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Thursday, June 24, 2010

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Florida Department of Education Announces New Content Available on iTunes U

~ Historic Markers and Florida Facts, Florida Portraits, Florida’s Attic and Great Floridians now available as a free download ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education today announced new civics content available on iTunes U, thanks to a brand new partnership with The Florida Channel. The new content, including Historic Markers and Florida Facts, Florida Portraits, Florida’s Attic, Great Floridians, 60 Second Civics and Florida Symbols, leverages The Florida Channel’s extensive library of public affairs programs and educational content to engage students in the workings of Florida government. These new content additions will enable students and teachers across the world to access an even broader array of instructional tools and resources to assist learning both in and out of the classroom.

“Florida available on iTunes U has proven to be an important resource in providing exceptional educational content to our teachers and students,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “With the addition of the Florida Channel’s content, I’m excited that more users can access quality programs that will teach them about our government and the rich history of our state.”

The Florida Channel is a public affairs programming service operated by Florida State University's WFSU-TV and funded by the Florida Legislature. Their extensive year round coverage of the three branches of state government provides students and educators additional tools about historical events and leaders that enhance learning in and outside of school.

The Florida Channel’s Executive Director Beth Switzer adds, “We are pleased to be an active partner in this effort to enhance a student’s learning environment by providing direct access to state government and the people and places that contribute to our diverse state.”

The Florida Department of Education first made content available on iTunes U in September 2009, providing free educational audio and video content to students, teachers and learners of all types in the state and around the world. Since its establishment in the Sunshine State, the average number of visitors per day to the site has grown from 1,500 to more than 11,000 at its peak. To learn more or to download content from Florida on iTunes U, visit www.floridaitunesu.com.