Imbee.com, from Industrious Kid, Inc., (See ITI Cross Links: My Homework's Done--Can Imbee on My Blog?) has announced its "Building Internet Skills for Kids" program, designed for educators who want to incorporate secure, age-appropriate, Internet-based activities into their classroom. Imbee.com enables teachers to build their students' Internet skills, allowing them to safely express themselves, explore online creativity, and communicate with their classmates within a classroom friendly, parent-approved environment, the announcement states.
The Building Internet Skills for Kids program provides elementary and middle school educators with free classroom membership, student/parent registration, basic "how to" instructions for using imbee.com's interactive features, and free lesson plans.
Imbee.com's interactive features keep parents, kids, and educators plugged-in and engaged, enabling teachers and kids to create a class or subject blog, customize study-related themes and personal identities, or create their own image environment with photo album creation and sharing.
Sign up for a free Imbee.com account and the Building Internet Skills for Kids program at http://www.imbee.com/teacher. For more information, visit http://www.imbee.com/teacher/brochures.
Industrious Kid, Inc., created Imbee.com to address the reality that 76 percent of kids between the ages of 8-14 now have access to the Internet, and more than half go online each day (Refinery, Inc., May 2005). In addition, 82 percent of kids who have household access to the Internet are routinely online by the seventh grade, and more than half have already created some form of Internet content (Pew Internet/American Life Project, October 2005). The Building Internet Skills for Kids program is designed to let teachers lead students to productive and beneficial uses of the Internet, with parental oversight and approval.
Source: Imbee.com/Industrious Kid, Inc.; http://www.imbee.com; http://www.industriouskid.com