Today’s post is on Discovery Education. If you do not have a password, please see an administrator for instructions on how to obtain one.
Though Discovery Education is something that has been in the district for some time, there are many new features that could be of use and very exciting for our students at all levels.
One of the best features is Professional Development. You will see this on the main screen under the logo. This feature brings out the many other ways Discovery Education can be used. It walks you through the processes with clear step by step directions.
Throughout the post, please pay attention to the pink explosions. They will tell you where to focus your attention.
Once you have logged in, you will see the main screen:
This gives you many options to explore. You can either search by topic or by subject and/or grade. This is illustrated above in the pink explosions.
I decided it would be most appropriate to search “Technology.” When you search something, much like the internet, you will receive a list of all of the offerings related to that topic in various mediums.
If you scroll down the left side of the page, you can further narrow your search into topics and media you can utilize.
From the list I chose, “The Ups and Downs of Technology.” This video is sure to help explore how technology affects our lives. This video can be used in a Social Studies class to illustrate the affect technology has on our lives and the future.
One of the main reasons why I chose this is the availability of a Teachers Guide. This helps me develop my lesson and possibly sparks an idea for a project.
Another great feature of this is the Video Quiz.
If you enjoy this video and find that you can have use for it again on future projects, I would suggest saving it to “My Content.” You can do this by checking the box on the right side of the main video.
Then click “ADD” to My Content. It will then prompt you to ask where you would like to save it. You can just click “ADD TO SELECTED FOLDER.”
When you have time to work with the site more, you can make folders for the subject matters you teach. For Example:
If you find that you would not like to save the entire video, you may just save a clip from the video. Repeat the same process from above.
Another useful feature of Discovery Education is the Discovery Educator Network. Here you can explore a variety of topics related to your classroom and how to bring modern methods and technologies into the scope of learning for your students.
There are so many features to this site, we could spend all day going through them. I would encourage you to visit the different features of the site when you have a free moment. There are many wonderful things to see!