SARASOTA -- A 45-foot customized bus dropped by the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus Thursday just in time for finals.
The C-SPAN Digital Bus, which originated in 1993 and has visited all 50 states, promotes C-SPAN's educational content, which includes resources for teachers and students.
The bright red bus is outfitted with multiple touch screens and other digital displays inside highlighting the different resources available free to students of all ages. The digital bus, equipped with its own wireless Internet, can also serve as a production studio and several politicians and candidates have been interviewed on the bus.
C-SPAN offers a free video library, where students or teachers can search a keyword and find all the C-SPAN-related videos. The videos can be shortened or clipped then imbedded into projects or used as part of research papers. It's a feature many don't know about, said Doug Hemmig, C-SPAN marketing and communications representative.
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"We're creating that awareness," Hemmig said. "People don't think of the educational uses."
The C-SPAN classroom site offers timely teachable videos prepared by teachers, which offers trivia and tidbits about things that happened on this day in history and has resources for a number of different topics.
Precious Fulger, who will be a senior business administration student in the spring, said she was unaware of the resources offered by C-SPAN. Fulger spied the bus on campus and stopped in for a tour.
"I like that there's a dedicated website for the topics so you don't have to Google it," she said.
Also stopping by for a tour was Anthony Spall, an e-learning and information commons assistant at the university. Spall helps provide academic support to students in a number of areas. Spall said he sees students try to find videos to use for projects or papers through websites such as YouTube, which are more for entertainment than academics and he was pleased to learn about C-SPAN's offerings.
"This makes it really easy, so that's really awesome," Spall said.
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter @MeghinDelaney.