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Iowa AEA Online brings educational resources to classrooms

September 26, 2006

New Offerings include SIRS Researcher, World Book Libraries and World Book Kids

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency along with Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) are providing eight dynamic, up-to-the-minute online reference resources to all Iowa accredited schools for the 2006-2007 school year.

Through Iowa AEA Online, Iowa K-12 students have free access at school and at home (Internet access required) 24 hours a day, seven days a week to magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, videos, photos, clipart, and software training materials. Plus literary writings, dictionaries, maps, almanacs, biographies, web links, government documents, historic documents, information on weather, health, careers, business and more.

Two new resources targeted for middle and high school students as well as a resource for early learners were added this year. SIRS Researcher features thousands of relevant full-text articles and analysis on today’s hottest and most controversial social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues.

“This is a valuable resource. These are high quality courses taught by certified teachers in subjects from anatomy and American Government to Physics and Spanish. They will certainly be valuable to schools who are unable to provide these classes as well as those who want to provide enrichment outside the school schedule,” said Nancy McIntire, Coordinator of Quality Learning for the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency.

The World Book Research Libraries have been specially developed to provide students with broad access to primary source material. The collection offers an extensive array of documents in history, politics and government, philosophy, religion, science, and the social sciences.

Recently added to World Book Online was World Book Kids, which is designed for PreK-2 grade students. Work Book Kids is an online product using World Book’s award-winning Student Discovery

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