Discovery Launches Multilingual Streaming Content

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Discovery Education is expanding its streaming media service (Discovery Education streaming) to include content for English language learners, offering about 1,000 videos in 30 different languages. The company is showing off the service at this week's NECC 2008 conference.

Discovery Education streaming offers more than 4,000 full-length digital videos and other resources, including photography, reference articles, curriculum development, assignment creation, and test creation tools.

Through the new ELL and world language service, districts can gain access to 1,000 additional titles in a variety of languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Hebrew, Hindi, and Spanish, according to Discovery. This includes content from the Science Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Discovery Kids, among other sources. According to the company, the content has been reviewed by its curriculum development team to "ensure appropriateness for K-12 classrooms" and has "correlated this new media to existing state standards."

Discovery said that about 1 million teachers in half the schools in the United States are now using its streaming service.

One of these, Mary Zelenka, a learning technology teacher at Milwaukee Public Schools, highlighted the benefits of the multilingual content for differentiated instruction.

"Milwaukee Public Schools is a very diverse school system, hosting communities of Spanish, German, French, and Chinese speaking students," she said. "The new world language media now available through Discovery Education streaming engages students with interesting and comprehensive content and empowers teachers with additional resources to differentiate instruction for these communities."

The new multilingual content is available now. Further information can be found here.

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