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Discovery Education Adds New Content from Scholastic Media, the Smithsonian Institution and Other Leading Publishers

Posted Feb 19, 2010
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Discovery Education has expanded its library to more than 150,000 digital assets through new agreements with Scholastic Media, the Smithsonian Institution, and other content providers and school systems.

Through an expanded partnership with Scholastic Media that provides educators and students with award-winning digital content, Discovery Education streaming users now have access to Maya and Miguel, a collection of 65 full length videos. WordGirl, a collection of 52 full length videos, will soon be added to the service. In addition, more than 100 new full length audio books from Scholastic Audio, a subsidiary of Scholastic Media, will be added to Discovery Education streaming in the coming months to augment elementary language arts lessons. Popular series like Goosebumps and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and children's literature classics like The Velveteen Rabbit and The Night Before Christmas will soon be available for instructional use. Discovery Education is already the exclusive educational streaming provider of the award-winning Magic School Bus series.

The company's relationship with the Smithsonian Institution brings new videos to Discovery Education streaming users. Easily integrated into middle and high school social studies curricula, these digital resources bring historical figures to life, providing background and needed context to events in American history.

In addition, video resources highlighting the role of food in history and in students' daily lives, are now available from Ancient Lights Educational Media in Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Science for Elementary and Discovery Education Science for Middle School. Discovery Education will soon offer digital content about postpartum and newborn care in Discovery Education Health through a new partnership with Milner-Fenwick, Inc.

Discovery Education has also partnered with Infinitec, Inc., to offer educators and administrators access to ten key training resources that address response to intervention, assistive technologies, student behavior, and more. These professional development videos covering critical instructional issues will soon become available through Discovery Education streaming and Discovery Education streaming Canada. 

Also, more than 30 "continuity of learning" activities, created by Milwaukee Public Schools and Oakland Intermediate School District (in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Education), are available to Discovery Education streaming subscribers. These activities allow educators to insert their own curriculum, and direct learning to wherever students happen to be, keeping pupils engaged in the learning process during periods of absence or school closure.
Additionally, in January Discovery Education announced the debut of Discovery Channel's 11-part epic natural history series, LIFE, on Discovery Education streaming Plus in late March, following the U.S. premiere of the series on television. Full-length episodes, clips and classroom resources aligned to state standards will be available to educators and students the day after each episode premieres on Discovery Channel. Teachers' guides and ancillary materials for three targeted grade bands (3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) will promote critical thinking among students and support educators in taking a cross-curricular instructional approach.

Source: Discovery Education,

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