High School Students Gain Access To e-Books
Osceola County High School Students Gain Access To e-Books To Enhance Learning With Leading Technology And Quality Educational Content
Posted on 09/28/2018
Gale Virtual Library Icon ImageNearly 17,000 high school students in the Osceola School District now have access to nonfiction e-Books through the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) to support their studies in all major disciplines, as well as greater access to titles that will assist with college and career readiness. Osceola County students are now able to take advantage of a broad cross-curricular collection of nonfiction titles, supporting science, geography, history, language arts, and other subjects. Not only are titles from Gale included, but many titles from Gale’s more than 150 publishing partners are available as well, such as Britannica, Dorling Kindersley, ABC-Clio, Facts on File, and others.

“We’re demonstrating our commitment to students by providing access to high-quality educational materials that will not only support study across a variety of subjects, but also support the development of 21st Century research skills and information literacy,” said Michelle Jarrett, Library Supervisor for the Osceola School District. “It is important that we value the way our students are changing, and provide valid resources to them in a way that meets the needs of today’s learners.”

All that is needed for students to access GVRL is a web browser—there are no special software requirements. The GVRL platform supports all major devices, and it offers user-friendly features, such as read-aloud technology, article translation into Spanish and other languages, and the ability to download articles for offline access. Multiple students can access the same e-Book at once, which allows the content to be easily incorporated into classroom instruction. In addition, students can access the e-Books directly on their mobile devices or via Gale’s AccessMyLibrary (AML) app for anytime, anywhere access.

GVRL is also integrated with Microsoft for Education. Students and teachers can seamlessly log into their Office 365 within GVRL to easily save, share, and download content, including bookmarks and their personal highlights and notes using their Microsoft Account. Through the One Drive share button, educators can seamlessly link GVRL content to classroom assignments. Elementary-level titles for young children will be available soon, as well as more challenging texts for middle school students.

For more information on the e-Books available to Osceola students or to access the titles, students, teachers, and parents are encouraged to contact their school’s librarian.
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