Discovery Education Streaming Services Enter New Era with Enhanced Content Creation Features and Resources to Deepen Classroom Engagement and Develop Students’ Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Reasoning Skills

 

– Latest Enhancements Also Provide Educators Even More Examples of How to Integrate Digital Content into Classroom Instruction-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (June 26, 2017) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced a number of new features will be added to its award-winning Discovery Education Streaming services in the coming weeks.  With these planned enhancements, which are scheduled to go live in August 2017, Discovery Education Streaming is positioned to serve a new generation of teachers and students with resources they can immediately use to deepen students’ engagement in learning and develop pupils’ critical thinking, collaboration, and reasoning skills.

 

Launched in 2001, Discovery Education’s Streaming feature tens of thousands of standards-aligned and searchable videos, images, primary source documents, podcasts, audio books, articles and more, making it the leading cross-curricular K-12 digital content resource for educators around the globe.

 

In 2012, Discovery Education launched Streaming’s popular Board Builder feature. A safe environment in which students can create their own content, Board Builder helps users create virtual project boards that use multimedia and text to synthesize their thinking and provide evidence of their understanding of a concept or problem.

 

This latest iteration of Streaming will feature an updated, more modern look and feel that is optimized to work on small and large devices and in the classroom and on-the-go.  In addition, the content creation tools within the services’ new Studio feature will be greatly expanded to allow teachers and students to safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. These features can be controlled by the teacher to monitor interactions, provide instant grading feedback, review progress, and assign small classroom work groups to differentiate classroom activities.

 

Also, included in the new Studio function will be content creation features that provide students the ability to create online, multiple-page student portfolios, as well as preloaded templates that will help students jumpstart new projects.  Finally, Discovery Education Streaming’s new creation tools will enable students to use content found within Discovery Education’s services or effortlessly import their own self-produced media into projects with the appropriate citations.

 

While teacher resources including lesson plans, content collections organized around themes, as well as instructional videos, skill builders, and writing prompts, have always been available through Discovery Education Streaming, the latest improvements to this service will include even more support for teachers. To save busy teachers time, customizable streams are set to be added to the services’ homepage so that educators can more easily access new and relevant content.  Topical and timely content will be found in the Trending Now Stream, while an Activity Stream will quickly help educators find content they recently viewed, searched for, or liked.

 

This latest update to Discovery Education Streaming will also include valuable new content that supports educators as they evolve their classroom practice and transform the way they teach.  Among the new resources set to be added are:

 

  • Spotlight on Strategies—The creative, research-based instructional strategies introduced in these short videos are presented by teachers for teachers to help them incorporate digital media into classroom activities in new, effective, and practical ways.
  • DE in Action—A new series of immersive 360 experiences that model how members of the Discovery Education Community and their students are using digital content and educational technologies in authentic classroom settings, these experiences model successful integration strategies.
  • A collection of powerful and engaging STEM resources—Designed to fuel a cultural shift in STEM teaching and learning, these new resources include STEM Career Challenges, which provides opportunities for students to learn more about exciting STEM careers, and STEM Strategies that Work, which help STEM educators build a STEM culture in meaningful and practical ways.
  • Student Exploration Resources—Featuring new resources that help students explore their interests, conduct their own research, organize evidence, and communicate their ideas, this new content empowers educators to deepen pupils’ critical thinking, collaboration, communication and reasoning skills.

 

Together, the new enhancements coming to Discovery Education’s Streaming services provide even more support to educators teaching their students to think critically about the content they use, see, and experience in their daily lives.

 

“As a long time Discovery Education Streaming user, I’ve seen this service evolve tremendously over the years to meet the changing needs of teachers and students,” said Shelby Bailey, a 5th Grade Math teacher in Missouri’s Warren County R-III School District.  “However, the coming iteration of Streaming includes so many new features, it is almost a new service.  These latest enhancements, together with the Discovery Educator Network Online Community features rolled out in March, make Streaming a simple and elegant resource for all teachers working to prepare their students for success beyond the classroom.”

 

The Discovery Education Community will continue supporting all Discovery Education Streaming users’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

 

“For more than 15 years, Discovery Education’s Streaming services have set the standard for cross-curricular K-12 digital content resources,” saidRobert Onsi, Senior Vice President of Product Development at Discovery Education. “While a generation of students have grown up consuming streaming content, we know that when students make the shift to content creation, they are inspired to dive even more deeply into a topic.  So, in this latest iteration of Streaming, Discovery Education is adding a host of new enhancements to help teachers both deepen students’ classroom engagement and develop their pupils’ critical thinking, collaboration, and reasoning skills. In addition to meeting the evolving needs of today’s teachers and students, these new enhancements demonstrate Discovery Education’s continued commitment to meeting the ever-changing needs of teachers and students everywhere.”

 

For more information about the Discovery Education’s Streaming services or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit: www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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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 4.5 million educators and over 50 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 at www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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Workbench Helps Baltimore County Public Schools Expand its Project-Based Learning Initiatives by Creating the District’s Online Learning Hub

Workbench allows BCPS teachers throughout the district to build, share and assign project-based, hands-on lessons

Baltimore, MD – June 26, 2017 – Edtech company Workbench and Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland’s third-largest school district, have partnered to launch an online learning hub that will help the district expand its project-based learning initiatives to all 9,076 teachers and 112,139 students. The hub will pull content and project-based lessons into a single online portal, powered by Workbench, where BCPS users can browse, build, share, assign and assess more project-based content.

 

“We chose Workbench because their platform will help us scale Project-Based Learning in our district,” said Nick Schiner, Team Leader for BCPS’ Office of Innovative Learning Projects “Giving teachers the ability to create and share their projects while also accessing a global library of projects will help our teachers use the PBL approach to improve student outcomes.”

 

The partnership with Workbench is the latest example of how Baltimore County Public Schools has been on the leading edge in bringing hands-on learning experiences and innovation to its classrooms.  The Workbench platform will allow the district to capitalize on its investments in classroom technology, professional development and a Mobile Innovation Lab – a converted school bus that serves as a makerspace on wheels, by making these initiatives more impactful for teachers and students.

 

The hub will also allow teachers to author and share projects across the district and it takes advantage of the technology investments the district has made and provides access to an ever-growing amount of content.

 

“Baltimore County Public Schools is at the forefront of the maker movement and bringing project-based learning into the classroom,” said Chris Sleat, CEO of Workbench. “Our Workbench platform will expand the district’s ability to provide hands-on lessons to spark curiosity and creativity, and to improve teaching and learning. We look forward to helping BCPS build on the innovative work it is already doing and make the most of its technology investments.”

 

The hub will launch at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Workbench partners with schools, libraries and industry leaders such as Sphero, Parrot, and Makey Makey to create online communities where educators, students and fans can access and share free lessons using drones, programmable robots, 3D printers and a growing list of cutting-edge technology and educational products. Teachers use their district Workbench to assign project-based lessons and track student progress. The communities provide access to hands-on, project-based lessons to turn students into makers and help educators teach with anything. For an example of a Workbench community, visit www.workbenchplatform.com/cwists/category/.

 

 

About Workbench

The Workbench mission is to make Project-Based Learning (PBL) accessible and scalable in schools, districts, and libraries across the globe. The solution reduces the burden on teachers who want to teach PBL by providing a straightforward framework for project authoring, delivery, and sharing coupled with a library of easily accessible projects teachers can leverage every day. This allows districts to move away from direct instruction as they embrace the PBL approach. The solution is supported by high-touch implementation, including professional development and gear/hardware sourcing which maximizes a district’s investment in PBL.

Workbench not only provides districts with equipment for maker education and a secure hub to implement and share projects, it also serves as the backbone for many of the Maker Education Industry’s top learning communities including Sphero, Parrot, Makey Makey, and SparkFun Electronics.

 

For more information, visit https://www.workbenchplatform.com/what-we-do/.

 

About Baltimore County Public Schools

With more than 170 schools and upwards of 112,000 students, Baltimore County Public School system is the 25th largest district in the US and the 3rd largest in Maryland.

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Riverside County Office of Education Taps LEC for its Professional Development Offerings

– Certification Selected as Best Practice for local districts –

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (June 27, 2017) – Today at ISTE 2017, Leading Edge Certification (LEC) – a national provider of certification programs in education technology – announced that Riverside County Office of Education (CA) has selected LEC for its professional development offerings. Riverside County Office of Education has found particular success with LEC Administrator and LEC Digital Educator certifications, where several of the districts it serves have selected LEC for district-wide professional development for teachers and administrators.

Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) delivers the training for the LEC certification. The RCOE serves all of the county’s 23 K-12 school districts, providing educational, financial, legislative, and leadership services and support. “We’re seeing a trend in that school districts are choosing to bring administrators and leadership on board first with technology implementation and training, then the classroom teachers and support staff are next,” said Dennis Large, Ed.D., Director, Educational Technology Services, Riverside COE.

Two districts in particular have taken the approach of training administrators to support their teachers: Hemet Unified School District and Jurupa Unified School District. In both cases the school districts have sent cadres of their administrators – including at the level of the Superintendent – through the Leading Edge Certification program.

Following the completion of the LEC Administrator training for district leaders, teachers then followed suit to complete certification in LEC’s Digital Educator program. Using the LEC program across district and school site educators allows for a comprehensive approach to the visioning of technology integration, collaboration and pedagogy.

Between the two districts Riverside COE has trained 78 administrators and 28 teachers in total. Since implementing Leading Edge Certification 3 years ago, Riverside COE has trained 320 educators across 15 school districts.

Another trend Riverside COE is seeing is the integration of pedagogy and technology, where the technology integration is happening at the curriculum and classroom level.

To find out more about Leading Edge Certification, including upcoming trainings, visit www.leadingedgecertification.org.

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About Leading Edge Certification
Leading Edge Certification (LEC) is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. Created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies, LEC is the first national certification program of its kind, and is platform and vendor neutral. LEC for the Online and Blended Teacher, LEC for the Administrator and LEC for the Digital Educator are currently available. Visit www.leadingedgecertification.org to find out more.

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Growth in Industry-Backed Certifications Signals Future of CTE

Students earn more than 5,000 nationally-recognized certifications, accelerating college and career goals   

LUBBOCK, Texas (June 27, 2017) – As educators seek to prepare students with 21st century skills to enter the modern workforce, Career and Technical Education (CTE) is quickly adapting to meet their needs. CEV Multimedia, the leading producer of CTE curriculum resources, announces that students earned more than 5,000 industry-backed certifications in the 2016-17 school year through iCEV, the most comprehensive online resource for CTE where students can earn up to twelve industry-backed certifications.

The number of earned certifications on iCEV increased by 190 percent from the 2015-16 school year, affirming the value and demand of industry collaboration. CEV Multimedia partnered with key industry stakeholders to develop certifications for validating the skills of students to future employers and educational institutions.

To read the full news release, please click here.

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CUE Expands Professional Development Offerings

– Rock Star Camps Now Include Primary Education –

Walnut Creek, Calif., June 26, 2017 — Today at ISTE 2017, CUE, an education nonprofit and ISTE, SETDA & iNACOL affiliate for California and Nevada, announced the expansion of its incredibly popular Rock Star Teacher Camps. A staple of CUE’s professional development offerings, the Rock Star camps are known for inspiring educators by leveraging the latest and greatest tools, apps, and practical approaches with an all-star cast of faculty members, many of whom are Leading Edge Certified, Apple Distinguished Educators, Google Certified Innovators, and Microsoft Innovative Educators.

The Rock Star Teacher Camps now include programs for the primary grades, administrators, teacher leadership, as well as camps specifically focused on areas of interest such as history and science. “We are taking the CUE Rock Star concept to the next level,” said Jon Corippo, CUE’s Chief Innovation Officer, adding, “Educators are clamoring for more specific professional learning, learning that focuses on their grade range, curricular focus or workgroups – and we’ve had spectacular response to the CUE Rock Star Specialty Camps.”

All CUE Rock Star Teacher events are designed to have low attendee to faculty ratios to maximize learning impact. Small groupings allow for everyone to get personal support and to learn directly from knowledgeable educators. The camps are uniquely scheduled to start late, to end early, and to offer extended downtime so that all attendees have ample opportunities to collaborate and network as part of a learning community.

A detailed list of camps can be found at www.cue.org/rockstar, including CUE’s speciality camps. The summer and early fall offerings are as follows:

CUE Rock Star Camps

Rock Star Teacher CampsRefreshed for the 7th year with a new “Hero’s Journey” format, CUE Rock Star Summer Camps are the place teachers spend a couple days in the Summer to change the way they teach. Daily “episodes” are themed around the 5Es lesson-design model and are high-energy, hands-on and very social. Join the thousands of CUE Rock Star Teachers who’ve enjoyed these camps since 2010. Check out some of this Summer’s learning by viewing #cuerockstar on Twitter.

Oxnard, CA – July 11-12, 2017

Tahoe-Truckee, CA – July 24-25, 2017

Los Alamitos, CA – August 2-3, 2017

CUE Rock Star Admin: A Special Camp for Administrators

Rock Star AdminHaving trained almost 1000 admins in only two years, the CUE Rock Star Admin Hero’s Journey is all about providing new, hands-on skills for administrators who desire to create a positive, disruptive process of change in their organizations. These are two full, hard-working, challenging and rewarding days. The faculty and curriculum will provide administrators (Assistant Principals, Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Directors, Assistant Superintendents and Superintendents) with the skills they need to lead their districts in more agile and adaptable ways. We believe that constant change is here to stay, and the wise leader must not only accept but also embrace it.

September 8-9, 2017

Del Mar Hilton, Del Mar, CA

CUE Rock Star: Primary Edition

Rock Star PrimaryImagine all the fun, excitement, and high-quality professional development of a classic Rock Star Camp – but sharply focused on a TK-3 grade range, led by a faculty of highly skilled educators who are all TK-3 teachers or TOSAs. TK-3 education has its own lingo, pedagogy, and developmental awareness. The CUE Rock Star Primary Edition is built to be a Rock Star experience that is totally grade-range appropriate. Highlights include ELA skills, Math skills, and STEAM skills, with a theme of project-based learning, better student feedback, and an embedded use of technology.

October 7-8, 2017

Union Middle School  

San Jose, CA

Gearing up for celebrating its 40th year in 2018, CUE recently launched a membership promotion and will host its annual Fall CUE in October in Napa Valley and the National CUE Conference in March 2018 in Palm Springs. Registration for the National Conference will begin in August with presentation submissions beginning July 1. More information can be found at www.cue.org/conference.

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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE’s work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org

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Workbench Platform Builds Online Communities for Multiple Technology Companies to Support Project-based Learning with their Product Lines

Partners Dremel, Pai Technology and Robolink will have robust communities to give students, teachers and fans a place to create, access and share projects

Baltimore, MD – June 26, 2017 – Edtech company Workbench has added partners Dremel, Pai Technology and Robolink to create online communities where makers, fans, students and educators can access projects that use 3D printers, robots and drones.

 

The partnerships are part of Workbench’s ongoing work to connect students, educators, makers and edtech companies. The Workbench platform provides access to hands-on, project-based learning that turns students into makers and helps educators meet standards and teach all subjects, topics and grades with inspiring projects using educational technology.

 

“We are passionate about project-based learning and our new partnerships with Dremel, Pai Technology and Robolink will help us offer even more options to educators who want to provide hands-on learning opportunities for their students,” said Chris Sleat, CEO of Workbench. “Students will learn valuable STEM skills by programming drones and robots, dabbling in augmented reality, learning coding, and creating whatever they can dream up with 3D printers.”

 

Workbench will help Dremel create an online hub where educators can search for and share standards-aligned, project-based curriculum that uses the Dremel DigiLab 3D printer. Students can also build an online portfolio in the platform to showcase their 3D printing projects

 

Workbench will help Pai Technology create an online community for schools where teachers and students can access project-based lessons that use Augie, a robot that combines augmented reality and coding. The robot teaches children how to build their own games and activities through code.

 

“We are excited to partner with Workbench to further our mission of making it easier for schools to integrate STEAM into their curriculums so that students can gain tech skills early on and broaden their sense of wonder,” said Amy Braun, Director of Marketing for Pai Technology.

Workbench will help Robolink create Basecamp, an online hub to help users train for Robolink’s robotics and drone competitions. Educators and team coaches will use Basecamp to access and share project-based curriculum to train their squads to compete.

 

“Students, educators and hobbyists will be able to access tutorials and standards-aligned curricula and share their own products with the community,” said Wes Hsu, Lead UX Designer at Robolink.

 

Workbench partners with schools, libraries and industry leaders such as Sphero, Parrot, and Makey Makey and now Dremel, Pai Technology and Robolink to create online communities where educators, students and fans can access and share free lessons using drones, programmable robots, 3D printers and a growing list of cutting-edge technology and educational products. Teachers use Workbench to assign project-based lessons and track student progress.  For an example of a Workbench community, visit www.workbenchplatform.com/cwists/category.

 

 

About Workbench

The Workbench mission is to make Project-Based Learning (PBL) accessible and scalable in schools, districts, and libraries across the globe. The solution reduces the burden on teachers who want to teach PBL  by providing a straightforward framework for project authoring, delivery, and sharing coupled with a library of easily accessible projects teachers can leverage every day. This allows districts to move away from direct instruction as they embrace the PBL approach. The solution is supported by high-touch implementation, including professional development and gear/hardware sourcing which maximizes a district’s investment in PBL.

Workbench not only provides districts with equipment for maker education and a secure hub to implement and share projects, it also serves as the backbone for many of the Maker Education Industry’s top learning communities including Sphero, Parrot, Makey Makey, and SparkFun Electronics.

 

For more information, visit https://www.workbenchplatform.com/what-we-do/

 

About Dremel

Educators can search and share standard-aligned, project-based curriculum to maximize usability of the Dremel DigiLab 3D printer. The partnership with the Workbench platform also enables students to showcase their 3D printing projects and build an online portfolio. Simplicity and usability are central to Dremel DigiLab product design, meaning students can explore the endless possibilities of 3D printing technology. As STEM curriculum and its rich learning applications flourish, the Dremel DigiLab offers a complete and connected experience to advance modern learning.

 

About Pai Technology

Students grow, develop and play with Pai Technology. Pai Technology partners with schools and districts to enhance STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education for grades PreK-6. The technologies prompt a love of learning that’s essential to development and growth. Now, Pai Technology is entering the education market and making a splash in the classroom through Augie, a robot that combines augmented reality and coding.

 

About Robolink

Robolink makes programming fun, and we believe that learning happens best when students strive to complete a mission in a competition. The partnership between Robolink and Workbench will help to create Basecamp, where educators and team coaches will be able to access, learn, and share project-based curriculum as they train their squads to compete in our robotics and drone championships. Basecamp will be a central place, where your squad will be able to engage with the community to refine your skills, share your awesome projects, and become an elite winning team.

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Vernier Announces Exclusive Distributorship of Pivot Interactives’ Real-World Science Online Video Platform

 

College and high school students learn physics through experiments that are difficult or impossible to set up in the classroom

 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, June 26, 2017 — Vernier Software & Technology will provide high school and college physics students with interactive videos of real scientific phenomena through the distribution of Pivot Interactives. Unlike animated simulations, these high-resolution videos incorporate authentic experiences and data to help students learn physics. These classroom-ready, student-driven, open-ended investigations provide teachers with experiments that would otherwise be impossible, unsafe, impractical, or time consuming to set up for hands-on student instruction.

 

“Pivot Interactives are a perfect supplement to hands-on science investigations for any classroom, including those using Chromebooks™ or flipped learning environments,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “The videos help AP Physics, IB Physics, and college-level students as they practice key science skills, such as observation, measurement, experimental design, and data analysis, in the classroom or at home.”

 

Pivot Interactives’ cloud-based web app can be accessed 24/7 using any web-connected device, including Chromebook and iPad®. The videos incorporate time-lapse, slow-motion, multi-camera-angle, and drone videography and cover real events, such as a sprinting Olympian, a rocket launch, and a roller coaster in motion. The Interactives allow students to vary experimental parameters, such as the mass of the object or the frequency of a wave, by choosing one of a set of many recordings of the same experiment. Students can also take measurements using embedded rulers, protractors, and stopwatches, and then graph that data within the online app.

 

To learn more about Pivot Interactives, visit www.vernier.com/pivot.

 

About Vernier Software & Technology

 

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 36 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visithttp://www.vernier.com.

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School Specialty Introduces the 21st Century Safe School Concept
EdTech company provides effective solutions that integrate technology, curriculum, safety and learning environments

Greenville, Wis. (June 26, 2017) – When K-12 educators build a contemporary learning environment, the suite of tools used in the space is greater than the sum of its parts. Teachers and students need classroom resources to work cohesively to support all learning initiatives. To address this need, School Specialty, Inc. (OTCQB:SCOO) (“School Specialty”, “SSI” or “the Company”), a leading distributor of supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources to the education, healthcare and other marketplaces, is excited to announce today the concept of the 21st Century Safe School. This concept involves a holistic approach to designing and equipping school environments in order to ensure safe, successful and forward-thinking learning experiences.

For the full release, click here.

 

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