For Immediate Release
WXXI SUPPORTS SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATORS IN THE TEACHING OF THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR THROUGH A NATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AND
Rochester, New York (February 6, 2006) – In line with its educational mission, WXXI recently used the power of the PBS documentary about the French and Indian War, The War That Made America, and its own outreach efforts to provide social studies educators with tools they need to meet the New York State educational curriculum requirements concerning the war. WXXI was one of eleven public television stations across the country to sponsor outreach events and activities around the documentary. WXXI joined forces with the Rochester Area Council for Social Studies (RACSS) to host a preview screening of the documentary followed by a discussion with Robert L. Emerson, Executive Director of Old Fort Niagara and a member of the New York State French and Indian War 250th Anniversary Commemoration Commission. The workshop was well-attended with more than 70 educators who received training to use the series and materials effectively with their students. (To learn more about national outreach efforts visit: http://www.thewarthatmadeamerica.org/default.aspx?id=35)
WXXIs Web-based Video On-Demand Service is another example of its distance learning capabilities. In collaboration with New York States eight other Public Television Stations and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) it launched the service to educators, students and parents free of charge. The site features more than 2,200 Instructional Television (ITV) programs and 22,000 video clips for instant videostreaming or downloading off the Web. The new service utilizes an on-line application to offer the flexibility of using instructional programming over the Internet anytime, anywhere. WXXI looks forward to extending its increased digital capabilities and partnering more closely with the adult literacy community, adds Marion French, WXXI Assistant Vice President of Education and Interactive Services.
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