Naturwissenschaftliche Datenbank Sparticl

Das School Library Journal empfiehlt im Beitrag «Best Databases: Watch science spring into action with these must-have resources» vom 16.2.2015 u.a. die kostenlose naturwissenschaftliche Datenbank Sparticl. Um die Videos der Datenbank abspielen zu können, muss man sich registrieren. Die Ressourcen stammen u.a. aus Youtube, oder z.B. von der Website von National Geographic (via sljournal auf Twitter):

«Gr 8 Up–Good news for librarians and teachers hampered by a shoestring budget: there’s an effective—and free—way to present middle and high school students with top-notch science. Created by Twin Cities Public Television and sponsored by 3M, Sparticl combs through the science on the Web, presenting age-appropriate and valuable websites on everything from “albinism” to “zoonotic diseases,” from vetted and respected sources that include PBS, Discovery, NOVA, and the BBC. The interface screams user-friendly. The layout is clean, and though the homepage features vibrant colors and attractive icons, even the most easily distracted student will be able to navigate this one with ease.

Sparticl offers preselected subjects divided by general topics (“Living Things,” “Matter & Energy,” “Tech & Invention,” and more), as well as a search option, making it appropriate for users looking for report topics and for those tasked with assignments. Interactive elements such as games, videos, and quizzes are peppered throughout, jazzing this resource up and keeping it well out of the realm of dry academia.»

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