New York brings education tools online

The New York Wired Web site, launched last week, is the first statespecific site in a program that aims to bring education tools online for parents, teachers and schools.

New York Gov. George Pataki (R) announced the launch of the New York Wired Web site (www.nywired.net) last week, making New York the first state with an individual presence in the US Wired for Education program, which aims to bringing education tools online for parents, teachers and schools.

NY Wired offers many education resources such as links to specific subjects including history, language arts and math in the Resources section of the site in addition to filtering software for e-mail in the SafeMail section and a jobs database in the CareerZone section.

"The Internet is the ultimate classroom," Pataki said when he announced his state's participation. "With just a click of the mouse, US Wired and NY Wired will bring an entire universe of teaching tools and approaches right to the desks of parents, teachers and administrators."

The site also offers a fundraising opportunity for local schools through US Wired's partnership with Value America Inc. Customers who purchase items at the US Wired/Value America electronic store can contribute 4 percent of the sale to the school of their choice. The program is free and eliminates the need for students to go door-to-door to raise funds.

Adam Stoll, spokesman for Albany, N.Y.-based US Wired, said the site, maintained at no cost to the state, is meant to be "the one place on the Internet for reliable education information that is localized to the state of New York."

Stoll said a California site should be up and running in about three weeks, and the company hopes to spread to even more states in the future.

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