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The Adobe Foundation and Discovery Education Partner to Empower Educators in Helping Students Gain Critical Technology Skills

Adobe Youth Voices Essentials Curriculum Now Available to Educators through the Discovery Educator Network

SAN DIEGO — June 23, 2012 The Adobe Foundation and Discovery Education today announced a partnership to provide curriculum and resources to help educators weave digital media making into their teaching practice and actively engage students in gaining critical technology skills. Launched at Discovery Education’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference kick-off event, the new Adobe Youth Voices Essentials curriculum will be shared with educators by leveraging Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network (DEN), a global community of educators who are passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating and networking.

Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) is the Adobe Foundation’s global philanthropic initiative aimed at providing young people with critical technology skills to better communicate their ideas, demonstrate their potential and take action in their communities. 

The updated Adobe Youth Voices Essentials curriculum provides educators with access to a collection of resources, professional development experiences, classroom materials and a community of peer educators who have media-making experiences via the AYV program. Essentials’ curriculum, activities, video tutorials and webinars cover a variety of multi-media platforms, including digital photography, print, Web design, video and animation, plus guidance on how to exhibit student media projects. 

“Discovery Education is pleased to partner with the Adobe Foundation to share this unique and innovative program with our network of educators nationwide,” said Mary Rollins, vice president, Discovery Education. “We believe that through this powerful curriculum, allowing students to impact and affect change in society through transforming media, we can give educators the confidence to help students explore their curiosity and learn important skills that transcend traditional learning experiences.”

“Discovery Education is a leader in family and educational media and we share their commitment to empower educators to use digital media and technology to inspire their students through breakthrough learning experiences,” said Michelle Yates, director of corporate social responsibility, Adobe and executive director of the Adobe Foundation. “Launching the new version of Adobe Youth Voices Essentials at ISTE among an audience of educational professionals and having Discovery Education leaders be the first to preview it is an honor.”

Also at ISTE, Adobe Youth Voices will host four workshops three times daily: Adobe Youth Voices Essentials in Action; Graphic Design for Positive Change; Documentary Storytelling in the Classroom; and Social Media and Exhibiting Student Work. Adobe Youth Voices youth media will also be featured in the Corporate Spotlight session on June 26.  Additionally, on Monday, June 25, Adobe Youth Voices will be participating in a panel series on Aligned Resources that strengthen Digital Age Learning, focusing on the topic of school improvement and educational visions.

About Adobe Youth Voices
Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation’s global philanthropic initiative that empowers youth from underserved communities with digital media skills so they can comment on their world, share their ideas and take action on issues that are important to them. By harnessing the energy and insight of youth 13–18 years old, Adobe Youth Voices aims to inspire a dialogue for change in their communities.

The program engages youth to express themselves through documentary videos, photography, print media, radio diaries, animation, Web communications and other media. The Adobe Youth Voices global network now includes more than 800 sites, grantees and organizations in 52 countries. For more information, visit www.youthvoices.adobe.com.

About the Adobe Foundation
The Adobe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created and funded by Adobe Systems Incorporated to leverage human, technological and financial resources to drive social change and community improvements.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world.  Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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Colleen Rodriguez
Adobe Systems Incorporated
408-536-6803
corodrig@adobe.com

Alana Carchedi
Discovery
240-662-2572
alana_carchedi@discovery.com