ImageQuest: February editors’ picks

February 16, 2018

Check out what we discovered this month! With over three million images and counting, diving in to discover all there is in ImageQuest sure is an adventure. Good thing the Britannica pros are here to guide you through the best of the quest. Don’t have access? Start a free trial… Read More

Britannica Careers | Marketing Executive Assistant

February 14, 2018

Feed your inner geek with a Britannica career! DEPARTMENT: INSTITUTIONAL MARKETING LOCATION: CHICAGO, IL We’re looking for an organizational wiz to help us manage over 40 annual tradeshows across the United States, to support our 18 (and growing!) state-wide partnerships, and to track our marketing results. Who are “we?” We’re… Read More

Going for Gold: Insider’s Scoop on the Newbery Medal

February 12, 2018

Learn all about this literary honor and how to bring it to life in your classroom or library. Since 1922 the American Library Association’s (ALA) Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the John Newbery Medal to the best American children’s book published the previous year, rendering the… Read More

Your February Activity Center: Black History to Valentine’s Day

February 2, 2018

Your February resource center is here! Develop annotation skills in our Love Notes activities for Valentine’s Day, or pair fiction literature with non-fiction text to explore the civil rights movement and African American leaders in honor of Black History Month. The following activities are created with LaunchPack: Social Studies in… Read More

Black History Month activities: Great African Americans of STEM

February 1, 2018

In honor of Black History Month, these Britannica Educator activities celebrate African Americans who broke barriers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Britannica School Free Trial Besides being an astronaut, chemical engineer, physician, and teacher, what other distinction does Mae Jemison hold? Why did Benjamin Banneker send a letter to… Read More

100,000 more reasons to love ImageQuest

January 25, 2018

Britannica ImageQuest—the academic image library that provides access to millions of rights-cleared images from a single trusted source—adds more than 100,000 images to its already massive inventory. IMAGEQUEST FREE TRIAL Even more to explore The Britannica product team closed 2017 on a high note by introducing 104,000 new items to… Read More

The Women’s March in context: ImageQuest activities for your classroom

January 18, 2018

feminism noun: fem·i·nism \ ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm \ 1 : the belief that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities 2 : organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests   That’s the definition of feminism for students from Britannica’s sister site, Merriam-Webster. Our dictionary BFFs named “feminism” the… Read More

Join The Hive: Become a Britannica Educator!

January 11, 2018

Announcing: The B.E. Hive! Britannica Digital Learning is excited to invite you to become a B.E.—a Britannica Educator that is—and #JoinTheHive, our new Facebook group specially for educators of all kinds. Our goal with this community is to provide a dynamic and inclusive space for educators to collaborate and interact… Read More

B.E. January Activities: Infectious Disease

January 9, 2018

What is an antigen? How do viruses reproduce? How do vaccines work? This month’s Britannica School update for Britannica Educators is crawling with ways to inject infectious disease facts into your lesson plans. You can use Britannica lessons with Britannica School (try it for free here) or use them with your own classroom resources! What’s… Read More

High School Health Activity: HIV and AIDS

January 5, 2018

While HIV/AIDS has occupied a significant place in the cultural consciousness for over 30 years now, misunderstandings about the disease still persist. Guide students through the truth and myths about HIV with the following activity designed for the high school classroom. Looking for health content for younger levels? Check out… Read More

Britannica’s new CEO wants to hear from you!

December 13, 2017

School may be winding down for the holidays, but here at Britannica we are ramping up for an exciting 2018. As Encyclopaedia Britannica Group’s newly appointed Global Chief Executive Officer, I’m proud to launch us into our 250th anniversary year. Given the global push to transform education and the eroding public trust in… Read More

Change the World

December 12, 2017

It is Britannica’s 250th Anniversary and Merriam-Webster’s 180th Anniversary next year! We are very excited to connect with passionate customers who are lifelong learners or in the education field. Please share your memorable experiences with our brands or enlist to share your expertise. We look forward to hearing from you!

Smart shopping: Britannica gifts for a bright holiday

December 11, 2017

When it comes to the student, educator, or lifelong learner in your life, give the gift of knowledge with Britannica. Ignite curiosity. Celebrate independent discovery. Collaborate, communicate, and achieve. These are the goals of every Britannica product and now, with this gift guide, they can be yours to give this… Read More

Share your favorite Britannica memories with us!

December 7, 2017

It is Britannica’s 250th Anniversary and Merriam-Webster’s 180th Anniversary next year! We are very excited to connect with passionate customers who are lifelong learners or in the education field. Please share your memorable experiences with our brands or enlist to share your expertise. We look forward to hearing from you!

These Kentucky librarians are out of this world

December 5, 2017

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” -Carl Sagan Kentucky school librarians Jen Gilbert and James Allen have combined the power of Britannica School, Google Sites, and readily-available public images to provide a unique experience for their first graders at Eminence Independent Schools. In the form of a simple… Read More

The LaunchPacks you love just got even better

November 27, 2017

Measure student understanding and create interactive learning experiences with the brand new class activity feature for LaunchPacks. We are happy to announce that the ability to create classrooms and activities is now live for all current and trialing LaunchPacks customers—for both Social Studies and Science! It’s been an ambitious year for… Read More

Beyond the hand turkey: An elementary Thanksgiving activity

November 2, 2017

Critical thinking and reading are important literacy skills to build in early readers. Spark imagination and foster cultural empathy this Thanksgiving with a compare and contrast exercise designed for Pre-K–5 social studies classrooms. Elementary Activity: Thanksgiving Past And Present Overview: By analyzing informational text and images—and their own background knowledge—students… Read More

Remembering Veterans Day with WWI trench poetry

Encourage advanced literacy skills through the analyzation of figurative language in your middle and high school students with the following Veterans Day lesson created for 6-12 grade social studies classrooms. World War I trench poetry: A middle and high school activity It is hard to overstate the enduring effect of… Read More

How do you read like a scientist?

October 19, 2017

Ready-To-Use Annotation Activities for Science Literacy doesn’t stop at the Hogwarts’ gate or the border to Oz. The educators at Britannica Digital Learning have designed the following activities to make science lit for hungry brains of every level. Each activity has been created to work with the resources that you… Read More

10 Chicago 8th graders sum up how annotations help them study

October 17, 2017

It’s the phrase every teacher dreads (besides “district-wide team-building exercise”), and it comes straight from the mouths of students: “When the heck am I going to use this?” Fortunately, learning to effectively annotate a text—or becoming a good note-taker—is one of those magic skills for which you can retort, “With… Read More


October 9, 2017

Starting this week, Britannica is saluting top-notch principals across the country for National Principals Month (#ThankAPrincipal). The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) have designated October as National Principals Month to honor principals nationwide for… Read More

Earth Timeline: High School Science Activity!

September 29, 2017

Ready-To-Use High School Science Activity “Everything changes and nothing stands still,” said the Greek philosopher Heraclitus…and wow has the Earth changed! Explore the geology of the Earth and its various forms throughout time with your high school science class. We’ve got you covered with classroom strategies, activities, resources, and graphic… Read More

Alternative Energy: Middle School Science Activity!

Ready-To-Use Middle School Science Activity What alternative energy sources could you use in your school? Where are old energy sources being used in your town, and how would you change them?  Explore energy with your middle level students in this STEM exercise for grades 6-8. We’ve got you covered with… Read More

Taking the Spooky out of STEM: Elementary Science Activities!

Ready-To-Use Elementary Science Activities With Halloween around the corner, what better time to investigate something extra scary…STEM? But STEM doesn’t have to be spooky! We’ve put together simple elementary science activities for teachers to weave STEM into their classrooms. Uncover the process of erosion with your youngest elementary scientists, or… Read More

Hispanic Heritage: High School Social Studies Activity!

September 20, 2017

Ready-To-Use High School Social Studies Activity For your National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in your classrooms, we’ve put together activities for your Pre-K-12 students. In this blog, explore Latin American independence with your high school social studies class. We’ve got you covered with classroom strategies, activities, resources, and graphic organizers.… Read More

Hispanic Heritage: Middle School Social Studies Activity!

Ready-To-Use Middle School Social Studies Activities For your National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in your classrooms, we’ve put together activities for your Pre-K-12 students. In this blog, explore Latin American countries with your middle school social studies class and convince people why they would want to travel there. We’ve got… Read More

Hispanic Heritage: Elementary Social Studies Activities!

Ready-To-Use Elementary Social Studies Activities For your National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in your classrooms, we’ve put together activities for your Pre-K-12 students. In this blog, pair literature with social studies content, while exploring life in Mexico with your youngest elementary social studies students. Or have older elementary social studies… Read More

Make reading active with these annotation strategies

September 5, 2017

Annotation is an important skill that makes readers interact and connect with a text. It transforms readers from third-party observers into a part of the story, supporting deeper understanding and improved retention. Instead of simply reading along, those who learn to take effective notes question, analyze, and think critically about… Read More

The Formation of NATO: A High School Social Studies Activity

August 23, 2017

As you gear up for heading back to school, we’ve put together activities for your K-12 classrooms. In this high school social studies activity for grades 9-12, explore the formation of NATO. We’ve got you covered with classroom strategies, activities, and resources. Looking for different level and subject area back-to-school… Read More

Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases: A High School Science Activity

As you gear up for heading back to school, we’ve put together activities for your K-12 classrooms. In this high school science activity for grades 9-12, explore air pollution and greenhouse gases. We’ve got you covered with classroom strategies, activities, resources, and a graphic organizer. Looking for different level and… Read More

Ancient Rome: A Middle School Social Studies Activity

As you gear up for heading back to school, we’ve put together activities for your K-12 classrooms. In this middle school social studies activity for grades 6-8, explore sports in Ancient Rome. We’ve got you covered with classroom strategies, activities, resources, and a graphic organizer. Looking for different level and… Read More

Exploring Cells: A Middle School Science Activity

As you gear up for heading back to school, we’ve put together activities for your K-12 classrooms. In this middle school science activity for grades 6-8, explore cell division and cycles. We’ve got you covered with classroom strategies, activities, resources, and a graphic organizer. Looking for different level and subject… Read More

Back-to-School Elementary Activities

Get Back-to-School Elementary Activities for Grades Pre-K-5 Science and Social Studies! As you gear up for heading back to school, we’ve put together activities for your Pre-K-12 classrooms. In this blog, explore science and social studies activities for grades Pre-K-2 and 3-5. From Johnny Appleseed to the water cycle…we’ve got… Read More

Classroom Relaxation Exercises

August 14, 2017

A Relaxation Guide: Classroom Exercises That You Can Do in 5 Minutes or Less! August 15 is National Relaxation Day. Introducing stress management, mental health care, and relaxation techniques to K-12 students provides them with powerful mindfulness tools that they can use throughout their life. We’ve put together 11 stress… Read More

The BrINTERNS’ Farewell: A Chicago Doughnut Review

August 10, 2017

Luis here again! If you have been following the #BrINTERNS through their delicious journey of visiting the best doughnut shops in Chicago, then you probably know about all the great choices these great little shops have. Doughnut runs began as a way for the interns at Britannica to get together… Read More

On the Road with Britannica

August 3, 2017

Top Five Tips from the Britannica Professional Development Team! As a part of the Britannica Professional Development team, I travel around the country…a lot. While all of this travel can be tiring at times, it’s also – by far – my favorite part of the job. Nope, it’s not the… Read More

Classroom technology: 5 ways to teach social studies with digital resources

July 19, 2017

One incredible challenge for today’s teacher is to uncover effective uses of classroom technology in ways that lead students to engage deeply, think critically, and work collaboratively so that they may learn, solve problems, and create results that wouldn’t be possible without the tools being employed. This is no easy… Read More

How we teach science is changing. Now what?

July 17, 2017

How to choose transformational digital resources for the K-12 science classroom How we teach science is changing, and it’s changing fast. In the face of all of this change, it’s vital to consider what teachers and students, the end users of digital science classroom resources, actually want and need. The question… Read More

Meet the #BrINTERNS, the Britannica Interns!

July 7, 2017

Hey! I’m Luis, one of the Britannica interns for the summer. Doughnuts are pretty well loved here at Britannica, which is convenient because Chicago (our headquarters) is the city of foodie indulgence. “Doughnut runs” started as a way for Britannica interns from different departments to get together, bond, and talk… Read More

Britannica’s Summer Reading Challenge

May 17, 2017

Join Britannica’s Summer Reading Challenge for Elementary Readers! Kids who read over the summer have an easier time launching back into fall learning. We’ve outlined 5 simple steps toward a successful summer reading program to help students stay engaged, have fun, and continue to develop their reading skills. Step 1:… Read More

Science Activities for Star Wars Day!

May 3, 2017

Britannica Celebrates Star Wars Day with K-12 Science Activities May the 4th be with you!  Don’t be surprised if you hear this pun several times this week, because Thursday, May 4, is Star Wars Day. Here at Britannica, we are channeling our inner Jedi and focusing on science and science… Read More

Earth Day Activities for Elementary Students!

April 19, 2017

Earth Day activities allow students to travel the world through geography exploration, track weather patterns, learn about different biomes and their climates, and discover ways that everyone can take better care of our planet. Grades Pre-K-2 Activities 1. Be a Biome! Activity: Explore the major biomes of the world and… Read More

National Poetry Month Activities for Middle School

April 5, 2017

Why are metaphors considered to be the basic language of poetry? Which poet was asked by a U.S. president to write a poem for his inauguration and was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by another president? Why was Langston Hughes an important poet during the Harlem Renaissance? All… Read More

[White Paper] Weaving Literature into Social Studies

April 3, 2017

Download our latest white paper, Weaving Literature into Social Studies: Pairing Literary Works with Nonfiction Content.  The white paper includes: 1. How to identify and choose a literary work 2. Reading comprehension strategies and skills    3. Three specific examples for using literary works (a realistic fiction picture book, a… Read More

5 Ways Images Enhance Learning

March 30, 2017

Britannica ImageQuest is changing the way that students interact with the world and with history. Now, with nearly 3.1 million rights-cleared images from 62 leading collections available in eight languages, ImageQuest is setting the bar for image searching. 1. Make History Come Alive. Discover civil rights movements, archaeological finds, and… Read More

PART 3 – Women’s Movements Through Photographs: The Intersection of Civil Rights and Women’s Liberation

March 16, 2017

These photographs were provided by Britannica ImageQuest, a leading database for over 3 million rights-cleared images. Sign up for a free trial today and see how curriculum-relevant images can transform lessons. The third part of our activity series, exploring women’s movements through primary source ImageQuest photographs, is for high level… Read More

PART 2 – Women’s Movements Through Photographs: War, Depression, and Women’s Roles in the Workforce

The photograph shown below was provided by Britannica ImageQuest, a leading database for over 3 million rights-cleared images. Sign up for a free trial today and see how curriculum-relevant images can transform lessons. The second part of our activity series, exploring women’s movements through primary source ImageQuest photographs, is for middle… Read More

PART 1 – Women’s Movements Through Photographs: Modern Feminism and Women’s Suffrage

These photographs were provided by Britannica ImageQuest, a leading database for over 3 million rights-cleared images. Sign up for a free trial today and see how curriculum-relevant images can transform lessons. The first part of our activity series, exploring women’s movements through primary source ImageQuest photographs, is for elementary level… Read More

Women’s Movements Through Photographs

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re taking an in-depth look at primary source photographs within Britannica ImageQuest. We’ve gathered images from women’s movements throughout U.S. history and paired them with supportive content, activities, and questions to help students analyze, evaluate, and draw their own conclusions about significant moments on the… Read More

Top 10 Women’s History E-Books

March 6, 2017

In honor of National Women’s History Month, we’re sharing our top ten women’s history e-books that feature fierce females. From amazing women in the STEM fields to the story of Malala Yousafzai to the amazing accomplishments of Venus and Serena Williams…we have titles for all ages for your March reading… Read More

Women’s History Month Activities | Celebrating Her Story

March 1, 2017

Women’s History Month Activities for Your K-12 Students The month of March is a time to reflect on, celebrate, and recognize women who have made great strides in the world. The honorary observance of National Women’s History Month in March was declared in 1987 by the U.S. Congress, and we are… Read More

Presidents’ Day Fun Facts and Classroom Resources

February 17, 2017

Did you know that Presidents’ Day is actually a holiday that honors George Washington and Abraham Lincoln? Or that its official name is “Washington’s Birthday”? Many people, however, consider the holiday a celebration of the birthdays and lives of all the U.S. presidents, and “Presidents’ Day” has become the name most people use.… Read More

Meet Britannica, Part VI

February 13, 2017

The Meet Britannica blog series takes you behind the scenes to Britannica’s colleagues who have made significant impacts on how we create and deliver products for all ages. Our last Meet Britannica blog featured Kenny Chmielewski, Britannica’s in-house cartographer, who develops maps and charts for Britannica’s products. This month, we’re introducing… Read More

Love Notes: Valentine’s Day annotation strategy for middle to high school

February 9, 2017

Strengthen middle and high school students’ literacy skills in social studies and history with this Valentine’s Day annotation strategy. Our exercise uses Britannica LaunchPacks: Social Studies. Don’t have access? Start a free trial now and explore 1,600 curriculum-relevant subject Packs that include grouped and organized resources, informational text, media, timelines, maps, and primary sources. Give it… Read More

Love Notes: Elementary Valentine’s Day annotation activities

February 8, 2017

We’ve put together three Valentine’s Day annotation activities to help students in grades PreK through 5 build literacy skills via social studies. When students read and take notes with a purpose, they have a dialogue with a text, track their thinking as they read, and engage more meaningfully with their… Read More

Black History Month classroom spotlight with LaunchPacks

January 31, 2017

Celebrate Black History Month with your students all February long with these original classroom exercises for all levels from Britannica curriculum specialists. In the following three activities we utilize Britannica LaunchPacks: Social Studies. Don’t have access? Start a free trial now and explore 1,600 curriculum-relevant subject Packs that include grouped and organized… Read More

New Annotation & Scheduling Features Now in LaunchPacks

January 25, 2017

Britannica LaunchPacks: Social Studies, Britannica Digital Learning’s newest digital classroom resource, has rolled out some major updates as teachers jump into the second half of the school year. Along with giving teachers the ability to customize content and differentiate instruction, LaunchPacks can now be annotated by teachers and students, and… Read More

10 Must-Haves for Your Inauguration Day Classroom

January 17, 2017

Free Activities, Primary Sources, and Fun Facts for Your Inauguration Day Classroom! This Friday, January 20, marks the 2017 inauguration for the 45th President. We’ve put together ten helpful must-haves for your inauguration day classroom or library. Student Activities 1. Compare two inaugural speeches. Choose two inaugural addresses from past… Read More

Britannica Partners In Education

January 9, 2017

Britannica Launches an Expert Educator Community, Britannica PIE! At Britannica, one of our resolutions for 2017 is to bring together engaged educators to share ideas, feature our community’s work, and build a dynamic collective of Britannica users. We’re calling our new group of education experts “Britannica Partners in Education,” or… Read More

New Year, New E-Books!

January 4, 2017

Do your New Year’s resolutions include reading new e-books, diving in to exciting subject areas, or infusing more digital resources into your classrooms and libraries? Britannica’s new e-books have you covered. To celebrate the start of 2017, we’re introducing over 130 new titles across 19 new subject collections. There’s something for… Read More

Our Holiday Gift To You!

December 14, 2016

The holidays are around the corner! We at Britannica want to wish you a relaxing winter break, a joyful holiday season, and a happy New Year. To all of the educators, students, new friends, and old friends…we’re grateful that you are a part of our Britannica family.  To say “thank… Read More

Do You Symbaloo?

December 9, 2016

You asked, and we listened! Download your Britannica Symbaloo icons today! As teachers incorporate an ever-expanding repertoire of digital resources into their classroom mix, figuring out ways to organize those resources and disperse them to students has become a challenge. Symbaloo, a free social bookmarking tool, is one way that… Read More

Britannica’s Holiday Gift Guide

November 28, 2016

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and we know teachers and parents are looking for gifts that are meaningful AND educational. From a new line of engaging children’s books, to challenging STEM puzzles, to posters and printed canvases, to a huge collection of e-books… this holiday gift guide is a great… Read More

Britannica in the Social Studies Classroom

November 15, 2016

Britannica has launched into social studies classrooms full force with Britannica LaunchPacks: Social Studies and Britannica Original Sources. These products empower teachers and engage students, bringing history to life and helping to make lessons relevant and experiential. LaunchPacks: Social Studies saves teachers planning time and makes students’ learning more productive with ready-to-use content… Read More

Meet Britannica, Part V

November 10, 2016

The Meet Britannica blog series takes you behind the scenes to Britannica’s colleagues who have made significant impacts on how we create and deliver products for all ages. Our last Meet Britannica blog featured Henry Bolzon, our very own head librarian, who has seen library work change dramatically with the… Read More

#Election2016 Classroom Activities

November 1, 2016

The word election is derived from the Latin verb legere, meaning “to choose.” On November 8th, people across the United States will exercise their right to cast votes in #Election2016 and choose the 45th president and 48th vice president. Filled with shocking rhetoric and controversy, this election season has been tricky… Read More

Transform Education with Technology

October 24, 2016

In my second year of teaching, I was overjoyed to discover that my new principal would be providing me with a key piece of technology for my classroom—an overhead projector. How things have changed! Technology has rapidly transformed the classroom, something that can be equally exciting and overwhelming. Today, one… Read More

The Land of the Ancient Pharaohs Goes Digital

October 10, 2016

The British Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, recently celebrated the launch of the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB). In a giant step at democratizing information, the EKB is a new portal that provides all Egyptian citizens with universal access to quality research and educational resources. The project is an ambitious online initiative, with participation from some… Read More

Not Just For Coffee!

September 29, 2016

Happy #NationalCoffeeDay If you have visited our booth at a conference, met with a Britannica rep, or entered one of our giveaways—you’ve probably received a Britannica Loves Teachers -or- Britannica Loves Librarians mug! But like most, you probably have a ton of mugs. The problem with that is, well, even if you loooooove coffee… Read More

Meet Britannica, Part IV

September 26, 2016

The Meet Britannica blog series takes you behind the scenes to the Britannica colleagues who have made a significant impact on how we create and deliver products for all ages. The inaugural Meet Britannica blog featured Pam Renfrow, our Curriculum Specialist whose unique background as a library media specialist and classroom… Read More

10 Reasons Teachers Are Using E-Books

September 20, 2016

The digital age is here to stay, and more teachers are taking advantage of e-books in their curriculum. Here are some of the advantages of e-books and how teachers are infusing them into lessons to provide a more dynamic learning experience. 1. Universal Access. With e-books, students have access to every… Read More

History Matters!

September 15, 2016

History tells us not only who we were but helps us to understand who we are today and how we got here. The historian acts as a guide and interpreter, leading the student or reader on carefully chosen routes through the past.  Often the road is well-traveled, with predictable stops… Read More

5 Ways to Use Images to Create Impact

September 6, 2016

Britannica ImageQuest is enabling educators and students worldwide to bring projects, classroom activities, presentations, and Web sites to life. Today we are diving into the top 5 ways that ImageQuest can take your programs and projects to the next level! 1. IMAGE VARIETY ImageQuest gives you access to over 3 million rights-cleared… Read More

Jump Start Learning in Social Studies

August 15, 2016

Educators have told us that they spend too much time searching for engaging, quality resources that they can use immediately in their social studies lessons and that students can use to enhance their learning experience. In response to these needs, we have recently launched Britannica LaunchPacks: Social Studies, a comprehensive online… Read More

Meet the Editors, Part III

August 1, 2016

Over the past few months, you have had a chance to meet some of the great minds of Britannica: John Rafferty, the Associate Editor for Earth and Life Sciences and Melissa Petruzzello, our Assistant Editor of Plant and Environmental Science. This week’s focus is on our Executive Editor and Chief… Read More

Now Live! The New Britannica Moderna

July 21, 2016

Britannica Moderna was just launched with a new design! This dynamic new platform makes Moderna’s age-appropriate, Spanish language resources easier than ever to use. The fresh and engaging new user interface includes improved search capabilities and a cleaner overall design. With a new search widget, finding specific content is simple and effortless. And as with all… Read More

Meet the Editors, Part II

July 20, 2016

Last month you met John Rafferty, the Associate Editor for Earth and Life Sciences at Britannica. This week’s focus is on our Assistant Editor of Plant and Environmental Science. Meet Melissa Petruzzello! She has her MS in Plant Biology and Conservation from Northwestern University. She has also studied plant-pollinator interactions in… Read More

Teaching Digital Tools for Research

June 21, 2016

We typically think of our public school learners as “digital natives” since they have grown up immersed in various technologies. In my experience, it is rare that students are proficient in using technology to retrieve credible information during research. As educators, we should work to teach these best practices to… Read More

Meet Britannica

June 16, 2016

With the American Library Association (ALA) Orlando Annual Conference around the corner, I thought it would be fitting to introduce you to a key member of our team, who’s unique background as a library media specialist and classroom teacher allows her to know the day-to-day struggles and triumphs that educators… Read More

How Do YOU Build Good Digital Citizens?

June 6, 2016

Great question, right? If only there was a magic spell that we could cast on students to ensure that they were being safe, kind, and responsible online (as well as in their real lives!). Since there isn’t, we have to teach students these things, and as the digital world grows,… Read More

Meet the Editors

May 31, 2016

As mentioned in our previous blog The Britannica Tradition of Quality, it takes a collection of great minds—including Britannica’s in-house editorial staff and the expertise of curriculum specialists, contributors, designers, and Web developers—to deliver high-quality resources that make teaching and learning easier and more effective. Over the course of the next… Read More

Where Do Digital Citizenship & Information Literacy Intersect?

May 23, 2016

When we talk about wanting to build “good digital citizens,” we’re also talking about the need for students to be information literate—the two go hand in hand! As a result of this connection, information literacy and digital citizenship instruction often intersect. So we asked some of our favorite colleagues: “What… Read More

The Essentials for Conducting Thorough Research

May 13, 2016

Once Again You Spoke, We Listened, We Updated. Since the inception of Britannica Academic, we’ve worked closely with universities and academic libraries across the globe to understand their needs. I’m pleased to announce that in response to their feedback and suggestions, we have made major changes to our highly acclaimed… Read More

What Do You Mean, Information Literacy?

May 11, 2016

We all talk about wanting students to be information literate—but what does that mean? “Information literacy” is a great thing to aspire to on behalf of our students—and it’s a lot easier to hope for something that we can really define. Since there are numerous definitions out there, we thought we’d ask… Read More

Small Changes Make a Big Difference

May 8, 2016

A new look and new content makes Britannica’s Pathways: Science more engaging than ever! Pathways: Science uses an inquiry-based approach to help middle school students tackle tough science concepts. These are topics that students consistently struggle with like understanding what causes the earth’s seasons or why some objects sink while others… Read More

What Do You Wonder?

May 4, 2016

What do YOU wonder? I have found that asking this simple question promotes inquiry, curiosity, and engagement in my classroom. While the question is simple, the journey to guide students into wonderment is not as simple. Many learners are disengaged with content learning and are therefore sadly empty of wonder.… Read More

History Makers’ Greatest Accomplishments

April 20, 2016

We’re delighted to announce a brand new look and feel—and increased access—to our highly acclaimed Britannica’s Original Sources. Until now, this unique and essential resource has only been available to colleges and universities. But as of this month, we are making the site available to the K-12 market as well.… Read More

4 Simple Ideas to Make Lessons MORE Rigorous

April 11, 2016

Rigorous lessons are ones where big things are expected of students. In rigorous lessons we as teachers set the bar high, but we also provide the structure and support students might need to meet and even exceed our expectations. My favorite way to do this is by adding images into… Read More

Have You Seen Our New Site?

March 31, 2016

We are delighted to announce the official launch of our newly designed Britannica Digital Learning website, It has been crafted to provide the very best in digital educational materials that students seek and educators require. Take a look around and let us know what you think! Immediately you will… Read More

The Value of Inquiry—the Art of Failure

March 29, 2016

Inquiry is a style of teaching and learning in which the process of learning is valued as much, if not more, than the end product. When students learn through inquiry they practice asking questions, thinking critically, and productive collaboration all while deepening content knowledge and learning through experiences that can… Read More

E-Book Biographies Of “Wonder Women”

March 14, 2016

The month of March and its celebration of Women’s History offer educators a variety of opportunities to keep students interested in biography study. This is the second post in our series about using e-books for delving into thought-provoking, page-turning biographies, we highlight some ideas for introducing students to the amazing… Read More

The Value of Inquiry

March 2, 2016

The Value of Inquiry is a process of learning that involves a number of important activities for students, including asking their own questions, investigating multiple sources of information for a purpose, thinking critically to make sense of information they’ve found, and establishing and communicating new understandings and knowledge. When students learn… Read More

10 Ideas for Participating in #DLDay

February 10, 2016

Digital Learning Day 2016 is just a week away! DIGITAL LEARNING DAY 2016 (#DLDay) provides an opportunity to share ideas, collaborate with peers, try new digital tools, and celebrate education innovation. This year it’s celebrated on Wednesday, February 17th. How will your school or library participate? If you are looking… Read More

Inspiring Students with Inspirational People

January 9, 2016

Are your students familiar with this quote which has been attributed to the beloved author Dr. Seuss: “Why Fit In When You Were Born to Stand Out?” Its message—focuses on what makes you unique instead of simply blending in or following others—is a great way to thematically convey the value… Read More

What’s Our Take on E-Publishing?

December 14, 2015

While e-books have become an exciting learning medium for students, they also pose one of the greatest challenges school libraries have experienced in many years. Readers of all ages can access a plethora of content to suit their interests and needs using laptops, smartphones, and tablets—a boon for cultivating motivated… Read More

Is Your Lingo on Point?

November 20, 2015

Does it seem, at times, like people are speaking in a foreign language? If so, it may be an indication that your everyday vocabulary needs a little updating! However, you needn’t worry. The editors at Merriam-Webster have added these 10 words among the 1,700 new entries and 3,200 examples to… Read More

Scaling the Summer Slide

June 4, 2015

Remember how much fun it was to spend the summer at the playground, find the tallest slide, and then go from the bottom all the way to the top? Sure, it was easier to climb the ladder and slide down like you were supposed to but the kids who craved challenge… Read More

You Spoke. We Listened. We Updated.

May 15, 2015

If there’s one thing we care more about than our award-winning, trusted, and relevant resources, it’s listening to our customer’s needs and giving educators the tools necessary to make teaching and learning more effective. You wanted a faster and easier way to quickly expand your research… you got it! Britannica School and Britannica Library… Read More

Britannica Is Everywhere, Istanbul

April 27, 2015

Our senior vice president, Michael Ross, recently attended an educational summit and visited K-12 schools in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey. The city has seven hills, requisite for Constantine’s “New Rome,” but Ross didn’t know it at the time of his visit. He refused to rent a car and… Read More

Celebrating Earth Day

April 22, 2015

Earth Day is a global annual event. It is estimated that more than a billion people around the world now celebrate Earth Day each year. If you are looking for ways to participate, Britannica Digital Learning has some ideas for students, educators, and library patrons of all ages. Classroom Activities… Read More

Let’s Celebrate National Library Week!

April 10, 2015

Will you be participating in the 2015 National Library Week, which runs April 12–18? We hope so! It’s a great opportunity to bring your community or school together for some fun events that showcase the remarkable evolution of the library. How can you join in the celebration? Here are some… Read More

Building Connections

March 31, 2015

As I accepted a LinkedIn request from a former colleague, I thought about how important connections are. Essential to networking, connections are also a powerful and positive part of our education world: Students connect the dots to understand a new concept. A teacher connects with his or her class. We… Read More

February’s Focus on Science

February 2, 2015

From science fair talk to the fascination with this winter’s wild weather, February seems to be all about science! For a limited time, we’re inviting schools to collaborate with us by using Pathways: Science at no cost to your school or district. This supplemental online resource provides 100 lessons that… Read More

A Sneak Peek of #BritannicaALA!

January 15, 2015

What are you looking forward to the most at the 2015 American Library Association: Midwinter Meeting in Chicago—hearing about the latest innovations and new technologies, networking, having some fun with colleagues? The excitement for ALA Midwinter is contagious at Britannica Digital Learning! Chicago is our hometown, so we have some great… Read More

The Britannica Tradition of Quality

January 8, 2015

We’re often asked… How does an article make its way from concept to publication?  Who actually writes the articles?  Why is Britannica so trusted? This new infographic, The Britannica Tradition of Quality, explains it all through a behind-the-scenes look at our rigorous publishing process. Over the course of more than… Read More

Using Digital Images to Engage Students about Thanksgiving

November 3, 2014

Thanksgiving hasn’t changed much over the years, but the way we can teach it has changed—thanks to technology. If you are looking to try something new in class this month, visit an online resource to find Thanksgiving photos and build some activities around them. Students will develop visual literacy skills… Read More

Supporting Argumentation & Evidence-Based Reading & Writing

October 15, 2014

Oh, yeah? Prove it!” You normally hear children saying that on playgrounds and in backyards. Now, students are hearing that in classrooms across the country as their teachers focus on revised standards for grades K-12. The ELA Common Core and other State Standards are moving students from an emphasis on… Read More

Ready for Back to School?

September 1, 2014

Hopefully you’re refreshed and ready for back to school! Here, we are busy conducting workshops for educators across the country (and across the world!), sharing our services and showing how they relate to today’s most important topics, including standards, project-based learning, assessments, and beyond. We truly feel that we have a… Read More

5 Ways to Get the Most from Your Summer Programs

May 15, 2014

Make the most of your summer school and summer library programs with these ideas that will ignite curiosity in students, reinvigorate educators for the upcoming school year, and reduce the summer slide. 1. Try A New Approach Summer school is a great opportunity to try something new and see how… Read More

Dig into Earth Day

April 22, 2014

Earth Day is an annual event that raises awareness of the importance of protecting the environment. It is celebrated each year on April 22 in the United States and across much of the world. In some countries, it is celebrated on the day of the spring equinox in the Northern… Read More

Digital Discoveries for Women’s History

March 3, 2014

In March, we celebrate women—those who inspire, heal, compete, entertain, create, protect, discover, rule, lead, or break barriers. Some might be a household name; others might be relatively unknown. Yet all women have shared the struggle for rights and recognition for many years, a fact that many libraries, schools, and… Read More

Digital Discoveries for the Olympics

February 7, 2014

Every four years the finest athletes in the world gather in one location to compete against each other and to determine who best exemplifies the Olympic motto—Citius, Altius, Fortius—meaning “faster, higher, stronger.” This gathering, known as the Olympic Games, is the most celebrated sporting festival in the world. The games attract… Read More