GEMS Education Schools to benefit from Britannica’s Image Quest
London, 04 May 2011
- GEMS students and teachers in the U.A.E are set to benefit with immediate access to over two million of the world’s best educational images, with Britannica Image Quest (www.quest.eb.com).
- GEMS Education, the largest Kindergarten to Grade 12 private school operator in the world, has recently obtained access to Britannica Image Quest for GEMS schools to make the learning experience further interactive for both students and teachers. This will be available, alongside the existing access to Britannica Online School Edition.
- Through the GEMS Learning Gateway (GLG), all GEMS teachers, students and their parents will now have access to the highest-quality digital images from the world’s leading picture libraries, which have been fully rights-cleared for the classroom.
- Image Quest provides staff and students with quick, easy and safe access to the highest quality images, both at home and in the classroom. Teachers can use the images in lesson plans, classroom activities and projects, while students can use them to enhance homework assignments, school or course projects and research, without worrying about finding inappropriate content.
- The images are grouped in and easy-to-use portal and are tagged with relevant keywords so users can quickly access a wide range of imagery. Each photo or illustration includes the source, the copyright holder, caption and keywords and automatically inserts the proper citation information with each image used in a paper or project.
- Manoj Varghese, Director of IT at GEMS Education said: “GEMS provides high quality holistic education and we are glad to associate with Britannica in providing our teachers and students this additional access to Image Quest. We are confident it will assist them further in their daily teaching – learning activities and projects.“
- Caroline Kennard, Director of Education for Encyclopædia Britannica UK, said: “As students across the globe use the internet more for research and discovery, there is a real need to provide high-quality, easy-to-use, and above all safe educational resources. As leading providers of educational resources, Britannica is delighted to work with GEMS Education to provide Image Quest to students and teachers in the U.A.E.“
- Image Quest is published in association with Universal Images Group (www.UniversalImagesGroup.com).
- For further information, or to access a free trial, please visit the web site at www.britannica.co.uk, or call 020 7500 7800
Notes to editors:
- About Encyclopædia Britannica
Britannica was founded in Edinburgh in 1768 at the height of the period of European history known as the “Enlightenment”. Its aim was to become the worldwide leader in reference, education and learning.
- It is the most comprehensive and oldest continuously published reference work in the English language and is revered worldwide for its editorial integrity. Britannica strives to help its users become confident global citizens, by delivering expert and up-to-date knowledge and being global leaders in providing a source for life-long learning.
- Encycloppædia Britannica (UK) Ltd is a subsidiary of Encycloppædia Britannica Inc. who are leading providers of learning and knowledge products. Britannica is proud to be one of the world's most trusted sources of information.
- In 2011 Encyclopædia Britannica was named as one of the UK’s most respected brands in the annual Consumer Superbrand Survey. The same survey also listed Britannica as the UK’s second strongest media brand, following the BBC.
- About Britannica Online & Mobile:
Today Encyclopædia Britannica has a larger and more diverse line of online and mobile products than ever before. Our outlook is shaped by our tradition of excellence and an understanding of what knowledge seekers need in the digital age.
- In 2002 Britannica introduced Britannica Online School Edition, a comprehensive reference and education service specially designed for primary and secondary schools. It has undergone several significant upgrades in the years since.
- In 2006 Britannica introduced Britannica Online Public Library Edition, delivering three products in one, including separate home pages for adults, students, and children. The product allows libraries to tailor the product to their patrons' needs.
- In early 2011 Britannica launched three titles in a series of educational mobile applications for children. The Volcanoes, Rainforests and Ancient Egypt apps will be followed by further project-based programmes later in the year.
- Image Quest was launched in January 2011 to provide one million digital images to universities, colleges and schools. Fully rights-cleared for educational use, Image Quest brings together collections from the National Geographic, Getty Images, and Oxford Scientific and many others, into an easy-to-use online portal.
- Britannica's Online Academic Edition delivers relevant, web-based content for further and higher education. It is continuously updated, revised and developed with new articles, allowing its users to research confidently with expert information and a host of research tools designed to support advanced study.
- For further information about Britannica and its products, please visit:
- About GEMS Education:
GEMS Education has a global network of world class international schools. With 50 years of experience in education, GEMS provides high quality holistic education to over 100,000 students from 150 countries. It employs over 9,000 education professionals, specialists and staff from around the world.
- The GEMS approach to learning focuses not only on academic excellence, but also in helping students develop their character and creativity so that they achieve their full potential as human beings.
- The GEMS Education school model is unique in the world because it offers a broad range of curricula across a range of tuition fees making private education more accessible to the broader community.
- GEMS Education also supports Governments’ education reform agenda by working with Ministries of Education to lift school performance and improve the standards and expertise of government schools across the globe.
- GEMS Education has offices in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, India and Singapore.
GEMS students have been accepted to 355 universities from 28 countries over the past three years.
GEMS students have won over 300 international and regional awards over the past decade.
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