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CultureGrams Scavenger Hunt (Learning Activity)

CultureGrams editors have put together a helpful and engaging learning activity that you can use to encourage students to become familiar with some of the content and features available in the CultureGrams World Edition. This learning activity is like a scavenger hunt; it requires students (either individually or in groups) to learn about and answer a series of questions on an assigned country by “scavenging” through the product. And in the process, students learn about some of our standard CultureGrams categories, plus features like the Currency Converter, Data Tables, Famous People, Photos, and Recipes. Most of the questions are factual in nature, but there are critical thinking questions as well.

Check it out by clicking here and then clicking on the CultureGrams Learning Activity link.

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ProQuest K-12 Site

This learning activity offers a great way for students to learn about a particular country and to discover what resources are available to them in the CultureGrams World Edition. Give it a try!

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CultureGrams Learning Activity by ProQuest

Spring Training

TCP PageOur ProQuest resources are always on the move, so it’s always a great idea to keep up with everything that’s going on. Come and join us for K-12 Spring Training! We’ve got some great webinars on the schedule this spring. We can help fill in the gaps for you, so you can get the most possible from your resources.

Are you just curious about our expansive collection of resources? Maybe you’re not only teaching, but are also a student yourself. Or maybe you’re interested in outside resources that could potentially have a good K-12 connection. Access our full webinar class schedule and learn about what ProQuest is doing outside of your school!

Do you have a class you’d like us to provide or a topic you’d like us to address? We’re happy to work with you directly and we’d love to hear from you! You can email us at training@proquest.com and we’ll get back in touch with you quickly to answer questions or make arrangements.

Join Us And Make This Year A Success With ProQuest!

K12 Team 3August and September are the best months of the year to start assuring a successful outcome for the upcoming school year. That’s why now is an excellent time to get caught up on the finer points of your ProQuest resources!

It’s an even better time to gain strong familiarity with the content and features being provided to you if you’ve licensed new ProQuest resources since last spring.

Join the ProQuest Training and Consulting Partners this August and September for a free online class to learn what you need to know to get the most out of ProQuest this year.  Here’s how:

Sign up to join one or our monthly free online classes at http://www.proquestk12.com/go/trainingsignup.

If your class or topic of interest isn’t posted, that’s OK!  We’ll schedule it for you.  Just contact us at training@proquest.com, or contact the K-12 / public library / community college specialists directly:

jeff.cutler@proquest.com, deborah.bergeron@proquest.com, or wendell.butler@proquest.com.

We’re glad to assist and help expand the great value you receive from ProQuest!

Prepare For Launch To A Great School Year

This file image obtained 24 June, 2004,August and September are the best months of the year to start assuring a successful outcome for the upcoming school year. That’s why now is an excellent time to get caught up on the finer points of your ProQuest resources!

It’s an even better time to gain strong familiarity with the content and features being provided to you if you’ve licensed new ProQuest resources since last spring.

Join the ProQuest Training and Consulting Partners this August and September for a free online class to learn what you need to know to get the most out of ProQuest this year.  Here’s how:

Sign up to join one or our monthly free online classes at http://www.proquestk12.com/go/trainingsignup.

If your class or topic of interest isn’t posted, that’s OK!  We’ll schedule it for you.  Just contact us at training@proquest.com, or contact the K-12 / public library / community college specialists directly:

jeff.cutler@proquest.com, deborah.bergeron@proquest.com, or wendell.butler@proquest.com.

We’re glad to assist and help expand the great value you receive from ProQuest!

ProQuest Research Companion Is Now Better Than Ever

ProQuest Research Companion, our newly introduced information literacy and research teaching tool, has just taken a great leap forward!

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Added June – August, just in time for the new school year, are some exceptional features that make this essential tool even more versatile in the library and the classroom.  Now you can. . .

1) Add links to your favorite Recommended Resources in each module
2) Embed single video segments, or an entire module of videos, where you need them
3) Enable Self-check and Review assessments along with each video segment

All of this adds up to more engagement, more customization, and more learning right where you need it.

Research has never been better. . .

Join the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team for a free live summer online class at http://www.proquestk12.com/go/trainingsignup.

If your class or topic of interest isn’t posted, that’s OK — we’ll schedule it for you directly. Just get in contact with us at training@proquest.com, or contact the K-12 / public library specialists directly: jeff.cutler@proquest.com, deborah.bergeron@proquest.com, or wendell.butler@proquest.com.

We’re happy to assist in any way we can to help expand the great value you receive from ProQuest!

Primary vs Secondary Sources — from ProQuest Research Companion

ProQuest’s all new information literacy resource, ProQuest Research Companion, gets students down to the fine points of how to be effective researchers.  Nine learning modules divided between Finding, Evaluating, and Using information are provided, each containing multiple instructional video and text sections.  Modules also contain learning objectives, checklists, and terminology referring to distinct areas of the research process — all essentials in teaching effective research and writing skills.  Here’s an example of some of the video instruction discussing primary and secondary sources. . .

Learn all about ProQuest Research Companion in one of the ProQuest Training and Consulting Partners’ free monthly online classes!  Or, you can also contact us directly and request a free privately scheduled online class; on this or any of our other great learning resources.  If you find you’d like a trial access, or would like to speak with one of our representatives, we can easily help you get connected.

See you in class!

Evidence. . .Common Core Emphasizes Evidence. But Where Do I Start?

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Consider ProQuest’s All-New Research Companion“!  It’s all about information literacy.  Learn how to effectively and properly find, evaluate, and use information through text, video tutorials, and customized tools.

K12 Team 2Learn how all of our ProQuest research tools — like Research Companion — are essential in support of Curriculum Standards and Student Achievement.

Contact our K-12 training team to arrange a no-cost meeting at your convenience, focused on your ProQuest resources with their Common Core and curriculum connections.

Or, look here for monthly 30-minute resource overviews on your favorite ProQuest research solutions.

Would you like an attendance certificate?  We’ll provide one — just ask!

Tools, Tools, and More Tools

MC900432556Any website can provide ample amounts of information.  Of course, whenever using the open Web as a source for research, it becomes very important to obtain as much information as possible about the the publisher of a given site.  After all, it is easy enough to read up on a topic and then, with a little bit of well-placed speech, write and post something that looks and sounds very authoritative.  Then, once the background is verified and valid information is located, is that information understandable?  If it is, then how do you work with it to your best advantage in doing research?

That’s why ProQuest K-12 resources provide an array of “tools” for students doing research.  The purpose is to provide usable information from reliable sources, make it easier to determine if something meets a person’s reading abilities, provide context to the topic, and teach how to best organize the information for an effective outcome.  Below is a short list of some of the tools you may encounter in various ProQuest K-12 resources:

  • State, National, Common Core Standards Alignments
  • Classroom-Ready Activities
  • Debate Guides
  • Interactive Tutors
  • Lexiles or Reading Level Indicators
  • Text-To-Speech Tools
  • Language Translators
  • Citation Generators
  • Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
  • Downloadable Research Guides
  • Document-Based Question Assignments
  • Sharing and Saving Functions
  • Specifically Organized Content by Research Topic
  • Locally Managed Inquiry-Based Learning Modules
  • Note Organization and Management Tools

Would you like to make better use of your ProQuest resources?  Join our ProQuest K-12 Training Team for ideas on how to make all of your great ProQuest content come together.  The ProQuest K-12 Training Team is happy to meet with you directly, via privately scheduled webinar.  You’re welcome to invite members of your staff and faculty as well.  Spending 30 minutes or two hours with a ProQuest K-12 trainer is cost free, may be tailored to match your greatest interests, and it could help you realize the best possible benefit out of your ProQuest resources.  Contact us today to make arrangements — click the image above, or CLICK HERE.  Public webinars are also posted monthly.  Click here to see a listing or register for a session.

Training Focus — Start Here for Success with your ProQuest Resources

This week we’re highlighting two of our many training class offerings:  eLibrary Science and Common Core and ProQuest K-12 Resources.

ELIBSCIENCE FRONT PAGEeLibrary Science 

eLibrary Science is a laser-focused resource designed to help enhance the quality of learning for science and math students in secondary schools.  It features over 2.7 million science-related documents coming from 7 media types, including 300+science specific journals and over 110 e-reference book resources.  Included are science biographies with focus on significant contributions, and over 130 math and science interactives.  Join us to learn all about this important educational resource.  Free classes in April and May are listed below — click the title to register:

eLibrary Science — April 26th @ 2:30p.m. Eastern

eLibrary Science — May 9th @ 11:00a.m. Eastern

eLibrary Science — May 22nd @ 2:30p.m. Eastern

 

COMMON CORE TOOLSCommon Core and ProQuest K-12 Resources 

ProQuest K-12 resources are not simply sites on the Web delivering research content.  ProQuest’s K-12 editors and developers have made available many key tools that are needed to help students understand the research process, why it is important, and how to go about doing it.  Additionally, ProQuest K-12 resources provide tools to make the research process more effective by reducing the time needed to chase information and allowing more time to critically analyze information and synthesize new ideas.  Join us for a review of many of these tools and research helps in support of Common Core.  Free classes in April and May are listed below — click the title to register:

Common Core and ProQuest — April 29th @ 3:00p.m. Eastern

Common Core and ProQuest — May 8th @ 12:00p.m. Eastern

Common Core and ProQuest — May 8th @ 2:30p.m. Eastern

Common Core and ProQuest — May 20th @ 4:00p.m. Eastern

 

We also offer a wide variety of other free classes.  All classes offer attendance certificates, and you can enter a drawing for a gift certificate as well!  Click here to see our current class listing.  The ProQuest K-12 training team is also available to privately schedule free online training meetings for you, your staff, key faculty, or large groups.  We welcome the opportunity of working with you toward a successful experience with ProQuest!  Click here to locate and contact the trainer for your region.

 

Start the New Year with a Free ProQuest Webinar!

The ProQuest K-12 Training Team has now posted over 70 free professional development classes on our calendar for January and February.  What can you get out of a ProQuest training webinar?  Here are a few ideas. . .

Working and Learning at a Computer— Find out about all of the great content your ProQuest resource can provide you.

— Learn ways to effectively search key content specifically for the ProQuest resources you are using (each one has unique search characteristics).

— Review the important functions and curriculum components of your ProQuest resource, and share them with fellow educators who can benefit from them.

— Gain ideas for implementing ProQuest into your classroom.

— Learn about how ProQuest can support your Common Core and other curriculum goals.

— Find out about free lessons and other support resources you can use or adapt.

— Get answers to questions you may have encountered using your ProQuest resources.

–Finally, enjoy a great learning opportunity, get a certificate for your attendance, and sign up for a monthly gift card drawing! 

Click here for classes introducing the ProQuest platform for ProQuest title resources.

Click here for classes on ProQuest, SIRS, eLibrary, CultureGrams, ebrary, and others.