WASHINGTON (October 25, 2006)–C-SPAN Classroom introduced significant new enhancements today to www.c-spanclassroom.org, its online site for middle and high school social studies teachers. The upgrades are designed to make it easier and faster for educators to incorporate C-SPAN’s public affairs and political programming into their classroom. The new features were developed with social studies teachers and–for the first time-include the ability to download free video clips from C-SPAN’s vast collection of standards-based content. Teachers may also search archived and current video by keywords and create personalized user areas for favorite clips.

Searchable, downloadable video clips-from a discussion about civil liberties between Supreme Court Justice Scalia and ACLU President Nadine Strossen to President Bush’s press conferences on the war in Iraq–are the biggest enhancement to date to C-SPAN Classroom’s Web site, which has long offered lesson plans, discussion questions and other resources for teachers. C-SPAN Classroom video content is completely copyright-cleared with no time or usage restrictions. All of C-SPAN Classroom resources are linked to state and national civics and social studies standards and are provided free of charge as a public service of C-SPAN and the nation’s cable television companies.

C-SPAN Classroom is a free membership service dedicated to support educators’ use of C-SPAN programming in their civics and social studies classes or for research. Teachers can visit www.c-spanclassroom.org to enroll in C-SPAN Classroom and access the enhanced features. Teachers who sign-up can request a free DVD of C-SPAN clips to jump-start their video library. DVDs are available while supplies last.

“For more than 20 years, C-SPAN has been committed to providing its primary source programming to teachers at no charge. These significant enhancements represent the latest extension of our network’s dedication to teachers and to education,” said Joanne Wheeler, C-SPAN’s vice-president of education relations. “C-SPAN Classroom has relevant and timely political and public affairs resources that bring Washington into local social studies classrooms. And, with the mid-term elections weeks away and Campaign 2008 around the corner, teachers will have an array of election-related teaching resources right at their fingertips.”

“C-SPAN Classroom’s upgraded Web site takes full advantage of new educational technologies that can enhance teaching and learning in civics and government,” said Joe Gotchy, a social studies teacher and education consultant in Washington with 33 years of experience. “By providing access to its archive of authentic primary resources, C-SPAN gives teachers and students a powerful tool that can be used to understand, explain, justify, extrapolate, relate, and apply key civic concepts to an ever-changing political landscape. C-SPAN Classroom’s Web site is the perfect tool for educating 21st century students so they become enlightened and participatory citizens.”

Development of C-SPAN Classroom’s newest video resources was aided by C-SPAN’s 2006 Teacher Fellows, who worked at the network’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., this summer to share their expertise. C-SPAN’s Teacher Fellows program is a highly competitive national program for middle and high school teachers who demonstrate creative use of C-SPAN programming in their teaching.

About C-SPAN Classroom

C-SPAN Classroom is a free membership service dedicated to support educators’ use of C-SPAN programming in their classes or for research. Members receive teaching guides for C-SPAN programs and access to a toll-free hotline for viewing tips and classroom strategies. C-SPAN Classroom has reached more than 1 million students since its inception in 1987.

About C-SPAN

C-SPAN, the political network of record, was created in 1979 by America’s cable companies as a public service. C-SPAN is currently available in 90.7 million households. For more information about C-SPAN, visit www.C-SPAN.org .

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