Encyclopaedia Britannica

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Encyclopaedia Britannica integration allows users to search and use resources from the Encyclopaedia within Frog.

Configuring Encyclopaedia Britannica in Frog

Partner ID and Shared Key

In order to set up integration between Britannica and Frog you will need both a Partner ID and a Shared Key. These should have been provided to you when you purchased your subscription to the Encyclopaedia.

If you do not have this information, please contact Encyclopaedia Britannica Customer Service at UKBOL@britannica.co.uk, alternatively call 0800 917 7000 or +44 207 500 7843 for customers outside the UK.

Configuring the Toolkit

The settings for integration are located in the toolkit. Click 'Tools' from the top menu when in the Frog 3 Toolkit, then click 'Config'. The dialogue box should be filled in using your own credentials - the credentials in the screenshot below are for reference only.

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Once these details have been entered and you select Save, Frog is set up to integrate with Britannica.

Building the Britannica Widget

Building the page

Nestedpageicon.jpg Create a new page and insert a Nested Page Frog brick from the Common tab. For this example we will use the Blue Component Box as the nested page.

Metasearchicon.jpg Insert a Metatag Search Frog brick into the container in the nested page. The Metatag Search brick can be found in the Media tab and is represented by the icon to the left.

Configuring the Metatag Search brick

In order to set the search brick up to use Britannica, some of the properties need to be changed. Double click on the search brick to open the properties dialogue.

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The first tab (Display Options) allows us to change the settings for how the metatag search brick is displayed. Due to this particular brick being set up for Britannica integration, many of the options here do not require changing. However, you need to make sure that the check box labelled "Display Search Box" is selected, and the rest of the options on this first tab match those shown in the image above.

The second tab (Search Sources) will allow you to specify where the Metatag Search FrogBrick will search for information.

The settings in your dialogue box will need to be altered to match those shown below.

Only the Search Britannica (if available) check box needs to be selected.

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Click OK once you have completed the changes.

If you add a Text and Pictures FrogBrick to the Blue Component box, above the search Frog brick you will be able to give the Search Widget a suitable title.

Your page should now look something like this:

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Preview the page and try typing something into the search box that appears. Once you press enter or click Search, Frog will search Encyclopaedia Britannica for articles matching your search terms. Double click on one of these results to view the article on the Britannica website.

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Using Britannica within Frog

As a teacher you can set work for individual students or classes using Britannica resources.

To set work, navigate to a page containing the Teacher Assigned Work brick (this page would normally be called "My Set Work").

From here there are several options to utilise Britannica. You could:

  • Add a resource. This could be a Britannica article for the students to read.
  • Add a link to a Britannica worksheet or quiz for students to complete.
  • Add your own personal resources.

To add a resource

From the Teacher Assigned Work brick select Quick Issue Work. Select the Resources tab then "Search Metatagged Resources".

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Type in your search topic into the Search Box and click "Search". When you have found the article you wish to use click "Add" followed by "OK".

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The lesson can then be assigned as normal.

To add a link

From the Teacher Assigned Work brick select Quick Issue Work. Select the Resources tab then "New" > "Link".

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Type in or copy and paste the URL of the Britannica worksheet, quiz or page you would like to add. Fill in the Title and Description and click OK.

The link will appear in the left hand pane of the Resources tab. To add the link to the assignment you need to highlight the link and click "Add" so that it appears in the selected files on the right hand pane of the tab.

Assign the work

You can then assign this work to individuals or groups of students.

  • Click on "All Contacts" to find individual students by surname.
  • Click on "Groups" to find groups of students, e.g. classes.

Once you have highlighted your selected student or group, click the across arrow and click OK.

Known Issues

Please be aware that the links to Britannia should be set up to avoid opening in an iframe (scroll frame) - as a result, please make sure that if you are linking directly to Britannica that this is done from areas other than the ePortfolio area, which attempts to open in a scroll frame.