World's Largest Online Library Joins ISTE in Promoting Technology in Education - Questia Online Library and Research Service Joins ISTE 100

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Questia, world's largest online library and research service joins ISTE 100 to promote effective use of technology in the classroom.

Our teachers like Questia for many reasons – one being that there is no limit on how many people can use the same publication at the same time. Teachers can assign a book or article to multiple classes and all their students can read the book or article simultaneously with no problem

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Questia Media Inc., the world's largest online library and research service is proud to join the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as an ISTE 100 Partner member. ISTE's stated goal of improving teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in the classroom is a goal shared by Questia.

Integrating technology in the classroom is recognized as a critical mission by ISTE, leaders in education, and the companies that provide the educational products and solutions that support the teaching objectives of these leaders. Recognizing that today’s education system is filled with resource shortages (including book shortages), outdated technology products and services, a lack of professional development training, and consistent budget shortfalls, forward-thinking educators are partnering with companies like Questia and other ISTE members to find cost-efficient and effective education technology solutions to help them achieve their teaching goals.

Questia, the world's largest online library and research service, represents a new model for gathering information for academic research and study. Each user of the Questia service has a personal copy of a college-level library of more than 49,000 complete books, more than 390,000 journal, magazine, and newspaper articles and a research toolkit that enables them to interact with the books and articles like they would in the physical world, but far more efficiently and conveniently. The tools include a feature that automatically creates citations and bibliographies in seven formal citation styles, a highlighter and notation tool, and project folders to easily organize multiple research projects. Questia's unlimited, simultaneous access model enables each student to read any book or article regardless of how many other students are also accessing that title at the same time. This enables educators to expand technology resources economically and exponentially across multiple classrooms and institutions.

"Our teachers like Questia for many reasons – one being that there is no limit on how many people can use the same publication at the same time. Teachers can assign a book or article to multiple classes and all their students can read the book or article simultaneously with no problem," stated Catherine J. Greene, Director of Library Services, Miami Country Day School.

"Digital tools and resources offer solutions today to states plagued by serious budget shortfalls," said Dr. Don Knezek, CEO of ISTE. "As state and federal education funds continue to be slashed, educators are seeking education technology services that are affordable, cost effective, and can benefit as many students as possible -- from an individual school level, district level, and state level," continued Knezek.

"Questia is proud to join the ISTE 100 organization. ISTE is recognized as the leading organization in the advocacy of technology in education. Questia was founded on the belief that every student should have access to the best library possible regardless of which school they attend. The Internet provides the universal conduit for electronic access to scholarly information and educational solutions like Questia provide the necessary content. Questia offers each student a personal copy of an extensive, scholarly library of more than 49,000 complete books and 390,000 articles. In addition to being able to do full-text searches of the library, Questia enables each student to interact with the text by using a personalized toolset and workspace that fosters rigorous academic research and learning," said Troy L. Williams, founder, president and CEO of Questia Media, Inc.

To learn more about Questia and how the Questia online library and research service can help your school or institution achieve its learning goals, please visit Questia at booth #665 at NECC, June 20-23, 2004 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.

About the International Society for Technology in Education

The International Society for Technology (ISTE) is the trusted source in education technology for professional development, knowledge generation, and advocacy. A nonprofit membership organization, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in K-12 and teacher education. Home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the Center for Applied Research in Education Technology (CARET), and National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), ISTE represents more than 85,000 leaders and potential leaders in educational technology. ISTE supports its members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of incorporating technology into schools.

Recent ISTE initiatives include the ISTE Institute: Leading with NETS, a professional development program for educators based on ISTE's NETS; and the ISTE Futures Project, which includes a new formal and academic Delphi Study that will forecast likelihoods for the future of education.

Visit http://www.iste.org or call 1-800-336-5191 to learn more about ISTE.

About Questia

Founded in 1998, Questia Media, Inc., launched its revolutionary online library in January 2001, with powerful search and writing tools created specifically to help students do better research and write better papers. Questia provides unlimited access to the full content of an extensive collection of books and journal articles, as well as a wide range of tools, including highlighter, markup, automatic footnotes and bibliography builder. For millions of students and researchers, the Questia SM service enables them to efficiently research and compose papers at any time, from virtually every connected corner of the world. Based in Houston, Questia is delivering on the true promise of the Internet by providing access to a wealth of human knowledge.

Visit http://www.questia.com for more information.

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