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584818427b227 Tricia Reiser, federal programs director, center, sits in on the Discovery Education workshop titled “Five Ways High Quality Digital Content Helps Close the Achievement Gap.” She is joined by Duane Waber and Dwight Jones, representatives of Discovery Education.
Tricia Reiser, federal programs director, center, sits in on the Discovery Education workshop titled “Five Ways High Quality Digital Content Helps Close the Achievement Gap.” She is joined by Duane Waber and Dwight Jones, representatives of Discovery Education.

Coaches discover education Workshop hones in on all that Discovery Education has to offer

It was old home week recently for Tricia Reiser, Federal Programs Director, as she invited her long-time friend and colleague to share his knowledge of Discovery Education (DE) with local instructional leaders.

Reiser explained that DE, a comprehensive digital resource that the district subscribes to, has what it calls a superintendent in residence. Her friend, Dwight Jones, serves as that education leader.

“Dwight leads the Discovery teams of educators across the U.S. in transforming districts to digital literacy,” Reiser said, “His charge is to travel the country to work with district leaders as they work to prepare students for the 21st century – teaching and learning.” 

She noted that the district spends a lot of money on DE and the teachers really appreciate the streaming component. The special workshop helped teachers learn to use it to its full potential. 

“Instructional coaches learned about the many components of DE,” Reiser said. “Educators in the district have been aware and utilizing the streaming videos that DE provides, but it offers so much more than just the videos.

“The purpose of the DE training was to become familiar with how DE can help teaching and learning in our district,” she said. “We want teachers to use DE and take advantage of everything it has to offer. DE has a plethora of resources and activities that promote teaching and learning. 

The instructional coaches found the presentation, titled “Five Ways High Quality Digital Content Helps Close the Achievement Gap” to be very helpful.

“The coaches have been given the charge of sharing with the teachers in their buildings about DE,” Reiser said, noting that plans are in the works to continue a partnership with the DE for more training and professional development.

“Once the word is out about what DE has to offer, we believe that its usage will increase,” she said.

Discovery Education is designed and driven by state standards and uses engaging multimedia resources. It offers a portfolio of opportunities for districts to meet students where they want to learn in the digital age.

Discovery Education provides:

Extensive video library including videos from Discovery Channel, Scholastic, BBC, PBS and NASA. The basic package has content from more than 150 educational producers.

Image and audio libraries, an interactive atlas and encyclopedia articles. There are also add-on video libraries, such as a language pack that includes video clips in more than 30 languages.

Clips aligned to K-12 national and state curriculum standards. Many are organized according to themes and teachers can search for relevant clips by keyword, subject, grade level and curriculum standard. Search options for closed-captioned videos and videos in Spanish. Streaming that provides a library of lesson plans and suggestions for incorporating the videos into all areas of study.

Quiz builders: Teachers can create multiple-choice quizzes that students fill out using a computer. The quizzes are graded automatically and teachers can view the results, including the answers the students chose.

Writing prompts: As with the quizzes, teachers create the prompts and students complete the assignments using a computer. There’s also a library of prompts for a variety of writing styles, from expository to narrative.

Editable videos: Teachers can use video editing software to customize certain clips.

Professional Development: Discovery Education offers a wide array of complimentary professional development options that allow educators to learn more about integrating technology into the classroom.

Discovery Educator Network: A Discovery Education streaming subscription includes an invitation for all educators to join to the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). The DEN currently includes more than 88,000 members nationwide, providing professional development to more than a half a million educators.

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