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1Welcome to Discovery Education Science for Elementary
2Digital Media that Works Enhance science instruction with a formative assessment tool that enables you to monitor student progress and recommend resources based on individual student needs.Empower students to think and explore like scientists.Engage student minds with science while reinforcing important literacy and mathematics skills.
3New users must click the tab “New User Login” to get started. Log In ScreenNew users must click the tab “New User Login” to get started.
4New Users – the school Passcode New users in each school building will need to know the unique 8-character Passcode that has been assigned to their school.When new users enter the Passcode and click the “Submit” button, they will be taken to an account set-up screen.1a2b 3c4bOne main point to emphasize on this slide is the fact that the same Passcode is used by all users in a specified school building.Once users have created accounts, they will not need to use the Passcode again. Each time they return to the site, they use the username and password they stipulated when they created their accounts.
6Logging into DE Science for Elementary Teachers use the “Educator Login” tab to log in with their username and password.
7Logging into DE Science for Elementary Locate Discovery Education Science Elementary School and click the link “Go now!”If your school subscribes to both Discovery Education Science Elementary and Middle School, the first time users log in, a pop-up window will appear, giving users the option of selecting Discovery Education Science for Elementary as the default site
8Enhance Your Instruction with Multimedia Content Curriculum Standards SearchKeyword SearchAdvanced SearchBrowse three areas of scienceYou can locate media using the keyword search, the Advanced search, the curriculum standards search or by browsing DESC’s science topicsUpon login, you will find three areas of science: Physical Science, Life Science and Earth and Space Science.These areas of science are common to elementary science curricula across the country.
9Browse Units, Topics & Concepts Browsing for ContentDiscovery Education Science is organized by concept and topic area, to help you quickly locate multimedia resources that complement your lessons. Digital media content, ranging from reading passages and video clips to explorations and virtual labs, is collected in one place to save you time as you prepare your lessons.Units, Topics & ConceptsWithin each content tab, you will find a list of units and within each unit, topics related to the unit.Clicking on a topic will open a page with concepts. Each concept contains digital media resources.You can move forward and backward in your results by clicking any of the links in the breadcrumb trail or choose a new path by selecting a different topic tab.
10Glossary Terms Glossary terms are available on each Concept page. Discovery Education Science’s dynamic Interactive Glossary supports your students’ varying learning styles through audio, text, animation, detailed still imagery and short video clips.
11Glossary TermsStudents click the tabs to access information in a variety of formats.A full list of over 500 commonly used science terms is always available on the left side of the Glossary window. Discovery Education Science’s dynamic Interactive Glossary supports your students’ varying learning styles through audio, text, animation, detailed still imagery and short video clips.
12Pathways to Science Investigation Concept pages provide pathways through the content.LEARNStudents gain information about a concept in the Learn section. EXPLOREInteractive media enables students to practice and experience science. DEMONSTRATECheck for understanding with materials found in the Demonstrate section.EXTENDStudents extend their learning with materials found in the Extend Section.Discovery Education Science for Elementary supports students’ understanding of science inquiry by providing opportunities to observe and experience science. Concept pages provide pathways through the content, where students learn about a concept, explore it using interactive media, demonstrate their understanding by completing assessments and written constructed responses and extend their learning with additional media.
13Pathways to Science Investigation LEARNVideo Segments are divided into chapters that illustrate specific concepts within each topic.Reading Passages are leveled to support a variety of readers.eBooks enable struggling readers and students whose first language is not English to read and listen to science content.LEARNStudents gain information about a concept in the Learn section. Video clips, eBooks, and reading passages give students the information they need to get started.Video ClipsVideos are divided into “chapters” or “segments” that illustrate specific concepts within each topic. Play videos in realtime or download them for later use. Easy to use content tabs provide quick access to the full video, video segments, citation information, and related materials. All videos have been aligned with state curriculum standards in all states.Reading PassagesEnrich your science curricula with leveled reading passages from Discovery Education’s award-winning book series. Reading Passages in the Intro section are leveled for Grade 3. Elsewhere on the site, reading levels are indicated by green dots in the header.eBooksDiscovery Education Science’s groundbreaking eBooks enable struggling readers and students whose first language is not English to read and listen to science content. Highlighted text allows students to read along with the narrator and focus on vocabulary words.Tip!Click the “View Details” link below each media type to read a short description of the concept, view curriculum standards and add the media asset to a folder in My Content.
14Pathways to Science Investigation EXPLOREExplorations enable students to manipulate variables and test their predictions about outcomes.Virtual Labs are designed to give students the opportunity to practice designing and conducting virtual investigations.EXPLOREThe Explore section provides exciting, interactive media including Explorations and Virtual Labs that allow students to practice and experience science in a simulated online environment.ExplorationsUse Explorations to activate prior knowledge or as a presentation tool to examine a specific concept. Students can make predictions about outcomes and then use the Exploration to test those predictions by manipulating inputs or selections.For example, in the Exploration “Flower to Flower,” students make selections from a variety of roots, stems and leaves, to create a plant that will survive in a specific environment. Virtual LabsTo understand the science process, students need practice with science investigation. Virtual Labs are designed to give students the opportunity to practice designing and conducting virtual investigations in preparation for designing and conducting their own hands-on investigations. Virtual Labs come in three parts:IntroductionThis part sets the stage for the investigation by presenting a real-world problem around which the investigation is based.InvestigateThis tab allows students to select the lab level, sign in and begin conducting the investigation, one trial at a time. The first level offers a simple choice of choosing one variable to control. The second level complicates the investigation with multiple options or multiple test subjects to observe.ResultsThis tab provides students with a record of the results of each trial in chart form. Students also are provided with a paper copy on which to record the data.
15Pathways to Science Investigation EXPLORE:VIRTUAL LABSIntroduction TabThis part sets the stage for the investigation by presenting a real-world problem around which the investigation is based.Investigate TabStudents choose single or multiple variables to test and observe and then conduct their investigations.Results TabStudents view a record of trial results in chart form.
16Pathways to Science Investigation DEMONSTRATEOnline Assessments pair formative assessment tools with dynamic content.Brief Constructed Responses monitor your students’ deeper understanding of science concepts.DEMONSTRATECheck for understanding with materials found in the Demonstrate section. Assign online assessments to your students or print and distribute Brief Constructed Response PDF files to the class.Online AssessmentsOnline assessments pair formative assessment tools with dynamic content, giving you the ability to monitor your students’ understanding of concepts. Pre-made assessments save time and are aligned with state curriculum standards in all states. Students can view the results immediately after they finish the assessment. Based on the assessment results, Discovery Education Science’s built-in remediation tool recommends additional media that supports assessment content.Brief Constructed ResponsesUse Brief Constructed Responses to assess students’ understanding of science concepts. Easily downloadable PDF files can be printed and distributed to the class. A helpful teacher guide and scoring tool accompanies each Brief Constructed Response
17Pathways to Science Investigation EXTENDExtend provides content that goes into greater detail about the concept or extends the concept beyond elementary level expectations. EXTENDStudents can extend their learning by accessing a variety of interactive media including explorations, video clips and reading passages found in the Extend section.
18Teacher CenterAccess powerful tools that allow you to build and manage assessments; create multimedia projects; build and manage classrooms; and access resources that foster science process skills.The Teacher Center provides powerful tools that allow you to build and manage assessments; create dynamic, interactive multimedia projects for your students; build and manage your classrooms; and access teaching resources that support your science curriculum and foster process skills.You can save and organize your projects in folders you create within My Content for easy editing and retrieval.
19Teacher Center - Classroom Manager Create a new ClassroomManage Classrooms and ContentDiscovery Education Science for Elementary supports independent learning and performance measurement by giving you the flexibility to assign media and assessments to an entire class or individual students. Use the Classroom Manager to build and modify classrooms and manage your assignments.
20Teacher Center - Assessment Manager Enhance science instruction with a formative assessment tool that allows you to monitor student progress and recommend resources based on students’ individual needs.CreateStandards-based assessmentsCustom assessmentsEdit existing assessmentsAssignAssessments you’ve already createdAssessments created by Discovery EducationReport & RecommendView results by studentView results by classPut the power and flexibility of the Assessment Manager to work for you.The Assessment Manager pairs formative assessment tools with dynamic content, giving you the ability to monitor your students’ understanding of concepts and address specific areas of need by assigning remediation content to individuals or an entire class.Choose from hundreds of pre-made assessment questions aligned with state curriculum standards, or create your own custom assessments.
21Teacher Center - Assignment Builder Build your own online assignments incorporating digital media, assessments and links to other websitesSearch existing assignmentsThe Assignment Builder is a versatile resource that helps you build online activities and web-based projects that are stored on the Discovery Education servers.You can use this tool to create student assignments that integrate a variety of resources such as virtual labs, explorations, reading passages, video segments and assessments.Students access assignments through the Student Center.
22Teacher Center - Process Skills Library Media in the Process Skills Library addresses the critical thinking skills students must acquire in order to successfully engage in the scientific process.Virtual LabsStudents design and conduct their own scientific investigationsScience SleuthsStudents examine science mysteries and use articles, interviews and video to solve the problemMythBustersEpisodes have been selected and edited for school audiences and illustrate the adventure and careful use of scientific process to prove a science myth, or bust it!Discovery Education Science for Elementary supports students’ understanding of science inquiry by providing opportunities to observe and experience science investigation.A variety of media in the Process Skills Library addresses the critical thinking skills students must acquire in order to successfully engage in scientific methodology.Each of these experiences is connected to specific concepts and can also be accessed when browsing for content.Virtual LabsTo understand the science process, students need practice with science investigation. Virtual Labs are designed to give students the opportunity to practice designing and conducting virtual investigations in preparation for designing and conducting their own hands-on investigations. Virtual Labs come in three parts:IntroductionThis part sets the stage for the investigation by presenting a real-world problem around which the investigation is based.InvestigateThis tab allows students to select the lab level, sign in and begin conducting the investigation, one trial at a time. The first level offers a simple choice of choosing one variable to control. The second level complicates the investigation with multiple options or multiple test subjects to observe.ResultsThis tab provides students with a record of the results of each trial in chart form. Students also are provided with a paper copy on which to record the data.Science Sleuths, an updated web version of Video Discovery’s popular CD-ROM series, engages students in real-world challenges in which they become science detectives. Students are presented with a science mystery or possible crime and use articles, interviews, investigations, and video presentations to gather the information they need to solve the problem. Students take notes and collect data as they progress, and present their findings to the Science Sleuth hostess when they are done.MythBusters episodes from the Discovery Channel’s popular television series have been carefully selected and edited for elementary school audiences and illustrate the adventure and the careful use of the science process to prove a science myth, or bust it! Students are provided with observation sheets and teachers receive a guide that enables them to look for good scientific inquiry skills being used by MythBusters hosts Jamie and Adam.
23My ContentUse My Content to collect, organize, retrieve, and assign your favorite media resources in one convenient place.Add media resources and assessments to folders you createUse the Action pull down menu to copy, move, assign or delete media at any timeCollect, organize, retrieve and assign your favorite media resources in one convenient place.Located in the gray navigation bar near the top of the screen, “My Content” is accessible from anywhere on the site.You can add content to folders you create in My Content. Stay organized by creating sub-folders within main folders to create hierarchies within content.Adding resources to My Content does not initiate a playing or downloading procedure. The purpose of My Content is to bookmark the resource to avoid searching for it again. All files and projects added to My Content are stored on Discovery Education servers.
24Add a Resource to My Content 3. Select an existing folder in My Content or create a new folder to add the resource1. Locate a resource and click “View Details”2. Click “Add to My Content”4. Click “Add”
25Professional Development Access a variety of resources designed to help you make the most effective use of Discovery Education Science for Elementary digital media.5-Minute PrepsUse these resources to get quickly up to speed on science content and students’ potential misunderstandings.Trainer’s ToolkitUse the resources and materials in the Trainer’s Toolkit to enhance your staff development workshops. Download digital versions of the User Guide, the QuickStart Guide, and other support documents.Tech TalkVisit Tech Talk to locate resources from the Discovery Education Science Implementation and Support Team. You’ll find materials to help you successfully launch Discovery Education Science at your school or district and documents that address technical and network issues.Best PracticesView short, 30-second video segments that profile science teachers and gain exciting strategies for inquiry-based instruction.Interactive TrainingSelf-directed modules offer certificate and professional development credit options. Lessons demonstrate site functionality and instructional practices through a web-based, hands-on format that supports individual pace and style of learning.
27Presentation ModelsCommon ways teachers, Media Specialists, and technology coordinators display Discovery Education Science for Elementary content:Computer connected to an LCD projectorInteractive whiteboardsTelevisions with scan convertersComputer labsLibraries and Media CentersMobile carts with laptop computersStudent “stations” and “centers”
28Teaching Strategies to Consider Create “investigative teams.” Have students work in small groups on Virtual Labs or Explorations to develop testable questions, test their hypotheses and record results.Determine prior knowledge with a pre-activity assessment. Use assessment results to assign appropriate media to individual students.Pose questions or prepare thought-provoking “lesson starters” before viewing media to actively engage students.Connect your computer to a projector and use Explorations or a video clip as presentation tools to kick off a lesson.Assign Reading Passages that reinforce concepts and provide background information.Save time by saving your favorite resources to folders within My Content.
30Technology Information to Know Recommended 3rd party software:Windows Media Player - PCApple QuickTime Player - MacFlash 8.0 or GreaterAdobe Shockwave PlayerScreen Resolution:Minimum : 800 x 600Best results: 1024 x 768Home users with 56k modems can search and use support materials; viewing interactive media and performing downloads may be possible but will be very slow.DE Science is designed for use with a broadband internet connection.Video files, reading passages and brief constructed responses may be downloaded. All other content is available online only via streaming.You may need to install updated “codecs” if the media player is not properly playing the audio or video components.