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Miami-Dade County Public Schools Continue to Broaden Students` World through Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education

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Contacts:
Contact:Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
240-662-2893
stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

Sandy Fash, C. Blohm & Associates
608-839-9800
sandy@cblohm.com

— Unique mix of content, guest speakers, curriculum alignment, and professional development services combine to increase student engagement —

Silver Spring, Md. (June 28, 2010) – Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Fla.) has expanded its partnership with Discovery Education to broaden student horizons and improve academic achievement. Through a unique combination of Discovery Education`s digital content, access to guest lecturers, curriculum mapping, and professional development, this partnership supports educators in Miami-Dade County Public Schools as they fulfill the district`s mission to empower students to lead productive and fulfilling lives as lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

“As stewards of our children`s educational futures, our school system has the responsibility to partner with organizations that appreciate the way today`s children learn,” said Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “We are excited to expand our relationship with Discovery Education as they understand how to engage today`s tech-savvy children in learning, and share our vision of providing educational excellence for all.”

To meet their goal of providing students access to the highest quality educational resources, Miami-Dade County Public Schools has expanded implementation of Discovery Education streaming Plus to all 153 Title I middle and high schools. Discovery Education streaming Plus has more than 150,000 digital learning objects, is aligned to state standards and assessments, and is searchable by keyword, content area and grade level.

The district also is implementing in all Title I secondary schools Discovery Education Science, which empowers educators to quickly locate and employ a variety of dynamic multimedia resources to engage students in science. Organized around an inquiry-based framework, Discovery Education Science covers physical, earth and space, and life sciences.

Discovery Education also is partnering with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to bring guest lecturers, such as chief spokesperson for environmental education Philippe Cousteau, to Miami-Dade students.

“When students can learn about marine biology from someone who has led expeditions all over the world, then actually be transported, via digital content, to the habitats of the creatures being discussed, then you`ve really harnessed the power of digital content to teach children any number of valuable lessons,” continued Carvalho.

In addition to providing dynamic and engaging content, Discovery Education`s Curriculum Alignment team analyzed district pacing guides, determined the best digital assets to meet teaching objectives, and embedded those assets directly into the pacing guides. Discovery Education`s Professional Development team also is providing each Title I school two full professional development days to ensure educators have ample opportunity to learn how to utilize new technologies and integrate them into district curricula.

“The evolution of classroom instruction is being paced by today`s technology fluent students,” said Millie Fornell, Miami-Dade County Public Schools chief academic officer. “By proactively aligning our digital content to district pacing guides, and through our professional development partnership, we are positioning ourselves as national leaders in creating an atmosphere in which each educator can maximize educational technologies to improve student achievement.”

Discovery Education also continues to build capacity and to support educators in Miami-Dade County Public Schools with one of the nation`s largest professional learning communities, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). Through the more than 125,000 member-strong DEN, educators have access to a wide range of technology training as well as a resource library of teacher-generated projects and tools.

“Educational technologies, such as digital content, provide an enormous opportunity for educators to take their students beyond the four walls of their classrooms to places they may not otherwise see,” explained Sylvia Diaz, Miami-Dade County Public School chief information officer. “By working with Discovery Education, we are able to leverage today`s technologies to satisfy the natural curiosity in each of our students.”

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

About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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Epson and Discovery Education Partner to Transform Teaching and Learning

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Contacts:
Duane Brozek , Epson America Inc.
562-290-5683
Duane_Brozek@ea.epson.com

Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
240-662-2893
stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

— Discovery Education Experts to Provide Interactive Learning Professional Development Courses Using the Epson BrightLink 450Wi Interactive Projector —

LONG BEACH, Calif. and SILVER SPRING, Md. (June 21, 2010) – Epson America today announced it has partnered with Discovery Education, the leader in digital content and professional development for the classroom, to provide interactive learning courses for teachers, educators and administrators that take advantage of Epson`s latest technology, the BrightLink ™ 450Wi interactive projector. These courses will demonstrate proven instructional strategies and techniques for using the new BrightLink 450Wi interactive projector with interactive presentation tools, Google ™ tools, Web 2.0 applications, and Discovery Education`s digital content to engage today`s students in rich learning experiences.

“The Epson BrightLink 450Wi interactive projector transforms the education market because it provides an interactive solution that is open – allowing any school or teacher to leverage the content, tools and applications that bring classroom lessons alive and help each student live up to their fullest academic potential,” said Scott Kinney, vice president, global outreach and learning initiatives, Discovery Education. “Discovery Education and Epson believe it is not enough to provide educators the latest digital content and tools. To maximize these resources takes effective professional development as only Discovery Education and Epson can provide.”

Discovery Education offers engaging digital resources to schools with the goal of empowering educators, engaging students, and ultimately improving student academic achievement. Available in June, Discovery Education will add four additional professional development courses to their repertoire focused on training teachers how to effectively use and integrate the Epson BrightLink 450Wi into their classrooms instruction. These courses include:

  • BrightLink and Web 2.0 applications
  • BrightLink and Discovery Education digital content
  • BrightLink and interactive presentation tools
  • BrightLink and Google ™ tools
  • “Too often districts invest in new technologies and do not appropriately train teachers to take advantage of all that these technologies can offer in the classroom. Prior discussions on interactive whiteboards were often around how the boards were under utilized instead of how they were transforming education,” said Rajeev Mishra, director, Epson Projection, Epson America. “By partnering with Discovery, we are enlisting some of the most enlightened professional development experts in education to share cutting edge tools for making classrooms interactive, 21 st Century learning environments.”

    More about the BrightLink 450Wi
    The Epson BrightLink 450Wi is an intelligent, interactive projector that allows educators to turn any standard whiteboard or smooth wall into an interactive learning area. This innovative classroom tool delivers a cost-effective solution for educators to easily integrate interactive capabilities and eliminates the need to purchase and install dedicated interactive whiteboards (IWB).

    The BrightLink 450Wi features 2,500 lumens color light output and 2,500 lumens white light output 1 and helps advance the classroom with networkability, wireless features and advanced connectivity. It also delivers WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) for full compatibility with widescreen notebooks and movie content, and can easily meet the space needs of any classroom by projecting images from 55-inches diagonal to up to 96-inches diagonal (WXGA) and up to 85-inches diagonal (XGA).

    For more information about the Epson/Discovery Education professional development courses call 800-323-9084. Epson and Discovery will be running hourly seminars at ISTE from Saturday, June 26 through Wednesday, June 30. Visit www.epson.com/brightlink for more information, or click here to download a PDF of the schedule.

    About Epson America, Inc.
    Epson America, Inc. is a leading provider of an extensive range of printers, 3LCD projectors, scanners and point-of-service printers that are renowned for their high quality, functionality, innovation and energy efficiency. Epson America is a U.S. affiliate of Seiko Epson Corporation, which employs more than 70,000 people in 106 countries around the world. Seiko Epson is committed to its ongoing contributions to the global environment and for the second year in a row has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, an indicator for leading companies in economic, environmental and social criteria. To learn more about Epson America, please visit: www.Epson.com . You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/EpsonAmerica ), Twitter ( http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica ) and YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/EpsonTV ).

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com .

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    DISCOVERY EDUCATION INTRODUCES U.S. GEOGRAPHY APP FOR IPHONE AND IPOD TOUCH

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    Contacts:
    Amber Harris, Discovery Communications
    240-662-5235
    amber_harris@discovery.com

    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    — First Curriculum-Based U.S. Geography App, from Nation’s Leader in Digital Content for the Classroom, Now Available on the App Store —

    — Engages Students with Rich Discovery Content, Sharing, Leaderboards and More —

    Silver Spring, Md. (June 14, 2010) – Discovery Education, the nation’s leading provider of digital educational media, announces the launch of the U.S. Geography by Discovery Education App for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store for download globally.

    Conceived and developed in conjunction with Phunware, a leader in enterprise branded mobile application infrastructure, the U.S. Geography by Discovery Education App delivers a fun and educational solution to engage students in learning about United States geography. Through videos, knowledge-based challenges and games aligned to national education standards, plus a leaderboard-driven competition, Discovery Education’s first app immerses students in U.S. geography concepts in a new and exciting way.

    “Discovery Education is continuing to engage learners with dynamic digital content through this new app,” said Kelli Campbell, Senior Vice President of Global Product and Content Strategy, Discovery Education. “Today’s technology-fluent students are rapidly replacing static texts with digital content, using mobile devices often as their primary source of information. This new app is an extension of Discovery Education’s commitment to provide compelling and enriching educational resources designed specifically for today’s digital generation.”

    The U.S. Geography by Discovery Education App is designed for middle school students, but is fun and informative for all ages. The app features a robust collection of breathtaking videos, interactive gameplay, and global competition and sharing. With multimedia content hand picked by Discovery Education curriculum experts and aligned to national learning standards, the app allows users to explore seven U.S. geographic regions (Pacific, Mountain, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and New England) across six categories, such as bodies of water, culture and major cities. The U.S. Geography by Discovery Education App also features related stories from Discovery News. Covering everyday news through the unique and fascinating lens of science, Discovery News is updated frequently to coincide with current events.

    “With so many apps targeted towards children, parents are challenged to find those that both educate and entertain,” said Tim Childers, Teacher, Lake Forest Middle School, Cleveland, TN. “However, an app like U.S. Geography by Discovery Education, which combines standards-aligned content with interactive gameplay in a digital experience appealing to today`s students, is a great choice, as it reinforces classroom instruction in a fun and entertaining way.”

    “Phunware is excited to partner with Discovery Education to deliver a brand new platform for learning and exploration,” said Alan S. Knitowski, Chairman and CEO of Phunware. “By combining mobile, gaming, media, social networking and core educational content, students can challenge themselves and their friends while tracking their progress and mastering new skills in a fun and engaging environment.”

    The U.S. Geography by Discovery Education App is currently available for purchase for $4.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore, and will be available for the iPad later this summer.

    For more information on Discovery Education, please visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.

    About Discovery Communications
    Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

    About Phunware, Inc.
    Phunware, Inc. is an enterprise branded mobile application infrastructure company. It specializes in navigating the complexities and challenges inherent in corporate and university centric mobile initiatives, charting a roadmap and course for success in capturing consumer “screen share” and separating enterprise brands from the underlying noise of today`s mobile marketplace. With dozens of handset and platform options and seemingly infinite ways to engage mobile consumers, Phunware provides organizations of all types and sizes a proven mobile application infrastructure that can be leveraged, trusted and depended on for commercial performance and measurable results. For more information, please visit the company`s web site at www.phunware.com.

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    Thousands of Teens In 46 States Participate in the Inaugural It’s 21. Just Pass Education Initiative Presented by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, the NFL Players Association and Discovery Education

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    Contacts:
    Jerry Brown, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
    202-371-9792, jerry.brown@wswa.org

    Jilane Rodgers, NFL Players Association
    202-756-9171, jilane.rodgers@nflplayers.com

    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893, stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    –Students from over 700 diverse high schools nationwide engage in campaign to reinforce the message that the legal drinking age is 21–

    –Prizes including a $5,000 scholarship, a school assembly featuring an NFL player and tickets to an NFL game awarded to students from Texas and Kentucky–

    Silver Spring, Md. (June 10, 2010) – More than 6,800 students representing over 700 high schools from diverse communities in 46 states participated in the inaugural year of It’s 21. Just Pass, an educational campaign presented by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, the NFL Players Association and Discovery Education. Designed to reinforce the message that the legal drinking age is 21, this national program challenged high school students’ knowledge about the laws and consequences of underage drinking.

    The following school and individuals have been named the winners of this year’s It’s 21. Just Pass online quiz challenge and video forum:

    Suleika Nedzelsky, a rising senior at Rio Grande City High School in Rio Grande City, Texas, has been selected as the winner of a $5,000 scholarship based on completion of the It’s 21. Just Pass online quiz challenge about the laws and consequences associated with underage drinking. As the school with the highest participation in the It’s 21. Just Pass online quiz challenge, Bremond High School in Bremond, Texas will receive an interactive school assembly featuring an NFL player.

    In addition, Hanna Heine, a recent graduate of Assumption High School in Louisville, Kentucky, has been named the winner of the It’s 21. Just Pass online video forum and will receive two tickets to an NFL game. Her video poignantly tackled the dangers and consequences of drunk driving by depicting a teenager on spring break who is killed in a car accident after drinking at a party. To view Hanna’s video, visit: www.its21justpass.com.

    “WSWA is pleased with the great participation from schools around the country in the first year of the It’s 21. Just Pass initiative,” said Craig Wolf, President and CEO, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. “The fact that students in many different types of schools, representing many different types of communities in 46 states chose to educate themselves about the legal drinking age is cause for optimism. High school students across the nation are now better informed about the consequences of underage drinking through this unique program, made possible by our partnership with the NFLPA and Discovery Education.”

    “We are proud to join with WSWA and Discovery Education to recognize the achievements of these high school students,” said George Atallah, NFLPA Assistant Executive Director External Affairs. “All participants in the It’s 21. Just Pass initiative took an important step in expanding their knowledge about the laws and consequences of underage drinking.”

    “Discovery Education, along with WSWA and the NFLPA, are proud of the students who participated in the It’s 21. Just Pass initiative’s online quiz and video forum, and hope that they will serve as positive role models for their peers,” said Mary Rollins, Vice President of Education Partnerships, Discovery Education.

    The It’s 21. Just Pass initiative launched February 2, 2010. The online quiz challenge and video forum were open for submissions until April 15, 2010, and participants were encouraged to complete the online quiz challenge as often as once a day in order to boost their chances of winning. To learn more about It’s 21. Just Pass, visit www.its21justpass.com.

    About the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
    The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) is the national trade organization representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry. It is dedicated to advancing the interests and independence of wholesale distributors and/or brokers of wine and/or spirits. WSWA members operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These American businesses distribute 70 percent of all wines and spirits sold in the U.S., and are privately-held, family-owned operations that deliver consumer choice, product integrity and promote responsible consumption.

    About the NFL Players Association
    The National Football League Players Association is the exclusive collective bargaining agent for all players employed by clubs of the National Football League, and is governed by a volunteer board of active NFL players elected by their teammates on each team. Founded in 1956, the Association works to ensure that the rights and interests of NFL players are protected. The NFLPA negotiates benefits, working conditions, minimum salaries, and the salary cap/free agency system with NFL management; provides legal representation for players in disputes with clubs and the NFL; and certifies player agents and administers a program to register financial advisors. In addition, the NFLPA strives to be a valuable resource and to maximize player opportunities on and off the field through membership programs and community activities. The NFLPA founded and owns a separate for-profit marketing and licensing company called NFL PLAYERS.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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    Discovery Education streaming Plus Wins Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers

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    Contacts:
    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Sandy Fash, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    sandy@cblohm.com

    — Proven digital content service highlighted among this year’s top educational products —

    Silver Spring, Md. (June 9, 2010) – The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) has honored Discovery Education through its 2010 AEP Awards program, highlighting Discovery Education streaming Plus, with a Distinguished Achievement Award.

    Honored during the annual AEP Summit on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, Discovery Education streaming Plus was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award under the Technology Innovations category in Portals for grades 9-12. Discovery Education streaming Plus has more than 150,000 digital learning objects, including videos, interactives, images, articles, and more, that integrate seamlessly into any curriculum. Aligned to state standards and assessments, and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, Discovery Education streaming Plus is scientifically shown to improve academic achievement.

    “Today’s technologically fluent students are eager for digital content that is both engaging and related to their real world. We have designed services, such as Discovery Education streaming Plus, to provide educators the resources they need to reach today’s 21st century learners in the digital world they inhabit,” said Kelli Campbell, Discovery Education senior vice president of global product and content strategy. “We are honored that AEP has recognized Discovery Education streaming Plus.”

    AEP is a national, nonprofit professional organization for educational publishers and content developers. A complete list of AEP award winners can be found at www.aepweb.org.

    For more information about Discovery Education and its services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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    Interactive Provincial Map Debuts on Discovery Education streaming Canada

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    Contacts:
    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Sandy Fash, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    sandy@cblohm.com

    — Upgrade to digital media service offers tools and content to improve student achievement —

    Silver Spring, Md. (May 25, 2010) – Discovery Education has added an interactive Canadian map to Discovery Education streaming Canada, providing educators and students with even more digital resources and tools to improve student achievement.

    Customized to meet the specific needs of Canadian schools, Discovery Education streaming Canada is the digital media-based learning service scientifically shown to increase academic achievement. Discovery Education streaming Canada has more than 100,000 digital learning objects, including videos, interactives, images, articles, and more, that integrate seamlessly into any curriculum. Aligned to provincial standards, and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, the rich video content and other digital assets from Discovery Education engage Canada’s media-savvy students in learning.

    The service’s new Atlas Canada Interactive Map provides an up-close look at each unique province and territory in Canada, supported by more than 550 video clips. The interactive map interface allows educators to easily access the resources they need to increase student engagement and boost achievement across the curriculum.

    “The ever increasing importance of place-based learning has us seeking more ways to make meaningful connections to specific parts of our world,” said Dean Shareski, digital learning consultant with the Prairie South School Division, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. “The new interactive Atlas in Discovery Education streaming Canada features Canadian specific content tied to each province. With a wide variety of video content, students will be able to experience rich learning. The inclusion of many First Nations selections makes it a powerful resource for all classrooms.”

    Discovery Education streaming Canada’s interactive map features a variety of new video resources, including History Lands and Great Canadian Lakes and Rivers by Good Earth Productions from McNabb Connolly, and Geography, History and Attractions by MediaMind Digital from Variety Sales.

    “The interactive map adds a new level of access and engagement to a variety of educationally-relevant and Canadian-focused digital resources,” said Andy Schaefer, Discovery Education vice president. “We look forward to furthering our partnership with Canadian educators and continuing to deliver services that support our joint mission of engaging students in learning and improving academic achievement.”

    Discovery Education also continues to build capacity and support Canadian educators as they integrate digital content into instruction with the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). Through the more than 125,000 member-strong DEN, educators worldwide have access to a wide range of technology training as well as a resource library of teacher-generated projects and tools.

    For more information on Discovery Education streaming Canada, or any of Discovery Education’s other products or services, please visit www.discoveryeducation.ca or call 800-323-9084.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.ca.

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    Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge Announces 2010 Grand Prize Winning Teams

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    Contacts:
    Lauren Espin, for Siemens Foundation
    732-590-2182
    lauren.espin@siemens.com

    Juliet Farrell, for Discovery Communications
    240-662-1707
    juliet_farrell@discovery.com

    Kate Meyer, for NSTA
    703-312-9211
    kmeyer@nsta.org

    — Team “No1Idling” From Michigan Takes Middle School Top Honor —

    — California’s Team “Planet Blue and Green” and Illinois’ Team “Zero Waste Lunch Experts” Are Elementary School Winners —

    ISELIN, N.J., (May 24, 2010) —The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) today announced the grand prize winners of this year’s Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. The national Challenge encourages elementary and middle school students to develop plans to initiate environmental change in their schools and communities.

    “The Siemens Foundation and its partners congratulate the winning elementary and middle school teams of this year`s Challenge and commend all the mentors for engaging and empowering students to become agents of change,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, President of the Siemens Foundation. “It`s inspiring to see that our young generation is already so dedicated to the environment. Their outstanding projects promoting sustainability in their classrooms, schools and communities are powerful examples of how we can all find ways to improve the world around us by observing our surroundings.”

    Over 13,000 students competed in this year’s Challenge across elementary and middle school grades. Elementary classrooms, under the mentorship of their teacher, identified an environmental issue in their classroom or school, while middle school students worked in teams of 2-4 students, also under the guidance of a mentor, to identify an environmental issue in their community. Both levels then researched their issue using scientific investigation and created a replicable green solution using web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education.

    Projects ranged from reducing lunchtime waste to saving local trees and encouraging eco-friendly gardens. A panel of environmental advocates and science educators selected winners based on the team’s ability to create a positive, measurable solution to a local environmental problem and how well it can be replicated by other communities.

    Middle School Winners

    Grand Prize Winners: Team “No1Idling” from Novi, MI

  • Novi Middle School students Raj Raina and Yash Sathe, along with mentor Abhinav Raina, focused on reducing community pollution by raising awareness about the environmental impact of vehicle idling among area drivers.
  • Second Place Winners: Team “Drug Disposal Informants” from West Branch, IA

  • West Branch Middle School students Kara Fountain, Allison Kusick, Gabby Salemink, and Megan Tadlock, along with mentor Hector Ibarra, focused on reducing the amount of pharmaceuticals polluting local water by encouraging the proper disposal of medications.
  • Third Place Winners: Team “Lex Green Clean” from Lexington, MA

  • Jonas Clarke Middle School students Rani Iyer and Isha Laad along with mentor Vidhya Iyer, encouraged their community to adopt a more eco-friendly alternative to dry cleaning called wet cleaning to reduce the use of toxic chemicals.
  • Elementary School Winners Grades 3-5

    Grand Prize Winners: Team “Planet Blue and Green” from Watsonville, CA

  • Mount Madonna School’s fifth grade class and their teacher, Jessica Cambell, limited the consumption of non-biodegradable materials as a means to reduce marine debris.
  • Second Place Winners: Team “Joberts5” from Bloomfield Township, MI

  • Birmingham Covington School’s fifth grade class and their teacher, Pauline Roberts, focused on reducing the amount of trash generated during school lunch.
  • Third Place Winners: Team “Green Allowance” from Glendale, CA

  • Mark Keppel Elementary School’s fifth grade class and their teacher April Faieta, taught other students how to save as much energy and water as possible by using an interactive Web site.
  • Elementary School Winners Grades K-2

    Grand Prize Winners: Team “Zero Waste Lunch Experts” from Addison, IL

  • St. Philip the Apostle School’s second grade class and their teacher, Amanda Wallace, focused on reducing the amount of waste created each day during school lunches.
  • Second Place Winners: Team “Hunter EcoHeroes” from Raleigh, NC

  • Representatives from Hunter Elementary School’s kindergarten, first and second grade classes and their teacher, Smith Raynor, helped reduce waste in the cafeteria and make recycling a habit in their school.
  • Third Place Winners: Team “LAA2” from Lakeland, FL

  • Lincoln Avenue Academy’s second grade class and their teacher, Mijana Lockard, decreased the amount of water waste created by students at their school.
  • The middle school grand prize winners will receive a comprehensive prize package, which includes a $10,000 Savings Bond, an appearance on Planet Green—the 24-hour eco-lifestyle television network, a chance to present their program at the United Nations and a Discovery Adventure trip to Yellowstone National Park. The elementary school grand prize winning classrooms will receive an on-site video shoot of the class that will be turned into a commercial to run on one of Discovery`s networks, a $5,000 grant for their school and an opportunity to be featured on a jumbotron in Times Square in New York City. In addition to the above, each team’s advisor will receive free registration and hotel accommodations at an upcoming NSTA national or area conference, a one-year membership to NSTA and a 12-month subscription to Discovery Education Science, the digital content library designed to engage today’s technology-savvy students in science education. Prizing details for second and third place winners can be found here:

  • Middle School: http://wecanchange.com/community/about-challenge/prizes/
  • Elementary School: http://wecanchange.com/school/about-challenge/prizes/
  • The Challenge expands to high schools in Fall 2010. Currently teams can register and start tackling a global energy-related issue and starting on August 17, 2010, teams can enter their progress and complete their online applications. For more information on the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, go to www.wecanchange.com.

    About the Siemens Foundation
    The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, and The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues. In February 2010 the Siemens Foundation launched its newest initiative, The Siemens STEM Academy, a national STEM education program for teachers designed to support educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in these fields. By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow`s scientists and engineers. The Foundation`s mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens` U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG. For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

    About the National Science Teachers Association
    The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA`s current membership includes more than 60,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education. For more information, please visit www.nsta.org.

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    Former Pennsylvania School Superintendent to Helm Discovery Education’s Global Professional Development Efforts

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    Contacts:
    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

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

    –Education veteran Susanne Meixsell named Vice President of Professional Development–

    Silver Spring, Md. (May 19, 2010) —Discovery Education has expanded its professional development team by appointing Susanne Meixsell as Vice President of Professional Development to oversee the company’s extensive in-person and online training operations.

    In her new role, Meixsell will lead Discovery Education’s professional development group by overseeing content development and implementation, developing the training team, improving evaluation standards and ultimately delivering standardized training to partners that garner measurable results. She will report to Scott Kinney, Vice President of Global Outreach and Learning Initiatives for Discovery Education.

    Prior to joining Discovery Education, Meixsell spent 20 years serving as an educator in the Pennsylvania public school system. Most recently, Meixsell served as Superintendent of Schools for the Northwestern Lehigh School District. Also during her leadership tenure with the district, she held posts as Assistant Superintendent, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Middle School Assistant Principal.

    Previously, Meixsell served in two roles at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21, a regional educational service agency in Pennsylvania. She was an Educational Consultant in the special education arena and the Coordinator for Professional Development. As the Coordinator for Professional Development, she worked with 17 educational entities to support high quality professional development opportunities tied to increasing student achievement. Meixsell has also served as an elementary teacher for eight years in the Northern Lehigh School District.

    Meixsell holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts and Humanities from Muhlenberg College, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Kutztown University and received administrative training from Pennsylvania State University. In addition, she is currently a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at Lehigh University.

    “Susanne brings a wealth of classroom, administrative and professional development experience to Discovery Education, which is essential as we continue to expand our professional development offerings to schools around the world,” said Kinney. “The digital content and educational technologies being used in today’s classrooms are great, but they are maximized when educators are equipped with the skills to effectively integrate those tools and resources into their instructional practices to improve student achievement.”

    Meixsell is based at Discovery Education’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.

    For more information about Discovery Education and its services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, or call 800-323-9084.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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    Digital Resources from Discovery Education Help Groton Public Schools Engage Students and Transition to Digital Curriculum

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    Contacts:
    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Sandy Fash, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    sandy@cblohm.com

    –District working to replace traditional textbooks with high-quality online resources–

    Silver Spring, Md. (May 13, 2010) – Groton Public Schools (GPS) in Groton, Conn., is turning to powerful digital content from Discovery Education to engage students across the curriculum. Instead of depending solely on static textbooks, GPS educators are using digital resources from Discovery Education streaming and Discovery Education Science as instructional materials to encourage exploration, stimulate critical thinking, and ultimately, transition to a dynamic digital curriculum.

    More than ten years ago, GPS started to make the move away from traditional textbook-based teaching and began incorporating various technology components and online resources across subject matters. Supporting the district’s implementation of interactive whiteboards, administrators chose to integrate Discovery Education streaming, the digital media-based learning service scientifically shown to increase academic achievement, into their instruction.

    Discovery Education streaming has more than 125,000 digital learning objects, including videos, interactives, images, articles, and more, that integrate seamlessly into any curriculum. Aligned to state standards and assessments, and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, the rich video content and other digital assets from Discovery Education engage today’s media-savvy students in learning.

    “Discovery Education streaming is an invaluable tool in making the classroom an exciting and relevant environment for our students,” said Dr. Monica Franzone, director of K-12 science for GPS. “The most important aspect of Discovery Education streaming is the breadth and depth of vetted resources available through one searchable tool. Instead of searching the Internet for resources and videos that may or may not be appropriate for classroom use, teachers can use one tool and trust they are finding the best content available.”

    Initially, Discovery Education streaming was offered to specific educators throughout the district in an effort to build enthusiastic and expert users who could, in turn, show their colleagues how to integrate this service into their daily lessons. “As soon as other teachers saw the possibilities Discovery Education streaming offers, they were hooked,” Franzone continued. GPS then made the online service available to all elementary and middle school teachers as well as media specialists throughout the district.

    For the 2009-2010 school year, GPS continued to roll-out Discovery Education streaming to the entire district, while also incorporating Discovery Education Science, an online instructional service for elementary and middle schools. Tied to state science standards, the service provides core content through multiple learning modalities. Coupled with a real-time assessment component that measures students’ progress, Discovery Education Science recommends individualized resources that reinforce classroom instruction.

    Discovery Education Science empowers educators to quickly locate and employ a variety of engaging multimedia resources, including videos, animations, images, articles, and virtual labs, to reach students through a medium they are already familiar with and eager to use in the classroom. Organized around an inquiry-based framework, Discovery Education Science covers physical, earth and space, and life sciences.

    “Learning is traditionally confined to within the four walls of the classroom. These digital resources from Discovery Education allow students to experience a world they never could have in the past,” Franzone said. “They can touch space with NASA, listen to the sounds of a jungle in India – these resources allow teachers to bring interesting content to their students through an easy-to-use tool. The service offers unparalleled resources, such as clips from MYTHBUSTERS. Showing a video clip of a science experiment that could not be replicated in the classroom excites students and shows how their lessons relate to the real world.”

    GPS offers a blend of digital resources and textbook-based curriculum, and is working to move to a dynamic multimedia curriculum in the future. “Our key focus is to connect classroom learning with how students live outside of the school, making each lesson more relevant and engaging. We have a strong commitment to using online resources, and using the excellent resources from Discovery Education brings our district one step closer to our goal.”

    In addition to partnering with Discovery Education to provide digital content to school systems, the GPS also has collaborated with Discovery Education to build capacity and to support educators through one of the nation’s largest professional learning communities, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). Through the DEN, GPS educators have access to a wide range of technology training as well as a resource library of teacher-generated projects and tools. During the course of this partnership, more than 45 GPS educators have joined the DEN.

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

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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    Discovery Education Earns Six Finalist Awards for Excellence from National Education Organization

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    Contacts:
    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Sandy Fash, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    sandy@cblohm.com

    –The Association of Educational Publishers highlights Discovery Education services and initiatives–

    Silver Spring, Md. (May 10, 2010) — The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) has named six services and initiatives from Discovery Education as finalists in its 2010 AEP Awards program, including Discovery Education streaming Plus and the first digital service approved by the Oregon State Board of Education as part of its K-12 Science and 9-12 Mathematics Instructional Materials Evaluation Process, Discovery Education Science.

    Discovery Education services and initiatives were named finalists in the following categories for AEP Distinguished Achievement Awards, which recognize the year’s top educational products:

  • Discovery Education Science was named a finalist in the Curriculum, Science category for grades 6-8. These elementary and middle school resources are organized around an inquiry-based framework and in October of 2009 became the first digital core science instructional materials approved by the state of Oregon for statewide adoption.
  • In the Periodicals, Sponsored Publication category for adults, All About Computers Tackling Technophobia: Web 2.0 Explained was named a finalist. Developed by Discovery Education and CDW-G, this publication includes letters to educators, teacher’s guides, five posters, Web 2.0 videos, and access to a micro website.
  • Discovery Education Assessment was named a finalist in the Technology Innovations, Assessment Tools category. This service uses a scientific research-based Continuous Improvement Model and diagnostic assessments that mirror each state’s high-stakes tests, including performance indicators, to help educators predict student performance.
  • Also under Technology Innovations, Discovery Education streaming Plus was named a finalist in the Portals for grades 9-12 category. Discovery Education streaming Plus has more than 150,000 digital learning objects, including videos, interactives, images, articles, and more, that integrate seamlessly into any curriculum. Aligned to state standards and assessments, and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, Discovery Education streamingPlus is scientifically shown to improve academic achievement.
  • And, the Ready Classroom website was named a finalist in the Technology Innovations, Websites for grades 6-8 category. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Ad Council and Discovery Education created Ready Classroom to provide elementary and middle school teachers with resources to integrate natural disaster preparedness information into their curriculum.
  • “Today’s students are eager for engaging and authentic content, while educators want efficient ways to assess student mastery. We have designed services, such as Discovery Education streaming Plus, Discovery Education Science and Discovery Education Assessment, to provide educators with the high-quality content needed to reach students on their level and the right tools to manage the learning process,” said Kelli Campbell, Discovery Education senior vice president of content and product development. “We are honored that AEP has recognized these services from Discovery Education.”

    In addition, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a joint initiative between Discovery Education, the Siemens Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a finalist for a Beacon Award in the Integrated Marketing Campaign category. The Beacon Awards highlight excellence in education marketing. The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the first-ever K-12 sustainability competition.

    “Discovery Education is always looking to partner with innovative companies and organizations, such as CDW-G, the Siemens Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Ad Council, to develop engaging and educational resources for students, educators and administrators,” said Mary Rollins, Discovery Education, vice president of educational partnerships. “On behalf of our partners, we are excited about being named finalists, and look forward to the awards ceremony this June.”

    AEP is a national, nonprofit professional organization for educational publishers and content developers. A complete list of AEP award winners can be found at http://www.aepweb.org/awards/finalists.htm.

    For more information about Discovery Education and its services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, or call 800-323-9084.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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