Yahoo Education Launches
Posted on August 8, 2001Yahoo announced the launch of Yahoo! Education, a free resource that enables educators at college, high school and middle school levels to create a virtual classroom environment and communication center for their students. Through this new service, professors and teachers can extend the traditional classroom onto the Internet by posting class rosters, calendars, and syllabi, and by connecting with students through private classroom message boards and email. Yahoo! also announced agreements with three providers of education materials -- Bartleby.com, Britannica.com, and Houghton Mifflin Company -- who bring together their resources to create the Yahoo! Education reference area.
``Yahoo! Education provides an essential service to professors and teachers, who can access this resource as a free and convenient method of extending communication with their students beyond the traditional classroom,'' said Catherine Davis, senior producer, Yahoo! Education, Yahoo! Inc. ``We are thrilled to receive reference content from leading education material providers Bartleby.com, Britannica.com, and Houghton Mifflin Company for our complete reference guide, which extends Yahoo!'s commitment to deliver to consumers every type of information they seek.''
Once in their virtual classroom, students will have access to syllabi, a class roster, calendars, email, message boards, links to reading materials, and online bookmarks. For example, students using their private message board to post questions from a school computer during the day can pick up their teacher's reply through their home computer that evening. The student logs onto their protected classroom environment that resides online rather than on a hard drive.
Yahoo! Education site includes access to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition; The Britannica Concise; Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition; Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body; The Oxford Shakespeare; Bartlett's Familiar Quotations; and the World Factbook. Consumers also have access to a 14-day free trial to the complete Encyclopaedia Britannica. Parents, students and educators can also stock up on back-to-school items using Yahoo! Shopping.