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SELA Presentation-SchoolRooms

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  • 1. SchoolRooms:A Smart State-wide Solutionfor Savvy SearchingAmanda StoneSouth Carolina State LibraryOctober 2008
  • 2. What is SchoolRooms? A new K-12 online multimedia discovery placefor South Carolina students, teachers,librarians and parents! “A new kind of learning environment that bringstogether the best content from all sources into asingle portal thats aimed at meeting the realneeds of real students (parents and educators,too!) in real schools.” SirsiDynix product ~2 years old
  • 3. Why we chose SchoolRooms• Content selected by 200+ teachers andlibrarians.• 71 subject areas with content aligned tonational/SC curriculum standards.• Search 3 million educator-selected pages –giving users “Best of the Web.”• Federated searching of state-widedatabases, county library catalog, & vettedweb content
  • 4. Timeline• Summer 2007Contract with SirsiDynix is signed• Fall/Winter 2007Customized SchoolRooms page for 10pilot sites.Content Advisory Board formed toverify content, recommend additionalresources and contentAdded Library Favorites to search• Winter/Spring 2008Customized SchoolRooms page for2nd wave of county library systemsIntern #1 from USC created onlinevideo tutorials for students, parents,librarians, and educatorsStarted integrating Knowitall.orgcontent into subject-specific Rooms• Summer/Fall 2008Customized SchoolRooms page for lastwave of county library systemsWorking on last library catalogs to beintegratedIntern #2 from USC created EarlyEducation RoomAlso added Summer Reading Roomand Health & Safety Room
  • 5. Show & Share(Front Page)
  • 6. Show & Share Time (Access)
  • 7. Show & Share Time (Searching)
  • 8. Results
  • 9. Show & Share(Front Page)
  • 10. Show & Share Time (Rooms)
  • 11. Show & Share Time (Rooms)
  • 12. Show & Share Time (Result)
  • 13. Show & Share Time (Guides)
  • 14. • SchoolRooms was created in Ohio onnational standards…• We aim to make it locally relevant + evenbetter!• Early Education Room• Summer Reading Room• Health & Safety Room• South Carolina Room• Knowitall.org Resources• South Carolina Book Award NomineesShow & Share Time (Customization)
  • 15. Show & Share Time (Custom Room)
  • 16. Rocky Road isn’t just an ice cream flavor• Kudos: Customization, quality of webresources & organization, ease of usefor users• Unresolved issues: Difficulties incustomization for state-wideimplementation, federated searchissues, clunky builder
  • 17. The Future (job security)• Additional partners• More content! Adding SC relatedcontent into Rooms• K-2 interface• Lesson plans & marketing tools• 2.3 version (content creation at a locallevel)
  • 18. Questions? Feedback?http://scsl.schoolrooms.nethttp://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/schoolroomsContact us @ scrooms@statelibrary.sc.gov