HOUSTON, TX (July 16, 2007) – Questia Media, Inc. announces the launch of Questia School, a dynamic online collection of 27,000+ books, assembled to support English/Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum, advanced studies, and professional development.
Questia School is comprised of three content collections, each developed to enrich and extend reading and research opportunities for high school students, educators and school administrators.
- Questia High School offers access to 14,000+ books in the English/Language Arts and Social Studies disciplines. Each title in the collection has been hand-selected by Questia content experts to align with curriculum and content-area standards. The collection is also Lexile™ rated, with included titles encompassing a Lexile range of 750 to 1350; this provides a spectrum of leveled reading opportunities. Questia High School also offers 350 educator-developed lesson plans that integrate Questia resources, helping teachers build rigorous, content-rich instructional programs.
- Questia Achieve, an “add-on” to Questia High School, delivers 9,000+ titles appropriate for advanced level courses such as Advanced Placement®* classes and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme†. Many of the books in this collection are typically found in college library holdings. Content in Questia Achieve typically offers a Lexile™ range of 1350 to 1800.
- Questia Professional Collection provides 3,500 books covering a range of educational professional development topics. Emphasizing both educational theory and instructional practice, this collection can serve as the informational foundation of systemic professional development initiatives and can also be used effectively for reference and research for teachers and administrators pursuing advanced degrees.
Tim Harris, President and CEO of Questia Media, Inc., said, “We have worked with leading educators, subject-area experts, and our own content selection teams to build these collections expressly for the K-12 community. The collections’ depth and breadth, our classroom-tested lesson plans, and our innovative digital research tools reflect our strong commitment to the K-12 market.”
Vice President of K-12 Sales, Linda Bessmer added, “With the launch of Questia School, we’re offering affordable building- and district-wide subscription options. Every site and district subscriber will also have access to our professional training services which include onsite, web-based, pre-recorded and multiple-format options. Educators have asked us for solutions that offer students access to higher-level content that is supported with both 21st century digital research tools and lesson plans that provide real rigor. Our new collections help teachers prepare students for college-level work, career opportunities and citizenship and the new Questia Professional Collection gives educators a 24/7 resource to support their own professional growth goals.”
Preview accounts, an online interactive demo, sample lesson plans, and additional information about Questia School are available online at www.questiaschool.com.
About Questia Media, Inc.
Questia Media, Inc. is a leading provider of copyrighted information and educational resources for the digital age. Students, instructors, hobbyists, enthusiasts and lifelong learners in more than 200 countries rely on our products to enhance their understanding of both academic and popular subjects.
With over 8 years experience providing a digital library and online reading and research environment, as well as a dedicated staff of librarians and contractual relationships with more than 300 major publishers, Questia is well-positioned for growth in the education and lifelong learning markets. In 2007, Questia implemented a revolutionary new book scanning process, and focused development on improving user experience. The end result will be rapid growth in collection depth and breadth, and significant improvements in the experience of reading and interacting with books online.