WASHINGTON (Tuesday, February 27, 2007)–C-SPAN, providing television´s most extensive coverage of the 2008 presidential election, is enabling educators and students to closely track the issues and candidates shaping this highly competitive race with new resources, discussion questions, and free, downloadable video clips available at www.C-SPANClassroom.org . C-SPAN Classroom is a free membership service for teachers in middle and high schools, designed to enhance the teaching of civics and government using C-SPAN programming.
C-SPAN´s new Campaign 2008 Bus, www.Campaign2008Bus.org , launched last month from Des Moines, Iowa, complements the network´s education outreach by traveling to classrooms and campuses, in partnership with local cable affiliates.
"We want to meet the early demand from teachers for timely, primary resources on the next presidential election," said Joanne Wheeler, vice president of education relations at C-SPAN. "With the dedicated Campaign 2008 section on the
C-SPAN Classroom Web site, and the national tour of the Campaign 2008 Bus, our goal is to help students and teachers better understand the issues and all of the candidates–not just the frontrunners–that are impacting this election."
Every week, C-SPAN Classroom posts free, downloadable video clips of candidate speeches and announcements, political rallies and other events from the campaign trail that are "classroom-ready", and culled from C-SPAN´s noted political coverage, including its signature program, "Road to the White House." "Road" which marks 20 years on the air in 2008, airs Sunday nights at 6:30/9:30 pm ET on C-SPAN, and is simulcast on C-SPAN Radio, heard nationally on XM Satellite Radio, and streamed and archived online at www.c-span.org .
C-SPAN Classroom´s leadership is appearing at major education and cable industry events in March to introduce the network´s election resources. At the annual conference of the California Council for Social Studies on Friday, March 2, Wheeler and Meredith Rapp, C-SPAN´s specialist for education programs, present "C-SPAN Classroom: Where Content Clicks," in Oakland, Calif. On Monday, March 12, Wheeler participates in a panel at the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA) meeting in Washington, D.C. titled, "Election Connections: From the Classroom to the White House."
Continuing the educational mission of the renowned C-SPAN School Bus, the Campaign 2008 Bus, "Road to the White House" tour, is engaging students and teachers in grades 6-12, and first-time voters and students at universities, in a variety of initiatives focused on the milestone elections. The completely redesigned state-of-the-art television production studio sports a new exterior design wrap in election themes.
C-SPAN Bus representatives provide tours of the bus to demonstrate how the network´s political programming is produced. C-SPAN also conducts seminars for teachers at schools and social studies conferences, using the bus as a mobile classroom to demonstrate how the network´s political coverage may be incorporated into the classroom. Visit www.Campaign2008Bus.org to request a visit by the bus, confirm schedule information and view photos.
About C-SPAN Classroom
C-SPAN Classroom is a free membership service designed to enhance the teaching of Civics & U.S. Government through C-SPAN´s primary source programming. 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 "Road to the White House"
Launched in 1988, C-SPAN´s signature political program, "Road to the White House," features regular coverage of the candidates, issues and events that shape presidential politics. C-SPAN´s 2008 election Web site, www.CampaignNetwork.org , is a one-stop resource of presidential election coverage and includes streaming video of announcement speeches and candidate events, schedule information and related resources.
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.