Magazine article Information Today

Scholastic Launches New Internet Service

Magazine article Information Today

Scholastic Launches New Internet Service

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Scholastic Network has launched Scholastic Internet Services, created to offer K-12 teachers and students an easy-to-use, high-value destination on the coming "Information Superhighway," the Scholastic Internet Services are accessible to all Internet users and include a K-12 Net site running Gopher, WAIS, and WWW.

The new Scholastic Internet services consist of: Scholastic Internet Libraries, four electronic curriculum libraries with a myriad of resources and over 5000 full-text articles offered for site-licenses; the Scholastic Internet Center, a free Internet site offering information, lesson plans, and electronic newsletters; and the Ultimate Education Store, a searchable online catalog of educational books, magazines, software, curriculum kits, and more. "These Internet Services are an effective first step in bringing Scholastic's information resources onto the Internet," said Susan Mernit, director of Network Development, Scholastic Network. "All the Scholastic Divisions contributed to this effort."

"As more schools connect to the Internet, Scholastic Internet Services provide a simpler method for teachers and students to get access to libraries of information on science, language arts, and technology," said Richard Robinson, president, chairman, and CEO of Scholastic. "When we launched Scholastic Network with America Online last fall, our goal was to help K-12 teachers and their students work interactively with a variety of information. With the introduction of our Internet services, all educators with Internet access gain the ability to connect to Scholastic materials."

"From a national perspective, the emergence of electronic information delivery presents new opportunities for all sectors of society," said Linda Roberts, Advisor on Technology, U.S. Department of Education. "The Internet offers educators access to information that was previously difficult to reach. With a growing number of teachers on the Internet, this use of technology clearly allows teachers to better serve the needs of students."

Using technology developed by Wide Area Information Services (WAIS), Scholastic's technology partner in this effort, parents and teachers can easily search and retrieve what they are looking for in the Scholastic libraries as well as the aisles of books, magazines, newsletters, and other educational products in the store, without leaving their home, school, or office. …

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