Delivering tech and business news to classrooms

January 25, 2019 | Cheddar/Discovery Education

Cheddar, the leading post cable networks company, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms, launched CheddarK-12, a new collaboration delivering the latest technology and business news to educators and students nationwide. Through this new partnership, Cheddar’s relevant, real world content will be integrated into Discovery Education’s award-winning Techbook Series,simplifying educators’ efforts to integrate current events into classroom instruction.

CheddarK-12’s standards-aligned content includes a weekly compilation of educationally-relevant technology and business news briefings broadcast from the New York Stock Exchange floor. This content will be initially accessible from each Discovery Education Techbook user’s personal MyDE page and will also include lesson starters and strategies for teachers to help them readily incorporate current events into lessons and activities. In the coming months, additional CheddarK-12 content will be added to Discovery Education’s series of Techbooks.

“I believe that one of the ways educators can help prepare students for success beyond the classroom is by helping them learn how to analyze and interpret current events,” said Mark Case, a high school science teacher in North Carolina’s Southern Guilford High School. “The CheddarK-12 content coming to Discovery Education’s Techbook and other services will be a “go-to” resource I can integrate into the lessons I prepare that will help my students develop the critical thinking skills they need for success now and in the future.”

Discovery Education’s Science, Math, and Social StudiesTechbooks are currently used by approximately 5.6 million students across all 50 states and Canada.An immersive digital curriculum, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are aligned to rigorous standards and updated regularly at no cost. Each Techbook provides educators detailed lesson plans, embedded formative assessments, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supportsthat deeply engage students in learning.

Discovery Education’s Science Techbookis built on the 5E model and helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, data analysis activities, and powerful STEM resources. The Math Techbookis a digital textbook that connects students to math through real-world problems, helping all learners develop long-lasting mastery of mathematical concepts. The Social Studies Techbookuses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond.

“Cheddar’s content is educational and informative. It helps viewers understand not only the current events of the day, but also how business and technology will impact the economy, society, and our lives in the future,” said Daniel Schneider, Vice President at Cheddar. “We are excited to partner with Discovery Education to bring engaging and informative news to educators nationwide through CheddarK-12 and look forward to continuing to build on this partnership.”

A custom Cheddar Content Collection–featuring a mix of interviews with today’s newsmakers, long and short form business and tech videos, and innovativeinstructional strategies educators can use to seamlessly integrate CheddarK-12 content into teaching and learning, will also be added toDiscovery Education Streaming Plus. A comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Streaming Plus helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information.

“Discovery Education is very pleased to announce this new content partnership with Cheddar,” said Discovery Education President of K-12 Education Scott Kinney. “The addition of these dynamic resources to our award-winning Techbooks and other services not only support teachers as they plan instruction that stimulates student interest in the people, places, and events driving today’s news, but also provides students timely, relevant information that mirrors their interaction with current events outside the classroom. This is another example of Discovery Education’s ongoing effort to provide the school systems we serve the high-quality digital curriculum teachers need to engage students and drive academic success.”

Teachers using CheddarK-12 content accessible through their Discovery Education digital services and curriculum will be supported by the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration that helps transform teaching and learning.

For more information about Cheddar, visit www.cheddar.com and follow on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. For more information about Discovery Education other digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Cheddar

Cheddar is the leading post-cable networks company. Its programming is available on Sling TV, DirecTV NOW, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, Snapchat, fuboTV, Philo, Amazon, Twitch, Twitter, 60% of smart TVs in the U.S., and Facebook. Cheddar currently broadcasts two live video news networks: Cheddar Business, covering the most innovative executives, founders, products, and technologies transforming our lives and economy, and Cheddar News, a fast-paced, young, non-partisan general and headline news network. The company broadcasts from the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, its street level studio in the glass corner of the Sprint Store in the Flatiron Building, WeWork in Los Angeles, and the White House. Cheddar was founded by Jon Steinberg, President and Chief Operating Officer of BuzzFeed from 2010 to 2014. Its investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Raine Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Liberty Global, Comcast Ventures, AT&T, Amazon, Antenna Group, Ribbit Capital, The New York Stock Exchange, Altice USA, 7 Global Capital, and Dentsu Ventures.

About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind.Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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