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For immediate release
June 22, 2000
Siriol Evans
202-414-2300
sevans@npr.org

NPR and bigchalk.com Join Forces to Provide Online Content for Teachers and Students Across the Country Collaborative Educational Web Site to Feature NPR Content and Audio

NEW YORK - National Public Radio® (NPR®) and bigchalk.com, a premiere online learning destination, today announced a joint effort to provide high-quality learning materials for America's schools by creating and distributing original Internet-based content for the education community. This fall, NPR and bigchalk.com will launch an educational Web resource featuring NPR content and audio, combined with lesson plans, student activities and opportunities for classroom collaboration. Initially, the site will bring teachers and students NPR election coverage from Morning Edition®, All Things Considered®, and Talk of the Nation®, with future content expanding to include a range of news and current affairs topics.

"We are delighted to be teaming with NPR - this partnership enables us to offer the highest quality multi-media learning experience for teachers and students," said Dr. Barbara Kurshan, bigchalk.com Executive Vice President and Chief Education Officer. Kurshan added, "NPR's award-winning journalism makes NPR content a tremendous resource for teachers and students."

"The Internet allows radio to become a truly interactive medium," said MJ Bear, NPR's Vice President for Online. "NPR OnlineSM and bigchalk.com are working to bring radio into the classroom in a new way. The Web site will not only educate our youth on important issues of the day, it will enhance the learning experience for the next generation of decision makers and leaders."

"Through bigchalk.com's patented ExplorAsource engine, the project's lesson plans will be correlated to state and national standards of learning," said Dr. Kurshan. "Teachers will be able to integrate the NPR news and activities into their daily lessons, reinforcing bigchalk.com's core mission to provide the highest quality educational products and services to meet the diverse needs of the entire learning community." bigchalk.com will also include content from its "best-of-web" HomeworkCentral database.

About NPR

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR reaches a growing audience of nearly 15 million Americans each week via more than 644 public radio stations. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR WorldwideSM, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.

In recent years, NPR has expanded its reach onto the Internet with NPR Online at www.npr.org. NPR Online brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. The Web site attracts 350,000 visits and more than a million page views per week.

About bigchalk

bigchalk.com is an education destination for the K-12 learning community, with both subscription-based and free learning tools for educators, parents, and students. bigchalk.com's vast family of content, curriculum, and community-based resources provide access to unparalleled instructional materials. Among the bigchalk suite of tools are the acclaimed ProQuest® products, each of which provides uncompromising coverage for every research need. eLibraryTM is the easiest-to-use web reference tool for students of all ages. bigchalk RetrieverTM delivers integrated searching across all resources. ExplorAsource®, a free online service, helps educators and parents quickly find resources that address learning needs and educational standards. HomeworkCentralTM is a free learning destination linking the world of the web together for students in a safe and grade-appropriate environment. At the core of this education network is bigchalk Community, linking parents, students and educators together, facilitating learning, promoting knowledge, and fostering home/school connections. More information on bigchalk.com can be found at www.bigchalk.comTM. Electric Library is a registered trademark of bigchalk.com; ProQuest is a registered trademark of Bell & Howell Information.