Techniques from the Grapevine

Grapevine4I really appreciated this tip from Nathan Guteras of Lake Shipp Elementary in Polk County, FL because I get a lot of questions about not being able to stream video during the day.  I’m finding as I travel around South Florida that there is no one way for schools to handle the streaming issue.  I’ve seen everything from total freedom to stream anything, any time to total blocktime. Thank you Nathan for this important solution.Thegrapevinemarble

For schools that use the "Network Manager" download feature, teachers use Assignment Builder to create directions, weblinks, and quizzes. The day before we Ab_2 download the video or videoclips to our local server, then we have the students’ computer stations linked to the videos folder and play the clips off our local server. A typical technology intergration lesson would unfold like this. First, they log into the "Student Center". Next, they visit the linked sites (live), and they watch the videos (which are not live streaming over the internet). After the video, they take the online quiz (live). It takes a little more planning, yet our limited bandwidth connection does not crash our whole school with the live downloads during the school day.  We recently used these features to teach about land formations using "Pangaea" as the topic for third graders.

What’s your GOOD NEWS about streaming video? 

Just  wanted to share…..Denextracredit isn’t it great to be in the DEN? I just can’t get over how much teachers are loved and appreciated at Discovery and am so excited to pass on the latest initiative to encourage, equip and empower teachers to be creative.  Our newest program is called DEN Extra Credit.

This program will provide STAR Discovery Educators an opportunity to earn technology for the classroom by partnering with Discovery Education on various activities.  De Whether writing lesson plans for existing content, or reviewing academic content of new videos, the DEN Extra Credit program will provide a wide variety of opportunities for STAR Discovery Educators to contribute their expertise to further the success of the DEN and Discovery Education as a whole.

As a reward for your efforts on each project, participating members will receive various technology products for their classroom.  Depending on the size and scope of the project, these products may include wireless presentation devices, digital cameras, LCD projectors, SmartBoards and various technology packages for larger initiatives.

By joining DEN Extra Credit, you are not obligated to participate in all of the projects; Den_logo_final_6 we’ll simply communicate each new project and initiative to the DEN Extra Credit team and you can select the projects in which you are interested in participating. For each project, we’ll provide you with the scope, timeframe, skill sets required as well as the technology reward for the project and you can determine if you want to join that particular assignment.

To apply to join the DEN Extra Credit Program, please send an email to to sign up and receive further details and information on the first set of "DEN Extra Credit" assignments.

If you keeping meaning to apply for STAR DEN membership and your pile keeps getting higher, here’s a quick link to get you started.  Join the DEN!

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  1. Nathan Guteras said:

    Thank you to Ms. L. Dunlap and Mr. C. Bell, two thrid grade teachers, for collaberating this learning adventure with me. Itwas too real when the Earth shook this Sunday off the Florida’s Gulf coast. Another “teachable moment” in action.

  2. Tiffany Bonner said:

    That is a fantastic idea! I’ll have to get with Debbie to see if she can set up our computers here at school for the students to have access to a videos folder. It would really help overcome some obstacles I’ve been facing on how to put some things together.

    Also, I’m looking forward to the Extra Credit Den!

  3. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Great tip. I am going to have to test this out at my school. It would solve so many issues that teachers are having and make them more excited about using unitedstreaming.

  4. Debbie Bohanan said:

    The DEN extra credit program is too cool. Not only are the projects things you may already be planning but the rewards are great too. Discovery is such a great company! Thanks for the motivation and incentives. You are able to make even tired teachers stay up past their bedtime to work for you.

  5. Michele Futch said:

    Thanks for the great information, Nathan! Keep up the good work!

  6. Michele Futch said:

    The DEN Extra Credit is another great opportunity! I intend to use these extra credit assignments to the fullest!

  7. Michele Futch said:

    I have signed up for the first DEN Extra credit opportunity. I am looking forward to the kit and putting that to good use!!!

  8. Michele Futch said:

    I would love some ideas from teachers who have done the Technology night before? Any tips or things that are a must? Any definitely “Don’t” tips, etc.?

  9. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    Extra credit is going to be a lot of fun. I am looking forward to getting my kit and running a technology night! Great way to get parents involved!

  10. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    Thanks Nathan thats how we plan on using our network manager if I ever get time to set it up!

  11. Wendy Norton said:

    I like the ideas for getting past the streaming problems that teachers are having. So many ways to get past the issue. Networking is great. I look forward to the extra credit program. Now that I am learning about Atlas (webnair at 7pm) and the new science connection, I think Discovery is awesome. Every week something new.

  12. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    Just finished the ATLAS webinar the ideas are great for moving outside the box!

  13. Debbie Bohanan said:

    If you go to the Atlas site, there are video links to the Atlas series. Also, there is a great Google Earth Fieldtrip to all the places mentioned in each Atlas episode. The last time I checked, the only location that the photo was not working was the Great Barrier Reef. I informed Discovery of the problem so I am sure Lance has resolved that issue. The fieldtrip is increadible and really enhances the video experience. It makes a great launch point for you to use in your classroom. There are also video clips about each location. Check out the clip on China’s Three Gorges Dam. You will be amazed at what they are planning to do.

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