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The company behind Discovery Channel is calling a Brooklands educator a champion.
Rex Ferguson-Baird, the principal of Brooklands School in St. James-Assiniboia School Division, has been named one of 14 Discovery Education Program Champions for the 2015-16 school year by Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications Inc. that produces standards-based digital content for kindergarten to Grade 12 students.
Ferguson-Baird, a member of the Discovery Educator Network, a worldwide community of education professionals, said he was encouraged to apply for the Champion role by Discovery Education.
From Oct. 21 to 23, Ferguson-Baird and his fellow Champions visited Discovery Education’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.
"I got to tour the studios and consult with their marketing and education wing about appropriate programming for schools, how they can increase student engagement and teacher efficacy using their product, and also to consult on things like partnerships and field trips," Ferguson-Baird said.
According to Ferguson-Baird, one of the coolest educational opportunities Discovery Education offers is its virtual field trips. Discovery sends a host and TV crew to a destination and streams the field trip online, where students across the globe can join the journey and interact with it.
"Two years ago we hosted one here at Brooklands School with the True North Foundation where we basically taught about ice hockey," Ferguson-Baird said. "We had a couple of our students host the virtual field trip and there were a couple thousand kids from all over the world that logged in and were asking questions. It was pretty cool."
Ferguson-Baird said Discovery Education field trips and learning materials are especially impactful in a lower-income area like Brooklands.
"It takes our kids out of the classroom," Ferguson-Baird said. "Those virtual field trips allow our students to go places they probably wouldn’t think they could ever go. It provides them an opportunity they normally wouldn’t have."
For more information about Discovery Education go to www.discoveryeducation.com