June 23rd, 2009
Now you can participate in a Discovery Education Webinar for a sneak peak of wonderful enhancements to Discovery Education streaming that will be coming your way this summer! July dates for the Back to School Preview 2009 are the 2nd, 14th and the 21st. And there are more to come.
Just click on the Discovery Education Webinar Series link in the Professional Development box on the lower right of the streaming front page. You can also access the series in the Professional Development section of the site by clicking on the Professional Development tab at the top of the page.
Throughout the year there are dozens of outstanding Webinars on a variety of teaching and learning topics that integrate technology in the Discovery Professional Development section. Jump in and explore the possibilities!
April 30th, 2009
Its that time of year to think about DE streaming renewals for the 2009-2010 school year.
If your district is in the REMC XI service area, please send a purchase order to Berrien RESA REMC XI by August 31, 2009, and include the name(s) of the building(s) and the district’s contact person.
As in the previous three years, the REMC Association of Michigan has negotiated discounted pricing. The REMC agreement includes the AIMS Media Package along with streaming. School Districts send a purchase order to their REMC and then the local REMC submits one purchase order to Discovery Education for all the region’s buildings. Subscriptions are by building not district. A building is defined as having a single street address.
These instructions and additional information can be found on the Berrien RESA streaming Web page at:
Additionally, Discovery Education streaming Plus is available at additional cost. This adds additional content, including select Discovery Channel programs, bringing the total videos to over 9,000. A flyer regarding streaming Plus is available on the Berrien RESA DE streaming Web page.
The DE streaming subscription expires September 30 of each year. The August 31 deadline gives us time to let Discovery know who is renewing or adding. REMC XI will invoice the districts after September 30 in the fall for the subscriptions.
March 5th, 2009
New and Improved – After School Discovery 09 is an update of an introduction to streaming developed a couple years ago. This 60 minute workshop is one approach to provide an after school professional learning experience for as many as 10 to 12 participants. It is designed to introduce new users to streaming. The workshop was also developed so building level folks have the tools to deliver their own professional development.
Click here to download the After School Discovery 09 document.
Also New – There is now a companion After School Discovery PowerPoint that can be found at http://www.berrientech.org in the Discovery Education streaming link in the list of services. Click here to download the PowerPoint.
With the introduction of Discovery’s new training videos (see the previous post), building level streaming enthusiasts have a very complete one-hour workshop to share with teachers and staff. Additionally, you can find many more resources to facilitate learning in the streaming Professional Development area on the streaming site – including Discovery’s own one-hour training.
The After School Discovery workshop and streaming professional development resources are especially helpful if you are in the process of becoming a STAR Discovery Educator. Learn more about becoming a STAR at http://community.discoveryeducation.com.
So, when you are called on to do that after or before school introductory session, this 60 minute lesson plan may be just the ticket!
March 3rd, 2009
On the Professional Development page in Discovery streaming you will find new Exploring Discovery Education streaming videos featuring Scott Kinney, Vice President of Outreach and Professional Development, and Hall Davidson, Director of DEN Partnerships for Discovery Education.
Let Scott and Hall do the teaching for you when you introduce streaming to your staff! Stream the videos or embed them in your own PowerPoint. This is a great addition to the PD resources provided by Discovery Education.
To find the training videos, log into streaming, choose “Professional Development” in the upper right tab, and find the link to the videos at the top of the page. As we said in the 90s – way cool!
November 10th, 2008
This one is fun. We borrowed this idea from another school. When we run videoconferences, we have two Polycom units in the same room that use the same type of remote. One remote can mistakenly make unwanted changes on both Polycoms. Janine Lim found this interesting solution to “focus” the remote:
Yes, it’s a toilet paper roll! We are finding videoconferencing to be a great technology in our schools. Take a look at Janine’s Videoconferencing Web page or visit her blog Videoconferencing Out on a Lim.