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Hello educators. This week on teacher tips, we're going to thoroughly explore the Discovery Education website, as it contains abundant education resources, for not only teachers, but also students and even parents. Now, throughout the years, the Discovery network has researched and created a plethora of academic content. Many of us have probably shown Discovery shows in our classroom to reinforce our own teaching. Well, Discovery has taken this content, partnered with expert educators, and created an educational website, discoveryeducation.com. This website is providing powerful lesson planning tools and resources to educators.
Now, there's two levels to the Discovery Education website. The first, is free for every teacher. And in this video, we will review some of the lesson tools available. The second level, is only available to educators in states and districts that partner with Discovery Education. And, in the second movie this week, we will explore finding and using those resources, from inside the teacher portal. To get started, I've already navigated to discoveryeducation.com, here in my web browser. You'll notice right away, that in the navigation bar, there's four main areas. There's content for administrators, teachers, parents, as well as students.
Now, often parents have told me, I'm having a hard time helping my son or daughter with homework. I often direct parents to the Discover Education website. because under the parent tab, there's actually a section where parents can find homework help. There's a category for each of the major content areas. Including Web Math, which has interactive Math modules that the parents and students can walk through together. Now the student tab, is slightly more limited. There is some homework help for students, and students can learn to go on to this website, when they are struggling with Math, Science, English, Social Studies, or even World Languages. And they can also access the Web Math features, so they can help teach themselves, anything might have missed in that day's lesson.
This is also great content for a flipped classroom. You can have students walk through the Web Math modules, prior coming to the class session, and then use the class session to reinforce the learning. As we come to the teacher's tab, there's a whole lot of resources availabe to teachers. Now, there's two main ways to find resources. The first way, which is how I usually approach using Discover Education, is I come down to lesson plans, and then I find the appropriate content area that I'm teaching. In addition to finding lesson plans by content area, you can also find resources broken down by grade elvel. For example, if you're a middle school teacher, you can click on six through eight, and then choose a content area.
And this will show me all of the resources for Math, that's appropriate for this particular grade level. There's also a puzzle maker under the teacher tab. Now, while using academic vocab to create a puzzle, might be a great thing to pass out to students say, after a test. I also like to have students come to the teacher tab, and create their own puzzles to show me they have mastery of the vocabulary that we're using in a particular unit. The last tab is for administrators, and teachers, I highly recommend that you check this tab out as well, because here there is a variety of information that'S not only appropriate for administrators, but can be helpful for you as well as other teachers in your building, as finding resources for your students.
All of these features available on the main Discover Education hompage, are free. In the next video, I'll go ahead and log into my Discovery Education Partner Network, and take a look at the resources available to teachers, in districts and states that partner with Discovery Education.
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