Head into the Holiday Season with New Dynamic Digital Experiences from Discovery Education and Social Impact Partners

Silver Spring, MD (Wednesday, December 1, 2021) — To support continued student engagement anywhere during the winter holiday breaks, Discovery Education and leading social impact partners are introducing new flexible and engaging learning resources. Designed to connect students to their innate curiosity and unite communities around learning, the dynamic array of no-cost content spans all K-12 disciplines. Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.

Aligned to applicable learning standards, the new curated content supports educators’ work to bring the world to life while also connecting the classroom to careers and uniting families around learning. Among the resources from Discovery Education and educational initiatives created in collaboration with leading social impact partners are:

Virtual Field Trip
Premiere: December 9th at 1 PM EST…Read More

Automation can help K-12 cybersecurity–here’s how

Across industries, ransomware and cyberattacks have proliferated in the past year, largely due to the rapid shift to remote work and school. The education sector has been hit particularly hard–the 2020 calendar year saw a record-setting 408 publicly disclosed cybersecurity incidents in the K-12 sector, according to The State of K-12 Cybersecurity: 2020 Year in Review.

The report, put out by the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, found that the attacks affected 377 school districts in 40 states and cost millions of dollars to resolve.

The unfortunate reality is that the problem isn’t going to go away–the threat landscape will continue to expand. And compounding this is the fact that education IT departments are too often underfunded. This is where automation can play a key role.…Read More

Edge at Hudson Yards and Discovery Education Launch New Partnership Empowering Students to Engineer STEM Dreams

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, November 1, 2021) – Edge at Hudson Yards and Discovery Education today announced a new educational initiative – Reach for the Sky – that shows students nationwide the transformative power of STEM during a virtual trip to the tallest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.

This new initiative – Reach for the Sky – features engaging digital educational resources and a Virtual Field Trip for students in grades 4-12. With an array of no-cost content, students discover how big ideas and cutting-edge technology can be combined to improve lives and revolutionize communities. Premiering November 4th  at 1 PM ET, The Future is Now Virtual Field Trip takes students on a virtual adventure into NYC’s newest and most forward-thinking neighborhood and the incredible observation deck where marvels of modern engineering elevate the possibilities of everyday life to extraordinary heights. Students will explore new horizons in community-building as they journey 1,131 ft into the air to Edge, the highest outdoor skydeck in the Western hemisphere, for an unparalleled 360° view of the city and a behind-the-scenes look at amazing innovations of architecture and engineering. Throughout the Virtual Field Trip, students will hear from various leaders about the STEM, history, and social impact of the new gravity-defying structure. Learn more about this event and register here.

“Hudson Yards was always envisioned as an innovative center for engaging sustainable neighborhoods of the future and a place for discovery and adventure,” said Haley Ward, Vice President of Sales at Hudson Yards Experiences. “We are proud to partner with Discovery Education to inspire the next generation of inventors and visionaries through this one-of-a-kind STEM learning experience at Edge.”…Read More

Discovery Education and Social Impact Partners Offer Communities No-Cost Digital Learning Resources Supporting STEM Day Observances Nationwide

Silver Spring, MD (Wednesday, November 3, 2021) — Discovery Education and leading social impact partners are offering engaging, no-cost digital learning resources to students, teachers, and families to support National STEM Day observances nationwide. Held annually on November 8th, National STEM Day unites communities in celebrating the importance of teaching science, technology, engineering, and math to students in grades K-12. Discovery Education is the worldwide EdTech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.

Discovery Education offers educators, students, and families hundreds of no-cost resources tailored to STEM teaching and learning where it takes place. Among the content are resources from educational initiatives created in collaboration with leading social impact partners, such as:

STEM Careers Coalition™ –  Afterschool and Post-Secondary Resources
A coalition of industry partners – such as Caterpillar Foundation, ASME, Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Boeing, American Petroleum Institute, Chevron, and Stanley Black & Decker – collaborates with Discovery Education to create a culture of STEM education in K-12 schools nationwide. By empowering educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom and fostering equity and access to quality education, the  STEM Careers Coalition is building the next generation of solution-seekers. Among the new resources now available to educators, parents, and families are a series of afterschool and post-secondary resources. Created in partnership with industry leaders, these resources further support teachers’ efforts to integrate STEM teaching and learning into instruction with ready-made activities featuring step-by-step educator guides suitable for the classroom, the remote environment, or wherever learning is taking place.…Read More

Cost remains the top barrier to higher education

The cost of college, including the expense of living and the cost of tuition and course materials, is the biggest barrier to post-secondary education for students.

Not surprisingly, current, future and students who dropped out say “free college” would have the single biggest impact on them finishing or returning to post-secondary education, according to the Barriers to Post-Secondary Education Report from Cengage Group, a global education technology company.

The company surveyed more than 1,600 current college students, recent high school graduates and students who have dropped out of post-secondary education to better understand their education barriers and what would have the biggest impact on them completing their education.…Read More

Discovery Education Continues Supporting Educators During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Hundreds of No Cost Daily Activitie

SILVER SPRING, MD (Friday, October 8, 2021)—In an effort to continue its support of educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, Discovery Education—the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place—today announced it is making approximately 500 daily classroom activities available to teachers nationwide at no cost throughout the school year. Available until June of 2022, these free activities are designed to be quickly integrated into instruction no matter where it is taking place.  

Providing inspiration and serving as a launch pad for teacher planning, these free resources are available in the K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade bands and serve teachers what they are looking for when they need it most. All activities will be released on a monthly basis, are organized to support weekly instructional goals, and were created based on the most searched terms during each month of the school year.  These engaging daily activities include Daily Fix-Its, Background Builders, Writing Prompts, and more to address specific learning needs. The monthly release of educator-informed activities provide fun, engaging, standards-aligned instructional supports that connect teachers across the country in a shared experience of learning.  To access Discovery Education’s no-cost digital activities and for more information visit the  Daily Activities website

“The opening of the 2021-2022 school year was supposed to be different. This year, parents, teachers, and students were all looking forward to returning to classrooms that looked more like those from the pre-COVID-19 era,” said Scott Kinney, Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Education. “However, the rise of the Delta Variant and various other factors have created a high-level of uncertainty among education stakeholders. Across the country, there remains a lot of questions about how educators will navigate these complicated times, and by making these student activities available, we hope to ease some of the burden educators have been carrying so heroically since March of 2020.” …Read More

Dynamic New Virtual Field Trips from Discovery Education and Social Impact Partners Help Students Explore STEM in the World Around Them

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, October 4, 2021) — To help students explore the exciting the many ways STEM is shaping the world around them, Discovery Education—the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art K-12 digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place—and leading corporate and community partners proudly introduce four new engaging, no-cost virtual field trips (VFTs). Debuting throughout October and November, these unique VFTs connect classroom learning to the world we live in. Learn more and register for the new virtual field trips and find all the resources here.

Discovery Education offers educators, students, and families hundreds of no-cost, on-demand VFTs that empower educators to provide all students with access to remarkable learning experiences that connect what students are learning to the outside world wherever instruction is taking place. Adding to the robust collection, the following virtual experiences—developed in conjunction with Discovery Education’s new and existing social impact partners—debut this October and November:

Power of Cooperatives Virtual Field Trip with CHS Foundation
Premiere: October 7th at 1 PM ET…Read More

The STEM Careers Coalition Celebrates Manufacturing Day with Resources to Inspire the Creators, Doers, Makers, and Makers of Tomorrow in the Classrooms of Today

SILVER SPRING, MD (Wednesday, September 29, 2021) – Members of the STEM Careers Coalition – the first-of-its-kind national STEM initiative powered by corporate leaders and anchored in schools by Discovery Education – are helping students and educators explore modern manufacturing with no-cost resources designed to celebrate Manufacturing (MFG) Day. With the need to fill 4 million high-tech and high-skill positions in manufacturing over the next several years, MFG Day—which this year is observed on October 1st —helps inspire today’s students to become the creators, doers, and makers leading the manufacturing industry of tomorrow. Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.

Created by The Manufacturing Institute – an association partner of the Coalition – MFG Day empowers communities to explore the world of modern manufacturing. In celebration of Manufacturing Day on October 1st, the STEM Careers Coalition offers educators, families, and students an engaging collection of standards-aligned content that supports learning anywhere. Sourced from industry-leading organizations such as Boeing, Sanofi, Stanley Black & Decker, Microsoft, the Caterpillar Foundation, the American Petroleum Institute, GAF, and the Arconic Foundation, the no-cost resources include:

Manufacturing-Focused Career Profiles
Explore the profiles of manufacturing professionals using the skills they learned in school to become the kind of problem solvers that make a difference. Make the connection from the classroom to careers and find out how all students can make it in manufacturing.…Read More

Toyota and Discovery Education Launch Initiative Inspiring Student Innovation in STEM

PLANO, Texas and SILVER SPRING, Maryland (September 23, 2021) — Toyota’s mission of Mobility for All is at the core of a new education initiative by Toyota and Discovery Education called Keys to Connect.   

Designed for wherever learning takes place, Keys to Connect includes a variety of no-cost, standards-aligned digital resources that immerse learners at all levels to address transportation challenges and imagine the future of mobility. Visit: toyotakeystoconnect.com

Keys to Connect features:…Read More

Discovery Education and Social Impact Partners Support Families with New No-Cost Resources to Ignite Student Interest in STEM

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, September 16, 2021) — To accelerate student learning and ignite student curiosity in STEM, Discovery Education presents parents and guardians an array of no-cost dynamic digital resources. This selection of content, created in partnership with leading corporate and community partners, inspires families to learn together by exploring the world around them. Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art K-12 digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.

The following selection of new no-cost digital resources added to existing programs connect families to the wide world of STEM learning by bringing STEM learning home:

Science at Home with 3M…Read More