Kids InfoBits Upgrade

May 18, 2020
Screenshot of Gale In Context Elementary

Kids InfoBits has been a great resource for K-5 students and teachers to explore age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related topics covering a broad range of educational topics. Newly named Gale In Context: Elementary, this introductory database will be the first step to teaching students how to research before moving on to Gale In Context series: Middle School, High School, Opposing Viewpoints and College. 

In addition to an updated product name, Gale In Context: Elementary will also receive the following product enhancements:

  • Kid-Friendly Interface
    A completely redesigned user experience created specifically for young students that encourages exploration through a visual topic tree.
  • Topic Pages (previously known as portals)
    Topic pages provide students with short, age-appropriate summaries for topics and organize resources for easy use in research projects.
  • Leveled Content
    Leveled topic overviews provide users with both a basic and advanced version of the same overview, allowing educators to differentiate instruction.
  • I Wonder . . .
    I Wonder questions engage young users’ curiosity and draw them into topics. Continuously updated, the I Wonder question on the home page encourages daily exploration.
  • Rich Content
    Search through over 16,600 indexed images, 600 videos, and 1,700 charts and graphs.
  • Powerful Platform
    The migration to a new proprietary platform will allow users to:
    • Search by Lexile range or find content based on basic, intermediate, or advanced learning levels to support differentiated learning styles.
    • Use ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology and on-demand article translation into over 20 languages—on-screen and read-aloud.
    • Use citation tools to easily create a bibliography for their research.
    • Use the Highlights and Notes feature to annotate and track their questions and ideas.

What do I have to do to prepare for the update?

On May 29th, the database and name will automatically update. If you are using Gale Pages, the name and icon will update automatically. Links will not change. 

How can I learn more about the changes to Gale In Context: Elementary?

Where can I find the new icon and marketing materials?

Marketing materials will be available on May 28th on https://support.gale.com/products/itke .

What do I need to do?

Between now and May 29th, learn more about the new changes by watching the Recorded Webinar. On May 29th, you can update the name, icons and links to training materials found on Gale Support. If you are doing a training for teachers before May 29th and need access to a demo space, please contact Andrea Zielke at tel.tsla@tn.gov.