Like you, we want to help all students succeed. Digital literacy is an important part of that. While 92% of district administrators think that the effective use of technology in the classroom leads to greater student achievement, many educators find it challenging to incorporate databases and digital tools into their educational practices.

Librarians are valuable resources for teachers who want to improve their use of technology in the classroom, but they often struggle to find ways to advocate for their library, get into the classroom, and collaborate as essential partners in education. What can we do to help change that? Read below to learn about the study, find out what students and educators had to say, and more. You’ll discover how to implement educational technologies into classroom instruction, enhance teacher effectiveness, and empower learning outcomes.


    During the 2018–2019 school year, Gale and Project Tomorrow collaborated to design and implement a nationwide study examining the efficacy of using Gale’s cross-curricular databases to support academic achievement and “future-ready” skill development. The results from this study are outlined in our white paper, Activate Student Success with Database Access

    The study was made up of a cross-sampling of students, teachers, and librarians from public and private elementary, middle, and high school classrooms across the United States. Each participant was instrumental in helping us evaluate the benefits of using Gale’s primary educational database products for different ages and learning styles. Elementary children used Kids InfoBits (soon to be Gale In Context: Elementary), while middle and high school students used resources from the Gale In Context suite of student databases, such as Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints and Gale In Context: U.S. History. Teacher and student experiences with the digital databases were captured through surveys, focus groups, on-site observations, and interviews.


    Gale databases don’t take the place of traditional classroom instruction; they open new doors for incorporating additional teaching and learning methodologies into the classroom. The extent to which these resources support real-world classroom needs is most evident by the overwhelming support from students and teachers who want to continue to use Gale resources in their future teaching and learning activities.

    A 12th grade English Language Arts teacher reported, “I have seen a 200% increase in the quality of my students’ work since they have been using Gale databases. I no longer see these phrases in projects or research papers: ‘According to Google’ or ‘According to website.’ Students are citing their work with a database reference and the proper inserted citation. The quality of their evidence is much higher when they use Gale In Context. Plus, they’re gaining different peoples’ perspectives—the sort of global thinking that we’re promoting at our high school.” 


    We want to share the results from this study with school and district leaders around the country who might be considering education databases but don’t know where to begin. If you’re looking to better support collaboration between librarians and teachers who want to bring databases into the classroom, check out these next steps: Watch our on-demand webinarread the research study, and print the case study for even more data-driven insights to share with colleagues.

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