Written by Gary Shorman, President & CEO of Eagle Communications
There’s nothing like seeing the joy on a student’s face as she walks her parents through a project she’s been working on at school, or the pride you see when another student explains how the use of using dynamic digital content such as video and virtual experiments makes learning come alive for him. At Eagle, we know that it is imperative for students to have access to digital content through broadband internet connections in order to make today’s classrooms more dynamic and engaging for students, as well as to help prepare those same students for success in tomorrow’s world – no matter the size or location of the community.
On April 30 Eagle Communications, in partnership with Schuyler Middle School and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, jointly presented a special community night to demonstrate how Schuyler Middle School educators are creating dynamic digital learning environments that engage area students and prepare them for success in college and careers utilizing the power of broadband.
The special evening featured a student project showcase, hands-on activities, and interactive exploration stations demonstrating how digital content can support the success of today’s tech-savvy learners. The exploration stations focused on three areas – Math, Science, Social Studies – and featured virtual labs, opportunities to create videos, and fun, problem-solving experiments. Additionally, attendees had the opportunity to learn about Eagle Communication’s commitment to the Eagle Connect 2 Compete (C2C) program. Offering Internet at a reduced price to low-income families, Connect2Compete is helping communities across the country benefit from Internet connectivity and close the digital divide.
You may ask: why focus on Schuyler, Nebraska? It’s simple, really. Eagle is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve by providing services and leveraging partnerships to promote both community and family growth.
In this case, Discovery Education and Schuyler Middle School are doing important things together to empower students in the Schuyler community. They are doing this by providing teachers with digital resources that enhance curriculum, inspire students and improve learning outcomes in this community. Through a school improvement grant administered by the Nebraska Department of Education, Schuyler Middle School is providing its students and educators with Discovery Education’s full range of dynamic, digital services and customized professional development to accelerate student achievement. This means that students currently use Discovery Education’s Techbook series, a dynamic digital textbook solution for Math, Science and Social Studies, as well as Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital library of more than 100,000 learning assets aligned to state and national curriculum standards. Additionally, district educators are receiving extensive, customized professional development from Discovery Education experts that supports them as they integrate these resources into classroom instruction.
It’s an exciting time for this community and, here at Eagle Communications, we’re proud to support the work Discovery Education and Schuyler Middle School are doing to prepare students for college, careers and citizenship.