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.