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Pump Up the Volume: Auditory Learning & DE streaming

Song Stats

STAR Discovery Educator quick media access(must be logged into DE) 

Song Stats.001.jpg  &  I_See_an_Elephant_in_the_Sky.mp3

Interest in this came right from my PLN via Plurk, Twitter and the blogs.   I saw a quick post that linked me to an unusual flickr group, not that an unusual flickr group is that hard to find, but this is something that makes perfect sense: SONG CHART.    The majority of images in this group are charts/graphs showing data from various songs.  Take the example I created above.   I took a song from DE streaming, “I See an Elephant in the Sky” by Twin Sisters, listened to the lyrics and created a graph that highlights some of the data in the song.  This is a great way to introduce the importance of graphs by illustrating a use outside of the norm.   Would love some feedback on this.  Have you ever used graphs this way?  If you’ve used this with your students, how’d it go? 

DEN Leadership Council Institute DE streaming & Google Earth

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Having a blast at the Discovery Educator Network LC Institute. Quick post today to get my keynote up and out to the group. The images, movie and sound do not work, but you’re more than likely looking for the embed codes anyway. View the slideshare below or click on the link, DEN Leadership Council Institute DE streaming & Google Earth, to download the ppt. Remember the Quicktime embed only works for macs right now. :(

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