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[30th March 2020]

Discovery Education launches new app to help children understand social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic

Pupils and families experience the science behind social distancing from the palm of their hands.

To help children of all ages understand social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Discovery Education today announced the launch of a new application for iOS products called Social Distance Training. This new app, available now at no cost in the Apple App store here, provides important educational information about safe and healthy social distancing through the power of augmented reality. 

Developed by Discovery Education, creators of award-winning digital resources such as Discovery Education Espresso and Discovery Education Coding, Social Distance Training offers a hands-on way to virtually engage children in the importance of social distancing. Accessed via the camera on a tablet or smartphone, the app places a holographic person in front of the user, enabling them to practice standing at a safe distance, with helpful prompts from the interactive app.

Complete with timely information about the health crisis, Social Distance Training provides a virtual understanding of what safe distance looks by leveraging augmented reality. While in the application, users can also access the latest information on COVID-19 from the NHS website.

The app has been developed by Discovery Education in partnership with The Afterschool Alliance, a leading US education nonprofit.

Social Distance Training is another component of Discovery Education’s robust response to this global health emergency,” said Pete Weir, Chief Product Officer at Discovery Education. “Now, from the palms of their hands, students and teachers around the world can understand the power and benefits of social distancing and what it looks like.

“Getting a true sense of safe social distancing can be challenging, especially for young students,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “The Afterschool Alliance proudly partners with Discovery Education to provide students an effective and cool way to see what social distancing looks like, all from the safety of their homes.

Social Distance Training by Discovery Education can be found in the App Store here and will soon be available for Android products via Google Play.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Discovery Education is offering UK schools access to a range of free home learning resources. Visit discoveryeducation.co.uk/freeresources to access engaging resources for pupils at Foundation Stage to Upper Key Stage 2, including videos, interactive activities, quizzes and worksheets along with free programmes such as Active Kids Do Better.

About Discovery Education

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement.

Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.co.uk.