As an Instructional Technology Facilitator, workshop presenter, teacher and an avid promoter of using Discovery Education products and resources, I am constantly hearing, “I didn’t’ know it did that???” when working with administrators, teachers, district curriculum coaches and department heads. So, here are some of the most often heard things that I am asked and if you have the same “AHA!” moment, then maybe this will give you the oil to get the gears of the conversations rolling in your own district, school or personal class. Here are the top 5. Please add your own “I Didn’t Know That I could Do That!” in the comments section below.
Did you know?
- All students can have their own student level account login.
Yes, all students can be given their very own login information so that they can use the assets from within Discovery Education Streaming and additional services that are purchased. Depending upon how your district sets the parameters for teachers; creating these accounts, can be done at the district level or the classroom level.
- District Level: In my county/district we are hoping to go to a single-sign on environment very soon so the district is responsible for creating these accounts. Check on that first if you already have that capability in your schools where one login is used for all programs or accounts.
- Teacher Level: If teachers in your school have been given the ability to do this, it can be accessed using the drop down menu for Classroom Manager/My Classes and then clicking on Create a Class on the top right-hand area of the screen. They will then be taken to a screen where they can enter the information about their students.
- There is content within Discovery that is considered “Editable.”
This means that the content can be altered without breaking copyright by the user. So, both teachers and students can use this content within their own lessons and multimedia projects in a way that fits their needs. If you need a video clip of the Egyptian Pyramids but you do not need the auditory comment or built in narration, you can use software programs to remove that part and/or even add your own. If you want to cut a video or video segment shorter, mix two images/videos together, splice audio or anything else; you can, because it is marked “Editable.” You can find some of the resources to learn how to do this within the Professional Development tab, under PD Home. Discovery also offers Webinars to teach these techniques and through the DEN, you can learn from those that have already tried these techniques or even have come up with new and exciting ways to integrate the content.
- There are Closed Caption settings to assist both teachers and students when viewing the resources.
Underneath each video, while online, you will see various settings that can be edited as needed. This can be very helpful and used in a variety of teaching methods to enhance the learning process. Click CC to find the Closed Caption settings that can be changed.
- Yes, you can download the content (and if available, the Closed Caption file)
When you click on a video asset, and it opens in a new window, you should see the tab that says “Download.” Here, you will find the video download button, as well as, the CC file download button. Now, you can play your video (with or without CC’s) even if the internet in your building or classroom goes down. We all know what that is like. NOTE: When you want to play a video off-line with the CC’s, you must have both files within the same folder so that they stay linked when they are played through the media player. (Additionally, you will have to turn on the CC feature in your media player to allow/enable the CC’s to be displayed while viewing the video.)
- You can edit the Closed Caption files to be used for differentiated lessons.
There are many ways to use these CC files other than the traditional way. I have edited them to:
- Become video guided questions.
- Be used as a stand-alone station in classroom.
- Teach vocabulary.
- Show English translation.
- Show written native language.
- Show native language vocabulary comparison.
- Teach fluency.
- Explain a concept further.
- Use the process to add the additional CC file to any other video created project.
- Do anything else that I need!
You can find my workshop info for Closed Captioning located on my wiki at