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Discovery Education Leading Effort to Meet Presidential Challenge to Bring Digital Textbooks to American Classrooms Today

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

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

–Adoption of Discovery Education “Techbook” signals nationwide shift to the use of digital resources to connect students to the future–

Silver Spring, Md. (Jan. 26, 2011) – Indicative of the growing movement toward digital textbooks, Florida has approved the Discovery Education Science Elementary Techbook for Florida for classroom use. Florida joins Indiana, Louisiana and Oregon in adopting Discovery Education’s digital science service as the core instructional resource for elementary science instruction. These approvals, through state textbook adoption processes, empower educators with dynamic digital resources that meet the evolving learning styles of today’s students. Supporting the creation of 21st Century learning environments, the Discovery Education Techbook leverages children’s natural interest in technology to ignite a love of science.

Discovery Education is a division of Discovery Communications, whose networks include Discovery Channel, Science Channel, and Animal Planet.

“Last night, President Obama, in his State of the Union address, challenged the country to connect students to the future with dynamic, engaging instructional resources like digital textbooks,” said Bill Goodwyn, CEO, Discovery Education. “We support this vision and, as a result of our partnership with school districts across the country for the past decade, we are thrilled to deliver today a ready-to-implement digital techbook that meets the challenge of preparing students with the skills needed to compete in tomorrow’s increasingly competitive global economy.”

Intended to replace traditional textbooks as the new primary instructional resource for elementary schools, each edition of the Discovery Education Techbook series is built to address individual state science standards. In addition to vivid digital content, a real-time assessment component included within the Techbook measures student progress and recommends individualized resources that reinforce classroom instruction.

As a holistic learning system, the Techbook integrates the nature of science and inquiry into every phase of learning. With stunning videos, colorful text passages and interactive simulations, the Techbook kindles student interest in how science relates to their everyday life, stimulates critical thinking and deepens students’ understanding of core concepts.

Aiding implementation of this new service is a variety of teacher resources. Ranging from valuable refreshers on science content for educators to full days of custom, in-person staff development, these resources build educators’ capacity to leverage the power of digital content to engage students.

Finally, the Discovery Education Science Techbook is a substantially less expensive option per student than textbooks, with additional savings derived from a lack of textbook replacement or inventory costs.

“I’m challenged each day to create a stimulating 21st century learning environment that engages my tech-savvy students,” said School District of Osceola County (Fla.) science teacher Debbie Bohanan. “A rich digital resource like the Discovery Education Science Techbook has the ability to transform my instruction and bring the wonderful world of science alive for all my students, regardless of their learning style.”

“We are confident these innovative digital resources will empower educators today to encourage and nurture the scientific talents of their elementary school students and stimulate the important skills they will need to be successful in tomorrow’s workforce,” continued Goodwyn.

Discovery Education is the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content, professional development and assessment resources whose services are scientifically shown to improve student academic achievement. For more information about the Discovery Education Science Techbook, 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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Discovery Education Personalities Shine the Spotlight on Digital Science Education at FETC 2011

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

Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
608-839-9800
emily@cblohm.com

–Discovery Channel`s Storm Chaser Reed Timmer Named as Featured Speaker for Opening Session–

–The Rise and Impact of Digital Content Featured in Spotlight Presentations by Discovery Education Executives Scott Kinney, Hall Davidson, and Steve Dembo–

–Drawing to Win Once-in-A-Lifetime Opportunity to Meet the MYTHBUSTERS will close FETC 2011 Conference–

Silver Spring, Md. (Jan. 20, 2011) Headlining a robust presence by Discovery Education, Reed Timmer, meteorologist and extreme weather enthusiast from Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers will keynote FETC 2011’s Opening Session on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 3:30 p.m EST. During his remarks, Timmer will discuss how his passion for tracking extreme weather was shaped by his science education. In addition, companion digital content about the causes and impacts of weather will be made available to educators at DiscoveryEducation.com/Reed-at-FETC. Discovery Education is the proud platinum sponsor of FETC 2011.

The Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2011, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. For more information about FETC, visit www.fetc.org.

Timmer’s first official storm chase was at the age of 13, when he intercepted a severe storm in his front yard and was pelted by golf-ball size hail that destroyed his family’s video camera. Ever since that day, he’s been obsessed with extreme weather and storm chasing. Timmer pursued this passion by studying meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. After documenting a massive F5 tornado that struck Moore, Okla. on May 3, 1999, Timmer became even more obsessed with extreme storm chasing. Since then, he has driven over 50,000 miles every year from the Mexican Border to Canada, and has captured more than 200 tornadoes on film. In addition to storm chasing year-round, Timmer is currently working toward a doctorate in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.

“Discovery Education is excited to present Reed Timmer as the 2011 FETC Opening Session Keynote speaker,” said Coni Rechner, vice president, Discovery Education. “Just as Discovery Education brings the world to classrooms through digital content, we are excited to present FETC attendees this line-up of experts in both science and educational technology.”

In addition to Timmer’s keynote, various Discovery Education executives with decades of experience in educational innovation will share their perspectives on the nationwide rise of digital content as a core instructional resource. On Feb. 3, senior vice president of global professional development, policy & education outreach Scott Kinney will make an address entitled Beyond the Book, explaining the forces driving the replacement of textbooks with digital content. Also on Feb. 3, Hall Davidson, director of the Discovery Educator Network, will conduct a whirlwind tour of the many digital resources educators can use right now to engage students in learning. Steve Dembo, director of social media strategy and online community, will also make addresses throughout FETC on a variety of topics, including using Web 2.0 tools and mobile devices in classroom instruction.

Finally, Discovery Education will be presenting the final keynote session, which will include a message from Kari Byron of the MYTHBUSTERS, some inspirational comments from Hall Davidson, and a chance to win a visit to see the MYTHBUSTERS on location as they tackle science in a fun and engaging way. Full details on all of these sessions can be found DiscoveryEducation.com/Reed-at-FETC.

Discovery Education is the leading provider of high-quality curriculum-based digital content and professional development resources whose services are available in more than half of U.S. schools. 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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Ground-Breaking Series LIFE and OCEANS BLUE Now Available on Discovery Education`s Curriculum-Based Digital Content Services

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

Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
608-839-9800
emily@cblohm.com

-Epic natural history series empowers educators to engage students in cross-curricular lessons-

Silver Spring, Md. (Jan. 11, 2011) – Discovery Education is pleased to announce the addition of two epic natural history series, OCEANS BLUE and LIFE, to Discovery Education`s curriculum-based digital content services.

In addition to full-length episodes from both series, clips and classroom resources aligned to provincial standards are available, further empowering critical thinking among students and supporting educators in taking a cross-curricular instructional approach. Discovery Education is the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content and professional development services.

The six-part series OCEANS BLUE, available now to Discovery Education streaming Canada subscribers, provides a better understanding of the state of our seas. During filming, the OCEANS BLUE team undertook a series of underwater scientific expeditions, led by a team of intrepid adventurers, including Paul Rose, Dr. Lucy Blue, Tooni Mahto, and Discovery Education`s own Chief Spokesperson for Environmental Education, Philippe Cousteau.

Also recently added to Discovery Education streaming Plus Canada is LIFE. From the makers of PLANET EARTH and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the 10-part series LIFE is the definitive exploration of our planet`s living things and their spectacular, bizarre and fascinating behaviors. More than four years in the making, with more than 3,000 days of filming in the field, LIFE spans every continent and every habitat. Each episode focuses on a different animal or plant group, engrossing viewers with never-before-seen behaviors using the latest in state-of-the-art high-definition filming techniques. From strange creatures, such as the star-nosed mole that hunts underwater using bubbles to smell its prey, to grand spectacles like millions of fruit bats darkening the Zambian sky, each episode tells mind-blowing stories of survival with drama, humor and suspense.

“Dynamic digital content, such as OCEANS BLUE and LIFE, has the unique ability to transport students beyond the classroom, further engaging them in lessons,” commented Susan Tipper, superintendent of New Brunswick School District # 8 in Saint John. “I`m looking forward to integrating content from both of these exciting series into district curricula.”

Customized to meet the specific needs of Canadian schools, Discovery Education streaming Canada and Discovery Education streaming Plus Canada include tens of thousands of digital learning objects, including videos, interactives, images, articles, and more, that integrate seamlessly into any curriculum. Aligned to provincial standards, and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, the rich video content and other digital assets from Discovery Education engage Canada`s media-savvy students in learning.

“Discovery Education is thrilled to bring OCEANS BLUE and LIFE`s awe-inspiring visuals and storytelling to educators and students, and to provide curriculum materials aiding in curriculum integration and exploration,” said Andy Schaefer, vice president, Discovery Education. “This type of high-quality digital content provides classrooms around the country with a dynamic core instructional tool to engage today`s digital learners.”

In addition to providing digital content, professional development and curriculum alignment services, Discovery Education will continue to build capacity and support Canadian educators through its global professional learning community, 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 projects and tools.

For more information on Discovery Education streaming Canada or any of Discovery Education`s other products or services, please visit www.discoveryeducation.ca 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.ca.

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New Year Gives Educators New Opportunities to “Win a Wireless Lab” from CDW-G and Discovery Education

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Contacts:
Ryan Kurtz,CDW-G Public Relations
(847) 968-0211
ryankur@cdw.com

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

-Companies Launch Annual Sweepstakes with Three Grand Prize Classrooms Valued at Approximately $50,000 and Additional Entry Opportunities and Prizes via Twitter-

VERNON HILLS, Ill., and SILVER SPRING, Md. – January 10, 2011 CDW Government LLC (CDW-G), a leading provider of technology solutions to government, education and healthcare customers, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of curriculum-based digital content services and professional development resources to U.S. classrooms, today announced the opening of the ninth annual Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes. The program`s grand prizes give K-12 schools the opportunity to win one of three mobile 21st-century classrooms. Each classroom includes 20 tablet or notebook computers, an interactive whiteboard, student response system, projector, printer, document camera and $5,000 Discovery Education digital media grant. CDW-G and Discovery Education will also provide on-site training to all Win a Wireless Lab grand-prize winners.

In the nine years of this partnership, CDW-G and Discovery Education have awarded more than $2 million in educational technology to schools nationwide, empowering thousands of teachers to help students further develop 21st-century skills.

After entering at https://www.discoveryeducation.com/cdwg, educators can secure additional entries for a chance at monthly prizes by using Twitter to spread the news about the program. The 2010 contest generated over 7,000 unique Twitter entries. CDW-G and Discovery Education also plan to announce prize winners through the contest`s Twitter (@WinWirelessLab) and Facebook accounts.

“The Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes has awarded new wireless labs in 26 schools nationwide, and provided valuable technology to nearly 200 others. We have seen firsthand the fun and engaging lessons that teachers can create when given the right tools,” said Bob Kirby, vice president for K-12 education, CDW-G. “By combining the technology with teachers` experience and students` excitement, we have a model that can be easily replicated across the winning schools.”

Win a Wireless Lab 2011 opened on January 3 and runs through May 6. Public and private school teachers, administrators, school technology specialists and district employees are eligible to enter once a day during the contest period:

  • Online at https://www.discoveryeducation.com/cdwg
  • From the entry page by posting about Win a Wireless Lab on their Twitter account to double their entry each day
  • “Educators today are challenged to create digital learning environments that mirror how students interact with the world outside the classroom,” said Mary Rollins, vice president of education partnerships, Discovery Education. “The Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes gives schools the chance to win the hardware, content and training that empower educators to meet today`s 21st century students in the digital world in which they live and learn.”

    Each of the three grand-prize winners will receive a 21st-century classroom valued at approximately $50,000, including:

  • Discovery Education $5,000 digital media grant
  • 20 notebook or tablet computers from HP, Lenovo or Toshiba
  • 3 wireless access points from D-Link, Cisco or HP Procurve
  • 1 Bretford mobile cart
  • 1 interactive whiteboard from PolyVision
  • 20 student response devices from Qwizdom
  • 1 video projector from Epson or NEC Solutions
  • 1 document camera from AVerMedia
  • 1 laser printer from Xerox, Epson or HP
  • 1 video camcorder from Sony
  • Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes entrants are also eligible to win one of three digital signage solutions, which include technology from Ergotron, LG, NEC, Peerless and Samsung. The solution includes installation of three flat screen monitors and a media player to enable schools to provide staff training, deliver community news or disseminate central information easily. CDW-G and Discovery Education will also award:

  • 5 interactive whiteboards from Promethean
  • 5 netbooks from Acer and Asus
  • 5 digital camcorders from Canon
  • CDW-G and Discovery Education will announce the winners in summer 2011. A complete list of rules is available online at https://www.discoveryeducation.com/cdwg. In addition, educators can participate in the Win a Wireless Lab community online at http://twitter.com/WinWirelessLab and on the contest`s Facebook page.

    About CDW-G
    A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW LLC, ranked No. 38 on Forbes` list of America`s Largest Private Companies, CDW Government LLC (CDW-G) is a leading provider of technology solutions to government, education and healthcare customers. The company features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company`s technology specialists and engineers offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions.

    For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.808.4239, email cdwgsales@cdwg.com or visit the CDW-G Web site at CDWG.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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    Science is at the Center of Free, Virtual Discovery Education Professional Development Event this Month

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

    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    emily@cblohm.com

    –Discovery Educator Network SCIcon 2011 will help transform science instruction through digital content–

    –Keynote Session by Reed Timmer, meteorologist and extreme weather enthusiast from Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers , to kick-off event–

    Silver Spring, Md. (Jan. 4, 2011) – On Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST, Discovery Education ’s Discovery Educator Network will present SCIcon 2011, a free, virtual professional development opportunity focusing on showing educators and administrators how to incorporate digital content and the latest educational technologies into science instruction. During this interactive event, attendees will learn the latest practices and techniques they can apply immediately to their science lessons to help improve student performance.

    The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is the largest professional learning community of its kind. Through the DEN, educators have access to a wide range of technology training, as well as a resource library of teacher-generated projects and tools.

    SCIcon 2011 features a special keynote session from Reed Timmer, meteorologist and extreme weather enthusiast from Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers . Entitled, “Into the Storm: Following the Love of Science,” Timmer’s presentation will focus on how educators can inspire a passion for science and the natural world among today’s students .

    Following Timmer’s presentation, Discovery Education experts will offer a series of information-packed sessions on a variety of topics, including teaching through an inquiry-based approach, and combining digital resources with hands-on activities. In addition, Cindy Moss, Ph.D, Director of PreK-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and others will offer lessons learned from their implementations of Discovery Education Science.

    “Improving student achievement in the sciences is a priority in my district,” said Bobbi Kocher, Technology Resource Specialist and STAR Discovery Educator, Osceola District Schools. “ SCIcon 2011 offers my colleagues and I a great opportunity to learn the latest strategies and tactics for using digital content and educational technologies to improve engagement in science lessons.

    SCIcon 2011 will also feature a number of in-person trainings hosted by Discovery Educator Network Leadership Councils across the country. Those attending in-person gatherings will participate in online presentations, as well as breakout sessions presented by local STAR Discovery Educators. STAR Discovery Educators are DEN members recognized for their efforts in sharing their insight and expertise with peers through activities such as trainings, workshops or presentations.

    Educators and administrators interested in learning more or registering for SCIcon 2011 can visit http://links.discoveryeducation.com/scicon . SCIcon 2011 sessions are expected to fill to capacity, so participants are encouraged to register for this event today .

    “Fostering student achievement in science has long been a core objective of Discovery Education,” said Scott Kinney, Senior Vice President of Global Professional Development. “Through this unique professional development event, Discovery Education will demonstrate how teachers can create unique digital environments that put students at the center of science education.”

    Discovery Education is the leading provider of high-quality curriculum based digital content and professional development resources whose services are available in more than half of U.S. schools. Among the company’s many services and resources dedicated to improving student academic achievement in all fields of science are:

  • Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks for Oregon , Indiana and Louisiana , the digital core instructional resource for elementary and middle school science instruction adopted through the state textbook adoption process;
  • Discovery Education Science , the award-winning digital supplemental service designed to deepen student understanding of science through standards-based virtual labs, simulations, reading passages, and more;
  • STEM Connect , the curriculum-based and career development science resource module within Discovery Education streaming designed to fuel teacher and classroom engagement by helping students link science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the real world;
  • Free online resources such as the Lesson Plan Library, an interactive Puzzlemaker, New Teacher Survival Central, and:
  • The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge , a national competition that encourages K-12 students to become environmental “agents of change” in their communities;
  • The Siemens STEM Academy , which supports educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in STEM subjects, and includes the first online, shared repository of STEM best teaching practices, a National Teacher Academy bringing together science educators from across the country, and an ongoing webinar series featuring leading scientists and experts in their fields;
  • The Science of Everyday Life , the powerful year-round online destination, providing teachers, parents and students with a fun and interactive platform to explore the surprising and important role that science plays in our daily lives; and
  • The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge , the premier national science competition for students in grades five through eight. The Young Scientist Challenge is designed to encourage the exploration of science and innovation among America’s youth and to promote the importance of science education.
  • For more information about Discovery Education and the DEN, 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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