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April 2020: Creating with Discovery Education

April 2020: Creating with Discovery Education

For the past few years, I have focused my energies on supporting teachers who are creating assessments, both formative and summative, which target student’s higher order thinking skills. Oftentimes, as I was creating an exemplar to showcase to teachers, I turned to Discovery Education for content to use in the sample assessment. Discovery Education includes

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January 2018: Multimodal creation with Discovery Education Streaming

MULTIMODAL CREATION Multimodality occurs when students use several modes to create a product and/or communicate a message. These modes can involve speaking, writing, listening, and visual resources. When we have a student create a multimedia project that involves music, narration, and images, the goal should be for these resources to be used to create meaning

Community Update: January 6, 2017

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How to Unlock Your Students’ Potential with Formative Assessments

Anyone with experience in the classroom can recognize the power behind the word “test.” Uttering the word itself can change the atmosphere of a classroom. Tests can be stressful, high-stakes, and often fail to yield the kind of information teachers need to adjust their instruction to suit their students’ needs. Testing doesn’t have to lead

8 Steps for Improving Math Achievement with Assessments

By Karen Barton, Discovery Education’s Vice President of Learning Analytics In the last decade, there has been a growing movement toward integrating assessment in instruction and learning. Research has shown that embedding assessment opportunities for teachers and students provides insights into student progress in the moments of learning, maximizes learning, and moves learning forward. Examine

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February 2015: Literacies for the digital age: Data literacy

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts highlighting the digital literacies our students will need to succeed. The first posts covered financial literacy, visual literacy, media literacy, historical literacy, and numeracy. This post will provide you with some ideas on how to infuse data literacy skills into the curriculum. The thirteen literacies

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October 2014: Literacies for the digital age: Visual literacy

I have identified thirteen literacies important for students to master, which you can see below. This is the second in a series. Last month I discussed financial literacy. The topic for this month is visual literacy. Visual literacy, as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries, “is a set of abilities that enables

DEA: How to Access & Use Achievement Level Descriptors

The team at Discovery Education Assessment released a new tutorial yesterday, one that should be of great interest for those using the Assessment service. Please follow this link to a short video that answers questions like: 1) What to the DEA performance levels mean? 2) How does one level compare to others? and 3) How can this

Discovery Education Assessment: Delivering Constructed Response Tasks

Educators and administrators in schools and districts that subscribe to Discovery Education’s Assessment services should be sure to access our new online video tutorial detailing how to deliver DEA’s constructed response tasks to your students. This tutorial is available at: This new process has also been highlighted during webinars delivered as part of Discovery’s Back-to-School offerings.