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Mainly for Teachers



Educators may be interested to learn that the September 1994 issue of
_Cable in the Classroom_ magazine features a cover story on "Dinosaur
Power!" (subtitled "How you can use kids' love of dinosaurs to teach
lessons Big and small).

Teachers, if you are not familiar with Cable in the Classroom, it is a
service of the cable TV industry and your local cable operators. It
provides the opportunity for teachers to legally videotape commercial-free
cable programs for face-to-face instructional use in the classroom.
These recordings may be kept for varying lengths of time.

A&E's "Dinosaur!", for instance, will be broadcast at 7:00 a.m.
commercial-free on the A&E channel on these dates: September 16, 23,
30 and October 7. (This is part of A&E Classroom, a daily program for
educators, always at 7:00 a.m.) Schools may keep a copy of the program
on their shelves for a year, after which the tape must be erased.
Fortunately, the series has been broadcast a few times already to
allow new tapings each year.

The Learning Channel, which will offer the "Paleoworld" series mentioned
in earlier announcements, also has a series called "TLC Elementary" for
grades K-6. This program is broadcast at 4:00 a.m. (yes, in the morning),
again commercial-free. One program called "Nature's Giants" broadcast
September 6 featured a dinosaur documentary (not terribly long--maybe
10-15 minutes--for kids, remember) and the description reads:
"A joint expedition of Chinese and Canadian scientists is featured
in 'Dinosaur Hunting' in search for 65-million-year-old dinosaur fossils
in the Goby desert."  It was an excellent program for grade schoolers and
included some nice animation sequences of sauropods and theropods.
If you missed it, it will probably be broadcast again later in the year,
and I will try to remember to let the readers of this list know about
its next broadcast in time for them to watch for it.

One more note from _Cable in the Classroom_ magazine: "On November 11,
look for an Achievement TV teleconference on ME/U featuring prominent
paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner." (For those not familiar with cable TV,
ME/U is "Mind Extension University," a legitimate TV university that
some schools include as part of a college curriculum. It is often
carried by university cable stations and public school cable stations.)

Subscription information for _Cable in the Classroom_ magazine can be
obtained by writing:

Cable in the Classroom Magazine
86 Elm Street
Peterborough, NH 03458
1-800-216-2225

I'd be interested in finding out how many educators (K-12 as well as
college level) are on the dinosaur listserv. Maybe we can share
curriculum ideas?

----- Amado Narvaez
      anarvaez@umd5.umd.edu