New Britannica Site Helps Reading-Challenged Students; 21st Century Explorer has two levels of reference resources, videos, news, more

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High school students who read below grade level, have specific learning problems, or are at risk of falling behind now have an online reference and learning resource geared to their needs, with 21st Century Explorer from Britannica Digital Learning.

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It helps students with a variety of special needs learn to explore information in ways that they’ll be comfortable with and enjoy. As a cross-curricular product, 21st Century Explorer gives students the confidence and tools they need to succeed.

High school students who read below grade level, have specific learning problems, or are at risk of falling behind now have an online reference and learning resource geared to their needs, with 21st Century Explorer from Britannica Digital Learning.

The user-friendly site from the editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica contains the resources students need for school assignments, including encyclopedias, an atlas, historic timelines, a dictionary, news, and other learning tools.

21st-Century Explorer is also ideal for reluctant readers, English Language Learners (ELL), English as a Second Language (ESL) students and adult-literacy students.

Organized around the principles of differentiated learning, allowing students to progress in a manner and at a pace that best suits their needs, 21st Century Explorer is divided into two levels. Level 1 provides easy-to-read encyclopedia articles on school subjects. Students progress to Level 2 as they build their vocabularies, improve their reading abilities, and develop research skills. Both levels have Britannica’s “Read Aloud” text-to-speech feature, in which students can select passages from articles to hear them read aloud.

The site also helps students build confidence with learning games and activities that promote skills in language arts, math, science and social studies. Interactive games allow students to practice and test themselves on what they’ve learned in the classroom.

The site also includes:

  •     engaging videos that teach school subjects and introduce students to new people, places and ideas.
  •     Headlines from Student News Net, Britannica’s award-winning current-events site, which presents the issues and events of the day in a stimulating format that students enjoy.
  •     teacher resources, including training materials, learning materials and newsletters correlated to curriculum standards.

“The site serves an important need for schools,” said Michael Ross, a senior vice president at Encyclopaedia Britannica and general manager of Britannica Digital Learning. “It helps students with a variety of special needs learn to find and explore information in ways that they’ll be comfortable with and enjoy. As a cross-curricular product, 21st Century Explorer gives students the confidence and tools they need to succeed in all subjects.”

Schools or districts interested in 21st Century Explorer or any other Britannica product can call (800) 621-3900 or go to info.eb.com.

About Encyclopaedia Britannica
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. is a leader in education publishing whose products can be found in many media, from the Internet to wireless devices to books. A pioneer in electronic publishing since the early 1980s, the company markets a variety of encyclopedias and other reference works, curriculum products for schools, language-study courses and other learning products, many of which are available online at http://store.britannica.com. The company makes its headquarters in Chicago.

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