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Discovery Education Streaming
Answer: The Area Education Agencies were also disappointed in the loss of DE STREAMING Plus. The new five-year proposal was a 500% price increase over the previous five-year contract. Discovery STREAMING Plus was already the most expensive resource we offered. The one-year license for Discovery STREAMING Plus was more than the total one-year license cost of the other 12 Iowa AEA Online resources combined!
The AEA Online Resource Committee reviewed Discovery Steaming overall usage and the top 500 video titles downloaded. Many teacher and schools were making good use of Discovery, but the statewide usage did not support the price increase. The committee felt that purchasing additional video content and hosting them on Learn 360 or an AEA delivery system would be better use of funds. (See next question regarding new videos.)
Answer: Learn 360 is currently available on Iowa AEA Online and has over 9000 videos. Producers include Weston Woods, PBS, NOVA, Sunburst, National Geographic and many more. Iowa AEAs currently have a committee reviewing high use titles from Discovery STREAMING. They are comparing these titles to titles currently available from Learn 360. They are also mapping current resources to the Iowa Core Curriculum, looking for gaps in resources available. The review committee found that some of the top 500 videos on Discovery were older titles that some AEAs had already weeded out of their DVD and VHS collections! The committee is looking for new(er) replacement titles. The AEAs have budgeted funds to purchase additional videos and host them on Learn 360 or on a steaming video delivery system owned by the AEAs.
Videos produced by Discovery Education are not available for steaming or downloading. DVD copies could be purchased by your AEA if interest is high.
If you have specific titles you would like the AEAs to consider that are not produced by Discovery, send your request to the person listed by clicking on the AEA Contacts button to the left.
Answer: The Iowa AEA Online school building contact was sent the following information for distribution to staff on March 11 and on May 11, 2011.
MANDATORY COMPLIANCE: Should You Not Renew Discovery Education STREAMING PLUS
If your district or school is unable to renew, we also want to inform you of an important issue related to your account. According to the terms of service, you are no longer authorized to view, save, store, display or use in any manner, any of the Discovery Education content. As agreed upon in the contract for the subscription, once the subscription expires, schools may not access or view any of the content thereafter, wherever it may be located, and have committed to make sure that any and all copies or materials that you, or any students, teachers or administrators, have downloaded or saved from Discovery Education are completely erased, deleted or destroyed from all school computers, servers, flash drives, DVDs and other portable storage devices. This includes downloaded videos, images, audio files, lesson plans or presentations from the Discovery Educator Network Resource library.
Answer: The Iowa Educators Consortium has worked with Discovery to offer discounted pricing to Iowa schools for the 2011-2012 school year. The subscriptions that were provided through the AEAs and Iowa AEA Online expired on June 30, 2011. To take advantage of this offer and for more information about Discovery Education services, please contact Austin Dolan at 800.323.9084, ext. 810-2142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details regarding this service and the Iowa special pricing can be found by going to: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/Iowa/ or downloading the single page pdf at: http://www.iec-ia.org//pages/uploaded_files/DE_Iowa11.pdf
The Discovery Education webpage on the IEC website is located at:
Answer: The AEA Online Resource Committee reviewed proposals from World Book, Britannica and Groiler. The committee had an extensive review process that included conducting a variety of sample searches at various grade levels. While both products had excellent outside reviews, the committee felt that Britannica was stronger in content, multimedia and Web 2.0 tools. Pricing was close enough to not be a factor.
Answer: The AEA Online Resource Committee reviewed resources from EBSCO, Gale, ProQuest and Wilson. The committee had an extensive review process that included conducting a variety of sample searches at various grade levels. Prices and content varied greatly between companies. EBSCO has been with Iowa since 2003, so the other companies came in very aggressive with both the resources proposed and pricing. While EBSCO has been excellent to work with in the past, Gale proposed a very compelling package at a great price that allowed the committee to purchase additional resources for Iowa schools.
Answer: AEAs save thousands of dollars by licensing resources statewide vs. individual school licenses. Companies would much rather sell the entire state at one time than deal with over 1600 schools. This year the Iowa AEA Online budget is $1,380,621. Additional money has been reserved for eBook pilots in each AEA. If each school building in Iowa would license these same resources, the price would be $17,452,035. This works out to $2.75 per student vs. $34.76. (Note: If the larger schools in Iowa would negotiate a district license, cost would be less. The smaller the school, the less the discount, which makes Iowa AEA Online even more valuable to smaller schools.)
Answer: The proposal sent to companies asks for pricing for a five-year period. This assures that we will not see any unforeseen price jumps during the term of the contract. Many web-based products also evolve into much more robust products over a five-year period with yearly price increases. This locks in the price so we can budget accordingly. Although we ask for prices for five years, we only guarantee a two-year commitment. This allows us to continue to look at the competition and to terminate a product that decreases in quality or service. The intent is to stay with a product for the length of the guaranteed pricing so our marketing material and training cost can be spread over five-years.