In the world of technology, five years is like a lifetime. New services come and go every day, so last year’s “must use” tool has probably been replaced by a newer, improved service that offers even more. But every now and then you find a resource that has staying power; that continues to grow and adapt to meet the needs of its audience. Five years ago next week, I blogged about Discovery Education as a great resource for teachers to find videos, images, and other educational content. At that time, many of our teachers used Discovery Education (formerly known as Unitedstreaming) as their primary source for instructional videos. (Ah yes…the days before we had access to YouTube.) Now that we have access to YouTube, some of you may have forgotten about Discovery Education. Here are a few reasons why I think you should give it another look:
- Customization – Within Discovery Education teachers have the option of streaming videos or downloading them to their own devices. Many of the videos are also tagged as “editable”, meaning you can import them into a video editor of your choice and crop, rearrange, or add titles or narration.
- Differentiation – Many of the videos in Discovery Education can be streamed or downloaded with Closed Captioning. This can be helpful in meeting the needs of students with hearing difficulties and could also help others who need another way to process information.
- Student Access – Teachers can create classes within DE and add students. This will enable students to search for appropriate content across the curricular areas.
If you haven’t visited Discovery Education in a while, I encourage you to give it another look. If you’ve misplaced your login information, use their “forgot username or password” link. Your account is most likely connected to your mbgsd.org email address, so use that. If that doesn’t work, contact me and I can reset your password for you. If you’ve never had a DE account with our district, let me know and I’ll send you your building’s passcode so you can create an account.
The Internet may be a place of “here today, gone tomorrow”. Discovery Education has avoided that trap by continuing to provide services that are of value to teachers and students. Take another look…and let me know what you think.