More and more educators are looking at electronic resources as the primary research tools to be used in K-12 classrooms. Recognizing this trend, commercial vendors are transferring many of their products from print to online. In most cases, the online version offers features not available in the print publication. Additional features often include suggested curriculum activities, study tools, current events resources, and links to other Web sites and products. The packages offered by commercial vendors are designed to enhance the overall educational environment for teachers and students and present opportunities for research and classroom tools beyond traditional print resources.
I have spoken with representatives of a number of major vendors about the greater use of online resources in the K-12 curriculum and discussed with them how they are addressing this trend through the products they currently offer, as well as what they are planning to release in the near future. The March/April 2005 issue of MultiMedia & Internet@Schools featured Part 1 of my review of these products
. Featured vendors in that article were ABC-CLIO Schools, EBSCO Publishing, ProQuest Information and Learning, Thomson Gale, and H.W. Wilson. Here, in Part 2, I am reviewing the products offered by Facts On File
, Greenwood Electronic Publishing
, and World Book
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