Educators are always on the look out for something new to introduce and stimulate student learning through engagement. Discovery Education has provided educators two new great resources: Ready Zone: Continuity of Learning and STEM Connect. These are available in the “Teacher Center” of Discovery Education.
Ready Zone was created to provide opportunities for ongoing education of students absent long term or in case of school closings. Educators can use resources and lesson plans as they are written or even modify them to meet standards that need to be stressed. Resources are broken down by the following grade levels:
The curriculum areas of Science, Math, Social Studies, and English/Language Arts are composed of various subtopics permitting a deeper focus for students. For example, Social Studies is compiled of the options: Civics, Geography, American History, Ancient Civilizations, and World History. When you select one of the subtopics a new page will appear providing a variety of videos accompanied by lesson plans, worksheets w/answer keys, and possibly a pre-created quiz.
On November 23rd, 2009 President Obama started his initiative “Educate to Innovate” focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In support of President Obama’s plan Discovery Education has collected resources and videos for middle school and high school students and teachers in each of the four “STEM” points of emphasis. Upon selecting one of the specific disciplines a variety of career related videos and activities (PDF files) will appear on the new page. There will also be a list of related content provided on each of the individual “STEM” focus pages as illustrated in this image.
If you would like to view President Obama’s speech on this campaign view the following YouTube video (18:16 in length).