Classroom Resources Available from Ball State University Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar

Students, faculty, and other educators can access important classroom resources like maps, lessons, and learning games created by the GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) from the University Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar Institutional Repository. Cardinal Scholar allows users to access these valuable resources from any location with Web availability.

Teachers and student-teachers can find numerous games, posters, lesson plans, map worksheets and activities, cartographic tutorials, and other resources in Cardinal Scholar. These classroom resources, known as reusable learning objects (RLO’s), were developed specifically for K-12 teachers to use and share.

You can access the Cardinal Scholar Institutional Repository by visiting the University Libraries’ Web page or go directly to it, http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/.

Teachers and students from around the world have used GRMC teaching and learning resources accessible through Cardinal Scholar. A student-teacher from Shenandoah Elementary School (Middletown, Indiana) used posters to create a Veterans Day exhibit at her school, and student-teacher Kevin Ginder created a bulletin board at Mount Comfort Elementary School (Mount Comfort, Indiana) using materials from Cardinal Scholar.

Danielle Boultinghouse accessed many of the GRMC’s resources for her lessons while teaching at an urban school in Indianapolis. “I used map posters of Australia during a weeklong unit. The students loved the maps and being able to learn about a faraway place. I also used the Ball State Cardinal Life board game in a lesson about college and used maps to teach about using scale and determining distance for math class.”

Chelsea Wappes used Cardinal Scholar while teaching in Fort Wayne and said “… map resources are a fabulous tool for teachers.” A graduate student studying in England used some of the cartographic tutorials available from Cardinal Scholar to teach students how to read topographic maps.

James Carson, County Wicklow, Ireland, learned about a Jane Austen literary map available from the GRMC by using the Guide to Cartographic Resources for English/Literature in Cardinal Scholar. A cartographic lesson plan on the Cold War available from Cardinal Scholar was published in a Virginia state textbook by Five Ponds Press.

To find all of the available resources from the GRMC, click on “Communities and Collections” on the left side of the page. Scroll down to the Information Technology section, and the GIS Research and Map Collection will be listed under University Libraries. On the GRMC collection home page, click on “browse by title” in the middle of the page. This lists all the titles in the collection. For a more specific search, you may also type in a subject, such as “Africa” or “game.” Users can click on the title of the resource and save it for use in papers, presentations, or other research or print any of the games and maps.

For more information about any of these classroom resources or using Cardinal Scholar, contact Melissa S. Gentry. ◙

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