For Immediate Release
WXXI’S ASSIGNMENT: THE WORLD SELECTS NINE GROUPS OF STUDENTS TO BE FEATURED IN ITS CLASSROOM VIEWPOINTS
Rochester, NY (March 10, 2011) – When the nation's longest-running classroom program, Assignment: The World (ATW), launched its 52nd season last September, it introduced a new feature to its 15-minute news program. The feature, called Classroom Viewpoints, was designed to encourage students to express their opinions on global issues and current events through recorded video responses. Video responses from nine classrooms across the country were chosen, and are now featured on ATW’s web site, atwonline.org, and will be used in the national broadcasts this spring.
Produced by WXXI in conjunction with The Associated Press and hosted by Teej Jenkins, ATW delivers news and current events in a safe environment for students in grades 3-8. The fast-paced, interactive program helps young viewers understand the world around them, and shows how events in other countries can and do impact their lives. News stories are supported by video obtained through traditional news services. “Instant Pop Quizzes,” “Clues in the News,” and “Issue Questions” offer interactive opportunities for students to test their comprehension, improve their research skills, and practice writing exercises. Thirty-two episodes are produced each season and students across the country watch them in their classrooms via broadcast, or over the Internet through on-demand streaming and download. In Rochester, ATW airs Thursdays and Fridays at 6 a.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable1011 and 11), and on Fridays at 6 p.m. on City 12 throughout the school year.
Classroom Viewpoints supports ATW’s “Issue Question” segment by including student-generated video content and increasing viewer engagement. Each classroom is responsible for recording their video response on three “Issue Questions” during the 2010-2011 ATW season. The nine educators and accompanying classrooms selected are:
To see the Classroom Viewpoint student-generated videos, and learn more about the ATW series, visit atwonline.org.
ATW has received numerous awards including a Telly, Gold Aurora and a Wilbur Schramm Award of Excellence. The seriesis underwritten by Post Pebbles Cereal.
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