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Discovery Education Experience

Discovery Education Experience is a daily learning platform that provides approximately 200,000 standards-aligned resources. From videos and video segments, to audio files, songs, audiobooks, podcasts, virtual field trips, STEM lessons, formative assessment tools and more! Formative assessment tools new in 2021 include Ask Live Quiz and Video Quizzes. Standard Quizzes continue and include enhanced question types such as drawing or audio recording responses.

Differentiation and accessibility is enhanced with Microsoft's Immersive Reader. Text-to-speech, closed captioning, native language translation and more are supported in activities in DEX Studio that use Immersive Reader.

Channels organize content and are organized around curriculum and instructional strategies. A small sampling of the nearly 700 available channels include:

  • English Language Learners (ELL) Channel
  • Texas History 
  • Instructional Activities
  • Phenomenal Science Channel 
  • The Magic School Bus
  • Virtual Field Trips
  • Health
  • Social-Emotional Learning Center
  • Financial Literacy
  • Fables and Folktales
  • SOS Instructional Strategies
  • Student Learning Activities
  • Learning at Home Channel  
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Flyer about the DE Experience

30 Ways to Use Discovery as a Daily Learning Tool

DE Tips & Tricks

Science, STEM, & Career Exploration Resources

Discovery Education Experience Toolkit Flyer: Information on differentiation and personalization; literacy; social-emotional learning; English language learners; building teacher capacity and bridging the digital divide.

CODING is provided at no charge to all districts who have district-wide subscriptions to Discovery Education Experience as of the 2020-2021 school year. This curriculum resource includes lessons on Block Coding, Python, and HTML. Easily accessible lessons using your student's existing Discovery Education accounts! Lessons include Student Guides, Help Videos, Lesson Plans and more! Designed to be used by all teachers, and an excellence resource to meet computational thinking TEKS. CODING is located at the bottom of your home page

Mystery Science will be provided to all elementary teachers at no charge if your district is a district-wide subscriber to Discovery Education Experience. This is a one-year free resource during the 2021-2022 School Year. Flyer

Discovery Science K-8 is a compelling, interactive digital science service that drives deep interest in core science concepts. Pricing for K-8 is $1,900 per campus (see Cost tab).

Discovery Science K-8 includes virtual labs, explorations, literacy-building reading passages, and a real-time assessment component that monitors student progress.  All resources are organized around an inquiry-based framework that addresses physical, earth, space, and life sciences designed to encourage exploration, stimulate critical thinking, and deepen students’ understanding of science.

Discovery Education Science allows students to explore and investigate science in real-life situations through a variety of media, including:

 Virtual Labs
 Reading Passages
 "Extend" Content
Video
 Interactive Glossary
 Science Simulations
 e-Books
Science Sleuths
 Fun-damentals


Encourage students to think like scientists with content aligned to standards:

  • Take students beyond theory through engaging, practical demonstrations and investigations with virtual labs and explorations.
  • Demonstrate how models work and how different inputs impact an outcome through integrated science simulations.


Drive deeper interest and engagement in science curriculum with videos and interactive assets:

  • Videos segmented into concept-level clips bring key scientific concepts to life with compelling titles and hosts including Mythbusters, Planet Earth, and Jeff Corwin.
  • Interactive assets bring concepts to life including Science Sleuths, Fun-damentals, and the Interactive Periodic Table.


Reinforce language arts, comprehensive literacy, and mathematics skills with science content:

  • Extend students’ learning through an interactive glossary that provides explanations of hundreds of scientific terms via animations, text, videos, and images.
  • Support struggling readers and ELL students via eBooks with audio support and grade-appropriate informational science text.
  • Students will learn to interpret data, draw fact-based conclusions, and practice important math skills through virtual labs.
 

Most User Accounts are part of District Single-Sign On!

Check with your campus librarian or district technology department. Your district is strongly encouraged to have single-sign on in place for faculty, staff, and students.  Discovery Education offers a variety of Single Sign On (SSO) integrations to quickly and securely access content. By implementing SSO, users will easily authenticate using their existing district credentials. This provides teachers and students easy access to their content, so they can keep learning in school, from home, and on their devices. Integrations & Access

Ease your user management and overcome access challenges by choosing one of the SSO integration options below. Each link provides a user guide and technical requirements so you can see if it meets your district needs.

Google SSO

Office 365 SSO

ADFS/SAML SSO

LDAP Active Directory SSO

ClassLink SSO

Clever Instant Login (SSO Only)

Ready to get started? A district-level administrator should complete the Single Sign-On Integration Services Agreement and we can help you with next steps!


Changed Campuses? Login to your profile and be sure you are assigned to the correct campus. If NOT, check with your technology department or click on Account Settings and manually enter the passcode for your new campus to change schools

 

Creating new teacher accounts using passcodes is easy!

If for some reason Single-Sign on is not yet functioning at your district, teachers may create their own Discovery Education account using their school's teacher passcode. Each teacher passcode is a random eight-character alphanumeric code (example: A123-B123). Passcodes are unique and specific to each individual school/building within your school district.

Once you obtain your school's passcode, go to www.discoveryeducation.com and click on the Passcode/New User tab. Enter your school's eight-digit passcode in the provided boxes, and click on Login. If you do not know your school passcode, please contact your school or district Discovery Education administrator or the ESC-20 staff appearing on this page.

You will be required to enter your information in order to create a user account.

Please note that your username must be at least 6 characters long and unique not only to your school but unique to the whole DE community. Please do not use personal information (such as Social Security Numbers) when creating your username. We highly suggest using your district email address as your username.

Managing Classes

Click on the links below to learn how to manage class accounts. Discovery Education also integrates with many Learning Management Systems (LMS) detailed at this site.

Note: You must first log into your Discovery account. If your school does not provide integration with your LMS, you can manually create a Discovery Education class and then add students from your school roster.

Online Training Resources - Educator Supports

Educator supports button

Whether your teachers are new to the service or seasoned users, Discovery Education's Professional Learning Center provides great tips, tricks, and practical integration strategies for using this digital resource. Click on the Educator Supports button from the main menu to access: Resources include:

  • Getting Started: Step-by-Step Guides for users on how to utilize all DEX resources. Includes Interactive Courses, information on Learning Management Systems (LMS) and DEX
  • Timely Resources: Access to the Help Center, Join an Event, Community Favorites - recommendations across grade levels, on-demand webinars and archives, and links to Social Media networks 
  • Hot Topics: English Language Learner Center and Social-Emotional Learning Center
  • Instructional Strategies: SOS Instructional Strategies Channels, research-based strategies for integrating digital curriculum resources in meaningful, effective, and practical ways. 
  • Professional Learning: Just in time professional learning resources as well as Learning on Demand via the DEN Community. Links also to Corporate Educational Partners eLearning Modules.
  • Instructional Leaders: Resources for leaders, Equity Talks, and information on becoming a DEN STAR.

Educators who complete the interactive courses available via DEX receive certificates of completion that may be applied toward Continuing Education Credit at the discretion of their district.

Webinars

You have access to all archived webinars, including special events and walkthroughs of the Discovery Education Experience by logging in and selecting Getting Started OR Professional Learning from the Educator Supports button. Webinars and on-demand archives are available under Educator Supports / Timely Resources / Join an Event.

Note: Discovery Techbook subscriptions are not offered through ESC-20. These are purchased via your District's instructional materials adoption process.

Other Training Opportunities

 

Contact us for your training needs.

Cyndi Zaragoza
Coordinator, Instructional Services

Susan Reeves
Consultant, Digital Age Learning

Miriam Martinez
Consultant, Digital Age Learning

What is a Studio Project?

Studio is a Discovery tool that allows students and teachers to create a digital poster or slide show that may contain embedded videos (from Discovery Education or uploaded from other devices), audio files, text, images, and even attached documents.

Although a student may create multiple Studio projects, their projects will not be viewable to other users until their teacher has approved the project. Any edits made after the initial project approval will require resubmission to a teacher.

Students can only create Studio projects when they have an individual Discovery login. Once student accounts are created at the campus or district level, teachers will log into Discovery Education and go to their Classrooms channel to create classes and add students.

Multimedia Content Guidelines

Here are the file types acceptable for use in a Studio project:

  • Videos: 3g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp, asf, asx, avi, f4v, flv, m4v, mkv, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, mts, qt, rm, wmv
  • Images: gif, jpg, jpeg, png
  • Audio: aac, ac3, amr, eac3, m4a, mp3, ogg, wav, wma

Files sizes are 100 MB maximum (usually video files under 5 minutes). Remember to select the segment of an overall video that is most applicable to the project.

To locate a citation for a Discovery Education video, open the full video, then look for the Details tab, View Citations button. Pre-formatted citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style are available.

 

Studio Projects can be created by teachers and by students.

Teachers may create Studio Projects to contain lesson/center activities, quizzes, or to organize entire units. Go to Advanced Search, filter by topic and type of resource to see what other teachers have created. From your top menu, search for any keyword and then click on ACTIVITIES to see existing studio activities that can be assigned to students, or copied and remade for your purposes!

Students will have a link to create Studio projects from the top of their homepage.

If you have Google Docs, you may access this sample rubric and go to File/Make a copy to keep it with your files, or you may go to File/Download As and choose a format. 
 

Why Teachers Like Discovery

  1. Appropriate and relevant content that has been curated and is aligned with state standards, plus practical instructional strategies. 

  2. Student-centered learning where students can be curious and explore; where they can illustrate difficult or abstract concepts; where they can build experiences; where they can design, build, and demonstrate their new knowledge.

  3. Differentiated instruction is possible when teachers assign different resources to students as a whole class or in small groups. In addition, the built-in  Assessment Builder and Quizzing tools can be used for formative or summative assessments. 

  4. Quality professional resources such as instructional strategies, self-paced modules, and step-by-step guides are available to teachers.

  5. Unique Discovery Education experiences such as virtual field trips and viewing parties take learning beyond the classroom walls. Your class can experience field trips around the globe, from the Arctic to Washington DC, and meet experts in a variety of fields.

  6. The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a professional community that all teachers in Discovery Education subscribing schools may participate in for idea sharing and inspiration.

Ensure student and teacher access!

Your district is strongly encouraged to have single-sign on in place for faculty, staff, and students.  Discovery Education offers a variety of Single Sign On (SSO) integrations to quickly and securely access content. By implementing SSO, users will easily authenticate using their existing district credentials. This provides teachers and students easy access to their content, so they can keep learning in school, from home, and on their devices. Integrations & Access

Ease your user management and overcome access challenges by choosing one of the SSO integration options below. Each link provides a user guide and technical requirements so you can see if it meets your district needs.

Google SSO

Office 365 SSO

ADFS/SAML SSO

LDAP Active Directory SSO

ClassLink SSO

Clever Instant Login (SSO Only)

Ready to get started? A district-level administrator should complete the Single Sign-On Integration Services Agreement and we can help you with next steps!

 

Usage Reports

Discovery Education school administrators may run  reports from the My Admin screen > Reports Home. Reports are designed to be 'drilled down' for detailed information on usage at the teacher, student and resource level. 

Discovery Education Streaming is offered through the Educational Resources Cooperative as an independent resource (does not require coop membership). 

2021-22 Pricing for Discovery Education Experience:

Product Cost 
Access to Discovery Education Experience K-12 $1.70 per student
Access to Discovery Education Coding K-12 included at no charge for district-wide subscribers from 20-21
Access to Mystery Science K-5 provided at no charge for elementary campuses for 2021-22 ONLY for district-wide subscription commitments

*The cost of Discovery subscriptions will be based on student enrollment reported by the district to the Texas Education Agency . 

Subscription commitments are made via the ESC-20 Commitment System

If you have any questions about a DE Subscription, please contact Cyndi Zaragoza.

Discovery Add-On Options:

Product Cost

Discovery Education Science K-8
Discovery Science K-8 flyer

$1,900 per K-8 campus

Districts may sign up through the ESC-20 Commitment System.