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New Enhancements to Discovery Education’s Digital Services Boost Educators’ Ability to Connect with Peers and Differentiate Instruction

Posted Mar 20, 2017
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Discovery Education has unveiled two new enhancements to its digital services. These features, added to Discovery Education’s Streaming and Techbook services, support educators’ efforts to network with their peers and differentiate instruction.

Currently rolling-out to users of Discovery Education Streaming, Streaming Plus, and the Discovery Education Techbook series is the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Online Community. A new social media platform, embedded within Discovery Education’s services, the DEN Online Community enhances educators’ ability to connect with peers from around the world and personalize their own professional development.

The DEN Online Community helps educators explore new instructional strategies and teacher-created resources, join or create discussion groups on topics of interest to them, inspire fellow educators with advice on best practices and new approaches to teaching, and even earn badges for active participation in the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

To further support educators’ efforts to differentiate math instruction, a Math Assessment Builder has also been added to the Discovery Education Math Techbook. This enhancement gives teachers access to an additional 8,000 technology-enhanced items from which they can create their own standards-based assessments. The feedback from these teacher-created assessments can be aggregated with other data gathered from daily use of Math Techbook to provide educators a complete picture of each student’s academic progress. Also, to better help educators assess students’ readiness to learn new mathematical concepts and ideas, Discovery Education’s team of curriculum experts have also added two “quick check” questions at the beginning of every concept explored in the Math Techbook.

In the coming months, a Spanish text and a new Reading Level B complementing the challenging text available in Reading Level A is scheduled to be added to the Discovery Education Science Techbook for grades 3-8. Together, these two new resources will help teachers more easily differentiate instruction while empowering students at all levels of English-proficiency to deepen their exploration of the natural world and improve their scientific vocabulary.

Containing thousands of standards-aligned resources, Discovery Education Streaming and Streaming Plus help build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information across all subject areas. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes. Students can access images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, and videos, and more.

Source: Discovery Education, discoveryeducation.com


 
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