[r65] Rep. Koch Joins Comcast and Discovery Education (9/21/2009)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Start Date: 9/21/2009 All Day
End Date: 9/21/2009

STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) today joined with Comcast and Discovery Education to announce the launch of Discovery Education On Demand By Comcast, a first-in-the-nation service delivering Indiana families instant and convenient at-home access to digital educational media, homework help tools and more. 

Discovery Education On Demand by Comcast content is available at no additional cost exclusively to local Comcast Digital Cable customers and online to all Indiana parents and students.

Rep. Koch, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett joined parents, teachers and students, as well as Comcast and Discovery Education executives, in the North Atrium of the State House for the kickoff of this new at-home, on-demand resource of more than 200 videos from Discovery Education's award-winning digital media library. 

In addition, those in attendance were treated to a tour of the initiative's companion Web site, which features additional streaming video content, educational family activity ideas, interactive homework help tools, puzzles and more.  Parents and caregivers can use the Discovery Education On Demand resources at home to supplement the digital content used by educators in schools across the state, extending classroom learning, reinforcing concepts taught in class and further channeling children's energy into various educational topics.

"Today's students are engaged by technology.  This innovative program - the first of its kind in the nation - will help parents better partner with their child's teacher to work together collaboratively during and after school hours," said Rep. Koch, a member of the House Commerce, Energy, Technology and Utilities Committee. "The content is aligned with Indiana's K-12 education standards and will enable parents and students to engage with the classroom from home to reinforce concepts taught in class."

Discovery Education On Demand was inspired by the personal experience of Scott Tenney, senior vice president of Comcast's Indianapolis Region.  Almost 20 years ago, Tenney and his wife were seeking tools to supplement the education of their son, who had been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and dyslexia.  They discovered the high-quality educational content available through Discovery was a tremendously valuable resource that engaged their son in learning and made a significant difference in his academic progress. 

Motivated by this experience, Tenney and Comcast partnered with Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, to advance the shared goal of making educationally relevant media available to Indiana parents and caregivers.  Serving more than half of all U.S. schools with curriculum solutions that are scientifically shown to improve student achievement, Discovery Education is the nation's leading provider of digital educational media.

"Every parent wants to help their child succeed in school," said Tenney.  "By combining the power of our two-way interactive fiber-optic network with the outstanding content from Discovery Education, Comcast is pleased to provide a service that helps parents partner with their child's educator and further engage children in learning."

"Discovery Education is transforming classrooms every day with the highest quality digital content," added Bill Goodwyn, President of Discovery Education. "We're excited to now utilize the power of technology to extend the impact of our trusted educational content beyond the classroom and into homes across Indiana, fostering 'anywhere, anytime' family engagement in the joy of learning with Discovery Education on Demand by Comcast."

Comcast Digital Cable customers in Comcast's Indianapolis Region, which includes Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson and Lawrence counties, can access Discovery Education On Demand By Comcast content through Comcast's extensive On Demand library anytime by selecting "Get Local," and then "Education." 

Like the vast majority of Comcast's more than 10,000 On Demand p­­­­­rograms, Discovery Education On Demand By Comcast content is available to Comcast Digital Cable customers at no extra cost, with the ability to pause, fast-forward and rewind selections.  Additional free content and other family-friendly resources are available online at www.learningondemand.com/comcast.




Rep. Koch serves as assistant Republican caucus chairman.  He represents House District 65, which includes parts of Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence counties. Rep. Koch can be reached at h65@IN.gov, or by phone at 1-800-382-9841.