The library OPAC is a treasury of resources for our students. It is basically an online list of all our library materials, but it also holds a collection of useful links on the Visual Tab page.
Grade 1 is using the library OPAC’s Visual Tab to access information on forces for their unit on “how the world works.” Two of the websites featured are particularly useful to them: BrainPop and Bite-Sized Science from the BBC.
A link to the library OPAC can be found at the top left hand corner of this blog, but the URL is easy to remember:
To connect from home, you have to add :81 to the end of that address.
http://library.istianjin.net:81 (Update: As of March 2014, we have a single URL for the library OPAC.)
Click on the blue link to the IST library and then you’ll be on the main search page of the library OPAC.
The Visual Tab is the third from the left. IST librarians have created pages on the Visual tab to many different topics and subjects. Elementary school students from grade 1 can click on the PYP UOI button to find links for each of their units on inquiry.
BrainPop is a database of educational movies. It is an excellent and popular database with our students. The log in credentials for IST students and faculty can be found by logging in to the library OPAC or in student homework logs and Home-School Communication books.
Bite-size BBC Science is a website maintained by the UK’s BBC. The forces section on Bite-Size Science is just right for our first graders. More science topics are also available on the site.
The Visual Tab page for the grade 1 unit on forces also includes a list of IST library books suitable for the grade level. Some of them are checked out by the grade 1 teachers, but there still are lots of books available for students and parents to check out.
Have a favorite site that you’d like to see on the library OPAC? Email us the link. We’ll evaluate the site with its educational value in mind and will include it where appropriate.