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August 13, 2001 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Yahoo! Launches Free Education Resource

Yahoo! has announced the launch of Yahoo! Education (http://education.yahoo.com), a free resource that enables educators at the college, high school, and middle school levels to easily create a virtual classroom environment and communications center for their students. Through this new service, professors and teachers can extend the traditional classroom onto the Internet by posting class rosters, calendars, and syllabi, and by connecting with students through private classroom message boards and e-mail.

Students can access their virtual classroom materials from wherever they have an Internet-connected computer, whether at school, home, the library, or a friend's house. Once in their virtual classroom, students will have access to posted information, e-mail, message boards, links to reading materials, and key online bookmarks. For example, students using their private message board to post questions from a school computer during the day can pick up their teacher's reply through their home computer that evening. The student simply logs onto his or her protected classroom environment that resides online rather than on a hard drive.

Yahoo! also announced new agreements with three leading providers of education materials—Bartleby.com, Britannica.com, and Houghton Mifflin Co.—all of which bring together their resources to create the Yahoo! Education reference area. The Reference area comes fully equipped with access to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, fourth edition; The Britannica Concise; Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, third edition; Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body; The Oxford Shakespeare; Bartlett's Familiar Quotations; and the World Factbook. Consumers also have access to a 14-day free trial to the complete Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Source: Yahoo! Inc.



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