Top 10 Support Resources for K-12 Schools on EBSCO Connect

Library Resources | May 22, 2019

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Looking for materials to support teaching and learning with EBSCO resources in the K-12 classroom? EBSCO Connect offers lesson plans, scavenger hunts, tutorials and more.

Whether you are new to EBSCO or a long-time customer, it’s always a bit overwhelming to roll out a new library resource to students, teachers and school administrators. EBSCO Connect is here to help with a collection of lesson plans, tutorials, student guides and more — all of which can make promoting and using EBSCO databases in the K-12 classroom a whole lot easier.

The best part? They’re free!

Here is a list of the Top 10 K-12 support resources you can find on EBSCO Connect:

1. Lesson Plans
The integration of information technologies is an important component of Common Core, TEKs and other state and provincial curriculum programs. To assist educators in integrating EBSCO resources into the curriculum, we have created dozens of lesson plans across school subject areas. Librarians should check out our information literacy lesson plan on Spotting Fake News and Images on the Web.

2. Scavenger Hunts
Acclimate students and educators to your library’s EBSCO resources with exercises that have them exploring various features, discovering research topics and conducting online searches. Find scavenger hunts for Explora™, Read It!™, NoveList® and our school reference centers.

3. Tutorials
Find dozens of video tutorials to help students and teachers learn about the content, features and functionality of EBSCO’s school databases and reference centers, including Explora (for Middle/High Schools and Elementary Schools), History Reference Center, Literary Reference Center, Points of View Reference Center, Science Reference Center and more.

4. Research and Writing Tips for Students
Whether students are conducting research for a paper, project or oral presentation, these handouts contain tips that will help them in conducting research, organizing information, and writing more efficiently.

5. Google Classroom Quick Start Guide for Educators
Google Classroom™ allows teachers to create classes, distribute assignments and communicate with students ― all in one place. Select EBSCO interfaces, including Explora, EBSCOhost and EBSCO Discovery Service are now compatible with Google Classroom, making it easier than ever for teachers to share authoritative articles and multimedia content with students. This guide shows teachers how to share content to Google Classroom. Also, check out our tutorial on using Google Classroom and Google Drive in Explora.

EBSCO Connect is here to help with a collection of lesson plans, tutorials, student guides and more — all of which can make promoting and using EBSCO databases in the K-12 classroom a whole lot easier.

6. Student Guide to Lexiles
This guide gives students practical information about Lexiles — what they are, what they mean, and how students can use them to find reading materials that match their reading abilities and interests.

7. Student Guide to Persuasive Essays and Debates
This guide offers strategies for students preparing a strong persuasive essay or debate. It will help them sharpen their skills, making their work more accurate, clear, concise, logical, convincing, and respectful of opposing arguments.

8. EDS Quick Start Guide for Students
This guide shows students how to conduct basic and advanced searches of EBSCO Discovery Service, a powerful single-search research tool that lets them search all your school library’s information resources at once.

9. Suggested Text for Promoting PrepSTEP for High Schools
Librarians can help increase use of PrepSTEP for High Schools by emailing teachers, students, guidance counselors, administrators and parents about the platform’s online tutorials, test practice, e-books, articles and flashcards — all designed to help students achieve academic success, prepare for college and build workplace readiness.

10. Online Training
Online courses provide valuable training and demonstrations for both users and administrators of EBSCO's products and services. Dozens of new sessions are offered each month, and recorded sessions are also available. Visit our WebEx Training Center and search for sessions by presenter or topic.

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