Discovery Education Helps Celebrate Life of Barbara Bush

Discovery Education and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum are partnering for a unique, no-cost, distance learning opportunity for students across the globe honoring First Lady Barbara Bush.

The 10th Annual Reading Discovery Program, to be hosted Jan. 26, at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the campus of Texas A&M University, will honor First Lady Barbara Bush’s legacy of literacy and her contribution to all Americans.

Neil Bush, son of President George H.W. Bush, will read about his father’s personal diplomacy during his service in China as Chief Liaison. Director of Presidential Libraries Susan Donius will explore the roles of Presidential libraries and museums and diplomacy in presidential history. And Discovery Education’s Director of Learning Strategies, Patrick Vennebush, will lead a presentation on gamification in the classroom. Together, the group will answer questions about digital learning games and educational technology via global video conference with students from across the country and overseas.

“Today’s tech-savvy students are at home in a digital world,” said Vennebush. “Digital content and games are unique resources teachers can use to immerse students in classroom instruction.  I am looking forward to participating in this event and sharing with attendees a new perspective on the future of education.”

The event also serves as the official launch of White House Dinner Dash, a free educational game available for Apple and Android devices. In the game, players help President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush entertain foreign leaders and guests at a formal dinner in the White House. Players can arrange the seating chart for the guests, select items for the menu and place table settings before dashing off to serve a four-course meal. The goal of the game is to keep the guests happy and reinforce diplomatic relations.

Attendees can register for a free video conference, live steam or recording of the event by visiting www.connect2texas.net/bush41 or calling 979-691-4006.

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