Exlpora Elementary I like the fact that Explora has specific indexes for elementary, middle and high school. I am exploring the elementary version today. The homepage is bright and engaging. There is a large image and fact on the main homepage to grab the attention of the user. I can see students using this index to find information and articles to support their opinion on a topic or to make a presentation to complete an assignment. I can also envision teachers using this index to find supporting articles to show students about topics they are covering in class. Teachers will enjoy the fact that this articles are relevant and appropriate for the grade level that they are teaching. Students or teachers can enter the keywords or journal names into the search bar to find the list of articles related to their search. There is also an advanced search that has the same interface as EBSCO. Underneath the search bar on the homepage are images that students or teachers can easily use to search by subjects. The subjects included are animals, art and music, biographies, geography, language arts, math, science and health, as well as social studies. I selected geography, and then there are additional images to continue to narrow your search. Once the user selects geography the topics immediately given to narrow your search are organized alphabetically and includes states, landforms, and other prominent geographical locations. Next, I selected Georgia. Once I selected Georgia there were 3,606 results. This seems overwhelming for an elementary student to have so many options. I appreciate that the side bar allows the user to narrow the search by publication date, source type, and lexile range. I decided to only view the resources that were published in the last 10 years. This left me with 1, 816 results. I then narrowed the search by source type being magazines and this left me with 606 results. Lastly, I imagined being a third grade student or teacher and narrowed the search by lexile 360-720. This left me with 24 magazine articles an ideal number for elementary students to sort through. This is a great index for students to use, but I see that it would take training especially on how to narrow a search and find the best results. This would be a valuable lesson for students to learn that they would be able to use for the rest of their lives when searching for information. My narrowing of search to find appropriate resources using the EXPLORA index did not take me very long at all, when compared to searching through the entire internet to find relevant resources that are grade level appropriate. This is a thorough index with lots of options for both teachers and students to use. Grades: K-5. Subject(s): Everything. Overall rating: 8. Georgia. (2016). Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, 1p. 1 Georgia: Explora Primary Schools. (n.d.). Retrieved October 16, 2016, from http://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehk5/detail/detail?vid=20&sid=c370b204-126c-4a57-bd43-bd77c040a85d%40sessionmgr104&hid=116&bdata=#AN=GE032100&db=funk
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