Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Small Wires, Big Learning A Britannica Online Success Story

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Small Wires, Big Learning A Britannica Online Success Story

Article excerpt

In the computer labs serving the 5th through 12th grade students of Branksome Hall in Toronto, Canada, the servers are buzzing and the mice are clicking at an increasingly fevered pace. Much of this recent excitement can be attributed to the school's new subscription to Britannica Online. This online resource allows students of all grade levels to explore, learn and research on a wide variety of topics, from the struggles of African Americans to current events such as the world's ever-changing diplomatic relationship with China.

Branksome Hall's librarians are now using Britannica Online to propel the school headfirst into the Information Age. Educators are teaching their students how to mine Britannica Online's treasure trove of multimedia resources: pictures, movies, sounds, essays, information and secure Web links that bring the world to life like never before.

Putting Online Reference to Work

"Within days of implementing Britannica Online (www.eb.com) as a reference tool, we were eager to design worksheets and lesson plans so all of our computer classes could utilize its power. And when the classroom teachers saw how well it worked and how accessible it was for all students, we immediately began helping them incorporate Britannica Online into their everyday assignments," recalls librarian Jane Moore. "At one time, we had learners involved in the in-depth study of impressionist artists and defining various artistic styles, while others were using Britannica Online to report on the composition of textiles, and yet another class was tracing the background of the literary images of air, earth, fire and water in a novel they were studying."

While teachers are busy fusing Britannica Online's resources with their lesson plans, students at Branksome have also made Britannica's online encyclopedia a regular part of their studies. "From preparing small class presentations on modern inventions to conducting independent studies on John Keats, Britannica Online has proven to be incredibly useful when used to retrieve background information, outline a topic or help these learners formulate a framework for their research," says librarian, Gayle Reid. …

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