Matt Monjan and Building a Bigger Builder: A Day of Discovery at Bucks County IU

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Matt Monjan, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of VA, MD, NJ, OH, and PA, is hosting a very interactive, hands on session on how to build a really bigger and better builder. The directions are simple:

Log into your Discovery Educator Network account. (And if you are not a Discovery Educator, you want to join now.)

Within your DE Streaming account, under Teacher Center, you will find a list of builders. In Writing Prompt Center, you will find prompts that cover K-12 disciplines. You can customize how you want to search by checking the Display boxes at the bottom of your screen. If you are new to Writing Prompt Center, Matt suggests you disable all the text boxes except the last one, which will let you search all the Streaming Writing Prompts. After you select your prompt, you can save it to a variety of places, including My Prompts, create a new folder, or an existing folder. Creating a new folder will locate your prompts within My Content.

If you want to create your own prompt, click on Writing Prompt Builder. You will be prompted to enter information in drop down and text boxes. After you create your new prompt, you may save your prompt to the same folder options you had during your search for Discovery prompts. Next step is to choose an image or a video clip; you cannot (at this time) choose both. If you are using an image, click on the link that says “Add to My Writing Prompt’; do not click on the image to insert. From here, you go to inserting text, and at this point, I am going to direct you to Matt’s PowerPoint for the best directions. You really want to check them out because each frame has a screen shot, and that is far better than my directions.

The best feature of creating a writing prompt is how you deliver your Streaming Writing Prompt, and it’s effortless. When you are finished creating your writing prompt, Writing Prompt Builder delivers a URL code to deliver your prompt to your students. You have your students log onto http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/studentcenter AND then you embed the code from your prompt. When the students are finished with the writing prompt, students submit work. To access your students’ completed work, you log in to your account, click on Streaming, and to see everyone’s results, go to My Content, and then click on View Report. Your student responses will be there. In works is a way for teachers to respond to their students’ work.

Next builder: Quiz Builder.

After accessing your account, select Create New Quiz. Give your quiz a name, subject area, and grade level. In the Quiz Instructions text box, you can list specific directions and objectives. You could import curriculum standards from Streaming. Fill in Quiz Objectives, click display to students, and then Add Quiz Notes (which are seen only by the teachers). Quiz Options allow for 5 different ways for students to take the test and deliver the results. Now Save and Continue to an existing or new folder. You will see a new window that allows you to customize media that you want your students to view prior to the quiz. Pull-down tabs allow you to specialize exactly what you want for your quiz, and you are not limited by number of videos or types of media. You could have students view an article, video, listen to a song, and view a range of images. Everything that you choose to accompany your quiz is contained within the quiz. After you complete this optional part, you are ready to create your quiz questions.

You have two quiz question options: you can search the Discovery database for existing questions or you can create your own. Select the type of question, create the question, and then click on Add Question before continuing. If you want to search the Discovery database, enter your topic and you will find questions listed by type and almost always you will find a source video to accompany the question being asked. Can you visualize what a great and fun test prep this tool would be for the PSSA tests. My favorite feature in Quiz Builder: you can toggle between creating your own questions AND searching for Discovery quiz questions. When your quiz is completed, you will save and get a URL code, just like you did for your Writing Prompt.

 

You can also go to www.slideshare.net and either grap or add a PowerPoint. You can copy the embeddable code and add it to your quiz in the first box at the beginning of the quiz set up. Another website is www.swivel.com and it creates graphs and polls that you can use to create quiz content. Matt’s favorite new tool is www.blabberize.com.

The good news: Discovery is working on improving the builders this coming fall with user enhancements that will make navigation easier in response to teacher comments.

 

Comments

  1. Denise Thomas

    I’m glad you posted this. I will visit the site then introduce it to my teachers. Thanks!

  2. Traci Blazosky

    Great post! I’ll definitely share with my colleagues! Thanks!

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