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Discovery Education’s Augmented Reality App Earns Spaces4Learning New Product Award

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Silver Spring, MD (Tuesday, August 2, 2022) – Discovery Education—the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes placerecently earned the Spaces4Learning New Product Award in the K-12 Remote Learning Technology category for its Sandbox AR app. The Spaces4Learning New Product Award program honors the outstanding product development achievements of companies whose products or services are particularly noteworthy for their ability to enhance the learning environment. Spaces4Learning is a leading publication for companies and organizations interested in creating high-quality facilities in both K-12 and higher education.  

Discovery Education’s Sandbox AR app empowers students and teachers to create, share, and even inhabit virtual environments. Within Sandbox AR, users can create virtual worlds and populate them with some of the hundreds of unique objects from history, the built world, science and nature, and more. Sandbox AR also gives students new ways to express themselves and demonstrate their learning through a feature that lets learners take photos or record a video walkthrough with their own voice over. Sandbox AR even offers a mode that allows users to scale up and inhabit their own life size virtual environments. 

For those new to AR, Sandbox AR includes many pre-built sandboxes exploring diverse subjects such as ancient Egypt, space exploration, Mayan civilization, road construction, and more, with additional sandboxes coming soon. Discovery Education is also making available several free, pre-built lessons educators can use with the app to familiarize themselves with integrating AR into classroom instruction. Sandbox AR is available for download here. 

“Since its inception, Discovery Education has been an early mover in bringing innovative technologies—such as streaming video and digital textbooks—into the classroom, and we are now excited to put the power of augmented reality into the hands of educators with the Sandbox AR app,” said Scott Kinney, Chief Executive Officer at Discovery Education. “We are honored by this recognition as it validates our work to provide all educators state-of-the-art resources that connect students to the world around them. Thank you to the Spaces4Learning team for this recognition.” 

The winners are determined by a panel of judges. Learn more about the New Product Awards and the 2022 winners here. 

For more information about Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources and professional learning services, visit  www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.  

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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 100 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com 

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Grace Maliska
Discovery Education
Email: gmaliska@discoveryed.com  

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Discovery Education Announces Latest Enhancements to Award-Winning K-12 Learning Platform

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SILVER SPRING, MD (Thursday, July 28, 2022)Discovery Education—the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place—today announced a host of new enhancements to its award-winning K-12 platform. These improvements make it easier for educators to find, build, and deliver compelling lessons that capture students’ attention and drive deeper student engagement no matter the subject.  

Among the latest enhancements made to the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform for back-to-school are:  

More ready-to-use tools to assess student outcomes and address learning gaps.
Educators can refine instruction to keep students motivated with the classroom engagement tool, Quiz. Quiz gives multiple ways to promote active learning in the classroom and track progress in real time. Quiz now features: 

    • 200 new ready-to-use formative assessments created by Discovery Education perfectly aligned to content. The total of 400 existing quizzes makes it quick and easy to customize, or educators can create quizzes from scratch or use as-is for turnkey assignments.  
    • Real-time tracking of student progress with My Classrooms, an intuitive new way to navigate between tracking student progress and assignments. The redesigned interface will help teachers better understand where students are and how to differentiate learning to meet their unique needs.  

A new time-saving educator experience enhances the use of high-quality instructional resources.
Discovery Education understands that one of a teacher’s most valuable resources is time. The K-12 platform’s search features have been more finely tuned to help educators find just the right piece of digital content they need to capitalize on the teachable moment.  

A brand-new Explore page empowers educators to easily browse Discovery Education’s more than 200,000 unique digital resources by subject, then offers personalized suggestions based on their activity in the platform, grade levels, and topics of interest.  

In another effort to save educators time, Discovery Education is introducing compilations of rich digital resources sourced from trusted content partners and the most popular Discovery Education assets all organized by grade band and prioritized by Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. Among the Discovery Education content partners contributing to these collections are Sesame Workshop for early learning content, Marzano Academies for professional learning opportunities, Minecraft: Education Edition for Minecraft worlds, STEM Careers Coalition for STEM career profiles and pathways, and engaging interactives from two of the leaders in this space, Vooks and PhET. 

Enhanced ability to easily adapt ready-to-go lessons and activities. 
Studio—Discovery Education’s creative lesson-building and presentation tool—empowers educators to quickly modify a ready-to-use activity, create a lesson from a template using proven education strategies, or construct a new digital lesson from scratch.  

In addition to improving the overall workflows of Studio, educators are now able to: 

    • Quickly preview Studio lessons or activities from the student perspective. 
    • Use images as buttons for student navigation through activities.       
    • Enliven lessons with fun fonts and animated buttons.  

A new student interface builds agency, inspires learning, and promotes time on task.
Discovery Education has updated the platform’s student interface with a refreshing new look and improved overall experience that builds student agency, encourages learning, and promotes time on task. New features of the improved student interface include: 

    • Personalization options for students to customize the look and feel of their home page.  
    • A refreshed Assignments section that makes it easier for students to prioritize, launch, and complete assignments.  
    • A brand-new Explore page that offers students the opportunity to follow their interests, with content recommendations based on searches, and what is timely, relevant, and new at Discovery Education. 

“Continuous improvement is one of Discovery Education’s core values,” said Discovery Education’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Kinney. “The newest updates and features added to the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform support educators’ efforts to engage and inspire student learning wherever and whenever it is taking place. By providing teachers access to timely, relevant content and useful teaching tools all in one place, Discovery Education is making it even easier for teachers to find or create the engaging lessons we know will stoke the natural curiosity in all learners.” 

Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform is designed to work within the school systems’ existing infrastructure and workflows and provides safe, secure, simple access methods for educators and students. Through expanded, lasting partnerships with Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Brightspace, and Clever, integrating Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform into existing IT architecture is easier than ever. Learn more about the latest updates to the Discovery Education platform here. 

Educators using Discovery Education’s K-12 platform and all Discovery Education resources benefit from the support of the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Community. This global community of education professionals connects members in school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. 

For more information about Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.  

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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 100 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.  

Contact
Grace Maliska
Discovery Education
Phone: 704-557-2444
Email: gmaliska@discoveryed.com 

Stephen Wakefield 
Discovery Education
Phone: 202-316-6615
Email: swakefield@discoveryed.com 

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New Leadership Takes the Reins at Discovery Education’s Social Impact Team

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Silver Spring, MD. (Thursday, July 21, 2022) – Discovery Education—the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place—today announced new leadership for the company’s award-winning Social Impact Team. Amy Nakamoto has been promoted to General Manager of Social Impact and Jackie Smalls has been named Vice President of Social Impact Coalitions.  

Nakamoto’s diverse career in social impact began as the Executive Director at DC SCORES and America SCORES, an after-school nonprofit focused on physical fitness, creative-writing and community building. Following stints at St. Andrew’s School as the Associate Director of Advancement and the Meyer Foundation as a Program Officer, Nakamoto joined Discovery Education in 2017.  

At Discovery Education, Nakamoto has elevated the role of multi-sector partnership development to specifically focus on the K-12 landscape. She leads the company’s social impact strategy, connecting corporate and community partners to K-12 school classrooms via real-world content, large-scale critical issue coalitions, and direct partnerships with school districts.  

“I am honored to lead the talented Social Impact Team at Discovery Education,” said Nakamoto. “For the last 5 years, I’ve worked closely with a tremendous team of professionals and leaders to create equitable, engaging learning experiences for educators and students worldwide. I look forward to continuing this work and to building even more strategic partnerships with global brands and like-minded organizations who share our vision of building a diverse workforce prepared for future success.” 

Jackie Smalls, a national education leader specializing in STEM K-12 education, is returning to Discovery Education as the Vice President of Social Impact Coalitions. In this new role, Smalls will be responsible for strategic growth and impact of multi-sector partnerships on critical issues in K-12 education. Currently, this includes the STEM Careers Coalition™—the first-of-its-kind national STEM initiative powered by corporate and non-profit leaders and anchored in schools by Discovery Education—and the Social-Emotional Learning Coalition, a network of partners committed to bringing critical, culturally relevant social-emotional learning resources into core instruction to support educators and students nationwide.   

Prior to her return to Discovery Education, Smalls served as Chief Program Officer at Code.org focused on K-12 Computer Science Education. Jackie will continue to serve on Code.org’s Board of Directors. Before Code.org, Smalls was the Director of Professional Learning and Education Partnerships at Discovery Education and was responsible for partnering with various school districts for the implementation of K-12 digital resources across content areas and STEM. Smalls held various roles in public education in both the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County Public Schools, served on the team responsible for developing Next Generation Science Standards, and was an environmental scientist in the United States Army. 

“Throughout my career, I’ve centered STEM education as my cornerstone. In this new role leading Discovery Education’s Coalitions, I look forward to applying my deep industry knowledge to help create opportunities in classrooms that are reflective of today’s diverse world,” said Smalls.  

For more information about Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.   

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About Discovery Education 
Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 100 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.   

Contact
Grace Maliska
Discovery Education 
Email: gmaliska@discoveryed.com  

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