New York, NY — August 14, 2007— In a significant move to support K-12 education, NBC News is opening its video vault of over sixty-years of historic news archives and supplemental resources. Made possible through an unique partnership between NBC News and HotChalk, a K-12 focused learning management system, teachers in every school will now have access to NBC educational content specifically created for classroom instruction.
Designed to engage students in active learning and provide primary source multimedia content that far exceeds what is available in traditional textbooks, more than 5,000 video resources provided by NBC through HotChalk can be used to supplement instruction in a wide range of courses: history classes can watch the civil rights movement as it happened and view interviews with key players; science students can see recreated footage of the Ice Age or watch today´s arctic shelves disintegrate into the ocean; and government classes can have access to the very latest news on immigration, the presidential race, or international relations.
Starting today, teachers of all grades, including AP courses in U.S. History, Government and Politics, and English language and composition can sign up to use the new NBC education resource free of charge at www.HotChalk.com for the fall 2007-2008 semester. Continued use requires a school building subscription through HotChalk for interested users.
Using NBC News´ production services, the new digital educational content released today includes, additional NBC archive materials, several hundred videos created in collaboration with historians, textbook authors and other experts on a wide range of topics dating from beginning of history to the 1930´s when NBC began its archive. Teachers will also be able to access additional primary source content, original audio, video and third-party content such as the Washington Post´s newspaper articles, and current material from NBC News´ leading media properties, including "NBC Nightly News" and "Meet the Press."
"In many ways, through our reporting and coverage of world events, we write the first draft of history every day," said Steve Capus, President of NBC News. "Students use technology seamlessly outside the classroom to learn new information and share content. Making NBC News resources available in classrooms lets us build a bridge between traditional teaching methods and the interactive media culture that students live in."
"When students can see and hear the events and people that made history — such as President Kennedy´s speech about freedom to throngs of people at the Berlin Wall — they engage. The NBC News videos naturally draw students in, leading to deeper understanding of the subject at hand," said Edward Fields, President and Chief Executive Officer of HotChalk. "By embedding the videos in the HotChalk Learning Environment, teachers get instant access to dynamic supplemental materials and can spend more time teaching."
In addition to the NBC News archives, teachers in over 27,000 K-12 U.S. schools will have access to HotChalk´s Swap Shop, a repository with more than 3,000 teacher-contributed lesson plans and other curricula resources created and refined by teachers. They can use HotChalk University, a professional development offering that includes an educational technology integration program and core curriculum courses from McGraw-Hill. The learning management system also includes collaborative learning tools to encourage students to share comments and content with classmates, an easy-to-use homework distribution and online grading system.
HotChalk makes it easy for teachers to communicate with parents, turning teachers, students, and parents into high-performance teams producing measurable academic results. Recent independent research has documented that teachers feel the free HotChalk Learning Environment improves teachers´ instruction more than other, fee-based learning management systems currently available to educators.
Additional NBC News archives and other educational content will be added continuously to the HotChalk Learning Environment offering teachers more resources to support numerous academic disciplines. Plans for content and instructional resources tie into local, national, and major world current events, such as the Olympics and 2008 Presidential election.
About NBC News
NBC News has been a leading source of global news and information for more than 75 years, first on radio, and today via broadcast and cable television, the Internet, radio and cell phones. Operating around the clock with bureaus in key cities in the United States and overseas, NBC News provides immediate coverage and in-depth reporting of major events to a worldwide audience.
HotChalk is focused on improving the lives of teachers. Teachers save time using HotChalk so they can spend more time teaching by working together, sharing lesson plans, best practices and results. HotChalk, the market leading Web 2.0 learning community serves millions of teachers, students and parents every month in more than 159 countries worldwide.