Presentation on theme: "Welcome to Discovery Education Science for Middle School."— Presentation transcript:
Welcome to Discovery Education Science for Middle School
Digital Media that Works Engage student minds with science while reinforcing important literacy and mathematics skills. Empower students to think and explore like scientists. Enhance science instruction with a formative assessment tool that enables you to monitor student progress and recommend resources based on individual student needs.
New users must click the tab “Passcode/New User Login” to get started. Log In Screen
New 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 “Go” button, they will be taken to an account set-up screen. 1A1T 2C4I
Logging into DE Science for Middle School Use the “Subscriber Login” tab to log in with username and password.
Logging into DE Science for Middle School Locate Discovery Education Science Elementary School under My Services
Keyword Search Enhance Your Instruction with Multimedia Content Browse three areas of science Curriculum Standards Search Advanced Search
Browse Units, Topics & Concepts Three areas of science Unit Topics Concepts
Inquiry Problems Use the Inquiry Problems to introduce a topic to students.
Explore Concepts You can browse media in 3 categories: Interact, Watch and Read
Explore Concepts: Interact Explorations Students manipulate variables and make predictions about outcomes Virtual Labs Students design and conduct their own scientific investigations Integrated Science Simulations Students explore concepts by making choices and controlling variables Interactive Video Users click on “hot spots” to pause the video to learn more information
Explore Concepts: Watch Videos Video content is exclusive to Discovery Education Science. Videos are divided into segments, so you can show only the parts of the video that best relate to your teaching.
Explore Concepts: Read Articles Support key concepts while enhancing reading proficiency with engaging, informative selections from WRC Media’s award-winning libraries Reading Passages Enhance your lessons with these highly visual and dynamic reading passages from Discovery Education’s award- winning book series. Selections include science timelines and interviews with leading scientists.
Teacher Center Process Skills Library Find resources that can help your students develop their science process skills: Virtual Labs MythBusters episodes Science Sleuths Featured Series Library Find Video Clips from some of your favorite Discovery series: Planet Earth Jeff Corwin Experience Human Body: Pushing the Limits
Teacher Center - Process Skills Library Virtual Labs Students design and conduct their own scientific investigations Science Sleuths Students examine science mysteries and use articles, interviews and video to solve the problem MythBusters Episodes have been selected and edited for Middle School audiences and illustrate the adventure and careful use of the scientific process to prove a science myth, or bust it! A variety of media in the Process Skills Library addresses the critical thinking skills students must acquire in order to successfully engage in the scientific process.
Teacher Center - Featured Series Library Find Video Clips from some of your favorite Discovery series. Immerse students with featured video including Planet Earth, Jeff Corwin Experience, Human Body: Pushing the Limits and When We Left Earth.
Professional Development Access a variety of resources designed to help you make the most effective use of Discovery Education Science for Middle School digital media.
My Content This global feature allows you to collect, organize, share and retrieve your favorite Discovery Education media resources, assignments, quizzes, writing prompts, and more in one convenient place. Located in the dark grey navigation bar at the top of the screen, “My Content” is accessible from anywhere on the site. Add media resources and assessments to folders you create Use the Action pull down menu to copy, move, assign or delete media
Add a Resource to My Content Locate a resource and click “View Details” Click “Add to My Content” Select “DE Science Elementary Click “Add”
Quiz Builder The Quiz Builder tool allows you to create online assessments that you can use to test student comprehension or survey prior knowledge. You can search over 2,000 pre- made quizzes in the Quiz Library, choose individual questions from the Quiz Builder databank or write your own questions. Students access quizzes through the Student Center.
Assignment Builder The Assignment Builder is a versatile resource that helps you build online activities and web- based projects that are stored on the Discovery Education streaming servers. You can use this tool to create student assignments that integrate a variety of digital media types. Students access assignments through the Student Center.
Writing Prompt Builder Stimulate the writing process in your classroom with thousands of images that are ready-made for declarative, persuasive, narrative, and expository writing exercises. You can search the Writing Prompt Library for images accompanied by suggested text or create your own writing prompts with the help of the Writing Prompt Builder.
Assessment Manager Create Standards-based assessments Custom assessments Edit existing assessments Assign Assessments you’ve already created Assessments created by Science Report & Recommend View results by student View results by class Use Science’s formative assessment tools to monitor students’ understanding and adjust your lessons accordingly.
Classroom Manager Manage Classrooms and Content Create a new Classroom
Classroom Manager 1.Enter the Class Name 2.Enter a Start Date 3.Enter an End Date 4.Save/Continue Create a Class – Create a Class
Classroom Manager 1.To add students to your class, select their name from the School Roster on the left 2.Select the "Add" button 3.Save/Continue Create a Class – Select Students
Classroom Manager Create a Class – Review 1.Review/edit class details 2.Review/edit class roster 3.Select ‘Done’ If you will be teaching the same set of students in separate subjects, you can duplicate this group of students.
Presentation Strategies and Software Integration
Presentation Models Common ways teachers, Media Specialists, and technology coordinators display Science content: –Computer connected to an LCD projector –Interactive whiteboards –Televisions with scan converters –Computer labs –Libraries and Media Centers –Mobile carts with laptop computers –Student “stations” and “centers”
Teaching Strategies to Consider Determine prior knowledge with a pre-activity assessment. Use assessment results to assign appropriate Science media to individual students. Create “investigative teams.” Have students work in small groups on Virtual Labs or Explorations to develop testable questions, test their hypotheses and record results. Connect your computer to a projector and use Explorations or Integrated Science Simulations as presentation tools to kick off a lesson. Pose questions or prepare thought- provoking “lesson starters” before viewing media to actively engage students. Assign Reading Passages and Articles that reinforce concepts and provide background information. Save time by saving your favorite resources to folders within My Content.
Technology Information to Know Video files, images, articles and reading passages may be downloaded. All other content is available online only via streaming. A building with a dedicated T-1 line could comfortably accommodate 6 users with no buffering assuming no other users on the Internet. Home users with 56k modems can search and use support materials; viewing interactive media and performing downloads may be possible but will be very slow. Recommended 3 rd party software: Windows Media Player - PC Apple QuickTime Player - Mac Flash 8.0 or Greater Adobe Shockwave Player Screen Resolution: Minimum : 800 x 600 Best results: 1024 x 768 You may need to install updated “codecs” if the media player is not properly playing the audio or video components.