Product Update: Testing and Education Reference Center

| By Kristin Fust, Product Manager | Several new features are coming to the test-taking experience within Testing and Education Reference Center. These enhancements are currently available for preview within the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Exams will be migrated to the new experience on a rolling basis, … Read more

9 Things that Make Libraries Great

| By Gale Staff |

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

–Albert Einstein

 

Albert knew.  And many people today know.  Libraries are amazing resources, community assets, and treasure troves of knowledge.  But what makes them so amazing?  Here are nine things we think make libraries unique and valuable.

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Gale Interactive Takes the Struggle Out of Science

| By Gale Staff | Gale Interactive: Science provides a comprehensive view of the most-studied science subjects. Authoritative, high-quality digital content is paired with interactive 3D models to empower a complete learning solution. Going beyond just simple, flat text on a page, Gale Interactive: Science is a highly visual online tool that empowers instructors to teach science topics … Read more

Teacher Tools Available for Britannica eBooks

That’s right. Nearly 400 Britannica eBooks on GVRL can now be accompanied with notes that are extremely helpful to teachers. What’s inside each teacher note document? Teachers will find a summary of the text, related standards, vocabulary used, and discussion prompts for use prior to independent reading sessions, as well as questions for students to … 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

Countdown to Summer Reading

Although the first day of summer may be a few months away, we know you are already preparing for an influx of learners seeking various types of content. And putting together a cohesive summer reading program that fits this year’s theme, Build a Better World™, not only for elementary aged children but also teens and adults, can be overwhelming.

But it doesn’t have to be.

We would love to learn more about your library’s summer reading initiatives because “Building a Better World” means something different to every library. Simply fill out our questionnaire and a Gale Representative will provide you with recommendations on new and notable eBook content added to Gale eBooks on GVRL tailored specifically to your library and programming needs. 

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Product Update: Exciting Video Additions and Increased Text Size to Kids InfoBits!

Recently, Gale partnered with Visual Learning Systems, an educational science publisher whose mission is to provide high quality, visual-based content that instructs, challenges, and inspires young learners. Nearly 600 high-quality educational videos on concepts essential to STEM learning have been added to Kids InfoBits. These recently added and powerful teaching tools are approximately 1-3 minutes … Read more

Calling all Libraries to Be a Part of the Big Picture

Posted on June 6, 2016

ENTER THE MY LIBRARY PIC PHOTO SWEEPSTAKES 

Libraries complete our big picture vision. And over the next few weeks, we’re asking YOU to participate in helping us shape that vision. Send us a picture of how your library integrates and embraces technology!

The My Library Pic Photo sweepstakes is for all libraries, big or small, and all types of photographers (professional or amateur). Now through June 30, 2016, submit a photo to any of the 4 categories below, and your library could win big.

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New Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History: Lively, First Person, and Real

Posted on May 26, 2016

Primary sources have been called snippets of history – small windows that show a picture of one moment in time. A letter, a memoir, a personal account – each provides a unique, often personal perspective. And when they are put together in a meaningful way, they create a full and rich picture of historical events, people, and developments while supporting national learning standards.

By directly engaging with artifacts and individual records, students can explore, analyze, and delve more deeply into a topic.  In addition, primary sources help students:

  • Develop critical thinking skills by examining meaning, context, bias, purpose, point of view, and more.
  • Pursue independent learning as they construct knowledge by interacting with sources that represent different accounts of the same event/topic.
  • Understand how viewpoints and biases affect interpretation of history.

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Huddle Up Your Sports Enthusiasts

Posted May 23, 2016

Join the 2016 Summer Reading Program
Are you ready for the swarm of kids eager to learn about today’s most admired sports and athletes? 2016 Summer Reading Program is upon us, and learning shouldn’t stop when classes are out for the summer. Keep your library’s school-aged users engaged and on track with fun and authoritative eBooks from Gale.

From DK and Britannica Digital Learning to ABDO Publishing and more, young learners will have better access to your sports resources with the ability to save content to Google Drive for later use. 

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