Excerpted from EdWeek Online (see full article by clicking here) At a time when schools are requiring more and more digital resources, the announcement this month that Encylopedia Britannica will cease publishing the print edition of its 32-volume set and focus efforts on digitial offerings. In fact the news of the demise of the printed set after 244 years drew questions about the need for schools, especially in a financially challenging environment, to pay for such reference materials-whether they be online or in print-in an age of seemingly limitless free resources available on the Web. School Librarians say that encyclopedias and other reference materials continue to play a crucial role in K-12 schools. ”There is a real sense of security to be able to direct students to resources like encyclopedias,” said Susi Grissom, the librarian at the 396-student William B. Travis Academy and Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted in the Dallas School District. A Britannica competitor, Encyclopedia Americana, published by the New York City-based Scholastic, ceased publishing its print edition in 2006, moving its efforts online under the Grolier Online umbrella, said Hugh Roome, the President of Consumer and Professional Publishing at Scholastic.
Big Sandy School District is providing great professional development through eNetColorado. Their high school staff just completed the Assessment in the 21st Century Classroom. Because of the great demands on rural teachers to wear many hats and take on multiple roles, time and resources are high priority. High school principal, Sammie Swennes felt that eNetColorado online professional development was just the key for her staff. She really appreciated the fact that eNetColorado worked to make this course special for her staff. A face-to-face orientation was requested to begin the course and a special celebration was also held to hand out certificates and also enjoy some refreshments as well. The following picture is just a part of the staff that completed the course.
Sue Snyder, Principal Sammie Swennes, Jeanne Gieck, Whitney Zimmerman, and Doug Cox.
Sal Khan will be speaking Friday, May 4, 2012, 6:00 p.m – 7:15 p.m. -Doors open at 4:00 p.m.
Magness Arena, Daniel L. Ritchie Center
2240 East Buchtel Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208
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Also explore the standards aligned Khan Academy resources and other free resources that can be accessed through the eNetColorado DREAM site
Browse the growing collection of free resources from sources like NASA, Khan Academy, and Colorado based organizations like the PhET Simulations from the University of Colorado.