Jun 062013

If you have wanted to learn to use Google Earth, you are in luck! Google is offering a FREE self-paced online course covering Google Earth as well as Google Maps. You have no idea the places you can go using these two tools. Great for Social Studies classes.

The course begins on June 10 and ends on June 24. You can register today at bit.ly/12fzYxj

May 292012

Mr. Eller at Universal Studios

Here’s a very cool technology tool that makes images come alive — Thinglink! Mouse over the image to your right to see how Thinglink can make a photo “interactive.” Thinglink even lets you add music or video to your photographs.

Teachers! Thinglink has a program for Educators so you can use it as a 2.0 teaching tool to incorporate multimedia into your lessons. ThingLink would be great in Art to identify and tag important elements of paintings, drawings, or images. ThingLink can also be used by Social Studies teachers to have students identify important people, places, or documents. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Watch this short video by Richard Byrne to see how it works:

Feb 102012

Science Reference Center
Have you ever seen this little icon before? It’s hiding in our EBSCO database. The Science Reference Center is just one of many databases provided to us by EBSCO. It contains full text for hundreds of journals and reference books covering all fields of science.

But there’s more! The Science Reference Center has a section devoted entirely to science experiments – almost 1,500 different science projects for all grade levels.

So whether you’re a student who loves to recreate experiments at home or a teacher looking for fresh ideas for class, be sure to check it out. Just click on EBSCO and select the Science Reference Center; then look for Science Experiments in the right sidebar. Enjoy!

Jan 112012

Consensus Cloud

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Check out this Consensus Cloud of the most mentioned titles from various book polls and top 100 lists – brought to you by David McCandless from Information is Beautiful! David brought together the results of over 15 book polls, readers surveys and top 100’s, both popular and high-brow. They include all Pulitzer Prize winners, Oprah’s Bookclub list, and The Guardian’s Top 100 Books of All Time. A frequency analysis on the titles produced a ‘consensus cloud’ of the most mentioned book titles in the polls.

Do you agree with the consensus?
How many have you read?

Nov 152011

EBSCO logos

We knew it was coming, and now it’s here – WilsonWeb’s Readers’ Guide Full Text Select™ has been added to EBSCOhost!

Reader’s Guide Full Text Select™ is a 100% full-text database featuring a broad selection of the most popular periodicals. It is a great tool for students, faculty, or anyone else seeking comprehensive current events coverage, curriculum support or access to quality periodicals.

To use Readers’ Guide Full Text Select™, simply log on to EBSCO and select EBSCOhost. Readers’ Guide is the sixth database from the top of the list.

What does this mean for you? Don’t waste time searching the Readers’ Guide database through WilsonWeb if you have already done an all-inclusive database search in EBSCOhost because you would essentially be searching the same database twice.

However, if you prefer to use WilsonWeb to perform your searches, know that you can still do that – at least for the time being. We’re not sure how long it will last, but for now you have two ways to search the Readers’ Guide.

And don’t forget that you can access all of our databases at any time from any computer that has Internet access. EBSCO and WilsonWeb are 24/7 digital libraries!

Oct 212011
Manuscript Book mural

East Corridor, Great Hall. Manuscript Book mural in Evolution of the Book series, John W. Alexander. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

We have added a new page to our site, entitled Copyright, Fair Use & the Creative Commons License. You will find it under Faculty & Staff in the lower navigation bar. Feel free to share it with your students.

Please note that the information presented is for general guidance in the ethical use of  information only and does not constitute legal advice.

Oct 082011

Library of Congress American Memory Project

Digital libraries are the most important development in information sharing since Benjamin Franklin started the first successful lending library in 1731, and the Library of Congress’ American Memory project is our first national digital library.

It is a stated goal of the Library of Congress to preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations of Americans. In furtherance of that goal, the American Memory project offers primary source material for everything American, and it offers classroom materials to help  teachers use these resources in their teaching. So whether you are a lover of American history or a teacher who would like to enrich his or her curriculum with primary source materials, visit this digital collection.

Like all digital libraries, this one is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can browse at your leisure. In the meantime, enjoy the Hunters’ Chorus, from the project’s collection of Civil War Band Music!

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