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digital media that works
Digital Media that Works

Engage student minds with science while reinforcing important literacy and mathematics skills.

Enhance science instruction with a formative assessment tool that enables you to monitor student progress and recommend resources based on individual student needs.

Empower students to think and explore like scientists.

new users the school passcode
New Users – the school Passcode

New users in each school building will need to know the unique 8-character Passcode that has been assigned to their school.



When they enter the Passcode and click the “Go” button, they will be taken to an account set-up screen.

setting up accounts

The key field in this form is the “Username” field, since your log-in name must be unique to the entire Discovery Education Science for Middle Schoolsubscriber base.

Before you click the “Continue” button, be sure that you are familiar with the Terms of Use and click the box that signifies that you agree to Discovery Education’s subscription terms.

Setting Up Accounts

This is the form you will see when you have entered your school Passcode.

logging into de science for middle school
Logging into DE Science for Middle School

Teachers use the “Educator Login” tab to log in with their username and password.

enhance your instruction with multimedia content

Keyword Search

Advanced Search


Standards Search

Browse three areas of science

Enhance Your Instruction with Multimedia Content
browse units topics concepts




Browse Units, Topics & Concepts

Three areas of science

explore concepts
Explore Concepts

You can browse media in 3 categories:

Interact, Watch and Read

explore concepts interact
Explore Concepts: Interact


Students manipulate variables and make predictions about outcomes

Virtual Labs

Students design and conduct their own scientific investigations

Integrated Science Simulations

Students explore concepts by making choices and controlling variables

Interactive Video

Users click on “hot spots” to pause the video to learn more information

explore concepts watch
Explore Concepts: Watch


Video content is exclusive to Discovery Education Science.

Videos are divided into segments, so you can show only the parts of the video that best relate to your teaching.

explore concepts read
Explore Concepts: Read


Support key concepts while enhancing reading proficiency with engaging, informative selections from WRC Media’s award-winning libraries

Reading Passages

Enhance your lessons with these highly visual and dynamic reading passages from Discovery Education’s award-winning book series.

Selections include science timelines and interviews with leading scientists.

teacher center
Teacher Center
  • Assessment Manager
  • Build formative assessments and view results by class or student.
  • Assignment Builder
  • Build and store online assignments for your students that use Science content.
  • Classroom Manager
  • With the Classroom Manager, you can build and manage your classrooms and assignments. Students visit the Student Center to access these materials.
  • Process Skills Library
  • Find resources that can help your students develop their science process skills:
  • Virtual Labs
    • MythBusters episodes
    • Science Sleuths
    • Featured Series Library
  • Find Video Clips from some of your
  • favorite Discovery series:
  • Planet Earth
  • Jeff Corwin Experience
  • Human Body: Pushing the Limits
assessment manager
Assessment Manager

Use Science’s formative assessment tools to monitor students’ understanding and adjust your lessons accordingly.

  • Create
    • Standards-based assessments
    • Custom assessments
    • Edit existing assessments
  • Assign
    • Assessments you’ve already created
    • Assessments created by Science
  • Report & Recommend
    • View results by student
    • View results by class
assignment builder

Build your own online assignments incorporating Science resources, assessments and links to other websites

Search existing assignments

Assignment Builder
classroom manager

Manage Your Classroom

with the Classroom Manager, you can build and manage your classrooms and assignments. Students visit the Student Center to access these materials

Classroom Manager
process skills library
Process Skills Library

A variety of media in the Process Skills Library addresses the critical thinking skills students must acquire in order to successfully engage in the scientific process.

Virtual Labs

Students design and conduct their own scientific investigations

Science Sleuths

Students examine science mysteries and use articles, interviews and video to solve the problem


Episodes have been selected and edited for Middle School audiences and illustrate the adventure and careful use of the scientific process to prove a science myth, or bust it!

featured series library
Featured Series Library

Find Video Clips from some of your favorite Discovery series. Immerse students with featured video including Planet Earth, Jeff Corwin Experience and Human Body: Pushing the Limits.

my content

Use the pull down menu to view specific media types you’ve added to My Content

Add media resources and assessments to folders you create

My Content

Use My Content to collect, organize, retrieve, and assign your favorite Science media resources in one convenient place

my content1

1. Click “View Details”

2. Click “+ Add to My Content”

3. Select an existing folder in My Content or create a new folder to add the resource

My Content

Add a resource to

My Content:

4. Click “Add”

my classes

Click to add a new class

Click a class to view a list of students

Add a Student to a class

My Classes

This feature enables you to create classrooms and student accounts and assign Science content to students.


Presentation Strategies


Software Integration

presentation models
Presentation Models

Common ways teachers, Media Specialists, and technology coordinators display Science content:

  • Computer connected to an LCD projector
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Televisions with scan converters
  • Computer labs
  • Libraries and Media Centers
  • Mobile carts with laptop computers
  • Student “stations” and “centers”
teaching strategies to consider
Teaching Strategies to Consider

Create “investigative teams.” Have students work in small groups on Virtual Labs or Explorations to develop testable questions, test their hypotheses and record results.

Determine prior knowledge with a pre-activity assessment. Use assessment results to assign appropriate Science media to individual students.

Pose questions or prepare thought-provoking “lesson starters” before viewing media to actively engage students.

Connect your computer to a projector and use Explorations or Integrated Science Simulations as presentation tools to kick off a lesson.

Assign Reading Passages and Articles that reinforce concepts and provide background information.

Save time by saving your favorite resources to folders within My Content.

technology information to know
Technology Information to Know
  • Recommended 3rd party software:
    • Windows Media Player - PC
    • Apple QuickTime Player - Mac
    • Flash 8.0 or Greater
    • Adobe Shockwave Player
  • Screen Resolution:
    • Minimum : 800 x 600
    • Best results: 1024 x 768

A building with a dedicated T-1 line could comfortably accommodate 6 users with no buffering assuming no other users on the Internet.

Home users with 56k modems can search and use support materials; viewing interactive media and performing downloads may be possible but will be very slow.

Video files, images, articles and reading passages may be downloaded. All other content is available online only via streaming.

You may need to install updated “codecs” if the media player is not properly playing the audio or video components.