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Los Angeles Unified, Annenberg Learner and Discovery Education Launch New Partnership Bringing Dynamic Digital Resources to Los Angeles Unified Students, Teachers and Parents

This press release was originally distributed by the Los Angeles Unified School District Office of Communications. You can find the Los Angeles Unified School District’s online version here.

LOS ANGELES (Monday, August 24, 2020) Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles Unified), Annenberg Learner and Discovery Education today launched a new partnership providing educators, students and families access to high-quality digital resources.

Through this new partnership, Los Angeles Unified educators, students and families are empowered to interact with more than 300,000 exciting digital resources, standards-aligned activities and vetted, high-quality content carefully curated by grade level. These new digital resources will play a critical role to support continued learning on any device; whether at home or in the classroom.

“We are grateful to Annenberg Learner and Discovery Education for helping us provide students with the tools they need to receive a great education.” said Austin Beutner, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent.

Through this new collaboration, all teachers and students in Los Angeles Unified will receive access to Discovery Education Experience. Experience – Discovery Education’s flexible, award-winning K-12 learning platform – was selected by Los Angeles Unified following a review that included an overwhelmingly positive response from educators. Experience connects educators to a vast collection of compelling high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons and professional learning resources. Together, these resources give educators what they need to facilitate instruction in any learning environment, with the ultimate goal of generating long-lasting educational impact.

“Los Angeles Unified has worked to create classrooms – and school communities – where all students, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or living situation, are honored for their assets and educated equitably with similar access to enrichment opportunities for growth and learning,” said Alison Yoshimoto-Towery, Los Angeles Unified Chief Academic Officer. “Our unique partnership with Discovery Education will help us extend these values into our virtual communities to ensure our teachers, students and families have what they need to be successful.”

Discovery Education’s team continues adding, contextualizing and organizing exciting new content and timely resources to Experience each month in response to current events and the ever-evolving needs of educators. These resources, sourced from trusted partners, are aligned to California standards, and help educators bring the outside world into teaching and learning every day.

“We all face a critical challenge as the pandemic continues,” said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation. “How do we keep bolstering dynamic digital education content when so many children are learning at home – while also opening new doors to learning for everyone? This is something our foundation’s been engaged in for many decades now, especially with our Annenberg Learner initiative. That’s why I’m so proud to be helping Discovery and the LA public schools in this important endeavor, and making Learner’s incredible resources available to them.”

Discovery Education will incorporate Annenberg Learner content into Discovery Education Experience, which will enable even more educators, students and parents across the country the opportunity to engage with Annenberg Learner’s educational content.

To help educators integrate their new digital resources into instruction in the coming school year, Discovery Education will provide Los Angeles Unified teachers dedicated professional learning. Through these interactive professional development sessions, participants will learn best practices for using their new digital resources. Effective professional development will maximize the power of these digital resources, increase student engagement in instruction and support students’ continued academic development.

Discovery Education Experience also helps families engage in their child’s education. Experience is a one-stop shop in which families can discover dynamic resources to engage and support their children. From themed ‘grab & go’ daily activities to captivating virtual field trips to immersive student challenges, Experience offers resources to help students continue learning outside of the traditional school day.

Los Angeles Unified’s new partnership with Annenberg Learner and Discovery Education also provides access to the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems – and around the world – through social media, virtual conferences and in-person events. This community creates an opportunity for professionals to network, share ideas and inspire one another.

“We are incredibly excited to work alongside Los Angeles Unified’s teachers and the Annenberg Learner on this important initiative,” said Coni Rechner, Discovery Education Senior Vice President of National Education Partnerships. “Annenberg Learner and Los Angeles Unified have charted an innovative approach to addressing the challenge of providing all students an equitable opportunity to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are honored to be selected to support this tremendous effort.”

To learn more about Annenberg Learner, visit www.learner.org. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com; stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook; follow @DiscoveryEd on Twitter or visit Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Annenberg Learner

Annenberg Learner is the education division of the Annenberg Foundation, created to advance excellent teaching in American schools. For more than three decades, Annenberg Learner has pursued this mission by funding and distributing multimedia resources, including video, print, and web materials, for the professional development of teachers (K-12 and college levels). These resources in all discipline areas help teachers to stay up-to-date in their fields and to use current learning research in their classrooms. More than 100 multimedia courses and workshops are streamed free through http://www.learner.org. As the name Annenberg Learner implies, its focus is on the teacher, as well as the student, as a learner.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

Contacts:

Shannon Haber
LAUSD
Phone: 213-393-1289

Stephen Wakefield
Discovery Education
Phone: 202-316-6615

Elizabeth Armour
Annenberg Learner
Email: earmour@annenberg.org

 

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District Communication Kit for Back to School

We’ve prepared a powerful, ready-to-use toolkit to make it as easy as possible for schools to get started with engaging activities and meaningful learning resources for leaders, educators, and students.

Explore this page to find sample principal, parent, and teacher letters (in multiple languages) along with graphics and text you can use for other types of outreach like social media and SMS/phone messages.

Click the links below to download and share individual assets or click the button at the bottom to download the full toolkit.

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Share on Social Media

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Back to School Tweet

With @DiscoveryEd, help your student start the school year off on the right foot! Explore exciting + educational content from any internet connected device across multiple languages.

Find a comprehensive guide for getting started with #DEexperience https://bit.ly/DE_GSG

Remote Learning Tweet

Whether your student starts the year in the classroom or #remotelearning from home, @DiscoveryEd ensures continuity of learning with our vast library of engaging digital resources.

Dig into #DEexperience with this step-by-step guide: https://bit.ly/DE_GSG

Send an SMS/Phone Message

Use the copy below for mass text message communications to teachers and parents.

PARENTS: Keep your kids engaged this school year with Discovery Education. Explore exciting and educational content from any internet connected device. Log in at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Nevada Department of Education Launches New Partnership to Provide High-Quality Digital Content to Students and Educators Statewide

This press release was originally distributed by the Nevada Department of Education. You can find the Nevada Department of Education’s online version here.

CARSON CITY Nev. (Tuesday, July 21, 2020) The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) is proud to announce another resource to support students, families, and educators in digital learning through a new two-year partnership with Discovery Education.

Discovery Education is a global leader in standards-based, high-quality digital curriculum resources for K-12 classrooms worldwide. Through this new partnership, public school educators and students statewide will receive access to the Discovery Education Experience, a flexible K-12 platform that keeps students connected to learning whether at home or at school. Experience provides compelling content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources that give educators everything they need to create lasting educational impact.

The platform covers a wide array of subjects including math, science, social studies, and more. In addition, Experience offers multimedia activities for students, like hands-on laboratory activities, and on-demand virtual field trips that will take them around the world.

“Discovery Education Experience is one of the many amazing resources that will be available to enhance teaching and learning when students and educators return to school this fall. This is an exciting addition to the Nevada Digital Learning Collaborative suite of tools that support districts and charter schools in providing enhanced learning opportunities for students,” said Jhone Ebert, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Our partnership with Discovery Education demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing superior resources and support for digital learning.”

The Nevada Department of Education will provide educators with dedicated professional learning to support them in integrating new digital resources into instruction in the coming school year. Through interactive professional development sessions, participants will learn best practices for using digital resources to teach students both online. The intent is to maximize the State’s investment in these digital resources, increase student engagement, and support students continued academic growth.

“Discovery Education shares the Nevada Department of Education’s mission to improve student achievement and educator effectiveness by ensuring opportunities, facilitating learning and promoting excellence,” said Coni Rechner, Discovery Education’s Senior Vice President of National Education Partnerships. “We look forward to working with State Superintendent Ebert and Nevada’s talented educators as they create learning experiences that help all students develop the skills they need for future success.”

For districts and schools that opt-in to use the Discovery Education resources, NDE will be working to create a seamless way for educators and students to access and engage with the Experience site.

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

B-roll of the Discovery Education Experience site is available here.

Contact:

Terri Hendry
Email: thendry@doe.nv.gov
Phone: 775-687-9201

 

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District Communication Kit for Summer Learning

More than ever, we know that keeping our school communities connected to one another and to learning is a top priority—and we’re here to help.

We’ve prepared a powerful ready-to-use toolkit to make it as easy as possible for our partners to share engaging activities and meaningful summer learning resources with their leaders, educators, and students. Explore this page to find sample principal, parent, and teacher letters (in English and Spanish) along with graphics and text you can use for other types of outreach like social media and SMS/phone messages.

Click the links below to download and share individual assets or click the button at the bottom to download the full toolkit.

Get Letter Templates

  • Discovery Education Summer of Learning for Principals
    English  |  Spanish
     
  • Discovery Education Summer of Learning for Educators
    English  |  Spanish
     
  • Discovery Education Summer of Learning for Parents
    English  |  Spanish
     

Share on Social Media

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PARENTS: Keep your kids engaged in learning this summer with exciting activities from @DiscoveryEd! ☀️ Help your children prepare for the upcoming school year from any internet connected device.

Explore these fun + meaningful opportunities today! https://bit.ly/DE_K2sum

Grade 6-12 version


PARENTS: Keep your kids engaged in learning this summer with exciting activities from @DiscoveryEd! ☀️ Help your children prepare for the upcoming school year from any internet connected device.

Explore these fun + meaningful opportunities today! https://bit.ly/DE_68sum

Send an SMS/Phone Message

Use the copy below for mass text message communications to teachers and parents.

Great news! We’ve partnered with Discovery Education to give students access to new Learning at Home resources through the summer. Check it out on any device by logging in at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Get the Full District Communication Kit for Summer Learning from Discovery Education

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New Initiative From Discovery Education Helps Students Continue Learning During the Summer Months and Prepares Educators for the Coming School Year

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, June 8, 2020) Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—today announced the launch of its new Summer of Learning initiative. Designed for all learners, the Summer of Learning initiative features a diverse collection of grab-and-go lessons and at-home student activities and relevant, on-demand professional development for educators. Together, these resources provide educators the materials they need to keep students engaged during the summer months and also helps teachers and administrators prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, no matter what it brings.

Users of Discovery Education’s digital services can quickly find this new content here.

The engaging Summer of Learning resources designed to support students’ continued engagement in learning include:

  • Student Learning Activities – Self-contained lesson activities for student exploration in a variety of subjects
  • Virtual Field Trips – These resources take students outside and into some of the world’s most iconic locations
  • Behind the Scenes Museum Visits – Famous art pieces from around the world come alive for young students with One Minute in a Museum, and older students can visit some of world’s most renowned museums with Janson Media’s Museum Access
  • Audiobooks – A library of classic children’s stories and fairy tales, from science fiction and famous poetry like Edgar Allan Poe to Goosebumps and the Hunger Games series
  • Podcasts – The short podcasts included in the Summer of Learning initiative help students build listening comprehension skills as they learn about important topics ranging from technology to history to art
  • Learning at Home Channel – A collection of at-home resources that help students follow their interests, sharpen skills, and have fun

Among the professional learning resources and supports for teachers and school leaders included in the Summer of Learning are:

  • Professional Learning NOW – A series of professional learning opportunities for educators that are short, convenient, and relevant to remote learning
  • Instructional Inspiration – A curated selection of over 1,000 grab-and-go lesson activities
  • SOS Instructional Strategies – A compendium of research-based strategies for integrating Discovery Education’s digital curriculum resources into instruction in meaningful ways
  • Events – A series of special events including the Equity Talks Series, which features the nation’s top education leaders discussing how to ensure underserved students are given the opportunity to succeed
  • Instructional Leaders Channel – A host of inspirational and empowering resources for school leaders

Discovery Education will continue adding new resources to the Summer of Learning in the coming weeks.

“While I am uncertain as to what the coming school year will look like, I do know my students and I will be better prepared if I continue my personal, professional development and connect my students to engaging educational opportunities over the Summer,” said Abigail Schiferl, an educator in South Carolina’s Greenville County Schools. “Discovery Education’s Summer of Learning resources are setting my class and me up for future success, and I look forward to using the wide variety of resources all summer long.”

“Since our initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Discovery Education has sought to keep students and teachers connected to the resources and professional learning they need to maintain the continuity of learning,” said Scott Kinney, Discovery Education’s President of K-12 Education. “Our new Summer of Learning initiative continues this effort by providing students and teachers the digital resources they need to prepare for success in the coming school year and beyond.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

Discovery Education
Stephen Wakefield
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 316-6615

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New Student Resources to Support Virtual Learning

Unleash student creativity with support designed especially for them!

We’ve recently added an abundance of exciting learning opportunities and ready-to-use resources in the Student Center of Experience to help keep students fully engaged and continue building their confidence with digital content and virtual learning.

How Do You DE?

This collection of ready-to-use resources supports students with maximizing their Discovery Education experience. Each Studio board provides in-depth information that allows students to use Discovery Education with confidence.

Topics include:

  • Exploring Your Interests
  • Researching and Finding Information
  • Organizing Evidence
  • Studying and Review
  • Communicating Ideas

Virtual Field Trip Activities for Students

Use Virtual Field Trip activity boards and allow students to visit amazing places and extend their understanding with supporting resources. Popular and timely Virtual Field Trips transport students to places they want to visit and provide learning activities to fully engage them. After the Virtual Field Trip, they can extend their learning with additional content and activities.

Topics include:

  • NFL Play 60
    Follow the National Football League, the American Heart Association, and Discovery Education as we go behind the scenes of Super Bowl LIV in Miami to celebrate the NFL’s 100th season and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
  • NBA Storytellers
    Join Discovery Education and the Jr. NBA for an exclusive NBA Storytellers All-Star Virtual Field Trip and meet the people who are sharing professional basketball’s most compelling narratives—from its powerful history, to its exciting present and its inspiring future.
  • Tundra Connections: Experience Polar Bears
    Explore the tundra and polar bears with Polar Bears International! Learn about the Arctic ecosystem, polar bear adaptations, sea ice habitat, climate change, and more.
  • Discover Your Happy
    From LG and Discovery Education, Discover Your Happy equips you with the skills necessary to handle stress and create sustainable happiness in your life despite outside stressors and situations.
  • Generation Health
    Take a behind-the-scenes look at the pharmaceutical labs at AstraZeneca where scientists are continually working to create medical breakthroughs and find solutions to health problems that can affect us all.

Student Adventures

Students can explore popular topics through the use of rich digital media content and engaging Spotlight on Strategies activities. Each Studio board provides multiple learning opportunities and encourages students to think critically about each topic.

Topics include:

  • Weather
  • National Parks
  • Mars
  • Ancient Civilizations

Create with Studio

Students can design, build, and share content in new and creative ways with Studio.

Help students become more familiar with Studio, our safe collaboration tool within Experience, and show them how content and student-created video, text, images, and audio work together to stimulate creativity and demonstrate their understanding.

 


For more strategies and resources designed to save time and engage students, browse the Student Learning Activities channel in Experience or or request a demo today to get started!

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5 Ways to Support Remote and Hybrid Learning

When looking for ways to maintain continuity of learning and create impactful lessons for all students in any environment, consider these five ways Discovery Education Experience supports both educators and students in class, remote, and blended or hybrid learning.

1 Assigning Content

Flipped learning is easier when you have access to thousands of standards-aligned, vetted resources and reliable, high-quality content—especially if it’s all in one place. Experience provides an extensive repository of the best digital content for instruction, and lets you assign individual pieces and assignments or even a whole folder of content to your students no matter where they are.

Experience contains over 190,000 exciting resources and activities supporting many core concepts and subjects, including language arts, math, social studies, science, health, and visual or performing arts.

2 Take a Virtual Field Trip

Students may be stuck indoors, but you can still take them on a trip around the world, no permission slips required. Virtual Field Trips whisk students away to amazing places and give them remarkable experiences without ever leaving the classroom (or home!).

From polar bear habitats on the frozen tundra to factories of major manufacturers and the courts of the NBA, inspire students’ natural curiosity and introduce them to new interests and careers as they explore these exciting destinations.

  • Plan a Trip
    Access and assign virtual adventures organized by subject area and grade level.
  • Find Inspiration
    Hear how Discovery Educator Rita Mortenson uses Virtual Field Trips with her students.

3 Assign a Pre-Made Lesson Activity

Save time with thousands of tried and true grab-and-go lessons and pre-made activities that combine Discovery Education digital content with the strategies our educators love. Assign them as is or modify them for specific students or groups.

4 Design and Differentiate Your Own Multimedia Lesson

Use our powerful Studio tool to easily create, differentiate, and share lessons in a way that works best for both you and your students. Safely search for resources and add them to your Studio board, insert written, audio, or video instructions, and you’re ready to go!

5 Unleash Student Creativity

Challenge your students to select a topic they are passionate about, search for resources in the Discovery Education Student Center, and create a Studio board to demonstrate what they’ve learned. Students will be able to build their confidence with digital learning resources and demonstrate their understanding no matter where they’re working. Use the Twenty-Five Things You Didn’t Know SOS Student Learning Activity to get your students started.

  • Resources for Student Exploration
    Assignable boards for sharing Discovery Education with students, including ideas for exploring interests, conducting research, organizing evidence, and communicating ideas.

For more information on how Experience supports remote and hybrid learning, watch the 5 Ways Digital Content Supports Virtual Learning webinar, a special professional learning event in which educators and Discovery Education team members dove deeper into these tips to provide actionable ways to continue teaching and engaging students outside of the classroom. Originally took place on Wednesday, March 18 at 7PM EST.

Parents: Check Out the Daily DE

Looking for meaningful and engaging learning activities for your children? The Daily DE features a grade-band appropriate learning activity for every day of the week. From digital interactives to Virtual Field Trips, fun science experiments and more, these daily activities are great for keeping learning going at home. Download the Daily DE for your child’s grade band below.

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12


Discovery Education Experience, our flexible K-12 learning platform, provides compelling high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources to give you everything you need to facilitate instruction and create a lasting educational impact.

Built for all learners, grade levels, subject areas, and interests, Experience brings new excitement and relevance to the topics you teach and lets you reach and engage every student wherever learning is taking place.

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4 Traits Educators Look for in High-Quality Digital Content

As access to instructional technology continues to become the norm in schools throughout the world, educators are increasingly turning to digital content to enhance instruction and address the needs of their students. Understanding educators’ behaviors and requirements when they search for and use digital content in their classrooms is an essential part of the process of creating digital content for education.

What Educators Want

In 2019, Discovery Education conducted a comprehensive study to better understand how and why educators and students utilize digital content and identify the characteristics of content they see as high quality. Below are some of the key trends that emerged.

1 Student Engagement

Engagement is key. More than 98 percent of educators surveyed rated student engagement as an important or very important factor when deciding what digital content to use. The challenge is making sure we understand how educators define engaging content According to the educators we surveyed, engaging content will:

  • Hold students’ attention.
  • Stimulate student interest.
  • Use appropriate pacing.
  • Include current information that is relevant to students’ lives.
  • Showcase updated images, vivid color, and authentic video footage.

According to one educator, “If it doesn’t engage the kids, it doesn’t matter how much it connects with standards.”

Notably, when discussing their perceptions of Discovery Education’s digital content both elementary and secondary educators commented on the appropriateness of the content and the various features that would support and engage their students, including the quality of the imagery and the pacing.

2 Accurate, and Reliable Information

Get it right. Ninety-two percent of educators in the study look for content that has been vetted by a trusted source. Many participants called this a top priority, especially middle and high school educators.

3 Support for Diverse Student Populations

Reflect the diversity of the students we teach. More than 80 percent of educators in the study believe that it is important or very important that digital content offers multiple perspectives on sensitive issues, represents diverse populations, and avoids stereotypes. Additionally, teachers seek hands-on1, interactive content2 that allows students to participate fully and think critically throughout the learning process.

Educators also want digital content that includes functional features to support student learning and diverse audiences, such as questions embedded in the content, glossaries, graphics, and accessibility features like closed captioning and read-aloud. Participants also stressed the importance of translations, especially in Spanish.

4 Instructional Value

Provide guidance and strategic support. A majority of participants expect digital content to meet instructional standards, and many educators want instructional resources to support their use of digital content, including lesson plans and ideas, vocabulary support, questions to strengthen comprehension, and ready-to-use resources for students.

When looking at needs by grade level, K-5 teachers want assets that include questions to focus understanding of content and closed captioning and vocabulary to support students, while grade 6-12 teachers value the usefulness of content that goes beyond that they might normally provide in their classroom, such as current events, information on careers related to their subjects, and information that might lead to further research or exploration.

Discovery Education is Determined to Deliver

At Discovery Education, we are always learning from our users and constantly exploring what educators want, need, and expect in their quest for digital content and instructional technology. The dynamic Discovery Education Experience platform was built for teachers by teachers, and continuously refined to meet the changing needs of the classroom.

Our high-quality content is carefully curated, paired with relevant strategic resources, and designed around the Universal Design for Learning framework so educators can easily and seamlessly differentiate instruction to meet the unique needs of every class and every student. With Experience, educators are armed with the tools they need to draw powerful connections between students’ everyday lives and the subjects they are learning, bringing new excitement and opportunities to the classroom—and beyond.

Find the high-quality content educators want and students need by exploring Experience today

Watch a 5-Minute Demo

 

1McKnight, K., O’Malley, K., Ruzic, R., Horsley, M. K., Franey J. J., Bassett, K. (2016). Teaching in a digital age: How educators use technology to improve student learning. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 48(3,) 194-211. DOI: 10.1080/15391523.2016.1175856

2Dobler, E. (2015). E-textbooks a personalized learning experience or a digital distraction? Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 58(6), 482-491.

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Teaching Black History Month: Creative Ideas & Resources

Black History Month offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the many remarkable people, events, and accomplishments that have shaped our nation and changed our lives forever.

As you bring new dimension to these powerful milestones, consider ways to go beyond what’s commonly covered to help your students draw more meaningful connections to the materials. Introduce your class to the first African American women to travel to space or dig into the impact of the Harlem Renaissance. Offering new perspectives and experiences will drive deeper cultural understanding and help your students seem themselves in the history.

Black History Month Content Channel


Find everything you need in this comprehensive collection of high-quality content and vetted instructional resources found through our immersive Experience platform. Like this one, each themed channel is carefully curated by Discovery Education curriculum experts, differentiated by grade level, and packed with a wide variety of content types, including videos, images, audio, text, and more.

Grade 9-12 Lesson Starters
PDF  |  Grades 9-12
Take advantage of these unique lesson starters designed to engage older students and kickstart critical thinking. The lesson starters include three grab-n-go strategies for educators, including the SOS strategy “Instagram-in.” This creative exercise encourages critical thinking and active participation by combining concepts from the popular social media tool with videos, discussion questions, and drawing prompts to help guide instruction.

Hidden Figuras: How Mae Jemison Diversified Space
Video [03:42]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Introduce students to Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut to travel to space and one of the most accomplished women of her time—in addition to astronaut, she is also a doctor, engineer, author, and philanthropist! In 1992, Jemison traveled to space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Since then, nine other African American astronauts have followed in her path, only two of them women.

This video is also a part of our new BESE channel, a curated collection of digital resources that recontextualize narratives around how young people connect to today’s America. Founded by actress Zoe Saldana, each series from BESE promotes inclusivity and navigates the American tapestry of cultures, identities, and nations.

Honor the Red Tails
Video [1:04:00]  |  Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Share the incredible true story of the Red Tail Squadron as told by Colonel Charles McGee, one of the last living members of the Tuskegee Airmen. The first part of the program examines the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and showcases the accomplishments of African American pilots during World War II. The video details how the Red Tails fought not only to protect American lives, but to also end segregation and racism in the United States Armed Forces. The second portion of the program features a panel discussion with Colonel McGee and his fellow Tuskegee Airman, Cadet William T. Fauntroy, Jr., as well as Command Sergeant Major Michele S. Jones, the first woman in the U.S. Army Reserve to reach the esteemed position.

African American History: Achievement in a Hostile Era
Audio [03:35] | Grades 3-5, 6-8
Celebrate the achievements of black advancement and pride at the turn of the twentieth century with this insightful audio clip. From George Washington Carver to ragtime musician Scott Joplin and writer Paul Lawrence Dunbar, the track reviews the accomplishments of African Americans in the arts and sciences while going on to explain the contrasting ideologies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, two leaders who made a lasting difference in American history and culture.

NEW! Curiosity: Rosa Parks
Video [03:50] | Grades K-2, 3-5
One of the newest additions to the Discovery Education Curiosity series, this animated video for younger students expands on the incredible life of Rosa Parks and highlights the many remarkable contributions she made to the civil rights movement. The program shares how Parks fought against segregation and Jim Crow laws as a young woman, made history in 1955 when she refused to give up her bus seat for white passengers, and then continued to stand up for civil rights until her death in 2005 at the age of 92.

 


This is only a small glimpse into the exciting content available through our growing line of Discovery Education products. Simply log in to take advantage of all the powerful, ready-to-use resources available, or schedule a demo to start exploring today!

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Presidents’ Day 2020

Celebrate Presidents’ Day and promote the importance of the 2020 Presidential Election with new content from Discovery Education!

We’re releasing brand-new content just in time for Presidents’ Day. Starting this week, you’ll be able to access fascinating titles from the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association that delve deeper into the life of George Washington and the important decisions he made to encourage fair and just politics in America.

Why Didn’t George Washington Become King?
Video [2:09]  |  Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
After being elected as the first president of the United States, George Washington had the option to stay president after his first term. Douglas Bradburn, CEO and president of Mount Vernon talks about the significance of his decision and how it reflected the newly formed society.

Object Spotlight: The Acts of Congress
Video [02:47]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Explains the significance of George Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress. Learn what it reveals about the first president, and how it demonstrates Washington’s dedication as he became the first leader of the United States.

Justice Kennedy on George Washington
Full Video [17:29]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Honorable Justice Anthony Kennedy discusses the important role that George Washington played in the establishment of the Constitution and the office of the President of the United States. Watch the full video or pick and choose one of the following segments.

Understanding the Constitution
Video [03:21]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Justice Anthony Kennedy details the differences between Article I and Article II of the Constitution and reveals some of the issues that occurred during George Washington’s first term as President of the United States.

Limitations of Power and the Presidency
Video [05:27]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Justice Kennedy discusses George Washington’s encouragement of the limitations of power and the presidency written into the U.S. Constitution.

George Washington and the Constitution
Video [03:51]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Highlights George Washington’s presidency as Justice Kennedy discusses Washington’s impact on the development of the U.S. Constitution.

Presidents’ Day Channel


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