June 30, 2008

HotChalk and A&E Television Networks Provide Superior Resources for Teachers

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- HotChalk, the first online education resource to connect teachers, students, and parents, today announced a partnership with A&E Television Networks (AETN), a global media content company, for a selection of programs from A&E(R) Network, History(TM), and Bio Channel(R) (BIO(TM)) that will be downloadable for K-12 teachers to use in the classroom via the HotChalk Learning Environment.

"A&E, History, and BIO produce award-winning, entertaining, high-quality educational content," explained Edward Fields, HotChalk Chairman & CEO. "Teachers, who lacked access to such educational resources can now easily use full-length videos in their classroom through HotChalk. This makes learning engaging and relevant, providing students a better understanding of the past to prepare them for the future."

Three hundred hours of full-length programming from the A&E, History and BIO catalogues will be offered to teachers through HotChalk, including episodes from the Emmy(R) Award winning series, BIOGRAPHY(R), and Investigative Reports, as well as Modern Marvels, The New Explorers and Ancient Mysteries from History.

"AETN has always been a leader in outreach to schools through our involvement with cable industry initiatives such as Cable in the Classroom. We've also developed a number of acclaimed corporate outreach programs internally such as our Idea Book for Educators(TM), the acclaimed Save Our History campaign and the Lives That Make a Difference campaign. We are pleased to offer programming from A&E, History and BIO through HotChalk's full suite of class resources, which allows us to bring our content directly into the classroom in a new way," said Andrew Wise, Vice President, Consumer Products, AETN.

   For more information, log on to HotChalk.com.    About HotChalk  

Founded in 2004, HotChalk is the first free collaborative online education resource and learning management system that connects K-12 teachers, students and parents, giving teachers a voice and the support they need. The HotChalk mission is to improve the lives of teachers to drive measurable academic results for students while meeting mandated government and administration requirements. HotChalk is partnered with NBC News, National Geographic Digital Media and PBS to provide access to premium digital video content, and McGraw-Hill to provide professional development courses and curriculum resources. To learn more, log on to HotChalk.com.

About A&E Television Networks

A&E Television Networks (AETN) is an award-winning, global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites to home videos/DVDs to gaming and educational software. AETN is comprised of A&E Network(R), History(TM), History International(TM), BIO(TM), The History Channel en espanol(TM), Military History(TM), Crime & Investigation Network(TM), AETN International, A&E IndieFilms(TM) and AETN Consumer Products. AETN is a joint venture of The Hearst Corporation, Disney-ABC Television Group and NBC Universal.


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