How many students hear, “Don’t use Google! Use a database!” and immediately open a Google tab? Students have used Google for all of their lives and naturally want to use what they’re familiar with. Meanwhile, databases, while often just as easy to use as Google, sometimes require direct instruction to show students how to get the most out of them. But, given how the best databases feature vetted information—far superior to the questionable grab bag of Google—it is well worth taking a little time to show students how to use them. Classroom teachers may feel hesitant to add this instruction to an already jam-packed curriculum; however, clear and effective database instruction does more than just help students find information!

Join librarian and teacher Jamie Gregory as she shows you the basics of how you can use databases to your advantage in both the classroom and the school library.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Activities for students to explore the differences between search engines and databases.
  • Simplified instructions for teaching students how to navigate databases.
  • How to design learning experiences to maximize database resources.
  • How to utilize databases to teach critical-thinking skills such as primary source analysis, source evaluation, and media/news literacy skills.

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About Jamie Gregory:
Jamie Gregory is a National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media and currently works as a high school librarian and journalism/newspaper teacher. She is the 2022 South Carolina School Librarian of the Year, the recipient of the 2022 IFRT Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, a 2022 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, the 2022 News Literacy Project Alan C. Miller Educator of the Year, and the 2021 NAMLE Media Literacy Teacher Award winner. She enjoys exploring inquiry-based learning, media and news literacy, intellectual freedom, and literacy for teens.

Time of webinar is in Eastern Time (ET).

Databases 101: Embedding Database Instruction into the Classroom—Going Beyond Information Literacy

January 10, 2023 @ 3:00 pm-January 10, 2023 @ 4:00 pm