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Discover the Possibilities with Discovery Education!

An amazing resource our district has access to is Discovery Education, formerly known as United Streaming.  Many teachers already know of and use the thousands of videos that are available to help enhance instruction in their classroom.  Starting a new topic?  Do a quick search and find a great introductory video to start off your lesson.  This has been done for years.  As a teacher, is that all you use Discovery Education for?  If your answer is yes then you are just scratching the surface for what this site can do for you and your students!

Discovery Education is not just for videos.  Many media resources are at your disposal.  Choose from a number of images, audio files, editable clips, encyclopedia entries, writing prompts, and quizzes.  Visit the Teacher Center for lesson plans, thematic units, interactive maps, and calendar options.  Set your students up with accounts through the Classroom Manager, and assign activities for them right through the website.

Sound overwhelming?  It can be!  There are so many options at your fingertips you may not know which one to try first.  Find a focus and start from there.  Ask your CITS to help set up a plan of action with you to let your students access this incredible tool.

To access Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.  Sign in with the username and password assigned to you by the district for Discovery Education.  If you do not know your username and password ask your librarian.  She should be able to help you.

Are you ready to set your students up with accounts?  Visit the “Classroom Manager” tab on the website.  You can use this DE- Classroom Manager cheat sheet to help you get started.

Make Discovery Education your one-stop shop for all your media resources.

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Creating Your Own Image Library

When searching for images from the internet one thing  that always slows the process down is looking for images that you can use without getting permission or worrying about whether it is copyright protected or not.  So instead of worrying about whether you really can use those pictures or not, and if you’ve sited it correctly, why not just create your own image library!

The key to creating your own image library is to be prepared.  Prepared for what?  Well…everything!  The key is to have your camera with you and take pictures of anything and everything!  For example, take a digital camera to a grocery store and take picture of fruits, vegetables, and herbs…even grocery carts!  Close up shots, weird angles…anything that might be a good picture to use later.  This is something you can do where ever you go, from the grocery store, to family vacations, even just sitting around the house.   Take your camera everywhere you go, and since you are the one taking the pictures, you own the copyright and you will have quickly built your own digital image library!

What do you do with it after you have all the pictures?  I recommend using a simple photo sharing site like PicasaWeb by Google.  You can host all of your images there, for FREE, in organized albums that you can share or keep private.  You can even tag each image to make searching for that perfect picture that much easier.  Another idea is importing them into a gallery in Active Inspire or Notebook 10 for using with your interactive whiteboard!

So what are you waiting for?!  Grab that camera and get to building that library!

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