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INTRODUCTION In what ways do educators use cable television to help children learn and what evidence is there to support or not support this practice With the advancement of society it seems only natural that teaching styles would evolve too Technology has advanced tremendously over the last ten years and it would only make sense that teaching styles do the same Cable in the Classroom CIC is a natural extension of the cable industrys ongoing effort to help educators keep pace with todays rapidly changing world One way to advance is to use cable television in classrooms The type of cable being discussed isnt the kind that shows boxing matches or soap operas This type of cable is specially edited for content and closely regulated by a group of specially appointed teachers and the government It is commercial free and non-profit Several reasons exist regarding whether or not cable in classrooms is even needed Is it cost effective Who will train the teachers to use the equipment Who will decide what goes on the air and what does not How will this benefit our childrens ability to learn These are questions that the school board must decide and vote on before any answers can be given BODY Most local cable companies would be more than happy to donate their cable and equipment if asked The expenses associated with linking schools to cable television vary depending on mode of transmission and available resources Coaxial cable is cheaper than satellite television but with satellite television more channels and information are accessible 3 Vernon 1998 Most cable network school collaborations are regional such as the Eastern Educational Television Network EEN the Southern Educational Telecommunications Association SECA the Central Educational Network CEN and the Pacific Mountain Network PMN 1 Holmes Branch 1994 Although these networks cover practically every corner of the United States most of the cable programming is done locally This
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