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Discoery Education's Day of Discovery (Notes)
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General Notes:
Discovery Education Chanel purchased Universal Streaming.
Becoming a DEN Star provides you access to professional webinars, conferences, and free tools.
Search techniques: Keywords, state, standards, content, *media types.
You can get resources in other languages. Ex: use Spanish video for new ELL students.
Videos available in full lengths or segments (front load or use for review)
Save videos to computer (PC, right click, save target as…gives you a menu so you can choose where to save it at.) Download videos to your computer before playing in class.
Bookmark videos to My Content (check box on the right of segment/video) so you don’t have to download or save it but have easy access for future use.
Related Materials link has pdf worksheets, assessments, etc to use along with video.
Citations tab provides easy APA & MLA citations when using videos & songs.
Share tab: allows you to share on twitter, fb, or link video easily. *Cannot post videos to public site per licensing, can post songs as long as they are cited.
Mobil website is best for iPads: mobile.discoveryeducation.com
Session 1: Digital Storytelling 2.0 with Discovery Education Streaming
Presented by Cynthia Brown

Why Have Students Create Stories Online?
  1. To allow students to demonstrate acquisition of skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation & research.
  2. NETP: 21st century competencies and expertise such as critical thinking, complex problem solving, collaboration, and multimedia communication should be woven into all content areas.
  3. We are our stories!
How can digital storytelling be used to tap students’ curiosity for learning?
Simple to Complex allows use at all grade levels.
Simple- Stories from one image
Stories from a sequence of images
Stories from a muted video clip
Complex- Stories from a muted video clip and collection of images with student selected background, text, narration.
Stories w/student selected images an descript narration


http://links.discoveryeducation.com/digistory20 see tabs at tops
Any video segment (edited or not) cannot be posted publicly unless it’s on a site that is password protected (classroom website, blog, wiki).
Good teacher created example of digital storytelling on volcanoes. Teacher go images from Discovery, song from iPod, and used Animoto to create the video. http://k6techpresos.wikispaces.com/Animoto This one was looping as students were coming into the class to help engage them! Very cute!
Video Content is editable
Example: Use video footage, get rid of voice, and have students narrate what is going on. For students to manipulate you need to used editable video segments (see left hand column Video Details)
Over 3000+ sound effects
Example use: Play a sound effect with or without an image and have students create a story to go along with it. Or have each student suggest a few words and put all words together for a story.
Images have three different downloading sizes and options.
Songs: Lots of educational songs, students can also create own lyrics and edit.
*AFI(Lights, camera, educational: K-12 screen education, additional resources incl. an 88 pgs teachers guide for using digital storytelling.)
Theme Pages: pull a variety of content related to
Ideas of products students can use digital story telling for: Movie trailers, personal narrative, public service announcements Historic reported broadcaster
Developing the story: A five step process (scaffold for students) **see table within link
  1. Story planning (use storyboard)
  2. Pre production (gather media video, song, images, ect and save in one folder to computer)
  3. Production
  4. Post production
  5. Performance, distribution
Session 2: Consumer to Creator-The Student as Both the Learner and the Teacher
Presented by Matt Monjan
Great power point to use for tech training!
YouTube: Learning to change. Changing to learn. www.youtube.com/watch?v=tahTKdEUAPk
How do we create a content creating classroom? Ideas to implement tomorrow.
Create content with a song, act it out for kinesthetic learners
See examples at Rowen Elementary School in PA podcast
A quick collaborative story
  • Show students 1 image, I sound effect, have students think about what they are thinking feeling. (ex. Icy day, blizzard effects.)
  • Polleverywhere.com students can tweet or text message their response and it will show up on computer/powerpoint
  • Then use Photo Peach to edit words and create a story.
  • Great to use with a story, review, followed by a quiz.
  • A quick collaborative story
Session 3: Glogster 101: Interactive Digital Poster with Glogster
Presented by Whitney Mihoulides
**www.Edu.Glogster.com**
Virtual Posters using video, text, graphics, images, music, and sounds
  1. First step is to have a plan. Storyboard, ect.
  2. Find your resources; use Discovering Streaming for images, sound effects, ect.
When downloading videos, flash video works best for interactive white boards
  1. Upload videos, images, pictures from computer.
Additional resources, sample rubrics, sample glogs. (bottom of page-Educator’s Resource Library)
*Use timers to set time limits for students to play, choose wallpaper, graphics, ect.
When you save your glog, it gives you a url, can tag it with key words. Need to select Public for it to be public or you can link.
Session 4: Learning Gone Digital-Differentiating for All Learners with Discovery Education Presented by Cynthia Brown
How can student access to Discovery help connect to learning styles, interests, abilities?
Getting students up and running on their student accounts.
Inputting students manually works fine for 35 students.
Importing student info works best for large volume (middle school).
  • On Main page look at Classroom Manager tab
  • Class, create a class, input class name, class description,
  • Send parent notification letter and email.
  • Student passwords best to keep them all the same or use the student id as the password.
Using it with students:
- Ex: search for song, video, ect. check the content
- Add selected items to – change from my content to my classroom to assign to a class or individual student
Online writing prompts or quizzes.
Free Web 20. Tools
Jay Cut www.jaycut.com – free web 2.0 to greenscreen, Online cloud students can go from home to school, mac to pc, does not matter. (see step by step process within link)
  • Students are standing in front of a green screen and recording there narration.
  • Download video to computer
  • In jaycut click on add media, open, upload
  • Video line A greenscreen content, click and drag
  • Video line B, editable content, click and drag (shark video)
  • Double click on video B, settings pops up, audio, mute audio
  • Overlay-double click on video A, effects, chroma key, click droplet tool, select green, preview movie
Photo Peach www.photopeach.com -photo story but students
  • Can create quizzes, interactive, using images, sound
  • Upload photos, select photo from your computer, arrange layout, next, title, description, select song, finish
  • Quiz, edit, caption & photo,
Blabberizewww.blabberize.com -Let’s you add narrative to photos and get the photo to talk!
Voki www.voki.com Let’s you create personalized speaking avatars to use in videos, etc.
Poll Everywhere www.polleverywhere.com Students can tweet or text message their response/answer and it will show up on teacher’s computer/interactive whiteboard.
Rock Our World www.RockOurWorld.org Students around the world can collaborate to create music and videos.