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Miami-Dade County Public Schools Continue to Broaden Students` World through Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education

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

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

— Unique mix of content, guest speakers, curriculum alignment, and professional development services combine to increase student engagement —

Silver Spring, Md. (June 28, 2010) – Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Fla.) has expanded its partnership with Discovery Education to broaden student horizons and improve academic achievement. Through a unique combination of Discovery Education`s digital content, access to guest lecturers, curriculum mapping, and professional development, this partnership supports educators in Miami-Dade County Public Schools as they fulfill the district`s mission to empower students to lead productive and fulfilling lives as lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

“As stewards of our children`s educational futures, our school system has the responsibility to partner with organizations that appreciate the way today`s children learn,” said Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “We are excited to expand our relationship with Discovery Education as they understand how to engage today`s tech-savvy children in learning, and share our vision of providing educational excellence for all.”

To meet their goal of providing students access to the highest quality educational resources, Miami-Dade County Public Schools has expanded implementation of Discovery Education streaming Plus to all 153 Title I middle and high schools. Discovery Education streaming Plus has more than 150,000 digital learning objects, is aligned to state standards and assessments, and is searchable by keyword, content area and grade level.

The district also is implementing in all Title I secondary schools Discovery Education Science, which empowers educators to quickly locate and employ a variety of dynamic multimedia resources to engage students in science. Organized around an inquiry-based framework, Discovery Education Science covers physical, earth and space, and life sciences.

Discovery Education also is partnering with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to bring guest lecturers, such as chief spokesperson for environmental education Philippe Cousteau, to Miami-Dade students.

“When students can learn about marine biology from someone who has led expeditions all over the world, then actually be transported, via digital content, to the habitats of the creatures being discussed, then you`ve really harnessed the power of digital content to teach children any number of valuable lessons,” continued Carvalho.

In addition to providing dynamic and engaging content, Discovery Education`s Curriculum Alignment team analyzed district pacing guides, determined the best digital assets to meet teaching objectives, and embedded those assets directly into the pacing guides. Discovery Education`s Professional Development team also is providing each Title I school two full professional development days to ensure educators have ample opportunity to learn how to utilize new technologies and integrate them into district curricula.

“The evolution of classroom instruction is being paced by today`s technology fluent students,” said Millie Fornell, Miami-Dade County Public Schools chief academic officer. “By proactively aligning our digital content to district pacing guides, and through our professional development partnership, we are positioning ourselves as national leaders in creating an atmosphere in which each educator can maximize educational technologies to improve student achievement.”

Discovery Education also continues to build capacity and to support educators in Miami-Dade County Public Schools with one of the nation`s largest professional learning communities, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). Through the more than 125,000 member-strong DEN, educators have access to a wide range of technology training as well as a resource library of teacher-generated projects and tools.

“Educational technologies, such as digital content, provide an enormous opportunity for educators to take their students beyond the four walls of their classrooms to places they may not otherwise see,” explained Sylvia Diaz, Miami-Dade County Public School chief information officer. “By working with Discovery Education, we are able to leverage today`s technologies to satisfy the natural curiosity in each of our students.”

For more information about 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.

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Epson and Discovery Education Partner to Transform Teaching and Learning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Duane Brozek , Epson America Inc.
562-290-5683
Duane_Brozek@ea.epson.com

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

— Discovery Education Experts to Provide Interactive Learning Professional Development Courses Using the Epson BrightLink 450Wi Interactive Projector —

LONG BEACH, Calif. and SILVER SPRING, Md. (June 21, 2010) – Epson America today announced it has partnered with Discovery Education, the leader in digital content and professional development for the classroom, to provide interactive learning courses for teachers, educators and administrators that take advantage of Epson`s latest technology, the BrightLink ™ 450Wi interactive projector. These courses will demonstrate proven instructional strategies and techniques for using the new BrightLink 450Wi interactive projector with interactive presentation tools, Google ™ tools, Web 2.0 applications, and Discovery Education`s digital content to engage today`s students in rich learning experiences.

“The Epson BrightLink 450Wi interactive projector transforms the education market because it provides an interactive solution that is open – allowing any school or teacher to leverage the content, tools and applications that bring classroom lessons alive and help each student live up to their fullest academic potential,” said Scott Kinney, vice president, global outreach and learning initiatives, Discovery Education. “Discovery Education and Epson believe it is not enough to provide educators the latest digital content and tools. To maximize these resources takes effective professional development as only Discovery Education and Epson can provide.”

Discovery Education offers engaging digital resources to schools with the goal of empowering educators, engaging students, and ultimately improving student academic achievement. Available in June, Discovery Education will add four additional professional development courses to their repertoire focused on training teachers how to effectively use and integrate the Epson BrightLink 450Wi into their classrooms instruction. These courses include:

  • BrightLink and Web 2.0 applications
  • BrightLink and Discovery Education digital content
  • BrightLink and interactive presentation tools
  • BrightLink and Google ™ tools
  • “Too often districts invest in new technologies and do not appropriately train teachers to take advantage of all that these technologies can offer in the classroom. Prior discussions on interactive whiteboards were often around how the boards were under utilized instead of how they were transforming education,” said Rajeev Mishra, director, Epson Projection, Epson America. “By partnering with Discovery, we are enlisting some of the most enlightened professional development experts in education to share cutting edge tools for making classrooms interactive, 21 st Century learning environments.”

    More about the BrightLink 450Wi
    The Epson BrightLink 450Wi is an intelligent, interactive projector that allows educators to turn any standard whiteboard or smooth wall into an interactive learning area. This innovative classroom tool delivers a cost-effective solution for educators to easily integrate interactive capabilities and eliminates the need to purchase and install dedicated interactive whiteboards (IWB).

    The BrightLink 450Wi features 2,500 lumens color light output and 2,500 lumens white light output 1 and helps advance the classroom with networkability, wireless features and advanced connectivity. It also delivers WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) for full compatibility with widescreen notebooks and movie content, and can easily meet the space needs of any classroom by projecting images from 55-inches diagonal to up to 96-inches diagonal (WXGA) and up to 85-inches diagonal (XGA).

    For more information about the Epson/Discovery Education professional development courses call 800-323-9084. Epson and Discovery will be running hourly seminars at ISTE from Saturday, June 26 through Wednesday, June 30. Visit www.epson.com/brightlink for more information, or click here to download a PDF of the schedule.

    About Epson America, Inc.
    Epson America, Inc. is a leading provider of an extensive range of printers, 3LCD projectors, scanners and point-of-service printers that are renowned for their high quality, functionality, innovation and energy efficiency. Epson America is a U.S. affiliate of Seiko Epson Corporation, which employs more than 70,000 people in 106 countries around the world. Seiko Epson is committed to its ongoing contributions to the global environment and for the second year in a row has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, an indicator for leading companies in economic, environmental and social criteria. To learn more about Epson America, please visit: www.Epson.com . You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/EpsonAmerica ), Twitter ( http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica ) and YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/EpsonTV ).

    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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    Note: Epson is a registered trademark and Epson Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. BrightLink is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

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    DISCOVERY EDUCATION INTRODUCES U.S. GEOGRAPHY APP FOR IPHONE AND IPOD TOUCH

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Amber Harris, Discovery Communications
    240-662-5235
    amber_harris@discovery.com

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

    — First Curriculum-Based U.S. Geography App, from Nation’s Leader in Digital Content for the Classroom, Now Available on the App Store —

    — Engages Students with Rich Discovery Content, Sharing, Leaderboards and More —

    Silver Spring, Md. (June 14, 2010) – Discovery Education, the nation’s leading provider of digital educational media, announces the launch of the U.S. Geography by Discovery Education App for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store for download globally.

    Conceived and developed in conjunction with Phunware, a leader in enterprise branded mobile application infrastructure, the U.S. Geography by Discovery Education App delivers a fun and educational solution to engage students in learning about United States geography. Through videos, knowledge-based challenges and games aligned to national education standards, plus a leaderboard-driven competition, Discovery Education’s first app immerses students in U.S. geography concepts in a new and exciting way.

    “Discovery Education is continuing to engage learners with dynamic digital content through this new app,” said Kelli Campbell, Senior Vice President of Global Product and Content Strategy, Discovery Education. “Today’s technology-fluent students are rapidly replacing static texts with digital content, using mobile devices often as their primary source of information. This new app is an extension of Discovery Education’s commitment to provide compelling and enriching educational resources designed specifically for today’s digital generation.”

    The U.S. Geography by Discovery Education App is designed for middle school students, but is fun and informative for all ages. The app features a robust collection of breathtaking videos, interactive gameplay, and global competition and sharing. With multimedia content hand picked by Discovery Education curriculum experts and aligned to national learning standards, the app allows users to explore seven U.S. geographic regions (Pacific, Mountain, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and New England) across six categories, such as bodies of water, culture and major cities. The U.S. Geography by Discovery Education App also features related stories from Discovery News. Covering everyday news through the unique and fascinating lens of science, Discovery News is updated frequently to coincide with current events.

    “With so many apps targeted towards children, parents are challenged to find those that both educate and entertain,” said Tim Childers, Teacher, Lake Forest Middle School, Cleveland, TN. “However, an app like U.S. Geography by Discovery Education, which combines standards-aligned content with interactive gameplay in a digital experience appealing to today`s students, is a great choice, as it reinforces classroom instruction in a fun and entertaining way.”

    “Phunware is excited to partner with Discovery Education to deliver a brand new platform for learning and exploration,” said Alan S. Knitowski, Chairman and CEO of Phunware. “By combining mobile, gaming, media, social networking and core educational content, students can challenge themselves and their friends while tracking their progress and mastering new skills in a fun and engaging environment.”

    The U.S. Geography by Discovery Education App is currently available for purchase for $4.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore, and will be available for the iPad later this summer.

    For more information on Discovery Education, please visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.

    About Discovery Communications
    Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications 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 Phunware, Inc.
    Phunware, Inc. is an enterprise branded mobile application infrastructure company. It specializes in navigating the complexities and challenges inherent in corporate and university centric mobile initiatives, charting a roadmap and course for success in capturing consumer “screen share” and separating enterprise brands from the underlying noise of today`s mobile marketplace. With dozens of handset and platform options and seemingly infinite ways to engage mobile consumers, Phunware provides organizations of all types and sizes a proven mobile application infrastructure that can be leveraged, trusted and depended on for commercial performance and measurable results. For more information, please visit the company`s web site at www.phunware.com.

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    Thousands of Teens In 46 States Participate in the Inaugural It’s 21. Just Pass Education Initiative Presented by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, the NFL Players Association and Discovery Education

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    Contacts:
    Jerry Brown, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
    202-371-9792, jerry.brown@wswa.org

    Jilane Rodgers, NFL Players Association
    202-756-9171, jilane.rodgers@nflplayers.com

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

    –Students from over 700 diverse high schools nationwide engage in campaign to reinforce the message that the legal drinking age is 21–

    –Prizes including a $5,000 scholarship, a school assembly featuring an NFL player and tickets to an NFL game awarded to students from Texas and Kentucky–

    Silver Spring, Md. (June 10, 2010) – More than 6,800 students representing over 700 high schools from diverse communities in 46 states participated in the inaugural year of It’s 21. Just Pass, an educational campaign presented by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, the NFL Players Association and Discovery Education. Designed to reinforce the message that the legal drinking age is 21, this national program challenged high school students’ knowledge about the laws and consequences of underage drinking.

    The following school and individuals have been named the winners of this year’s It’s 21. Just Pass online quiz challenge and video forum:

    Suleika Nedzelsky, a rising senior at Rio Grande City High School in Rio Grande City, Texas, has been selected as the winner of a $5,000 scholarship based on completion of the It’s 21. Just Pass online quiz challenge about the laws and consequences associated with underage drinking. As the school with the highest participation in the It’s 21. Just Pass online quiz challenge, Bremond High School in Bremond, Texas will receive an interactive school assembly featuring an NFL player.

    In addition, Hanna Heine, a recent graduate of Assumption High School in Louisville, Kentucky, has been named the winner of the It’s 21. Just Pass online video forum and will receive two tickets to an NFL game. Her video poignantly tackled the dangers and consequences of drunk driving by depicting a teenager on spring break who is killed in a car accident after drinking at a party. To view Hanna’s video, visit: www.its21justpass.com.

    “WSWA is pleased with the great participation from schools around the country in the first year of the It’s 21. Just Pass initiative,” said Craig Wolf, President and CEO, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. “The fact that students in many different types of schools, representing many different types of communities in 46 states chose to educate themselves about the legal drinking age is cause for optimism. High school students across the nation are now better informed about the consequences of underage drinking through this unique program, made possible by our partnership with the NFLPA and Discovery Education.”

    “We are proud to join with WSWA and Discovery Education to recognize the achievements of these high school students,” said George Atallah, NFLPA Assistant Executive Director External Affairs. “All participants in the It’s 21. Just Pass initiative took an important step in expanding their knowledge about the laws and consequences of underage drinking.”

    “Discovery Education, along with WSWA and the NFLPA, are proud of the students who participated in the It’s 21. Just Pass initiative’s online quiz and video forum, and hope that they will serve as positive role models for their peers,” said Mary Rollins, Vice President of Education Partnerships, Discovery Education.

    The It’s 21. Just Pass initiative launched February 2, 2010. The online quiz challenge and video forum were open for submissions until April 15, 2010, and participants were encouraged to complete the online quiz challenge as often as once a day in order to boost their chances of winning. To learn more about It’s 21. Just Pass, visit www.its21justpass.com.

    About the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
    The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) is the national trade organization representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry. It is dedicated to advancing the interests and independence of wholesale distributors and/or brokers of wine and/or spirits. WSWA members operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These American businesses distribute 70 percent of all wines and spirits sold in the U.S., and are privately-held, family-owned operations that deliver consumer choice, product integrity and promote responsible consumption.

    About the NFL Players Association
    The National Football League Players Association is the exclusive collective bargaining agent for all players employed by clubs of the National Football League, and is governed by a volunteer board of active NFL players elected by their teammates on each team. Founded in 1956, the Association works to ensure that the rights and interests of NFL players are protected. The NFLPA negotiates benefits, working conditions, minimum salaries, and the salary cap/free agency system with NFL management; provides legal representation for players in disputes with clubs and the NFL; and certifies player agents and administers a program to register financial advisors. In addition, the NFLPA strives to be a valuable resource and to maximize player opportunities on and off the field through membership programs and community activities. The NFLPA founded and owns a separate for-profit marketing and licensing company called NFL PLAYERS.

    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 streaming Plus Wins Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

    — Proven digital content service highlighted among this year’s top educational products —

    Silver Spring, Md. (June 9, 2010) – The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) has honored Discovery Education through its 2010 AEP Awards program, highlighting Discovery Education streaming Plus, with a Distinguished Achievement Award.

    Honored during the annual AEP Summit on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, Discovery Education streaming Plus was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award under the Technology Innovations category in Portals for grades 9-12. 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, Discovery Education streaming Plus is scientifically shown to improve academic achievement.

    “Today’s technologically fluent students are eager for digital content that is both engaging and related to their real world. We have designed services, such as Discovery Education streaming Plus, to provide educators the resources they need to reach today’s 21st century learners in the digital world they inhabit,” said Kelli Campbell, Discovery Education senior vice president of global product and content strategy. “We are honored that AEP has recognized Discovery Education streaming Plus.”

    AEP is a national, nonprofit professional organization for educational publishers and content developers. A complete list of AEP award winners can be found at www.aepweb.org.

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

    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. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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