Posts By Rebecca Topol

  1. Discovery Education Essentials Episode 2: Interactive Site Trainings

    The second episode of the Support team’s YouTube series, Discovery Education Essentials, is live! This installment will walk you through a new feature of the site: interactive training modules that walk you through every facet of the site. They’re a great way for teachers and administrators to get familiar with all of Discovery Education’s features […]

  2. Calendar of Cool: Gutenberg Bible Printed

    On March 22 the 1455 the Gutenberg Bible was printed. Johannes Gutenberg invented the first practical printing press, changing the world forever. Up until that time, books had to be handwritten, and were painstakingly copied out by monks. This made books rare and expensive, meaning they were only available to large libraries and to the wealthy. Gutenberg’s […]

  3. Discovery Education Essentials Video Series Premiere!

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    The Discovery Education Support team is thrilled to announce the debut of our brand-new YouTube series, Discovery Education Essentials! Hosted by yours truly, this show will give you an insider’s guide to new site features, a look at upcoming releases, and a chance to meet the people who make Discovery Education work. Plus, since it’s […]

  4. Calendar of Cool: First Department of Space Medicine Established

    On this day in, 1949 the first Department of Space Medicine was established. This day in 1949 the United States Air Force School of Aviation Medicine at Randolph Field, Texas established the first Department of Space Medicine, and Dr. Hubertus Strughold became its first professor. Strughold had already been the director of aeromedical research for […]

  5. Calendar of Cool: the Apollo Theater Opens

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    Today is the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Apollo Theater on the January 26, 1934. The most famous club for African-American performers and popular music in the U.S. is the Apollo Theater, a continuing legacy of the Harlem Renaissance. From the beginning, the Apollo offered amateur nights each evening, where many famous artists, such as […]

  6. Calendar of Cool: Basketball Invented

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    On December 1, 1891, Dr. James B. Naismith invented basketball, making today the 123rd birthday of the sport! Dr. Naismith was a Canadian-American doctor and physical education teacher. While working at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, Naismith was asked to come up with a sport that could be played indoors in winter, and came up with […]

  7. Calendar of Cool: John Philip Sousa Born

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    On November 6, 1854, famed American musician John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. This patriotic birthplace is fitting, since Sousa’s best-known works are marches that are commonly played during parades or at other celebrations of American holidays. Sousa is best known as a brass-band trailblazer, but the first instrument he learned to play […]

  8. Calendar of Cool: Teddy Roosevelt Born

    On this day in 1858 Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the United States’ 26th President, was born. Theodore Roosevelt was born into a wealthy family, and suffered from severe asthma. Despite this, he was determined to lead an adventurous life, becoming a marksman, horseback rider, boxer, and the leader of the Rough Riders, who became famous for their […]

  9. Calendar of Cool: Women’s Equality Day

    Today, August 26th, is Women’s Equality Day. Designated by Congress in 1971, this is also the anniversary of the passage in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. After the Civil War, women began the battle to gain the right to vote. Despite being taxpaying citizens of the United States, […]

  10. Calendar of Cool: Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold

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    On August 9, 1936, Jesse Owens became the first American to win four medals in a single Olympics. The Olympic Games were being held in Berlin, Germany that year, and the racist rhetoric being spread by Adolf Hitler at the time made African-American Owens’ success even more noteworthy. Owens set new Olympic records in the […]