TEACHING THE NEWS: DISCOVERY EDUCATION LAUNCHES NEW FEATURES TO AWARD-WINNING ESPRESSO LEARNING PLATFORM
New tools and resources will engage primary school pupils with current affairs
Discovery Education – the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place – today announced new features and enhancements to its flagship digital learning platform—Discovery Education Espresso—for primary schools.
Produced in partnership with ITN Productions, the platform’s Espresso News feature brings the world’s biggest news stories to thousands of primary school classrooms every day – supporting cross curricular learning while connecting pupils’ real-world knowledge.
Featuring daily and weekly video bulletins and a range of on-demand resources including curriculum-aligned news channels, editorial photography and content to enhance class communication and debating skills, Espresso News helps pupils make sense of the world around them. It also guides children to become well informed citizens of the future, building skills to identify fake news and providing support to help them deal with difficult stories.
Today, Discovery Education announced a host of new features added to Espresso News, which helps teachers infuse the news into the curriculum and engage pupils with current affairs. These new features include:
- Linking News to the Curriculum: New curriculum-aligned channels, with subject-relevant stories e.g., History in the News
- Teacher Support: Special resources to help educators deliver the news across every subject area
- News Specials: In-depth coverage of key events such as The King’s Coronation
- News In Focus: Resources to help pupils explore important stories in greater depth
- Expert Guidance: Coping with upsetting news stories, for pupils and teachers
- News Quiz: A new-look tool to check pupil understanding and progress
Howard Lewis, Discovery Education’s UK and International Managing Director said:
“Espresso News offers powerful opportunities to bring current affairs and world events to pupils of all ages. The new features and enhancements we’re announcing today will make it easier than ever for teachers to infuse the news into the primary curriculum, igniting pupil interest in current affairs and connecting the learning in the classroom to the world beyond the schoolyard.”
Espresso News is available to Discovery Education subscriber schools via Discovery Education Espresso, the curriculum-centred daily learning platform for primary schools.
Explore Discovery Education’s award-winning digital learning services at www.discoveryeducation.co.uk.