Iditarod Insider Your only source of in-depth coverage for "The Last Great Race on Earth." WHAT IS THE IDITAROD? The Iditarod race commemorates all sled dog accomplishments including a life-saving journey in 1925, when sled dog teams brought medicine to a threatened village during an epidemic. The race starts in Anchorage, Alaska and ends over 1,000 miles away in Nome. WHAT IS THE IDITAROD INSIDER? The Iditarod Insider is a subscription that enhances traditional classroom instruction. A subscription to an Iditarod Insider package allows your school to have exclusive access to: • • • • news archived videos interviews and statistics on the Iditarod Race. You also have access to daily video of the actual race that is uploaded to the website so you don’t have to miss a minute! WHAT IS THE IDITAROD EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM (IELP)? The IELP is a year-round program with lesson connections for all curricula that help inspire necessary life skills to benefit all students. IELP helps teach students standard curricula by using: • Iditarod-themed lesson plans • experiential learning techniques. Anyone can access the IELP at the Iditarod website at no cost, but a subscription to the Iditarod Insider provides exclusive access to even more. WHAT’S ALL THE HOWLING ABOUT? Iditarod Insider has many benefits for each subscription, including: • Insider GPS Tracker • Insider Video on Demand • Ultimate Insider. The Ultimate Insider combines the benefits of both the Insider GPS Tracker and Iditarod Insider Video on Demand to keep your students updated on everything Iditarod. Insider GPS Tracker Insider GPS Tracker shows you how fast teams are traveling, the distance between teams and checkpoints, and the current temperature! Iditarod Insider Video on Demand Video on Demand streams hundreds of video segments online over the course of the Iditarod, from pre-race interviews through the thrilling Live Finish in Nome. CHECKPOINT: SPEND LESS MONEY MORE EFFICIENTLY Budget cuts and layoffs force educators to look for innovative ways to teach students at a lower cost. The IELP offers free supplements for your state’s curriculum and helps to: • reduce out-of-pocket costs • access pre-planned materials and teaching tools • reduce teacher preparation time. CHECKPOINT: IMPROVE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE The IELP helps improve learning in schools by using proven experiential learning techniques that : • • • • improve teacher efficiency enhance student performance reduce drop-out rates increase students’ self-discipline. Using the IELP as a supplement for any number of subjects helps students perform to the best of their abilities. CHECKPOINT: ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING The Iditarod theme provides a versatile tool for teaching students the required curriculum. Stimulating students’ interest with interactive experiences inspires them to participate in class discussions and focus on lessons. Students are more likely to do well on tests and homework when they are mentally engaged and physically involved in the work. Break Time! The IELP appeals to younger children as well! Zuma, the lead Canine Reporter of the Iditarod, teaches students how to build character and life skills by encouraging: • • • • • Determination Optimism Respect Teamwork Integrity. The Iditarod Education Department encourages students to write to Zuma or any of the other three canine reporters! MATH STUDENTS CAN CALCULATE: the effect of weight on speed—uphill and down the probability of a musher finishing the race the estimated arrival time for each musher the fastest route to take! Science and Snow Using the scientific method to test mushers’ gear for effectiveness and safety! Students can: • identify independent and dependent variables • hypothesize how much warmer hands and feet would be INSIDE the trail gear as compared to the temperature OUTSIDE the gear • write out a materials list and steps for testing the procedure. IDITA-READS incorporate aspects of the race to encourage students to read by using: themes students enjoy reading about mushers as benchmarks of reading progress checkpoints based on the book, pages, and rate of time each student reads. CHECKPOINT: RELIEVE EDUCATOR STRESS AND BURDEN Administrators and teachers are under a lot of pressure to meet state standards. You can incorporate the Iditarod theme into existing lessons to: • reduce teacher stress with pre-made lesson plans • give children an interactive learning experience • increase scores and student retention. IELP Member Testimonies “Setting goals, working, planning and seeing things through to success is the adventure of life and the Iditarod is the most inspiring example of this I know.” - Joy Davis, a high school teacher from Blynne, California IELP Member Testimonies “All kids get it!….Get them out of the textbooks and into the real world … and HOLD ON! The kids will drive the lessons and the teacher becomes the facilitator. It’s learning at its best.” - Bonnie Edwards, a reading and language arts teacher from Tampa, Florida. CHECKPOINT: IDITAROD INSIDER PRICING Classroom access to the Insider GPS Tracker and Insider Video on Demand is only $39.95 each. Upgrade to a school-wide package for just $169.95! That’s a $1.00-per-student investment for every 170 students in your school. If enrollment is higher, your benefits are even greater. HOW DO I SIGN UP? To experience the benefits of the IELP, go to http://www.iditarod.com/ and click on the “For Teachers” tab. To sign up for the Iditarod Insider: • go to http://insider.iditarod.com/ • click on “Become an Insider. • fill out the information to start your subscription. The Iditarod race begins on the first Saturday in March and if you register now, your students can get immediate access to the race excitement and all the Iditarod Insider has to offer!