“Discovery Portal Tutorial for High School Teachers” PowerPoint Correlating Notes
Slide 2: A federated search engine occurs when there is a simultaneous real-time search of multiple diverse sources from a single search page. This search mechanism aggregates results from a number of INFOhio electronic resource databases. These databases have been selected to match the subject area in which they are found.
Best of the Web remains as a repository of 3+ million high quality websites that have been crawled and indexed for searching.
A large collection of full-length digital videos courtesy of the Area Media Centers is available to be simultaneously searched with other resources then downloaded or played directly from within the discovery portal.
The INFOhio eBook Collection includes 600-plus e-book public-domain titles from Project Gutenberg and 69 audio books from ThoughtAudio. These classic literature titles have been selected from school recommended reading lists and are available in multiple e-book formats. As with the videos these are simultaneously searched with other resources then downloaded or played directly from within the discovery portal.
Slide 4: This method of accessing Discovery Portal only makes sense if you and your students are already working in the CAT. Otherwise, the easiest way in is through infohio.org.
Slide 6: Teachers, students, and parents who are working at home will find that they need a username and password to access Discovery Portal and other resources available through INFOhio. To make it easy to remember, I have set this as northwood/rangers. However, if this doesn’t work (and a few of the databases don’t seem to respect this combo), the default is learn/infohio.
Slide 7: Wherever you enter the Discovery Portal, the first screen you see is what we call a “landing page.” This is the Middle School landing page. This is where you would arrive if coming from CAT Jr. But no matter where you land in the portal, if you want to go to a different grade level it as easy as clicking on that button in the navigation bar.
As you can see, there are resources designated not only by grade level, but for parents, educators, and librarians. There are also materials specifically for Children’s and Young Adult’s Literature. While I’m not going to focus on most of those in this presentation, you are welcome to return to the Discovery Portal landing page and explore on your own.
Slide 8: Here is the High School landing page. To move around within the portal, you have the navigation bar. From there, you can go to any of the grade-level landing pages, Children’s Lit. Resource, or any of the three guides for Parents, Educators, or Librarians where you will find material intended just for that audience.
Notice on the bar beneath the navigation bar there is a breadcrumb that keeps track of where you are now and offers a way to “get back” to earlier visited pages.
In the left column you will find the subject area directory or room index or some may know it as the taxonomy. For the three grade levels, this leads to 23 different subject topic areas to be explored or searched, all curriculum related.
Slide 9: Let’s look more closely at subject area content using the Middle School. As our first topic, let’s select Life Science.
Slide 10: You can see that the content on the page changes. The topics have narrowed in the left column taxonomy. We now have some “How Do I…” questions relevant to Life Science encouraging critical thinking as well as student exploration. This helps students phrase the question of inquiry-based learning. The middle column contains interesting graphical content about Life Science, and in this case it is animated. The right column contains Cool Links and Fun and Games meant to engage students in the topic.
If you look at the bread crumb, you see that it is keeping track of where we are. Let’s select ecology. Slide 11: Again, you see that the content changes. The taxonomy or left menu contains even more narrowed subjects. The middle column has different graphical content. Once you enter a main topic area, like Life Science, the right column (Cool Links and Fun and Games) and the left column (How do I) remains the same.
At the top, you see the breadcrumb reflects where we are and if you wanted to “back up” one topic, you could do this by clicking on the word Life Science in the bread crumb. But instead, let’s click on Human Impacts.
Slide 12: At this point you have reached the bottom of the subject chain where you will see the educator- selected websites for middle school-aged children about the human impact on the ecology. The breadcrumb has changed again and you know you’ve reached the “bottom” by the little world icons in the middle column instead of graphical content. Clicking on any of these titles in the middle column will pop-up a window with the website.
For example, the first title is about alien invasions, and you will see the website is talking about an insect alien to Wisconsin.
Slide 13: We will use the HS landing page to show the federated searching feature. You can see the dropdown list of search targets. (Usually the user will just search everything, but they do have the option of selecting a specific type of resource.)
When you search Everything, results from the circled targets, which represent INFOhio Electronic Resources, are first aggregated before being presented to the user.
For comparison, let’s drill down further into a more targeted subject area like Government & Citizenship.
Slide 14: If we examine the targets in this dropdown menu, we see a different list. Electronic resources and other federated search targets have been hand-selected to best match the topic of the room you are in. In this case First Gov, while not a subscribed database, is also searched when in this subject area. Slide 15: Here are the results of an “Everything” search for “supreme court”. The first set of results shows all the site content, videos, and ebooks that are housed on the Discovery Portal site. The icon in each case indicates the type of resource; here, the first results are videotapes and DVDs. When you encounter a door, click on the title to access additional information inside.
To see the federated results, you will need to click “Select Websites & INFOhio Electronic Resources”. Because these federated search results are not specially indexed, they are presented in their own list.
Slide 16: If you select a Rooms Content Search, the results are noted as doors. The “door” icon indicates subject area content. Each target is presented as “closed”. To “open” the list for that target, click on bold title for the section. Inside the door are a number of resources specifically related to that topic.
Slide 17: If you find a title you are interested in, click the title or words “here” and you are immediately taken to the article in a pop-up window.
Caution: I have found that some of these links don’t work or take you to pages that cannot be found. While this is inconvenient, it is also a reality of a constantly shifting webspace.
Slide 18: A second set of results is available if you click the “Select Websites and INFOhio Electronic Resources.” Then scroll down to peruse the whole list.
To see the federated results, you will need to click “Select Websites & INFOhio Electronic Resources”. Because these federated search results are not specially indexed, they are presented in their own list. Each target is presented as “closed”. To “open” the list for that target, click on the arrow for that resource. Slide 19: Then scroll down to peruse the whole list of materials available from that source. If you find a title you are interested in, click the title or words “Link to resource” and you are immediately taken to the article in a pop-up window.
FYI: The Best of the Web results are always shown as a dropdown menu.
Slide 20: Another helpful resource is the Educator’s Guide. (Access this through the tool bar at the top of the page.)
The material available from this landing page is geared for teachers. Note that “How Do I…” relates to topics from classroom management to virtual field trips. The “Tools for School” are web-based tools that can also be integrated into your instruction. A lot of helpful material is available from this page; it’s worth wandering through on a rainy day.
Back to the search tool. The page is set up in the same way as all other Discovery Portal pages, so you can conduct a search of the same kinds of materials that students can. Let’s see what’s available through the Digital Video Collection.
By limiting our search to Digital Video Collection in the dropdown menu, we can limit results. (Obviously is we searched Everything, results would include digital videos.)
Slide 21: This time, let’s search just for a Video of “holocaust” for either history or English class. There are two titles about the holocaust.
We can click on the titles of any of these to see more detail about that video. You can now see the abstract and subjects found describing this title. Notice that the abstract provides a summary of the contents of the video and the subject identifies other content that is also included. Look for other pertinent information such as the Teacher Guide for this reference. If you click the View/Download button, you can access the video from here. (If you opt to email or print, you are only emailing or printing the detail info.)
Slide 22: Or you can use the View Now and Download buttons within the results list itself.
Select “View Now” to immediately begin previewing the title to determine suitability for the holocaust module. (This is the same “View Now” command that you will use if and when you show the video to your students.)
From the View Video screen, you can collect information about the video itself: a summary, target audience, how many times it has been viewed, when it was last viewed, length and whether or not Flash is necessary to view it. You can also download the video from this screen to include on another website (I think!).
Slide 23: From the View Video screen, you can collect information about the video itself: a summary, target audience, how many times it has been viewed, when it was last viewed, length and whether or not Flash is necessary to view it. You can also download the video from this screen to include on another website or Powerpoint (I think!).
To view the video, simply click the forward arrow. You may also choose to view the video more clearly by clicking the full-screen button.
In addition, this screen allows you to share the video with a colleague or to peruse other videos in the collection.
Slide 24: Any search started from the Educator Guide can be limited by a number of different factors: author, format, audience level, publication date, and subject. The format is indicated by the icon. The lightning bolt represents electronic resources.
One format that is becoming more prevalent is the ebook, noted with a book icon. INFOhio is encouraging the acquisition of ebooks, which can be viewed or downloaded from the Discovery Portal site. To locate appropriate ebooks, check “books” in the Formats section. In this search of resources on slavery, there are five ebooks, which we can identify through the access by clicking the title. A click on the title of the ebook takes you to a preview of the book much like that provided for a video: author, summary, audience level, genre, access, and subjects. You can then view the book from this screen. If you already know you want this title, you can click the View/Download button right from the results list. The View/Download button will open a pop-up within the eBook and video site. Here you can choose the format desired, read the book in HTML, or show more information about the record details. On this page the View opens the book within the eReader that you are currently using to view this page. Of the Download button downloads the book so you can import it into your eReader library and read it at your leisure.
Slide 25: The View/Download button will open a pop-up within the eBook and video site. Here you can choose the format desired, read the book in HTML, or show more information about the record details. On this page the View opens the book within the eReader that you are currently using to view this page or the Download button downloads the book so you can import it into your eReader library and read it at your leisure. The EPUB format can be loaded on a Kindle or other eReader. Directions for use are available from this page if ebook use is new to you.
Please contact me at kjames @ northwood .k 12 oh .us or call the high school library if you have any questions or want some more training. Happy hunting! Kris James
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