IDEAL Updates


To:       Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, and Ed Tech Leaders

From:   Cathy Poplin, Deputy Associate Superintendent for Educational Technology

Date:    September 14, 2011

Re:       Official End Date for Discovery Streaming through IDEAL

This is an update to the memo sent on September 1st informing you that Discovery Education Streaming would no longer be provided through the IDEAL education portal,   Discovery Education Streaming will be available in IDEAL until the close of business on Friday, September 23, 2011.

You can go to for information on how to continue subscribing to Discovery Education Streaming for your school(s) or you can contact Brad Hagaman of Discovery Education directly at 704-557-2446 or  The Discovery Education team will also be reaching out to districts and charter schools around the state.

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