Bringing C-SPAN to class

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

What are most elementary and high school students doing from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday?

Chances are their eyes aren't glued to C-SPAN.

And while it may remain doubtful that many youngsters would spend their time watching video feedback of a U.S. Senate hearing, the 24-hour-a-day public affairs network can be a valuable resource in their education, some say.

That's why John Higginbotham, director of media services for the Frankfort Electric and Water Plant Board, and Wayne Dominick, communications coordinator for Franklin County Public Schools, traveled to Washington D.C. two weeks ago. Higginbotham and Dominick joined cable operators and educators from around the country for a crash course in using C-SPAN in the classroom.

The conference is held once a year at C-SPAN headquarters (which shares a building with NBC and Fox News) and is paid for by the network. The main focus is getting local cable companies and school districts to use C-SPAN2's weekend programming, BookTV and Booknotes in the classroom.

BookTV is broadcast from Saturday to Monday (from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m.) and is shown on channel 32 here.

One of the most well-known programs is Booknotes, a one-hour interview session with a non-fiction author. The show is hosted by C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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