DE Prof Development

As educators, we have an exciting opportunity to capitalize on dynamic ways to reach and inspire young people. By motivating students to engage in mediums they understand, we can help them reach their highest academic and personal potential. Investing in professional development is critical to achieving this success.

Whether you currently use one or more Discovery Education digital services or are just getting started, the Discovery Education Professional Development team is committed to helping professional learning communities around the world maximize their technology investment by connecting rich digital content with research-based instructional strategies. Whether you invest in a comprehensive professional development program customized for your district’s needs or choose one or two courses to support your local district’s goals, Discovery Education will deliver a comprehensive and engaging program with a focus of improving teaching and learning.

Achieving your established outcomes is an essential part of high quality professional development. Please see our Case Studies which demonstrate the success our partners have had with Discovery Education Professional Development.

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August 2010
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Minnesota Embraces Discovery Education

The teachers in the White Bear School District in Minnesota received two days of intense training with Discovery Education. Working in a progressive district, which is fully equipped with all the latest technology prepared these educators for our arrival.

During day one, we worked diligently to provide the teachers with a comprehensive overview of DE streaming and DE Science. Although many in our session had had exposure to Discovery Education last year, most gained new knowledge they will take back to their individual school sites. They delved deeper into My Content, creating folders and organizing materials they had saved prior to our time together. They gained a deeper understanding of the importance of downloading videos to their computers, and they enthusiastically explored the Teacher Center. In addition, many of these educators saw DE Science for the first time. They were amazed and intrigued by the virtual labs, the simulations, and the interactive videos.

Our second session, which was a “make-and-take”, began with a review of the three major search methods and the importance and usefulness of My Content. After that, we went full force in our exploration of PhotoStory and PowerPoint. We spent much of the morning showing exemplary student and teacher examples and demonstrating the necessary steps that go into creating a multimedia presentation.

The teachers were itching to get started and worked wholeheartedly creating dynamic, non-linear PowerPoints and PhotoStory projects they could use in the classroom. We saw some amazing presentations on Predators and Prey, Genetics, and Birds of Minnesota. This culminating activity allowed the teachers to apply what they learned about Discovery Education in a meaningful, authentic activity they could use in their classroom.

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