What is it?
Britannica Online School Edition is an online version of Encyclopedia Britannica subscribed to by WSSD librarians. Aside from encylopedia articles, Britannica Online School Edition offers related materials including images, video clips, animations, manipulatives, and interactive lessons. Learn more!
How do I access the website?
When in school, students can access Britannica Online School Edition by going to http://school.eb.com/ or from their school library websites. Access from home is possible with the district login that can also be retrieved from your school librarian.
How do I use it for research?
Brtiannice Online School Edition is organized into three levels for elementary, middle, and high school. Users can search all levels at once or enter a specific level to begin research. Each level's homepage and encylcopedia articles are age-appropriate in design. There's even an interactive learning zone for PreK - 2 grades. Start a search by keyword or topic.
Encylopedia articles typically list additional content and materials, related images, mulitmedia if availalbe, citations, and curriculum standards. Students can switch levels while viewing an article, if needed. Sharing and storage options inlcude printing, emailing, and saving to the Workspace.
What will I find there?
Britannica Online School Edition is more than just a digital encyclopedia. Students will find quick links to dictionaries, atlases, headline news, statistics, highlights in history, and important people.
Teachers have access to Learning Materials that include study guides, interactive lessons, online activities, printable worksheets, and other exercises in all levels of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Is there a way for students to store, save, and track their research materials and progress?
Sure. The Workspace feature is a way for students to create a personalized account to collect research materials. Students can save encyclopedia articles, images, videos and media, quotations, and timelines. A Workspace project can be accessed from school, home, or the library. Using the Britannica Online Workspace
Is there anything for special needs?
Britannica Online School Edition inlcudes a "read aloud" option, in-text vocabulary help, and a Spanish translator.
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