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T.H.E. Institute and AOL @ SCHOOL Launch New Online Course for Educators

October 13, 2005. Tustin, CA--T.H.E. Institute and AOL@SCHOOLhave announced the release of “Internet Literacy – Making the Most of the Web,” an online course for educators interested in using the World Wide Web in teaching and learning. This six-hour tutorial for elementary and secondary school teachers provides tools for educators to integrate technology into their curricula to improve student achievement and meet requirements of the No Child Left Behind legislation.

“Internet Literacy – Making the Most of the Web” is designed to be useful both for educators new to using technology in teaching and learning and for tech-savvy veterans. Participants learn how to use the Web in the classroom, the differences among various search engines, how to detect plagiarism from the Web, and what tools to use to counter-act plagiarism. The course also provides specific approaches for integrating lesson plans from the Web and developing specific activities that can be used immediately with students. Activities include working with the newest communication tools such as blogs and Wikis, as well as tried and true tools such as e-mail and instant messaging.

“We are excited about working with AOL@SCHOOL to create this course for educators,” said Geoff Fletcher, Executive Director of T.H.E. Institute. “The combination of background information coupled with activities that can be used with students in the classroom tomorrow provides a powerful set of learning opportunities for educators.”

AOL@SCHOOL and T.H.E. Institute are underwriting 300 scholarships for New Leaders for New Schools, a national, nonprofit organization that trains educators to become urban school district principals.

“Our goal is to create a core user group of teachers and principals throughout the country who are able to use the Internet throughout the teaching and learning process to provide models of effective use of technology in education,” said Fletcher.

“The Internet is a powerful resource that we believe will enhance the learning process,” said Mark Stevens, America Online KOL Education Director and General Manager, AOL@SCHOOL. “We are proud to work with T.H.E. Institute to create this valuable course for educators, and we are especially pleased to offer 300 educators the opportunity to take the new Internet Literacy course free of charge. Information in this course will help teachers everywhere learn to use the Web effectively.”

“We are thrilled to partner with AOL and T.H.E.Institute to give principals the important tools they need to foster high quality teaching throughout their buildings,” said Jacquelyn Davis, the Executive Director of the DC Program of New Leaders for New Schools.

For more information on “Internet Literacy – Making the Most of the Web,” as well as the other online education courses from T.H.E. Institute, go to www.thejournal.com/institute. For information about America Online school program go to www.aolatschool.com.

About T.H.E. Institute
Recognizing the role technology plays in enhancing classroom learning, T.H.E. Institute offers educators a complete range of professional development services, as well as providing consulting, research, and custom publishing products. Led by Dr. Geoffrey Fletcher, T.H.E. Institute is the research and consulting division of the Education Technology Media Group of 101communications.

About AOL@SCHOOLwww.aolatschool.com
AOL@SCHOOL is a no-cost service provided by America Online for teachers and students. Designed to help schools make the interactive medium a more effective part of the classroom experience, AOL@SCHOOL provides robust, age-appropriate learning portals with industry-leading online educational material selected by education experts. For more than 5 years, AOL@SCHOOL has put the power of online materials in one easy-to-use location that makes the Internet a real classroom resource. All materials, including more than 32,000 evaluated educational materials and 10,000 tested lesson plans, are available at: www.aolatschool.com.

Contact:
Geoff Fletcher
Executive Director
T.H.E. Institute
(206) 463-1750
gfletcher@101com.com

Lori Dolginoff
AOL
(212) 652-6363
Dolginoff1@aol.com

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