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Scholastic Network Donates 2,000 Accounts to Schools Participating in California Net Day '96.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS EDITORS)--March 8, 1996--Responding to President Clinton's challenge to "put the future at the fingertips of every child in every classroom in America, " Scholastic Network is offering 2,000 California schools free online access, in conjunction with America Online, as part of California Net Day '96.

On Saturday, March 9, a major volunteer effort will begin to wire all California schools, with President Clinton on hand at a Northern California school. The donated Scholastic Network accounts will help California teachers get the resources they need to explore the online world with their students.

More than just an Internet site, Scholastic Network is a close-knit community of teachers helping other teachers, class-to-class collaborations and vast digital libraries of education resources.

"Getting the schools wired is the vital first step but teachers need training, teaching models and ongoing support to implement technology into their classrooms," said John Lent, Director of Online Services for Scholastic's New Media Division.

Two Scholastic Network "Online Mentors," teachers experienced with integrating telecommunications into the curriculum, will be dedicated to assisting California educators by providing tips, advice and information.

Scholastic Network also offers additional support and training to teachers, including a "Member Directory" partnering classrooms around the nation; online teachers' guides, lesson plans, and technology tips; discussions on every topic from late-breaking news to the latest trends in education; and libraries of thousands of lesson plans, activities, experiments, articles and conversations with guests and photographs.

As members of Scholastic Network's global learning community, California schools are invited to participate in hundreds of interactive curriculum projects; chat live with famous authors, athletes, scientists, newsmakers and other eyewitnesses to history; and share lesson plans with other teachers. This monitored environment allows students to explore, communicate and search safely -- all without leaving the classroom.

Navigating the Internet can be intimidating for teachers concerned about keeping their students away from inappropriate materials online. Scholastic Network will provide California educators the reassurance of a mediated online environment, with pre-approved materials and lessons.

In addition, Scholastic Network will bring California teachers and students in touch with classrooms spanning the nation. Unique collaborative projects allow students to share their thoughts and ideas with their peers while they work with museums, scientific labs, research centers, human rights organizations and hundreds of other experts.

Throughout the school year, authors, scientists, explorers, athletes, key political figures and artists conduct live educational discussions with young people. California educators are invited to become a part of Scholastic Network's global learning community.

Starting in September, when Scholastic Network will be available exclusively on the World Wide Web, educators won't need to wade through masses of Internet information to find useful materials. Scholastic Network is in the process of developing an Internet Guide -- a new way for students and educators to find the best sites on the Internet quickly, easily and safely.

A team of more than 100 educators from across the country will comb the Internet daily to find information relevant for teacher and student use, then link those sites to Scholastic Network. With the new Scholastic Network Internet Index, teachers can search for data from the universe of approved Web sites as well as the contents of the entire Scholastic Network. Sites that are considered current, educational and appropriate for school use will be given the Scholastic Seal of Approval.

Currently available as a premium service on America Online, Scholastic Network on the World Wide Web will feature fresh and innovative educational contests with new features specifically designed for curriculum-based classroom learning. A preview of the World Wide Web site (http://scholastic.com/network) is available now.

Since 1993, Scholastic Network has delivered a wealth of educational resources to more than 8,000 schools nationwide -- resources that tie directly to the school curriculum and create exciting new ways for teachers to motivate and educate students. Online activities, projects and curriculum plans are all organized by subject matter and grade level.

Scholastic Network is the online service of Scholastic Inc. For 75 years, Scholastic has been committed to creating quality educational materials for students and teachers. The company is one of the leading publishers and distributors of children's books, classroom and professional magazines, and other educational products. Scholastic also publishes educational software and produces children's and family-oriented video and television programming. The company's international operations include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France and Mexico.

CONTACT: Scholastic Network

Gabrielle Torello, 212/343-6897
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