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Gale 101- Gale In Context: Middle School

Gale In Context: Middle School is an online learning resource designed specifically for middle school students. It provides a safe environment for students to explore and learn about key subjects like Science, Social Studies, ELA, Current Events, and more. Varied content types including reference articles, news/magazine reports, images, and videos provide and engaging experience.

View this beginner webinar to learn the basics about the content, platform, and tools within Gale In Context: Middle School.

Duration: 30 Minutes
Thank you everyone for joining. So today

we have another Gale 101 session

today, we're going to be taking a look at Gale In Context: Middle School

My name

is Amber Winters and I'm a senior training

consultant here with Gale.

So our agenda here today is pretty straightforward.

First, we're just going to have a quick overview

of the resource. So what we

built it for, what we intend it

to be used for things like that, we'll talk

about some of the key content you're going to find

as well as your user is going to find.

Uh but we'll spend the majority of the time actually

walking through the platform so we can really get a feel

of the different workflows they're going to be experiencing.

We'll take a look at topic pages, some

of the great filters we have available,

uh our document tools, all that great stuff

we'll be able to explore today. And

then at the very end of the session, we will have time

for any questions that you have that I'm not able

to answer as we move along today.

And I have some wrap up contact information for

you as well. So even though we'll have

a bit of time at the end of the session for questions,

don't feel like you need to hold on to them until the end.

Go ahead and put them into the Q and A as

you think of them and I'll try to hit them kind of as

we move through today.

So first, let's just get a brief background

about what Gale In Context: Middle School

is. So this is a resource that we

have built specifically as you would expect

for middle school aged learners. So

learners in grades at six

through eight are really the focus of this

resource. And what's great is we've included

content that really spans from developing

learners to more advanced learners. So

you will be able to hit up every learner you have

in your classroom or if you have students

coming into your public library, you'll be able

to work with any type of student, whatever

needs they may have.

And this resource has a pretty substantial

range of coverage. So it is fully cross

curricular. Your users are going to

find information um related to ela

to social studies, current events,

science, social and emotional

learning. They'll also find things on media

literacy and financial literacy.

So it's a big wide resource

that's going to kind of pull everything together

for your learners.

And in addition to the great content, we also

have a nice host of

tools available. So your users

will be able to highlight and take notes as they're

reading a piece of text. So they'll be able to kind of virtually

talk to their text.

We do have a translation feature

in the resource. So your native

Spanish speakers or any other language

will be able to translate both what they're reading

and the platform. So they'll easily

be able to navigate through in whatever language

they need. We also have the ability

for articles to be read to students. So

if you do have struggling readers, they can

have the text read to them.

We have different fonts and colors available

to really make the database as accessible

as it possibly can be premade

citations. Google and Microsoft integrations.

If your users want to save the information

they found for later or if they want to share

it out with their peers with the group

members, whoever it may be, they'll be able to do

that with our Google and Microsoft

integrations. So they'll find all of those

on the resource to

help them really organize and have effective


So let's take a quick look at some of the different

content types users are going to find.

So as you're directing students,

if you're in a K 12 setting or uh you

know, patrons, if you're in a public library, just

consider some of these different content types

and you may want to reference them as you're

directing your students to where they need to be. So

the first of course is going to be reference articles.

That's kind of the main thing you think about when you think

about a Gale In Context

resource. So that's going to give both

overviews as well as more detailed information

about different topics. So you could think

of these articles as you know, giving you the facts.

So these are before we're getting into different opinions

and we're getting into kind of the nuances

of a topic. This is giving us

our, our basis. This is giving us our base

to continue our learning.

Moving on from there, we also have a huge collection

of both news and magazine articles

and these are all current, many are

loaded daily. Of course, it depends on how frequently

a magazine is published, but

many are loaded daily and they're going

to find again great cross curricular

information. So they'll have magazines

in the science sphere and

English and things like that. Many of them

focus specifically for middle school

age students

and this is really going to give them a link to the Real

world. So we can incorporate these into

your curriculum that's already focused on

providing your students with that information.

But now we're getting it out into the real

world. They're seeing how the information that you're

teaching them is actually impacting

what's going on around them.

We also have a huge collection of multimedia

content which I think is sometimes maybe not

um at the forefront when you're thinking about

Gale In Context: Middle School or other

resources like this. But we've got

a huge collection of videos, images

and audio files, like podcasts that

are really going to help your users who may struggle with

text based learning. You know, they may prefer

to get their information

through video or just by looking at pictures

and analyzing pictures, they're going to be

able to do that in this resource as well. They'll have

that back up to the text to make sure

every type of learner is getting exactly

what they need.

We also have a pretty substantial

collection of biographies both on

historical and contemporary figures.

So if you're trying to get to your students or

your public library patrons,

learning more about, excuse

me, about people and how people

interact with the world and how they impact the

world. This is still going to be a great

resource for that. You'll get

both the historical individuals.

But what I also love is we have a nice collection of

like actors and musicians

and sports figures. So, things

that are really kind of at the forefront and a lot of times

are really interesting for middle schoolers.

they'll find that in this resource as well.

So not just strictly the individuals

that you would expect to study in the classroom. But

also, you know,

people that are kind of out there right now, public

figures will be able to take a look at those individuals

as well.

And finally, another piece of content

that I always want to mention are our primary

sources. And these are really great because

we have both text based primary

sources. So things like letters and manuscripts

and speeches, things like that. But we

also have a nice collection

of images as well. So if you want

your users to maybe just

analyze maybe a political cartoon

or something like that, you'll see. I've got something similar

to that here on my screen. You

can have them analyze that as opposed

to reading a piece of text. So again,

a nice way to reach

your users in more than one fashion

and we do have primary sources related both

to us and world history.

So either class that you're working in,

you'll be able to pull contents uh for those


Now, I wanna go ahead and spend the rest of my time

in this resource here. So we can see how to find

all of this great content while I'm

switching my screen over here,

almost got signed out. Um I haven't seen any

questions popping, but I do just want to pause. Does

anyone have any questions just about the basics

of Gale In Context: Middle School before we

keep moving?

OK. I don't see anything. But again, the Q

and A is open, we're not using the chat. So

you know, the chats disabled, but the Q and A is

open for you.

So let's go ahead and start taking a look then. So this

is the home page here of Gale In Context: Middle School.

And there are a few things I want to point out to you first.

the first thing is going to be this topics

of interest section.

And generally speaking, this changes monthly,

kind of depending on what's going on. So if there's

a, you know, a big current event that takes place

a lot of times that's going to be pulled up to

the forefront here. But again, it changes

monthly and your users can kind of scroll

through and they may find something interesting that they

did know they wanted to look at.

And then underneath that,

we pull forward these different topics

here to help your students kind of point and click.

So if you have users coming in who

aren't quite ready to develop their own search

terms just yet, you know, beginning researchers

who struggle to, to type

in what they're looking for, we've got this great

point and click functionality that can help them

with that so they can narrow down based on

a subject here. So maybe it's

we'll say us history

and now they get pulled to this list and I know this list

looks fairly long,

but what this list is showing is all of the topic

pages that we've created related to us.

History and our topic pages

are hand curated pages

on the most studied and most

utilized terms and topics

within the resource. What we do is

we pull everything together together, provide

an overview of the topic and then

organize all of the search results that

they would normally see as a basic search

onto one page into nice clean content

buckets. So they can again point and click

to find the information they need.

We will be taking a look at one of those in just one

second. But

while they're browsing topics here, you'll see

they have the option, they can actually switch

out the different sections that

they're taking a look at. So remember I

clicked into us history maybe now

I, I decided I want to take a look at literature

or maybe people

I can do that right here from this page. We

also have a really nice new or updated


and I really like this, especially for educators

who might just be looking for maybe like a bite

size bit of information.

you know, maybe for, uh, even

just a bell ringer, you know, you just want a little bit of

info, you can see what's new and what's updated

here. It might be something that you want to share out,

with your students or with your users.

But let's jump back to home here. What I'm going

to do is I'm gonna start running a search because I want

to show you we are trying to drive

students to those topic pages because generally

speaking, they're a little bit easier

for them to sift through, you know, because they are organized

more than just your standard basic search.

So I'm going to search for the women's

suffrage movement today. This is being

recorded in March for anyone watching the recording.

So that is Women's History Month. So we'll stick

with that theme.

And when I start typing in here, it's my basic

search, which of course, a lot of students are going to do.

You'll see when I have this predictive text

drop down. The 1st 1234

options here are bolded.

So anytime you or your users see

these bolded options in this predictive text

drop down, that's actually going to launch

them into a topic page instead of a basic


So I always recommend when you're teaching your users

how to use this resource point this

out to them. A lot of times they're going to

have a topic page for whatever topic they're

learning about. Of course, if they don't, they'll

run the basic search and they'll get their content that

way. But if they have these topic pages

available, they're going to be really helpful.

So, again, let's take a look at women's

suffrage movement here.

Now, this lands beyond one of those topic

pages. So again at the top, we're going

to have a nice overview here. I can click

my blue read more button to read the full


underneath that.

We're going to see this on this page

section. So this is showing me

all of the different content types that I

have results for related to

the women's suffrage movement. So you'll see

our reference works. As I mentioned, we've got

lots of biographies magazines.

Our images are pulled out separately. Our

primary sources are pulled out

separately and labeled as primary

sources, which I think is really powerful.

I know it's, it's hard to teach students

the difference between a primary and a secondary

source. So the fact that we've labeled

primary sources and kind of given them their

own section is really beneficial

because we can direct students right there. You know, they know

they need to find

a letter from whenever

you know, they can click into those primary primary

sources and they'll find those letters.

So scrolling down from here,

you're going to see the different content buckets.

So we usually show the first three or so

entries in these different content buckets.

So our reference works here and you'll

see we can scroll down, we'll start to see some pictures

and some videos.

And then on the very bottom of this page,

we also have related topics so

your users can keep moving the research forward

again, even if they don't have a search term. So

they learn a bit about the women's suffrage movement.

maybe they want to kind of move forward to women's

rights. You know, what are women still fighting for?

What sort of rights are we still trying to,

um, to ensure for ourselves?

they can click right here and go into the women's rights

topic page. So again, they're keeping

this topic page format that's really

guided. It's still going to let them explore

on their own. Of course, they'll be able to click into any

of these content types, but it's still

guided in a way that we're making sure

they're finding the content they actually need

and not getting overwhelmed by content. That might

not be exactly what they're looking for,

especially again, for those beginner researchers

who may be struggling to build effective

search terms.

So let's jump into one of these today. I'm just going

to click into my references here. So you'll see,

I've got 100 and nine results

in my reference content bucket

and I do want to show you a few of our great

filters that we have listed

here. So when I click into a content bucket,

this is what a basic search would look like.

So if your user, you know, is

looking for something that doesn't have a topic page,

this is what they would see as opposed

to that topic page. So we've got these filters

on the right hand side here that I always wanted to point

out these are going to be really effective

for users who are coming in with really broad

search terms and you know, they're going to search and pull

just a ginormous amount of content that

may not be exactly what they're looking for.

We've got some great ways to filter that content.

I first like to point out the subjects option.

So of course, this is first searching

for women's suffrage movement, but we can get even

more precise if we want

to, we

can al also narrow down to a document

type here. So these are all going to be reference

works. But maybe I want you

know, some commentary or just a quick overview.

Maybe I want something more detailed than I want

the essay. I can narrow that down here

to make sure I'm getting exactly what I want.

You'll see, I have a few other things, publication title,

The ability to narrow down based on lexile

measure or content level. This

is going to be good for you as an educator

on the line who's um if you're pulling for

a specific student, you know what level they need,

you can narrow that down using this lexile

or this content measure here.

You can also drop this down to search with N

if you like

and then you'll see, I have this option to check off

this level documents tool


and these level documents I

personally think are just absolutely great.

I taught middle school before I came to gal and

you know, I wish I had the option to use these

level documents because what this is going to do

is we've leveled the same document

at two different levels. So if

you need to differentiate for your class, you have

some struggling readers and you have some more advanced

readers. we can take a look. I'm gonna

click into level documents here.

We can take a look at all of our documents

that are leveled here. So I'm going to click

into this women's suffrage movement

and I will point out we have a flag under

the title. You'll see right here where it says leveled.

So if you're ever kind of wondering

if a piece of text

is leveled before you click into it, just take

a look at that little flag.

If it says leveled, then you do have the two

levels. And when I click into this here,

I can actually toggle back and forth between

the levels. So you'll see on this upper left hand

side here,

I clicked into the lower level version,

but I can toggle while on this page

to the upper level version.

And again, these are providing the same

information. Just the lower level

is going to have um simpler

vocabulary. Generally, it's going to be a little

bit shorter

to make it a little bit easier for

your struggling readers to connect with.

So scrolling down here, excuse me,

you'll see while we're on a document, we've got a few

tools that are going to help your researchers as

well. So the first one is going to be on

this right hand side here, this explore panel,

this again is going to help them move forward.

So once they're done with this article, if

they want to take a look at things that are kind of similar

to this, you'll see we have a related subjects here

and they can click into any one of these and move

forward with that subject.

This is also giving them the article contents

here as well. So if they want to kind of jump

throughout the article, if it's a longer article,

they can jump to specific sections here. If they would

like, you'll

find a lot of these blue sidebars

here as well. I know they're not on the side

but they are called sidebars. Um

This one's got main ideas here. Some,

you'll find critical thinking questions,

some may have vocabulary

These are great ways to kind of get your students

brains thinking a little bit more.

What's great is if there are critical thinking

questions, you know, that's something you can assign. Again,

maybe as a bell ringer, maybe as a discussion.

If you want to share it

on your L MS or if you're using Google

classroom, we're integrated with that as well

using our

Google classroom button right up top here.

So you can share out the document with those critical

thinking questions and have them answer

them before class or during class and

then you can discuss afterwards. It's a really nice

way to kind of pull all of that forward.

You see at the bottom, there is a words to know here as

well. So that vocabulary

also at the very bottom of the page here,

you'll see. I have a source citation

and everything in our res our resource

is cited. So documents,

images, videos, podcasts,

primary sources, everything's

got a citation attached to it. This is a really

great way to get buy in from both

teachers and students because

your students are going to have to build their own citations,

which is a challenge. We all know

they can copy and paste this into

their work cited into their project.

Wherever it needs to go, they can really easily do

that. They can also export it

directly into noodle tools or easy bib

or send over to their drives if they're using their

drives. So nice clean way to

get that citation out.

That citation is also actually found up

top here in my toolbar. This

does the same thing we've just decided to conclude

it at the top and the bottom of the page. So hopefully,

students don't miss it as they're working


hm In addition to that

citation tool. We have a lot of other tools that are

really going to help your students out.

So right next to citation, we have our send

two options

and that button is going to include Google

and Onedrive. So if you're a Google School

or a Microsoft School, this is going to function

perfectly for your users. they

can click into these. If they're not signed in on

the browser, it's going to prompt them to sign in.

But once they hit the send to button this

document or image or whatever they're on

is going to go directly over to their

drive and it will always be there for them

in a folder that's labeled Galen context

middle school. So they can hold on to

this for if they need to maybe come back

later, maybe their lesson

is done for the day or something like that. They'll

be able to come back. They can also use that to

share between group members. If they're working

on a group project or something like that,

they can also use it to share with the teachers, they'll

be able to send over to drives and

vice versa. Teachers can use it to send over to students

as well and we do include an email

option here as well. So if they'd prefer to email

it to themselves or to others

that's found under the scent too as well,

right next to that, they can download this document

as a PDF. Um, they can

technically download videos

as PDF S as well, but all they're going to

get is, um, generally there's going

to be a transcript on the pages, what they're going to see,

they won't be able to download the video itself.

They can also print pages here

and then we have this get link tool

and I personally love this get link, especially

if you're going to be sharing content

with students. Maybe you found an article

that you want them to use in a project that's coming

up or maybe you've got a new lesson coming

up and you want them to read it to kind of be prepared.

This scale link is great because it's persistent.

You send it over to your students and they can click

into it at any point to read whatever

piece of material that you sent them. So

they'll be able to click into it wherever they are. They

actually aren't required

to enter a password to click onto this link,

which I think is really handy.

Um If they decide to move forward in

their research though, you know that you sent over

an article about climate change and they

want to learn more once they try to click

further into Gallen

Ks middle school, they'll be prompted to authenticate

however you authenticate. So for using a password

or something like that, they'll be required to enter

it at that time, but you can send them this

link and they can read it

on their phones at home, on

a tablet wherever they are, they'll easily

be able to access that. It's also great to

throw that in a syllabus or something

like that because it's persistent. So you don't

need to worry about it.

You know, accidentally breaking in, you're not noticing until

you've handed out your syllabus for all of your students.

And then, you know, all 30 in your

class, tell you that the link isn't working. At the same

time, this get link is persistent

and available for you.

So in addition to those tools

to kind of get the content out of the resource,

we also have some great ways to make

the resource more accessible for your users.

So the first one is going to be our translate

button here.

When I hit this button, I'll be able to translate into

whatever language I need.

And it's going to translate that full article

for me. I also have the option

to translate the interface which is actually

going to translate all of my

navigation buttons. So I'll do

that quickly so we can see what that looks like. Let's

click Spanish here.

So clicking at, you'll see, you know, my search

bar is in Spanish, my tools up here,

my explore panel here is in Spanish

and this actually follows me along. So

if you do have, you know Spanish speakers

coming in, who prefer to have their resource

in Spanish.

I always suggest have them translate the platform

into Spanish before they start their,

their learning

and then they'll just be able to go through and translate

the articles as they find them. It's

a nice way to make sure they know where

they're clicking if they're having trouble, you know, reading

the buttons in English.

In addition to that, we have some different

font size options here to decrease

or increase the f the

font sizes. Excuse me.

Next to that, we have got some display options

here as well as I mentioned, we have some different colors

and some different font options to make

this as accessible as it needs

to be. So your users can really customize

how they're seeing this material. So whatever

way works best for them, we want to make sure they can do

that here so they can change this at any time

under those display settings.

I'm going to leave it on by default

though because that's actually what I prefer

right next to the display options. We have our listen

tool. It's gonna pause this time.

But when I hit that, you'll see it opens up this little

player and I'll be able to have this full article

read to me. You'll see, I can also download

the art or download the audio.

If I maybe want to listen to this later on,

I can do that.

And I've also got some settings with this little gear

here. You'll

see how I can change. the text

highlighting as my article is being read to me.

I can choose if I want words or

sentences to be highlighted. I can

change the speed. You know, if it's going a little bit too

fast for me, I can turn it down to slow.

It defaults to medium, but I can't turn it to slow

or I can speed it up here.

You see, we also have things like automatic scrolling

that's going to help them out as well.

So this is a nice way for users

to really get the most out of this resource

to really increase the accessibility

to make sure everyone could get this content.

We have a quick question here. Then I'm just going to read out

part of our school is dual immersion. Spanish

English, usually guide students to search using

English subject terms and then translate.

Would you recommend this for Spanish classes,

classes or another method?

Um Yeah. So Ali I would


recommend searching in English

because the majority of our content is going

to be in English. So I definitely recommend

searching in English to pull contents and

then translates that article

as far as native content in Spanish.

Ali. I'm going to verify that with my content

team. I believe we do have some Spanish

publications, but I don't want to quote

myself on that until I verify. So after

the session, I'll get with them and I'll forward

their information to you. So you'll have that,

that information. But I believe we do have

a few Native Spanish

publications in this resource.

Ok. So we've got about five

minutes here.

Um, I do want to show you one quick

topic. so I'm actually going

to go into my advanced search because I wanna show

you our topic finder, which is

another really fantastic

kind of research tool for your users.

So my advanced search is found up here next

to my basic search

and I am going to click here and into topic finder.

And now from here, I can search for

a specific topic. So if I'm coming into the

library again with a really broad search

term, that's maybe just pulling up too

much stuff like maybe I'm coming in searching for

environments and most likely your middle school

students are looking for you

know, the natural environment, the world around

us. But as you know, environment can mean a lot of things,

you know, it could mean work environment, it could mean school


So of course, running a search

for environment is most likely going to give them a lot

of things they don't necessarily want.

So when they run a search for environment

now, you'll see, I've got this nice little interactive

piece here.

So maybe I'm looking through and, oh yeah,

you know, I actually, I wanted to learn

a bit about climate change. I

can now click into this topic and you'll see it's pulling

me down a little bit further here. So maybe I wanna

learn about climate change and humans

and you see this is pulling me down even further

to a specific bit of content here.

You'll see I can change this anytime I want to

and it's really narrowed down my results

for me. So I'm not weeding through

a basic search for an environment that probably

would have pulled forward thousands, if not tens

of tens of thousands of results. I'm really

narrowing it down here for me to

make it easier just to point and click and find my content.

So this is almost like running an advanced

search without developing the search itself.

You know, it's almost running a search including

multiple terms

and I can reset this at any time if I

wanna go back and learn more. Maybe now I wanna

click into energy,

learn about energy. I can do that here as

well. So again, nice clean way

to find content for your users who

may not be the best

just yet at searching through the resource

on their own. I've actually heard

um of a lot of teachers actually having

their students start on this page

to begin their learning. So not

even going through basic search, but they actually

direct them directly to topic finder

and then have them learn from there. So it's a really

nice feature that you'll be able to find

both under your advanced search. And it's

also listed on search results

pages underneath the filter so your

student students can access it there as

well. Now,

I'm gonna go ahead and jump back here to

my slides because we're almost done for

the day. Now, if I didn't cover anything

that someone wanted me to take a look at, feel

free to type that into the Q and A and

I can do that now.

But I do have just some wrap up information

that I want to give you here. So if

you have any questions about this webinar

or any upcoming webinars that we're running,

you can feel free to reach out to me again.

My name is Amber Winters. My email here,

Amber that Winters at Zen

If you want to talk a little bit more specifically

about how you can use this resource in your

learning community. Reach out to

your customer success manager. If you don't

know who that is, you can send an email to

[email protected]

and they can go over some best practice that

they've seen with other schools. You know, they work

with schools around the country so they'll really

be able to help see how you can integrate your


into your classrooms as well

as my public library folks. They can work with

you on promoting this information to your patrons

and getting the information out in their hands.

If you don't have access right now to Gale In Context: Middle School

but want to talk about it, you can reach

out to your sales consultant. If you don't

know who that is, you can just go to,

that'll direct you to the correct individual and you'll

be able to reach out to them

if you need support materials.

Um So additional training information,


flyers, tip sheets, lesson plans,


Sorry, all

of that information you'll be able to find on our support

site, which is

and I have included tech support here as well.

So if you have any technical things that pop

up, maybe uh you're working to get your resources

into your learning management system or something like

that, you can feel free to reach out to them

at [email protected].

And we did have another quick question pop

up here uh asking if I can

uh show again how to set the platform

language to Spanish. So I'm gonna

go ahead and jump back to do that. Um

If no one else has questions and if you

already feel comfortable with that, you can feel

free to hop off and I appreciate you being here.

But I'm quickly going to show

how to do that. So

let me just jump back to the home page. So we have that

here. So if we're looking to translate

the interface, it's right at the top here, kind

of in this little gray bar, I know it's a little bit

small, but right at the top here where you

see English, it's gonna drop down

and we can choose Spanish here

and then we're translated,

you'll see all of my tools here are translated

and then I could just jump back

and go back to English if I need English.

OK. Now I've not seen any other questions

pop up, so I'm gonna go ahead and end the session

for today. I appreciate it again, everyone

for being here. Hopefully we'll see you in future

webinars, maybe future Gale 101 sessions.

Uh But please enjoy the rest of your day.
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