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Matt’s Media Tips 5-14 Last week I shared with you five of my favorite free summer resources. And, as I mentioned before, that was just the tip of the iceberg. Well my friends, have I got a treat for you! My colleague (and personal hero) Lance Rougeux (Twitter handle @lrougeux) has created 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. And since today is Monday - check out his idea for Mindson Monday section. This week’s Tips - Who Knew We Had News? This week I would like to share a few hidden gems within Discovery Education that I think you’ll really enjoy. Each of these items is centered around a type of news. As you may know already, Discovery Education is part of Discovery Communications (you know the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and 23 other network brands). And since our content is aired on more than 100 channels in more than 180 countries in 39 languages, there is a lot of content that is globally created and shared. Discovery Education gets to hand-pick the best stuff, create curriculum resources around it, and then provide it to you to use in your classroom. But again, you probably already knew about that. Here’s what I’m betting you didn’t know. You actually have access to an additional set of video resources from Discovery News. Yep! This rich dynamic content that is available to anyone who logs into Every day we provide a video feed from Discovery News about news...Discovery style. That means you have access to even more great content about solar storms, marine life, museums, historical figures and more.

Created by Lance Rougeux

So how do I access all of that great stuff Matt? Fear not my friends, here are the four simple steps. 1. Log into



2. Click on the Personalize Page link in the upper right-hand section of your MY DE section. 3. Check the box next to Discovery News Videos 4. Click on the blue Done button.


By following these steps you will have turned on your Discovery News feed. Your news feed box will appear somewhere in your MY DE section. You can further customize this page by dragging your Discovery News feed box to a different location on this page. I like news feed right next to my Upcoming Webinars box. News from Discovery Education Primary Sources Another great news series available to oneand-all is the Video Yearbook Collection. The Video Yearbook Collection is a video almanac that runs from 1929-2005. In addition to all of those videos, there are companion quizzes that run from 1931-1962. I love this series. It highlights news and events with primary source footage over the course of 66 years. Some of my favorite primary source footage include, “Video Yearbook Collection 1929: Radio Soothes Crying Babies, and Video Yearbook Collection Radio Soothes Crying Babies. Prod. Lou Reda Universal International News Lead-In. Prod. Lou 1938: Red Sox Speed Spring Training as Productions. Lou Reda Productions~United Reda Productions. Lou Reda Productions, 2004. Season Nears.” I also love all of the Universal Learning, 2004. Discovery Education. Web. 14 May Discovery Education. Web. 14 May 2012. <http:// International News Lead-Ins. These were often 2012. <>>. played in movie theaters before the actual news was screened. Fast forward 80+ years and students are using them to announce their own morning news shows. And that is pretty darn cool! To find this great resource, type “Video Yearbook Collection” into your Discovery Education search bar. Then choose any year. Remember that you can click on the “More in this Series” tab to see a clickable list of the entire series.

Webinars - Our Own Great News. I make sure to highlight the upcoming webinars on the next page but, truth be told, why wait until Monday’s to see all of the great sessions we’re doing? And we’re doing webinars almost every day of every week. Our webinars come in all sorts of flavors. We have a Discovery Live series where we deliver unique up-close-and-personal experiences for students and teachers, no matter where they are in the country. Recently we’ve broadcasted from the NYSE floor, White House, and even with the Mythbusters. At each of these events students and teachers can interact and ask questions from the Discovery Education team on site. We also deliver integration sessions, sneak peeks, and more for educators who are interested in learning how to incorporate media into their instruction. You can find all of this great webinar information by clicking on the “View All” link inside your Upcoming Webinars box located in your My DE page, or by clicking on the words “Professional Development” underneath the Discovery Education search bar. You can also reach them directly by going to And speaking of really cool Webinars.... We love feedback. In fact, we take feedback from educators around the world every day. We use that feedback to improve the features and functionality of Discovery Education over the summer. And we’re super excited about the new school year’s enhancements. So much so that we’re giving you, yeah you on the other side of this screen, the chance to get a sneak peek. If you’d like to see all of the new and exciting things coming out this fall please join us for one of these three special webinars: Tuesday, May 8 Tuesday, May 15 Tuesday, May 22

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Discovery Education Webinar Schedule Recently I got to see another one of my personal heroes and App Gurus speak about ipad apps. One of the free apps that he showcased was called Roadshow. From their iTunes page: With Roadshow you can collect your favorite web videos and play them back anytime, anywhere - even offline.

Roadshow By Fetch Softworks

It is a very easy to use app. All you need to do is: 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 is a free, ad-supported 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. Here is a link to their download.

What is a DEN Star Member? The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a global community of educators passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating, and networking. With over 100,000 members providing professional development to over 600,000 educators worldwide, the DEN connects teachers both on-line and inperson. Discovery Educators have exclusive access to a wide range of resources, professional development activities, networking opportunities, exclusive Discovery Educator events and more. Find out how you can be part of this dynamic and supportive community. Become a DEN Star today!


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Discovery Education Science Elementary 101. This webinar provides an overview of the Discovery Education Science for Elementary service. The webinar also shows you how to use assignment builders and assessments to guide and measure your students? understanding and mastery.


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Discovery Education: Back to School Sneak Peek. Be the first to get a look at back-to-school updates to Discovery Education resources! You've asked for it, and we've listened: get a sneak peek at the exciting changes we're making to Discovery Education this summer, and find out how we're going mobile, social, and adding even more functionality for you and your students. We'll also explore the latest content, features, and resources that are available to you right now. Don't miss this exclusive preview!


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The Missing Link(s): Using Technology to Transform Assessment presented by Dean Shareski. Effective feedback can be obtained from many sources if the criteria are present. In this session we will explore how feedback can initiate conversation and showcase a few tools that can be used to assist with formative assessment.

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



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


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


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.


Building out the New Year Five of my favorite things you can do with the Discovery Education Builders, Rover App for DE Students

Can You Picture it? Learn how to create a six-word story using and Discovery Education. Digital Story Challenge! MeeGenius 12/19/2011 Audiobook app for mobile devices. Audio Book ‘em Dano. Eight simple steps for creating an audiobook using iTunes and any computer (Mac/PC). Molecules mobile apps.

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


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


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

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

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