Engaged Learning and Engaged in Learning

Filed Under (DE Feature, Suggestions) by Jeannine on 28-09-2011

As I struggle myself with trying to help a teacher begin to use Discovery Education with their students, I find myself learning quite a bit as well.  I am so comfortable with logging in and navigating through Discovery Education resources on a frequent basis.  However, we are piloting offering Discovery Education Streaming accounts to some students.  This way a teacher may individualize instruction for them.  Many of the learning theories suggest that students develop at various paces with various interests.  So this project excites me.  We have the potential to make quite a difference in the lives of these students.  And if all goes well hopefully we can broaden our scope soon after.

But as I am assisting this teacher, I find myself realizing many things:

  • Wow, I enjoy being in the professional development arena more than I ever thought I would.
  • Teachers work very hard to reach each child in their care.  The good ones go above and beyond to find what will help each find success. (I am lucky to be working with one such “good one”.)
  • The import structure was easy once the customer service team assisted.  They rock by the way!  Reach out to them if you are struggling.  So very knowledgeable.
  • There are so many great resources on a single topic inside Discovery Education.
  • The teacher view is definitely improved but I need to develop cheat sheets that work for us.
  • We all learn something new on a good day.  I have been having many good days this week with this project.
Are you using Discovery Education Streaming with individual student accounts? If so I would love to hear how you are implementing them in your classrooms.  Have you learned from any oops moments? Have you enjoyed a specific success of a student? The power of the DEN is learning from each other.  I would love to learn from those that are ahead of me on this learning curve.

Looking Forward

Filed Under (Suggestions) by Jeannine on 03-09-2011

It’s that time of year again.  We are headed back in to school officially on Tuesday.  The summer has been a busy one.  Connecting with colleagues via Twitter.  Attending the DEN Summer Institute.  Attending ISTE.  Preparing materials to share with staff this school year.  I look forward to helping teachers in my building discover all that the DEN has to offer.  Being a member of the DEN has been such a rewarding experience for me over the years.  I hope others will join us.

In exploring the DEN resources this summer, I discovered the Discovery Team has designed a great 9/11 Theme Page.  The topic is so charged.  But issues of respect and remembrance are also important.  Hopefully teachers will find it useful as they broach the sensitive subject with students.  Thank you to the Discovery Team that created that.