Britannica aiding digital citizens in schools nationwide

Britannica Digital Learning

Britannica Digital Learning are leading providers of digital learning products. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., is a global digital educational publisher with products that provide timely, relevant and trustworthy information and instructional products used in schools, universities, homes, libraries and workplaces throughout the world. Britannica Digital Learning work closely with schools, parents and educators, designing products for the 21st-century classroom and today’s home learning environments. They are a pioneer in digital education, and their products are marked by engaging and trustworthy content.

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Online resource experts Britannica are working with schools across the UK to support students in becoming good and knowledgeable global citizens. Britannica Digital Learning’s content is all editorially checked to ensure all articles and images are age-appropriate, and teachers can be confident that students are using a reliable safe resource with full citation information included.

At the end of 2015, the Department of Education published a proposal to better ensure students are protected from harm online – requiring all schools to have a filtering system in place and that students learn about safeguarding. While the first element (filtering systems) is designed to help students stay safe in school, the second element (students learning about safeguarding) is there to help them stay safe out of the classroom.

“I seek to make students aware of how interconnected the world is,” said library consultant Terry Roper. “I want students to realise how wonderful this can be, as well as the downsides to this interconnectedness… I think it is important to model ethical use of information, appropriate digital etiquette, and web safety and to provide students with safe authentic experiences with online arenas.”

Britannica’s products include the likes of Britannica School, Britannica Library, Britannica E-books and Britannica Pathways: Science, each catering to a specific area of school life.

A librarian at Abingdon School added: “Teachers are grateful that they can point students towards a reliable source of information and so regularly use Britannica as the starting point for research assignments. If you want to wean students off Wikipedia and Google and help them become independent learners, Britannica is the way to go.”

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