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Last Updated: January 09, 2024

15 Minutes to Mastery: Support Financial Literacy Lessons with Gale In Context: Elementary

Gale In Context: Elementary provides curated topic pages in key financial topics including banking, budgets, credit cards, and business to support your financial literacy lessons. View our 15 minute session to explore how to find this content and leverage to better engage your students.

Duration: 15 Minutes
Thank you again everyone for joining

today. We've got a 15 minutes to master

a session specifically talking

about how you can support financial literacy

lessons with Gale In Context: Elementary.

My name is Amber Winters and I'm your training consultant

for the day.

We've got a brief agenda here today. We're

mainly going to be

talking about topic trees and topic

pages, specifically, the ones

that are going to be related to financial literacy.

So we'll go over what those are and what they

look like briefly.

But then we're going to kind of walk through the platform

so you can see how your students and you as educators

are going to find this content and really

easily utilize it.

And then at the very end of the session, I'll hit

any questions that I'm not able to answer as

we move along today. And I do have some

wrap up contact information for you as well.

So first I want to talk about the topic

tree and how you're actually going to narrow down

to financial literacy topics. So the

topic tree starts on the home page. Anyone who's

been on Galen Context Elementary,

you've seen it. We've got these nice little kind of circle

icons here that give different topics.

So we have a full pathway that's going

to guide your learners and your teachers

to the financial literacy topics.

And they're going to start by clicking the social studies

button right on the home page. It's

going to launch them into a few

different options. They're going to click into money and

economics. Once they click into

that section, they're going to be pulled to a page that looks

like this.

I've kind of broken it up a little bit so it fits

on the screen but they're going to see

some pretty specific

topic pages listed here about things like money

and saving money.

And we also pull forward some other topics

kind of in this text format here as well. So

we've included icons for some of the, the

main most studied topics.

Then moving forward, we've included um

some that are a little bit less studied. So again,

if you're looking just as a whole

for financial literacy information,

the best way to do that is to follow our topic

tree. So starting in social studies,

moving on to money and economics and

then moving forward into selecting one of these


And once you or your educators or your

students click into one of these topics here,

they're going to be pulled into a topic page

that we've pre created for them. So this

is a really nice organized landing

point for your students, if they're planning

on kind of running through research on their own or

for you as an educator. If you're trying to pull

information, you see here, this topic page is

about saving money. So if you're trying to pull

maybe an image or a video related

to saving money,

you can then write on this topic page and you won't need to

run searches or kind of, you know, weed

through search results. We've got it all nice and organized

here at the very top

of all of our topic pages. We have just

a brief overview that's kind of laying the foundation

for whatever topic they're going to be studying.

Underneath that. We do include some really nice quick

facts and I do want to just point these out.

These are great if you're just trying to get students

to start thinking a little bit. if we

talk about saving money, this one here people

often save money in savings accounts.

This is a great conversation starter. Why

do people save money? What do you know about

savings accounts? Why do you think you

should put money in a bank as opposed to putting

it under your mattress? This is a great

way to start getting students engaged,

engaged and critically thinking without

even pulling any content. Yet. We're still just on

this topic page.

Then down below that, we have our organized content

bucket. So this is where you're going to find all

of the resources that are related to that topic.

We've organized them based on content type.

So as you start to scroll down, you'll see book articles

which are really reference articles. We've just

called them book articles to make them a little bit

more inviting to students. But you'll

find book articles and magazines.

If you have ebooks related to whatever topic

you're looking at, those are going to appear

within gal and context elementary now as well.

You'll also find great multimedia content like

images and videos. So all of that's

going to be loaded up here on this nice clean

topic page for you and for your users.

And we'll take a look. There's a lot of different ways you can actually share

these topic pages. So if you want to

share out before a lesson or at the end

of a lesson, so they can review,

you'll be able to do that to get students directly

to this kind of a landing page.

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

at the resource. We've got 10 minutes and I want to use

it all up. But before I do, are

there any questions before I kind of switch

over here?

Ok. Well, I don't see any. So

let's just go ahead and dive in and kind of see

what this is going to look like for us. So this

is the home page of gel and context elementary.

I'm not going to be going over all of it today since

we're specifically focused on financial


But I do want to point out at the top here.

You do have different options. If you want to do like

a quick browse for a specific topic. Maybe

you really want to look at your books.

I can click into those.

You'll be able to see all of the gil ebooks

you currently have access to and you can search through books

if you know, maybe you want to get a picture

out to your students related to something

financial. you can click into

pictures here and again, you can search

through that for whatever you're looking for. But

today we're gonna stick with topics

and we're going to browse down that way.

So again, right on the home page. I'm going to scroll down

here and this is the very top of our topic

tree here. So you'll see, we have it broken up based

on subject. Today. We're going to be

looking at social studies. That's where we house all

of our financial literacy information

and moving on from social studies. We get another

step down here to kind of narrow down a bit

more. We're going to click into money and


and now we've got the final step here

of our topic tree. And I want to point out you'll see

on this top left, we give this nice

breadcrumb trail of where we've been. So we

have it visually here. You'll see we started with social studies,

then we move down to money and economics to get this.

And we also have links here as well. So

I can jump back to the home page if I want or

I can go back to social studies from here if I want

as well. So it's a really clean way to find

information that you're looking for.

And I do want to point out at the top of our

page here on our toolbar. You'll see, I have

this get link button and this follows me along

a lot. If you kind of watch as I click through,

you're going to see this get link button frequently

and this is going to provide a persistent URL

to whatever page you're on.

So this particular page that has all

of our financial literacy topics included

on, it is a really powerful page

that you may want to send over to your educators if they're

starting a unit and you're not quite sure

exactly what they're going to need content wise,

send them this link and they're going to see all

of these topic pages ready to go and then they can kind of pick

and choose exactly what they need.

Let's go and scroll down here before I click into

a topic page. I also want to point out this, I

wonder question section and

this changes as you start to navigate through the resource

but we'll see here. Why do people use credit cards?

So again, if you're planning a lesson,

you want to get students thinking, get them started.

Maybe you want just like a quick bell ringer activity.

You know, you want to pop a question up and just

have students talk about it for a little bit. This

is a great way to go to try to find that information.

So you'll see this one here. This I wonder

is why do people use credit cards?

I can click find out. Now you as an educator

code. If you're planning on using this as a class,

have it up on your white board

or your smart board

and then you can click find out together

and you're going to be pulled forward. This is pulling specifically

to the credit and credit cards topic page

and they'll be able to explore and answer that question

right here on this page

and it does change periodically. So you'll be able

to kind of click through that

and you'll see we have another one at the very bottom here as

well. What kinds of services do banks provide?

So, I really recommend again if you're building

your lessons and you're just looking for something quick,

take a look at this page, you're going to find these

Great Alwan questions that might

get you thinking a little bit and get your students thinking.

But let's go ahead and click into one of these topic pages

so we can see how they're organized. I'm just

gonna click into money. Like that's a pretty,

a pretty basic topic

that students are going to need to understand if we're talking about

financial literacy. So again,

on the topic page at the very top, we have

our overview.

Students can select, keep reading

if they want to explore this, giving them

just that quick background. You see, this is a pretty short

article because the goal of our overview

is really just to give them that

basic basic foundation to start

their learning. So they're gonna get the basic

right here, that overview,

they're going to scroll down again. They're going to get these

nice little quick facts. So they might find

something interesting here that they want to search

or browse through

underneath. We're going to have all of the

different content types. So I will

point out here we have a books option

and yours if you're following along will

probably look different than mine.

This book section includes any

elementary level gale

e books you have access to. So if your

learning community has a financial

literacy collection for elementary school

kids, it's going to appear now here

within Gael and context elementary.

So you may not see this at all. If you don't

currently have access to any financial literacy

ebooks related to money or you could see

a couple here

really depends on your collection, but that's actually

a new feature we have within Gale and context Elementary

is integrating those Gale Elementary

ebooks. So you may see full ebooks here depending

on your collection,

scrolling down. You're going to see things like news

and magazines. We've got a biography listed

here, pictures and videos.

I'm going to click into pictures here because I also want

to point out a lot of times you'll find some really

cool statistics and graphs

and things like that that are going to help

your students out. So

you'll see we've got different graphs here talking

about teens, clothes and money,

excuse me,

how parents spend their money. I think

this is a great one. If you're trying to show

kids, it's just how expensive they are

just how much money their parents are spending on them.

They can take a look at this. This

is also great, this little kind of graphic here.

If they want to see who's on us currency,

you can pull that up and share it out really

nice way to get access to this information.

And as I mentioned before, our get link is

still following me along. So if I do

want to share this out somewhere,

I can use get link and have a persistent

URL, I can also send this image

over to my drives. If I'm using

Google or Microsoft drive, I can send them there.

I can also email them

and I could download or print this. So if

I want to hold on to this image for whatever

I'm planning on using it for. I can certainly

do that.

I do recommend I prefer the get link

because that link is persistent. It's not going to break

and you can copy and paste it wherever you want.

You know, if you have your syllabus ready to go and you just

want to include it there, you can do that

if you have a project or an activity

coming up and you want students to use this particular


post that, that link, your students can go online

and get right in here to take a look at it.

Let me jump back here to our topic page.

Let me go back again because I wanna get out of my pictures.

So again, we've got a video here

and then at the very bottom, we have our related

topics. So once students kind

of get themselves situated with the idea

of money, what it is, how it works,

why we need it, how we use it.

they can start to move forward here and you'll

see some of these related topics. So again, they're

not even running a search. So if

your students are just exploring on their own,

they don't have to worry about building their own search terms.

Maybe now they're really interested in banking, you

know, they know about money.

What about banks? They can click directly into

banks to see that information.

Now I'm just going to quickly click into one

of these articles here

because I do want to show you just a few different features

that are going to be really helpful for your classes.

So the first is our leveling, a lot

of our documents actually have leveled

content that's leveled at two different reading

levels. They're based on

exile measures. So if you have students

at varying

reading levels with varying needs,

a lot of times you're going to find documents with two

different levels here. And when I clicked into

this, you can see this is showing me what levels

I have up top here, I've got a level two and a level

three. If you're ever interested in

what those levels indicate, you can hover over

them. However, over

this level three here, it's going to give you that lexile

range. If I click into level two

and hover over that, it's going to give me that range

there as well.

And you'll see I can easily tackle back and forth and this

is going to give the same information.

But of course, the level two is

generally going to be a little bit shorter

and have easier the vocabulary. That's how we get to

that lower lexile range.

But these are connected, you could toggle back and forth

share, whichever level needs

to be shared with certain students really

easily, really simply

if you want more detailed information about the article,

you can hit this little eye button and it's going

to give you a little bit more specific

information. So you'll see here, you do get the lexile measure

here as well as the length and all of that

good stuff.

And if you have struggling readers, we've got quite

a few different tools that are going to help them out

here. So the first is going to be our listen

feature. So if you do assign something like this to your

students who have trouble reading,

they can have this full article read to them in whatever

language they prefer. So if they need it in Spanish,

if they need it in Arabic, if they need

it in French, they'll be able to listen to that

here. They can also change

the font size here to make it bigger or

smaller whatever they prefer.

And I will click into display options because I also

want to show you we have a dyslexia font


So for your students who prefer to read that way,

you'll see, I can change my text here

to exactly what I need.

And one final tool I want to point out today

with about one minute left. is our translate

option, which is a great feature for your students

who are still learning English.

You'll see they have the option to translate their article

to quite a few different languages here.

But they can also set the interface language

here. This is another great feature. This

is going to change all of the tools

found within the platform. You, so you'll see, I just clicked

set interface language.

Let's go to Spanish here.

So if you're going to be sharing this content with your

Spanish speaking students and they're going

to be navigating the platform on their own. And you want to

make sure they can do that. If they

change that interface language, you'll see all of my

tools now

are in whatever language

I clicked into for this, I clicked Spanish.

So as students start to click through here, they're

going to see all of these buttons in whatever

language I chose.

So they'll really be, it'll be a lot

easier for them to navigate as opposed to trying to

use the English buttons and maybe not quite understanding

where they're going.

But let me change this back here to English.

Here we go. And I will mention that

translation of the platform does follow them along

throughout the session. So if you're planning

on having your students in this resource, learning about

financial literacy, and you know, they're going

to need to have that translated information,

have them click up top here where it says English

and they can translate the platform before they even start

their research. Thats another great way to get them in the


And we're actually at our time already, if

you can believe that um I'm going to flip

back to my presentation just to give you some wrap up

information. But while I do, does anyone have any

questions about anything

I may have glossed over quickly

that you may want to take a deeper look at or anything

like that.

Go ahead and type the questions out in the Q and A. I've got it pulled

up while you're doing that. I have some quick

contact information if you have more questions,

If you want to dive a little bit deeper into the

financial information found within Galen context

elementary, you can reach out to your customer

success manager, they can kind of dig deeper with

you. Maybe connect some dots

when we're talking about how this is going to work specifically

with your curriculum.

If you don't know who your customer success manager is,

just send a quick email to

[email protected]

we'll get you to the right person. You can really

get personal with it and see

exactly how it's going to work with your learning community


If you don't have access to Gale In Context: Elementary

right now, or if you don't have any financial

literacy ebooks and you want to talk about those,

you can reach out to your sales consultant. If you don't

know who that is, just go to

it'll give you the correct

individual, you'll be able to talk to them as well.

They're great and they're ready to speak with you

for sure.

If you need additional support, additional


you'll find all of our training materials on,

completely free to you. We've got pre

created lesson plans and activities

and webinars just like this one and shorter

tutorials. So check it out

if you need if you need some additional


and I do have a session survey here as well if you have

the time to take it, I have a QR code

here in this bottom, right? Or you can just go

to bit dot Lee forward slash gale

training eval. Hopefully we will see

you in future sessions and please

enjoy the rest of your day.
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