News from the Library
Important things you NEED to know from your Librarian!
Within this newsletter you'll find some important information regarding new, and changes to, the databases provided by the district. Please take the time to look it over as you may find some things useful for your instruction.
I am not able to post passwords in this newsletter as this is an online newsletter and it's not good practice to post subscription database passwords publically. Please refer to the email you received with the link to this newsletter for username/password information.
As always, never hesitate to ask if you have questions or need resources. That's what we're here for.
For those of you who may not have used MediaConnect in the past, now is the time to start using SNAP! SNAP is the database portal for the streaming media services to which we subscribe. SNAP allows you to perform one search that will in turn, search the following databases: Discovery Education, Learn 360, NBC Learn, PBS LearningMedia and Soundzabound.
Within SNAP you are able to create lists to organize and easily find videos and other materials for future use. You can even create a playlist for your students to access to view on their own in class or outside of class. (See Rachel for more information if you are interested in creating a playlist for your students.)
Be sure to check out SNAP the next time you're looking for: videos, audio, graphic maps, images, lesson plans, interactive resources, music tracks, science diagrams/experiments, sound effects, and timelines as these are just a few of the resources that you'll find in the databases contained in SNAP.
Last, but not least, we no longer have access to the physical media (jackdaws, audio books, DVDs, etc.) that were available for request in MediaConnect. If you find yourself needing a resource not found in SNAP, please let one of the Library staff know. We'll do our best to get anything you need for the classroom!
NEW Databases for the Elementary!!!
The Emergent Reader Research Solution
Audience: Grades PreK-2
From the database: "Each database (Animals, Science, Biographies and Social Studies) features expertly-leveled text and navigation specifically designed for your beginning researchers. Enriched with spoken-word audio, text highlighting and audio/video media, PebbleGo builds the foundation of research skills for every learner." From: http://www.pebblego.com/login/
Audience: Grades 3-6
From their site: "Launching with a States and American Indian social studies module, PebbleGo Next is carefully aligned to curriculum for grades 3-6. The PebbleGo Next database is simple to navigate and offers key reading supports, such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting, along with a variety of downloadable content, including prompts to inspire critical thinking." Source: http://www.pebblegonext.com/login/
Both of these databases are available through the elementary SEARCH page.
NEW Databases for the Middle/High School!!!
U.S. History in Context U.S. History in Context delivers comprehensive, contextual, media-rich search results from the most extensive online collection of historical information available today.
World History in Context World History in Context is a comprehensive online collection that uses an intuitive, Web-like interface to provide multicultural, global and research-based dynamic content that supports today's history research requirements.
Descriptions from SEARCH: http://osw.auth.orc.scoolaid.net/
Please reference the email for usernames and passwords.