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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  Contacts:    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
                                                    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates

           Pennsylvania Educator Helps Peers Statewide Teach with Technology

      Educator volunteers time to share expertise on using digital media in the classroom

Silver Spring, Md. (Feb. 11, 2010) – As a member of the Pennsylvania Discovery Educator
Network Leadership Council, Joe Oliphant of Propel Schools will be sharing his skills with
educators from across the state. During the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and
Conference, a statewide event focusing on educational technology, the Pennsylvania Discovery
Educator Network Leadership Council will be hosting a “Day of Discovery” in Hershey.
National experts, educators and administrators will share ideas and best practices for engaging
students with digital media to improve student achievement.

“By hosting and attending the pre-conference event, I hope to gain additional resources that are
current in education,” said Oliphant, Director of Technology Integration for Propel Schools.
“From there, I know that I can take various technology integration ideas from the event and share
them with other teachers in my district.”

The Pennsylvania Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council is comprised of educators
who volunteer to organize and lead professional development events that support teachers as
they integrate technology into existing curriculum. The Council is supported by Discovery
Education, a division of Discovery Communications, whose networks include the Discovery
Channel and Science Channel.

As part of the blog team, Oliphant writes and posts articles to the Council’s blog that are useful
and relevant, not only to members, but to educators of all levels and subjects throughout the state
and country. “Today’s students are wired to multitask and become excited by animation and
color, and that is how they learn,” said Oliphant. “If teachers don’t attempt to change how they
teach with the technology resources available, then they are going to find that their students will
become invisible in the classroom.”

The Day of Discovery will be held on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention
Center. Entitled A Day in the Life: Moving Beyond the Textbook, the professional development
event will focus on creative ways to use digital media in the classroom. Participants will have
the opportunity to customize their schedule and choose from sessions such as The Student as
Collaborator and Creator, Homework Gone Digital and The Top Ten Web 2.0 Tools for 2010.


“Joe has demonstrated a tremendous level of leadership in planning the upcoming Day of
Discovery in Hershey,” said Scott Kinney, Vice President of Global Outreach and Learning
Initiatives. “Across the country, forward thinking educators are putting aside traditional
textbooks and embracing digital content as the primary instructional tool to engage students in
learning. Joe, and the other members of the Pennsylvania Discovery Educator Network
Leadership Council, are leading this effort to bring America’s classrooms into the 21st century,
and we at Discovery Education join their local community in thanking them.”

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council, visit For more information about Discovery
Education, visit, or call 800-323-9084.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with
Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered
by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines
scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to
empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools
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