My Top 10 Free Discovery Resources

Dave’s Top 10 Lists

Discovery Resources

They are all free. They are in no specific order of preference. Click on the links for more information about each one and it’s use in education.

Discovery Education is an excellent resource for teachers. Many teachers know about Discovery Streaming, the Discovery Channel, or even Discovery Middle School Science. All of these are fee based services, but Discovery Education also has some great free resources for any teacher. Here are my top 10 (out of the 25 or so they have that are free).

1. Web 2011 – Web 2.0 for 2011. Access great content on Internet Safety, Media Literacy and links to Web 2.0 Tool. The site is rich with little flash videos detailing the explanation and use of Web 2.0 Tools in the classroom. This is a great resource for new teachers and veterans to learn about Web 2.0 tools.

2. New Teacher Survival Central – Includes Tech Tools for teachers and students, New teacher blogs, classroom tools, and curriculum resources, Tips/tricks on: Classroom Environment, Classroom Management, Parent Communication, Cool tips on Green Screens and more!

3. Science Fair Central – Great ideas how to create, launch and facilitate a Science Fair, including tips and ideas for student projects.

4. Discovery Education Lesson Plans – lesson plans for all different subjects, sorted by K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

5. Siemens STEM Academy – Premier online community designed to foster student achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through the collaboration of STEM educators and sharing of best practices. Great resources, ideas, and more.

6. Kathy Schrock’s guide for Educators – Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.

7. Science of Everyday Life – Everywhere you look, there are wonders both big and small just waiting to be explored. Your school, your home, and your community are all boundless laboratories full of mystery, excitement and surprise. Join us as we uncover the magic all around us and tap the innovator within us…in the Science of Everyday Life. What a great way to connect science to students’ lives and experiences by connecting science to everyday things.

8. Discovery News site has news articles and resources on Earth, Space, Science, Tech, Animals, and much more. Like most Discovery products, it is well done and easy to find things. There is all kinds of breaking news, new discoveries, social issues, videos, discussions, and more.

9. Toyota Teen Driver Education and Toyota have teamed up to create Toyota Teen Driver. This is a great resource for educators, parents, and students to learn about safe driving. Students can also play a virtual driving game called “Heads Up” to see how they perform and get a feel for driving and handling distractions. The game is not easy either and requires concentration.

10. Discovery Education Blog Network great resource for all educators. STAR Educators and DEN Leadership Council members, along with DE employees, post resources and information on the blogs. Some of it is DE resources, but many of it is other resources for educators. There are also announcements for local DEN events and much more.

Training resources for using Discovery Education resources:

Discovery Education Training Resources on Educational Technology Guy.

Discovery Educator Network Blog

Lots of resources, articles, how-to’s, links, and more.

Cross posted at Educational Technology Guy and via Twitter.

David Andrade is a Physics Teacher and Educational Technology Specialist in Connecticut. He is the author of the Educational Technology Guy blog, where he reviews free educational technology resources for teachers, discusses ways to use technology to improve teaching and learning, and discusses other issues in education.
He is also a professional development trainer and presenter at conferences, helping educators learn new and innovative ways to educate students. He is also a Discovery Education STAR Educator and member of the CT DEN Leadership Council.

Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of his employer.