Discovery Education, Cox Deliver Seminar in Phoenix Area

Cox Communications and Discovery Education will shed new light on digital learning environments in the Valley of the Sun next month.

The two-part event, “Celebrating the Link Between Digital Learning Environments and Student Achievement,” is aimed at informing educators, students, families and community members on how digital applications, powered by broadband, can bolster learning.

 The March 4 seminar is slated for Mohave Middle School in Scottsdale, Ariz. in partnership with Scottsdale Unified School District, and Paradise Valley Unified School District. 

The day will begin with an immersive, no-cost professional development segment for teachers in the Scottsdale and Paradise Valley area.  Through a series of interactive sessions led by Discovery Education’s team, participants will learn practical strategies and tactics for integrating educational technologies and rich digital content delivered via broadband into teaching and learning. In addition, educators will have the opportunity to network and idea-share throughout the event.

“We are thrilled to host this unique opportunity for Valley teachers, students and families to experience the way 21st Century teaching is evolving,” said Dr. David Peterson, Scottsdale Unified School District superintendent. “We appreciate the partnership we have with Cox and Discovery Education that makes this possible.”

"Discovery Communications is thrilled to bring Discovery Education resources to the Scottsdale area and support Cox Communications’ commitment to driving student achievement and improving digital teaching and learning through the power of broadband," said Courtney Menzel, senior vice president of domestic distribution at Discovery Communications.  “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Cox and supporting their efforts to create robust learning initiatives that prepare students for college, careers and citizenship.”

After the workshop, Cox Communications will present a community night featuring Chris Jacobs, co-host of the Velocity’s Overhaulin’. Parents and members of the community are invited to experience how broadband can power digital learning initiatives through a variety of interactive demonstrations, including a student technology showcase, augmented reality technology presentation.

Additionally, parents will have the opportunity to take a stand against cyberbullying by signing Cox’s "Take Charge! pledge and get info on the MSO's participation in Connect2Compete, a broadband adoption program, which offers discounted high speed internet service to low-income families.

Cox has invested more than $150 million in Arizona communities through infrastructure upgrades over the past five years. With 15,000 miles of broadband network, 3,000 miles of fiber optics and planned 1 gig availability throughout the Valley in the coming years, Cox is helping to build Arizona’s educational future through various outlets.

“Connecting youth to technology is a core value of Cox, and has guided our community investments for decades,” said John Wolfe, senior vice president and Southwest region manager for Cox Communications.  “The Internet is a vital educational resource in classrooms today and we’re happy to help teachers feel comfortable with all of the digital tools that are available to them.  Cox is also committed to providing the market with the fastest speeds available in Arizona with our deployment of 1 Gig Internet speeds in Phoenix. ”