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5 Ways Digital Content Can Support Virtual Learning

If your school is looking for virtual learning options due to school or district closures, follow this link to learn how to access Discovery Education Experience and read Discovery Education’s formal response regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and options for educators.

1 Assign Content

Flipped learning is easier when you have access to hundreds of thousands of digital resources, and with Experience you can assign individual pieces or even a whole folder of content to your students no matter where they are.

Discovery Education has content to support 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 cooped up at home, but you can still take them on a trip around the world. No permission slips required. These virtual events take students to amazing places and give them remarkable experiences without ever leaving the classroom (or home!).

From the factories of major manufacturers to the courts of the NBA, engage your students with a variety of careers as they learn about topics that will edu-tain their brain.

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

3 Assign a Pre-Made Lesson Activity

Why reinvent the wheel? Experience subscribers have access to over 1,000 grab-and-go lesson activities that combine Discovery Education content with the strategies you love, and then deliver them in a flexible format for modification or turnkey assignment.

4 Design Your Own Multimedia Lesson

Use the collaborative Studio tool to create your own lesson activity. Safely search for resources and add them to your board, insert written, audio, or video student instructions, and voila, you’re ready to go!

5 Unleash Student Creativity

Challenge your students to select a topic they are passionate about, search for resources in Discovery Education Student Center, and create a Studio board to demonstrate what they’ve learned. 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, research, organizing evidence, and communicating ideas.

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 to fun science experiments and more, these daily activities are great for keeping the learning going at home! Download the Daily DE for your child’s grade band below.


And don’t forget to access the new Virus and Outbreaks channel! See timely updates regarding the coronavirus, discover what a virus is and how it spreads, receive an overview of the history of viruses and outbreaks around the world, and review essential guidelines for staying healthy.

We invite you to watch the 5 Ways Digital Content Supports Virtual Learning webinar, a special professional learning event that will dive deeper into these tips to better help educators find actionable ways to continue teaching and engaging students.
Wednesday, March 18 at 7PM ET

If your school is looking for virtual learning options due to school or district closures, follow this link to learn how to access Discovery Education Experience and read Discovery Education’s formal response regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and options for educators.

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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

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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


You can find this and much more in our existing Presidents’ Day Channel in the immersive Experience platform. Each themed channel is made up of a comprehensive collection of high-quality content and instructional resources, curated by Discovery Education curriculum experts and differentiated by grade level. Choose from a wide variety of content types, including videos, images, audio, and text!

Lastly, don’t forget to explore the exciting new Election 2020 channel that goes live on Presidents’ Day! Teach students the process behind the presidential election and the importance of voting and exercising their civic responsibility while letting their voice be heard.

 


Check out the full spectrum of engaging content and ready-to-use resources available through the dynamic Discovery Education Experience platform.

Not a current Discovery Education user? No problem! Request a demo to start exploring today.

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Nuclear Reimagined Virtual Field Trip

On February 18, at 1:00 PM EST, join the American Nuclear Society, U.S. Department of Energy, and Discovery Education for the Nuclear Reimagined Virtual Field Trip!

Take students on a journey inside Idaho National Laboratory, the nation’s lead lab for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment. Here, scientists and engineers create fuel particles to enhance space exploration, research and improve energy production, and design the next generation of nuclear technology and equipment.

Once inside, we’ll visit the Advanced Test Reactor, the world’s most powerful research reactor that scientists from all over come to use in their experiments. Next, we’ll go inside the Hot Fuel Examination Facility to learn about what’s new with nuclear fuels, and lastly, we will pop into the INL glass shop to see how one man uses creativity and artistry to serve the science community.

Students will also meet STEM professionals with diverse and engaging careers and see that there is no one path to a career in this exciting and ever-evolving industry. Give your students a front row seat so they can see the unlimited possibilities of a career in nuclear science.

Visit the event page to register and remember to join us live on Twitter during the event @ANS_org and @DiscoveryEd using #NuclearReimaginedVFT.


Get ready for the Virtual Field Trip with dedicated resources from the American Nuclear Society. Found through our immersive Experience platform, the Navigating Nuclear content channel contains standards-aligned activities that invite students to explore the many applications of nuclear science, as well as its impact on energy, healthcare, food, and the environment.

STEM Project Starters

Strengthen student interest in STEM with these ready-to-use project starters. Each one contains lesson objectives, guiding questions, detailed procedure instructions, as well as student handouts and connections to NGSS. Current activities include:

  • From Atoms to Electricity: How does the energy stored in an atom’s nucleus transform into electricity that powers our lives?
  • Fusion and Fission: How can nuclear fusion and fission reactors change how we power our lives?
  • Radiopharmaceuticals: How can a pill that uses radiation help doctors diagnose and treat diseases?

Career Profiles

Get to know nuclear careers with ANS career profiles! Each one provides background on a specific career in the nuclear field, what it takes to get there, and an interview with a real person in the field. This section currently spotlights:

  • Mechanical engineers, featuring Natalie Zaczek McIntosh, fuels reliability engineer at Exelon
  • Radiochemists, with M. Alex Brown, PhD, chemist at Argonne National Laboratory
  • Nuclear researchers, spotlighting Sukesh Aghara, PhD, associate professor of chemical engineering and the director of the Nuclear Engineering program and the Integrated Nuclear Security and Safeguards Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Digital Lesson Plans

Supplement STEM curriculum with these middle school lesson plans. Currently featuring guides on Nuclear Energy and Measuring Radiation, each one including guiding questions, in-depth instructions, connections to standards, student handouts, and teaching slides.

 


To see all upcoming Virtual Field Trips—including the one above—check out the Discovery Education Events page! You can also find past Virtual Fields Trips and a wide array of ready-to-use resources through our ever-evolving Discovery Education Experience platform.

Not a current Discovery Education user? No problem! Request a demo to start exploring today.

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Show Students the Power of the Periodic Table

On February 7, celebrate National Periodic Table Day with new interactive content and ready-to-use resources for every grade level.

The periodic table was one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in history! For the first time ever, scientists had a way to easily access a massive amount of information about the elements and all the ways they relate to one another with just one, easy-to-use reference tool.

Today, students and modern scientists can use the table to:

  • Identify trends and elements that share similar characteristics.
  • Predict the properties of elements, even those that have not been discovered!
  • Balance chemical equations and better understand the laws behind chemical reactions.

Whether you’re introducing its importance or celebrating its national holiday—or simply looking for a way to get students to use it—we have a wealth of resources to help promote the power of the periodic table.

NEW! The Interactive Periodic Table

Science Tool  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Newly released in 2020, this interactive science tool from Discovery Education and Blue Coral Learning lets students swipe and tap their way across the periodic table for quick stats on each element. Students can also search the table by name or symbol, click into each element for its “full stats,” and even recolor the table with patterns based off of properties like boiling point, melting point, and atomic radius.

The Periodic Table Channel

Available through Science Techbook and Experience
Investigate the periodic table using this comprehensive collection of high-quality content and vetted instructional resources, curated by Discovery Education curriculum experts and differentiated by grade level. Choose from a wide variety of content types, including videos, images, audio, text, and more.

Is It Sugar, or Is It Salt?
Audio/Song [2:00]  |  Grades K-2, 3-5
Use this playful song that touches on the periodic table and how different elements can be joined together to make different compounds that may look alike but are chemically very different, like salt and sugar!

Grade 6-8 Lesson Starters
PDF  |  Grades 6-8
Find new inspiration with this detailed strategy packet that includes lesson objectives, recommended resources, classroom connections, and three different engaging activities to guide or supplement your lesson plan.

Outrageous Acts of Science: Epic Elements
Full Video [38:48]  |  Grade 6-8, 9-12
Liven up your lesson with this exciting video that showcases epic displays of the periodic elements. Watch as a team of biologists, chemists, engineers, and physicists explain the science and engineering behind mind-blowing displays of the elements.

 


Gear up for Periodic Table Day—and so much more—by checking out the full spectrum of engaging content and ready-to-use resources available through the dynamic Discovery Education Experience platform and the all-new Sciencex.

Not a current Discovery Education user? No problem! Request a demo to start exploring today.

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NFL PLAY 60: Huddle Up and Get Moving! Virtual Field Trip

Join the National Football League, the American Heart Association, and Discovery Education for an all-access pass behind the scenes of Super Bowl LIV in Miami as we celebrate the NFL’s 100th season and the importance of a healthy lifestyle!

On Thursday, January 30 at 1pm EST, tune into the live NFL PLAY 60: Huddle Up and Get Moving! Virtual Field Trip as we go inside the Miami Dolphins’ Stadium and show students the connections between their muscles, bones, and hearts, and how to keep them strong and healthy. Get your class up and moving as NFL players, cheerleaders, and American Heart Association (AHA) representatives lead students through different physical activities and help teach the difference between balance and flexibility, strengthening, and aerobic activity.

Students will also discover specific ways physical activity affects other functions in the body, like improving brain power, lowering the risk of heart disease, and providing more energy throughout the day.

For more details about the Virtual Field Trip and free registration, visit our NFL PLAY 60: Huddle Up and Get Moving! website.

Huddle to Play It Forward

In addition to the Virtual Field Trip, we are also inviting you and your classrooms to be a part of Huddle to Play It Forward. This event is part of the NFL’s Huddle for 100 campaign, celebrating the league’s 100th season with a season-long initiative aimed at getting one million people to donate 100 minutes of their time getting up, getting active, and improving the world around them.

Share a picture or a short, 15-second video showing how you and your students volunteer through our submission form or share it on social media to @DiscoveryEd using #GetMovingPLAY60. You even have a chance to interact directly with @American_Heart, @NFLPLAY60, or @DiscoveryEd when you post your experiences to Twitter!

Huddle Up and Get Moving with Teacher Resources

To gear up for the Virtual Field Trip, check out our standards-aligned activities designed to kickstart conversations and get students excited about physical activity and nutrition.

Virtual Field Trip Educator Guide
Prep students and amplify event impact with activities for both before and after the Virtual Field Trip, as well as engaging topics for meaningful class discussions.

PLAY 60 Presents!
Use guided questions, hands-on activities, and group discussions to help students research a sport or physical activity they enjoy, and then create a presentation to share what they’ve learned.

Pump You Up: Exploring Physical Fitness
Teach students the physical, academic, social, and emotional benefits of physical activity, and have them set their own fitness game plans using the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and AHA’s physical activity recommendations.

 


For additional information or more classroom resources, visit the NFL PLAY 60: Huddle Up and Get Moving! Virtual Field Trip page or check out the NFL PLAY 60 channel in our Experience platform. You can also sign up here to stay up to date on this event and other exciting Discovery Education announcements.

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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Celebrate the extraordinary impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life by joining Discovery Education for a Virtual Viewing Party on his birthday!

On Wednesday, January 15 at 1pm EST, join thousands of other classrooms around the country for our featured event, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Virtual Viewing Party. This event will include a special “Celebrate with DE” video, as well as standards-aligned resources and activities to help students learn about the impact, importance, and continued relevance of Dr. King’s work.

In addition to Dr. King’s influence on the civil rights movement, the featured video will examine his focus on service and the actions we can all take to serve and improve our own communities. We hope this Virtual Viewing Party will inspire your students and help them recognize the power of their actions, and the importance of standing up for what they believe in.

For more details about the event and free registration, visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Viewing Party website. If this is your first Virtual Viewing Party, please read this FAQ page for additional information.

More Classroom Tools & Civil Rights Resources

In addition to the Virtual Viewing Party, you can also find a robust collection of digital content and instructional resources about Dr. King, the civil rights movement, and the celebration of service to others through Discovery Education Experience. To celebrate the holiday and promote meaningful discussions in your classroom, try introducing content from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day channel or the Civil Rights Movement channel to your students.

Each channel features a collection of vetted instructional materials and classroom resources, curated by Discovery Education curriculum experts and differentiated by grade level. Each channel includes a wide variety of content types, including videos, images, audio, text, and more.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Channel

Available through Social Studies Techbook and Experience
The History of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Video Segment [03:54]  |  Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
Provides a detailed look into the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. and reveals the history behind the national holiday.

Martin Luther King, Jr. at the March on Washington
Image  |  Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12
A powerful image of Martin Luther King, Jr. as he waves to participants in the March on Washington from the Lincoln Memorial.

The PBS NewsHour: MLK Memorial Emerges from Stone
Full Video [06:46]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
In August 2011, the new monument honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. opened to the public in Washington, D.C. This program tours the memorial and captures impressions from first-time visitors, civil rights activists, and King’s colleagues.

Civil Rights Movement Channel

Available through Experience
The Evolution of Voting Rights in the United States
Infographic  |  Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary
Chronicles the struggle for voting rights in the United States between 1787 and 1971 and identifies major Constitutional Amendments and laws that guarantee most US citizens, over the age of 18, the right to vote.

Young Activists
Video [03:48]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Highlights the importance of young activists in civil rights demonstrations during the 1960s.

Mahatma Gandhi: Excerpt from the “Speech at Madras, August 12, 1920”
Reading Passage  |  Grades 9-12
In this passage, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi discusses the constitutionality and the power of non-violent protests when dealing with an oppressive government.

 

We look forward to having you and your students join us in celebrating this national holiday!

 

**While the footage and the resources for the Virtual Viewing Party will be accessible by everyone on January 15, much of the content from the curated channels are only available through Discovery Education services. Not a current Discovery Education user? No problem! Request a demo to start exploring today.

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Call for Teen Filmmakers: Toyota and Discovery Education Announce National Video Challenge to Promote Safe Driving Habits

— 2020 TeenDrive365 Video Challenge Opens for Entry through Feb. 26: Winner to Receive $15,000 and Opportunity to Work with a Discovery Film Crew to Produce TV-Ready PSA —

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, September 25, 2019) –  A national video challenge for high school students to encourage their peers to avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel opened this week.

The competition – the 2020 TeenDrive365 Video Challenge by Toyota and Discovery Education – invites students in grades 9-12 to submit an original 30-60 second Public Service Announcement (PSA) about distracted driving to encourage their peers to stay safe behind the wheel.

Now in its ninth year, the challenge’s grand prize includes $15,000 and the opportunity to work with a Discovery, Inc. film crew to re-shoot the entry video into a TV-ready PSA. Also, as a new program component, the video challenge will announce up to 50 state merit winners, the winning individual or team will receive a TeenDrive365 prize pack. Teens can register and submit their entries today through Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at TeenDrive365.com.

“The ‘TeenDrive365 Video Challenge’ combines student collaboration, critical thinking and the use of immersive digital resources to help students to express their deepest concerns about safe and responsible driving,” said Tom Clowes, assistant principal, Westminster High School, Westminster, Md., Carroll County Public Schools. “Through this partnership, Toyota and Discovery Education are empowering students, educators and communities to have critical conversations about the power of making safe choices behind the wheel.”

A panel of judges comprised of community leaders, educators, communications experts and Toyota representatives will convene in March 2020 to select challenge winners. Since the inception of the competition, thousands of video submissions have been considered, and the effort has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student prizes. The top ten finalists’ videos – some amusing and others more serious in tone – communicate the importance of maintaining safe driving habits and avoiding fatal distractions while behind the wheel.

Other prizes include:
Second place prize: $10,000
Third place prize: $7,500
Fourth to tenth place prizes: Each receives $2,500
Four regional prizes: Each receives $1,000
People’s Choice: $5,000
State Merit winners: Prize pack valued at approx. $300

The video challenge is part of TeenDrive365, an educational initiative that encourages teens to avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. The TeenDrive365 offers a range of content, tools and resources designed specifically for educators, teens and parents at no cost.

“With the reduction of safe driving programs from the school day, Toyota’s efforts to empower teens to make the right choices behind the wheel are more important than ever,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “When it comes the issue of safe driving, teens play a major role in influencing the behavior of their peers, and we are proud to collaborate with Toyota and educators nationwide, because we know that their work is literally saving lives.”

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About Toyota TeenDrive365:
TeenDrive365: In School is a comprehensive program designed by Toyota and Discovery Education to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. The initiative offers a range of content, tools and resources designed specifically for educators and teens. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, these resources include: standards-aligned lesson plans for grades 9-12, activities that teach appropriate behaviors for young drivers and passengers, Heads Up! – an Interactive Road Distraction Challenge that allows teens to virtually experience some of the dangers of distracted driving, and a collection of online events, tools and social media elements that underscore how teens can make a difference by driving safely.

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’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. 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 DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contacts:
Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder
CKinder@Discoveryed.com
(240) 274-2173 phone

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Wyoming Educators Obtain Computational Thinking Principles Through Ignite My Future in School

— Tata Consultancy Services Provides Local Albany County Educators Professional Development in Partnership with Discovery Education —

WYOMING| NEW YORK (Monday, September 23, 2019) Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, have launched Ignite My Future in School within the Albany County School District. This free professional training event will connect more than 100+ local educators with education experts to learn about Ignite My Future in School, understand its purpose and receive hands-on curriculum training.

Recent studies show Wyoming graduates less than 45 computer science majors each year and only seven percent were female. A recently as 2016, universities in Wyoming did not graduate a single new teacher prepared to teach computer science. However, earlier this year, the National Science Foundation awarded nearly $1 million to the University of Wyoming (UW) to support integration of computer science education in K-8 classrooms and public libraries across the state. This followed a 2018 state legislature mandate to teach computer science in Wyoming’s K-12 schools by 2022. To support the state’s ambitious goals, TCS is launching Ignite My Future in School to help close the teacher preparedness gap by building the capacity of educators to integrate computational thinking into everyday lessons.

“We are so excited to be able to take part in this learning with ‘Ignite My Future’,” said Dr. Jubal Yennie, Superintendent of Albany County School District #1. “It will be very impactful for our students and teachers. I’m personally looking forward to seeing the Family Night activities in action. What a fantastic opportunity for our students and families to connect with the school in a fun, engaging atmosphere.”

Ignite My Future in School offers educators curriculum support through free instructional resources with computational thinking strategies embedded into subjects such as math, sciences, arts, and social studies, housed on a digital platform and offers year-round engagement. This interdisciplinary approach enables students to obtain in-demand critical thinking skills for 21st century careers across all industries.

“In today’s digital economy, computational thinking is as foundational as reading, writing and math. We are excited to partner with the State of Wyoming, empowering educators and preparing students to be future ready,” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS.

TCS is also working alongside Wyoming’s Department of Education to bring goIT, TCS’ flagship student-facing STEM education program, to the entire state of Wyoming. In the fall of 2018, goIT piloted its programming with over 300 students Clear Creek and Kaycee Middle Schools in Buffalo, WY. This year, TCS and the DOE plan to bring goIT to three to five new districts and will host a statewide goIT competition in the spring of 2020.

On a national level, Ignite My Future in School aims to engage 20,000 teachers and one million U.S. students by 2021. As a first step towards this goal, TCS and Discovery Education have already partnered with U.S. school districts in Washington, D.C., Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri and California to launch this initiative. Since debuting in 2017, IMFIS has provided a value of more than $13.5 million to the U.S. education system and has engaged nearly 550,000 students and over 9,000 educators from all 50 states.

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About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS):
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

A part of the Tata group, India’s largest multinational business group, TCS has over 436,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $20.9 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS’ proactive stance on climate change and award-winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

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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’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. 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 DiscoveryEducation.com.

Media Contacts:
Ben Trounson, Tata Consultancy Services, b.trounson@tcs.com
Marguerite Pinheiro, on behalf of Tata Consultancy Services, marguerite.pinheiro@fleishman.com
Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education, ckinder@discoveryed.com

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