Periodicals on Gale InfoTrac for K-12 Schools
School libraries have always been the information hub for students and teachers. But as information access has become more ubiquitous – every 60 seconds, Google1 gets about 4 million search queries – the library’s role has changed and its perceived value has diminished. It is more critical than ever for the school library to extend beyond its physical space, support student outcomes and collaborate with teachers.
A 2012 NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) Schools and Staffing Survey found that “during the 2011-12 school year, only about two-thirds (67 percent) of library media centers in traditional public schools had full-time, paid, state-certified library media center specialists.”3 School libraries are clearly under a lot of pressure.
As the role of the school library has changed, so have the ways Gale supports you. First, we work closely with administrators to integrate library resources into the classroom, bringing the library to students … and, consequently, students to the library. This arrangement also enhances learning. A recent white paper by Project Tomorrow demonstrated that student achievement and engagement both improved using Gale’s digital resources in the classroom.1
The 21st century is here. Support the skills students need, starting today. InfoTrac helps students develop discovery, evaluation, and 21st-century skills. Find out how.
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is a proud member of Partnership for 21st Century Skills, otherwise known as P21. Serving as a catalyst to position 21st century skills at the center of US K-12 education, P21 has built collaborative partnerships among education, business, and government leaders. Governors from 14 states are working with P21 to revise their state standards, create assessments, and implement 21st century skills professional development programs. As the world continues to undergo exponential change, P21 provides tools and resources to help fuse the core subjects (reading, writing, arithmetic, history, science) with the four C's (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity).
A 2012 Pew Research survey of almost 2500 middle school and high school teachers found that teachers were greatly concerned about students’ abilities to judge the quality of online information. In fact, 80% of those teachers had spent valuable class time discussing with students how to assess the reliability of online information, and 71% spent class time discussing how to conduct research online in general.4
1 James, Josh. "Data Never Sleeps 2.0." Domo.com. Domo, 23 Apr. 2014. Web. 2 "2014 National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education." EdTech Times. N.p., 30 May 2014. Web. 09 Feb. 2015. 3 http://assets.cengage.com/gate/shortForm.htm?sc=13M-AG0091&doc=http://www.cengagesites.com/sites/1094/White_Papers/McKinleyTech_WhitePaper_Yr2.pdf?cid=14W-RF0332&iba=14W-RF0332-17 4 Desilver, Drew. "Few Students Likely to Use Print Books for Research." Pew Research Center RSS. N.p., 29 July 2013. Web. 09 Feb. 2015.