OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Sept 05, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- As children progress through school, the amount of time they spend engaged in homework increases. The number of high school sophomores who spent more than 10 hours a week on homework jumped from 7 percent in 1980 to 37 percent in 2002, according to research conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (September, 2006). EMBARQ(TM) High-Speed Internet (HSI) service is making it easier for students to complete their homework in a shorter amount of time with an easy-to-access Internet package that features some of the best online educational resources.
HSI customers who subscribe to the EMBARQ(TM) Learning Pack will have access to five of the Internet's most reputable online subscription services for homework help, test preparation, games and tutorials -- Encyclopedia Britannica, Boston Test Prep, Clever Island, Hoopah Kidview and iKnowthat.com -- for about a tenth of the retail cost.
As colleges' admissions become more competitive, students have increased pressure to excel by being all-around students, combining strong academic performance with extracurricular activities such as the arts and athletics. Kids are spending time on the Internet for the benefit of their school work, researching school projects and viewing online learning tools.
"At EMBARQ, education is very important to us, and that is why we are offering these online learning tools to our high-speed Internet customers," said Harry Campbell, president of consumer markets at EMBARQ. "Our Learning Pack is a valuable educational resource for children at an affordable price for parents."
With Encyclopedia Britannica Online(R), students will have access to one of the world's premier encyclopedias, covering more than 500,000 topics. It also features a world atlas, thousands of images and videos, an online dictionary and a thesaurus.
Boston Test Prep is an online SAT preparation program that gives subscribers access to more than 2,500 practice questions and more than 30 audio/visual lessons. With hundreds of exam drills, testing tips and strategies designed to improve students' SAT scores, it is a great resource for teens in high school.
Cleverisland.com is an award-winning children's educational Web site developed by leading child development experts. It has more than 90 online learning activities updated monthly that are designed to improve students' skills in reading, writing, spelling, math, science, logic and more.
Hoopah Kidview is an easy-to-use, kid-safe learning environment that has hundreds of age-appropriate games and educational content categorized by subjects such as math, language, art and science. Parents do not have to worry when their children are on Hoopah because they can set online and computer time limits and it has safe access to the Internet through Rule Space's white list of 20,000 appropriate sites for children below 12 years of age.
iKnowthat.com gives children in kindergarten through fifth grade more than 40 interactive learning games covering hundreds of topics in language arts, math, science, geography, social studies and the arts.
These subscriptions have a retail value of more than $65 per month, but EMBARQ(TM) High-Speed Internet customers will only pay an additional $6.95 per month for these services.
For more information about the EMBARQ(TM) Learning Pack, visit http://www.myembarq.com/learning.
Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ), headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, offers a complete suite of common-sense communications services. The company has approximately 19,000 employees and operates in 18 states. EMBARQ is included in the S&P 500.
For consumers, EMBARQ offers an innovative portfolio of services that includes reliable local and long distance home phone service, high-speed Internet, wireless, and satellite TV from DISH Network(R) -- all on one monthly bill.
For businesses, EMBARQ has a comprehensive range of flexible and integrated services designed to help businesses of all sizes be more productive and communicate with their customers. This service portfolio includes local voice and data services, long distance, Business-Class DSL, wireless, enhanced data network services, voice and data communication equipment and managed network services.
EMBARQ believes that by focusing on the communities the company serves and by employing common sense and practical ingenuity, it is able to provide customers with a committed partner, dedicated customer service and innovative products for work and home. For more information, visit http://embarq.com.
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