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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 02.24.12

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Heidi May, Discovery Education
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Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
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DISCOVERY EDUCATION CANADA WELCOMES DEAN SHARESKI AS NEW COMMUNITY MANAGER

– Renowned expert on education and technology, Dean Shareski will support educators to leverage digital media to enhance learning –

Silver Spring, Md.Silver Spring, Md. (Feb. 24, 2012) – Discovery Education has named Dean Shareski community manager of the Canadian Discovery Educator Network (DEN), a community of educators who are passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating and networking. With more than 20 years of experience in education and a specialist in the use of technology in the classroom, Shareski will connect educators throughout Canada and support them in leveraging digital media in their classrooms to transform and enhance learning.

“Dean has a strong record of inspiring educators and igniting students’ natural curiosity with the use of technology in the classroom,” said Andy Schaefer, vice president and general manager of Discovery Education Canada. “His passion and expertise will be tremendous assets to Discovery Education as we facilitate teacher connections around the transformation of classrooms with digital solutions.”

As community manager for the DEN, Shareski will work with educators online and in-person to share ideas and resources and develop innovative programs for educators throughout Canada. In addition, he will conduct various professional development and networking activities to assist educators in effectively using digital media in their classrooms.

Prior to joining Discovery Education, Shareski served as a digital learning consultant for the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. He also served in various roles for Powerful Learning Practice, where he helped educators around the world build technology-rich learning environments. Shareski began his career teaching grades 1-8.

Shareski has spoken at workshops and seminars across Canada and the United States, including TEDX Saskatoon and the K12 Online Conference. He teaches pre-service teachers at the University of Regina.

Shareski shares his thoughts and ideas for using digital media in the classroom on blogs for Tech & Learning magazine and The Huffington Post as well as his own blog, http://ideasandthoughts.org/about/. He also will share innovative ideas, resources and activities for educators on the Discovery Education Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/discoveryed and the DEN blog at http://denblogs.com/canada.

Shareski holds a Masters of Education degree in communications and technology from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2010, Shareski was honored with an ISTE Award for Outstanding Leadership in Technology and Education.

As one of the largest professional education learning communities, the DEN has impacted more than 1 million educators worldwide.

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