-Unique virtual experiences will help classrooms around the world observe Constitution Day and International Dot Day, as well as deepen students’ understanding of how to protect and conserve our oceans-

Silver Spring, Md. (September 8, 2016)Next week, Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, is offering educators worldwide three new, exclusive virtual field trips they can use to begin the new school year with dynamic digital learning experiences.

Offered at no cost to participating educators and students, the scheduled virtual field trips are:

  • International Dot Day Virtual Field Trip on Tuesday, September 13 at 1 PM EST: Discovery Education and FableVision are partnering to host a virtual event marking International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration.  International Dot Day began when Iowa teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot, the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities and be brave enough to “make her mark.” During this special event, Dot Day Founder Terry Shay will showcase how his students are celebrating Dot Day. Students will also hear from the author of The Dot himself, New York Times Best Selling Author and Illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. To register for this event or submit questions to be answered live during the broadcast, visit


  • Of the People: Our Ocean, One Future Virtual Field Trip, on  Wednesday, September 14 at 1 PM EST: United States Secretary of State John Kerry is hosting the 2016 Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C., September 15 and 16 to promote action to protect our ocean from threats – including unsustainable and illegal fishing, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts – and empower a new generation to lead the way toward a healthier and more sustainable ocean. During this virtual field trip offered in conjunction with the conference, students will have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about the challenges facing our ocean from experts including Cathy Novelli, United States Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment; Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State; and Dr. Richard W. (Rick) Spinrad, Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Classrooms will also view exclusive footage of Secretary Kerry meeting with high school students to discuss ocean protection and environmental issues. Students will also be able to participate in a live Twitter chat with Dr. Vaughan Turekian during the event using @STASatState. To learn more and access this virtual field trip, visit Students can also share their own ocean action with world leaders by going to This 30-minute virtual field trip is the latest in the Of the Peopleseries, a collaboration between the White House and Discovery Education.


  • Constitution Day Virtual Field Trip on Friday, September 16 at 1 PM EST: In honor of Constitution Day, Discovery Education will take students behind-the-scenes at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Participating classrooms will have the opportunity to meet the new Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, the first woman and first African American to hold this prestigious office.  Students will also tour the largest library in the world, and, through diaries, letters, and other primary sources written by George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and others, explore the unique perspectives of our nation’s founders. Finally, participants will tour one of the library’s research labs not open to the public to see how scientists are uncovering new information from 200-year-old documents. Students will also be able to participate in a live Twitter chat with the Librarian of Congress during the event using #DEConstitutionDay2016. For more information and to register, visit

To further support participating educators, Discovery Education is providing a collection of classroom activities related to each of these virtual field trips that includes comprehensive pre-and post-event lessons, which educators can utilize to enhance the learning experience and prepare students for these virtual events. These materials can be found on the homepage of each individual virtual field trip.

“Our students engage immediately with Discovery Education’s virtual field trips because they provide unique experiences during which they can visit places and meet people they would not otherwise be able to access,” said Margie Rogers, technology integration specialist at Waynesville R-VI School District in Missouri. “We are looking forward to building these and Discovery Education’s other virtual field trips into our instructional plans throughout the year.”

All of Discovery Education’s virtual field trips are archived and available at  Educators can use these virtual field trips at any time to create an immersive learning experience for their students.

“As a former school superintendent, I understand the unique learning opportunities that virtual field trips present to teachers and students,” said Dr. Mark Edwards, Senior Vice President of Digital Learning at Discovery Education. “Discovery Education’s virtual field trips not only provide the opportunity for educators to create one-of-a-kind learning experiences for their students, they also provide valuable collateral resources that help teachers extend learning and broaden the impact of these events.  I invite educators worldwide to participate in these truly unique events.”

For more information about Discovery Education, visit

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase 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  



REcharge Labs Makes it Easier for Classrooms in Need to Participate in Free Online Design Challenge with STEM Class Kit Giveaway


From September 15 – September 30, 2016, educators can enter to win a free MacGyver Windmill or Solar House Class Pack


(Minneapolis, MN) September 8, 2016 – To help educators bring renewable energy engineering to their classrooms, REcharge Labs is giving away 10 MacGyver Windmill Class Packs and 10 Solar Town Class Packs to deserving teachers. The lucky winners will then use their class packs to help teams of students enter the MacGyver Windmill Challenge or the Solar House Challenge, two of REcharge Labs’ year-round online design challenges. To enter the giveaway, educators must fill out the application and list why it is important for students to enter REcharge Labs’ Online Challenge. Educators must complete the application, found here, between Thursday, September 15, 2016 and Friday, September 30, 2016.


REcharge Labs hosts three Online Challenges each month – the MacGyver Windmill Challenge, the Solar House Design Challenge and the Wind Turbine Design Challenge. To enter, students must form a team, design and build a wind or solar device and upload their energy output data to the corresponding Online Challenge portal. Each month, REcharge Labs picks a winner based on the device’s energy output, as well as design creativity, and awards the team a $50 cash prize.


The MacGyver Windmill Class Pack, which serves 15 to 45 students in grades 6-12, comes with materials for 15 windmills. Students use these kits alone, or pair them with other common household materials, to master the engineering behind windmill blade design and build a functioning windmill that lifts weight. TheSolar Town Class Pack, which is ideal for use with five to 15 students in grades 4-12, comes with materials for five solar powered houses. Students learn basic circuitry while wiring the houses with lights, motors, switches, and power storage devices. Teachers can use a single house to teach students about energy consumption and efficiency, and can then connect all of the houses to model the electrical grid.


“The Online Challenge fosters student-driven learning about renewable energy through a friendly design challenge,” said Asia Ward, Co-Director of REcharge Labs. “While our Online Challenge is free year-round for teams to enter, this giveaway will equip teachers with the tools to encourage students to get active in hands-on science.”


To learn more REcharge Labs’ Online Design challenge, visit: To learn more about REcharge Labs’ other kits, visit:


About REcharge Labs

REcharge Labs generates resources for learners to creatively explore wind and solar power. The company seeks to engage and inspire today’s students to become the innovative renewable energy leaders oftomorrow by offering effective hands-on learning activities and kits, teacher professional development, online engineering design challenges, and curricula. REcharge Labs also provides community outreach to partnering companies, energy developers, museums, state agencies, and more. For more information,




Epson’s DC-21 Document Camera Wins a 2017 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom from Learning® Magazine


LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 8, 2016Epson’s DC-21 document camera has won a Learning® Magazine2017 Teachers’ ChoiceSM  Award (TCA) for the Classroom. The DC-21’s advanced features – HD 1080p resolution, large imaging sensor, 12x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, microscope adapter and audio and video recording capabilities – allow educators to easily create engaging lessons that explore multimedia objects with astounding clarity and color.


Established in 1994, the Teachers’ Choice Awards have heralded the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-recommended products. Each year, a nationwide panel of teacher-judges evaluates books, classroom supplies, educational games, software, websites, and more and then awards those with the best quality, instructional value, ease-of-use, and innovation.


“The DC-21’s flexibility offers unlimited possibilities for exploring more hands-on lessons in the classroom,” said Veronika Knight, product manager, Projectors, Epson America, Inc. “Winning a Teachers’ Choice Award is an honor and it supports the innovations we make in our products.”


More about the DC-21

The DC-21 document camera offers several advanced features to aid classroom learning, including:


–        Bright and Detailed Images: A large, highly-efficient imaging sensor captures more light per pixel to deliver bright images with high quality; 10x digital zoom and 12x optical zoom offers extraordinary close-up detail


–        Flexible Teaching Tools: Camera rotates 90 degrees vertically and horizontally so it can also be used as a webcam to capture classroom activities or for videoconferencing; capture, store and present images with an SD card1 or computer; 30 fps for ultra smooth video performance


–        Large Capture Area: Makes it easy to display two full pages; Split Screen function allows for displaying live and captured images side-by-side, ideal for comparing before and after photos


–        Portable and Durable Design: Compact design is ideal for space-constrained classrooms and robust metal arm offers durability; Kensington® lock support, built-in security bar and mounting holes offer added peace of mind


–        Auto-Select Resolution: Automatically detects the native aspect ratio of connected Epson projectors and selects the correct output resolution to match; can display 1080p, 720p, SXGA, WXGA and XGA resolutions


As a leader in innovation and partnership, Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.


Designed with educator input, Epson’s advanced interactive display and projector technologies make bright, collaborative learning environments a reality. Compatible with a wide range of devices and widely-used interactive software, Epson projectors make it easy for teachers to share content to engage students, no matter where they sit in the classroom. Epson’s unmatched technology, service and support ensure educators are confident that high quality, bright images and multimedia are available in the classroom every day.


Availability, Pricing and Support

The Epson DC-21 is available for $499* through national resellers, pro audio/visual dealers, mail order, distribution, and the Brighter Futures program. Epson’s document cameras come with a two-year limited warranty (three years for Brighter Futures customers) that includes two elite technical support services – Epson PrivateLine® phone support with direct access to an expedited support telephone line, and a Road Service replacement program that includes product exchange in one business day with paid shipping. For additional information, visit


About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.


Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 67,000 employees in 90 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (, Twitter (, YouTube (, and Instagram (

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1 SD card not included.


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Montour School District Selects Skyward Student Management Suite

Pennsylvania district partners with Skyward for a better SIS experience

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (Sept. 8, 2016) ­– Skyward, a K-12 school administrative software provider, is excited to announce its partnership with Montour School District in Pennsylvania. Located just outside Pittsburgh, the district adopted Skyward’s Student Management Suite in March and is now prepared to rollout the SIS solution for the 2016-2017 school year.

Darryl Yonkers, director of technology at Montour School District, described the issues administrators faced with the district’s previous SIS vendor. “The training model implemented by the prior vendor was not very in-depth, and it didn’t really leave staff in a good place right from the get-go,” Yonkers said. “Our staff struggled to complete tasks that were common things they needed to do, and the support was just terrible.”

To read the full news release, visit