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New Site and New Features, Unlocked

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Discovery Education streaming had several new features added last Friday. If you haven’t logged in during the summer break, log in now and take a look around. A few of the highlights are below.

  • Updated our state standards search, adding assessment frameworks, learning standards, performance descriptors and early learning standards.
  • All of our content has been categorized down to the exact concept: try a keyword search, then narrow your results by clicking under the subject heading on the left of the page. You’ll be able to drill down to the exact concept, aligned with the exact video segment, image, article, song, etc…
  • The assignment, quiz and writing prompt builders have all been stream-lined, no more popups to worry about.
  • Last, but certainly not least, students now have full access(minus teacher materials). Under “Teacher Center” you’ll now see a new category, Classroom Manager. Students can be assigned their own usernames and passwords, opening the door to thousands of educational programs and materials, accessible from any internet connection.

As with any major update affecting thousands of schools and a million educators, there are bound to be some glitches. We’ve identified many, but if you have any problems or questions please contact our customer support team by dialing 1.800.323.9084 then pressing 1. Many accounts have temporarily lost their “My Content” sections. Your information is still there, just in the process of being ported over to the new site.

If you would like an overview of the new features, please join us this Thursday for one of many sessions designed to walk you through the new site. Simply click on the time below that best fits your schedule. If none of the below times fit you schedule, don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll set a time that better meets your needs.

Thank you for your patience and we hope that you’ll find the new student access and other updates beneficial as you plan lessons for you summer and fall classes.

Take care,

Mike Bryant

michael_bryant@discovery.com

800.323.9084 x 808.7290

Topic: STAR Streaming Update
Date and Time:
June 26, 2008 11:30 am, Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -07:00, San Francisco)
Event number: 556 861 250
Event password: This event does not require a password.
Event address for attendees:
https://discoveryed.webex.com/discoveryed/onstage/g.php?d=556861250&t=a

Topic: STAR Streaming Update
Date and Time:
June 26, 2008 12:30 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -07:00, San Francisco)
Event number: 556 636 663
Event password: This event does not require a password.
Event address for attendees:
https://discoveryed.webex.com/discoveryed/onstage/g.php?d=556636663&t=a

Topic: STAR Streaming Update
Date and Time:
June 26, 2008 3:30 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -07:00, San Francisco)
Event number: 556 875 536
Event password: This event does not require a password.
Event address for attendees:
https://discoveryed.webex.com/discoveryed/onstage/g.php?d=556875536&t=a

Web2.0 RoadMap

This week I’m in Orlando, FL on vacation. So why am I writing a work blog? Simply found a very cool site that I had to share. Web2.0 Web2.0 Web2.0 It’s what everyone’s been talking about for several years now, but how do I find web2.0 site? This site, Go2Web20, has a ton of web2.0 sites for you to explore.  You can even sort by tags, name, date, etc…  Ok, going back out to the pool now.

DuPage County Day of Discovery

Discovery Education and the DuPage Regional Office of Education are pleased to announce a “Day of Discovery” professional development event open to all educators in DuPage County.

Please join us for an engaging, technology-infused, professional development day focused on creative ways to use digital media in the classroom. Learn techniques to inspire your students and maximize the resources from Discovery Education streaming. The excitement continues over lunch where you’ll hear all about the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) and how you can become a STAR Discovery Educator. Leave with projects in-hand for your class and a network of teachers to support you throughout the year.

When:

Saturday, August 16 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (light breakfast & lunch included)

Where:

DuPage Professional Development Center 1519 S. Grace St., Lombard, IL

Cost: Free!

Register by Clicking here! Space is limited, register soon.

Detailed Agenda is below.

DuPage Day of Discovery overview

Minneapolis Day of Discovery

Spent today with a group of educators from Minneapolis – St. Paul area. We flew through the “DE streaming Tour“, touched on the “50 Ways to Use Discovery Education streaming” and spent far to little time on our power-point projects.

We did, however, cover “Step-by-Step Become a DEN STAR Educator“, what I hope you will find to be the most important piece. As a STAR Discovery Educator you are now connected with the top educators in the country, all tirelessly working to promote the best in education.

I’ve already scheduled a follow-up activity, devoted to power-point presentations. Please join me on Wednesday, June 25 at 11:00 PM for the webinar. Click here to register.

Complete presentation from today, minus the movies(sorry they don’t upload well), please click here.

On a personal note, I really love Minneapolis, great city, easy to navigate, and vibrant downtown.  My first and second trip here were in the heart of winter.  Cold doesn’t begin to describe it.  This trip, fabulous weather, an amazing 77 degrees.  I walked from Sullivan Community School to the Metro without breaking a sweat.

The Moveable Feast: Week Summary

I posted Thursday evening, giving a very brief snapshot of the “Moveable Feast” taking place in Bloomington, IL. Here’s a little more information right from their website.

A Moveable feast is a one-week summer institute organized by the Office of Educational Technology at the University of Illinois. This project-based technology institute is tailored to meet the needs of training teachers and administrators in technology and emphasizes ways to integrate technology in conjunction with Illinois Engaged Learning standards.

 

There are 4 weeks scheduled this year and with the first week completed I can say this is an amazing PD for educators. If you’re in the Bloomington, IL area I encourage you to register for at least one of the two sessions still open.

 

Take a look at some the pictures here.

 

 

 

Moveable Feast: Bloomington, IL

I spent a great day with about 70 educators from districts in the Bloomington-Normal, IL area. This was day 4 in a week long, intensive professional development series known as “The Moveable Feast“. These week long events take place over the weeks of June 9, June 16, July 7 & July 14. Approximately 280 educators will attend sessions with topics that include: Moodle, Microsoft Office, Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Assessment, Google Tools, Windows MovieMaker, Smart Technologies, etc…

Session Handouts: 50 Ways to Use Discovery Education streaming documentAssignment, Quiz and Writing Prompt Builders OverviewDE streaming TourStep-by-Step Become a DEN STAR Educator

Minneapolis Day of Discovery

Hello Minneapolis and St. Paul!
I’d like to invite you to join Discovery Education for an engaging, technology-infused, professional development day focused on creative ways to use digital media in the classroom. Learn techniques to inspire your students and maximize the resources from Discovery Education streaming.  Leave with projects in-hand for your class and a network of teachers to support you throughout the year. 

Every attendee will also be given free access to Discovery Education Science.  Enhance science instruction with up-to-date, standards-based resources coupled with a real-time assessment tool that allows educators to monitor student progress and recommend resources based on students’ individual need. 

Take a look at the flyer and video below for more information about the day.
If you are in Minneapolis Public Schools, register using eCompass., under the June Tech Academy.

If you are an educator outside of Minneapolis Public Schools, register by clicking here.    

Minneapolis Day of Discovery Flyer


Data Visualized

Chris Ryan in our office brought this site to my attention. Thanks Chris.

The internet is full of data. Maybe it’s in the form of a report, a spreadsheet, an online database, … this just keeps going. In-house, we use dabbledb to help capture, organize and report data. It rocks and if you’re looking for a easy to use database, you know get rid of the 20 or so copies of that one updated spreadsheet, then I suggest giving dabbledb a chance. The one component of Dabbledb I wish was a little slicker is the visualization of the data.

In comes, Many Eyes with a very cool interface for visualizing large and small amounts of data. Check out my quick visualization above, Many Eyes is a part of IBM’s alpha works.  A ton of data has already been uploaded by users. Data you can pick through and create you’re own visualization with or, like I did, upload your own data set. The data set I uploaded comes from The National Center for Education Statistics.

I’d love to hear what you think about the site as well as see some visualizations you create.