Did you know…? – A lesson in homeschooling

 

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the rate at which the world has switched its focus to online learning. Edtech has become a lifeline for many – however, sifting through the wide array of resources available can be a daunting task for students, educators, and parents.  Here is a brief glimpse of what is out there.

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Heriot Watt University’s SCHOLAR offers 37 online courses for Scottish schools and colleges aligned to the SQA curriculum at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level.

Boasting 50 million monthly learners, Quizlet has seven different study modes, tools to help teachers get the most out of their students, and activities to help classes learn and have fun together.

Learning with BBC Bitesize has just got better with the introduction of daily lessons for homeschooling.  They also have a Parent’s toolkit SEND with resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown.

Radio 4 has launched a new history programme, presented by Horrible Histories’ Greg Jenner.  Full of facts and jokes, Homeschool History is broadcast Mondays on Radio 4 at 9:30am and is available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

An English teacher in Bedfordshire has amassed thousands of followers worldwide hosting a live 30-minute lesson on Facebook every weekday covering topics from synonyms and spelling to Shakespeare. She provides task sheets for children and her students can interact with her and ask for “shout-outs”, which all come through on her phone.

And finally, everyone turns to YouTube for learning.  There is a powerful community of EduTubers like PhysicsGirl  and  Freesciencelessons whose videos have demonstrated the appeal of content that enriches as well as entertains.

A word of caution: choose websites carefully.  Look for content with well-structured explanations, where examples and exercises are clear.  If it’s easy to navigate and it’s engaging – then you’re on to a winner!

 

Jenna Storey,  jennifer.storey@abdn.ac.uk

 

Did you know…? – Returning books

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Worried about library books being due back?

We can reassure you that you don’t need to worry about returning your library books during the lockdown period.

Your books will be automatically renewed while the library buildings are closed.

So, holding on to your books for now will not incur fines or stop you from graduating.

Returning books would probably involve non-essential travel, which doesn’t comply with Scottish Government guidance.

We’ll get in touch via University email to update you once the situation changes.

If you have any questions, please contact library staff, who will be happy to help, or check out our website for the latest information on your Library services.

RefWorks downtime

RefWorks

Ex Libris are moving the RefWorks data centre to a new server. The process began in December and will be completed in May.

Therefore, a further downtime will take place on Sunday 10 May 2020, which will affect both Legacy RefWorks and the new version of RefWorks, as well as Write-N-Cite and RefWorks Citation Manager.

This will be starting at 03:00 (am) on Sunday 10 May 2020 and will last for about 12 hours.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Did you know…? – temporary access to additional e-resources: ProQuest

Even though our libraries are physically closed, remember that access to e-resources is unaffected! Our list of additional e-resources made available temporarily by publishers in support of online teaching, learning and research during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found at bit.ly/COVID-19LibraryUpdates.

In today’s post we would like to highlight ProQuest One Academic. This resource combines four core multidisciplinary resources on one platform: Academic Complete (Ebook Central), Academic Video Online, ProQuest Central, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.

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To access these resources, visit our updates page – section: ‘Temporary Access to Additional Resources’. Access to ProQuest is via institutional login. Please get in touch if you have any queries, as we would be happy to help!
library@abdn.ac.uk

For Information Consultant details please see: bit.ly/InfoConsultants

Free virtual library from Aberdeen City Libraries

Old Aberdeen Library

Late last year a new public library service was launched at The Sir Duncan Rice Library as part of a partnership project between Digital & Information Services and Aberdeen City Council.

We look forward to welcoming students and staff to the Old Aberdeen Library when we re-open, but in the meantime Aberdeen City Libraries have a free virtual library full of thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics and digital resources that University of Aberdeen staff and students can access remotely from their home computer or mobile device.

Membership of Aberdeen City Libraries is available to people who work, live or study in Aberdeen City or Shire. If you are not already a member, you can join online now and start using the online services immediately. Sign up for free here.

Did you know…? – open access to e-resources

There are many resources where scholarly content is made freely available online without restriction. Known as Open Access, these include full-text books, chapters, articles and many other outputs. We have listed a selection that you may find useful on our webpages.

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To find out more, please visit our page at:
www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/open-access-e-resources-739.php

If you have any questions, please contact:
Joanna Adams
j.adams@abdn.ac.uk

Did You Know…? – Managing exam stress

In this post we would like to make you aware of the services which are there to support you. The Student Channel also provides useful tips and advice on studying from home and to help you reduce exam stress.

More information:

Wishing all our students very best of luck with their exams. Please remember to contact Library staff if there is anything we can help with.