Lively Lessons: New Year, New YOU(ser)

As 2015 comes to a close, so does the first year of the Sunday blog series, Lively Lessons.  Over the months, the Discovery Education community has shared dozens of ideas, resources, and strategies for utilizing digital media to pique students’ curiosity and to help them discover content meaning and relevance.

In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, this week’s Lively Lesson offers five ways to use Discovery Education to grow, revitalize, or deepen the use of digital media in your instruction.

As the season reminds us, it is better to give than to receive, so please share, comment, or connect!

FEATURED SOS5. Spotlight on Strategies Series

As educators, you know how important it is to have a large repertoire of skills at your disposal.  The research-backed Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) series, presented by teachers for teachers, is a growing catalog of instructional strategies that incorporate digital media in meaningful, effective, and practical ways.

Check out the “Sweet Sixteen” SOS entries for some favorite selections, as voted on by the Discovery Educator Network community.

BBround4. Discovery Education Board Builder, Now with New Graphics

Board Builder from Discovery Education empowers students to curate, create, and synthesize content to express their personal curiosity, solve problems and demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge like never before. And now Board Builder just got even better.  There are now 20 new background patterns plus new graphic elements for headlines, text boxes, media boxes and more.

Not sure how to get started?  Look for our list of 50 effective and creative ways to use Board Builder in your classroom, including links to sample boards and templates.

ITround3. Interactive Training Modules

Whether you are new to Discovery Education or have been utilizing our resources for years, explore our interactive training courses that bring you together with community members as they share tips, tricks, and practical integration strategies for using digital resources and maximizing your experience in Discovery Education.

Upon completion of each module, you can take a quiz to receive a certificate for an hour of professional development credit.  New modules have recently been added, including courses on Universal Design for Learning, Literacy, and each of the Discovery Education Techbooks.

Students_Round2. Student Access

Put the power of learning at their fingertips through the redesigned Discovery Education Student Center.  With unique logins students can browse grade-specific content and access personalized assignments, and you’ll have new ways to deliver resources to motivate students, engage higher order thinking, and achieve learning goals.

Contact the talented Discovery Education Customer Support Team to find out how to manage users, customize access, track usage, and get student usernames up and running with Discovery Education.

DEN D1. Share and Connect with the Discovery Education Community

You know that other people are using Discovery Education, too, right?  Connect with the global community of education professionals that are passionate about transforming the learning experience with digital media.  The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) connects members across town and around the world through social media, virtual conferences and in-person events.

How will you connect?  You’re already reading the blog – next, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.  Ready to make it official?  Become a STAR Discovery Educator for many more opportunities to connect, network, and share.

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