SirsiDynix Launches Online Discovery Portal

Oct 21, 2005

SirsiDynix has announced today a collaborative effort with INFOhio, the Information Network for Ohio Schools, to create SirsiDynix School Rooms, a comprehensive and integrated multimedia online discovery portal for K-12 schools. Based on the SirsiDynix Rooms content management platform, School Rooms combines teacher-selected, standards-based content with software to promote exploration and learning and to supplement any curriculum. Content is accessed through virtual Rooms that help students discover information, provide educators and librarians with access to quality materials, and enable parents to find appropriate resources for improving their child's education. Beginning with the launch of a single school district, School Rooms will eventually be available statewide to 1.1 million students in Ohio.

The initial offering of Rooms covers three topics - Earth Science, Parents, and U.S. History--at three different grade levels (elementary, middle, and high school), with plans to add more subject areas in the future until coverage of the general K-12 curriculum subjects is complete. As core components of the K-12 curriculum, with known and objective standards associated with each level, the U.S. History and Earth Sciences subjects were selected for the launch. In addition, the Parents Room is designed to help parents of K-12 students deal with educational issues that they and their children face--including tips on helping with homework, improving study habits, tutoring programs, and motivating kids to excel in school. School Rooms integrates multimedia content from Helicon Publishing, reference content creator and publisher of the Hutchinson Encyclopedia and Hutchinson Children's Encyclopedia and Dorling Kindersley, publisher of the Children's Eyewitness Series, specializing in the creation of illustrated information books and online resources for children and adults.