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Slide 3: Early World of Learning can be accessed from Grades K-5, which includes early childhood resources, and from INFOhio’s Core Collection page. • Start at the INFOhio home page (www.infohio.org). Select either the K-5 Resources tab or the Core Collection. • From either entry, you must click the World Book Early World of Learning button twice to reach the home page. • If accessing the Early World of Learning from home, you will be required to imput a username/password. Use either the northwood/rangers or learn/infohio combination. Slide 4: Unlike other INFOhio resources, there is no search box. That’s because all support is provided through audio. Therefore, it is recommended that in a classroom situation, speakers or headphones may be needed. Early World of Learning has three interactive learning environments: • Trek’s Travels offers narrated stories, interactive games and videos that follow critical early childhood themes. These also include numbers, shapes, colors, opposites and other fundamentals. • Welcome to Reading provides reading development and practice at four reading levels. Reading examples strengthen phonics, vocabulary and comprehension skills. Lexiles are provided. • Know It provides a visual interactive encyclopedia with non-fiction topics of interest, an introduction to research and searching information. Slide 5: Trek’s Travels offers resources that feature stories, games, videos, activities and educator materials. All the resources help young learners master critical early childhood themes, develop vocabulary and comprehension, and begin to use technology tools. All lessons are narrated by human voices, highlighting text to begin developing emergent reading abilities. • The Trek’s Travels home page appears like a fantasy map. There are 11 early childhood themes represented throughout the map. • As students uses their mice to roll-over the themes, they hear the theme read aloud. • The Story Corner features fiction stories, nursery rhymes and songs read-aloud and highlighted for vocabulary development, fluency and language practice. • All Video & Games are accessible from the Trek’s Travels fantasy map. • Printable materials for coloring, connecting the dots and more are available in Print & Do. • Classic children’s songs are available to play or download from the Sing-along Collection. Slide 6: Each theme page offers resources for the theme, to READ – PLAY – WATCH. 1. READ – The story can be read in English or Spanish. 2. PLAY & WATCH – access games and videos related to the theme. 3. For Educators – Background information, ideas, lesson plans are available to integrate the Trek’s Travels content into the early childhood curriculum
Slide 7: Each story in Trek’s Travels features a variety of narrators. Narrators come from a wide selection of voice exposures, genders and backgrounds. All read-aloud story includes word-by-word highlighting to begin developing literacy skills. There are three modes for Story Player: • Autoplay mode (default) – plays the story automatically with the text highlights. Perfect mode for pre-readers who wish to be read to. • Manual mode – Requires user to select play/pause to enter the manual mode. Also the next and previous arrows are manually advanced by the user. The story is still narrated and highlights are active in this mode. • Independent reading mode – To enter this mode, the user needs to select the speaker icon. Narrated reading and highlights will be inactive in this more, which is intended for student to practice reading on their own. Play selection introduces educational games related to the theme. Watch selection provides videos related to the theme. For Educators provides additional resources both for educators and parents for enrichment and additional practice. Toggle back to the Fantasy Map to select another theme. Slide 8: Trek’s Travels features educational games to complement the early childhood themes and reinforce learning the fundamentals through sorting games – sequencing games – concentration – multiple choice quizzes and jigsaw puzzles. All games are accessible from the main Trek’s Travel home page, where the Fantasy Map appears with these navigational links. Slide 9: Videos for each theme are included in Trek’s Travels. After videos are viewed, mini-lessons from the For Educator section will allow the student to try the activity for themselves. Slide 10: Trek’s Story Corner offers stories, nursery rhymes, and sing-along songs. Audio files can be downloaded and then uploaded to a MP3 player so student can read or sing at a later time. Slide 11: The download link is easily access through the headphones icon. More stories can be read, listened to or downloaded through this link. Slide 12: Print and Do Activities are available for each theme category in Trek’s Travels. All are listed by type of activity and subject and are offered in English or Spanish. Most activities are provided in PDF format for easy printing. Slide 13: The Print & Do Activities link from Trek’s Travels features printable handouts in English and Spanish. These activities include connect-the-dots and coloring activities. Slide 14: The Educator Center link is available at the bottom left-hand corner of each page of Trek’s Travels. This link features recommendations for integrating resources in Trek’s Travels with the early childhood curriculum. A guide for each early childhood them is available at the For Educators link. This includes an overview of the skills and concepts, stories from other educators, ideas
and lesson plans and activities with downloadable “mini-lessons” that include ideas for interactive learning with the videos. Slide 15: Within the Educator Center, each segment of Trek’s Travels is further addressed. A click on the Educator Page for any section will take you to the content standards addressed within that theme’s activities. Lexile information is also available through the Educator Center. Slide 16: The second learning environment of Early World of Learning is Welcome to Reading. This provides leveled reading practice for pre-readers and early readers to develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness and comprehension skills. 1 & 2. Welcome to Reading includes 48 stories in four reading levels. Four different reading levels are available: A, B, C, D – all are offered with stories, games and videos in that level. 3. Collection of stories, nursery rhymes, and songs with audio read-aloud and word-by-word highlighting are available. 4. The entire collection of Videos and Games are available through the Videos link. 5. Printable materials are available in Print & Do which include connecting the dots and coloring sheets. 6. The Sing-along link offers classic children’s songs that can be played or downloaded from the collection. Slide 17: The “Go to a different level” links takes you to a browse of all books that are available for that particular level. (The level that is currently being viewed is highlighted.) Each story is assigned a Lexile score which is viewed by hovering over the story title. Access to Games & Videos for this level are available from the Play and Watch selection button. Slide 18: Similar to the Story Player in the Trek’s Travels learning environment, the narrated story features three modes: 1. Auto Play mode 2. Manual mode 3. Independent reading mode. Previous and Next page buttons are available in Manual mode and Independent mode. Selecting the speaker icon turns on/off the narrated stories switching the reader to Independent mode. Both the Auto-Play and the Manual mode support the narrated stories and the text highlighting. Educational games are available in the Play selection, based on the reading level that was initially selected. Watch provides original videos also associated with the reading level. The For Educators link provides lesson plans, background information and printable versions of activities to support theme concepts for the classroom. Slide 19: The educational games found in Games reinforce literacy skills: sorting games – sequencing games – concentration games and multiple-choice quizzes. Games are accessible from the different levels and story player pages. It is quite easy to move between the Early Learning environment by selecting the home icon which takes the student back to the main home page by environment
(which would be Welcome to Reading on this screen) OR by selecting the Switch to another Early World of Learning Site at the bottom left corner of each Web page. Slide 20: The videos in the Welcome to Reading environment explore literacy skills of letter identification, phonics, listening and rhyming. Practice mini-lessons are available for classroom use to reinforce the interactive learning process of each video. Slide 21: The four different levels available in the Story Corner offer a variety of resources for the pre-reader up to grade 2. Each story is assigned a Lexile score as is correlated with the curriculum content in the Education Center. Slide 22: After selecting from the story collections or nursery rhymes the Read window will appear. From this window, the student can have the story read to them, read it independently, download the audio file or select another from More Stories. Reading levels can also be selected from the Read window, in addition to returning to the home button of Welcome to Reading. Slide 23: Print and Do Activities in Welcome to Reading are set up the same way as in Trek’s Travels. Activities are listed by type and by subject area. All are available both in English and Spanish and in PDF format. Slide 24: All activities are available for print and are offered in English and Spanish language. Slide 25: The content of each story is correlated with the curriculum standards in the Educator Center. Suggested sequence of activities are listed for the story in addition to supplemental games, puzzles, pictures, videos and little books that may be downloaded. Slide 26: The Know It learning environment offers students their first interactive online encyclopedia. This is a good way to introduce students to searching techniques or intro to research. The Know It home page opens with the option of selecting from the 6 major topics: Animals – My Body – Community Helpers – On the Move – Weather – Plants. The topic selected will then open to a new screen of sub-topics. Slide 27: For Animal topic selected from the previous screen, subcategories of the Animal topic include: Under the Sea – Rainforest Animals – Animal Homes – Insects – Dinosaurs – Wild Animals. For the selection of Under the Sea, nine sub-topic areas are presented: Dolphin and whale – sea turtle – shark – octopus – ray – crab – colorful fish – seahorse – unusual creatures. This visual navigation system enables emergent readers to find their content of interest. Slide 28: After selecting Animal / Under the Sea / Dolphin and whale, several types of resources will be available. (Easily identified by the breadcrumb in the upper left hand corner)
1. The Play button turn on the narrated text and word-by-word highlighting. 2. Question marks on the illustrations indicates that additional text is displayed and narrated. 3. The speaker icon allows the student to turn on/off the audio narration. 4. The visual topic navigation button appears on each page to allow the student to easily jump to other topics. 5. It’s a Fact! features fun facts about the topic 6. In addition, check out the dynamic gallery of pictures and videos. Slide 29: Because Early World of Learning doesn’t allow for video to be embedded in presentations, you will have to link directly to Early World of Learning to view the video. You can access it with the URL http://www.worldbookonline.com/ewol/knowit/display? id=bk000124&spid=1&nodeId=11. Slide 30: Take some time to explore World Book’s Early World of Learning and encourage your students to do so as well. Remember that using any of the INFOhio resources as home is as easy as inputting the username/password combination northwood/rangers of learn/infohio. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 419-691-4651, ex. 1542. Thanks! Kris James
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