As an alternative to researching on the internet, Thomson Gale has developed a database especially for K-5 students, called Kids InfoBits, that students can use to hone their research techniques. “Kids learn by using computers, and we’d like to teach them early on that there are quality research alternatives to the open web,” said Ben Mondloch, Thomson Gale’s executive vice president of K-12 education. “What sets Kids InfoBits apart from other K-5 databases is that it addresses the way kids learn and also fulfills states’ information literacy requirements.” The Kids InfoBits database includes many resources: 13 age-appropriate, full-text Thomson Gale reference books offering more than 2,200 topic overviews and biographies; more than 100 full-text magazines suitable for elementary students; the Merriam Webster’s Elementary Dictionary; biographies and pictures of each American president, along with pictures of their first ladies and vice presidents; more than 5,000 full-color pictures, maps, flags, seals, charts, tables, and graphs; and more. Recognizing that students have varying reading abilities, Kids InfoBits allows students to conduct searches by picture or keyword. Students learn to narrow very broad topics, differentiate between types of content sources, and interpret charts and graphs. Kids InfoBits costs $495 per building and includes unlimited and remote access.
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