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Gale 101- Gale In Context: High School

View our webinar designed specifically for beginners to explore Gale In Context: High School. This session will provide a comprehensive overview of the platform's cross-curricular content, features, and functionality, to equip you with the necessary skills to navigate and utilize its vast resources effectively.

Duration: 30 Minutes
Hello, everyone and welcome to our Gale

101 session. Today we're talking about

Gale In Context: High School. My

name is Amber Winters and I am a senior training

consultant here with Gale

and I'm excited to be working with you all today.

So a quick agenda here. First, we're going to just

go over what the resource itself is,

what you can expect to find some

of the different features available. Then

we'll talk about some of the key content you're going

to see specifically the key content

types. So things like biographies.

we'll go over all of the good stuff you're going to find,

but we'll spend the majority of the time actually

walking through the resource so we can kind of get

a feel of what your users are going to

be experiencing. So some of the workflows

that might be beneficial for them. We'll take

a look at filtering, we'll take a look at topic pages.

We're going to try to hit everything we can in the resource

today with our 30 minutes

and then at the very end of the session, we should have

some time for any questions you have

that I wasn't able to hit as

we move along the session and I do have some contact

information for you as well.

But again, if you do have questions, don't feel like

you need to wait until the very end of the session, I

would love to answer them for you as they come up.

So feel free when you think of them to put

them into that Q and A and I'll be able to get those answered.

So, Galen context high school, now this

is an age appropriate resource that we've developed

specifically for high schoolers as you

would expect from the title.

Um And it is developed though from beginner

to advanced high school level students.

So those in ninth grade who are just starting

to kind of dig into that higher level content

all the way up to 12th graders who are actually

getting into academic works and kind of starting

to explore academic journals, every

level between that they're going to find

content here within this resource.

And this is a very broad resource. It is

cross curricular. So you'll find things

related to el A to social studies,

current events, science, social

emotional learning. We've got great

financial literacy information.

The list goes on and on. You'll find all of that

right here in this resource. So it is really

kind of um

far reaching resource. And if

you're on the line as a librarian who's planning

on getting this information out to your teachers.

Just know that this resource is probably

going to cover the majority of your school.

So definitely I recommend getting this out to

everyone that you can because they'll find content

here in the resource.

And in addition to all that great coverage,

we have, we also have a lot of built in tools

here that are going to support your learners.

So things like highlights and notes, if

your users kind of want to talk to the text

as they're reading, we have translation

capabilities, both the documents themselves

in the platform. So all of the tools can

be translated. We have a read speaker,

text manipulation. It's going to allow your users

to change the font, the color, the size,

great citation tool. We're also integrated

with both Google and Microsoft drives

if they want to save content that way and

also with Google classroom. So if you are

using Google Classroom for your classes, you

can actually send information directly from

our resource to your Google classroom

platform, which is a really nice feature to have.

So let's talk a little bit about some of the key

content types that we're going to see as we click

through the resource today. So the first probably

the most expected is going to be our reference

articles. So that's giving us just the

fact about the facts about whatever we're

learning about. We have basic reference articles

that are going to provide the foundation

for further learning. And we also have

some more advanced reference articles that are really getting

into specifics about a topic and

really kind of specializing into one

hyper focused topic.

We also have a giant collection of news and

magazines and many of them are loaded daily,

of course, depending on how often they're published.

But again, these are cross curricular and

they're going to really link the real

world to what they're learning in the classroom.

So this is giving that current events

look, it's going to help your, you your students

or your library patrons coming in

kind of understand why they're learning

what they're learning.

We also have multimedia content from within

this resource. And of course, this is going to be really

handy for your users who may be struggling

readers or just for those who prefer

to watch their

information as opposed to reading it.

They'll find videos, they'll find great

images. We also have a huge collection

of audio files, specifically podcasts.

I like to point out because of course, podcasts are usually

fairly short

and a little bit easier to hold on to than,

you know, a longer news broadcast or something

like that. So we do have a lot of podcasts as

well. Again, cross curricular. So they'll find

information on quite a few different

topics and subjects. They'll find that

right here within the resource.

We also have a pretty large collection of

biographies. I say large for all of these collections

because we do, we have a, a

very, very huge collection

of materials. But our biographies are really great because

they include both historical figures

and contemporary figures. And I think that's

a really vital parts of

a research database of a learning resource.

Like this

is a lot of times your users want to see

themselves reflected in biographies

and they want to learn about the people who are big

deals right now. You know, they want to learn about the

musicians, they're listening to

you see, I pulled for lebron James,

you know, they want to learn about the athletes they're watching.

So they'll find all of that content here. Of

course, in addition to the historical figures that you

would expect to see within the resource,

we also have a collection of primary sources,

both for us history and world history.

So if you do need your users starting

to kind of get into that and understand the difference

between primary and secondary sources,

they'll find content for that. They'll see things

like political cartoons, speeches,


manuscripts, courts,

you know, summaries. So really

kind of a full

holistic big view of history in

our primary sources. And they are

labeled as primary sources in the resource,

which I think is really beneficial for

students who may struggle to understand

the difference between a primary and a secondary

source, we've labeled them as primary sources

so we can help guide them before they can kind of figure

it out on their own. We want to give them that little

leg up and label it for them.

And finally, this is unique to Gale In

Context: High School, as opposed to the other

In Context resources like Gale

in context middle school, we start to include

academic journals here. So again, your 12th

graders who are getting ready to you

know, jump into college, jump into university

and they're starting to look at that more

detailed more complex

information. They'll find that in this resource.

And what's great is all of our academic journals are

actually labeled as peer reviewed.

So if you want to make sure your users

are accessing peer-reviewed content

and they're not quite sure when they

click on something, it will let them know it'll get a little

checkmark saying it's peer reviewed. So they'll be

able to see that.

And another great feature of having these academic

journals right here on this platform is if

they decide to click into an academic journal

and they just, you know, get completely overwhelmed, his

information is too in depth, it's too advanced

for them. They can really simply just back

out of that article and find maybe a reference

article about the same topic, but

just at that lower level. So

they can like dip their toes into the academic field.

They don't have to go to a fully academic

support a fully

academic resource. Um They

can just kind of dig in here and they'll get both the academic

side of things and the lower level resource

reference content.

Now, I just want to spend the rest of our time looking

at the resource here. Are there any questions

quickly about the content types that

you are going to be available or

the tools that I briefly mentioned anything like that?


I don't see any. So let's go ahead and jump

here. It's almost timed out.

So let's go ahead and jump right to the home page

of Galen context High School. This is what your

users are going to see as soon as they sign

in. So just a little lay of the land

here, of course, you'll see our advanced search and

our basic search are going to be right at the top here

in our banner.

We have a lot of really great content.

If we scroll down, that's going to be beneficial for

users as well. First, we have some topics

of interest that we like to pull out and these usually

change monthly. Anyone watching

the recording this month, This is being recorded

in April. So you see, we've pulled forward Arab American

Heritage Month,

we can click through, we have environmentalism pulled

forward and track and field

this month. So they do change monthly

sometimes sooner if something you know, big

happens in the world and we want to highlight that for

students, for users. they may see that pulled

forward, but generally they change monthly

kind of depending on what's going on in the world.

And when we scroll down below that, we

have these different topics listed out here.

Again, as I mentioned, this is a cross curricular resource.

So you'll see we've got sections related to

literature social studies.

So little things like government business.

We have a science and health section here

and we do have all of our biographies pulled out

separately in their own section as well.

And all of these that are listed are actually going to

be topic pages.

So what we do is we curate

these pages for some of the top search and

tap used terms within the resource

and we really lay them out nice and organized

for users who will be able to see an overview

and then all of the different

all of the different results. So reference

articles, magazines, videos,

all the good stuff. They'll see that right on the topic


And you'll see if I click into any of these.

Our topic page list is pretty extensive.

So this is just what's found under business and economics.

If I go here and hit view all,

you'll see. We've got a very large collection

of topic pages here

and these aren't the only topics in the resource.

Of course, if your user coming in with something that's

a little bit more specific, um, that's

may be studied in your state a

lot, but maybe not nationally, they may

not have a topic page created just yet because

it's not as broadly studied. if

that's the case, if they kind of browse through this

to see if there's a topic page and they don't see one,

of course, they'll just run their search and they'll pull content

that way.

But if they are studying something that is

frequently studied or, you know, in the news today

or something like that,

they'll probably find a topic page for that. And I definitely

recommend directing your students to try

to find topic pages for whatever they're learning

about. So

again, they can browse through

just by clicking into any of these sections

or if they decided to run a search,

instead I'm gonna search today for

Cryptocurrency because I feel like that's fairly,


So if they decided to run a search instead

of, um, kind of browsing through these topics

on this page, you'll see when they start to search

here. I have one option that's bolded

at the very top of my predictive text and

that's showing me that have a topic page.

So instead of running a search, like if I ran a search

for Crystal, um, and just getting

a search results page where all of the results

are listed, if I click into that bolded

one I'm taken to the topic page

and this is organized for me.

So this is especially helpful for

your users who are maybe not

super organized in their research just

yet. You know, maybe they're kind of beginner researchers

and it's hard for them to pull the content they

need or

maybe it's difficult for them to build their own search

terms. We're trying to alleviate that

that stress here and we've pulled forward

forward these topic pages.

These are also great. If you are an educator

on the line

and you're trying to find content for students, you can

actually pull a topic page,

use this little get link button up top here

and you can actually send this topic page over to

your students. So if you just want them

all on the Cryptocurrency topic page,

you're doing a lesson, you want them to be able to

explore the results without, without having

to kind of get them to run their own searches necessarily,

you use this get link and they have access

to this great topic page. So at the very

top of every topic page, there's going to be just

a nice brief overview and this is giving

the background about that topic. So it's really setting

the stage for that deeper learning. So we'll have

the overview of the top here and this is

always going to be um a reference document,

of course, unless it's about a person, then it'll be

a biography. But if it's about a topic, it's

going to be a reference article.

And if we scroll down here on this topic page,

you'll see it's showing us the different content

types that we've pulled results for so

specific to Cryptocurrency. You'll see. We've

got a few reference articles, a lot of audio.

Um, we do have one biography, not quite

sure what it's about, we can scroll down and find out a lot

of magazine and news results. Of course,

Cryptocurrency is frequently

making headlines. So we have a lot of news and

magazines. We've got some images and some

videos and we even have a couple academic journal

entries related to Cryptocurrency

scrolling down from there. I'm going to see these different

content buckets that, that are including

those different content types. So reference

contents, um oftentimes we'll

pull out some featured content, sometimes it's videos,

sometimes it's articles

changes from time to time scrolling

down beneath that here, you'll see our

video and our images are listed and then

at the very bottom of the page, I wanna scroll all the way

down here.

We have related topics. So

these are also topic pages that are going to

be related to Cryptocurrency. So this is

a really nice way for your users to keep

learning again without running a search. So they learned

about Cryptocurrency a bit.

Maybe now they're really interested just in like standard

money and banking, you know, they want to know just how regular

old, you know, archaic

banking works. If we're not talking about Cryptocurrency,

they can click into money and banking and get

to that topic page. So a really nice

way to point and click to find content again

without even having to run a search.

Now, I'm going to scroll back up here a bit and

I'm going to click into all of my reference articles

because maybe I just want to take a look at something

that's just giving me the facts of, of a topic.

So I'm gonna click into reference here

and when I click into that title, it's going

to pull forward all of my results. You see, we have 12

listed here

and now I have some different options for filtering

on this right hand side here. Luckily,

this topic page itself is pretty filtered already.

Of course, with 12 entries. Um,

other topic pages that are a little bit more broad,

they could get, you know, hundreds of reference articles,

maybe even thousands. If that's

the case, they

should consider using filters to kind of narrow down.

I oftentimes find these subjects filter

is helpful. So we're on Cryptocurrency.

But if specifically we want to know, you know how

artificial intelligence is related to Cryptocurrency,

we can click right here and we'll narrow it down just

to two articles instead of those 12.

So this is a great way to, for them to narrow down

and find content again since this

is a pretty um

already filter topic page and we are down

to the 12 reference articles. We may not need

to use as many filters. But

I do want to mention that they're here and ready to go

for your users.

I can also easily change between different

content types in this gray bar up top here.

So clicked into reference, but maybe I want

to see some of the featured stuff that we've pulled

forward. I can click right over here into

our featured content.

Usually it's around three

pieces of content. Sometimes it's a couple more,

but usually it's around three.

And I can scroll down and take a look and see

if there's anything interesting to me. And let's

say there is, let's say this first one, the mistakes

to avoid when buying Cryptocurrency,

pretty important to know I can click into this

here and I will be poor, pulled forward

to my article.

And once your users are on this article, there's

a lot they can do to make sure that this

is um you know, a successful learning

experience for them. There are a lot of different tools

that are going to help them out. The first is going

to be our citation option. So if this is

a student coming in learning about this,

maybe using those documents

in a paper they're writing or for a project,

we have a citation button right up top here

in our toolbar.

When they click into this, they'll have a premade

citation, either Mlaap, a Chicago

or Harvard versions and

they can copy and paste this into their reference

page. You'll see they can also export it over.

So if they're using you know, a Google

drive or a Onedrive or maybe noodle tools,

they can get the citation over that way to save

it to wherever they need it to go.

They can also save this full document.

So if this is something you want to take a look

at, but maybe they don't, don't have time right now. They're

just kind of

intelligence gathering and they'll take a deeper dive

later on. They're going to want to use

either the send to button here, this little

paper plane

that's going to let them send over to Google or Onedrive

or email to themselves

or they're going to want to hit this download

or this print option, the download, just download

downloads as a PDF onto their computer.

Of course, print as you would expect, prints

the article.

in addition to having those tools

up top here, they're also found down

below underneath the title of the article

as well. So these buttons, you'll see they're a little

bit more separate as opposed to being just under

the send to button. We've pulled out

Google drive onedrive

and email. So these do the same thing

we've just included them in two different spots just to

make sure your use, your users find them easily.

In addition to that, I already briefly

mentioned get link when I was on a topic page,

you can also use get link to get to a document.

So if you want to share this out with your class or

maybe you want to put it on your discussion board,

you can just copy this link, paste it to your

board in your syllabus in your

rubric. If you're having them complete

a project wherever you want to go, and when

they click into this link, they're going

to be pulled right to this article. Or if

you link to an image or

a video,

they actually won't need to worry about authentication.

Of course, if they decide to move forward and the resource,

maybe run some of their own research,

however, you authenticate, they'll be prompted

to do that at that point. So if you,

you know, need a password or if you are

authenticating with Google or with Microsoft,

they'll have to do it at that point. But with

this specific link, they'll be able to get

to this document without having to worry about remembering

a password.

So really nice for homework. You know, if you're

setting this home for students to read, I

there's nothing worse than telling them to click into this

and then all of them forgot their password and have no

way of getting in contact with you until the next

day when it's due.

we're, we're trying to alleviate that. So with

that get link, they'll automatically have access

to this article will be able to read through the full

thing. And then if they need

to later on,


they can sign in to move forward within

G and contacts high school.

So in addition to those kind of saving and

sharing tools,

we have some different tools that are going to make this text

a bit more accessible for a lot of your users.

So the first is going to be our translate button, which

you'll see is found right here under this black bar,

you'll see I can drop this down and I can translate into

quite a few different languages

here. And I can also

set my interface language which is going to

change all of the buttons and all of my

navigation into whatever language I choose.

So I'll be able to translate at any time.

I can also increase and decrease the font

size as needed

next to that under my little display options

button. I have quite a few different options

here. I can change the background color of the text

that I'm going to be reading.

I can change the font,

I can also change the line letter and word spacing.

So our goal with this is to make it really

simple for your users to get the exact

experience they need you know, for

me, this screen is very distracting. I don't think

I'd be able to read on the screen, but of course, for someone

else, it could be really helpful to kind

of narrow their focus a little bit.

So we're making it

really kind of

easy to find and easy to use to make sure

they get the, the view that they need.

And this does follow them along throughout the

session. So

if they changed it to this open dyslexic

font in this article, the next article,

they click, it'll be the same deal. It'll have that

font, they can go back to the default

settings at any time right here.

And now we're back to normal

right next to that display options. We also have

our listen tool and that's going to

just read through the full article for me. You see when

I hit that button, it's going to pull forward this

little, um this little

panel that's going to let me read it.

It also gives me the option to download this as an

MP3. If I want to take the

read speaker with me or later on,

I can do that.

And this does read in whatever language I translated

this article to. So if I translated

this to Spanish first and I wanted to have

it read to me after I translate when

I hit listen, it will just automatically

read to me in Spanish, I won't need to

worry about translating that in any way,

they are just kind of linked together.

Now, one last tool I want to mention when we're on

our document is our highlights and notes tool.

So if you prefer to have your students kind

of talk to the text, find key points

in their articles and highlight them to try to save

them. Remember them for later,

they can just click and drag over any piece

of text within the resource. We

get this little dialogue box pop up, we could

choose a color. I can add a note

if I want to

and I can save it and I can go through and highlight

as much as I want. I can add notes

or not. I can choose different colors

but I can go through and really just mark this text

up and this is session

based. I will warn you. So if your

users sign off because they're going to

do something else or if they, you know, leave

it open on their browser too long and they're signed

out due to inactivity, this content

is going to be gone.

So make sure if they're going to be leaving their computers,

but they want to save their highlights. They

need to get this document out of the resource

and they can do that in any of the ways that I mentioned

sending over to their drive, emailing

it, downloading or printing it,

any of those ways are going to retain those highlights

and any notes they took for your users.

Now we keep all of our highlights and notes in one

more section here. If you

take a look at this very top in this toolbar,

I have my highlights and notes button here.

When I click into this, you'll see, it's showing me what

I've highlighted on this article and the colors

I highlighted with.

But if I click this view all highlights,

this is actually going to show me everything I've highlighted

throughout the entire session. So if

I were to have highlighted through, you know, two or

three articles, I would have each of those articles


I would have a running bibliography. Of course,

right now, I just have this one article that I highlighted.

But if I highlighted more than one, I'd have that

running bibliography listed here,

you'll see I can add or edit my notes

if needed and I can actually send

download or print this specific page here.

So if I maybe don't want to save the full article,

I just wanna save those little clips that I

that I found that I really like, I can

go to the highlights and notes page and just hit

my send to my download or my print

and it will do that for me.

Now, I do have one more quick tool. I want to take

a look at our topic finder. But before

I do, does anyone have any questions about

navigating the platform about some of

the tools we went over about topic pages,

anything like that at all?

Ok. I don't see anything.

So let's go ahead and take a look. Then we've got a couple

of minutes. So I definitely want to show you this. Um,

our topic finder is going to appear. If

you run a basic search, it's going to appear near

your filters on the right hand side

or we can actually go to it directly through

our advanced search. And that's what I'm gonna do today.

So I'm going to click advanced search here.

Now, the top under my search options,

you'll see my option here for topic


And this is a nice interactive. It's going to be

helpful for any users who maybe

have trouble building their own search terms and are

searching for something really broad that's pulling,

you know, thousands and thousands of results.

Of course, that's really frustrating and can

sometimes turn users off of using these

resources. So this is a nice way

to kind of get around that. So if I run a search

I'll search today. Oh inflation,

I must have searched for inflation before.

let's run a search for inflation because of

course, that is seems to be everywhere

in the news. No matter where you are, you're gonna hear

the term inflation. So of course,

high school students are probably trying to figure

out exactly what inflation is and what that means

for them. So when I run my search

for inflation,

you'll see. I get some kind, some topics that are

related to inflation. So I'm going to

be able to start stepping down and

narrowing my results about inflation

to make sure I'm not pulling forward

thousands and thousands of articles that might not

be exactly what I need.

So I click into inflation. Maybe

I'm interested now in consumer prices. You

know, how exactly is inflation impacting

the price of goods? I can click

here and

now I'm pulled forward to another level here.

You'll see right now, I've got 67 results

related to inflation and

consumer prices if that's

still too many. And I just, I don't want to scroll down

through all of these 67 articles.

I can take a step lower here. Ok,

so maybe I'm interested. Um You

know, I heard

prices rose and I wanted to specifically

see what prices rose or why

or maybe I want to take a look at gasoline

inflation. I can click into any one

of those. If I click into gasoline, you'll see now

I'm at five results as opposed

to that 67. So

this is really stepping your users

right down to the content that they need.

It's a really nice alternative to kind

of trying to weed through a search results page

and right underneath this, I can hit my reset

button at any time

and start right back from the top here

and my search does stay at the top as well.

So if I want to search instead of

inflation for something else, I'll

be able to change it right here as well.

Now, we've got just a few minutes left and I do have some

wrap up information for you all. So while I switch

back over to my slides, um,

oops, give

me a second here.

There it goes.

Apparently I'm having trouble with my keyboard today.

Um If you have any questions, go

ahead and type them into the Q and A and I'll be

sure to take a look at those, but I do want

to give you some wrap up information. So if you have any

questions about our session today,

you can reach out to me. again, my name

is Amber Winters. My email is just

[email protected]

If you want to talk about how you can use this

resource with your learning community,

maybe you want to talk about how you can

increase usage or just how you can be more successful

in general with this resource. You wanna

reach out to your customer success manager.

If you don't know who that is, just send a quick email

[email protected],

they'll be able to work with

you to kind of go through some best practices

that they've used with other public

libraries or K 12 libraries depending

on where you're uh you're joining us. From,

they'll be able to help you with that and pull some great ideas

that you can implement in your community

if you don't have access to Gale In Context: High School

right now, but you want it, reach

out to your sales consultant. If you don't know who that

is, you can go to

You put in your information and we'll let you know who you need

to reach out to.

And I do also want to mention our support

site which is You'll

find recorded webinars like the one you just watched

today. We also have lesson plans,

tip sheets,

shorter tutorials, marketing

materials, anything you could imagine you'll find on

our support site, which is

I would suggest taking a look and finally

one more contact for you all,

just our technical support team. So

um if you're interested in

integrating this with your L MS or just have some

other sort of techie uh question, you

can reach out to them. Their email is

[email protected]

They are excellent and amazing

as well. Thank you everyone for being on

the line today and hopefully we will see

you in future sessions.
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