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For schools, district or states that have partnered with Discovery Education, you may be able to log in and access the teacher tools. Please check with your school or district to see if you have access to the teacher portal. If you do have access then there's a giant library of lessons and videos available to you and your students. This content can even be used for flipped classroom. Order creative, engaging lessons. And even to inspire students to watch academic content that is of interest to them. Here in my web browser I've already logged into Discovery Education. The first thing we'll explore, is how to find and use streaming videos from the Discovery Education library of video content.
Under the My DE services, is a list of everything you have access to. Now this list may be slightly different based on the partnership that your school or district has with Discovery Education. I'm going to go ahead and select the streaming tab. The first step in finding content for your students is to go ahead and choose a content area. For example, I'm going to find a science video for my science class. I'm going to go ahead and select 6th to 8th grade for Middle School. and then click on Science. In the window that pops up I can now find a variety of subtopics underneath science. For example, there's videos on Earth and Space Science, inquiry, Life Science, Physical Science.
I'm going to go and select the Life Science category. And I can see by the number that there's 10,315 videos in this particular category. If I'm trying to find a video on organisms I can go ahead and select that topic. So at this point, I'm viewing a list of all the videos that meet the search criteria that I looked for. If I would like to, I can narrow my results by using the navigation menu on the left hand side. Here, for each video that I find, I can see whether or not it's the full video or a clip of the video. I can also see the length of this video. For example, this first video is from Planet Earth: the Deep Ocean series.
The full video is 41 minutes and 29 seconds. If there's additional resources that go with this video such as teacher guides or student worksheets. I will see PDF icons for each one of those elements here. So for this planet Earth video, I can not only access the video and show it to my students. But I can also find writing prompts. A teachers guide for grades 3 through 5, 6 through 8, and 9 through 12. There's a poster that goes with this movie for my classroom. And there's even an animal guide I can print out for my students. I can also see that the video has been broken into eight segments.
This makes it very nice to show part of the content of the video over a number of days of class. I'm going to come up to the plus sign and drop down arrow. Now if I simply want to put this in a queue, to remind myself to show it to my students I'll click the plus sign. You'll notice at the bottom of the screen where it says Quick List, I have a number one that's appeared. This video will now appear in a quick list, I can click on a quick list icon and bring up any videos that I've added to this particular category. I'm going to go ahead and close that menu. In addition to adding it just to the quick list, I can also create classes and assign this video to a class.
If I click on the drop down arrow next to each video I can choose to, add to my content. Or assign to a classroom or a student. I can also allow to a builder tool. Which will allow me to build a lesson plan with additional resources centering around this video content. Now in addition to just finding videos and using those in your classroom, you also have a variety of tools that are available to you. The builder tool, which I just referenced, allows you to actually create assignments for your students. There's a variety of resources you can add to each assignment, including quizzes. If your school is a partner with Discovery Education, then you can also create student logins.
This allows you to come in, take a video or any other content on the Discovery Education website. Build an entire lesson around it, and then assign that lesson to your students. Your students can log in whenever it's convenient for them. And move through the lesson at their own place. Once again, this is a great tool for the flipped classroom. There's also a teacher center where you can find information for educators. And a professional development center to find resources of what educators are doing around the nation to help themselves be more successful in their own classrooms. I hope you enjoy exploring the Discovery Education website. And that you find great tools for both yourself, as well as your students.
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