The Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) is a free resource to all Alabama residents. You do not need a username or password as long as you are in the state of Alabama because the AVL website uses Geolocation. The AVL is an online database containing journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and even E-books. It is accessible at any location (home, school, etc.) via the internet. The AVL contains both student and adult resources. Let's take a look.
There are so many great resources available through the AVL. Britannica High School is one of my all time favorites. This resource is easy to use and has many great features to meet the needs of every learner. Please watch the brief video below to learn more.
The middle school resource that I would like to highlight is InfoBits. The InfoBits database if very visually appealing and easy to navigate. It includes many of the same features we covered in Britannica High School plus a few extras! Let's take a look. (Correction to the video: When you select the "Save" option it will put the file in your folder.)
Finally, the elementary resource that I would like to introduce you to is PebbleGo. I have used PebbleGo for many many years now and I have to say that it is by far my favorite early elementary resource for research. Students in grades K-3 can easily navigate PebbleGo. It is interactive and therefore keeps young student's attention. Watch this brief video to learn more about PebbleGo.
Now that you have seen a few of the resources that are offered through the Alabama Virtual Library, how will you use it in your classroom? Here are a few suggestions: