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– George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, In Partnership with Discovery Education, Invites Students Around the World to Join LIVE, Virtual Reading Program –

– Discovery Education’s Hall Davidson to Demonstrate How Augmented Reality Can Be Used to Bring Books to Life –

SILVER SPRING, Md. [January 23, 2015] – On Thursday, January 29, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, are partnering to present a unique distance learning opportunity for students across the globe. At the eighth annual “Reading Discovery Program” held at Texas A&M University, former First Lady Barbara Bush will speak about the importance of literacy, read excerpts from an award-winning book about Mount Rushmore, and answer students’ questions from around the world via interactive video conference.

For the first time in the history of the program, students will not just read text on the pages of a paper book, but will experience that book coming to life through computer-generated technology. Discovery Education’s Senior Director Hall Davidson will lead participants in a demonstration of this augmented reality technology, which allows students to overlay digital information, such as engaging videos, audio and graphics, on any image being viewed through a device, such as a smartphone. Elementary students from Houston Independent School District and Bryan Independent School District will share the content they have created to enhance the book about Mount Rushmore using augmented reality technology.

During the live event, Mrs. Bush will read from award-winning author Lynn Curlee’s book Rushmore, which explores STEM topics such as the engineering of Mount Rushmore, as well as social studies and relevant historical issues. Joining Mrs. Bush on stage as reading partners will be multiple students from Houston Independent School District and Bryan Independent School District. During the virtual question and answer session, Mrs. Bush will answer 22 questions from students in 12 states and several countries including Ghana and Canada.

“We are looking forward to sharing this unique, 21st century reading experience with our students,” said Dave Wheat, principal at The School at St. George Place in Houston Independent School District. “Through this year’s Reading Discovery program, our students will not only have the invaluable opportunity to read along with a former First Lady, but will also learn about important STEM and social studies concepts through an engaging, interactive learning experience using cutting-edge technology.”

Now in its 8th year, the Reading Discovery Distance Learning Program and Videoconference featuring Mrs. Bush is the most popular education program offered with more than 40,000 registered participants expected this year.

To register for the live stream, click here. For a free recording, register at


About the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
The mission of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is to preserve and make available the records and artifacts of George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. We promote civic literacy and increased historical understanding of our national experience, and foster a community of public service and volunteerism. Located on the campus of Texas A&M University – a premier public Tier 1 research university home to more than 50,000 students – the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and Records Administration's Presidential Libraries system. For more information, go to


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, 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