Filed Under: K-12
Posted February 23, 2015
EBSCO Explora - coming this summer
Some of you may have seen announcements from EBSCO about the recent launch of Explora, the new interface that will be replacing Searchasaurus, Kids Search, and Student Research Center.
GALILEO staff will be working with EBSCO to determine our process for migrating to these new interfaces.
Because we know that major interface changes during the semester can be a challenge, we are tentatively planning for the new interface to go live in June of this year.
You can see sample screenshots of the elementary and middle/high interfaces at EBSCO’s Explora site.
Posted February 6, 2015
Britannica High School Sports New Interface
The new Britannica School High School home page brings forward some features to aid access to content, but it also provides an engaging browse experience. The search box is prominent at the top, so students who are looking for specific information can easily retrieve desired results. A drop-down list of popular searches and recommended articles appear as the search term is entered. The carousel just below the search box provides access to interesting content with nice graphics. Here are some of the browse features that make the site fun and interactive.
- Behind the News links to articles that give background to various current events and topics
- On This Day links to articles, images, and other content on historical events, from Hank Aaron’s 715th home run to the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment
- In Their Words showcases quotes from historical figures, authors and poets, athletes, philosophers, inventors, artists, and others
- Explore Biographies guides users to find biographies by era, cultural association, category, and gender
- Recommended U.S. Primary Sources links to letters, speeches, documents, and other content, much of which is specified in K-12 standards
The Britannica School collection of resources is subscribed by private and public K-12 schools in GALILEO.
Posted January 19, 2015
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr., Day!
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day by exploring some of the resources available through GALILEO. Just search GALILEO for Martin Luther King, Jr. to see articles, images, videos, and more, including items from the Civil Rights Digital Library (CRDL). Below is a list of some of the collections available through the CRDL:
- The Archive: The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination Investigation
- Frank Holloman collection
- King’s Last March
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Also, be sure to check out the full text of the “I Have a Dream” speech.
Some links may not work off site. Log in to GALILEO first for access.
Posted January 15, 2015
How is Legislation Made in Georgia?
The Georgia General Assembly in session, meaning it’s time to turn to GALILEO for resources to illustrate the process of bills going through the Georgia House of Representatives or the Georgia State Senate to become law.
For more resources, see the Georgia Laws and Legislation section in GALILEO Scholar or GALILEO Library or the State Government section in GALILEO High School.
Posted January 12, 2015
GALILEO Resources for Participating in the DuPont Challenge Science Writing Competition
The DuPont Challenge is the acclaimed essay contest that recognizes excellence in science writing. Since Georgia schools integrate writing into the science curriculum, the DuPont Challenge offers a fun opportunity to motivate students and to help teachers promote STEM and writing. Georgia students fortunately have access to reliable, authoritative content in GALILEO to help ground science writing in evidence from texts. Britannica, SIRS Discoverer, and the Discovery search are excellent resources for student research. Britannica is one of the partner companies in the DuPont Challenge for the fourth year in a row.
Middle- and high-school students in the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Territories are invited to submit essays on a range of science topics. The competition is open now, and the deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015.
In addition, this year, students in grades K-5 can also participate in creative, inquiry-based explorations with the help and guidance of their teachers. The deadline for the new Elementary Division is March 1, 2015.
The DuPont Challenge winners will be honored at a gala celebration in Orlando, FL., in the spring. The expenses-paid awards trip includes a stay at the Walt Disney World® Resort and a tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
How Do We Enter?
The competition is open now. Visit the DuPont Challenge website for details, tips, and information on entering.