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Cleveland Clinic Launches Web Portal to Provide Access to Educational Resources Online

October 31, 2006

CLEVELAND, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ — Cleveland Clinic has launched Real World Connect(TM), an innovative web portal that will make available a wealth of educational resources online.

Developed by Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Civic Education Initiatives, Real World Connect(TM) will provide online learning opportunities in the areas of math, science, health and wellness, the arts and innovation.

“Making available this broad array of educational resources online will strengthen lesson plans, enhance materials available for school projects and research papers, and improve the access to current health information,” said Rosalind Strickland, Senior Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Civic Education Initiatives. “These resources have the potential to benefit countless students, educators and home schoolers.”

The online resources available at Real World Connect(TM) can be accessed by visiting http://www.clevelandclinic.org/RealWorldConnect. The resources include:

    - Worldwide Classroom - a curriculum of state-of-the-art distance      learning courses.    - Infotrac - a nationally recognized database of health information      resources.    - My Health Librarian - a personalized service that provides answers to      health questions.    - Earl's Virtual Garage - a narrated, minds-on educational playground for      children of all ages.    - Online X-Ray Library - a student-created database of authentic medical      images.    - Virtual eXpressions Exhibition - an online collection of award-winning      student art and the scientific research that inspired it.   

In September, Cleveland Clinic and StarBak Communications, the leading provider of integrated network video solutions, agreed to collaborate to enhance learning opportunities available to Cleveland-area schools through state-of-the-art distance learning programs.

StarBak is providing its Integrated Network Video (INV) platform to facilitate video streaming and archiving in order that Cleveland Clinic’s video archive and distance learning programs be more accessible to regional students in a variety of formats. The technology is improving the Clinic’s ability to offer Real World Connect(TM).

Similarly, last May Cleveland Clinic launched a new digital-learning initiative in collaboration with Cleveland Municipal School District and the OneCommunity network to bring creative educational experiences to students throughout Cleveland. As part of its continued commitment to Cleveland Schools, Cleveland Clinic is using the new digital classroom capabilities to provide distance-learning curriculums, including live surgery broadcasts, to students and teachers. Those who view the broadcasts are able to participate in interactive discussions with Cleveland Clinic researchers and clinicians, directly from their classrooms.

Approximately 105 Cleveland Municipal schools now have access to Cleveland Clinic’s distance-learning programs, an accomplishment made possible by the connectivity of OneCommunity, a Cleveland-based broadband network, and the Clinic’s financial support. In addition to remote field trips, the Clinic is developing lessons to maximize the benefit of its resources and medical expertise for teachers and students in kindergarten through grade 12.

The Clinic’s Office of Civic Education Initiatives was established to fulfill the Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to promote education throughout Northeast Ohio. In partnership with area schools, local businesses, and fellow nonprofit organizations, the Office creates innovative programs designed to enhance children’s learning in the areas of math, science, health and wellness, the arts, and innovation. Programs include summer science and nursing internships, an interdisciplinary program for art and science and several health education programs for elementary school students, including Spotlight on Learning, which incorporates health education with theatre.

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Approximately 1,500 full-time salaried physicians at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2005, there were 2.9 million outpatient visits to Cleveland Clinic. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries. There were nearly 54,000 hospital admissions to Cleveland Clinic in 2005. For more information, visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org/.

Cleveland Clinic

CONTACT: Raquel Santiago of Cleveland Clinic, +1-216-444-4235

Web site: http://www.clevelandclinic.org/RealWorldConnecthttp://www.clevelandclinic.org/




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