PRINCETON, NJ, October 16, 2014 – Britannica Digital Learning, a provider of reliable, high-quality PreK-16 resources for deep research and supplemental curriculum solutions, is partnering with, a professional learning and social network for the education community, to present Ignite Digital Learning, to transform learning to reach every student’s true potential.

Ignite Digital Learning is a free professional learning community (PLC) where educators, librarians, and administrators can explore strategies and tactics for getting every child to be a better thinker, better reader, and better writer, through the use of digital resources. The new PLC offers educators a place to post questions, start discussions, share practical tips, and get feedback from experts and peers, on ways to jumpstart curiosity and critical thinking, celebrate independent discovery, and help every student collaborate, communicate, and achieve.

Ignite Digital Learning is hosted on This PLC provides free webinars as an opportunity for educators to come together to work on topics such as preparing students with the skills they will need for the world they will shape, real-world applications that make learning relevant and enjoyable, and differentiating digital content and strategies to reach all students wherever learning takes them. Additional themes to be explored include involving parents and family members in digital discoveries and the value of digital resources for supporting curriculum standards, increasing student engagement, and strengthening existing classroom and library materials.

This free online PLC has many benefits for educators, librarians, and administrators. Participants will receive a CE Certificate for attending a live webinar or for viewing a recording. Ignite Digital Learning is a growing PD hub with webinar archives, CE quizzes, and support materials that can be accessed at anytime, anywhere.

“Britannica has been synonymous with learning for over 200 years,” said Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of “We are delighted to partner with Britannica Digital Learning to help teachers learn how Britannica’s expanding digital content can help students of today’s generation develop a passion for learning.”

Michael Ross, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Britannica Digital Learning stated, “ has become an important source of professional learning for educators and Britannica is enthusiastic about adding its voice and support via our own community. We look forward to generating dialog and practical ideas about how to use high-quality online content and instructional resources to ensure that students are well-prepared for the world they’ll shape.”

On Monday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m., Sara Torpey, Manager of Curriculum Specialists at Britannica Digital Learning, will present the Ignite Digital Learning community’s first webinar Picture This: Engaging Students with Online Images. The one-hour session will show educators how they can use online images to spark curiosity and increase the rigor and demand of lessons and activities at all grade levels. Educators can register here.

Educators are invited join the free Ignite Digital Learning PLC on to stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in discussions with peers and experts, and gain access to valuable resources.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Schmucki, Founder and CEO,
908-407-2755 |

Sandy Schusteff, Executive Director, Institutional Marketing, Britannica Digital Learning

About Britannica Digital Learning
Britannica Digital Learning (BDL) provides reliable, high-quality resources for deep research and supplemental curriculum solutions for educators and students in grades PreK-16. Our products are created by scholarly experts, skilled editors, educators and curriculum specialists. They’re designed to ignite curiosity and collaboration in students and make teaching and learning more effective in the classroom, from the library, or at home, and on any device. Products include Britannica® School, Britannica ImageQuest™, and Pathways: Science™. BDL is a division of Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. and is headquartered in Chicago. Learn more at

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