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Discovery Education official: ‘Kids have really changed,’ learn differently now

A team from Discovery Education is now addressing the “Students Come First” Technology Task Force, headed by Hall Davidson, a former middle school teacher and now director of global learning initiatives for the Silver Spring, Md.-based company. Davidson said, “Kids really have changed.” They learn differently now, he said, because they've spent so much time, from such a young age, using media, including TV, computers and smartphones. “It affects the way they learn,” he said. “When that happens, it means we have to adjust the material we give to them.” Different media and means of delivering it and interacting with it, including social networks, work better for students now than watching a program all the way through, he said. They'll learn better and faster and with more retention, he said, “if we teach them the way they're wired to learn.”

Here's what Discovery Education says on its website: “BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK. Created by the Discovery Channel, we engage students through dynamic curricular resources like Discovery Education streaming Plus and Discovery Education Science, support teachers through customized professional development and assessment services, and ultimately improve student achievement.” It also says, “Discovery Education has successfully implemented digital instructional materials in school districts of all sizes across the U.S.”

Joining Davidson for the presentation today is Betsy Drennan, sales director for the region; Craig Halper, vice president for customer operations and platform strategy; and Justin Karkow, director of professional development.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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