Supplement and Enhance Instructional Materials Using Library Holdings
Once upon a time, classrooms and libraries were two distinct learning environments. Students physically traversed between the two – bringing research assignments to the library to find information and then returning to the classroom or home to complete their work.
That dynamic is fading, with technology advancements making it possible to blur the boundaries and enable seamless integration of information and classrooms. These changes are helping schools make the most of their investment in content. In the face of shrinking school library budgets, many schools are working to better leverage content to support classroom instruction. Valuable resources that were rarely used can now be accessed anytime, anywhere.
And for students? Easy access to digital content has been proven to enhance critical thinking, technology and information literacy skills – which are important for every student.
The growth of digital solutions in the classroom has been phenomenal in recent years. According to year-over-year survey data from Project Tomorrow, for instance, digital content use in the classroom increased by 45% and mobile learning through tablets and other devices increased by 41%. This movement to digital content integration supports both inquiry-based learning and blended learning environments.
With substantial experience in integrating digital content into classroom learning, Gale offers many ways to bring the benefits of these blurred boundaries to your school, including:
- Ability to share access to trustworthy information through bookmarks and password-embedded URLs to virtually any page or piece of content. Teachers and librarians can send or embed links for students – individually or in groups – to provide easy access to information. And because all content is available simultaneously to an unlimited number of users, no one will need to wait to participate.
- Access to tech tools such as Google Apps for Education, which encompasses tools like Gmail, Drive and Docs. Anyone with a Google account can personalise, save, download and share resources.
- Putting content directly into the teacher and student workflow with Google Classroom. Teachers can share content quickly as an assignment or activity. As the first library technology and content provider with this capability, Gale enables you to be on the forefront of content integration in a meaningful and useful way.
- Easy access to apps that speed information delivery. Students can visit the Chrome web store to download Gale apps, such as our signature In Context series, that link them to the library’s digital content.