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TEXAS BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES DISCOVERY EDUCATION SCIENCE TECHBOOK FOR STATEWIDE USE IN GRADES 5 – 8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
240-662-6502
christina_scripps@discovery.com

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

— Texas’ all-digital adoption demonstrates a continued national shift from traditional textbooks to digital curriculum, a concept pioneered by Discovery Education —

Silver Spring, Md. (July 28, 2011) ) Following a rigorous evaluation process, Texas has joined other adoption states Florida, Indiana, Louisiana and Oregon in approving the Discovery Education Science Techbook as a key digital instructional resource for science instruction. This new instructional resource meets students in the digital environment where they live, while igniting their natural interest in science with dynamic, engaging resources, including virtual labs, video clips, ebook passages, an interactive glossary and more. Also included is a real-time assessment component that measures students’ progress and recommends individualized resources that reinforce classroom instruction.

After an extensive review for this all-digital adoption, the Texas State Board of Education officially selected the Discovery Education Science Techbook as an approved resource for use in Texas middle schools. Built from the ground-up to be specifically aligned to TEKS, Texas’ science education standards, and CSCOPE, Texas’ curriculum management system, the Discovery Education Science Techbook serves as a key digital instructional resource, creating learning environments that promote collaboration, creativity and participatory learning.

The Discovery Education Science Techbook provides students unique and interactive features and up-to-the-minute resources that a traditional textbook can’t deliver. Along with having the ability to address individual student’s learning modalities, it will assess each student and prescribe resources targeted to their performance, said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “The Techbook is also an economical choice, with deep professional development included in the price to empower educators in this transition to digital.”

This unique, all digital science adoption choice by Texas signals a systemic shift toward the acceptance of digital content as a textbook alternative, said Dr. Yolanda Rey, executive director, Texas ASCD. “The Discovery Education Science Techbook highlights how digital can bring the world of science alive for every type of learner through dynamic videos, reading passages, hands-on activities, interactive virtual labs, and more. Texas is proving itself to be a leader in the transition to 21st century digital learning resources.”

Supporting the 5E model of instructional design, the Science Techbook’s inquiry-based approach offers a number of significant features available only from Discovery Education, including an interactive glossary, with definitions, animations, videos and photos, bringing more than 700 key science terms to life for both English and Spanish students, clips from Discovery Channel’s award-winning series such as PLANET EARTH, LIFE and MYTHBUSTERS, and a real-time assessment component that measures students’ progress and recommends individualized resources that reinforce classroom instruction. As opposed to a traditional print textbook, the Techbook is dynamic and updated in real time, providing teachers the opportunity to incorporate up-to-date scientific issues into their curriculum, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. 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.

Aiding the implementation of this new service is a variety of teacher resources. These resources include “5 minute preps,” which provide educators valuable refreshers on science content and full days of custom, in-person professional development, building educators’ capacity to leverage the power of digital content to engage students.

As the nation’s leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content, professional development and assessment resources, Discovery Education services are available in more than half of U.S. schools. Discovery Education’s flagship service, Discovery Education streaming is currently being used in more than 80 percent of schools in Texas.

Discovery Education’s digital content 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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Shmoop Literature Guides and Biographies Now Available Through Discovery Education streaming PLUS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
240-662-6502
christina_scripps@discovery.com

Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
608-216-7300, ext. 19
emily@cblohm.com

— New resources empower educators to bring classic literature and historical personalities to life–

Silver Spring, Md. (July 20, 2011) – Discovery Education announces that Literature Guides and Biographies from Shmoop, a digital curriculum company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials, are now available in Discovery Education streaming PLUS.

Shmoop’s Literature Guides and Biographies are written by Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkley, and other top universities. Shmoop is known for its sense of humor and knack for pop culture. For example, Shmoop introduces students to The Great Gatsby by comparing the novel to the television shows “Real Housewives” and “The Sopranos.”

“Shmoop content is wonderfully engaging and fun for today’s students,” said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “Shmoop Learning Guides are a valuable addition to the curricular content in Discovery Education streaming PLUS. Shmoop’s use of current events and pop culture helps students see how these topics are applicable today.”

Among the classics brought to life by Shmoop’s Literature Guides and now available through Discovery Education are:

  • William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet
  • Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations
  • Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Various 20th century masterpieces, including The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Gatsby, Our Town, Catch-22, 1984, and A Wrinkle in Time.
  • In addition, Shmoop Biographies highlight a combination of authors and presidents including:

  • Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Earnest Hemingway, and Ralph Ellison
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Washington, John Kennedy, and Thomas Jefferson
  • “Shmoop is a double-shot of intellectual espresso for young minds that have been lulled to sleep by boring textbooks that don’t speak students’ language,” said Ellen Siminoff, president and CEO of Shmoop. “This collaboration helps us energize even more students, by pairing our popular content with a leading platform for digital education content.”

    Discovery Education streaming PLUS supports educators as they integrate digital content into school curriculum. The most comprehensive digital teaching resource available today, Discovery Education streaming Plus features a collection of more than 150,000 of the newest learning objects, all designed for easy integration into a curriculum and correlated to state and national standards and assessments.

    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 all U.S. schools. For more information about Discovery Education streaming PLUS, or any other products and services from Discovery Education, 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 Shmoop
    Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, and Teacher’s Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech 2011” by Scholastic Administrator. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a Labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.

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    CONNECTICUT AND ALABAMA SCHOOL TEACHERS NAMED WINNERS IN TOYOTA TEEN DRIVER EDUCATORS’ CHALLENGE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
    240-662-6502
    christina_scripps@discovery.com

    Javier Moreno, Toyota
    212-715-7469
    Jmoreno@tma.toyota.com

    Silver Spring, Md. (July 6, 2011) – Toyota and Discovery Education announced today the Grand Prize and First Place winners of the Toyota Teen Driver Educators’ Challenge. For the Challenge, teachers across the country were tasked with developing three 90-minute project-based driving safety lessons for high school students. The winning lessons will function as public service announcements for the winners’ schools and communities regarding safe teen driving.

    “Toyota is dedicated to saving the lives of teen drivers, and recognizes the critical role that educators and schools can play in their awareness of safe driving behaviors,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president, national philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation. “With Discovery Education, we congratulate the winners of the Toyota Teen Driver Educators’ Challenge and all those who participated for their commitment to safety.”

    This year’s Educators’ Challenge winners are:

    Grand Prize Winner:
    Nick Aprea, Seymour Public Schools, Seymour High School, Seymour, CT

    First Place Winner:
    Gina McCarley, Lawrence County Schools, Lawrence County High School, Moulton, AL

    The Grand Prize winner will receive a free, in-person Toyota Driving Expectations event for their local community. Toyota Driving Expectations is a free program for teen drivers and their parents that has educated nearly 18,000 participants since 2004. The program takes teens the next step beyond driver`s education and introduces “real world” obstacles, conditions and distractions in a safe and controlled driving environment.

    The First Place winner will receive two virtual driving simulators, provided by Virtual Driver Interactive. The simulators are programmed with One Simple Decision™ — a program designed to stop impaired and distracted driving with a first person experience that focuses on real life consequences.

    “Discovery Education is a firm believer in not only educating students on subjects inside the classroom, but teaching important lessons outside the classroom as well,” said Mary Rollins, vice president of education partnerships, Discovery Education. “The Educators’ Challenge is an exciting and effective way to get communities involved in promoting safe teen driving habits and teaching teens the consequences of distracted driving.”

    The Educators’ Challenge is just one part of Toyota and Discovery Education’s joint program, Toyota Teen Driver, which aims to provide resources to schools, educators, parents and teens to help educate teens and keep them safer behind the wheel. For more information on the program, visit www.toyotateendriver.com. For more information on the Toyota Driving Expectations program, visit www.toyotadrivingexpectations.com.

    About Toyota
    Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants, including one under construction. Toyota directly employs nearly30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

    Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than half a billion dollars to philanthropic programs in the U.S.

    For more information on Toyota`s commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/community.

    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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