gale databases you'll see, we have a lot of our standard tools here like translate and display options sending this.

Stacey Knibloe: You know, Article to Google drive or emailing it all of those features are here the words to know glossary can be especially handle handy.

Stacey Knibloe: could apply to some things you find in the in the model as well, but lots of great text content here to help put more context around what you're using in the model.

Stacey Knibloe: But really what we're here is for this interactive piece, and each of the interactive pieces walk you through a path of getting to know your topic.

Stacey Knibloe: And the whole thing, as you go through is interactive so at any point the learner can kind of take this content move it around and.

Stacey Knibloe: we'll walk you through how to do that, but it's a really engaging resource and let you kind of get up close and personal with these different scientific processes in the life so.

Stacey Knibloe: Down below you'll see there's just a quick overview to what you're doing and then some related activities as well, so you can jump into other content from here, but let's get into the model so you'll see in the viewer we've got this.

Stacey Knibloe: row of circles here that kind of keep track of our path through the activity.

Stacey Knibloe: you've got some icons here to help you change and have the activity, maybe take over your screen, I particularly like those kind of get rid of everything else on the screen and just work with the activity by using that full screen icon.

Stacey Knibloe: But some folks like to again maybe the glossary that's over there on the right might be handy so you may stay in this view it's really going to be up to the user.

Stacey Knibloe: And as you work through the activity, the on screen text is kind of walking you through what you're doing here what you're learning about so here, just a quick introduction.

Stacey Knibloe: And then you can use the arrows to the far right and left there in the activity to move through it Oregon use those circles to navigate.

Stacey Knibloe: And just walking us through here what the photo synthetic processes and again, you can pick up content and move it around.

Stacey Knibloe: Not that you know we may need to do that here, but I’m going to show you some other models later where that might be kind of handy and, as you walk through you're able to.

Stacey Knibloe: move back as needed, you can also jump ahead and I’m going to do this here, most of the.

Stacey Knibloe: Active activities here have a built in knowledge check, so it could be something like this, where we've got some multiple choice or sorry it's a labeling tool where I’ll go ahead and just pull one of these over.

Stacey Knibloe: You can see how you've done a which I’m going to I’ll be honest, I got lucky there, we had the green check when you get something right, and then a red X when you don't.

Stacey Knibloe: But sometimes it'll be multiple choice is just going to vary to kind of keep the user engaged so nice little knowledge check for what you've learned moving through the activity.

Stacey Knibloe: So at any point, you can always of course searches I’ve done, but I do want to show you the browse tool as well.

Stacey Knibloe: And when you go into browse what it's going to do is actually that list that we saw on the left before I’m going to pop into say biology here.

Stacey Knibloe: is showing you all the activities we have under biology, so there are 91 and then they break them down a little narrower here as well, so you can do the same for any of these just check on check off the ones that you're interested in seeing.

Stacey Knibloe: And off to the right, of course, you have your content, it lines up shares the.

Stacey Knibloe: common core standards that these go along with as well just click through to see more results.

Stacey Knibloe: And each of these again are going to follow what we saw with the photosynthesis doll going to work, the same as you move through this resource you're going to have all the same kind of tools, you can take advantage of.

Stacey Knibloe: And a few of these are more exploring tools for example here under explorer frog anatomy this really just lets the learner pop in and work with the 3D model, there is some help if we look off to the right, we have the.

Stacey Knibloe: amphibian overview, but this is really just for the learner to explore on their own, we noticed we just have the one circle, so you can kind of.

Stacey Knibloe: dissect the frog here, in this case on your own and I’ll go ahead and move some places pieces around.

Stacey Knibloe: But this is a way, certainly for schools, I know that when this type of thing has to happen in the classroom it does not come cheap.

Stacey Knibloe: To have as many frogs as you need to dissect so could be a real time saver.

Stacey Knibloe: As well as a cost saver because you can of course do this from anywhere anytime so it could be a homework assignment for students, having said then.

Stacey Knibloe: Work with something you know, like this in the classroom together or outside of the classroom always available don't kind of need that lab setting that you would.

Stacey Knibloe: Normally I’m going to jump back to those results, though, I want to show you, we do have, as well the frog is a very popular choice in this resource.

Stacey Knibloe: The tool that walks you through to so the explorer tool is kind of handy as maybe a follow up to the students going through the activity here with the steps that are identifying the different parts of the frog as we move through.

Stacey Knibloe: But the explorer tools are kind of Nice because they're on their own and kind of just do what they like they, rather than you know, following along with the activity so keep moving through here.

Stacey Knibloe: Now, when this is something you do want to work with students on Of course you can kind of take them to the path that I’ve followed to get into the resource and find it this way.

Stacey Knibloe: we've also have built in tools, so you can drop them into the activity, you want, and even actually the slide that you want.

Stacey Knibloe: So if you notice down below where we have our you know brief description of the activity we going here, there are also sharing.

Stacey Knibloe: options to get this in front of your students, so we do have the option to share on some social media, but the one I wanted to the other ones, I wanted to point out here is linked to activity and link to slide.

Stacey Knibloe: link to activity is going to give you a persistent URL if you use other Gale databases, we will call this our get link.

Stacey Knibloe: And it's going to drop the students to this activity it's going to start them out on the first slide and they can go from there, however, if you did want to jump into a particular slide just move to the side you know you want to say we want the digestive system here.

Stacey Knibloe: and use the slot us pardon me link to slide URL it will drop them directly to this digestive system slide that we have showing so.

Stacey Knibloe: You can put students very easily where you want them and, because these are just URLs they can go wherever a regular URL would go this is.

Stacey Knibloe: You know the simplest way to kind of get it in front of students share it through a learning management system share it through.

Stacey Knibloe: A website you use with them through an email wherever URL would go and you may have noticed, if I pop back to the share tool there for a second, we also have the share to Google classroom options, you can drop them.

Stacey Knibloe: From there if you use Google classroom, so I would encourage you to spend some time kind of exploring from the homepage these browse tools pop into the different subject areas.

Stacey Knibloe: If you're in the school library definitely something you may want to share with your with your science, teachers and let them know this is available.

Stacey Knibloe: very easy to use, when you have more questions you can of course always rely on your teams at Gale and the Massachusetts library system and of course our support.

Stacey Knibloe: folks at messages Board of library Commissioners lots of great on demand help out there, but also both these pages can help you get in touch with your teams.

Stacey Knibloe: Both at Gale and at MLS so there's always a person to talk to as well, when you want to know more about these resources, but again check out what we have on demand, if you're looking for tutorials and things like that.

Stacey Knibloe: No need to recreate the wheel we've got a lot of that stuff ready for you to go and including marketing materials so you can help spread the word about this resource.

Stacey Knibloe: So thanks so much for tuning into this short session to introduce Gale interactive science, we hope you enjoy using it and get a lot of use out of it.
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