Restorative Justice in the Classroom: Creating Empathy and Responsibility

| Originally posted by Times 10 Publications | According to the Civil Rights Data Collection, of the 49 million students enrolled in public schools in 2011–2012, 3.5 million were suspended in school, 3.45 million were suspended out of school, and 130,000 were expelled.1 Another concerning fact from this source is that Black students are suspended … Read more

Getting to Know Your Students: Searching for the Spark

| Originally posted by Times 10 Publications | Teachers often get swept up in student achievement. That’s understandable—it’s one of our primary jobs. But teachers also have an obligation to foster student passion. When students pursue their passion, their spark, they’re engaged. That spark is hidden in some students. Others don’t even realize they have … Read more

Exciting Updates to Miss Humblebee’s Academy Further Grow Learner’s Success

| By Gale Staff | Miss Humblebee’s Academy is unlike any other online preschool learning program available to libraries. It offers a fun, inviting, and safe environment with hundreds of online and offline activities to prepare children ages three to six for kindergarten proficiency. In fact, the offline curriculum accounts for 40 percent of the … Read more

In Context Suite Gains New Features and Functionality

Customer feedback is important at Gale. In response to your suggestions, we are excited to announce that a number of enhancements will automatically become available in Gale’s In Context suite of products on March 26, providing increased functionality, easier access to our most used tools, and more for continuity across our resources. These changes were designed with you … Read more

10 Reasons Why GVRL is Ideal for Classroom Use

To aid in the adoption of eBooks for instruction, here are 10 reasons we hear Gale eBooks on GVRL is uniquely positioned to support instruction and affordability initiatives. In the course of developing this list, we consulted with librarians, faculty partners, as well as our own instructional designers and product managers. This list should clear up … Read more

Creating Purposeful Content for the Classroom

| By Jessica Bomarito| I have just returned from San Francisco, where I attended NCSS—the annual conference for the National Council for the Social Studies. I arrived in San Francisco on a cold, rainy Thursday— an evening in the midst of a protest designed to raise awareness to the housing needs of the city’s homeless … Read more

Two Minutes with Carrie Kotcho,
A. James Clark Director of Education & Outreach, Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Increased classroom engagement. Motivation to learn. Improved critical thinking skills. Hear Carrie C. Kotcho, A. James Clark Director of Education & Outreach, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, explain how primary source materials accomplish all this and more. In addition, you’ll be able to explore how Smithsonian Primary Sources In U.S. History puts these hand-curated … Read more

Pre-K Learning Resource Receives Update

Customer feedback is important at Gale. In response to your suggestions, Miss Humblebee’s Academy users will experience platform enhancements, new parent resources, and added educational content. Improved Classroom Usability Parents and young learners will see a common functionality across many of the pages within the classroom navigation. Users can make selections by categories from the … Read more

Flipped Classroom – Where Were You When I Needed You?

By Debra Kirby

If the flipped classroom concept had existed when I was a student, I might have avoided one of my most vivid and unpleasant childhood experiences — a home visit by my 4th grade teacher after repeated but failed attempts to curb my chattiness in his classroom. Mr. Y was a very nice guy and good teacher and had tried his best by moving my desk to different locations around the classroom, including and lastly right next to his desk at the front of the room, all to no avail. I was happy to talk to him too! Watching Mr. Y get out of his car and head up our walkway was one of those frozen in time memories for me. I can still recall the panicky feeling when I realized he was coming to my house.

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What My Seventh Grader Taught Me About Google Classroom

Posted on June 15, 2016

By Traci Cothran

“Kids these days don’t know how good they have it.”  It’s an old adage, but I swear these days it really is true.  Long gone are the days of Wite-Out, word processors, having to visit the library to see if a book for class is available, and walking five miles through snow (barefoot!) to get to school.

The Google Classroom integration with Gale products only provides more fodder for this truism – as it makes life much more manageable for students.  Middle-grade students on up use Google Classroom to seamlessly to connect from home – or any other location via cellphone or tablet – to view classroom assignments, post their homework documents (in Word, Prezi or other software), and much more.  Kids can also access e-learning texts this way, along with reference databases from their library’s collection, and our Gale databases can easily be highlighted, cut and pasted, and cited, then uploaded to the student’s Google Drive account.  Easy-peasy!  Sure, my daughter still has print text books, but they are no longer the primary guide to classroom activities – teachers can (and do) easily use multiple sources for lessons.  It’s a Brave New World out there in education.

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