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Posted September 24, 2013

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Two APS Schools Featured as Discovery Education Success Stories

Eubank Elementary and McKinley Middle schools will take part in virtual discussions this week on transitioning to digital resources.

Go here to register for the Five Voices, One Community virtual events. Registration is free.

Digital transformation in our school systems can't happen without the support of an entire community. Administrators, teachers, principals, parents, and students must work together to create and sustain a culture of change.

Discovery Education is hosting five virtual events from around the country this week, including two in Albuquerque Public Schools, featuring the voices of individuals who are leading or supporting their district's transition to digital resources.

One of those events is Thursday, Sept. 25, at Eubank Elementary. Another is Friday, Sept. 27, at McKinley Middle School.

On Thursday, Eubank will host a discussion titled "How Parents Can Help Students Navigate the Digital Age" featuring Leon Pridgen, a father and enthusiastic champion of the use of digital technology in the classroom. Pridgen has witnessed firsthand the tremendous educational strides made with the methodical implementation of technology in student's hands. After playing a pivotal role in his own community of Mooresville, N.C., he now provides community outreach to parent groups and school educators and administrators on the importance of building a  team approach to digital conversion.

Eubank parents and APS teachers who have successfully used Discovery Education in their classrooms will join in the discussion that with will be as a part of Discovery's Five Voices, One Community virtual event from 6-6:30 p.m. Thursday. The public can join in by going to http://www.discoveryeducation.com/OneCommunity/ and registering. Registration is free.

On Friday, Kristyal Irby, an eighth grade teacher at McKinley, will talk about how she uses Discovery Education in her classroom. Kirby, who teaches physical science, uses a variety of student-centered learning activities including centers with  hands-on labs, virtual labs from the Discovery science techbook, creating digital products through video and various apps on the iPad and using the new Board Builder in the Discovery Education Student Center.

Kirby's presentation will be from 11-11:30 a.m. Friday.

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