The New Georgia Encyclopedia Explore Georgia Online www.georgiaencyclopedia.org
What is the NGE? • First online state encyclopedia in the United States • February 2004: Launched with several hundred entries. • October 2011: More than 2,000 original entries and 5,000 images, videos, sound clips • Extensive linking to other resources • Fact checked and copyedited • Free of charge to anyone with Internet access • About 1 million page requests each month
Who created it? Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with University of Georgia Press University System of Georgia/GALILEO Office of the Governor
Who is our audience? • Students and educators • Interested citizens and cultural tourists • Journalists • Anyone in the world looking for information about our state (one-fourth of site traffic is international)
Recognition • 2007 Leadership in History Award, given by the American Association for State and Local History • 2006 History in the Media Award, given by the Georgia Historical Society • 2005 Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for Public Humanities Programs, given by the Federation of State Humanities Councils • Named a “Best Reference Source on the Web” for 2004 by Library Journal
How Teachers Use NGE Now Lesson planning Links to entries on class website Printouts of entries distributed to students for classroom activities Supplemental textbook for Georgia Studies Students often share classroom set of textbooks. Textbooks do not always adequately cover standards.
What Teachers Need Content at a lower reading level (elementary and middle levels) Direct correlation of NGE content to the Georgia Performance Standards.
Limitations Some things we can’t do with our current technology: • Make daily changes • Change our search options • Post PDFs or other printable documents besides entries • Create interactive maps or timelines • Offer mobile platforms and apps • Connect with social media sites
Next Generation NGE • Create ability to search by standard.
SS8G1 The student will describe Georgia with regard to physical features and location. b. Describe the five geographic regions of Georgia; include the Blue Ridge Mountains, Valley and Ridge, Appalachian Plateau, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain.
Georgia Stories Georgia Stories (Georgia Public Broadcasting) www.gpb.org/georgiastories
Next Generation NGE Create ability to search by standard. Fill gaps in coverage. Revise existing entries as needed. Provide new features and functionality for teachers and students.
SS8G1 The student will describe Georgia with regard to physical features and location. c. Locate and evaluate the importance of key physical features on the development of Georgia; include the Fall Line, Okefenokee Swamp, Appalachian Mountains, Chattahoochee and Savannah Rivers, and barrier islands.
Encyclopedia Virginia My Virginia www.encyclopediavirginia.org
SS2H2 The student will describe the Georgia Creek and Cherokee cultures of the past in terms of tools, clothing, homes, ways of making a living, and accomplishments.
Encyclopedia Britannica Encyclopedia Britannica School Edition (available on GALILEO through Georgia Public Libraries) www.galileo.usg.edu/welcome/
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