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With Scholastic Online, schools can offer their teachers and students new features, projects and activities daily, updated and created by myriad editors, writers, artists and educators.
As a subscription-based service, content is specifically tailored for K-12 learning and is organized by curriculum areas. Some of the many features include Scientists as Mentors (collaborative), Global Kid Reporters (student teams report monthly from seven countries), Animals in the Wild (talk and track them daily), Writers Workshops (pair with published authors) and Witnesses to History (talk with those who were there).
Teachers can integrate content with planned curriculum by using provided weekly schedules and monthly calendars. Teachers are also offered dozens of professional forums, teacher's guides, online mentors and training sessions.
Scholastic Network, the precursor, debuted on AOL three years ago. Now on the Web, Scholastic Online lets students and schools publish their own Web pages and sites and supplies the tools and templates. Safe browsing is assured as the service filters out access to inappropriate content. A variety of purchase options are available - from a turnkey package offering full Internet connectivity with e-mail; tools like Java, Shockwave! and QuickTime, plus chat and filtering; to a package of just the service if one already has 'net access, to a district- or school-wide solution. Scholastic New Media, New York, NY, (800) 246-2986, http://scholastic.com.
This article originally appeared in the 08/01/1996 issue of THE Journal.