Friday, October 20, 2017

K-12 Education Nuggets from World Book

By Alissa Adams, SDSL School Library Technology Coordinator

On October 5, 2017, I participated in a webinar on the World Book, a database suite offered free to all citizens of South Dakota. Yes, because of my job I knew much of it, but there were nuggets that glimmered for K-12 education. I’ll list several nuggets here but know that these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to World Book. As always, for assistance using World Book, contact David Bradford, SDSL Digital Resources Coordinator or myself.

  • World Book Advanced: World Newspapers feature (for comparing news media from around the world, general reading, or lessons on fake news, propaganda, and bias)
    –database primarily for high school
  • World Book Student: Educator Tools section (Webquests and pathfinders extend learning in a digital environment; ready-to-go graphic organizers work particularly well in elementary, middle, and special education)
    –database primarily for elementary and middle school
  • World Book Student: elementary and middle school: Behind the Headlines feature (nice way to start off a lesson with a current world event or have a “daily debate” in the classroom)
    –database primarily for elementary and middle
  • World Book Discover: Life Skills section (especially good for alternative education, special education, and life skills classes)
    –database primarily for middle, high, ELL, SPED
  • World Book Discover: World Book Explains Videos feature (downloadable, short, rich videos; great for visual and auditory learners as well as differentiation)
    –database primarily for middle, high, ELL, SPED
  • World Book Kids: Compare Animals and Places feature (eases elementary students into the beginning stages of research and inquiry)
    database primarily for elementary, middle, ELL, and SPED