America Online Expands AOL@SCHOOL with New Online Learning Agreements
Classroom Connect and Join Best-of-Breed Educational Content Providers on AOL@SCHOOL’s Comprehensive Learning Portals
Tremendous Response to AOL@SCHOOL from Schools Nationwide
Dulles, VA—June 26, 2000—America Online, Inc., the world’s leading interactive services company, today announced an expansion of the educational offerings on its comprehensive AOL@SCHOOL service with the addition of new content alliances with two leaders in the online education field.   1
  Classroom Connect and will provide content to AOL@SCHOOL, a new teaching tool designed to harness the Internet’s power in the classroom.   2
  Offering a variety of age-appropriate educational content, state-of-the-art communications features and special safety tools, AOL@SCHOOL is the first comprehensive online solution for K–12 education.   3
  In addition, the Company reported today that AOL@SCHOOL has generated unprecedented interest from educators across the country. Page views to the AOL@SCHOOL preview site are also growing at a record rate, increasing more than 250 percent each week.   4
  Dr. Terry Crane, AOL’s Vice President for Education Products, said: “The incredible interest in AOL@SCHOOL, from both educators and the online education community, demonstrates the need for this type of resource. AOL@SCHOOL is designed to make it easy for schools to use great Internet resources—like those of Classroom Connect and—to make the online medium a more effective teaching tool. We are looking forward to working with teachers and administrators who want to have AOL@SCHOOL in their classrooms by getting them the software and support they need to install it for the start of the 2000–2001 school year.”   5
  Larry Messner, Principal at Cool Springs Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia whose students began using AOL@SCHOOL during the 1999–2000 school year said, “AOL@SCHOOL is an incredible tool for putting students in touch with all the things available around the world. Especially for kids who don’t have that access at home, to be able to provide it in school makes a real difference.”   6
New Alliances to Provide Enhanced Content for Specialized Learning Portals
Classroom Connect and will enhance AOL@SCHOOL’s best-of-Web educational content offerings, adding unique programming and tools to the service’s age-appropriate learning portals:
  • Classroom Connect, Inc., which develops and markets original, Web-based curriculum products and teacher professional development programs for K–12 education, will provide specialized content, technology tips and professional development resources on the AOL@SCHOOL Teacher portal. AOL@SCHOOL will also feature links to the company’s award-winning Quest Interactive Expeditions online adventure learning series, which turns students into “virtual explorers” as they explore and learn with the Quest team via the Web and attempt to unravel some of the world’s greatest scientific and historical mysteries.
      “We’re enthusiastic about our relationship with AOL@SCHOOL because of the potential it creates to positively affect teaching and learning in the 21st century,” said Judith Hamilton, CEO of Classroom Connect. “Being included in the AOL@SCHOOL Teacher portal acknowledges our dedication to providing the highest quality curriculum content and professional development programs for educators.”
  • will provide one-click access to world-class resources such as The Columbia Encyclopedia, which will be integrated throughout AOL@SCHOOL’s Middle School, High School, Teacher and Administrator portals. Custom educational content areas encompassing reference, composition, literature and U.S. Government resources will offer classroom necessities such as Strunk’s Elements of Style and Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.
      “With AOL@SCHOOL’s superb teaching resources and’s access to great literary and reference works, the greatest winners are the students,” said John Kibler, President and CEO of “This new relationship with AOL@SCHOOL is a tremendous validation of’s service and an extraordinary opportunity to bring quality reference and literary works to a new generation of Web-supported students.”
  Other leading education companies providing content for AOL@SCHOOL include, Blackboard Inc., Boxer Learning, Inc.,, ePals, Family Education Network,,, The Library of Congress, Merriam Webster, The New York Times Learning Network,, Riverdeep Group, ThinkWave and Time for Kids.   8
  AOL@SCHOOL is available at no cost to all interested K–12 schools. Installation disks are available from America Online by calling 1-888-708-0719. The AOL@SCHOOL portals can also be accessed over the Internet, at, so that students, teachers, administrators, and parents can view the content included as a part of this learning tool from home.   9
About America Online, Inc.
Founded in 1985, America Online, Inc., based in Dulles, Virginia, is the world’s leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies, and e-commerce services. America Online, Inc. operates: America Online, with more than 23 million members, and CompuServe, with more than 2.7 million members, the company’s two worldwide Internet services; several leading Internet brands including ICQ, AOL Instant Messenger and Digital City, Inc.; the Netscape Netcenter and AOL.COM portals; the Netscape 6, Netscape Navigator and Communicator browsers; AOL MovieFone, the nation’s #1 movie listing guide and ticketing service; and and NullSoft’s Winamp, leaders in Internet music. Through its strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems, the company develops and offers easy-to-deploy, end-to-end e-commerce and enterprise solutions for companies operating in the Net Economy.  10
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About Classroom Connect. Inc.
Classroom Connect, Inc. (, is an Internet company that develops and markets original, Web-based curriculum products and teacher professional development programs for the K–12 education community. Its partners include some of the nation’s most respected organizations, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Library of Congress and NASA. Classroom Connect has more than 130 employees in five offices nationwide, with headquarters in Brisbane, CA. For more information, visit Classroom Connect’s Web site at  12

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