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Press Release: SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS DISCUSS THEIR SUCCESSES CONVERTING TO DIGITAL CLASSROOMS DURING DISCOVERY EDUCATION’S 2014 ISTE EVENT

– Discovery Education Thought Leaders Hall Davidson and Steve Dembo to Provide Insight into Future of Educational Technologies –

WHAT:
School administrators from across the U.S. and experts from Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will make multiple presentations during the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2014 Conference being held June 28 through July 1 in Atlanta, Ga. During these presentations, conference participants will learn practical strategies for transforming instruction to engage today’s tech-savvy students. Among the topics explored during these presentations will be digital storytelling, Web 2.0, navigating the digital transition, wearable technology, and hardware and platform choices. Discovery Education experts will present in the following sessions:

Sunday, June 29
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Embark on the Digital Conversion Journey with Discovery Education: Attendees will hear from administrators who successfully navigated the digital conversion, including top leaders from Georgia’s Forsyth County Schools, South Carolina’s Rock Hill Schools, Tennessee’s Oak Ridge Schools and D.C. Public Schools. **Session will be held at Omni CNN Center Hotel, Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303**

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Untangling the Web – The Best of Collaboration, Communication and Innovation: Discovery Education’s Steve Dembo and eduTecher’s Adam Bellow will explore how to use web tools to create interactive, collaborative experiences for teachers to engage in with their students.

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Tablet Hardware Smackdown: As curriculum resources move from print to digital, hardware and platform choices become important. In this session, Discovery Education’s Hall Davidson will run cloud-based curriculum products through the most widely available hardware platforms, allowing participants the opportunity to see how each device and platform performs in a test of the same resource.

Monday, June 30
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Snapshot 2 of 2 – Wearable Technology in Education: Steve Dembo will participate on a panel about how technology like Google Glass might best be used in an educational setting.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Transition to digital textbooks – Why it works, why it’s time: Because school board members must make budgetary decisions, it is essential that they understand the impact of digital resources. This presentation, by Hall Davidson and Napa County Superintendent of Schools Barbara Nemko, will give CTO’s, superintendents, and educational technology advocates tools to share the vision with their boards.

Tuesday, July 1
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 pm. Storytelling for the YouTube Generation: Steve Dembo explores non-traditional ways to harness the power of digital storytelling to tap into student creativity throughout the curriculum. This session will identify new models of digital storytelling that are being used to generate millions of views on YouTube and then determine how to make use of them in the classroom.

WHO:
Steve Dembo, Director of Social Media Strategy and Online Community, Discovery Education
Hall Davidson, Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives, Discovery Education
Dr. Barbara Nemko, Superintendent, Napa County Office of Education
Dr. Kelly R. Price, Director of Academic Standards, Forsyth County Schools, Ga.
Dr. Harriet L. Jaworowski, Associate Superintendent for Instruction and Accountability, Rock Hill School District 3, S.C.
David Rose, Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning, District of Columbia Public Schools, D.C.
Dr. Chris Marzcak, Assistant Superintendent, Oak Ridge Schools, T.N.
Dr. Tim Clark, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Forsyth County Schools, GA
More than 18,000 teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher educators and policy makers

WHEN:
Sunday, June 29 – Tuesday, July 1, 2014

WHERE:
Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

CONTACT:
Elizabeth Hillman, Discovery Education
elizabeth_hillman@discovery.com, (240) 662-2664

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate 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.

About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective uses of technology in PK–12 and teacher education. Home to the ISTE Conference and Expo and the widely adopted ISTE Standards (formerly known as the NETS), ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide and is a dedicated education technology advocate. Visit iste.org for more information.

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