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Matt’s Media Tips 7-19 Greetings! I hope you’re reading this by the pool, in the shade, or sipping something nice and cool like some refreshing lemonade. Welcome to Matt’s Media Tips and Tricks - July Summer Edition. Throughout the year the Discovery Education team collects feedback from educators, administrators, and students. We then use that feedback to update the look, feel and functionality of Discovery Education by the by the time you go back to school in the fall. Three things that you should know about this summer: 1. Discovery Education is going to be releasing a number of new enhancements this fall. These include things like: a. being able to see a transcript of the video simultaneously play when the video plays b. being able to click on sections within the transcript to either jump ahead or rewind to exactly that section of the video (so cool!) c. being able to stream closed captioning on any device (pc, mac, mobile) as well as change its color and font size d. being able to make quick lists of anything within Discovery Education e. being able to visually browse and search for content and a whole lot more 2. Students and teachers can still access Discovery Education over the summer. Don’t forget that once you have a username and password to Discovery Education you can access it anywhere and anytime! a. this means that students and their parents can access great resources from home b. this means that educators can still go in and play. For example you can: i. check out how to embed an eReader into your Writing Prompt (Matt’s Media Tips 9/19/2011) ii. download and play Discovery Education CC videos on your iPad (Matt’s Media Tips 2/6/2012)

iii. clean up or create your new classes/student usernames/passwords for the fall (Matt’s Media Tips 1/18/2012) iv. check out a whole list of summer resources (Matt’s Media Tips 5/7/2012) 3. Lance Rougeux (Twitter handle @lrougeux) has written a phenomenal resource for you to use this summer. He has created a 62 page, 40-day enrichment packet for grades 5-6. Wow! It is pretty special. I will link to it each week but you definitely should check it out. Lance posted it on the DEN Blog. Here is a link to his summer packet. But let’s back up a bit and review some of the things that I mentioned in point number one. I am so excited to share this year’s back-to-school enhancements with you. By the time you read this we’ll be about a week away from going live with these changes. We’ve turned on a preview mode for you in the mean time. So that you can dip your toe in the water (metaphorically speaking), I’ve created a few videos for you that describe these changes. All of these videos can be found inside Discovery Education but I’m including links to them here so that you don’t have to go searching for them.

Created by Lance Rougeux

To access all of the links as a bundle click here: Or you can check out and savor each one by reading their descriptions below: The Brand New MY DE Page A new take on MY DE. I like its simplicity and ease of use. You can easily customize your profile and see all that is interesting to you right on one page. In addition, the new MY DE page remembers your clicks. Therefore, if your last click before leaving this page was on the Teacher Tools tab, then that tab will be open and waiting for you when you return to the MY DE page. Direct Link: To learn more about all of the new features and functionality within the new MY DE page, click on this video download link: http:// Streaming more your thing? Try this link: Keywords: Once you’ve logged into Discovery Education you can use these keywords to find this video: Back to School, My DE, Enhancements


The Brand New DE STREAMING Landing Page Ok, how beautiful is this? You now can visually browse for anything, see an indexed list of all content, and quickly access things like the Builder Tools, your Classroom Manager and more. Direct Link: To learn more about all of the new features and functionality within the new DE STREAMING Landing page, click on this video download link: Streaming more your thing? Try this link: Keywords: Once you’ve logged into Discovery Education you can use these keywords to find this video: Back to School, What’s New, Enhancements, DE STREAMING The Brand New DE STREAMING Search Results Page If you loved the new landing page you have to love the search results page. The new streamlined look adds lots of new functionality too. For example: 1. We’ve removed the detailed pop-up screens (this is good news for iPad or interactive screen users). 2. We’ve added new search filters - Check out the way we break out media in the Narrow My Results section. It’s like that old coffee commercial - “We’ve secretly replaced Johnny User’s old filters with new terms like “View, Listen, Read, Interact, Teach, and Assess.” Direct Link: To learn more about all of the new features and functionality within the new DE STREAMING search page, click on this video download link: Streaming more your thing? Try this link: Keywords: Once you’ve logged into Discovery Education you can use these keywords to find this video: Back to School, New Search, What’s New, DE STREAMING

The Brand New DE Media Player This might not have happened to you but on my side the heavens opened up, a light shone down, and an angelic choir started singing when I opened up this brand new media player. I love this new player! You can edit the color and size of the closed-captioning right on the screen and you can easily download the content. But where this player becomes too cool for school is when you start to play with the transcripts. That’s right each closed captioned video has a transcript that goes along with it. When you play the video each spoken word is highlighted. But here’s the kicker. If you click on any of the words...anywhere in the will jump to that part of the video! Words don’t do this justice - you have to watch the video below or play with it yourself...or both! Direct Link: To learn more about all of the new features and functionality within the new DE STREAMING Media Player, click on this video to download link: Streaming more your thing? Try this link: Keywords: Once you’ve logged into Discovery Education you can use these keywords to find this video: Back to School, Media Player, Enhancements, DE STREAMING Back-to-School Webinar Series! That’s right - we’ve got a whole bunch of webinars lined up for you when you return to school. Case in point, we’ve created a Back-toSchool webinar series just for you! Click on this link to register for one or all of the sessions The series will run from August 8, 2012 to September 27, 2012. The series will explore the exciting enhancements to Discovery Education, showcase how to engage your students with Discovery Education, and provide tools for Discovery Education administrators. We’ve made sure to give you lots of opportunities to join and each topic will be repeated multiple times so if you miss one webinar you can catch it again later. And, once you register for your session(s), we’ll send you reminder emails before your session starts because we know how hectic the beginning of the school year can be!

Discovery Education Webinar Schedule

I found out about this app from my colleague Whitney Mihoulides who found out about it from our colleague Steve Dembo. I thought Roadshow would be a great app to highlight in this summer issue because of its main function. This app gives you the ability to watch videos from the web anywhere - offline!

Roadshow By Fetch Softworks

From their site: 1. Browse your favorite web sites to find great videos. 2. Tap the videos you want to save when they appear on Roadshow’s found videos shelf. 3. Play back your saved videos anytime, anywhere — even offline! Roadshow supports AirPlay with the new AppleTV, so you can enjoy your favorite videos on a big screen. Note: Roadshow does not support saving YouTube videos. Roadshow is a free, adsupported app limited to playing 15 videos. You can purchase the in-app Roadshow Unlimited upgrade for US $4.99 to remove the ads and video limit.


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7pm 8pm

Discovery Education Science Middle School 101. This webinar provides a map into Discovery Education’s inquiry-based curriculum tool for science education. Learn how to navigate the sections to interact, watch, and read, using virtual labs, videos, and articles. The webinar also shows you how to use assignment builders and assessments to guide and measure your students’ understanding and mastery.


4pm 5pm

Techbook 2.0 Preview Join us for a comprehensive overview of the new features and updates available for Techbook 2.0.


4pm 5pm

Techbook Admin Webinar. Learn to use the tools and features of My Admin to support successful integration of Discovery Education Science Techbook. This training will cover: Navigation of the My Admin Site Managing User Accounts (students and teachers) Managing Student Access Running Usage Reports


7pm 8pm

Discovery Education Builders 101. The Discovery Education Builders webinar provides an introduction to our unique services for building assignments, writing prompts, quizzes, and science assessments. Learn to select from provided content and add your own to create exactly the assignments your students need.


4pm 5pm

Techbook 2.0 Preview. Join us for a comprehensive overview of the new features and updates available for Techbook 2.0.

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Here is a link to their iTunes download

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school and district, two great contests, and two text-to-sign mobile apps

Miss a week? Catch back up here! 6/11/2012

Fun things to do over the summer with technology and media. Mustacheme app is featured.


The ins and outs of Digital Storytelling. Digital Storytelling Web 2.0 presentation and apps


Who Knew We Had News? Find an additional set of free Discovery News videos, the Video Yearbook, video almanac, and great webinar information. Roadshow App for playing back videos on-demand is reviewed.







My Five Favorite Summer Resources. We explore five free interactive sites that parents, students, and teachers can use over the summer. We’ll also explore a free translation app for mobile devices. Getting Your Game On. Finding great games, simulations and more within Discovery Education. Back-toSchool Sneak Peek Webinars announced. Futaba Classroom Games for Kids iPad app explored. Getting the Point with PowerPoint and Keynote. Learn how to trim audio & video in PPT and save both PPT & Keynote presentations as images to embed in Web 2.0 sites. 2 Screens and Joinme mobile presentation apps explored. It’s all about the Theme. We’ll explore several different ways to find unique thematic content. Three most voted upon stories revealed. Studyblue mobile flashcard app highlighted Scratch and Pop. Six-Word Story finalists revealed. Links between Discovery Education and, and EduTechr mobile app explored. Mi Content es Su Content. Bookmarking and sharing your Discovery Education content across your








Can You Picture it? Learn how to create a six-word story using and Discovery Education. Digital Story Challenge! MeeGenius Audiobook app for mobile devices.

1/9/2012 do with the Rover App for

Building out the New Year Five of my favorite things you can Discovery Education Builders, DE Students


Special Holiday Edition 13 Tips from Educators around the US and Canada, Videolicious App


50 Ways to Use Discovery Education Tips and tricks galore iSwifter - Flash for iPads


It’s All About The Sharing. Uploading, sharing and accessing your own content within Discovery Discovery Education. Cel.Ly app polling device via any device.

What I am Thankful for Building out your PLN Wordspree and Math Acorn Apps


Teacher Center Treasure Trove of Resources. Interactive Calendar Atlas, STEM Connect explored. Socrative App (student response).

Things I Stole From the Community DEN Tips, Four really cool tips you can do with Google. TED and Animoto apps


First Six Weeks Aggregated


Special Valentines Issue - Things I love about Discovery Education. Five Minute Preps, Images,Coaches Eye App

Creating an “iCenter" How to create an ePub using DE videos. Spirit of Innovation Challenge


Spooky Edition Digital Storytelling, Web 2.0 Piqua City Community Night, Crazy Pumpkin and Halloween Card Creator Apps


Stick it to IT Collaborative Note Taking Site Educator Spotlight - Jennifer Everett, ToonTastic and PuppetPals Apps


Opening Up Closed-Captions Closed-Captions for Macs and PCs, 10 FAQs Customer Service Receives


Common Core, Web 2.0 and DE Three cool sites that integrate nicely with Discovery Education. Administrator Spotlight - Molly Hay!


Can you Hear what I’m Writing? Embedding an eReader into your Writing Prompts, Getting to know Discovery Education SCIENCE

Audio Book ‘em Dano. Eight simple steps for creating an audiobook using iTunes and any computer (Mac/PC). Molecules mobile apps.

What did you say? Closed Captioning on an iPad? Getting Closed Captions to play on your iPad, GreenScreens on iPhone/iPad with GreenScreen FX app Let’s Give Them Something To Sing About Differentiated Instruction Using Songs, First Student Media Contest of the Year, ShowMe and Educreations whiteboard apps


Meet the Faces of Discovery Education Get up close and personal with the Discovery Education on-air talent, special student webinar series, Story Kit app


In a Class of Their Own Setting up Discovery Education Classrooms, Discovery Education Live Webinars, Quizlet App.

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