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What are the Next Generation Science Standards?

Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of conversations surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Recently these conversations are growing in sophistication to much deeper and meaningful discussion about what the standards are and their impacts on teaching and learning. The primary focus has been on the shift in the teaching of Science. But, what do these standards actually look like, what are these shifts, and what does this actually mean for educators?

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Discovery Education Content Showcase: Episode 4

In honor of Science Channel’s Space Week and the arrival of NASA’s New Horizons space probe to Pluto after a nine-year journey, this month’s Content Showcase features programming related to space science. Watch Now

One Idea With: ASCD Author and Consultant Pete Hall

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews best-selling ASCD author and consultant Pete Hall. Read More

Webinar: Taking Your District Digital…Building Shared Vision & Collective Ownership

You’ve committed to going digital, but how do you build consensus around your vision and engage key stakeholders in building and implementing a long-term plan? Join this engaging conversation between leading Superintendents as they discuss how they’ve tackled these challenges and built solid digital plans for their districts. June 25th, 2:00 PM ET. Register Now

Social Media and the Connected School District

While the past ten years have shown significant changes in terms of consumption of information, the importance of communication in support of leadership and innovation remains the same. Today’s superintendent is connected 24/7 and knows how to leverage the power of technology to harness effective and impactful communication. Here, Superintendent Mike Lubelfeld discusses "the connected school district" and why modern day school systems must be social at the core in order to achieve success. Read the Blog Post

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One Idea With: Zach Leverenz, CEO of EveryoneOn

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service, affordable computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans.
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Blog: The Interconnected Nature of the Metric System

If you think back to your initial instruction regarding the metric system, you probably remember sitting in an elementary classroom, staring at a series of colorful posters on a wall. Each one denoted a different prefix used as metric units of measure magnified by powers of 10. ou may have poured deciliters of water into a large beaker to prove that there really were ten to a liter. But in all of the metric exposure you had, if your experience was similar to mine, there was one key fact that was never mentioned: The metric system was designed to be interconnected.
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Magna Carta Virtual Field Trip

To commemorate the signing of Magna Carta in Runnymede, Discovery Education will broadcast live from the National Archives in the United Kingdom - home to the 1225 version of Magna Carta. The 30-minute event will focus on the history of Magna Carta and examine how human rights have developed over the centuries.
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Gettin’ Triggy with It – Using Digital Interactives to Introduce Trigonometric Graphing

The concept of graphing trigonometric functions contains one of the biggest shifts in mathematical thought for students in secondary mathematics. The key to helping students navigate the tricky trigonometric waters is to help them see these concepts visually. This is where digital interactives shine. There are a few websites that show trigonometric graphs being created in tandem with a terminal ray being rotated around the unit circle. Each one approaches the concept differently.
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New This Week: Worldwide Summer Adventure

See what's new for your student's this week on the Worldwide Summer Adventure Launch Pad! See the live Magna Carta Virtual Field Trip, Tour our National Parks, and relive the Ford's Theatre 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Assassination.
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Discovery Education Redesigns Community Blog

Check out the latest edition of the Community Blog that displays articles more visually than ever before. Discover a renewed commitment to thought-provoking articles, resources, and interviews that impact the lives of students each and every day.
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Using Graphs to Relate Two Quantities…and Create a Chorus of Laughter

One of my favorite lessons to teach middle school students is how to use a graph to relate two quantities. This is usually the first time students have created a graph from scratch to represent a real-life scenario. Many of them have prior experience creating graphs from other math classes, but my experience has been that they have only used graphs within a math context. This lesson seeks to expose students to the reality that characteristics of graphs can have deep and significant meanings when context is added.
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Content Showcase: American History

Discovery Education’s Content Team is proud to bring to you the third installment of a new video blog series, Content Showcase! Each month we will highlight recently added video related to a timely theme. For the month of June, Content Showcase takes viewers through major milestones in American history, from the journey of the pilgrims to the assassination of President Lincoln.
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One Idea With: Martha Morris, Director, K12 Outreach and Resources at The College Board

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Martha Morris, Director, K12 Outreach and Resources at The College Board.
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Magna Carta: the Story of our Human Rights

Presented by Dan Snow and Diane Louise-Jordan this unique event has been timed to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta by King John at Runnymede near the banks of the River Thames. The 30 minute documentary is perfect for students at Key Stages 2 & 3 and will focus on the history of how Magna Carta came into being, while at the same time examining how human rights have developed in the centuries that have followed.
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Worldwide Summer Adventure

With the summer vacation rapidly approaching we know you and your students can’t wait to relax by the beach, visit a far-flung destination, or spend quality time with family and friends closer to home. But, what if your students could also travel the world and continue learning all summer long?
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Memorial Day Board Builder Activity

Check out this Memorial Day board for Discovery Education resources and a student activity that takes them to the monuments of Washington, DC, before building a memorial of their own.
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One Idea With: Todd Mann, Executive Director, Magnet Schools of America

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Todd Mann, Executive Director, Magnet Schools of America.
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Discovery Education Launches New Community Blog: Conversations & Connections

Check out the latest edition of the Community Blog that displays articles more visually than ever before. Discover a renewed commitment to thought-provoking articles, resources, and interviews that impact the lives of students each and every day.
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Support Our Science Sweepstakes

Science is everywhere. It's the DNA for progress and possibility. Support Our Science is committed to igniting students' passion for science, technology, engineering and math on-air, online, in the classroom, and in local communities. Science Channel and Discovery Education, together with partners, The Planetary Society, Girls Inc, and Maker Ed will ensure our kids are the next generation of innovators, problem solvers, and game changers. Enter the Support Our Science Sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000 for a school of your choice's STEM program. The winning school will also receive a special STEM assembly.
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Auschwitz: The Past is Present Virtual Experience

Join Holocaust survivor Paula Lebovics, students, and teachers to learn about the importance of remembrance and why the past is ever present today. Explore the rich history of Jewish life in Poland before the Holocaust, visit authentic memorial sites, and discuss the consequences of hatred and intolerance.
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All New Content Showcase!

May’s travel theme takes viewers from the rain forests of Costa Rica to the surface of Mars. All featured titles are available in DE Streaming base for the U.S. and Canada.
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Discovery Education Wins SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award for Social Studies Techbook

We are proud to announce that Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook™ has won a 2015 SIIA CODiE in the category of "Best Social Sciences or Social Studies Instructional Solution." This is a tremendous honor and we thank everyone who participated in the development and implementation of this award winning tool. To learn more about Social Studies Techbook, visit DiscoveryEducation.com/SSTechbook.
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Interactive Training

Whether you are new to using Discovery Education or looking for ways to enhance your experience, we’ve created interactive sessions to guide you through new and dynamic features of your service. These courses include effective and creative integration strategies you can use immediately to actively engage your students in the learning process. Each course addresses one component of Discovery Education with video overviews and step-by-step guides created by members of your Discovery Education Community. Upon completion, you can take a quiz to receive a certificate for one hour of professional development credit. In February, we launched five courses. This week, in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, we’ve added three more. Find new courses on Literacy, Assessment, Flipping the Classroom
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DENny Awards

At Discovery Education, we believe that teachers deserve recognition for the good work that they do each and every day. We are always on the lookout for great stories of teachers making a difference in the lives of their students and fellow educators. On June 3, we’ll host the annual DENny Awards. Nominate education professionals you know for this special recognition, and be sure to register for this virtual event. We want to celebrate as many great teachers and administrators as we can.
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Live Event: Meet the inspiring entrepreneurs behind your favorite brands

Bring this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to welcome real-world entrepreneurs into your classroom by joining Discovery Education and Chobani on Monday, May 18 @ 1pm ET for a live panel discussion exploring the real-life skills important to an entrepreneur such as critical thinking and innovative problem-solving. Panelists - including the founders of Chobani, Plated, FEED projects, and Dormify - will share their success secrets, discuss how they’ve overcome roadblocks and explore the importance of collaboration when building your own business.
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Celebrate Space Day Today with Discovery Education and NASA

2015 is an exciting year for planetary exploration with a number of important NASA missions and significant discoveries. In celebration of Space Day, join us on May 1st, live from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to find out more about NASA’s missions, their cutting-edge discoveries, and why it is important for us to continue to explore the solar system.
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One Idea With: Dr. Diane Briars, President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Dr. Diane Briars, President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
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Of the People Archive: A Conversation with President Obama

Join President Obama in this live discussion with students about his favorite books, how books have influenced his life, and the importance of technology in classrooms and libraries.
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Archive Now Available for the Education Station Virtual Field Trip

Check out the archive of the Education Station Virtual Field Trip to the Creighton Brothers Farm in Warsaw, Indiana. Explore the ecosystem and food webs of an egg farm and learn how all parts – from the soil to plants to hens to humans – relate and depend on one another. Discover how chickens, eggs and students are all part of a farm food web. Watch the archive today!
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Celebrate Earth Day with Discovery Education

Looking for the perfect Earth Day resource? This month’s Discovery Education Streaming newsletter is packed with resources for you to use with your students. Highlights include our Earth Day Digital Challenge, an Earth Day Content Collection and a look at America’s Top Young Scientist, Sahil Doshi’s environmentally friendly battery PolluCell to name a few.
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It's up to YOU to select the People's Choice Winner!

Do you have a few minutes to help end distracted teen driving? Encourage your students to watch the Top 10 finalist videos in the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge! It’s up to you and your students to decide who will be crowned the People’s Choice Winner and take home $5,000. Get inspired, select your favorite safe driving PSA and cast your vote once a day, everyday now through April 30!
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Last Day to Enter: Young Scientists can work with a 3M Scientist & win $25k!

Today is the last day for 5th to 8th grade students to enter the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Entering is easy – science stars are invited to share their innovative solution to a real-world problem for the chance to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist mentor and win up to $25,000! Enter at www.YoungScientistChallenge.com/enter through end of day today, April 21.
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MY BROTHER’S KEEPER, a Discovery Channel Exclusive Program

Tune in on Thursday, April 23 at 11AM EST to join the important conversation about ´My Brother's Keeper´, a national initiative aimed at improving the life outcomes of boys and young men of color.
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One Idea With: Cheryl Scott Williams, Executive Director, Learning First Alliance

Williams’ One Idea focuses on her organization’s Get it Right Campaign, which spotlights communities that are working hard to get Common Core implementation right. Watch the video to learn more, then visit www.learningfirst.org for additional details.
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Introduction to NGSS Science Techbook™ Webinars

Built to directly support the Next Generation Science Standards, Discovery Education NGSS Science Techbook is a breakthrough digital textbook that will change the way students and teachers experience science. NGSS Science Techbook will be ready July 1, 2015. If you are a district or building administrator, join one of three webinars to receive an introduction plus early “evaluator” access.
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One Idea With: Dr. Latoya Dixon and Dr. Mike Waiksnis, Co-Principals of Knox Middle School

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Dr. Latoya Dixon and Dr. Mike Waiksnis, Co-Principals of the Rowan-Salisbury School System’s Knox Middle School in North Carolina.
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Light It Up Blue

Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Register today and shine a light on autism!
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"Remember the Ladies” from Former First Lady, Abigail Adams

Abigail and John Adams exchanged about 1,200 letters during the course of their courtship and marriage. None more famous than the letter Abigail sent John 239 years ago today in which she asked him to “remember the ladies” as the new American political system was being crafted during the early days of the Revolutionary War.
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REGISTER TODAY: Join Us LIVE for a High-Tech Tour of a Working Farm – April 23 at 1PM!

Join Discovery Education and the Nutrients for Life Foundation as we celebrate all things soil LIVE from Bomke’s Farm in Springfield, IL. Farm owner and operator, Brian Bomke, along with his family and colleagues will give middle school students a behind the scenes look into the the nutrients and technology used on the farm and deeper understanding of the importance of planting, harvesting and everything in between! Don’t forget to tweet us your questions during the live event - #ScienceofSoilVFT
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Watch the Archive: Ford's Theatre Virtual Field Trip

Join Discovery Education and Ford's Theatre at 1PM EDT for a virtual field trip event commemorating the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Webcasting LIVE from Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, students will hear directly from experts on the state of the country on April 15, 1865, the conspiracy surrounding Lincoln's assassination and the lasting legacy of our 16th President. Download classroom resources to extend your students understanding of Lincoln's legacy and the importance of his presidency.
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ONE MONTH LEFT: Young Scientists can work with a 3M Scientist mentor and win up to $25,000!

There is just one month left for 5th to 8th grade students to enter the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Entering is easy – science stars are invited to share their innovative solution to a real-world problem for the chance to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist mentor and win up to $25,000! Enter at www.YoungScientistChallenge.com/enter through April 21st.
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One Idea With: Marcie Craig Post, Executive Director, International Literacy Association

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Marcie Craig Post, Executive Director, International Literacy Association (ILA). The ILA is a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all through its network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers and experts across 75 countries.
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Introduction to NGSS Science Techbook™ Webinars

Built to directly support the Next Generation Science Standards, Discovery Education NGSS Science Techbook is a breakthrough digital textbook that will change the way students and teachers experience science. NGSS Science Techbook will be ready July 1, 2015. If you are a district or building administrator, join one of three webinars to receive an introduction plus early “evaluator” access.
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SXSWedu Panel Recap: Bringing Teachers to the Front of the Class

It’s becoming clear that our teachers need more. Today, programs like Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps are providing administrators with customized systems to scale professional learning with consistent direction regardless of the size or current state of the district.
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Professional Learning for Busy District-Level Administrators

Inside :30 is a new, thought-provoking webinar series that will explore important educational topics and provide you with innovative ideas to make improvements in teaching and learning...all in just 30 minutes!
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One Idea With: Rafranz Davis, Instructional Technology Specialist, Discovery Educator Network Member, and Author of The Missing Voices in EdTech

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Rafranz Davis, an Instructional Technology Specialist at Texas’ Arlington Independent School District, member of the Discovery Educator Network, and author of the new book The Missing Voices in EdTech. Davis’ One Idea focuses on the importance of inclusiveness and diversity in technology powered learning initiatives. Watch the video below to learn more.
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One Idea With: Ken Bain, Executive Director, Canadian Association of School System Administrators

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Ken Bain, Executive Director, Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA). CASSA is a federation of the professional associations representing the school system administrators in Canadian provinces and territories. Bain’s One Idea focuses on the movement to STEAM education. Watch the video below to learn more, and then visit http://www.cassa-acgcs.ca for additional information on CASSA.
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New Digital Safety Module Launched by Discovery Education and Intel Security

Intel Security, in partnership with Discovery Education has released a new cybersecurity digital safety module for students 8-11 as part of the Intel Security Digital Safety Program, a three-year national education initiative designed to teach children to “Think Before You Link” and make safer decisions when using the Internet. The first and only Discovery Education-supported initiative focusing on cybersecurity education, the Intel Security Digital Safety Program offers educators, students and parents important tips and strategies for protecting their devices and personal information while online.
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One Idea With: Dr. Robyn Jackson, Founder and CEO, Mindsteps, Inc.

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Dr. Robyn Jackson, Founder and CEO of Mindsteps Inc.
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