Your Planet Classroom

On March 25, 2007 The Discovery Channel will launch PLANET EARTH, a first-of-its-kind look at the world’s most magnificent and compelling locations. The 11-part series includes never-before-seen animal behaviors, remote regions captured by for the first time, and unprecedented high definition production techniques.

In conjunction with the premiere of PLANET EARTH, The Nature Conservancy will launch new in-depth web content on www.nature.org, aimed at educating visitors about the urgent threats facing the places featured in the program and what they can do to help out.  There will be mutual links with www.planet-earth.com to provide active consumers with multiple areas to participate in environmental activities through fun, interactive and educational features.

During the U.S. premiere on Sunday, March 25, viewers can take an online tour that will be synchronized to the show, test themselves on trivia about the animals and environments seen on air, chat with other viewers during the show and ask questions of M. Sanjayan, lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy.

Tying it all together

As unitedstreaming subscribers you have the unique ability to incorporate the Planet Earth interactive links into unitedstreaming assignments, quizzes, and writing prompts.

You can also use the image library, sound files, articles, videos in combination with the Planet Earth educational resources to teach science and conservation concepts.

For example;

  • You can download images of endangered species and put them into a photostory, iPhoto, or PowerPoint presentation, or even Google Earth!
  • Take Google Earth tour of Planet Earth http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/planet-earth/google-tour/google-tour.html
  • Create an interactive Rain Forest Quiz
  • Challenge your students to become naturalists by creating their own Digital Scrapbook.  Download the attached ppt template and customize it for your lesson/class! Download Rainforest.zip  (This is a Zipped file – be sure to follow prompts when downloading it onto your computer.  You will need to unzip all of the attachments (videos, images, ppt, and sound file and place them in a folder on your computer).
    Finally, you and your class can can participate in a live chat with series producers on Monday, March 26, the day after PLANET EARTH premieres, to learn more about the producer’s filming experiences – check out www.planet-earth.com for more information!

Talk to you soon,
Matt Monjan
Discovery Education, unitedstreaming

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4 Comments

  1. jabbath said:

    This sounds fantatic! The Nature Conervancy’s excellent resource in conjunction with UNitedstreaming and Google Earth…we’ve come a long way!! By the way, local Nature Conservancies will provide excellent educational tours for classes.

  2. Michele Futch said:

    As usual, great job….Implementation! Looking forward to it.

  3. T. Gard said:

    I hope the producers will adjust the volume on the Planet Earth series. I couldn’t comfortably watch the program because in order to hear the narrator; the volume had to be turned up so loud as to be difficult to listen to, and in some instances to even be able to hear the narrator. I don’t have any hearing problems and I’m sure I’m not the only one who noticed this unfortunate problem.

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