I really appreciated this tip from Nathan Guteras of Lake Shipp Elementary in Polk County, FL because I get a lot of questions about not being able to stream video during the day. I’m finding as I travel around South Florida that there is no one way for schools to handle the streaming issue. I’ve seen everything from total freedom to stream anything, any time to total blocktime. Thank you Nathan for this important solution.
For schools that use the "Network Manager" download feature, teachers use Assignment Builder to create directions, weblinks, and quizzes. The day before we download the video or videoclips to our local server, then we have the students’ computer stations linked to the videos folder and play the clips off our local server. A typical technology intergration lesson would unfold like this. First, they log into the "Student Center". Next, they visit the linked sites (live), and they watch the videos (which are not live streaming over the internet). After the video, they take the online quiz (live). It takes a little more planning, yet our limited bandwidth connection does not crash our whole school with the live downloads during the school day. We recently used these features to teach about land formations using "Pangaea" as the topic for third graders.
What’s your GOOD NEWS about streaming video?
Just wanted to share….. isn’t it great to be in the DEN? I just can’t get over how much teachers are loved and appreciated at Discovery and am so excited to pass on the latest initiative to encourage, equip and empower teachers to be creative. Our newest program is called DEN Extra Credit.
This program will provide STAR Discovery Educators an opportunity to earn technology for the classroom by partnering with Discovery Education on various activities. Whether writing lesson plans for existing content, or reviewing academic content of new videos, the DEN Extra Credit program will provide a wide variety of opportunities for STAR Discovery Educators to contribute their expertise to further the success of the DEN and Discovery Education as a whole.
As a reward for your efforts on each project, participating members will receive various technology products for their classroom. Depending on the size and scope of the project, these products may include wireless presentation devices, digital cameras, LCD projectors, SmartBoards and various technology packages for larger initiatives.
By joining DEN Extra Credit, you are not obligated to participate in all of the projects; we’ll simply communicate each new project and initiative to the DEN Extra Credit team and you can select the projects in which you are interested in participating. For each project, we’ll provide you with the scope, timeframe, skill sets required as well as the technology reward for the project and you can determine if you want to join that particular assignment.
To apply to join the DEN Extra Credit Program, please send an email to Debbie_baillie@discovery.com to sign up and receive further details and information on the first set of "DEN Extra Credit" assignments.
If you keeping meaning to apply for STAR DEN membership and your pile keeps getting higher, here’s a quick link to get you started. Join the DEN!