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    Dear BIOMCH-L members,

    I'm pleased to share the following announcement from Discovery
    Channel School. As the Subject Area Mentor (SAM) for
    theme on Discovery Channel School's Fall 1997 website at
    http://school.discovery .com, I invite you to make use of the many
    resources offered by Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel
    related to biology and physiology.

    Sue Mealiea
    Discovery Channel School
    Body Science Subject Area Mentor (SAM)


    Discovery Channel School announces an all-new season of learning with
    a fresh schedule of Cable-in-the-Classroom programming and a wealth of
    online lesson plans, activities, and interactive forums.

    Beginning Monday, September 8, 1997, Discovery Channel School presents
    a new season of programs in its popular classroom series, Assignment
    Discovery and TLC Elementary School. Individual episodes in these
    series are organized into five interdisciplinary themes. Fall 1997
    themes include: Body Science, Discover Magazine, The Modern
    Presidency, Communications: Baby Talk to Bytes and Cultures Alive!

    Each theme includes a full week of programming--five hours of
    Assignment Discovery and one hour of TLC Elementary School, two of the
    most used and highly acclaimed Cable in the Classroom series. Each
    theme week airs four times, allowing teachers ample opportunity to
    tape the programs. Assignment Discovery and TLC Elementary School
    feature segments from Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel's
    prime time programming tailored for classroom use. Commercial-free and
    copyright-cleared, these programs are free for educators to tape and
    retain for use in the classroom for at least one year.

    Each program features on-screen discussion questions and suggested
    readings and resources. Assignment Discovery airs Monday through
    Friday, from 9:00-10:00 AM (ET/PT) on Discovery Channel and TLC
    Elementary School airs on The Learning Channel Fridays from
    11:00-12:00 PM (ET).

    Discovery Channel School ( is an integral
    part of the theme week approach, providing a rich library of online
    resources for each program, including hands-on classroom activities,
    lesson plans, connections to academic standards, and links to related
    sites on the world wide web. In addition, a cadre of online educators,
    known as Subject Area Mentors (SAMs), lead forum discussions and
    provide insight on effective use of the programming in the classroom.

    For the 1997-1998 school year, Discovery Channel School features a
    growing number of titles in our popular online catalog of videos for
    sale. Most of the Spring 1997 and Fall 1997 programs are available for
    purchase through our online School Store at
    Each video has a curriculum guide and videos that you purchase are
    copyright-cleared for permanent classroom use.

    Please join the increasing number of educators (more than 4000
    members) in one of our online listserv communities, DISCOVERY-SCHOOL
    or DCS-LITE. The members of DCS-LITE receive a once a week message
    with programming schedules and updates. DISCOVERY-SCHOOL members
    receive all of the features of DCS-LITE plus member discussion
    centered around the use of television, the internet and Discovery
    Channel School programs. To join one of our listservs, use the easy
    online form at

    Below you will find descriptions of each theme week and exact web
    addresses for each theme "home" page:

    Week 1. Body Science
    The body is an extraordinary piece of machinery. Millions of parts
    working in harmony, sending information back and forth, all processed
    through a supercompute we call the brain.

    Body Science breaks down the parts and reveals some of the mysteries
    of the machine. The amazing brain in particular is examined, both its
    evolution and the way it controls our view of the world. Students will
    meet scientists and athletes trying to improve the body, as well as
    scientists who say our entire lives are programmed from birth. And
    two shows on viruses--one on the science of HIV--explain how our
    bodies defend themselves from constant attack, and what happens when
    they fail.
    The following programs are being broadcast as part of this theme week.
    Some of them are also for sale in our School Store:
    The Science of HIV
    The Mystery of Twins
    The Real Bionic Man
    The Brain: Our Universe Within
    Ultimate Athlete: Pushing the Limit
    Undertanding Viruses
    For more information, please see:

    Week 2. Discover Magazine
    Discover Magazine presents a week of exploration into the unknown and
    the unseen. You'll observe scientists at work in the fields of
    genetics, physiology, microbiology, geology, and archaeology, as well
    as some ingenious inventors and amazing watchmakers.

    Students will learn about the invisible creepers and crawlers in their
    home, what humans and flies have in common, and how the U.S. Navy
    keeps perfect time. They'll discover the extraordinary origins of some
    widely-used everyday objects. They'll go from a lost city high in the
    Andes to a prehistoric world in Mammoth Cave, and see a South American
    culture that built pyramids and mummified their dead--3,000 years
    before the Egyptians.
    The following programs are being broadcast as part of this theme week.
    Some of them are also for sale in our School Store:
    Hidden Worlds: Invisible Enemies
    See How They Run
    Lost In Time
    Sky Watchers
    Islands of Mystery
    Science Mysteries
    For more information, please see:

    Week 3. The Modern Presidency
    Modern Presidency week looks at six presidents of the postwar era,
    each of whom made a lasting impression on government. Only two,
    Eisenhower and Reagan, survived two terms in office, though their
    administrations were not without controversy. Between them were two
    tumultuous decades that included Camelot and the Great Society,
    Vietnam and Watergate, the energy crisis and the Iranian hostage

    Students will get a taste of the tolls imposed by being leader of the
    free world, and the temptations of power that such an office brings.
    Interesting as well will be to study the media coverage of the six
    administrations, and the ways in which each president chose to
    communicate with the press and the American people.
    The following programs are being broadcast as part of this theme week.
    Some of them are also for sale in our School Store:
    Eisenhower: Dangerous and Contentious Years
    JFK and LBJ
    Watergate: Break-In
    Citizen Carter
    The Reagan Legacy
    For more information, please see:

    Week 4. Communication:Baby Talk to Bytes
    As the world grows more high-tech, we all must understand the
    increasingly sophisticated ways in which people communicate.
    Communications theme week takes you from the basics--the baby's first
    inarticulate utterances--to the edge of cyberspace.

    You'll see in shows on baby talk and body language how humans possess
    an ability to use verbal and non-verbal language in ways that separate
    us from all other animals. And we have taken that ability to new
    levels with the invention of technology Television and the computer
    are studied in-depth this week, as students will learn how they were
    invented, how they work, and what's in store for the future.
    The following programs are being broadcast as part of this theme week.
    Some of them are also for sale in our School Store:
    Word of Mouth
    The Language of the Body
    The Cronkite Report: Headlines and Sound Bites
    Understanding: Television
    Understanding: Computers
    Computer Technology
    For more information, please see:

    Week 5. Cultures Alive!
    Cultures Alive! takes you to thriving cities and remote regions all
    over the world. During this week of jet-setting you'll touch down on
    almost every continent, learning about many different countries and
    the people who live there. Your itinerary begins in Jerusalem, a city
    whose religious and politically- charged history has had an
    unparalleled impact on Western society. From there you'll circle the
    earth on a 25,000-mile trip along the equator, visiting unique
    countries bound together by that imaginary line. Your weeklong journey
    concludes with three fun-filled days with the Travelers in South
    America, Asia, and North America. The Travelers are a globetrotting
    group of young people who participate in local or national festivals
    to soak up the culture.
    The following programs are being broadcast as part of this theme week.
    Some of them are also for sale in our School Store:
    Jerusalem: City of Heaven
    Flight Over The Equator
    Travelers: South America
    Travelers: Asia
    Travelers: North America
    For more information, please see:

    Sue Mealiea
    Body Science Subject Area Mentor (SAM)
    Discovery Channel School