WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cable in the Classroom (CIC) is unveiling updated “digital citizenship” tools and resources as part of its newly revamped web presence, www.ciconline.org, representing the organization’s new and expanded mission to help educators and parents teach children to safely and responsibly use an ever-growing array of new media tools.

The new resources leverage the educational content, capabilities and expertise of the cable industry, as well as a wide spectrum of other educational experts and organizations.  All are being made available on Cable in the Classroom’s website, free of charge, for use by teachers, parents and others involved with children’s education.

“For more than twenty years, the cable industry has been providing educational media and technology to schools, along with the knowledge and skills to use them effectively,” said Frank Gallagher, Executive Director of Cable in the Classroom.  “Extensive consultation with educators, child development experts, child advocates, researchers, and cable industry leaders helped identify the most pressing issues, appropriate tools, and useful resources for today’s teachers and parents.  Featuring these valuable resources on our new website is a renewal of the cable industry’s longstanding commitment to education.”

Cable in the Classroom’s new online offerings center on three areas:

    Digital Citizenship – A new focus for CIC is its leadership role in helping develop the concept of “digital citizenship” – a positive and proactive approach to help children use digital tools safely and effectively.  Digital citizenship brings Internet safety and security together with digital literacy, ethical behavior and civic engagement in a holistic package of curricular resources, lesson plans, activities, and research.  These articles, videos and digital tools are made available to teachers and parents giving them the resources they need to instill digital citizenship in children.

    Network Programming and Online Content – CIC continues to highlight the best educational programming and content and offers it to educators for use in the classroom and wherever learning happens.  The new www.ciconline.org now does this in more timely and interactive ways, allowing teachers and others to quickly and easily find the television and online content that matches their needs.

    Broadband Applications – Cable’s broadband platform engages children in learning by marrying the fast flow of education-rich content with interactive features for a multi-sensory learning experience.  At ciconline.org, CIC provides teachers with specific examples of learning powered by broadband, and illustrations of the ways in which cable is working to apply more broadly the benefits of broadband to education.

In preparing the new web portal, CIC was assisted by Sudden Industries and RCM Technologies.

In addition to these new resources, Cable in the Classroom continues its efforts to recognize the educational leaders who exemplify the innovative use of cable technology and services, showcase cable initiatives in education, engage in productive partnerships with education organizations, and work with and encourage companies within the cable industry to continue their efforts to contribute to learning.

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Statement of FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

“I applaud the re-launch of Cable in the Classroom’s website, which has proven to be innovative, groundbreaking, and needed. The inclusion of a Digital Citizenship initiative is another step in the right direction, as the awareness of essential online techniques is crucial as more and more children and new users venture into the connected universe. I want to thank my friends at NCTA for their assistance with the program, and I look forward to what lies ahead.”