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Library director says website a learning tool
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Magness Library director Brad Walker is trying to spread the word about the school-related benefits of the Tennessee Electronic Library.
“It is a wonderful resource for students of all ages,” said Walker. “Best of all, it’s free. You can’t beat that price.”
The Tennessee Electronic Library, or TEL, is a virtual library you can access from a home computer, a school library computer lab, or an iPhone – anywhere with Internet connection. TEL provides access to over 400,000 electronic resources, including magazines, scholarly journals, podcasts, videos, e-books, test preparation materials, federal census records, Tennessee primary source materials, and more.
Looking to help your child with ACT, SAT and other exams? Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future, so TEL has free practice tests, tutorials and e-books to help students prepare for the ACT, SAT and hundreds of other exams.
Get classroom help with TEL lesson plans and student resources to assist with papers, projects and presentations. To help with research, the site also offers a World Book Encyclopedia that offers a wide array of routinely updated information.
The site includes homework helpers, games and activities, state history and a search engine called “Look it Up!” that is designed especially for children to make searching for information easy and fun.
Along with help on homework, research and test prep, the site also offers career tools, assistance with genealogy, and language teaching tools for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean and Ingles, among others.
“I think there are 15 or 16 different languages on there now,” said Walker. “It’s actually a lot of fun. I did the Spanish and French ones. There is also a Spanish version to teach English. The programs are simple to use and they are very interactive.”
The site offers TEL video tutorials with full-text articles, magazines and journals, TEL train-the-trainer videos and how-to videos. Walker says you can log on every day and find something new.
“I go onto the site all the time and I find something that I haven’t seen before,” said Walker. “It’s just a wonderful resource. Parents need to use it and they need to encourage their children to use it. If nothing else, just go on there and look around. It’s free. When you child needs help, you will know where to find it.”
TEL is offered free of charge in the state of Tennessee through libraries. Locally, the site can be accessed by going onto and clicking on the “links” tab and “Tennessee Electronic Library.”