COLLEGE STATION, Jan, 22, 2015 — On Thursday, January 28 at 10 a.m., the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, are partnering for the second year in a row to present a unique distance learning opportunity for students across the globe. The Ninth Annual Reading Discovery Program will take place at the George Bush Presidential Library’s Annenberg Presidential Conference Center and live streamed to classrooms worldwide.
During the program, First Lady Barbara Bush will read a text introducing the theme of freedom’s importance and reflect on a “new breeze of democracy” with the fall of the Berlin Wall which symbolized the end of the Cold War. First Daughter, Doro Bush Koch, will answer some questions during the global video conference. There will be a Q&A session with students from across the USA and Germany with answers by Discovery Education’s Hall Davidson and Mrs. Annett Kresser, an East German citizen who escaped to the West.
This is also the official launch of a new interactive learning game app called “Cold War Dare”. This game challenges students to act as the President and make decisions based on real historical events during a time when people of East Germany and Eastern Europe were seeking freedom and greater rights in their lives. It is a strategy game to be available free of charge at the Apple Store (iPad or iPhone), Google Play (tablet or Android) or at www.connect2texas.net/bush41.
Guided by Discovery Education’s Hall Davidson, students will experience reading material coming to life through dynamic digital resources such as interactive apps and computer-generated technology. Davidson will lead participants in a demonstration of augmented reality technology, which allows students to overlay digital information, such as engaging videos, audio and graphics, on any image being viewed through a device, such as a smartphone. Joining Davidson on stage will be elementary students from College Station Independent School District and Houston Independent School District, who will share the content they have created to enhance images and texts related to the Cold War and the Berlin Wall using augmented reality (AR) technology.
“Dynamic digital content, professional development and resources give us the chance to reach every kind of reader and every kind of learner,” said Davidson. “Educational technology has the power to bring excitement and discovery to the traditional printed word.”
Mrs. Annett Kresser, who escaped from East Germany, will tell her powerful personal story and experiences as she dared to risk her life to gain freedom. “Education without freedom is not worth much for an individual’s life and happiness,” said Kresser. “For me, education opened my desire and my hunger for freedom. Finally, my good education enabled and allowed me to establish myself in a free society and to live a self-determined, free and happy life.”
The Reading Discovery Distance Learning Program and Videoconference is the most popular education program offered by Bush 41. To register for the event, visit http://www.connect2texas.net/Connect2Texas_pages/register_begin.asp?eventID=25626
About the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
The mission of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is to preserve and make available the records and artifacts of George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. We promote civic literacy and increased historical understanding of our national experience, and foster a community of public service and volunteerism. Located on the campus of Texas A&M University – a premier public Tier 1 research university home to more than 50,000 students – the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and Records Administration’s Presidential Libraries system. For more information, go to Bush41.org.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
Media contact: David Anaya, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, at (979) 691-4069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.