Learning Zone & Adobe Flash on Chrome Browser

Chrome Browser recently made a change and turned off the Flash Player and this made our Britannica Learning Zone have problems. It does not affect all users but the steps below can be used to correct this issue. Once you go through these steps it will be saved for future visits.

Turn on Adobe Flash Player in Chrome browser.
1. On your computer, open Chrome.
2. At the top right, click More (you may see 3 dots on your screen instead of “More”, then click on Settings.
3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
4. Under “Privacy,” click Content settings.
5. Under “Flash,” choose “Allow sites to run Flash.”
6. At the bottom, click Done.

Britannica Scavenger Hunt

Hey School Librarians! Teachers!  Join the 5th Annual  Britannica Scavenger Hunt to win prizes!

Did you know? The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has paid for every school in the state to get free access to Britannica School, an online student encyclopedia from one of the most trusted names in reference: Encyclopedia Britannica. To introduce students in grades K-8 to this comprehensive resource, we’re hosting an information scavenger hunt with lots of prizes!

Prizes Grades K-5: The grand prize winning student will receive a $50 Walmart gift card and a selection of free books. Nine lucky students will each receive a $15 Walmart gift card. And the grand prize winner’s school library will receive a one-year free subscription to Britannica ImageQuest!

Prizes Grades 6-8: The grand prize winner will receive a $50 Walmart gift card and some free books! Nine middle school students will each receive a $15 Walmart gift card. The grand prize winner’s school library will receive access to Britannica ImageQuest, free of charge for one year!

How to Join
Step One: Get Britannica School. Make sure your school library has online access to Britannica School. Don’t have access? Go to accountsetup.school.eb.com or call Arlene Paschel at 405-522-3505 or email at Arlene.Paschel@libraries.ok.gov.

Step Two: Register by February 14 for The Great Britannica Information Scavenger Hunt. You’ll get online access to the Scavenger Hunt on February 15, plus digital delivery of The Oklahoman!

Step Three: Go on the Hunt! Show your students how to access Britannica School to answer the questions in our scavenger hunt. Collect their answers. By Friday, March 10, send the number of students who participated, and the names of all participants who aced the hunt to: BHuntsman@oklahoman.com. We’ll hold a drawing for the prizes!

Please fax the following information to 405-475-3779 or e-mail it to BHuntsman@opubco.com

Yes! My class would like to participate in The Great Britannica Information Scavenger Hunt! (Register by February 14!)

Teacher/Librarian Name

Teacher/Librarian Email and Phone
(Valid Email required to received your digital delivery access information)

School Name

School Physical Address

City, County and Zip

Click to register and get access to the print replica and the archives of The Oklahoman for use in your classroom and school library!

Britannica Training

Homework Help with Oklahoma Digital Prairie Resource – Britannica K-8! (30 minute live session)
Thursday, March 9th 3 PM      Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5877094538684256770

Britannica to the rescue!  Find ways to help students with homework questions, additional information, and special projects.  Britannica’s wide variety of content types, including text, images, and information videos, help students different learning styles understand new and complex topics.  A great resources for parents, teachers, and homeschooling!

Britannica Comes Alive in 5! (Pre-recorded video tutorials – under 5 minutes each).

Britannica K-8 Basics (30 minute recorded session)
This webinar was to learn new ways to do research projects with students using Britannica School K-8 and to get ideas for integratihttps://vimeo.com/201048821/1b865085a9ng technology and 21st Century Skills into your library and classrooms!

Attendees will learn about special features including:

  • ‘My Britannica’ to collect, organize, and share favorite content
  • Classroom curriculum resources for American History, World Studies, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and all levels of Language Arts and Math.
  • Expanded video and media content, including a video download feature.
  • Creating standards aligned lesson plans with the lesson plan builder.

Help to Meet Edge Benchmarks  with Oklahoma Digital Prairie Resource – Britannica K-8! (30 minute live session).  Recording will be linked here soon.

Looking for ways to better serve your community with digital resources and technology?  Join us for this 30 minute webinar to discover ways to integrate technology into your communities with Britannica K-8!

Happy viewing!

Shortcuts to EBSCO & Britannica

Help your patrons discover EBSCO & Britannica by creating a desktop shortcut. First minimize all windows.  Then right click in center of the screen. Click New>Shortcut.  In the text box, enter the URL of your choice: For EBSCO, enter: http://search.ebscohost.com/ and for Britannica, http://school.eb.com.  Click Next. In the text box, enter the shortcut name: EBSCO or Britannica School.  Click Finish, then test, and you’re done.

If you want to point to Explora or Consumer Health or any of the specific databases, call ODL at 405-522-3505 and get help with the URL.  Remember EBSCO has Consumer Reports, their Buying Guide, and so much more – so point your patrons to Digital Prairie resources.

Digital Prairie was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

Britannica School – give me my numbers!

Need to obtain your usage statistics? Do you know your Britannica account logins?  The regular database logins will work! First access http://stats.eb.com.  Follow the instructions on the screen to generate your report.  Leave “All Accounts” in the first box and put in the Username/Password for your account only. These are case sensitive. Sessions = logins;  Queries = search terms; Documents = articles accessed and Media = All multimedia, including video clips, extended play videos, audio files, photos, illustrations, maps, interactive timelines, multimedia lessons, etc.

There are two tabs on the main page you can use for additional information labeled Report Help and Report Definitions if needed or contact us at 405-522-3505 with your questions.

Searchasaurus extinct!

Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center will be extinct July 1 and no longer available to your users. If your library website includes direct links to any or all of the three interfaces, you will want to remove them before the end of next week. If your users access EBSCO resources from your Select Services screen, the icons for these interfaces will disappear automatically.

If your library is registered for EBSCO and IP addresses are current, clicking on these will open to the new Explora search boxes: Explora Elementary Student ResearchExplora Middle School Student ResearchExplora Educator’s Edition, and Explora Public Library/High School Search.  Take a look at the Explora User GuideExplora Tutorial and promotion tools. Try Consumer Reports Magazine and explore the Buying Guide in Explora…

Print out these bookmarks to promote the Digital Prairie databases! Each bookmark has a write-in username and password field, allowing you to easily share that information with your patrons. EBSCOhost Bookmark for Schools (pdf)EBSCOhost Bookmark for Public Libraries (pdf), and Britannica School Bookmark for Schools and Public Libraries (pdf).

Have questions? Call ODL at 405-522-3505 and ask for Arlene. For those with EBSCOadmin accounts, here are the directions to enable your Explora interface.

Stop in at 2016 OLA Conference booth

ODL will be at the 2016 OLA conference in Tulsa this week – so stop by the booth and grab some bookmarks. The bookmarks feature Britannica School, EBSCOhost,  and EBSCO’s Explora. There is a blank username and password field, providing an easy way to share that vital information with your patrons. The bookmarks can also be downloaded from the Printables page.  Hope to see you in Tulsa!

EBSCO moved “retirement” to June 2016

EBSCO has postponed the official “retirement” of Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center.  Originally scheduled for discontinuation in January, these three interfaces will remain available through the end of June 2016. However, all libraries must migrate to Explora before the start of the next school year. Visit EBSCO’s Explora support page for more information or call us at ODL.

New Digital Prairie Bookmarks and Events!

New Britannica School BookmarkThe Oklahoma Department of Libraries just unveiled a new series of Digital Prairie bookmarks.  The new bookmarks feature Britannica School, EBSCOhost, and EBSCO’s Explora and are tailored to students and public library customers. They also include a blank username and password field, providing an easy way to share that information with your students and customers. The bookmarks can be downloaded and printed for free from the Printables page.

The Digital Prairie trainer will be at OTA Encyclomedia in Oklahoma City on October 6th – 7th to distribute the new bookmarks, show off the new EBSCO Explora interface, and answer your Digital Prairie questions.  Feel free to contact us with your Digital Prairie questions and/or training needs.


Oklahoma Digital Prairie is your entrance to online services and resources that help you find books, articles, web content and other useful information.