Each teacher and every student in BISD has a Discovery Education account. It’s part of our Region 11 subscription. Some teachers don’t know that they have a subscription. Some teachers know that they have a subscription and they use the streaming service (play the videos for their students). Some teachers have joined the DEN Ambassador Spring Cohort and are learning more about this tool so that they can leverage it for their students.

As a district, we are committed to making sure that every child can learn. Part of this process is the Assessment for Learning (AfL). Discovery Education not only provides digital media in the form of video, audio, images and more, but it also provides learning strategies called Spotlight on Strategies (SOS or #SpotlightOnStrategies) to help teachers use those same digital media pieces more effectively in their classrooms and these partner very well with AfL.

Here’s one of my favorites, A-E-I-O-U, that is easily adapted to any content area. I’ve included a template (clicking the link will prompt you to make a copy for your files) to use with your students, but you could also post this as a question in Google Classroom, have students respond on a scrap of paper or half sheet, have students rotate through stations and respond to only letter… the possibilities are almost endless.

If you want to learn more, check out the DE, SOS and AFL Spring/Summer Professional Development opportunities being offered this summer. They count toward earned off hours as well as technology integration hours.

If you want to know more about Discovery Education and using it in your classroom, please contact me. I’d love to come and share with you or teach a model lesson and demo a strategy for you.

Lindsay Foster

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