Classroom Connect And The Franklin Institute Form Partnership To Bring Wonders Of Science And Technology To K-12 Classrooms Nationwide

March 29, 2002

BRISBANE, CA – Classroom Connect, Inc. and The Franklin Institute

today announced that they have formed a content partnership that will enhance

Classroom Connect’s suite of online classroom learning resources with content

from The Franklin Institute Online’s science and technology collections.

As part of the agreement, Classroom Connect and The Franklin Institute will

co-develop student-focused learning resources that highlight TFI Online’s science

and technology collections and broaden their access to K-12 schools nationwide.

These learning resources will be made available to educators and their students

through Classroom Connect’s suite of subscription-based classroom learning resources

at In addition, Classroom Connect will link from its

searchable, multimedia Library to various resources from TFI Online’s digital

collections of photographs, audio and video files, as well as Web sites.

Examples of the classroom learning resources being developed by Classroom Connect

and The Franklin Institute Online include:

  • Spotlight on Technology: Achieving Flight
  • Spotlight on Technology: Photography
  • Connected Lesson: Benjamin Franklin and the Scientific Method

"The Franklin Institute’s focus on historically important science and technology

information complements Classroom Connect’s mission to provide educators with

the highest quality educational content available, " said Judith Hamilton,

president and CEO of Classroom Connect. "We are proud to have this partnership

with TFI Online and know our customers will benefit from this and other partnerships

we have with leading museums and institutions nationwide."

"Both The Franklin Institute and Classroom Connect have been among the

first to explore ways to bring online resources into the K-12 classroom. This

was an important consideration in deciding to work together," said Karen

Elinich, director of educational technology programs for The Franklin Institute

Online. "We’re excited to have Classroom Connect as our online curriculum

partner to help continue TFI Online’s mission to promote public understanding

of science, as well as science education and achievement."

The Franklin Institute is the latest to join Classroom Connect’s partner list

of world-renowned museums and libraries. Other existing relationships include

those with the American Museum of Natural History and the Library of Congress.

About The Franklin Institute Online

The Franklin Institute Online is an initiative of The Franklin Institute Science

Museum, founded in 1824 in Philadelphia. Today, The Franklin Institute is recognized

for its innovative online science education programs and for developing museum-school

partnerships that have become national models for innovative teacher development

and hands-on science in the classroom. The Institute also promotes and perpetuates

the legacy of Benjamin Franklin through major awards honoring achievement in

science and in business leadership.

About Classroom Connect, Inc.

Classroom Connect, Inc., a business unit within Harcourt, Inc., is a leading

provider of professional learning and classroom learning resources that foster

successful use of the Internet in K-12 education. Headquartered in Brisbane,

CA, with offices in El Segundo, CA, Minneapolis, MN and Abilene, TX, Classroom

Connect has more than 170 employees. Its primary product brands include: Connected

University® (online professional development); Classroom Today (online classroom

curriculum); The Quest Channel (online adventure learning expeditions); Connected

Conferences (live, nationwide events); Connected Workshops (on-site seminars);

and Classroom Connect Newsletter (monthly Internet education journal). Its partners

include some of the nation’s most respected organizations, including the American

Museum of Natural History, the Library of Congress and NASA. For more information

about Classroom Connect, visit the company’s Web site at