On January 27, 2005, at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), Discovery Education introduced the Discovery Health Connection, an online library of K-12 health and prevention content that addresses the nine critical areas of youth health and prevention as outlined by the National Institute of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Web-based subscription service, located at http://www.discoveryhealthconnection.com, is available to schools across the country beginning January 31.
Discovery Health Connection takes traditional health and prevention curriculum kits, and, by using the power of the Internet for school-wide distribution, gives educators the ability to capture the teachable moments in the classroom with instant access to curriculum programs, teachers' guides, worksheets, videos, and extension exercises addressing health and prevention subjects including The Body, Safety, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Growth and Development, Mental Health, Tobacco, Nutrition, Violence, and Physical Activity, according to the announcement. Each area of study is anchored by a research-based curriculum and is supplemented with an array of materials designed to engage students and make a positive impact on their growth and development.
The resource also includes integrated literacy lessons to facilitate cross-curricular instruction while improving students' reading comprehension and writing skills as well.
In addition to content developed by Discovery Education, Discovery Health Connection includes curricula developed by the Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (CHEF)—a nonprofit organization that supports health education in schools and communities through the development of nationally recognized prevention and health education materials and services-and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. These curriculum programs include:
Here's Looking At You (CHEF)—A K-12 substance abuse program that builds pro- social skills and assets to create a healthy school climate.
Get Real About Violence (CHEF)—A K-12 bullying and teasing prevention program that fosters a safe school environment and builds character.
Great Beginnings (UNH Cooperative Extension)—A nutrition program for pregnant and new mothers that provides practical nutrition and wellness information, provides information on monthly infant development, and helps parents obtain the skills they need to feed themselves and their children low-cost, nutritious meals.
A school site subscription to Discovery Health Connection costs $995 and includes unlimited, school-wide access; an administrative suite that allows for local control and includes tools for reporting usage and other statistics, and gauging overall effectiveness. The service requires no special software and comes with complete customer support and implementation assistance. In-school training sessions are also available from Discovery Education's staff at an additional charge.
For more information about Discovery Health Connection or to sign up for a free 30-day trial, visit http://www.discoveryhealthconnection.com.
Source: Discovery Education, http://www.discoveryed.com.