• Discovery Streaming / Digital Media 

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    Overview

    Discovery Streaming's digital media (and other educational digital media) help enhance your students' experience and understanding by providing a media-enriched representation of topics and/or processes.
     
     
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    Multiple Means of Representation

    Students come to us with a variety of background experiences, cultures, conceptions and misconceptions. Providing a multimedia illustration of a topic can help build background information, 
    distill understanding and dispel misconceptions.
     
    While examining a country, culture, time period, or process (whether animated, microscopic or telescopic in view) - students gain an 'experience' (and understanding) that they could not otherwise access.
     
    This option of exploring the 'un-explorable' can help provide a mental framework within which students can better assimilate new information. 
     
    Discovery Streaming videos and other educationally based videos are designed specifically for the purpose of teaching.  In addition to video illustrations, these resources include captioning options, terminology/vocabulary, labeling and slow motion, time lapse or replay explanations.
     
    When preparing your lesson delivery, consider these ways to use various features of digital media to provide Multiple Means of Representation:
     
    Features:Examples:
    Whole Video /
    Video Segment 
    Share an overview video or segment in a whole-class manner when introducing a new topic.
     
    (Build background knowledge;
    Provide a framework for student understanding)
    Closed Captioning
    Closed captioning can be helpful for students with hearing deficits (identified and unidentified), slow processing, varied languages of origin and emerging readers.
     
    Additionally, closed captioning can be helpful as students learn new terminology/vocabulary.  
    Video Preview  
    For students who need additional support, you may choose to assign a pre-viewing of media resources prior to class.  To assign a video clip for preview-homework, you can create a 'homework assignment' within Discovery Streaming.  This will allow the student to view the video segment, answer guiding questions, and be better prepared for assimilating information in school during the following day.
     
    (Provide additional scaffolding)
    Homework / Quizes for Guiding or Assessing Understanding
    Discovery Education 'homework assignments' offer the options of: tracking which students have accessed assigned materials, offering guiding ideas to help shape student understanding, and providing questions to allow for demonstration of student understanding.
     
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    Support students in working at their own pace) 
    Flipped Instruction
    Discovery Streaming homework assignments allow you to provide information prior to class, so you can engage and support students during class - using what they've learned to go further in their understanding.
     
    (Allow for more support / extension during
    face-to-face classroom time) 
    Simulations / Virtual Field Trips
    View microscopic worlds, explore space, visit ancient China, venture under the sea, voyage on 'trips' inside the human body, view animated processes such as the flow of electrons, the workings of the magnetic poles of the earth ...
     
    Students can experience many environments that would be impossible in the real world.
     
    Even environments that could be explored via worldly surroundings, can often be more fully experienced as the student is 'immersed' through animations or simulations.  This 'experience' helps create a framework for more enduring understandings.
     
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    demonstrate and illustrate; immerse students in target environment)
    Video Segment...            
    Transition students using a video segment that captures their  attention and 
    transitions their thinking between activities.
    Re-activate their schema for improved engagement.
     
    (Support students in recalling / invoking prior knowledge; switching gears)  
    Digital Media to enhance Student Exploration / Learning  
    Provide video segment resources (in class or from home) to help students study a topic for better understanding.
     
    Create study guides where students can take notes, rate their understanding, or chart their progress on a study checklist.
     
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    Support different learning modalities)  
    Video or Segment 
    Formative / Summative Assessment 
    Use a video or segment in a whole-class fashion to help students review information as they distill and reinforce their knowledge base.
     
    Create 'stopping points' where students can turn and discuss their thoughts with peers, take notes, or rate their understanding on a study checklist
     
    (model study techniques; review material;
    expand / distill understanding) 
     
     
     
     

    Multiple Means of Expression

    In addition to using digital media during your instructional delivery, students can use audio, video and images to help demonstrate their understanding.
    When designing student projects, consider allowing students to use 
    digital media to help demonstrate their understanding as an option in providing Multiple Means of Expression:
     
     Features: Examples:
    Student
    Voice Overs demonstrate
    Understanding
    Many of the Discovery Streaming digital media pieces are flagged as 'editable'.  This indicates that students have permission to use these resources within their own created products.
     
    You might provide students with a video clip where the audio track has been removed. Students can use software such as iMovie or Garage Band to record their own explanation of a topic or process.
     
    These types of student generated artifacts are excellent additions to a student portfolio. 
    Embedded Videos, audio and images enhance Student ProjectsStudents can embed video segments, audio and images in multimedia presentations (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.); on websites; or in multimedia books (iBooks). 
    Video Backgrounds offer Newscast Type Presentation
    Video segments can be used with PhotoBooth or iMovie - to provide a backdrop where students can act as a 'reporter' and create a newscast type documentary. 
     
    Single background clip - PhotoBooth.
    Multiple background clips - iMovie.
     
     

    Multiple Means of Engagement

    Discovery Streaming's Digital media options can provide engagement for students in a variety of ways.
    When planning for multiple means of student engagement,
    consider these ways to use Discovery Education's images, audio recordings and videos:
     
     Features: Examples:
    Varied media / searchable database 
    Discovery Streaming's wide array of video options allows students to select a level and viewpoint that is easy for them to understand.
    Allow students to select their own topicDiscovery Streaming's easy to use interface allows students to search for their own topic-related materials.  When assigning a task - such as creating an informational how-to project, allowing a student to select a topic of their own interest will promote active engagement on the part of the student.  In such a case - the learning goal is independent of the topic chosen - so students are at liberty to select a topic of interest.
    Video Segment /
    Audio Clip / Digital Image
    Use any digital media piece as a writing or discussion prompt.  This can create a 'jumping off' point  for students - helping them feel less 'stuck' in deciding what to write about.