FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and Chagrin Falls, Ohio – August 29, 2018 – Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools has seen an increase in student engagement by making database researching fun. The district is using Kids InfoBits from Gale, a Cengage company, to design lesson plans that focus on developing students' research and critical thinking skills. This enables students to gain comfort with database researching as they transition to higher grade levels, putting them on a path to discovery that fosters future-ready skills. Read Gale's blog about Chagrin Falls.
Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools District is located just outside of Cleveland in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with nearly 2,000 prek-12 students across four schools. As a technology-focused district with a mission to provide an educational experience that empowers students to maximize their potential, the district needs digital resources that not only teach students how to properly conduct research, but easily integrate into classroom curriculum and workflow. Chagrin Falls chose Kids InfoBits, an intuitive resource that introduces students to database researching.
"I love the browsing ability that comes with Kids InfoBits," said Angie Jameson, Library Media Specialist for Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools. "Introducing our students to research and synthesis skills using topics they are interested in results in much deeper engagement compared to assigning students a research topic while attempting to teach these difficult skills."
Kids InfoBits' research-friendly platform allows students to explore age-appropriate content that's continuously updated to match elementary-level curricula. Students can dive into key subjects by exploring categories like animals, arts, geography, health, literature, social studies, people and technology.
"Kids love the graphics! When we design lessons, we use the graphics to help guide the instruction," said Jameson. "Plus, students can easily find appropriate content and news with a ‘child-friendly spin.' The read-aloud option and ability to translate the content into any given language…that's what made us realize just how amazing the Kids InfoBits accessibility features are."
When thinking back on her 10th grade class who had difficulty with citations, Jameson is excited that she and her team are actively introducing intermediate students to these practices—and building a strong foundation that is getting them excited about research.
Read the entire story about Chagrin Falls' success with Kids InfoBits.
About Cengage and Gale
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when, and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.