American Library Association article
Media Literacy: What do our classrooms tell us?
NC WiseOwl (NC Online Windows for Learning) has been providing online subscription resources for NC schools for the last decade. Our mission is to ensure that all of our public and charter school students have access to a collection of online resources for use in research projects and homework assignments, without regard to the economic status of their local school system. NC WiseOwl has three major strengths as an educational resource:
* Quality: Information on the Internet at-large is often unreliable and inappropriate for use in the K-12 education field. WiseOwl’s subscription databases provide access to articles from thousands of magazines, from online encyclopedias and reference sources, and from a variety of other sources that are only available to paying customers.
* Economy: By purchasing databases at the state level we are able to achieve an economy-of-scale that saves taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the cost of individual school systems purchasing the same resources.
* Safety: The World Wide Web was never intended as a K-12 educational tool. Using WiseOwl for online research places students in a safer, advertising-free environment with age-appropriate information and tools that assist students with the research process.
WiseOwl resources are available anywhere that Internet access is provided. School systems may register their networks so that no passwords are required when using school computer labs. Passwords may be obtained from school or system-level media and/or technology personnel to permit access outside of school facilities.