BadgerBite: Introduction for EducatorsLast Updated: 09/15/14
A new BadgerBite video on how to use BadgerLink for educators is available on YouTube. BadgerBites are 1-4 minute YouTube tutorials on BadgerLink searching tips and tricks.
- Watch the video on YouTube!
- This training and many more are available on the Videos, Webinars, and Documentation page.
- Find all BadgerLink YouTube videos on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction YouTube BadgerLink Playlist.
Contact us if you have any questions!
New Resource: The Week in RapLast Updated: 09/15/14
Flocabulary’s The Week in Rap series, an original weekly current events series for kids, is now available to Wisconsin residents at BadgerLink.net & WIMediaLab.org. The Week in Rap is a hip-hop music video series highlighting top domestic, international and pop-culture news each week. Each video in The Week in Rap comes with interactive lyrics, allowing students to access more information and additional coverage of the news items featured. Fill-in-the-blanks and activities, such as crossword puzzles or trivia quizzes, also accompany the videos. Flocabulary’s team of artists and educators is not only committed to raising test scores, but also to fostering a love of learning in every child.
Wisconsin Media Lab is a division of the Educational Communications Board. The multimedia content available at WIMediaLab.org connects to Wisconsin’s academic standards and is vetted by practicing educators. Wisconsin Media Lab’s goal is to provide Wisconsin educators with high-quality multimedia resources that engage students, inspire creativity, cultivate critical thinking, explain difficult content and improve student achievement. Discover hundreds of classroom resources at BadgerLink.net & WIMediaLab.org, then find lesson ideas and giveaways at Wisconsin Media Lab’s Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook pages.
Wisconsin Media Lab collaborates with educators throughout the state to curate cost-free classroom content designed to meet the unique needs of educators and students. The Week in Rap was selected by Wisconsin Media Lab after a student recommended the series during a call for suggestions to the organization’s community. After an evaluation period by the Wisconsin Media Lab’s community of users, The Week in Rap was chosen for the organization’s collection of educational programs.
If you have any questions or would like to place a link to The Week in Rap on your website, contact BadgerLink!
BadgerLink Goes Back to SchoolLast Updated: 09/12/14
BadgerLink resources can help you this school year! Explore our primary sources, articles, images, videos, skill building materials, ACT practice tests, lesson plans, and other standards-aligned materials!
Have questions about where to find these resources? Ask a Librarian!
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Maintenance WednesdayLast Updated: 09/04/14
On Wednesday (9/3) our authentication provider, Auto-Graphics, will install an update. As a result, BadgerLink resources will be unavailable for an hour or less, starting at 9pm.
Apologies for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, Contact Us.
Library of the Month: Muehl Public LibraryLast Updated: 09/15/14
The Muehl Public Library on Main Street in Seymour, Wisconsin is a small but vibrant library that works to create an innovative learning environment through collaboration and technology.
Library Director Elizabeth Timmins doesn’t see the size of the library as a constraint; she and staff take advantage of these challenges to connect with library users. For instance, area authors can showcase their work by donating their books to the library’s collection. Local artists also have space in the library and this fall the library will exhibit a local artist’s weavings. Recently, two Girl Scouts painted book quotes around the interior of the library and received their Silver Awards, the highest a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. The list goes on and on. “Library staff are always thinking, ‘What MORE can our library be?’” says Timmins.
Because many patrons are choosing to further themselves through midlife career changes, supporting lifelong learning is an important element at the library. The changes in technology and learning can be challenging for non-traditional students and BadgerLink resources like LearningExpress Library are widely used for skill-building and test preparation. The Muehl Public Library also coordinates events, like Google training, at the local high school. Students from the Future Business Leaders of America teach participants, including library staff, how to use the suite of Google tools. “It’s critical that we know what our schools are teaching and support their goals,” says Timmins. To that end, the library has Chromebooks and a SMART Board which students may use to do homework, prepare for a presentation, or learn about technology.
The recent Stihl Tree Fund Bike Rally was another great example of how the library collaborated with the community for a good cause. Participants biked a 583-mile tour around the state to raise money for tree research and education, and the library acted as a rest stop on the bike rally’s route. The mayor welcomed library patrons of all ages together to cheer on the bicyclists and picnic in the library’s backyard. The Fire Department Explorers set up picnic tables and tents, local businesses provided sandwiches and ice cream, and flowers were purchased from the local farmer’s market. For the community’s children, Muehl Public Library provided free books about trees and sponsored science programing. The day culminated with a talk for adults and teens about “localizing the economy,” hosted by the UW-Extension. Everyone benefited from celebrating trees, biking, science, and reading. The event was a great success and the Stihl Tree Fund Bike Rally raised $483,000.
The Muehl Public Library facilitates access to ideas, information, and recreational reading to enhance the quality of life for all the people of the Seymour area.
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Vocabulary Lists Assist with Close ReadingLast Updated: 08/29/14
Vocabulary lists include:
- Example sentences pulled from the book
- Audio pronunciations
Explore the 200+ books for which Vocabulary.com has generously produced vocabulary lists, in partnership with TeachingBooks.net.
Maintenance TuesdayLast Updated: 08/13/14
BadgerLink’s authentication and federated search provider, Auto-Graphics, will be running an upgrade tonight (August 12th) beginning at 9:00PM CT. Please be aware that this will involve one hour or less system downtime.
If you have questions, please contact BadgerLink.
The BadgerLink Team
Library of the Month: Lone Rock Community LibraryLast Updated: 09/12/14
Libraries in rural settings are energetically expanding services to stay ahead of community expectations and challenges, but with limited budgets and small spaces, creating a thriving library community can seem daunting. Lone Rock Community Library has found success by providing computers with internet access, offering games and learning programming, and promoting the use of BadgerLink resources.
With many services, from job applications to filing taxes, only available online, access to the internet is key to supporting rural communities. Lone Rock Community Library provides public computers with WiFi, and through the TEACH/DOA Library Fiber Project, the library will upgrade bandwidth to a minimum of 10 Mbps and replace several computers. The library replaces computers on a five-year cycle to make sure the hardware and software available is suitable for the latest applications. With these changes, the library will continue to be the online information hub in the community.
In addition to providing a sound technology infrastructure, the library also offers learning opportunities like computer classes for adults and gaming programming for kids. In June, the Lone Rock Community Library hosted classes to help users find genealogy resources and connect with others using social media. Due to their popularity, the library is planning to extend these programs in the future.
Minecraft, a multiplayer sandbox-style online game, is another popular activity at the library. Kids play, build, chase monsters, and connect with others in the community and around the world. "I have been waiting to do this all my life" said a 3rd grade Minecraft player. The success of the program has drawn kids in, where they become more familiar with technology and everything else the library has to offer.
BadgerLink is another way the Lone Rock Community Library provides support to its community. Director Rita Magno comments, “When I show patrons how to use the databases, they are surprised at the depth and breadth of information that is available!” Whether looking for health information or auto repair manuals, or ideas for your next read, BadgerLink provides resources with information on your topic. “It's a wonderful resource for the Lone Rock Community Library” says Rita Magno.
Libraries across Wisconsin provide essential support to rural communities with access to technology and information.
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How did BadgerLink do?Last Updated: 08/22/14
BadgerLink recently hosted BadgerBrunch training webinars about our Book & Literature resources. We want to know how we did.
Please complete this short survey about the BadgerBrunch webinar training series. This survey will help the BadgerLink team create trainings that are interesting and useful to you!
The survey should not take more than 5 minutes to complete. The survey closes on August 21, 2014
Multimedia and Educator ResourcesLast Updated: 09/18/14
BadgerLatté TrainingThursdays at 3:30 PMSeptember 18-November 13
Each 20 minute BadgerLatté webinar explores a multimedia or educator resource in BadgerLink. Sign up for email reminders!
These sessions will be recorded and archived.The archive of previous sessions is found at http://badgerlink.net/help/training. There is no registration.
Date Multimedia September 18 Wisconsin Media Lab RECORDING September 25 Britannica School Online October 2 EBSCO October 9 TeachingBooks.net Date Educator Resources October 16 Wisconsin Media Lab October 23 Britannica School Online October 30 EBSCO November 6 TeachingBooks.net November 13 EBSCO (Research)Frequently Asked Questions
I am not a librarian or a teacher. Does that matter? Can I participate?
BadgerLink and the BadgerLatté training series are available to all Wisconsin residents!
What do I need to participate?
You will need reliably fast internet connection, speakers or headphones, and a recent version of Java. To find out if you have the correct version of Java, open the following web page: http://bit.ly/BbSystemTest. If Java is needed, you may download it from here: http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
Do I need to register in advance?
No, you do not need to register.
What conferencing software does this webinar series use?
BadgerLatté uses Blackboard Collaborate. To find out if you have the correct version of Java, open the following web page: http://bit.ly/BbSystemTest
Should I log into a session early?
Yes, since each session is short, please log into the webinar 5-10 minutes early. If you have little experience with webinars, give yourself some extra time and log in a few minutes earlier.
When I try to log in, I am asked for a password. What’s the password?
There is no password. You can only log in 45 minutes before the session starts. When you are prompted for a password, it indicates that you have attempted to log in more than 45 minutes before the session. Wait and then try again. If you continue to have issues, please contact Kara Ripley at email@example.com.
I can’t make that time. Will the sessions be recorded?
Yes, we will record these sessions and make them available from the BadgerLink webpage. Go to http://badgerlink.net/help/training for the archived sessions.
Who do I contact with my questions about this series?
For any questions about this series, please contact Kara Ripley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can help me to get access to BadgerLink?
Complete the BadgerLink technical support request form at http://badgerlink.net/help/contact-us.
Where can I get announcements about BadgerLink?
Library of the Month: Marshall Community LibraryLast Updated: 08/11/14
The Marshall Community Library, a beautiful, modern building with swooping roof lines and an abundance of natural light, provides innovative services and resources to the public including meeting and learning spaces, readers’ services, and digital literacy training.
The Community Room and the Math and Science Center both provide a space to gather and learn. Built with the help of funding from the Madison Community Foundation, the Community Room has hosted politicians, performers, and fundraisers, and can be reserved by non-profit groups. The Math and Science Center offers an open play area where kids of all ages can get their hands on abstract concepts. A microscope, magnetic math board, plastic money, rock specimens, lab coats and much more are available to experiment with and learn from.
Libraries have been, and will always be, synonymous with reading. Supporting literacy is a key way the Marshall Community Library enhances the community. “Automatically Yours,” is a unique program where library staff automatically place holds for new fiction titles based on a patron’s favorite authors. “Vacation Bags” include a variety of materials suited to a patron’s age, interest and destination. The love of books is evident in Marshall, and it is safe to say books aren’t going away anytime soon!
The Marshall Community Library also became the first Village Post Office in Wisconsin on January 28th, 2013. Satisfying the community’s needs for convenience, the library now sells stamps and accepts mail, offsetting the local post office’s limited hours of operation.
Computer skills and digital learning are a high priority at the library. Staff are always willing to sit down with patrons and teach them how to use a Kindle, download ebooks, write resumes, download pictures, and teach them how to take advantage of the many resources that BadgerLink provides. Library Director Diana Skalitzky’s favorite BadgerLink resource is LearningExpress Library. She said, “This fantastic resource means not having to purchase study books for the Compass, SAT, ACT, CLEP and other major tests.” Wisconsin residents can easily access these test prep and skill building materials from anywhere with internet access.
Innovation and libraries go hand in hand. Visit the Marshall Community Library and learn about all that libraries have to offer!
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LearningExpress Library Bookmarks AvailableLast Updated: 08/12/14
LearningExpress Library bookmarks are available for Wisconsin organizations. Materials are mailed or sent through library delivery at no charge to your organization!
LearningExpress Library provides a collection of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials perfect kids, teens, and adults! Some of the topics covered in LearningExpress Library are:
- Computer Software Skills
- College Preparation
- GED Preparation
- Entrance or Occupational Exams
- Vocational Skills
- Public and Speaking
Library of the Month: Fond du Lac Public LibraryLast Updated: 07/08/14
The Fond du Lac Public Library’s mission is to support a high quality of life in Fond du Lac through reading, lifelong learning and community involvement. To that end, FDLPL provides a variety of programs including a dedicated space for job seekers in the Opportunity Center and access to online resources through BadgerLink.
Fond du Lac Public Library’s Opportunity Center opened in November of 2009 and is a computer lab and resource center for job seekers. In this space, library users can use the computers to write resumes and cover letters and apply for work online. The computers in the Opportunity Center have no time limit so that users don’t have to hurry through applications and resumes. Additionally, the Opportunity Center supplies volunteers to offer assistance to job seekers like help with technology and proofreading.
In the past 5 years, the center has been a success because of the convenience of the location and the reliability of the volunteers. The center is open 27 hours a week, including evening and weekend hours, and is located centrally in the downtown Main Library. The center is large enough to accommodate job seekers but small enough to provide privacy and individualized help. When open, the center is always staffed by helpful and friendly volunteers.
Libraries provide a space for learning as well as materials such as books, videos, and magazines. BadgerLink acts as a supplemental resource for libraries, providing online access to magazines, newspapers, and journals. Information Services Librarian Annette Clark supplements the FLDPL collection with BadgerLink resources: “I use the Auto Repair Reference Center when we don’t have an auto repair manual on the shelf.” Additionally, Debbie Rosenberg, an Information Services Library Assistant at FLDPL commented, “We provide as many journals as is feasible for our patrons, but certainly can’t afford everything. Many have expressed their delight in being able to find full-text articles.”
“I wouldn’t want to be without <BadgerLink>,” said Susan Ringer, Information Services Librarian at FDLPL. And Fond du Lac wouldn’t want to be without FDLPL!
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Maintenance MondayLast Updated: 06/03/14
New Content Added to SoundzaboundLast Updated: 07/07/14
BadgerLink users now have access to new songs in Volumes 7, 8, and 9 as well as new sound effect categories for Scary, Sports, and Transportation.
Once in Soundzabound, use the left-hand navigation pannel to browse available songs and sound effects.
Contact BadgerLink if you have any questions!