Department partners with Discovery Education to provide digital content to Idaho schools
The Idaho State Department of Education today 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,” Superintendent Luna said. “This will bring a world of information and opportunities right to their fingertips, and I am excited about the possibilities.”
The agreement with Discovery Education is funded with a grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation in the first two years. In 2011, the Albertson Foundation provided a $21 million grant to the State Department of Education 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.
Educational stakeholders from across Idaho, including teachers, principals and superintendents, selected Discovery Education after a rigorous review process.
Beginning July 1, 2012, schools across Idaho will have the opportunity to sign up to access digital content through Discovery Education streaming Plus for all of their classrooms.