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Discovery Education to provide digital content in Idaho classrooms

The Idaho State Department of Education March 13 announced it has signed an agreement with Discovery Education to provide digital content to classrooms across Idaho for the next five years, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna announced.

“This partnership is part of our continued efforts to transform every classroom into a 21st Century Classroom that will give every teacher in every school and every student in every classroom equal access to the best educational opportunities,” Luna said.

The agreement with Discovery Education, provider of standards-based digital resources for the classroom, is funded with a grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation in the first two years, said Melissa McGrath, spokesperson for ISDE.

In 2011, the Albertson Foundation provided a $21 million grant to the SDE to help create the 21st century classroom in every Idaho school. Through this grant funding, the state has implemented a statewide instructional management system in every Idaho classroom, giving classroom teachers instant access to current, accurate data and tools to develop lesson plans, share best practices, and assess and analyze student progress throughout the school year,” she said. “Now, teachers will also have ready access to Discovery Education streaming Plus.”

Through Discovery Education streaming Plus, teachers and students will have access to a library of more than 200,000 d resources that cover all curriculum areas and meet Common Core State Standards.

Educational stakeholders from across Idaho, including teachers, principals and superintendents, selected Discovery Education after a rigorous review process, McGrath said.

Beginning July 1, schools across Idaho will have the opportunity to sign up to access digital content through Discovery Education streaming Plus for all of their classrooms.

This article appeared in the Teton Valley News on March 15th.