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Welcome to the Online Reference Centre!

Welcome to the Online Reference Centre!. Sturgeon Lake School November 29, 2013 Jamie Davis, ORC Coordinator. Agenda. Introductions ORC access Overview of ORC resources K-6 ORC Support Site ORC Listserv Gravy Section if time permits. Welcome!. Please share your: Name

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  1. Welcome to the Online Reference Centre! Sturgeon Lake School November 29, 2013 Jamie Davis, ORC Coordinator

  2. Agenda • Introductions • ORC access • Overview of ORC resources K-6 • ORC Support Site • ORC Listserv • Gravy Section if time permits

  3. Welcome! Please share your: Name Your position Your familiarity with the ORC

  4. Accessing the ORC LearnAlberta.ca • In school automatic authentication • Remote access requires a district username/password • Sturgeon Lake Username: LA551 Password: 5231 • Share your district username/password using low tech methods • Email jdavis@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca for your district’s remote username/password

  5. BookFLIX • 105 fiction and non-fiction book pairs organized into themes • Search titles by guided reading level, author, grade level, theme, etc. • Lesson plans for each pair provided • Real voice audio support embedded throughout resources • Follow up “puzzlers” for each pair

  6. TrueFLIX • Newly created sister resource to BookFLIX designed for grades 3-5 • Nonfiction content divided into 2 broad themes with 3-5 subthemes • Each ebook includes an introductory video to help build background knowledge of topic • Human voice read along feature • Interactive table of contents for each ebook • Essential inquiry questions and project ideas for every ebook

  7. TeachingBooks.net • Bring an author into your classroom any time you need • Search for Meet-the-Author Movies or Book Readings, Author Audio Name Pronunciation, book guides and lesson plans • Access Alberta specific booklists: • Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award (YRCA) • ELA Authorized Novel and Nonfiction Reading Lists grades 4-12 • Meet-the-author book readings in French • Canadian Book Award Winners/Canadian Book and Author Resources • Personalized Book Lists upon request

  8. Culturegrams • Updated every 6 months • Includes a World, Kids Edition and Provinces Edition • Articles are written and reviewed by in-country consultants • Cultural recipes included for each country and province • Create customizes graphs and tables • Tools include world time, distance calculator, and currency converter

  9. PowerKnowledge Suite • Content divided into 3 databases: Earth Space, Life Science and Physical Science • Includes a customizable read aloud feature • Short, segmented articles with introductory videos to build background knowledge • Embedded science experiments and educational games • Aligns with 95% of the grade 3-6 science curriculum and 87% of grade 1-6 science curriculum

  10. PowerKnowledge: Earth Space • Curriculum areas covered: • Grade 1 Seasonal Changes • Grade 2 Exploring Liquids • Grade 3 Rocks and Minerals • Grade 4 Light and Shadows, and Waste and Our World • Grade 5 Weather Watch, and Wetland Ecosystems • Grade 6 Sky Science • Social Studies mapping skills

  11. PowerKnowledge: Life Science • Curriculum areas covered: • Grade 1 Needs of Animals and Plants • Grade 2 Small Flying and Crawling Animals • Grade 3 Animal Life Cycles and Hearing and Sound • Grade 4 Plant Growth and Changes, Wetland Ecosystems and Waste and Our World • Grade 6 Trees and Forests

  12. PowerKnowledge:Physical Science • Curriculum areas covered: • Grade 1 Needs of Animals and Plants • Grade 2 Hot and Cold Temperatures and Magnetism • Grade 4 Wheels and Levers • Grade 5 Electricity and Magnetism and Classroom Chemistry • Grade 6 Trees and Forests

  13. World Book Kids • New text to speech feature • Easy online database for young users • Use the compare option to find similarities and differences between animals, countries and places • Available on iPads • Online Training Available

  14. World Book Student • New text to speech feature • General encyclopedia • Includes atlas, dictionary (with voice pronunciations), images, web links, and charts • "My Research" option for students to track and save their research online. • Timeline feature embedded • Available on iPads • Online Training Available

  15. Visual Thesaurus • 6 languages including English, French, Spanish and German • Correct word pronunciation • Images related to words with right click • Word of the day/week/month • Personalized word lists and spelling bees* • Vocabgrabber* *With personal account

  16. Setting up a personal Visual Thesaurus account

  17. ORC Support Site www.onlinereferencecentre.ca • Resource training materials - podcasts, videos, archived webinars, and guides • Information about upcoming free ORC PD opportunities • Information about province-wide resource trials and surveys • Online booking system for ORC sessions • Calendar of ORC Events • Links to ORC Twitter and Facebook accounts

  18. ORC Listserv • Weekly email updates organized by E/J/S: • New resources and features • Province-wide trials • Surveys • Free PD opportunities • No emails during school breaks • Membership has its benefits – joining incentive • Email jdavis@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca or visit the ORC Support Site to join today

  19. The Gravy Section The next 6 slides include the highlights of ORC resources that we did not cover together. Please use this as a guide for navigating these resources as needed.

  20. Alberta Source • Free website accessible to anyone, no login required ever • Although recommended for grades 6-12 good fit to Div II Social Studies curriculum • Includes articles, video, audio, images and primary documents related to: • Alberta’s history (First Nations & Francophone included) • Arts and culture • Politics • Education • Industry and natural resources. • Links to educational resources with lesson plans and edukits

  21. Amazing Animals of the World • Lists animal classes, orders and species • Read Aloud available • Provides quick access to the “animal stats” at the top and a brief article below • Links to information about animal habitat, order, as well as vetted weblinks that open within the database

  22. Canada In Context • Canadian content! • Customizable read aloud feature • Articles downloadable to MP3 • Text translation to 13 languages • Featured videos, news, and stories on homepage • Jump to related articles within the article

  23. Canadian Points of View • Essays written from multiple sides of current Canadian-themed issues • Organized by category and then related topics • Homepage guides for research • In the Spotlight • Customizable listen feature • Access Canadian magazines, newspapers, International newspapers, Bios, Radio and News transcripts, etc. • Embedded Canadian Curriculum standards With An Account: • Can create folders and sort by date, articles, videos, etc. • Can create RSS feeds on searches

  24. Muzzy Online • Learning languages through the context of a story • Hundreds of words and phrases embedded in stories • Six movies in each language level with subtitles that can be turned on/off • 101 thematic video lessons with embedded language learning games divided into level I & II • All new 3D animation • All new recording studio

  25. Science In Context • Featured news and videos on homepage • Content organized into Featured, Reference, News, Statistics, Videos, images, etc. on topic pages • Customizable listen feature • Download articles to MP3 • Text translation into 13 languages • Resources section includes resources for students, teachers and librarians • “Curriculum Standards” for Alberta

  26. Contact For more information or to schedule a school presentation please contact Jamie Davis, ORC Coordinator Call 780-414-0805 ext.229 OR Email: jdavis@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca

  27. Links to Check out ORC Support Site http://www.onlinereferencecentre.ca/ ORC ListServ https://lists.talonline.ca/listinfo/orc ORC Facebook http://www.facebook.com/OnlineReferenceCentre

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