One of the digital tools purchased for all teachers and students this year is Discovery Education. You may remember this tool for its amazing video collection, but it is so much more. Discovery Education (DE) contains standard-aligned, digital curriculum resources for staff and students.
With the easy interactive search features, teachers have the choice of searching for content by Trends, by Subject, and by Colorado Academic State Standards.
One of the most surprising resources in DE are the Professional Development teacher resource tabs. Teachers can join DE’s lesson sharing and social network in the Educator Network and Professional Learning tabs. Teachers share lesson ideas, find instructional strategies, located Discovery Ed learning opportunities around the country, and ways to become a DEN Ambassador. The Instructional Strategies tab offers cross content teaching strategies.
The last section is the heart of creation and workflow. Teachers can create Studio Boards, “favorite” videos & channels, and much more under the My Content tab. This is a place where everyone in the same school can also share resources; both teacher or student created material. Studio is really where content creation lives. Teachers can create Studio Boards to share with students much like a multimedia text set or a traditional poster board (see Studio features image). Students also have Studio. They can create their own content and then share it back to their teacher through the Classroom feature. DE has workflow built right into the program.
So far this school year, students have created over 2,000 Studio boards. Students are typically creating science and social studies boards to demonstrate their learning and share with others in their class. The sample below is a middle school student’s board.
Your EdTech specialist is excited to share more about this amazing tool.