Cable in the Classroom
CIC represents the cable telecommunications industry's commitment to education - to
improve teaching and learning for children in schools, at home, and in their communities.
This is the only industry-wide philanthropic initiative of its kind; since 1989, 8,500 cable
companies and 39 cable networks have provided free access to commercial-free, educational
cable content and new technologies to 81,000 public and private schools, reaching 78 percent
of K-12 students. CIC focuses on five essential elements to ensure quality education in the
visionary and sensible use of technologies,
engagement with rich content,
community with other learners,
and the support of parents and other adults.
The following are Special Projects of which we can participate:
Broadband Demonstration Project
Shakespeare: Subject to Change is the first installment in Cable in the Classroom's
Broadband Demonstration Project. Experience how broadband technology allows all kinds of
learners to benefit from great content in open and interactive environments using text, images,
audio, full-motion video, and animations.
Shakespeare: Subject To Change is:
Accessible: You are on the receiving end of resources and expertise brought together from different parts of
the globe just to teach YOU, on your desktop, or anywhere, anytime.
Multisensory: You watch, read, hear, interact, and create your own variation. You can learn, whatever your
Rich content: You can examine digitized versions of rare documents and prints, or clips from multimillion
dollar films, guided by the expertise of scholars and filmmakers.
Self-directed: You make the choices—go in any direction or sequence, at any pace. You continue to learn
and explore by following recommended links.
Please join us. Your brain will thank you for it.
CIC Position Papers
There are no easy answers to education’s big questions, but CIC papers on topics such as the role of media
and technology in learning and the importance of media education can help educators and parents frame
action plans for their communities, classrooms and homes.
Thinking Critically about Media: Schools and Families in Partnership
This CIC publication makes the case for teaching media literacy at school and at home.
Learning with Technology: Evidence that technology can, and does, support learning
Read an analysis of historical and contemporary research explores how and why students
benefit from technology-based instruction.
The Power of Collaboration
Fabulous things happen when educators come together around
common goals and visions. That's why Cable in the Classroom
thought long and hard about how to use technology
to enhance collaboration.
The result? CLIC.
CLIC—Communicate, Learn, Interact, and Create—is Cable in the Classroom's virtual, anytime-anywhere
workspace. It brings together educators, students, and others from various settings, time zones, and
schedules to collaborate on all kinds of projects.
Imagine the possibilities!
English teachers from across the country create a Jane Eyre webquest
school administrators design a rubric for evaluating technology use in their districts—without ever
meeting face to face
educators collaborate with their local cable system representatives to design community resources for
a recent influx of English-as-a-second-language students
CLIC in Action
Learn how educators in Florida used a CLIC to meet and plan all the details of opening a new high school while
still teaching at their old schools.
Take a tour
Download the following PDF document for an overview of what a CLIC looks like and how it works.
Also check out Project Cam, a complement to CLIC that allows teachers and students to partner with
other, distant schools and share, communicate and learn live via web cams, chat and file sharing.
A sample of what CLIC offers
Messages: Participants can exchange messages with all the other participants.
File Sharing: Participants can upload all kinds of files for their own use.
Tasks: A project manager can assign tasks to participants.
Milestones: A project manager can create a list of important dates for the project.
Profile/Account Management: Participants can manage their own profile—what other project participants
see when they click on each others' names.
CLIC is provided at no cost to you - thanks to Cable in the Classroom and your local cable company, who are
dedicated to supporting teaching and learning in your community.
To create your own CLIC, send an email to email@example.com. In your email, include:
Your zip code
Your local cable company
Your project's name
Brief description and goals of your project
Anticipated end date of your project
Cable in the Classroom, the WIDE World project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the National
Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and Comcast Communications have joined forces to create
CONTACT: Connecting Teachers and Creative Technologies.
This project represents a new approach to professional development for teachers: a blend of online and face-
to-face learning. The online component enables anytime-anywhere learning, while the face-to-face element
provides the participants with the localization, collaboration and human dimension that makes learning
meaningful and engaging.
The pilot course will take place in schools in the Washington, DC area between February and May, 2004.
Content of the course is student assessment, which concerns teachers across all subjects and grade
WIDE World has created the online course and adapted it to include four face-to-face sessions
led by specially trained and certified local teachers.
The pilot course (valued at $399) will be free to approximately 300 teachers in the DC region.
Participants will enroll as triads – cohorts of three educator colleagues – who will be admitted on a
first come, first served basis.
Participants will receive continuing education units from their districts, or work with other colleges
and universities to receive graduate credit.
An independent researcher will evaluate the project's success.
CONTACT is designed to serve as a professional development model that can be replicated around
Download a brochure (PDF) about CONTACT.
Read FAQs regarding credit and time commitment.
Prepared, creative, well-trained teachers are the single most significant factor in how students learn. This
partnership's aim is to bring relevant, accessible, high-quality professional development to teachers through
the creative use of powerful technology.
Points of View
"Points of VIEW" is a robust partnership combining C-SPAN's vast online and program resources with Time
Warner's high-speed connections and Project View's video-conferencing capabilities. This--plus the expertise
of New York state teachers--helps create dynamic models for teaching history and language arts.
Participating teachers are designing middle and high school coursework, initially focusing on Theodore
Roosevelt and Upton Sinclair, which meets academic standards for New York state and the National Council of
Using broadband technology to access C-SPAN's video streaming archives and video-conferencing to interview
distant content experts, students can examine issues of importance 100 years ago, such as the progressive
movement, foreign policy, and conservation -- and compare them to similar issues we face today. For more
details, see curriculum model.
Check out some project highlights to date:
Classroom examples using cable content and technology (May 2003) See examples
Master teachers visit to Sagamore Hill (April 2003) Read more
Project kicks off with C-SPAN's Brian Lamb (January 2003) Read more
Project Cam Introduction
What can the Web do for learning that can't be done any other
way? With webcams and broadband access, classes in different
locations can collaborate to create something relevant to their own
learning experience. How about a play or a collection of poems? Or
local histories to share and compare? Or an environmental project
conducted in two very different places? The sky's the limit—and
the technology will take you there.
Each project will have access to
its own unique, private page
live webcam and audio feeds from each participating
live chat capability
Peruse the available projects or start your own!
The Classroom Ecosystem Exchange Details | Login | Join
Location: Yorktown Heights, NY Grade: 6-8 Date Range: 1/04-6/04
Brief Description: Student scientists will investigate natural habitats in the classroom.
Ballard One Details | Login | Join
Location: Arlington, VA Grade: middle school Date Range: january 26-december 30, 2004
Brief Description: JASON Project from Panama
Music Outreach Details | Login | FULL
Location: Haines City, FL Grade: 4th and 5th Date Range: Dec. 03-May 04
Brief Description: to exchange music with students around the world
POETRY SLAM! Details | Login | FULL
Location: Erdenheim, PA Grade: 8-12 Date Range: Open
Brief Description: High school students will share original poetry
Points of View Details | Login | Join
Location: Schenectady, NY Grade: MS - HS Date Range: 1/15/04 - 6/15/05
Brief Description: History & soc. stud. classes to share stories & events indigenous to different areas
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Teen Coffee House Details | Login | Join
Location: Joliet, IL Grade: 6 - 12 Date Range: Oct 10 - Main Library; Oct 17 - Black Road Branch
Brief Description: Teens share favorite poems and their own works.
Ancient Egypt Details | Login | Join
Location: San Clemente, CA Grade: 6th Date Range: 1/8/04 to 1/9/04
Brief Description: Discussion of the daily life of an egyptian 3000 years ago.
Writing+Drawing+Reading= Connecting Classes Details | Login | FULL
Location: Coconut Creek, FL Grade: High School & First Grade Date Range: Nov. 15 - January 15, 2004
Brief Description: High School Art Students will write and illustrate books for a First Grade Class.
Classroom Management Just-in-Time Mentoring Details | Login | FULL
Location: New York, NY Grade: 3 Date Range: 1/1/04 - 6/30/04
Brief Description: An experienced elementary school teacher will provide new teachers with just-in-time classroom management
Investigation to Justice
Project I2J: From Investigation to Justice introduces two standards-based
curricula into classrooms in Dayton, OH and Tallahassee, FL. Both are part of Court TV's
Choices and Consequences series; "Forensics in the Classroom" incorporates
aspects of forensics to engage students in current forensic research to help them form
and test hypotheses, evaluate statistics and synthesize evidence, and "Homicide: Life on
the Street: Lessons in Law," introduces students to the American justice system and how
it applies to young people.
The units will be implemented modularly in Tallahassee and cross-curricularly in Dayton.
This project represents a partnership between Cable in the Classroom, Court TV, Time Warner Cable Western
Ohio Division, the Dayton Public Schools, Comcast Tallahassee, the Leon County Public Schools, The American
Academy of Forensic Sciences, and Street Law, Inc.
All participating teachers have gone through day-long training sessions and are excited about incorporating
these units into their teaching this fall. The forensics curriculum involves hands-on activities in the chemistry
lab, including analyzing gunshot residue and taking footprints; the homicide curriculum makes students into
witnesses who must recall details about a crime as the legal system unfolds. The lessons were designed to
meet curriculum standards and are available online at http://courttv.com/choices/.
Enrichment links include: Resources links include:
Teaching and Learning English/Language Arts
Recommended Links History
Standards Social Studies
Media Literacy Science/Health
Professional Development Math
Social & Personal Development