1. How is Britannica School licensed?
Britannica School is licensed per institution, be it Primary School or Secondary School. Usage is for all students and all teaching staff from school, from home, on the move and from any device.
2. What is the difference between the Primary and Secondary versions?
The major difference is in the reading levels. Foundation is better suited to Primary level, Intermediate to Secondary level and Advanced to HE/FE and academic levels.
3. Who are the editors and authors of the content?
Britannica has a complement of some 150 full time editors and authors; contributions to articles are made from more than 4,000 experts in their respective fields worldwide. In addition Britannica has an Editorial Board which oversees the range and quality of the resource and is comprised of recognised academics.
4. How often are the services updated?
Britannica School is updated approximately twice every hour, some 120,000 articles are reviewed and updated a year and the entire service is subject to constant revision.
5. How do I get technical support?
Support for Britannica School is provided completely free-of-charge. In the first instance we recommend you contact your school network manager or ICT coordinator as many problems are resolved in-school. If this is unsuccessful then please call Britannica on 020 7500 7800 and ask for technical support. This service is available five days a week from 8am through to 5pm. Britannica School has a 99.99% availability; All customers are notified in advance of any planned outages..
6. How do I get guidance with using the services?
Britannica provides a range of on-line resources to help with the uptake and use of the service; links can be found here. Britannica provides regular on-line webinars for new and existing customers; you can book these here. In addition, for new customers, we organise customer-specific on-line training tailored to meet your school’s specific needs.
7. Why is having reliable sources of information important?
Much of the information available on the Internet today comes from untrusted sources and users are guided to sites with advertising as their principal objective, not the transfer of knowledge. Britannica for many years has been world renowned as a trusted source of information that teachers, students and parents can rely upon. Written by professionals and educators and targeted for the comprehensive needs of a specific age-related audience, all articles have a classic introduction, exposition and conclusion with references that reflect an exemplar style that all students should be encouraged to adopt.
8. How does Britannica School relate to the 2014 curriculum?
A white paper has been developed which explains how Britannica School supports the 2014 curriculum. This can be downloaded here.
9. Can I copy or re-use text, images and videos in my own work?
All images are royalty free and cleared for copyright on the condition that they are being used for an educational purpose.
10. What should I do if I feel there are gaps in the materials?
The Britannica editorial teams continually review the range of content for areas that are missing or require new coverage. We would like to hear from customers who have identified gaps or have specific requirements to see if these can be met.
11. Do you require login details for every teacher and student or does the service support single sign on?
Access to Britannica School does not require individual login IDs or passwords. There are a range of authentication options including single sign-on. The My Britannica area of the service requires a user name and password; this is self generated.
12. How do pupils login from home?
The Britannica School’s licence includes access from home. Students can either login via their school’s network or via a unique URL, which we will work with your school to provide.
13. How can I purchase Britannica School?
Britannica School can be purchased directly from Encyclopaedia Britannica UK or through one of our partners (RMUnify). We encourage schools to purchase though Britannica School’s partners where additional value is integrated in the service.
14. How can the service help my school support the extended project qualification (EPQ)?
Britannica gives students the freedom to choose their own topic and will enable users to complete an excellent dissertation, investigation or presentation to an audience. Britannica gives an outstanding foundation in research, critical analysis, extended writing and presentation expertise. These are requirements needed for the independent skills that higher education demands.
15. How can the service help support the bridge between primary and secondary school?
Britannica School has three differentiated reading levels, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. These levels have been designed to help support learning from Primary through Secondary to undergraduate study. Having a common platform for a basis of cross curricular understanding will aid these transitions.
16. Can I create, share and distribute lesson plans with Britannica School?
The Lesson Plan Builder is an easy-to-use 5 stage tool that helps with the creation, sharing and distribution of lesson plans. This tool allows you to share your plans with teachers across the world.
17. If I already have a learning platform, does Britannica School support ‘federated search’?
Britannica works with many of the leading learning platform providers to deliver a rich learning experience. Britannica School supports ‘federated search’ so that services can be easily accessed through the search facilities provided though the learning platform.
18. Is the service hosted on my school’s network or is it a true ‘cloud’ service?
Britannica School is a true cloud service; there are no in-school infrastructure requirements. Internet access and the correct firewall permissions are all that is required.
19. How do the services help support parental engagement?
The Britannica School service includes access from home that can be used by students and parents working closely together.
20. How do the services help support literacy?
Britannica School is excellent for differentiated learning and is aimed at raising academic achievement. By providing three content levels tailored to literacy ability, students can navigate to the level that is suitable without changing the age-appropriate visual appearance. This builds confidence for students with EAL and offers challenging extensions for excelling students. All of Britannica’s articles contain text-to-speech built in translation and a quick click dictionary to make sure that students can practise with the new SPAG which will help with the new national curriculum objectives.
21. How do the services support pupils/parents for whom English is a second language?
Britannica School takes advantage of the translation facilities provided by Google. Integration of the translate feature allows us to translate all languages that the Google-translate tool supports. Whilst this may not be a perfect translation, this is sufficient enough for students to get a good understanding of the subject material in their first language.