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Celebrate Space Day 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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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. Read the Newsletter

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! Vote for Your Favorite

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. Enter Today!

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. Register Now

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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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Video Archive: Reading Discovery with Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Share an exciting reading experience with Former First Lady Barbara Bush and Discovery Education's Hall Davidson. Watch Mrs. Bush and students read excerpts from the award-winning book “Rushmore” and Mr. Davidson demonstrates how the book literally comes to life using augmented reality technology.
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Not All Soils Are Created Equal

Test students’ knowledge of different soil types, as you take them through an authentic, digital exploration across the United States. Broken out by regions, this interactive map will highlight different types of soil, soil make-up, the crops best suited to the soil, and the nutrients necessary for healthy plant growth.
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Leadership in Education - One Idea With: Jayne Ellspermann, 2015 National Principal of the Year

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Jayne Ellspermann, principal of West Port High School in Ocala, Florida, and 2015 National Association of Secondary School Principals’ National Principal of the Year. During her 10 years as West Port principal, Ellspermann has ushered in a pervasive college-going culture built on personalization. At West Port, lunchtime is “PowerHour,” a student empowerment initiative that Ellspermann launched to grant students autonomy over an hour of their school day for academic enrichment, open labs, clubs, and other creative opportunities. Ellspermann’s One Idea focuses on the importance of empowerment. Watch the video below to learn more, and then visit http://www.marion.k12.fl.us/schools/wph for additional information on West Port High School.
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A Principal's Role in Implementing Transformative Learning: One Idea With: Dr. Lynn Moody

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews the Superintendent of North Carolina’s Rowan-Salisbury School System, Dr. Lynn Moody. The Rowan-Salisbury School System is a member of Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools. Dr. Moody’s One Idea focuses on the important role principals play in implementing transformative learning initiatives. Watch the video below to learn more, and then visit http://www.rss.k12.nc.us for additional information on the Rowan-Salisbury School System.
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One Idea With: Dr. Cindy Elsberry, Superintendent, Horry County Schools

Don’t miss the latest installment of our One Idea With series, featuring the superintendent of Horry County Schools (SC), and a leader in digital innovation in education, Dr. Cindy Elsberry. This segment focuses on how to successfully implement and scale innovative learning initiatives.
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One Idea With: Bill Treasurer, Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Bill Treasurer, founder and Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting. Mr. Treasurer is the author of the international best seller Leaders Open Doors. Mr. Treasurer’s One Idea focuses on the importance of building courage. Watch the video below to learn more and then visit www.leadersopendoors.com.
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Discovery Education Introduces Dig Into Mining: The Story of Copper!

Freeport-McMoRan and Discovery Education have joined forces to create Dig Into Mining: The Story of Copper! With this middle school, STEM focused program, educators, parents and students will explore Earth’s natural resources with standards aligned extensions, as well as an exciting interactive. Learn more about transition metals such as Copper and how it impacts your daily life.
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eSchool News Readers Recognize Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Techbook™

Techbook and Streaming Plus are making an impact in the classroom and at home, transitioning students into 21st century learners. The two flagship services were recently featured in eSchool News' annual Readers' Choice Awards, which highlights readers’ favorite ed-tech products and solutions. “[Discovery Education Techbook] has been a huge benefit to our students and teachers when it comes to engaging students with science content,” said Kurt Witthoff, K-12 science coordinator for Florida’s Collier County Schools. “Halfway through our third year with this product, our teachers and students continue to speak highly of [it].”
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One Idea: Harnessing the Energy of Leaders All Around Us

Leader of a school district dedicated to preparing every child, every day, to be successful and responsible citizens in a global workplace and community, Dr. Mark Edwards’ One Idea focuses on the importance of building leadership to create new opportunities.
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One Idea: The Inside-Out Approach to Whole-School Reform

In the latest edition of Scott Kinney's "One Idea" interview series, McREL International’s incoming CEO, Bryan Goodwin says, "we haven’t done implementation very well in this country." Here he suggests an inside-out approach to whole-school reform: unleashing professionalism by empowering teachers through autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
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Technology's Transformative Role in Education

Where are we leading children today? Discovery Education’s Lance Rougeux addressed this question during a recent TEDx presentation while explaining the transformative role of technology in education.
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One Idea: Assessing Capacity, Confidence, and Competence for Implementation Fidelity

In the latest edition of Scott Kinney's "One Idea" interview series, Grand Prairie (Texas) Deputy Superintendent of Academics, Dr. Greg Firn, addresses his "IF" (implementation fidelity) factor, and the value in assessing your organization's capacity, confidence, and competence prior to implementation.
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Innovative School Leaders Are Successfully Mapping Out Their Journey to the Digital Transition

In school systems across the country as diverse as South Carolina’s Rock Hill Schools, Michigan’s Utica Community Schools, and North Carolina’s Wake County Schools, innovative school leaders have successfully mapped out their journey to the digital transition. Learn about some of the steps educators are taking to do this.
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Bill Goodwyn: Leadership Fuels Digital Learning Innovation

Discovery Education's content reaches 35 million students in the United States and supports the use of educational technology in school systems in more than 50 countries. Now, the education division is the fastest-growing unit of its parent company, Discovery Communications. In a telephone interview, Education Week Staff Writer Michele Molnar asked Bill Goodwyn, CEO of Discovery Education, about the company’s role in the educational technology market.
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Board Builder Transforms Miami Science Students into Content Creators

In a recent Tech & Learning article, Miami science teacher Jennifer Rioseco explains how she elevated her 6th- and 7th-grade students’ science fair projects to another level by using Discovery Education’s Board Builder, an exciting new tool which allows students to merge their own research, writing, and content creation with existing Discovery Education resources to create boards about unlimited topics. “They are so into the technology and they come up with the coolest ideas,” says Rioseco. Learn more about this tool by reading 50 Ways to Use Board Builder.


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Inquiry-Based STEM Instruction Results in Higher PASS Scores for 4th Grade Students

South Carolina’s Rock Hill Schools is dedicated to bridging the digital divide. To help with this, district administrators identified and accomplished several goals focused on preparing their students to be 21st century learners, by implementing Discovery Education Science Techbook™ digital textbook and Professional Development services. After one year, fourth grade students whose teachers used Discovery Education Science Techbook averaged higher scores on the 2013 Science Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) and were more likely to score at or above the exemplary level than students whose teachers did not use the service.
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Students at Johnson Elementary School Say Learning is "Fun"

At Johnson Elementary School in Rockford, IL, teachers have successfully transformed learning in the classroom through the use of Discovery Education. Lynne Myers, a 4th grade teacher, says this is because Discovery Education digital content makes learning more fun. Her students are engaging with each other in conversation, coming up with their own essential questions in science, and researching the answers together. Students in the classroom also enjoy the added benefit of being able to take their lessons home with them.
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Discovery Education's Lance Rougeux Pushed the Boundaries

Lance Rougeux presented at TEDx Times Square’s summit with the theme of "Pushing Boundaries". Watch his presentation (about 3-hours into the archive) on the role of technology to breakdown walls and help connect students and teachers in the classroom and beyond. Lance presented alongside Deepak Chopra; George John, CEO of Rocket Fuel; Mike Kriak, COO/CFO of Mashable; and Kelly Parasi, Chief Communications Executive of Girls Scouts of America.
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Explore How STEM Learning Works for the Navy

Take your students on an exploration of how STEM is applied in the real world! Interactive lesson plans incorporate videos, online tools and animations to help students explore concepts through real-life Navy careers - such as nuclear propulsion engineer, pilot and even robotics technician.
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From the Ground Up: Introducing a New Middle School Life-Science Program

Turn your classroom into a virtual lab with From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil, a middle school program designed to highlight the importance of soil, soil nutrients and soil science to creating sustainable global plant and crop growth.
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Relive the Learning from the Spring DEN VirtCon

Following up on the themes from Future@Now, this conference combined the best of virtual and face-to-face events. Thousands of educators across the world experienced 3 keynote speakers and more than 20 concurrent sessions.
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Bridge the Digital Divide with the Discovery Education Techbook iPad App

Download interactive Techbook content to a student iPad when they have an internet connection - from an individual video to an entire concept. Once downloaded, that content is available to students, anywhere, anytime even without any internet.
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Oak Ridge Launches New Digital Transformation and STEM Initiatives

This new partnership supports Superintendent Dr. Bruce Borchers’ recently announced plan to transform Oak Ridge Schools into the premier pre K-12 STEM school district in the nation.
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Introduce Your Students to the Innovation of Food Science - Live from Chobani

Join us on September 16th at 1PM ET for a Virtual Field Trip to the state-of-the-art Chobani Greek yogurt factory in Twin Falls, Idaho, where we’ll explore some key ingredients – like innovation and technology. Middle school classrooms will go behind the scenes to uncover the innovative technology used to make Greek yogurt and hear from real-world food scientists. Turn this live, online (and fun!) tour into a learning experience using its curriculum connections to science and technology to reinforce core STEM concepts and take your students beyond the classroom walls. Tuesday, September 16th at 1PM ET/10AM PT
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