Alberta and Ontario take steps to help teachers become more Internet savvy

        New provincial-wide licences in Alberta and Ontario put Media
     Awareness Network's Internet literacy resources in two-thirds of all
                              Canadian schools.

    OTTAWA, Feb. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Alberta and Ontario have joined a growing
number of provinces and territories who are licensing the award-winning Web
Awareness Workshop Series, to raise awareness among teachers of the issues
facing young people when they go online.
    Media Awareness Network, a not-for-profit education organization that has
pioneered Internet literacy programs in Canada, developed the Web Awareness
program, a series of professional development workshops which focus on
Internet issues such as: authentication of online information, electronic
privacy, online marketing and consumerism, Internet safety, cyber bullying and
online ethics.
    The Alberta Department of Education has signed a two-year licensing
agreement for the Web Awareness Workshop Series. Teachers in all school
jurisdictions in Alberta can now access these powerful teacher-training tools
to address issues related to students' Internet use.
    The Ontario Ministry of Education has licensed the Web Awareness Workshop
Series and the classroom resource Reality Check! Evaluating Online Information
for all publicly funded schools, licensed native band schools and publicly
funded post-secondary faculties of education in Ontario.
    "These licences represent a milestone, for both the Media Awareness
Network and media education in Canada," says Jane Tallim, Co-Executive
Director of the Media Awareness Network. "With more than two-thirds of
Canadian schools and faculties of education, and 19 of the 20 largest school
districts in the country now having access to these programs, it's clear that
media education is in the forefront of the minds of key education policy
    Understanding students' Internet activities is becoming increasingly
important for Canadian educators as young people turn to the Internet as their
main source of information, entertainment and communications. Research
conducted by Media Awareness Network shows that Canadian teachers
overwhelmingly agree Internet literacy should be taught in schools. Eighty
five percent of teachers surveyed say that helping young people to think
critically about Internet content is an important part of their job.
    "These licences demonstrate that schools are recognizing the importance
of their role in addressing emerging issues in our rapidly evolving
technological society and teaching students responsible online citizenship",
says Ms. Tallim.
    In addition to Alberta and Ontario, the Web Awareness Workshop Series is
licensed for all schools in Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, New
Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Reality Check! is licensed in Yukon,
Nunavut, Northwest Territories and New Brunswick.

    For more information on these resources, visit the MNet Web site at:

    Media Awareness Network (MNet) is a Canadian not-for profit centre of
expertise and excellence in media education. MNet's programs are funded by its
public and private sector sponsors, donors and partners, who include: Bell
Canada - CTVglobemedia - TELUS - Microsoft Canada - National Film Board of
Canada - Government of Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Jane Tallim, Co-Executive Director, Media
Awareness Network, (613) 224-7721, Ext. 230; Cathy Wing, Co-Executive
Director, Media Awareness Network,(613) 224-7721, Ext. 227

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