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Educators Rate MarcoPolo 'Best Site' for Free Lessons and Materials


By Derek Iwasiuk
April 26, 2006

NEW YORK - MarcoPolo has been rated the top free Web site for downloading educational material to use in the classroom, according to a survey conducted by Edutopia Magazine. The site,, is a partnership among leading educational organizations and the Verizon Foundation.

Voted the "best site to download free lessons and material," MarcoPolo
beat out other well-known education Web sites including, Education World, PBS and Scholastic Teacher.

Edutopia, published by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, recently conducted the survey among the magazine's readers, most of whom are educators and higher-education professors. MarcoPolo, which was launched by MCI in 1997, provides high-quality, Web-based content and professional development free of charge for kindergarten-through-12th grade teachers and students.

"We are thrilled with the level of response and the passion our readers
exhibited for Edutopia's first annual readers' survey," said Kate Rodler,
the magazine's publisher. "Without a doubt, our readers feel very strongly
about the products and services they use to engage students and inspire

Nationwide, more than 225,000 educators have participated in training to use MarcoPolo as a curriculum tool.

The MarcoPolo site is a gateway to seven discipline-specific sites, with resources furnished by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Council on Economic Education, National Endowment for the
Humanities, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, International
Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, American
Association for the Advancement of Science and National Geographic Society.

The areas of study covered include the arts, economics, humanities,
mathematics, reading and language arts, geography and science.

Based on national education standards, MarcoPolo saves teachers time and school systems money by offering educators 42,000 cross-disciplinary
resources designed to keep the 21st century student interested, engaged and

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literacy and K-12 education; help families victimized by domestic violence;
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United States and abroad. The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers,
one of the largest employee volunteer programs in the United States,
responsible for 2 million hours of community service since 2000 and $35.6
million in combined contributions to nonprofits in 2005 alone.

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generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90
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