Superintendent's Memo #149-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

July 2, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Professor Garfield's Infinite Learning Lab

Internet Safety and You (http://www.infinitelearninglab.org/) was developed by the Department of Education and the Professor Garfield Foundation with support from the Verizon Foundation and the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. The website presents animated lessons starring Garfield and other characters from the popular cartoon strip created by Jim Davis, who has donated his artwork for this project.

The first Internet Safety and You episode featuring Garfield was announced last October. The online resource now includes four animated segments, related activities, and resources for teachers, parents, and students – including certificates for students and classroom posters. Topics addressed include online safety, cyberbullying, forms of media and how students can distinguish fact from opinion when viewing online content. After watching each feature, students can interact with an animated character and apply what they have learned through a series of challenges that reinforce the information and concepts conveyed in the segments.

In addition to online videos and resources featuring Garfield and his friends, a collection of related Internet-safety applications for the Apple iPad is available at no cost from the Apple App Store.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Tammy McGraw, director of educational technology, via e-mail at tammy.mcgraw@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 692-0334.

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