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Michigan Regional Educational Media Centers and Discovery Education Renew Partnership to Provide Digital Content to Schools Statewide

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Contacts:
Stephen Wakefield , for Discovery Education
240-662-2893
stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

Nancy Corner, REMC Association of Michigan
517-244-4534
ncorner@inghamisd.org

— Michigan school systems can purchase Discovery Education streaming through REMC Statewide $AVE Bid Project —

Silver Spring, Md. (Apr. 26, 2010) – The Regional Educational Media Center (REMC) Association of Michigan and Discovery Education have renewed their partnership. Eligible educational entities statewide now have the opportunity to purchase Discovery Education streaming through the REMC Statewide $AVE Bid Project. Discovery Education was awarded the contract through a competitive bid process.

The digital media-based learning service scientifically shown to increase academic achievement, Discovery Education streaming ’s more than 125,000 digital learning objects — including videos, interactives, images, articles and more — integrate seamlessly into any curriculum. Aligned to state standards and assessments and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, the rich video content and other digital assets from Discovery Education engage today’s students in learning.

Discovery Education has provided Discovery Education streaming to Michigan schools for the past six years through their relationship with the REMC Association of Michigan and the REMC Centers. During this time, schools in Michigan have significantly increased integration of educational technologies and digital content in classroom curriculum, and have made great progress in helping educators throughout the state meet the varied learning styles of today’s students. The REMC Association of Michigan is committed to providing the highest quality media and technology resources to the state’s students and educators.

“As an early adopter of Discovery Education streaming , the REMC Association of Michigan and Discovery Education have worked closely to provide our state’s schools the tools and resources they need to educate successful 21st century learners, professionals and leaders,” said Mike Oswalt, Calhoun Intermediate School District Assistant Superintendent of Regional Technology Services and 2009/10 President, REMC Association of Michigan. “Digital content has become an everyday resource integrated into classroom instruction statewide. We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Discovery Education.”

“Over the course of Discovery Education’s relationship with the REMC Association of Michigan, more than 7.5 million assets have been streamed or downloaded by Michigan educators,” said Discovery Education Director Ashley Mathis. “With more than 2,600 Michigan schools currently subscribing to Discovery Education streaming , we are excited to continue working with our partners at the REMC Association of Michigan and with educators across the state on our joint mission to improve student academic achievement.”

In addition to partnering with Discovery Education to provide digital content to school systems, the REMC Association of Michigan has also collaborated with Discovery Education to build capacity and to support educators through one of the nation’s largest professional learning communities, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) . Through the DEN, Michigan educators have access to a wide range of technology training as well as a resource library of teacher-generated projects and tools. Over the course of this partnership, 5,400 members of the DEN in Michigan have trained more than 26,000 educators in peer-led professional development sessions.

For more information on the REMC Statewide $AVE Bid Project visit http://www.remcbids.org .

For more information about Discovery Education streaming or other products and services from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com .

About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com .

About the REMC Statewide $AVE Bid Project
The REMC Statewide $AVE Bid Project provides large volume bid prices on a variety of educational resources. As a result of this initiative, local schools in Michigan saved more than $39.7 million in 2009. Each tax dollar saved through this cooperative effort represents another dollar that is available for additional instructional needs.

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Take Me Fishing™ and Discovery Education Partner to Create Online Destination Inspiring the Next Generation of Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Contacts:
Stephen Wakefield, for Discovery Education
240-662-2893
stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

Heather Sieber, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
703-778-5160
hsieber@rbff.org

–“Explore the Blue” encourages students to discover the world of on-the-water activities —

Silver Spring, Md. (Apr. 21, 2010) – The Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Discovery Education announce the launch of Explore the Blue, an online initiative encouraging youth participation in on-the-water activities and aquatic conservation efforts.

Explore the Blue is a new resource empowering teachers and parents to engage students in a dialogue about the importance of outdoor recreational activities, such as boating and fishing, and the value of clean and healthy natural resources. The rich, interactive materials help students explore the world of outdoor recreation through exciting, hands-on activities. Through this initiative, students experience the magic of being on the water with family and friends, while learning about the importance of conservation efforts at the same time.

Just in time for the spring season, the first materials from Explore the Blue includes activities educators can share with parents to continue the learning process over the summer months. These activities include:

  • Model boat building exercises that teach valuable lessons about buoyancy, water displacement, surface area, and design;
  • Research projects that help students inventory plants, animals and inorganic matter they may find in and around a local body of water;
  • Journal writing exercises that encourage children to record descriptions of the fish they observe, notes about the weather, and any other thoughts, ideas or observations they have about their day on the water; and
  • Map reading activities that support parent-student dialogues on animal habitats.
  • In late summer 2010, the Take Me Fishing campaign and Discovery Education will add additional instructional materials designed specifically for classroom use by educators. These materials will include a robust collection of cross-curricular lesson plans, videos, multimedia content, activities and worksheets aligned to state education standards. In addition, Take Me Fishing and Discovery Education will launch an interactive game for students that will provide them with the tools to develop and care for their own ecosystem, as well as a digital essay contest encouraging students to document their fishing and boating experiences through video and/or digital photos.

    Explore the Blue is a fantastic tool educators can use to help students understand the value of outdoor activities and the natural world around us,” said Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) President & CEO Frank Peterson. “Together, Discovery Education and our national Take Me Fishing campaign can leverage the technology popular with today’s students to grow participation in outdoor recreation and improve appreciation of our nation’s beautiful natural resources.”

    For more information on the Explore the Blue initiative, visit discoveryeducation.com/exploretheblue.

    About RBFF
    RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers’ Legacy™.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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    Discovery Education Honored with Three 2010 BESSIE Awards

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    Contacts:
    Stephen Wakefield, for Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Sandy Fash, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    sandy@cblohm.com

    — Online science service, proven video streaming solution and disaster preparedness resource center recognized —

    Silver Spring, Md. (Apr. 19, 2010) – Discovery Education has been honored with three 2010 BESSIE Awards from the ComputED Learning Center for Discovery Education Digital Science Solutions, Discovery Education streaming Plus and Ready Classroom.

    Discovery Education Science won a BESSIE for Best Science Web site. The first digital core instructional material to be approved for statewide adoption in Oregon, Discovery Education Science is designed for elementary and middle school science classrooms. Correlated to the state science curriculum standards and organized around an inquiry-based framework, these digital solutions cover the physical, earth and space, and life sciences, and encourage student exploration, stimulate critical thinking and deepen students’ understanding of science. Discovery Education Science also includes a formative assessment tool that provides information on which skills and concepts have been mastered, while directing individual students to remedial activities that address areas in need of improvement.

    In addition, Discovery Education streaming Plus, the digital media-based learning service scientifically shown to increase academic achievement, won a BESSIE for Best Digital Library Web site. Discovery Education streaming Plus has more than 150,000 digital learning objects, including videos, interactives, images, articles, and more, that integrate seamlessly into any curriculum. Aligned to state standards and assessments, and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, the rich video content and other digital assets from Discovery Education engage today’s media-savvy students in learning.

    Ready Classroom, an online resource center designed in partnership by Discovery Education, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign and the Ad Council, also won a 2010 BESSIE for Best Disaster Preparedness Web site. The Web site provides elementary and middle school educators with natural disaster preparedness resources and tips on how to integrate this critical information into their curriculum.

    “We are honored to join Discovery Education and the Ad Council in accepting the 2010 BESSIE Award for the Ready Classroom,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “By providing teachers with resources and information to share with their classes on preparedness, we hope Ready Classroom will encourage students and their parents to take steps to ensure their family is prepared for natural disasters and other emergencies.”

    “We are very appreciative of this recognition by the ComputED Learning Center,” said Kelli Campbell, Senior Vice President of Content and Product Development for Discovery Education. “We strive to develop outstanding instructional resources such as Discovery Education streaming Plus and Discovery Education Science, while also offering resources and guidelines that help educators, administrators and parents address the needs of the whole child, such as the Ready Classroom Web site.”

    This is the 16th year of the Annual Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES). The ComputED Gazette and Computer Learning Lab, San Diego’s leading computer education resource, sponsor the award program. Targeting innovative and content-rich programs and Web sites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence, the program selects winners from titles submitted by digital resource publishers from around the world.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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    Siemens Foundation Announces Participants for “Siemens Teachers As Researchers” Program

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    Contacts:
    Valerie Francois, for Siemens Foundation
    732-590-5292
    valerie.francois@siemens.com

    Stephen Wakefield, for Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Pam Bonee, for Oak Ridge Associated Universities
    865-576-3146
    pam.bonee@orau.org

    — Twenty Teachers From Across the Country Selected For Prestigious Hands-On Research Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory —

    Iselin, NJ. (April 12, 2010) – The Siemens Foundation, in conjunction with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), Discovery Education and College Board, today announced that 20 middle and high school teachers from across the country have been chosen to participate in the newly designed Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) program. Selected from more than 100 applicants, these educators will work with some of the nation’s top scientists on short-term projects focused on the most current and innovative scientific research happening today.

    The STARs program is a two-week professional development course designed to empower teachers to bring the excitement of authentic research into the classroom and inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Teachers will work in small groups and collaborate with scientific teams from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. They will conduct individually designed research projects offering real-world experience to bring back to their classrooms. Teachers will also receive a $500 mini-grant to purchase equipment and/or supplies for their classrooms.

    “We are thrilled to give some of the best teachers in the country the opportunity to work at the largest, most prestigious laboratory in the nation,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. “Through the STARs program, these 20 teachers will be able to apply real-life research experience to their work in the classroom and inspire students to pursue further education and careers in the scientific field.”

    In addition to conducting research side-by-side with leading scientists, the STARs participants will also benefit from a number of facility tours and seminars with topics ranging from “Effective Integration of Technology into the Classroom” to “Lesson Plans and Best Practices.” This immersion into authentic research, professional scientific collaboration and educational enhancements will provide insight, resources and scientific contacts to the participating teachers.

    The participating teachers include:

  • Miriam Adams, Hanceville, Ala., Hanceville Middle School
  • Anthony Birkmeier, Harrison Township, Mich., L`Anse Creuse High School
  • Terrence Bissoondial, Hewlett, N.Y., George W. Hewlett High School
  • Grace Blasingame, Pasadena, Tex., Sam Rayburn High School
  • Brooke Fischels, Ottumwa, Iowa, Ottumwa High School
  • Andrew Harshman, Sarasota, Fla., Sarasota High School
  • James Harvey, Erie, Pa., Collegiate Academy
  • Tamora Jackson, Memphis, Tenn., Bellevue Middle School
  • Peter Langley, Portland, Oreg., Oregon Espiscopal School
  • Stacey Militello, Shrewsbury, Mass., Oak Middle School
  • Kendall Morton, Glenelg, Md., Glenelg High School
  • Darryl Richards, Baltimore, Md., New Era Academy High School
  • A.J. Scheetz, Westport, Conn., Staples High School
  • Karen Shepherd, Plano, Tex., Plano Senior High School
  • Andrea Stawiery, Addison, Ill., Addison Trail High School
  • Michelle Swenson, Long Lake, Minn., Orono High School
  • Margaret Washburn, Danville, Va., George Washington High School
  • Andrea White, Port Orange, Fla., Spruce Creek High School
  • George Williamson, Rocky Mount, N.C., Rocky Mount Preparatory
  • Theresa Wilson, Wolcott, Ind., Tri-County Middle-Senior High School
  • The STARs program is part of the Siemens STEM Academy, a national professional development program for educators created by the Siemens Foundation in conjunction with Discovery Education, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board. The Siemens STEM Academy aims to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the United States by engaging educators from across the country through hands-on and multimedia professional development opportunities that will ultimately improve STEM education for students nationwide.

    For more information about the Siemens STEM Academy, please visit www.siemensstemacademy.com.

    About the Siemens Foundation
    The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, and The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues. In February 2010 the Siemens Foundation launched its newest initiative, The Siemens STEM Academy, a national STEM education program for teachers designed to support educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in these fields. By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. The Foundation’s mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens’ U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG. For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org.

    About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is America’s largest, multi-purpose, national research laboratory. Its primary research areas are neutron science, advanced materials, biological systems, energy, national security, nanotechnology, chemical sciences, nuclear physics, and high performance computing. ORNL is home to more than 50 scientific centers and specialized facilities, including the Spallation Neutron Source, National Center for Computational Sciences, Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences, Joint Institute for Biological Sciences, Bioenergy Science Center, Center for Nanophase Material Sciences, National Transportation Research Center, and the Tennessee Solar Initiative.

    About Oak Ridge Associated Universities
    Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a university consortium leveraging the scientific strength of 97 major research institutions to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies, and private industry. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

    About the College Board
    The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid and enrollment. Among its widely recognized programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®), SpringBoard® and ACCUPLACER®. The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities and concerns. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.com

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    Hawaii State Department of Education and Discovery Education Commence New Partnership Engaging Tech-Savvy Students Statewide

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Sandy Goya, Hawaii State Department of Education
    808-586-3232
    sandy_goya@notes.k12.hi.us

    –New collaboration provides educators and students access to Discovery Education streaming Plus and Discovery Education Science, as well as expert-led professional development–

    Silver Spring, Md. (April 8, 2010) – The Hawaii State Department of Education and Discovery Education recently commenced a partnership providing K-8 educators and students in 222 public schools statewide access to Discovery Education streaming Plus and Discovery Education Science. In addition, educators will receive high-quality professional development designed to help them integrate this content and other educational technologies into their instruction.

    The Hawaii State Department of Education/Discovery Education partnership was introduced to educators on March 8th with a day of professional development focused on showing educators how they can easily integrate educational technologies into classroom curricula. This event, keynoted by Discovery Education’s Chief Spokesperson for Environmental Education Philippe Cousteau, kicked off a series of professional development events held at 29 sites throughout Hawaii that reached more than 870 educators.

    “The Hawaii State Department of Education is committed to improving student academic achievement and building a competitive, tech-savvy, 21st Century workforce through the effective integration of digital content and the latest educational technologies into curricula,” said Daniel Hamada, Assistant Superintendent, Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support, Hawaii State Department of Education. “Through our partnership with Discovery Education, our students will enjoy vivid digital content that will take them far beyond the shores of these islands. In addition, Discovery Education’s content will fuel our existing literacy initiative, supporting the development of Literate Learners across the state.”

    The digital media-based learning service scientifically shown to increase academic achievement, Discovery Education streaming Plus has more than 150,000 digital learning objects, including videos, interactive activities, images, articles and more, which integrate seamlessly into any curriculum. Aligned to Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III and assessments and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, the rich video content and other digital assets from Discovery Education engage today’s students in learning.

    Discovery Education Science is an online instructional service for elementary and middle schools supporting science inquiry with content developed for and tied to state science standards. The service provides core science content through multiple learning modalities. Coupled with a real-time assessment component that measures students` progress, it recommends individualized resources that reinforce classroom instruction.

    “Discovery Education is excited to partner with the Hawaii Department of Education on this initiative,” commented Alex Morrison, Vice President, Discovery Education. “The digital content and professional development we are providing state educators helps the Department meet their goal of providing a quality education to all students, and ultimately, will help improve student achievement across the state.”

    Discovery Education’s effective professional development services ensure educators have ample opportunity to learn how to utilize new technologies and integrate them into classroom curricula. Discovery Education also continues to build capacity and to support educators with one of the nation’s largest professional learning communities, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). Through the DEN, educators have access to a wide range of technology training as well as a resource library of teacher-generated materials.

    “The key to translating these great digital resources into improved student achievement is equipping our classroom teachers with the training they need to maximize the tools within their curriculum, so I’m thrilled to see Hawaii educators already embracing the valuable professional development opportunities provided by Discovery Education,” added Hamada.

    For more information about products and services from Discovery Education, please visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.

    About Hawaii State Department of Education
    The Hawaii State Department of Education is a unified statewide school system of more than 170,000 students and 250 schools with an annual operating budget of approximately $2.4 billion — the nation`s tenth largest public school system. The Department is implementing bold, ambitious, and significant reform measures to ensure that each Hawaii public school student is college- and career-ready when they graduate. Learn more at hawaiidoe.org.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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