With the help of sites such as Google and ask.com, students have become savvy online searchers. But even the most agile Internet searchers find that some questions just don’t produce the right results, leaving them unable to adequately complete their assignments.
At the American School of Tangier, we know that the problem may not be that the answer isn’t out there, but that the usual search engines just can’t get at it. General search engines search what’s free on the Web, but often the most accurate, educational information resides in what insiders call the “Hidden Web”— password-protected subscription websites typically not open to Web search engines.
Free search engines are great for finding simple answers to simple questions, but when the answers really matter — like a student’s homework— we recommend using something more authoritative. When you search the free Web you have no idea whether you’re getting accurate information or not.
By using the resources selected by the school library, students are consulting sources designed specifically for student research. It’s like a grocery store versus a gas station’s food section. You will find the choice and quality is far superior to the gas station’s convenience. You wouldn’t entrust the gas station with your dinner party, so don’t entrust your child’s homework to just the free Web.
Using more authoritative resources doesn’t mean more work or paying extra, you just need to add our school library’s homepage found online at http://library.astblogs.org/ to your “Favorites” or “Bookmarks” list. The library makes these resources available free to every student and faculty at THE AMERICAN SCHOOL OF TANGIER. Tapping in through the library’s website can be done from school, at home, or at any other Internet-enabled computer.
Once logged on, students can find information that can help with assignments and homework at any grade level, and access a wealth of resources such as magazines, books, newspapers, articles, podcasts, maps, encyclopedias, and easy-to-use citation tools. These resources are what teachers want and expect students to be using for assignments.
We hope that you make the most of these wonderful resources, that the American School of Tangier is offering, to support your children with their studies.
1- Kids InfoBits – Kg – Grade 5
Britannica School – Kg – Grade 12