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JUNE, 1996

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Discovery Channel School
http://school.discovery.com/

B+ CONTENT:
A great resource for teachers and students to integrate Discovery Channel programming into their curriculum.

A AESTHETICS:
The graphics are large, but come up fairly quickly, and they guide you through the site with ease.

B+ ORGANIZATION:
Thanks to the strong graphics, this site is organized very well, with a clear hierarchy of pages (and there's a lot of them!)

REVIEW:
The Discovery Channel School is broken down into 5 areas: Video Vault, Spotlight, Learning Communities, Subject Area Managers, and Professional Support. The Video Vault guides the user through all the different programs that could be taped and incorporated into a curriculum. The most interesting area for me was the Learning Communities, which promotes student contests and dialogues with students of similar and/or different cultural backgrounds. It promotes and guides students to use listserves as a learning tool, and also allows room to showcase student work. I also found extensive curriculum development ideas which looks like a valuable resource for educators. I am impressed with the educational value of this site, both for teachers and students.