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Schools across America are trying to manage budgets like never before.    We want to be part of the solution during these tight budgetary times.  CountryReports prices will once again remain the same for the duration of 2013.  This marks the fifth year without a rate increase.  Our mission is to provide quality content at an affordable rate.  If you are aware of schools struggling to maintain resources with dwindling budgets, send them our way.

Our annual content update is complete and we are ready for the new school year.  As always, we will continue to update content throughout the year.  We have some exciting new content areas that will launched soon.

We welcome back many of our school members that are returning from summer break.     Have a great school year!

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Discover why students love CountryReports.  Three students explain how they use CountryReports and why they prefer doing so.

 

CountryReports appeals to students, teachers, librarians, tourists and companies doing business overseas.  This month we are providing a testimonial from a K-12 public school teacher whose students use CountryReports.

Find out how students and teachers alike benefit from using CountryReports:

Looking for a holiday activity for the classroom?  CountryReports has an ornament activity for younger students centered around the use of a country map.  Older students can learn about how different countries celebrate the Christmas holiday.   Take a look at the Christmas Traditions content which is found under Activities – Learn by Topic.  In addition, CountryReports has various creche photos from around the world to view.

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The Christmas traditions content piece is intended to educate how people around the world celebrate this major world holiday.  Like other religious content found within CountryReports, the content does not advocate one religion over another.

Visit:  http://www.countryreports.org/topic/christmas.htm .

 

 

 

CountryReports has launched a complete re-design and major upgrade to our United States Edition.    Improvements include new content,  user interface and a simplified navigation system, etc.  If you have overlooked our United States Edition in the past, now is a great time to take a look.

The United States Edition is primarily targeted towards a younger audience for example an elementary school, but all ages can benefit from it’s vast content.

With the launch of the new product, CountryReports now has the ability to add additional features and content that were previously unavailable under the old design and infrastructure.  For example, check out our new collection of widgets for use with the United States Edition.  Click on the image below to view the new edition!

United States Edition- Home Page

With London hosting the summer games, there are a few content areas within CountryReports that may be of interest.  For example, CountryReports has the national flag and national anthems for each of the world countries.  Want to understand what the flag symbolizes?  We have it.  Ever want to re-listen to a national anthem or sing along using lyrics?  We have that as well.

As for learning more about the host country Great Britain please visit our United Kingdom entry.  Useful links:

National Flags

National Anthems

The United Kingdom

Ever wondered why people join CountryReports?  What are they using it for?  CountryReports has launched a brief video containing testimonials of real members and students that have successfully used CountryReports for various projects.  Take a look and learn what CountryReports has to offer.

This month, one of our staff members will be leaving for a two year sabbatical to Peru.  Thus, our selection of Peru as the Focus Country for February 2012.

Inca Ruins at Machu Picchu

Inca Ruins at Machu Picchu

Some interesting facts about Peru that may not be commonly known:

– The Andes have more people living in them than any other mountain range in the world.  The highest home in the world is a shepherd’s hut in the Andes at 17,000 feet.

– Peru has the world’s highest navigable body of water. Lake Titicaca is 3,800 meters above sea level.

– Peru is considered to be the archeological capital of South America. The Lost City of the Incas, called Machu Picchu, is located in the Andes Mountains. It is called lost because the Incas abandoned it and the city remained unknown to explorers for several centuries.

The main staples in the Peruvian diet include rice, beans, fish, and a variety of tropical fruits.   Many families in Peru live on the equivalent of $1.00 a day, so food is scarce for many in Peru.

Peruvian Flag

According to legend, General Jose de San Martin saw a great number of flamingos when he arrived in Peru in 1820.  Taking this as a good omen, he decided that white and red should be the colors of the Peruvian Legion that he founded to liberate Peru.  The white represents peace, dignity, and progress.  The red symbolizes war and courage.  In the state flag the arms show symbols of the animal kingdom, vegetable kingdom, and mineral kingdom.  The laurel wreath above the shield is a symbol of the republic.  The palm and laurel wreath around the shield is a symbol of peace and the will to defend the country.

CountryReports appreciates all our members and their loyalty.    As 2011 draws to a close, a glimpse back provides a sneak peak forward if you know what to look for.

While many education providers in our industry saw diminishing returns due to the economy, CountryReports had another year of growth.  Member support provided the groundwork for new content (35,000 pages and growing)  and web site enhancements.   In looking back, a few highlights were:

  1. The launch of the brand new CountryReports web site
  2. Attending the American Library Association meeting in New Orleans
  3. Attending the Texas Library Association meeting in Austin
  4. Participating in the American Association of School Librarians in Minneapolis
  5. The addition of new content and enhancements to the CountryReports web site

Again, thank you for making 2011 a year of progress which lays the foundation for another great year in 2012.  We have the greatest customers!

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CountryReports delivers timely accurate content to predominantly an American audience.  However, a little known aspect of CountryReports is that we serve content to a world wide audience.  Schools from diverse places like Kathmandu, Shanghai, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere rely on CountryReports to provide content that their students need.

One benefit of serving a world wide audience is the ability to tap into local resources.  Who knows the local culture better?   In addition, to our employed experts (researchers, writers and editors), local customers  keep “us honest”  should portions of our content need additional review.

Below is a brief glimpse into the world that uses CountryReports:

Top Five Foreign Cities Using CountryReports:

  1. Manila, Phillipines
  2. London, England
  3. Mexico City, Mexico
  4. Bogota, Colombia
  5. Sydney, Australia

Top Five Foreign Countries Using CountryReports:

  1. Canada
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Mexico
  4. Germany
  5. Australia

Bottom Five Foreign Countries Using CountryReports:

  1. Sao Tome and Principe
  2. Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  3. Christmas Island
  4. Wallis and Futuna
  5. Falkland Islands

Top Five World Regions Using CountryReports:

  1. Western Europe
  2. Northern Europe
  3. South America
  4. Central America
  5. Southern Asia

Emerging markets and third world countries are expanding Internet access throughout their societies.  CountryReports has already published content in Spanish, French and German to meet the demands of foreign schools that need educational content.  CountryReports will continue to focus on English speaking customers, but it is a win for domestic customers and CountryReports to serve up educational content to a foreign audience.