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SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE GEAR UP TO TRANSFORM SOCIAL STUDIES WITH DISCOVERY EDUCATION DIGITAL TEXTBOOK

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

– New Course Offerings Encourage Learners to Think Critically, Develop Arguments and Investigate History –

Silver Spring, Md. (August 27, 2014) This school year, students nationwide will be challenged to read, write and think like historians with Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook™ series, a complete digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks and features dynamic, standards-based digital content and engaging resources. More than 100,000 middle school students are currently using Social Studies Techbook, with over 100 school districts across 33 states in the U.S. beginning to integrate the digital resource into classrooms this fall.

The award-winning digital textbook solution will now be used by some of the most innovative school systems in the 2014-15 school year, including Alabama’s Baldwin County Public Schools; Arizona’s Sunnyside Unified School District; Colorado’s Garfield School District No. Re-2; Idaho’s West Ada School District; Missouri’s Poplar Bluff Public Schools; North Carolina’s Rowan-Salisbury Schools; Tennessee’s Oak Ridge School District; and New Jersey’s Vernon Township School District, among others. Each district will have access to the full suite of Social Studies Techbook courses, including two United States History courses, World History and World Geography & Cultures.

The newest course, U.S. History II, covers the period from the Civil War to the Present and together with other U.S. History offerings, it provides districts with more options for meeting their Social Studies requirements.  Later this fall, Discovery Education will add an additional course, US History, Prehistory-Present.  

“Social Studies Techbook will provide our students challenging and meaningful learning experiences in social studies, encouraging them to think critically and helping to foster the global viewpoint necessary for college, careers and citizenship,” said Chris Layton, a U.S. History teacher at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge Schools. “I am looking forward to integrating this dynamic digital resource into my instruction to create a student-centered, inquiry-based classroom that improves our students’ engagement and achievement.”  

Social Studies Techbook is a unique, web-based teaching and learning resource. Unlike other digital social studies programs that are converted from existing textbooks, Techbook takes full advantage of digital capabilities to offer multi-modal resources that transform teaching and learning. Each subject area in Social Studies Techbook includes a multimedia reference library that links key people, places and events to documents and videos; interactive maps, digital investigations and activities; primary source documents; and informational texts. Techbook is designed to support multiple reading levels and languages, promote personalized learning, inspire curiosity, encourage critical thinking and enable project-based learning. The resource supports English language learners through helpful features such as hundreds of Spanish language video segments, a multimodal interactive glossary, and a Spanish reading path with text-to-voice capability.

“Techbook ignites students’ interest in social studies and activates higher order critical thinking skills in a way that no print textbook can,” said Scott Kinney, senior vice president at Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is proud to support educators and learners with a dynamic digital resource that encourages students to think, do and investigate history, not just memorize it.”

To support educators nationwide interested in using digital resources to enhance instruction, Discovery Education is partnering with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) to offer a new webinar series. Throughout the month of September, the three part series will focus on a variety of topics, including unlocking the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) framework with digital resources, using digital tools to enhance Social Studies instruction, and how teachers across the country are using digital resources in their classrooms. For information and to register, visit www.socialstudies.org/workshops.

Included with each Techbook implementation, Discovery Education experts provide high-quality professional development to support educators as they implement the digital textbook in their classrooms. Discovery Education Professional Development is designed to teach educators how to maximize innovative learning tools and empower them to integrate technology effectively and confidently into instruction.

For more information about the Discovery Education Techbook series, visit https://www.discoveryeducation.com/what-we-offer/techbook-digital-textbooks/.

 

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION ADDS EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FROM DISCOVERY’S FAMILY OF NETWORKS

Shawnee Cohn, Discovery Education
240-662-2661
shawnee_cohn@discovery.com

– Learning Comes Alive With New Content from Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Animal Planet and American Heroes Channel –

Silver Spring, Md. (August 18, 2014) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today the addition of 38 exclusive videos from Discovery Communications’ family of networks to its suite of digital resources. Educators can now integrate popular series from Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Animal Planet and American Heroes Channel into classroom instruction through Discovery Education’s suite of digital education services including Discovery Education Streaming, Streaming Plus and Discovery Education Techbook™ series.

New content now available through Discovery Education’s digital services include:

  • Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, episode Do Try This at Home, where the MythBusters investigates a host of experiments to help determine which ones can be safely practiced at home. Available on Discovery Education Streaming and Science Techbook, the interactive lesson plans and customized digital learning experiences reinforce the science explored in the episode.
  • Several new episodes from popular Science Channel series have also been added like Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, where the Academy Award®-winning actor explores the greatest mysteries of the universe. The series empowers educators to inspire students’ curiosities and engage them in science. Outrageous Acts of Science hosts an expert panel of scientific thought leaders to explain the principles behind the internet’s most ridiculous viral videos that test the principles of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. World’s Strangest gives students an intelligent and witty look at some of the oddest things mankind has created, been affected by, or is intrigued by through a combination of real footage, eyewitness stories and scientific rendering.
  • Students can be taken beyond the classroom with new videos from Animal Planet’s Surviving the Kill Zone which transports them to Africa’s Zambia Luangwa Valley for an extraordinary look into the lives of unique herbivores and predators during the longest dry season in living memory.

Now available on Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook, American Heroes Channel’s Hidden History of the Moon Landing analyzes the key technological developments of the 1800s and the 1900s that eventually led to the creation of Saturn V, the rocket that transported American astronauts to the moon for the first time in history. Newly added episodes from Against the Odds give students a unique perspective on the realities of war using archival war footage and first-hand interviews with veterans who survived battles from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.

“Discovery Education’s digital resources transport my students beyond the walls of our classroom. Bringing scientific principles and historical events to life through student-friendly programming really engages them, and makes learning exciting,” said Cheryl Lykowski, teacher at Monroe Road Elementary, Bedford Public Schools. “I look forward to integrating videos that my students find interesting into classroom instruction to inspire creativity and enhance learning outcomes.”

“Through our access to high quality educational and entertaining resources from Discovery’s family of networks, Discovery Education has the ability to motivate and engage students in the classroom through innovative content,” said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “Being part of the world’s #1 nonfiction media company allows Discovery Education to utilize compelling video in our multimedia learning platforms to provide students with unique learning opportunities.”

For more information about Discovery Education Streaming and Streaming Plus, Discovery Education Science Techbook series, and other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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CHARLESTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TRANSFORMS SCIENCE CURRICULUM WITH DISCOVERY EDUCATION’S DIGITAL TEXTBOOK

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

— Expanded Partnership will Enrich Science Instruction and Advance Student Achievement through Dynamic Digital Resources and Customized Professional Development — 

Silver Spring, Md. (August 13, 2014) – Charleston County School District (CCSD), the second largest school system in South Carolina, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today an expansion of their partnership that brings Discovery Education’s award-winning digital science textbook to elementary and middle school classrooms district-wide.

Through this expansion, CCSD students in grades 1-8 will now have access to Discovery Education’s Science Techbook™ series. A complete digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks, Discovery Education’s digital science textbook features compelling video, digital simulations and explorations, virtual and hands-on labs, and an interactive glossary with animations, audio and video. The series is currently available for K-8 and high school courses including Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and Physics.

The expanded partnership continues Superintendent Nancy McGinley’s five-year plan, Vision 2016, which will dramatically advance student achievement in the district through literacy improvement and teacher effectiveness. Science Techbook, which has been found to increase student achievement test scores, supports this effort by preparing students for successful reading through comprehensive literacy resources including a multimodal interactive glossary and text-to-voice capabilities. Additionally, district educators will receive extensive professional development from Discovery Education experts that will support them as they integrate the Science Techbook series into classroom instruction.

“We are looking forward to working with Discovery Education’s expert team to implement high-quality digital resources that actively engage students to think, analyze and communicate like scientists,” said Rodney Moore, science curriculum specialist at Charleston County School District. “This expanded partnership will help ensure every child graduates from CCSD with the critical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college and the global workforce.”

Since 2004, CCSD educators and students across the district have had access to dynamic digital resources through Discovery Education Streaming, a comprehensive digital library of over 100,000 learning objects aligned to state and national standards.

A cloud-based application that works on any platform and classroom configuration, the Science Techbook series is built upon the 5E model of instruction that promotes inquiry-based learning, enhances literacy skills and improves student achievement.  A recent study conducted by independent research firm Merola Research, LLC found that usage of Science Techbook increased student achievement scores, including that of ELL learners on the FCAT, Florida’s standardized test. Techbooks are also a substantially less expensive option per student at nearly half the cost of a traditional textbook, with additional savings derived from a lack of textbook replacement or inventory costs. 

In addition, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) will continue to support CCSD educators in their efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with digital media. A global community of education professionals, the DEN connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

“We are thrilled to continue to partner with Charleston County School District to support educators in bringing the world of science to life through dynamic and engaging digital content,” said Rob Warren, director at Discovery Education. “Paired with customized, comprehensive professional development, these high-quality multimedia resources will help satisfy students’ scientific curiosity and accelerate learning outcomes.”

For more information about the Discovery Education Science Techbook series or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION ANNOUNCES KEY APPOINTMENTS TO SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Elizabeth Hillman, Discovery Education
240-662-2664
?elizabeth_hillman@discovery.com

— London-based Staff will Support Educators Across the U.K. in Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Technology —

Silver Spring, Md. (August 11, 2014) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12, today announced it has made a number of significant appointments to its senior leadership team, in conjunction with Discovery Education’s acquisition of U.K. market leader Espresso Group Limited. Last year, Discovery Education acquired the top provider of primary school digital education content as part of its ongoing effort to speed the transition from static textbooks to dynamic digital content around the world. The following management changes will take effect as the two companies move forward with integration of their high-quality digital resources and professional development services:

  • Susanne Thompson will serve as Head of School Partnerships for Discovery Education in the UK, where she will lead the educational partnerships and marketing teams as they collaborate with educators and administrators across the U.K. to develop customized solutions that support their strategic goals and empower them to make the transition from print to digital. Thompson previously held the positions of Vice President of Western Educational Partnerships and Vice President for Professional Development at Discovery Education. Before joining the company, she worked for the Northwestern Lehigh School District as Superintendent of Schools, Assistant Superintendent, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, and Middle School Assistant Principal. Thompson has a B.A. from Muhlenberg College and a Master of Education from Kutztown University.
     
  • Lewis Bronze MBE will continue serving in the role as Founder and Director of Content, overseeing product development, content and curriculum, as well as software development. A former Editor of Blue Peter, Bronze co-founded the innovative Espresso Primary service in 1997, which grew to become a leader in e-learning, transforming the way students learn through a blend of visual media and interactive resources throughout the U.K. market. This year, Bronze was awarded the BETT award for outstanding achievement in ICT education, and in 2013 the MBE for services to education. He is a graduate of Jesus College, University of Cambridge.
     
  • Russ Clayton has joined Discovery Education in the newly-created position of Senior Director, Operations & Finance.  In this role, Clayton will oversee all operational, financial and compliance aspects of the business. Clayton was previously Finance Director at Espresso Education. He has also served in Finance Director/CFO positions at Bilbary, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC and Cengage Learning, and in a variety of other senior finance roles at Thomson Learning, Elsevier and Harcourt. Clayton earned his BSc in Mathematics from the University of Warwick.
     
  • Christine Major has been appointed Director of Professional Development at Discovery Education. With over 12 years experience managing professional development strategy, design and implementation, Major will lead the professional development efforts demonstrating Discovery Education’s firm commitment to supporting educators and engaging students in the digital transformation. A member of the Espresso team since 2001, Major held a variety of positions at the company, including global pedagogy and deployment manager, international professional development manager and assistant producer. Prior to joining Espresso Education in 2001, Major served as a primary teacher and digital leader in inner London. She earned her Bachelor of Education Honours at London Metropolitan University and a Master of Science at Middlesex University, specialising in film and interactive multimedia to support learning.

“This strong team will bring proven leadership skills and a strong track record of excellence to our U.K. business,” said Kelli Campbell, interim managing director at Discovery Education in the U.K. “I look forward to partnering with Susanne, Lewis, Russ and Christine to ensure Discovery Education continues to provide educators with the high quality digital resources and support necessary to create engaging classroom experiences and accelerate student achievement."

For more information about Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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