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Discovery Education Invites Teachers and Administrators around the World to Attend Fifth Annual streamathon and Fall 2010 Virtual Conference

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

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

— Powerful virtual training events focus on helping educators of all skill levels integrate digital content services and educational technologies into classroom instruction —

Silver Spring, Md. (August 25, 2010) – Discovery Education invites teachers and administrators around the globe to attend the upcoming Fifth Annual streamathon and the Fall 2010 Virtual Conference. Focusing on how to integrate digital content and the latest educational technologies into classroom instruction, these free, virtual events offer educators of all skill levels insight into best practices and new techniques that participants can immediately apply to their classroom instruction to improve student academic achievement. Last year, over 2600 educators from 10 countries around the world participated in these two events.

Both unique professional development opportunities are presented by the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), a community of more than 125,000 active members supported by Discovery Education. Building capacity and supporting educators around the world as they bring learning alive through digital content and educational technologies, the DEN provides teachers and administrators a variety of professional development and networking opportunities, as well as a digital library of teacher-generated projects, tools, and resources.

The Fifth Annual streamathon is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14, 2010, from 9 a.m. EST to 9 p.m. EST. During the streamathon , Discovery Education experts, such as the Discovery Educator Network’s Online Community Manager and renowned blogger Steve Dembo, Discovery Education directors Justin Karkow, a former first grade teacher and Matt Monjan, a specialist in adult education, and others will present a series of information-packed sessions providing participants strategies and tactics for integrating Discovery Education’s digital services into their curriculum . Among the topics slated for presentation are an introduction to Discovery Education’s suite of digital services, tips and tricks for integrating Discovery Education content into science, social studies, language arts, and math curriculum, and strategies for increasing student engagement in learning through the integration of Discovery Education’s high quality digital media into classroom activities.

In addition, educators worldwide are invited to join online and in-person on Saturday, October 23, 2010, for Discovery Education’s Fall Virtual Conference. Focusing specifically on how Discovery Education’s services can be combined with other educational technologies to promote project based learning, this October’s virtual conference will showcase teacher and student generated projects presented by DEN members from around the world. In addition, participants will learn about the latest Web 2.0 tools educators can immediately implement into classroom instruction to further engage students in learning.

Both the streamathon and the Fall Virtual Conference will be delivered via the internet to attendees worldwide. The Fall Virtual Conference will also include a number of breakout sessions presented by local STAR Discovery Educators. STAR Discovery Educators are DEN members recognized for their efforts to share their insight and expertise with peers through activities such as trainings, workshops or presentations on how to integrate digital media and the latest educational technologies into classroom instruction.

Teachers and administrators interested in joining any portion of the Fifth Annual streamathon should register at http://links.discoveryeducation.com/streamathon2010 . To register for the Fall Virtual Conference, interested attendees should visit http://links.discoveryeducation.com/FallVirtCon2010

For more information about Discovery Education and the Discovery Educator Network, 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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Sid the Science Kid® Headlines New Content Coming to Discovery Education’s Digital Services

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

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

— Agreement brings series content from The Jim Henson Company and KCET/Los Angeles to Discovery Education Science for Elementary users–

–Additional PBS NewsHour segments from MacNeil Lehrer Productions and fresh content for Discovery Education’s STEM Connect to be added soon —

Silver Spring, Md. (August 19, 2010) – Discovery Education announces a new agreement with The Jim Henson Company to bring clips from all 40 episodes of Sid the Science Kid® to Discovery Education Science for Elementary in the coming months.

Following the animated adventures of Sid, an inquisitive youngster, Sid the Science Kid uses comedy and music to tackle questions kids have about basic scientific principles. Based on national science learning standards, cognitive learning theory, and the preschool science curriculum, Preschool Pathways to Science, each episode is built around a single scientific theme or concept.

In addition, Discovery Education is adding 51 news segments from the award winning PBS NewsHour produced by MacNeil Lehrer Productions to Discovery Education streaming before year’s end. These carefully selected segments are aligned to high school curriculum and take a straightforward, informative approach to a variety of current events topics, including: global health, energy and the environment, science and technology, and business and the economy.

Finally, this fall Discovery Education will add 16 new video resources to the STEM Connect area of Discovery Education streaming. Provided at no cost to Discovery Education streaming subscribers as part of Discovery Communications’ Be the Future initiative, STEM Connect is a curriculum-based and career development science resource designed to fuel teacher and classroom engagement by helping students link science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the real world. The new content being added to STEM Connect focus on a variety of careers, from robotics technicians to astrobiologists, and will help students learn more about the knowledge and skills it takes to secure STEM-related careers in a competitive global economy.

“Research shows that high quality digital content is a powerful tool with which to engage students,” said Lisa O’Brien, director of content management, Discovery Education and a former Massachusetts public school teacher. “We are proud to bring these exciting new titles from top producers to educators across the country.”

Discovery Education’s Curriculum Development team reviews all content to ensure appropriateness for K-12 classrooms, creates teaching materials to accompany the videos, and segments the programs into 2-3 minute teachable moment clips. To assist in the process and to ensure impartial review of materials, the Curriculum Development team also works in partnership with external content experts across curriculum areas, including teachers, curriculum supervisors and district-level administrators.

Sid the Science Kid, the tremendous content from MacNeil Lehrer Productions, and the additional resources we are adding to STEM Connect are all prime examples of the top-quality digital content we are providing educators each day,” said Eric Phillips, executive vice president, Discovery Education. “Discovery Education will continue to partner with producers and publishers around the world to ensure our digital services maintain their ‘best in class’ status.”

For more information about Discovery Education streaming or any other products and services from Discovery Education, please 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. 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 in Conjunction with Discovery Education Conclude Two Elite STEM Professional Development Programs Empowering Educators Nationwide

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Contacts:
Lauren Espin , for Siemens Foundation
732-590-2182
lauren.espin@siemens.com

Christina Scripps , for Discovery Communications
240-662-6502
christina_scripps@discovery.com

— Selected educators worked with nation`s top scientists, government officials, and esteemed educational thought leaders in summer learning programs —

–Partners include Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board–

Iselin, N.J. (August 16, 2010) – The Siemens Foundation, along with Discovery Education, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board, successfully completed the first annual Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) program and the Siemens STEM Institute. These programs, as part of the Siemens STEM Academy, engage educators from across the country through hands-on professional development opportunities.

The Siemens STEM Academy is a national professional development program designed to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S. Created by the Siemens Foundation in conjunction with Discovery Education, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board, this program connects educators with tools and best practices to inspire today’s students.

Siemens STARs Program
Last month, 20 middle and high school educators from across the country participated in the STARs program. Teachers spent two weeks at the U.S Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. working with some of the nation’s top scientists. From June 20 th to July 2 nd , teachers worked in mentored teams to conduct research on topics such as renewable resources, energy efficiency, superconductivity, and material sciences. In addition, each teacher received a $500 mini-grant to purchase equipment and supplies for his or her classroom.

Siemens STEM Institute
The Siemens STEM Institute, a week-long professional development experience hosted by Discovery Education in its Silver Spring, Md. global headquarters, took place from August 1 st to August 6 th . During this time, 50 selected teachers met and worked with government officials, including Dr. John Holdren, Advisor to President Obama for Science and Technology, leading scientists, and esteemed educational thought leaders whose work across STEM disciplines shapes and defines today’s education landscape. Teachers engaged in discussions and workshops around key topics such as using technology and social media in the classroom to improve student achievement.

At the close of the Institute, participating teachers formed small groups and began working on STEM-related projects on topics such as energy and biodiversity. They will continue to work on these projects during the coming school year and next spring, they will present their final projects during a live webinar. Their work will be published in the resources section of the Siemens STEM Academy website, where other teachers can access this information and utilize it in their classroom.

“The STARs program and the STEM Institute reinforce the Siemens Foundation’s commitment to excellence in STEM education,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. “Through these new programs, we were able to provide some of the best educators in the country with a unique opportunity and we are confident that they will now go back to their classrooms empowered with new skills to motivate the next generation of scientific innovators.”

In addition to the professional development programs, the Siemens STEM Academy also offers a national portal and online community designed to foster STEM achievement by providing educators with a dedicated resource to collaborate, exchange and connect about all things related to STEM education by utilizing the latest digital learning and collaborative tools.

Early next year, teachers throughout the U.S. can apply for the 2011 STARs program or the 2011 STEM Institute by visiting 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 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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Kentucky Educational Television and Discovery Education Renew Multiyear Partnership Providing Students Statewide with High-Quality Digital Content

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

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

Silver Spring, Md. (Aug. 12, 2010) –Discovery Education and Kentucky Educational Television (KET) have agreed to a multiyear extension of its five-year partnership providing Discovery Education content to all public schools in the state. KET delivers Discovery Education content through their KET EncycloMedia service.

“During the five years of our collaboration, KET EncycloMedia’s high-quality digital content has become a critical tool educators across this state use each day to engage students in learning and to improve academic achievement,” said KET Executive Director Shae Hopkins. “We are pleased to continue offering Discovery Education content as a core component of the KET EncycloMedia service.”

KET is Kentucky’s most accessible and comprehensive educational institution, and a leading example of how statewide public television can work with education systems to improve teachers’ skills and students’ learning. KET’s PreK-12 educational resources – all aligned to Kentucky academic standards – are used by 97 percent of Kentucky public schools. KET also produces and delivers Kentucky-focused arts, cultural, documentary, and public affairs productions , as well as PBS programming and adult education programs to viewers throughout Kentucky and in parts of seven surrounding states.

KET EncycloMedia, which is produced and delivered by KET and the Kentucky Department of Education, features Discovery Education content and offers teachers and students more than 125,000 digital learning objects, including videos, interactives, images, articles, and more, that integrate seamlessly into existing curriculum. Aligned to Kentucky standards and assessments, and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, KET EncycloMedia provides educators throughout the commonwealth with the digital content and resources they need to engage 21st century students in learning.

“Ensuring Kentucky’s educators and students have relevant, appropriate and engaging instructional materials is a key goal of the Department of Education,” commented David Couch, Kentucky Department of Education Chief Information Officer. “We believe strongly in the power of digital content and educational technologies to reach today’s students in the digital world they inhabit, and we are pleased to continue our partnership with KET and Discovery Education.”

Kentucky is one of the largest single-state users of digital content in the nation. In May of this year, KET, the Kentucky Department of Education, Discovery Education and Kentucky educators statewide celebrated the 5 millionth view of educational on-demand videos from KET EncycloMedia with a series of activities featuring Discovery Education’s Chief Spokesperson for Environmental Education, Philippe Cousteau.

“The tremendous use of KET EncycloMedia by students and teachers across the state is a testament to how embedded in instruction this service has become,” said Andy Schaefer, Discovery Education Vice President. “Discovery Education looks forward to continuing our partnership with KET and the Kentucky Department of Education, and to working together on our joint mission to improve student academic achievement.”

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

About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISAD, DISBD, 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 KET
As a leader in lifelong learning, KET is in every Kentucky community providing in-school and at-home educational programs for children and adults, as well as professional development seminars for educators and training programs for child care providers. As Kentucky’s only statewide public media resource, KET serves the Commonwealth via digital and high-definition broadcast technology, producing and presenting programming unique to Kentucky. Learn more at www.ket.org .

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Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Announces Top 10 Finalists

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Contacts:
Melissa Todisco, Hunter Public Relations for 3M
212-679-6600 x244
mtodisco@hunterpr.com

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

— Students Will Compete in New York City for $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and Title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”–

–Danny Forster, of Science Channel’s Build it Bigger, to host finalist competition–

(Silver Spring, Md & St. Paul, Mn) – Today, Discovery Education and 3M announced 10 students from across the country as the top finalists in the 12th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

Each finalist will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to participate in the competition finals, emceed by Danny Forster, host of Science Channel’s Build it Bigger, on October 5, 2010. During this competition, students will demonstrate scientific innovation, creativity and communication skills in a series of individual challenges related to the science of safety and security. The winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds ($25,000 cash value), the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist,” and a trip to St. Paul, Minn. to work alongside 3M’s top scientists at their world headquarters and visit the 3M Innovation Center.

Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the following 10 finalists (in alphabetical order)*:

  • Riya Chandra, Fremont, Calif., Mission San Jose Elementary School
  • Sydney Clark, Austin, Texas, Clark Academy of Science and Art (Homeschool)
  • Sehee Kim, Cumming, Ga., Piney Grove Middle School
  • Kai Klocke, Portland, Ore., Cedar Park Middle School
  • Alexander Mataloni, Fairfax Station, Va., South County Secondary School
  • Liam McCarty, Elm Grove, Wis., Brookfield Academy
  • Liam O`Brien, Unionville, Conn., West Woods Upper Elementary School
  • Raj Raina, Novi, Mich., Novi Middle School
  • Christopher Riedman, Bismarck, N.D., Homeschool
  • Matthew Shimura, Honolulu, Hawaii, Punahou School
  • “The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge emphasizes our company’s 25-year commitment to science education,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications. “The finalists exemplify their generation`s potential to advance science and Discovery is proud to partner with 3M in saluting these young minds.”

    Robert MacDonald, President, 3M Foundation, added, “Science is at the very heart of 3M, driving the pulse of innovation throughout our company on a global basis. We have a responsibility to foster interest and development in the innovators of our future, and our partnership with Discovery provides the ideal platform for students to demonstrate just how exciting the journey of learning can be.”

    As the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to fade and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. In January, students nationwide were asked to create a short video explaining the science behind issues millions of Americans face in everyday life, including preventing the spread of germs, ensuring food safety and sun protection. Last month, 47 semifinalists were selected based on their science communication skills exhibited in their videos. For more information on the challenge, including photos and ages of the 10 finalists, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.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 3M
    A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs. With $23 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3m.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

    * Schools listed are from time of competition entry.

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    American College of Education, SMART Technologies and Discovery Education Announce Winner of Web 2010 Sweepstakes

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

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

    — Connecticut teacher wins laptop computer, professional development and scholarship —

    Silver Spring, Md. (Aug. 3, 2010) – David Andrade, a physics teacher at Bridgeport Public Schools’ Central High School in Bridgeport, Conn., was recently named winner of the Web 2010 Sweepstakes, sponsored by the American College of Education, SMART Technologies and Discovery Education.

    Andrade, who was randomly chosen from more than 20,400 entrants, will receive a laptop computer, an all-expenses paid trip to a professional development event of his choosing, and a full tuition scholarship from the American College of Education valued at $7,000.

    The Web 2010 Sweepstakes is a component of Web 2010, an online destination for teachers seeking helpful techniques and strategies to assist them in integrating digital content into curriculum. Full of original videos offering educators helpful advice from Discovery Education’s professional development staff, Web 2010 presents teachers with information on relevant tech-topics such as:

  • Media literacy and internet safety;
  • Effective integration of social networking into classroom instruction; and
  • The use of cell phones and gaming as teaching tools.
  • In addition, Web 2010 offers a popular Webinar series that connects educators across the country with Discovery Education’s dynamic professional development staff and thought leaders.

    “Web 2010 is a tremendous resource,” commented Andrade. “I’ve shared it with my Twitter followers and blog readers. It has made me a better teacher, and can help educators across the country better engage students.”

    For more information about Web 2010, visit http://web2010.discoveryeducation.com.

    For more information about products and services from Discovery Education, please 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. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

    About American College of Education
    American College of Education is solely dedicated to providing educators the most affordable, high-quality online master’s degree programs in education. The College’s vision is to dramatically improve student performance by enhancing the instructional effectiveness of teachers through transformative technology and innovative online learning. American College of Education is based in Chicago, Illinois. It currently serves online students nationally and internationally. American College of Education is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). For more information about American College of Education, visit www.ace.edu.

    About SMART
    SMART Technologies, the global leader in interactive whiteboards, develops easy-to-use integrated products and services that improve the way the world works and learns. For more than 20 years, innovation and commitment to excellence have been at the core of our business. We help educators achieve better results with technology products that support student-centered learning. We help businesses become more productive with easy-to-use collaboration solutions that enable better results. Our success is driven by our deep commitment to and engagement with both the education and business communities. Visit SMART at www.SMARTtech.com.

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