Alaska K-12 Database Trials

Trial period has ended.

The Statewide Database Committee is considering comments and funding, and will announce the changes when contracts have been finalized.

Here is a summary comment data from January -February compiled from the online comment form.

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The Digital Pipeline committee is planning to eliminate Facts On File (Infobase Learning) from the Alaska Statewide Database offerings due to the high cost and low usage of the resource. They will consider another database or databases that have broad K-12 possibilities.

The databases would need to have:

  • broad curriculum appeal,
  • address social needs,
  • balance grade levels, and
  • be culturally balanced.

The following databases were available for all Alaskans on a trial basis through February 2012.

Please submit comments for database reviews on this online form

 

Database Title Description
Brainpop   http://brainpop.com Media rich site with interactive lessons and activities and various content areas.
 TUMBLEBOOK LIBRARYhttp://tumblebooks.com/library  TRAINING Link TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.
 TUMBLEREADABLEShttp://tumblebooks.com/tumblereadable/  Training Link TumbleReadables.com is an online collection of read-along titles for elementary, middle school, and high school students which features adjustable online text and complete audio narration.
TeachingBooks.net http://tumblebooks.com/readables . Our online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment.
CyberSmartshttp://rosenlearningcenter.com     http://teenhealthandwellness.com 

 

 

 

 

http://pklifescience.com

Learning simulation eBooks.  The review of CyberSmartsin the November Booklist calls the program “ingenious.”The NEW Teen Health & Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers——provides middle school and high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward, standards-aligned, curricular and self-help support. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, financial literacy, and more.PowerKids Life Science – specifically designed for learners in grades 3 to 6. PowerKids Life Science promotes digital literacy and 21st century learning skills,
 Points of View Reference Center http://trial.ebscohost.comThe first is a 6-minute tutorial that is a great overview for administrators and students alike. This tutorial does require Adobe Flash.http://support.ebscohost.com/training/flash_videos/POV/pov.html.The second recorded session is 25 minutes long, is presented by an EBSCO trainer and goes into greater detail about the content provided in Points of View Reference Center (POV).

https://ebscotraining.webex.com/tc0505ld/trainingcenter/record/recordAction.do?siteurl=ebscotraining&recordingID=4774477&actionType=Info&tcRecordingLink=Yes

 

The Points of View Reference Center is an interface intended for public, academic, and high school libraries. Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills.
  Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Student Resources in Context  

 

http://galesupport.com/alaska

 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context– contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Includes viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.Student Resources In Context – The new solution merges Gale’s authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience..
e-Learning Modules from Facts on File http://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=105226&pid=WE00 Facts on File has provided numerous titles for the trial.  The selection committee will consider World Geographyas  possible resources for K-12 statewide: (additional suggestions can be made on comment form)
 EasyBibhttp://easybib.com EasyBib School Edition provides students with the tools to learn how to prevent plagiarism, and improve information literacy.  EasyBib School Edition comes with Notebook, a tool that lets students organize notes, build outlines, and link their ideas, evidence, and sources together.
Country Reports http://countryreports.org CountryReports provides over 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world.

7 thoughts on “Alaska K-12 Database Trials

  1. Facts on File Issues and Controversies will be missed! I have used it frequently with my students. It is an amazing resource.

  2. I’d like to see Gale’s Literature Resource Center which contains all of the CLC, NCLC, WLC and Shakespeare Literary Criticism volumes as well as journal articles, biography and recommended web sites for student research. It’s excellent for grades 7 (learning to do research papers) through graduate school. Also, the Brittanica data bases – (Online and Online School Edition) are excellent. School Edition links to lesson plans for teachers and both have recommended websites. There is a glaring deficiency for older students attempting to get literary criticism.

  3. I give TeachingBooks a thumbs up. I particularly liked the direct links to author websites/blogs and the video interviews from authors of all genres and interest levels. Appeals to all grade levels looking for author info.

  4. I think Brainpop could see many users because of its numerous interactive activities. Great for ‘filler’ or individual work time in elementary school and also in secondary schools. The instruction, although simplistic, gets the job done.

  5. We would like you to consider adding: sled.alaska.edu, Brain Pop, Tumblebook Library, Tumblereadables. These would definitely assist our students here at the elementary level.

    thanks for the consideration
    Mary L. Roed
    Redoubt Elementary

  6. I would like you to consider adding Country Reports. It certainly fits into middle school curriculum, especially 6th grade-Regional Studies.

    Thanks,
    Debbie Hull
    DHMS Middle School

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