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Give Your Students the Summer of a Lifetime

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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Discovery Education Updates Summer 2016

We have spent this year listening and building, talking to our partners and acting on what they shared. Based on these conversations, throughout the summer, new content, tools, and functionality will be released to to all Discovery Education's services. These changes drive deeper student engagement and increase the accessibility of our resources. Find Out More

STEM Challenges

As we come to the end of our STEM month you can find a summary of all our featured STEM challenges here. These projects provide great opportunities for your students to discover the STEM behind a diverse range of careers. Start Exploring

Don't Miss - Spring VirtCon Archives

Are you looking for professional learning opportunities over the summer. Don't miss the archive from Spring VirtCon. Sessions include engaging students in STEM, formative assessment, personalized learning, and cultural responsiveness. Watch Now

Memorial Day Student Activity: Design a Memorial

#CelebrateWithDE and remember those who have served our country through this Memorial Day Student Activity. Student's are encouraged to think about a memorial in their town, as well as explore some of the monuments in Washington D.C., and then design their own memorial for someone they would like to honor. Get Started

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Discovery Education in Action - STEM

Join us on May 31 as we step into Discovery Educators’ classrooms. In this series you'll hear practical tips and see strategies for integrating Discovery Education into your teaching. Listen, connect, and be inspired as our Community shares ways they are transforming teaching and learning. This month's focus, STEM.
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Lively Lessons: Community Garden STEM Challenge

Our Lively Lesson this week asks students to design a garden for their community that will be home to a variety of fruits and vegetables. From finding the space, to selecting the plants and mapping out the plot, this challenge incorporates a variety of STEM skills for all ages.
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Content Showcase - May 2016

Check out these new resources added to our services this month. Resources include: Telescope by Discovery Channel, How Tech Works by Exploration Distribution, More Science Please by Maslowski Wildlife Productions, and Discoveries America National Parks by Bennett-Watt HD Productions, Inc.
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Lively Lessons: Baseball Travel STEM Challenge

Consider your summer baseball team is taking a road trip from Chicago to Florida to watch the pros play in the Major League. Your team hopes to attend as many Major League baseball games as possible along its route. This Lively Lesson will have students explore available options and explain their chosen route.
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Starting Soon: Red Nose Day VFT!

We’re a few hours away from going live with actress Connie Britton to celebrate Red Nose Day with a Virtual Field Trip. Tune-in live at 1PM ET as we discuss the root causes and impact of poverty and inspire your students to make a difference. See you soon!
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Lively Lessons: Endangered Animal Relocation STEM Challenge

Explore this Lively Lesson where students propose the relocation of an endangered animal by researching its habitat, estimating costs for the relocation, and supporting their choices with evidence, all using Discovery Education resources and instructional strategies.
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Celebrate Space Day with Discovery Education and NASA

Celebrating Space Day with your students this week? Take a tour inside NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center with our on-demand archive and meet the scientists and engineers working on some of our nation's space programs.
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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

Throughout the world, day in and day out, educators like you dedicate their lives to transforming the lives of students. Through unexplainable kindness and everlasting commitment, teachers spark a love of lifelong learning for future generations. At Discovery Education, we know how hard you work to make a difference. We take great pride in celebrating that dedication through several special activities around Teacher Appreciation Week.
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Discovery STEM Day - May 6

#CelebratewithDE as we tour Discovery Communication’s world headquarters and meet the men and women behind the world’s #1 nonfiction media company. Throughout the day we will broadcast five different career spotlights providing your class the chance to learn about the STEM skills needed in a variety of fields.
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DE in Action - Stations-Based Learning

Join us on April 26 as we step into Discovery Educators’ classrooms. In this series you'll hear practical tips and see strategies for integrating Discovery Education into your teaching. Listen, connect, and be inspired as our Community shares ways they are transforming teaching and learning. This month's focus, stations-based learning.
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Watch Sparks Fly In Your Classroom Tomorrow!

Join Discovery Education and Toyota LIVE TOMORROW, May 3rd in Princeton, Indiana for an all-access pass to Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana. Students will get a peek at the latest in robotics, engineering, automobile safety and product innovation. Give your students an exclusive look under the hood at the careers in the automotive industry as Cristy Lee from Velocity’s All Girls Garage hosts live!
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Expedition Earth Day

Grab your scuba gear and join us for a deep dive with experts from Ocean First Education for a look at biodiversity in coral reefs and our ever-changing marine ecosystem.
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Shakespeare 400

Celebrate the life and legacy of the greatest writer of English language and literature on the eve of the 400th anniversary of his death with this virtual field trip live from Shakespeare’s classroom in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
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Starting Soon - The Magic of Madden VFT!

Today at 1PM EST! Consider this your final drive: the clock is running out, and the time to register is NOW! Don’t miss our LIVE, behind-the scenes visit to EA SPORTS Tiburon Studio (where Madden NFL is made), featuring NFL Quarterback Kirk Cousins! We’ll see S.T.E.A.M. In action and meet the animators, producers, engineers, and designers who create the world’s coolest games.
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There is still time to register

Spring Virtcon, our online professional learning event, is this Saturday. Register today to hear about powerful classroom strategies from your Discovery Education Community around the globe.
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First Lady Michelle Obama's Visit to Cuba

The archive of the First Lady Michelle Obama's discussion with High School students in Cuba is now available.
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One Week Left For Students to Enter

Time is running out! Don’t let your students miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime. Have them students enter their big idea in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge today for a chance to win an exclusive mentorship with a 3M scientist, $25,000 and more.
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Don’t miss a LIVE virtual tour of EA SPORTS Tiburon, April 14

Take your students on a virtual tour of EA SPORTS Tiburon Studio to see how animators and designers use Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) to create some of the world’s coolest games. Register today and score big for your students.
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Spring Training 2016

Hit it out of the park with Discovery Education’s Spring Training. Bring new instructional ideas into your everyday practice with this series of exercises to use with Discovery Education.
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Starting Soon - The Smart Farm Virtual Field Trip Today at 1pm EST

Irrigation systems managed from iPads, animal diets tracked by computer chips, and tractors that drive using GPS, explore everything that makes a “Smart Farm” with Discovering FARMLAND, LIVE at 1pm today.
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Emojis, Newer Literacies, and Digital Writing

Continuing our literacy theme for March, our latest blog post explores the Oxford Dictionaries “Word of the Year,” where — for the first time ever — something other than a word was chosen. That’s right, the 2015 word of the year isn’t really a word.
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From the Archives: Celebrate Pi Day with Discovery Education and NIST

In celebration of Pi day we visited one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories where Pi is integral to the work to develop, use, and apply precise measurements and standards.
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LIVE Virtual Exploration of a Working Farm, March 14

Go behind the scenes with Hertzfeld Poultry farmers in Grand Rapids, OH to discover how farmers use natural resources to produce the food you eat every day.
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Celebrate Women in Literature

In recognition of Women’s History Month, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women through the lens of language and authorship.
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Starting Soon - Live Virtual Field Trip at 1pm ET

Join us LIVE TODAY at 1pm ET for an exclusive tour of how copper goes from ore to 99.9% pure copper. During this virtual event, students will get an inside look at real-world STEM applications, industry careers and more!
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The IWitness Video Challenge is now open!

In partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation, students, teachers and schools can win cash prizes for creating positive change in their communities after viewing survivor testimony. Check out the self-guided activity designed to lead students through the Challenge.
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One Month Left to Win a $5,000 Agricultural Grant for Your School

Calling all teacher and community members! Don’t miss your chance to win a $5,000 agricultural grant for your school along with other great prizes, including a half-day of professional development, Nutrients for Life Foundation prize pack and more! Five runners up will each receive a $1,000 grant and Nutrients for Life Prize packs.
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Follow the Journey of Copper - March 3rd @1pm ET

Join us LIVE on March 3 at 1pm ET for an exclusive tour of how copper goes from ore to 99.9% pure copper. During this virtual event, students will get an inside look at real-world STEM applications, industry careers and more!
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Be a part of the 2016 Elections.

Discovery Education and ENVISION have developed a series of classroom resources to lead students through the major presidential election year milestones. Our online resources, videos, digital tools, and live virtual experiences will bring these events to life through the perspective of the youth audience - from understanding the significance of the Iowa Caucus and important primaries; to the national debates and conventions, all the way to Election Day and the Presidential Inauguration.
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A Broken Calculator Led This Future Actuary to a Career in Education

Mark Schommer was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. It was the day of his Calculus 2 final, and he was hurrying across campus to take the exam with a fellow math major, Josh. Then Josh dropped his calculator, shattering it. Josh spiraled into a panic. He had programmed the machine with the formulas he would need for the test. Without those formulas, he would fail, because he didn’t understand the logic behind them.
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Don’t Miss Your Chance – Enter DAILY!

Less than one month left to be the “coolest” teacher around: enter the Ultimate Cool School Sweepstakes DAILY for your chance to win a free year of Discovery Education Science for your entire school! SWEEPSTAKES ENDS FEBRUARY 25, 2016
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Why this Career Corrections Officer went Back to Middle School

For more than 15 years, Michael Pillsbury was paid to put people in prison or make sure they stayed there. And it was that experience that led him to become a teacher.
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One Idea With: Dr. Maureen McMahon, Deputy Superintendent

Dr. McMahon’s One Idea focuses on the importance of community engagement. Watch the video below to learn more, and then visit Anne Arundel County Schools’ Signature Community Partnership page for additional information.
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Keys to Leading a Successful Digital Transition

Leading the digital transition is a process that should start with emphasizing good instruction. It is crucial to select the right technology pieces and to prepare networks for increased use, but those decisions alone do not make for increased learning potential. This article provides answers to 4 key questions that administrators must consider when attempting to drive change in their district.
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From the Heart: Chris Layton, Oak Ridge Schools (TN)

To Chris Layton, there's no better feeling in the world than walking into the house and seeing his baby girl. He wants to be a great teacher, but treasures the time he spends with her. One of the best ways he's found to get that smile is not always to work longer, but to work smarter. Read (and watch) his story here.
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Celebrate the Holidays: A Global Collaborative Learning Experience

Every year, citizens around the world celebrate a variety of holidays commemorating people, events, places, or things. Holidays unite people around ideas, beliefs, and customs. Join your Discovery Education Community for a collaborative project which will allow you and your students to compare holidays celebrated around the world and even invent your own.
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A Forum for Superintendents and Curriculum Leaders

The Powerful Practices series is a new collection of exclusive experiences and content designed specifically for superintendents and curriculum leaders searching for new ideas and inspiration to support instructional leadership capacity. Powerful Practices hones in on the issues all district leaders face today and provides rich insights to help move your schools forward. This winter, join us for a one-day event to enrich the learning in your district, diocese, or charter. Learn from nationally renowned experts about equitable and effective strategies that yield results. Engage in rich discussions about personalized learning, formative assessment, culturally responsive classrooms, and student engagement.
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Get Your Students Moving!

The American Heart Association and the National Football League, working with Discovery Education, have joined forces to encourage physically active lifestyles in schools and homes nationwide. View lessons, activities, and videos for in school or at home use today!
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Challenge Farming and Ranching Stereotypes

Using the award-winning documentary, “FARMLAND, a film by James Moll,” as a foundation, this curriculum, for grades 9-12, is designed to bring to life critical issues impacting the agriculture industry, such as sustainability, farming economics, and the new science behind farming.
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Live From the Farm Virtual Field Trip Archive Now Available

Take an interactive and virtual tour of Hinton Farms in Dover, FL to learn about the science behind harvesting of your favorite fruits and vegetables like strawberries, squash and more!
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Tackle the Math & Science behind the NFL’s Best Plays!

EA Sports, Madden NFL, the NFL Players Association and Discovery Education are proud to introduce EA Sports Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers, an engaging middle school educational program designed to translate students’ love for football into a deeper understanding of the math and science behind the game.
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Give Students Deeper Understanding of STEM With New Digital Exploration

Reinforce core math and science concepts with DigIntoMining.com’s NEW digital exploration, Operations Exploration, and transport students in grades 6-8 from the classroom to explore and apply analytical skills to help solve real world problems!
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Bringing New Teaching Strategies to Life in Des Plaines 62

Partnering with Discovery Education, this small and diverse school district, comprised entirely of grades K-8, introduced Streaming Plus video content into their lesson plans and watched as the students responded and thrived under the new curriculum. Utilizing video content and other tools and resources available via tablet and laptop, District 62 teachers were able to dive deeper into topics and provide students a more in-depth understanding of the material.
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Congratulations to Hannah Herbst - America’s 2015 Top Young Scientist and winner of $25,000!

Hannah created an Ocean Energy Probe, that is aimed at providing a stable power and fresh water source to developing countries by using untapped energy from ocean currents. Her invention stores energy in a generator that can harness many uses, including the desalinization of water.
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Starting Soon – Transport Your Students to a Working Farm at 1PM

Just a few hours left to register and tune in LIVE at 1PM ET for a virtual tour of the Creighton Brothers Farm in Warsaw, Indiana. On the farm, your students will explore the transfer of energy and matter in action while getting a behind-the-scenes look at a working egg farm. Chat with us live using #EggboardVFT for the chance to have your questions answered live during the event. This is a learning experience you won’t want your class to miss!
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