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GLIN==> TEACH Great Lakes: New gateway for students and teachers

For immediate release
August 22, 2000

Contact:  Christine Manninen
Phone:  734-665-9135
Fax:  734-665-4370
E-mail:  manninen@glc.org

TEACH Great Lakes: New gateway for students and teachers

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Students and teachers now have a new source for Great
Lakes educational materials, thanks to a product recently released by
the Great Lakes Commission.  The Education and Curriculum Homesite
(TEACH Great Lakes) features mini-lessons on Great Lakes topics. Geared
for elementary through high school students, the lessons include links
to a glossary to help explain scientific terms and acronyms. Current
modules focus on water levels, Areas of Concern, urban sprawl and
nonindigenous invasive species.

TEACH resides on the Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN), a Great
Lakes Commission-managed gateway to Great Lakes information on the
Internet that now averages nearly 2 million visits per month.  Online
since 1993, GLIN has received awards and high praise as the premier
resource on the Web for Great Lakes-related news, issues, organizations
and activities.

“As a teacher that likes to make connections between different subject
areas, I am very impressed that TEACH includes sections on history,
geography and science concepts,” says Tim McDonnell of Rochester, N.Y.
“This way, teachers working as a team can do an interdisciplinary unit.
I will definitely use TEACH in my classroom.”

In the TEACH Chat section, “Ask and Win” lets kids submit questions
about the Great Lakes and enter a drawing to win a prize.  (See
www.great-lakes.net/teach/forms/ask_form.html)  One question is featured
each month, and all answers are archived in the “Great Lakes Vault of

Upcoming TEACH modules will focus on shoreline geography, shipping, the
Great Lakes fishery, endangered species and human health issues. The
site also will feature environmental stewardship projects in Great Lakes
communities, image and map galleries, a speakers bureau, and a directory
of Great Lakes-related field trip opportunities. The TEACH project is
funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Great Lakes National
Program Office (U.S. EPA-GLNPO).

GLIN is supported by grants from the Ameritech Foundation; the U.S.
Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information
Administration; U.S. EPA-GLNPO; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit
District; and Environment Canada. GLIN design, development and
maintenance services are provided by the Great Lakes Commission.


The Great Lakes Commission is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency
created by state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a
strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and its residents.  The Commission
consists of state legislators, agency officials and governors’
appointees from its eight member states.  Associate membership for
Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a “Declaration
of Partnership.”  The Commission maintains a formal Observer program
involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities,
binational agencies and other regional interests.  The Commission
offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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