Farmington Hills, MI -- May 4, 2021. Gale, a Cengage company, is making the reading experience for young learners more user-friendly. The company has integrated its K-5 eBook content into the Gale In Context: Elementary platform. Now young users can easily navigate and access K-5 eBook content from Gale on one trusted platform, making their learning experience easier and uninterrupted, improving digital literacy outcomes . Read Gale's blog about the integration.
As students navigate an increasing number of digital platforms in remote and blended learning environments, it's easy for them to get frustrated. This is especially true for young students who don't currently have the digital expertise required to toggle between tools in search of the content they need. Gale In Context: Elementary's new eBook integration streamlines the learning experience in a single platform, eliminating the need to open multiple tools to access Gale's K-5 content.
"We want kids to be excited about learning, not overwhelmed. So, the fewer barriers to learning the better," said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. "That's why we've enhanced Gale in Context: Elementary to match how students naturally navigate online by providing content in a way that fits their existing workflows. Everything young learners need to find answers and explore their interests is now all in one place."
The Gale in Context: Elementary platform now includes a "Books" tab that seamlessly connects students directly to K-5 eBooks from Gale, providing a true one-stop-shop for elementary school content. This also increases the likelihood that students will find and read the eBooks they have access to.
Other new features and capabilities in Gale in Context: Elementary include:
- Improved Book View Experience: eBooks now open in a visually-appealing, easy-to-use reader that displays content clearly.
- ReadSpeaker in Book View: ReadSpeaker functionality is included for every eBook and is optimized for young students.
- Cross Search: users can search across K-5 eBooks titles within Gale In Context: Elementary, offering a unified, kid-friendly experience. This means young learners are no longer required to log into the Gale eBooks platform to read these titles. To support multiple user paths, all K-5 eBooks are still accessible through Gale eBooks alongside the rest of a school's eBook content.
With Gale In Context: Elementary, students can find eBooks across a variety of topics and view them alongside reference, periodical and multimedia content. Unlike other eBook platforms, this wrap-around content provides context for each title and offers students an easy path to learn more. In addition, unlimited simultaneous user access and text-to-speech capability for every title provides expanded accessibility and an equitable experience for all users.
Gale In Context databases have a long history of supporting academic achievement and future-ready skill development. In a recent nationwide study conducted by Project Tomorrow on behalf of Gale[i]0F0F, 91 percent of teachers said their students' research skills improved from using the Gale In Context databases to support their assignments and projects. Additionally, after using Gale In Context: Elementary, 70 percent of the students said they were now comfortable doing a research project on their own, and 79 percent agreed that they were comfortable using online databases to support their research assignments.
Gale In Context: Elementary is an award-winning, K-5 resource that provides kid-appropriate content across a wide variety of subjects. Designed with the student in mind, Gale In Context: Elementary is an easy to use resource, aligned to standards and ready to use both in and outside of the classroom. The product is built using familiar Gale In Context design elements, making it easy for students to grow with Gale and develop their research skills as they progress to databases like Gale In Context: Middle School and Gale In Context: High School.
For more information or to request a trial of Gale In Context: Elementary, visit: www.gale.com/c/in-context-elementary.
About Cengage and Gale
Cengage, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. The company currently serves the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, believes in the power and joy of learning. For schools, the company helps drive positive outcomes by providing essential, curriculum-aligned content that empowers educators to solve curriculum challenges and meet students where they are. Today that includes supporting distance and social and emotional learning as well as equity and inclusion goals. Gale's K-12 offerings extend from educational databases and custom eBook collections to instructional tools and professional development resources. For more information, please visit www.gale.com/schools.