Discovery Education’s Math Techbook Wins 2019 Tech Edvocate Award

–Immersive, Digital Math Curriculum Named Winner in “Best Math App or Tool Category” While Discovery Education Earns Finalist Status in Two Additional Categories–

Silver Spring, MD (September 4, 2019)—The Discovery Education Math Techbook, an immersive digital curriculum supporting math instruction across North America, was recently named a winner of the 2019 Tech Edvocate Award in the “Best Math App or Tool Category.” In addition, Discovery Education STEM Connect was named a finalist in the “Best STEM/STEAM Education App or Tool” category and Discovery Education earned finalist status in the “Best Global EdTech Company” category.  Discovery Education is the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms worldwide.

The Tech Edvocate awards are the culmination of a process that began with the solicitation of nominees from The Edvocate readers in June/July of 2019 and then a period of online voting through July 31, 2019. A nominee’s performance during the online voting period was used to gauge their popularity, but finalists and winners were ultimately selected by a panel comprised of two edtech thought leaders, two PreK-12 teachers, one college professor, two K-12 administrators, one college administrator, and two PreK-12 parents.

Discovery Education’s family of MathScience, and Social Studies Techbooks are currently used by approximately 5.6 million students across all 50 states and Canada. An immersive digital curriculum, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are aligned to rigorous standards and updated regularly at no cost. Each Techbook provides educators with detailed lesson plans, embedded formative assessments, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that deeply engage students in learning.  The Math Techbook connects students to math through real-world problems, helping all learners develop long-lasting mastery of mathematical concepts. In addition, the Math Techbook has been independently verified by EdReports.org to meet the highest levels of mathematical content and pedagogy.

STEM Connect is a cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource. STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation, and was recently awarded the prestigious CODiE award by the Software and Information Industry Association. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from Tech Edvocate, and we thank all the panelists that participated in selecting the Tech Edvocate 2019 finalists and winners for their service,” said Scott Kinney, Discovery Education’s President of K-12 Education. “Tech Edvocate’s acknowledgment of our company and services confirms and validates the partnerships so many school districts nationwide have created with Discovery Education.”

Users of the Math Techbook, STEM Connect, and other Discovery Education services are  supported by theDiscovery Education Community. 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 information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook,follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

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CoSN to the FCC: Strengthen E-Rate to Help Schools Improve Cybersecurity

 New Findings Reveal Growing Cybersecurity Costs and Challenges in Schools

 Washington, D.C. (September 3, 2019) — CoSN today submitted Reply Comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the agency to expand E-Rate funding to help school districts meet critical cybersecurity needs and take other steps to strengthen the program’s internal connections component. The Reply Comments were submitted in response to the FCC’s request for public feedback about the future of E-Rate Category Two, including possible expansion of the program’s eligible services.

With school cyberattacks on the rise, school system technology leaders have consistently cited improving cybersecurity as their No. 1 priority. CoSN’s comments underscore new findings from the organization’s K-12 Cybersecurity Cost Report — Fall 2019. The survey of edtech leaders nationwide identifies specific cybersecurity challenges school systems are facing and the cybersecurity expenses that should be eligible for E-Rate funding.

“It’s clear that the cybersecurity challenge is real and prevalent in school systems nationwide. More must be done to address this 21st century priority. The FCC and U.S. policymakers should take stronger steps to help schools better protect their networks and student data. This includes expanding E-Rate eligible services to include cybersecurity protections,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

The E-Rate program importantly builds networks and provides internet access, but does not provide essential funding to protect and secure those networks. These investment holes put school systems at risk of being unable to fully protect their networks and, subsequently, information on students, teachers and administrators,” said Pete Just, CTO, MSD of Wayne Township (IN).

 

The survey of rural, suburban and urban school systems nationwide found that:

  • Consistent deployment of basic cybersecurity tools in school systems is heavily influenced by the requirements and limitations of the E-Rate program;
  • School systems encounter significant funding limitations that prevent them from deploying more advanced cybersecurity tools to protect their networks, systems and internet access; and
  • School systems face ongoing staffing challenges in implementing, managing and monitoring the cybersecurity of their networks and systems.

CoSN proposes the following cybersecurity recommendations to the FCC to improve the E-Rate program:

  • Expand the range of firewall services that can be reimbursed;
  • Expand funding to cover advanced security services provided by a school system’s Internet Service Provider;
  • Clarify or update the definition of “basic firewall” to align with technology industry standards;
  • Make managed security services and/or security operations center services eligible for E-Rate funding; and
  • Add web content filtering to the list of discounted services and make it a covered expense.

 

CoSN’s Reply Comments also called on the FCC to:

  • Continue the current Category Two funding model;
  • Make the installation of Wi-Fi on school buses an eligible E-Rate use while maintaining the program’s support for caching, managed internal broadband services and basic maintenance of internal connections;
  • Increase the Category Two formula’s per-student amount to at least $250, up from the current $150, and raise the funding floor for small, rural applicants to at least $25,000;
  • Permit the use of school district-wide budgets; and
  • Establish a common five-year budget cycle.

“When the E-Rate program was first created, schools and libraries relied on internet for basic tasks and processes. Today, schools and libraries work with data sensitive applications that must be protected from cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Expanding the E-Rate eligible services list to include security services further modernizes the E-Rate program to meet the needs of today’s schools and libraries and aligns with the purpose and intent of the E-Rate program’s promise. We want to thank the Wireline Competition Bureau for inviting comment on this issue,” said Michael McKerley, CTO of ENA, co-sponsor of the K-12 Cybersecurity Cost Report — Fall 2019.

“The future of any nation begins in its schools. Unfortunately, the cybersecurity risks that schools face are not going away and the costs of recovering from a compromising event continue to rise. Combatting today’s cybersecurity threats requires deep network visibility and multiple points of enforcement throughout the network — something that aging network defenses are simply unable to provide. Juniper Networks supports the expansion of the E-Rate program, as we believe schools should have the tools they require to focus their efforts on education, even as their cybersecurity threat landscape continues to evolve,” Said Gavin Lee, K-12 Practice Leader, Juniper Networks, co-sponsor of the K-12 Cybersecurity Cost Report — Fall 2019.

 

Read CoSN’s full comments to the FCC here. Learn more about CoSN’s cybersecurity leadership at: cosn.org/cybersecurity.

 

About CoSN 

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. cosn.org