Back to School with the Discovery Education Community

Welcome back to school for another fun year with the Discovery Education Community!  We’ve made a lot of product enhancements and added some fantastic community-supported content in the Professional Learning Center of your DE account.  You can learn more about all the new additions here.

A great way to start the new year is to try out a new instructional strategy from our Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) series.  Check out our SOS for SOS to share these ideas with your colleagues. We also have a pre-made SOS bulletin board for you to download and set up in your faculty lounge.

As you begin the year, please know that we are here to support you in making the 2016-2017 school year a joyous one.

On that note, we thought it would bring a smile to your face (and an interesting connection to your math class, perhaps) to see some of the pop culture responses from our back to school DEN survey.

Justin Timberlake? Emojis? The boombox? Oh yes, we went there. And now, after tons of community members answered our survey, we have some results. Drum roll please…

The “happy clapping” emoji was voted best emoji to describe respondents’ back to school feeling (40%), followed closely by the “nerd in glasses” emoji (34%).

Then, the song that inspires the DEN the most for the 2016/2017 school year is Justin Timberlake’s summer chart-topper “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” (48%) followed by Shakira’s “Try Everything [Even Though I could Fail]” from the Zootopia soundtrack (25%); and Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” (14%). Disturbed’s “The Sound of Silence” only garnered 3% of the votes. (Yes, that last one made us giggle a little, quietly).

Other core findings related to popular culture included:

  • Dory, from Finding Dory, described as an “accepter of chaos” in the survey was the character from a 2016 summer movie that respondents most felt like when starting a new school year (at 34%). So ask yourself, just as Nemo did, “What would Dory do?”
  • Following our favorite blue tang fish was Professor X in X-Men: Apocalypse, described as “powerful promoter of peace” (at 19%) with a 3-way tie close behind with Captain America, The Big Friendly Giant, and the “rebellious hero” Snowball, from the Secret Life of Pets (15%).
  • Finally, for all the cutting edge digital tools out there, it’s good to see the love for retro ‘80s tech items. The Boombox took the top votes for favorite old-school digital item by a landslide at 49%. The VHS player was next at 19%, followed by the Macintosh Classic at 13%; and film projector at 11%. The floppy disk hit rock bottom of the list in the survey, garnering only 8% of the votes. (Because who EVER liked the floppy disk anyway).

Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. We loved hearing from you. Please don’t ‘stop that feeling’ and keep your back to school groove going!