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Chicago-Area School District Adds Streaming Media

A small school district in the Chicago, IL area, Cass District 63, has turned to New Dimension Media's CCC!  streaming media to provide resources for its students.

Options for teachers include original material from New Dimension Media, and video, audio, maps, data, graphics, animation, and Flash-based media from, for example, Disney Educational Production, National Geographic Education, and BBC Motion Gallery. Subjects covered include social studies, sciences, mathematics, English and language arts, music, dance, art, and foreign language.

Features include:

  • Access to 3,500 programs and 50,000 teaching segments;
  • Search by curriculum, keyword, subject, or standard;
  • The ability to play entire videos or select by segment;
  • Thousands of standards-based titles. Each comes with a teachers guide, a student activity, and an interactive assessment;
  • Media is placed on a school or district network and run through an intranet;
  • H.264 picture quality;
  • iPod playback;
  • Live webcasts;
  • Video play lists, which let teachers string together segments into customized lesson plans;
  • The ability of teachers to add their own content to the system; and
  • Integration with digital projectors and Smart and Promethean interactive whiteboards, and the ability to share with students through emailed hyperlinks.

The cost for a classroom license is $129.

Cass District 63 serves 850 students in kindergarten to grade 8 at Concord Elementary School and Cass Junior High School, approximately 15 miles west of Chicago. Students live in Darien and Willowbrook, IL, as well as unincorporated areas of Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Hinsdale and Lemont.

Proceeds from a June 10 golfing fundraiser, hosted by the Cass District 63 Foundation for Educational Excellence, will go toward Smart Boards, a wireless upgrade, and a library automation system, among other projects.

For more information, visit cccvod.com.

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