Highschoolers get educational CD-ROM

Three of the best-known information providers in Canada have joined forces to produce an educational cd-rom for high school students.Called True North - Arrivals II, the cd is a collaboration of the CTV Television Network, Southam and publisher McGraw-Hill Ryerson.The cd...

Three of the best-known information providers in Canada have joined forces to produce an educational cd-rom for high school students.

Called True North – Arrivals II, the cd is a collaboration of the CTV Television Network, Southam and publisher McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

The cd will focus on Canadian ethnic groups from a historical and contemporary perspective, and will allow users access to such categories as storyteller and music.

In the storyteller category, for instance, when a student makes that selection a person from the user’s ethnic group relates, with sound and pictures, how he and his family arrived in Canada.

By clicking on the music category, students can explore about an ethnic group’s music and musical instruments.

True North – Arrivals II, follows True North – Arrivals I, a cd already available in high schools throughout Ontario.

Eric Morrison, vice-president of ctv news, says the network brings to the project its expertise in presenting editorial material in a visual medium, as well as 30 years’ worth of television archives.

Work on the new cd is scheduled to begin in the New Year. This finished product will be available in the fall, and will work off Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Peter Rehak, executive producer of W5, ctv’s flagship public affairs program, and Carol Ashurst, manager of ctv research and archives, are co-ordinating the network’s work on the cd project. DC