Discovery Goes Cosmeo

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Discovery Communications, the media company behind television networks like the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, today announced a new pay-for online service geared towards kids in grades K-12 and the homework they must do. Dubbed Cosmeo, this new offering is broadband focused.

Cosmeo, said Discovery Communications, uses broadband educational videos and other tools to help kids with their studies and is built on the backbone of a service already used in over 70,000 schools. Features of this online service, which will normally price for $12.95 per month or $129 per year, include over 30,000 educational videos over a wide array of topics, search tools which locate information based by subject, grade level and keyword, over 15,000 interactive quizzes, 20,000 digital photos and 2,300 clip art images available for school projects, a digital encyclopedia with access to a growing number of over 27,000 research articles and a step-by-step math problem solver.

“Cosmeo is the first educational tool to teach today’s kids in the way they learn best. This online product meets them where they’re spending most of their time and is helping to define how they learn today,” said Judith A. McHale, President and Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Communications, in a statement. “Cosmeo also gives parents a terrific window into their kids’ education and the ability to participate in their progress at school like never before. We sense families across the United States will find a real benefit in, for example, the WebMath section, which offers a full spectrum of math learning — from third-grade multiplication tables to advanced calculus — with easy-to- understand, step-by-step solutions.”