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November 04, 2014

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Learning.com Brings Digital Literacy to High School Students with Project NextTech
EBSCO Modernizes Publication Discovery with Full-Text Finder
Rand McNally’s World Atlas Available Through Sunburst Digital, Inc.
EBSCO Introduces Flipster, a New Way to Access Digital Magazines

Learning.com Brings Digital Literacy to High School Students with Project NextTech

Learning.com has announced Project NextTech, a high school digital literacy course that helps prepare students for success in high school, college, and their future career opportunities. The content is based on curriculum developed by the nonprofit Generation YES through years of research and student and teacher feedback. Project NextTech addresses the 24 performance indicators in the ISTE Standards for Students and provides authentic learning experiences along with opportunities for students to demonstrate their skills through projects and a final portfolio.

Project NextTech’s curriculum is organized around three core topics:

  • Technology Literacy: students develop technology skills and the ability to select the right tool for the context and audience.

  • Information Literacy: students locate and access information, evaluate information critically and competently, and use information effectively and ethically.

  • Media Literacy: students access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in all its forms.

Spanning two semesters, Project NextTech is divided into four nine-week curriculum blocks consisting of eight weeks of instruction and a one-week project. Each unit includes a teacher preparation section, student overview and performance-based activities to help educators evaluate student understanding. As a course capstone, students create a digital portfolio to showcase their projects and other examples of their best work.

Students can use their portfolios to demonstrate capabilities when applying to colleges or employment opportunities that require digital skills. The course also helps students identify strengths and interests while researching potential career choices.

Project NextTech will be available for schools to implement starting January 2015.

Source: Learning.com, learning.com

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EBSCO Modernizes Publication Discovery with Full-Text Finder

EBSCO Information Service (EBSCO) has announced the introduction of Full-Text Finder (FTF). Available to all EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) customers with their subscription, and as a stand-alone application to non-subscribers, Full-Text Finder delivers an intuitive, time-saving experience when searching for journals, ebooks and articles, and managing the library’s holdings, according to the announcement.

Full-Text Finder features an integrated workflow solution that includes a state-of-the-art publication search service and vendor-neutral link resolver, along with a knowledge base and streamlined Holdings and Link Management (HLM). A part of EBSCOadmin, HLM allows library administrators to save time with integrated auto-population of holdings; auto-complete to readily identify and find resources; and a multitude of workflow enhancements.

FTF is the culmination of extensive research and development to identify library and end-user needs, understand user habits, and deliver a modern experience to find journals and manage holdings. EBSCO built FTF from the ground up as the natural progression of the EBSCO experience with EBSCO A-to-Z and LinkSource, which have been the familiar publication browse and link resolver respectively focused on journals and journal content. The proliferation of more than a million ebooks and the growth to thousands of journal packages and full-text databases required a new approach to handle the massive volume of content while meeting the expectations of today’s users.

The features of Full-Text Finder that improve the end user experience include:

* Seamless Discovery Integration - A single place for users to conduct standard discovery as well as known-item citation lookup in a seamless and integrated manner. Users no longer go to one place for A-Z and another for discovery.

* Responsive Auto-Complete - The most advanced auto-complete technology in the industry. FTF anticipates what a user is looking for, eliminates the need to navigate through an antiquated alphabet directory, and does away with the endless hunt-and-peck browsing to find a specific title. This makes FTF orders of magnitude faster and more efficient for library users.

* Publication-Targeted Full Text Search - The ability for users to quickly and easily target their search to the full text within a title. No other A -Z product in the industry provides this functionality.

* Discipline-Specific Browse - A simplified subject browse with built-in searching, eliminating the point at which most users traditionally give up when trying to find titles related to a particular topic.

* State-of-the-Art Linking - Seamless integration of OpenURL linking and SmartLinks that are guaranteed to get users directly to the full text without traditional linker menus.

* Faceting of Publication Search Results - The ability for users to quickly narrow search results to only those that are most relevant.

Full-Text Finder is being released to existing customers of EBSCO A-to-Z and LinkSource in phases to ensure continuous, uninterrupted service during the migration period. To learn more about the benefits of Full-Text Finder, visit ebscohost.com/discovery.

Source: EBSCO Information Services, ebsco.com/

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Rand McNally’s World Atlas Available Through Sunburst Digital, Inc.

Sunburst Digital, Inc. has announced that it will supply Rand McNally World Atlas, a new online educational resource that delivers dynamic maps with social studies, history and geography content, as well as suggestions for lesson plans and writing connections. The new collaboration will provide a cornerstone for Sunburst’s digital social studies offerings across the K-12 spectrum.

World Atlas allows teachers and students to bring geography curriculum to life through robust maps and data layers and rich content. The dynamic digital classroom resource platform allows for users to create, draw on, annotate, and share custom maps.

Teachers have the ability to develop cross-curricular lessons to support students’ critical thinking and map skills. Each lesson is standards-aligned and can be downloaded, edited and saved. Students can easily create individual accounts, combine maps and layers, save them, add annotations, and then collaborate with other students as well as share maps with their teacher’s account.

Through this partnership, Sunburst Digital, Inc. significantly enhances its geography curriculum software within the digital classroom space, the announcement states.

Rand McNally World Atlas is available from Sunburst Digital, Inc. via worldatlas.sunburst.com/.

Source: Sunburst Digital, Inc., www.sunburst.com/

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EBSCO Introduces Flipster, a New Way to Access Digital Magazines

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced the introduction of Flipster, a service that allows library patrons to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of their library.

Flipster provides users easy access to digital magazines for online browsing via their desktops or any mobile device. Flipster allows libraries to give their patrons the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. They can also download magazines to their Android device, iPad or iPad mini via a native app for offline reading anytime anywhere.

Flipster has many features designed to give readers an easy and fun digital reading experience. They can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines. The table of contents contains links to quickly go to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked, opening in separate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability.

Top titles in Flipster include The Atlantic, Car & Driver, Consumer Reports, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Entertainment Weekly, Ebony, Elle, Esquire, Forbes, Fortune, Golf Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Jet, Men’s Health, Money, Newsweek, People Magazine, Prevention, Popular Mechanics, Rolling Stone, Redbook, Road & Track, Runner’s World, Science News, Seventeen, Sports Illustrated, Southern Living, Time, Woman’s Day, US Weekly and many others.

The company says that Flipster is a new way for EBSCO customers to provide content to their end users. By providing a high quality digital reading experience for library patrons, whether they are at the library or accessing the digital magazines remotely, Flipster offers a unique approach for experiencing content in popular magazines as well as extending library services in an exciting new way, the announcement states. It has been designed especially for library patrons who want to browse the latest issues of popular magazines. Flipster complements EBSCO’s full-text databases (e.g.,MasterFILE, MAS, Business Source, etc.) which enable patrons to research topics of interest to them.

For more information on Flipster, go to flipster.com.

Source: EBSCO Information Services, ebsco.com/

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