This module is designed to provide WIT participants with an introduction
to using digital libraries and eCUIP, a K12 digital library for
the Chicago Public Schools.
Locating the information that meets your needs requires the use of tools
other than traditional search engines and browsers because the majority
of the Web is hidden from these search mechanisms. The only way to access
these resources is to search or browse the databases themselves; in other
words only through digital libraries can the Invisible Web be visible--and
usable--to you and your students.
This module will introduce various digital libraries and how to use
them to locate information.
This module explores digital libraries and eCUIP, a digital library .built
specifically for use in the Chicago Public Schools.
At the conclusion of this module, participants will be able to:
- define a digital library
- identify alternatice search techniques and tools
- use digital libraries to locate resources
- use eCUIP and other digital libraries with their students
This module is designed for teachers who are new to using the Web as well
as teachers who have some experience using the Web. The modle is designed
for teachers, librarians, or technology coordinators who use the Web with
Before using the module, participants should be able to use a Web browser.
Participants who do not meet this prerequisite should use the Netscape
Navigator module. In addition, users should be familiar with traditional
search strategies and tools. Participants who do not meet this prerequisite
should use the Finding existing resources module.
The subject of this module includes digital libraries, the eCUIP digital
library project, and educational uses of various digital libraries.
The materials necessary to successfully complete this module include:
- an Internet capable computer
- a Web browser (Internet Explorer or Netscape)
Mentors should proceed through the lectures with the students.
Throughout the module are TRY IT OUT! tasks. These tasks are very simple
and can be done in a very short period of time. The mentor should demonstrate
the TRY IT OUT! tasks before allowing the participants to try it themselves.
There are a number of TASKS which can be done individually.
Mentors should encourage participants to send any questions about or comments
on the curriculum contained in this module to Craig Cunnningham, Director,
The Web Institute for Teachers.
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