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June 3, 2005

CW garners regional, national attention for excellence in education outreach

Two of Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trips, “The Rare Breeds” and “A Publick Education,” have been nominated for regional Emmy Awards for outstanding children’s programming.

“We are very excited to have been honored with these regional Emmy nominations for two of our 2004 Electronic Field Trips,” said Richard McCluney, the Royce R. and Kathryn M. Baker Vice President for Productions, Publications and Learning Ventures (PPLV) Chair, whose division produces Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trips. “The nominations themselves are recognition of the quality of our production team’s work.”

The regional Emmy Awards, the “little sister” of the National Emmy Awards, are given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to those organizations whose productions do not have a national distributor or are not seen in over 50 percent of the nation’s homes. The region includes all of Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. and has two of the largest television markets in the nation, the District of Columbia and Baltimore.

“The Rare Breeds” Electronic Field Trip featured work animals used in 18th-century Virginia and the importance Colonial Williamsburg places on preserving those now rare breeds are in re-creating the life and times of early America. “A Publick Education” traces various methods of education from the colonial period to the one-room schoolhouses of the 1840s.

Winners will be announced on June 18 in Washington D.C.

Colonial Williamsburg recently captured several national awards for its use of technology to create new learning mediums on early American history for students. “No Master Over Me,” another Electronic Field Trip, won Special Recognition in the Two-way Communication & Telecollaboration category for the 2005 MUSE Awards. During this EFT, 18th-century Williamsburg resident Ann Ashby tells the story of her life as a free black during the days of slavery. The MUSE Awards are sponsored by the American Association of Museums and are given in recognition of excellence in all varieties of media programs produced by or for museums.

The EFTs, “Hostages of Two Worlds” and “The Rare Breeds” each won a Certificate of Merit in the recent Chicago Television Festival Awards. Also known as the HUGOs, these awards celebrate individuals and organizations who contribute to television and film media. “Hostages of Two Worlds” explores the Brafferton School where Native American children were brought to Williamsburg and taught to become "civilized Englishmen.”

As the nation’s leading educational resource for early American history, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation uses the satellite-delivered, interactive television technology of Electronic Field Trips each year to bring the 18th century to life for several million students throughout the United States. Colonial Williamsburg produces seven Electronic Field Trips during the school year on topics that span the colonial period through the early life of the United States. Each production is supported with lesson plans and other materials--historical background, glossaries, timelines and booklets--that help teachers make the best use of the programs.

In addition, Colonial Williamsburg’s “Think Like an Historian” software has been selected for the Media and Methods 2005 Awards Portfolio. Products submitted for evaluation were sent to educators across the country who assessed them on interest level, clarity of educational objectives, user friendliness, and overall strengths and weaknesses. Winners were announced in the May/June 2005 issue of Media and Methods magazine, which focuses on practical ways technology can be used for teaching and learning in today’s classrooms. Colonial Williamsburg’s two CD set introduces students in grades 1-3 and grades 4-6 to historical research. This interactive program uses built-in activities to analyze and evaluate their knowledge of primary sources.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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