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 must click the tab “Passcode Login” to get started. Log In Screen
1A1T 2C4I When new users enter the Passcode and click the “Go” button, they will be taken to an account set-up screen. 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.
Teachers use the “Educator Login” tab to log in with their username and password. Logging into DE Science for Elementary
Locate Discovery Education Science Elementary School and click the link “Go now!” Logging into DE Science for Elementary
Curriculum Standards Search Keyword Search Advanced Search Browse three areas of science Enhance Your Instruction with Multimedia Content
Unit Topics Concepts Browse Units, Topics & Concepts
Glossary Terms Glossary terms are available on each Concept page.
Students click the tabs to access information in a variety of formats. A full list of over 500 commonly used science terms is always available on the left side of the Glossary window. Glossary Terms
LEARN Students gain information about a concept in the Learn section. EXPLORE Interactive media enables students to practice and experience science. DEMONSTRATE Check for understanding with materials found in the Demonstrate section. EXTEND Students extend their learning with materials found in the Extend Section. Pathways to Science Investigation Concept pages provide pathways through the content.
Pathways to Science Investigation LEARN Video Segments are divided into chapters that illustrate specific concepts within each topic. Reading Passages are leveled to support a variety of readers. eBooks enable struggling readers and students whose first language is not English to read and listen to science content.
Pathways to Science Investigation EXPLORE Explorations enable students to manipulate variables and test their predictions about outcomes. Virtual Labs are designed to give students the opportunity to practice designing and conducting virtual investigations.
Pathways to Science Investigation EXPLORE: VIRTUAL LABS Introduction Tab This part sets the stage for the investigation by presenting a real-world problem around which the investigation is based. Investigate Tab Students choose single or multiple variables to test and observe and then conduct their investigations. Results Tab Students view a record of trial results in chart form.
Pathways to Science Investigation DEMONSTRATE Online Assessments pair formative assessment tools with dynamic content. Brief Constructed Responses monitor your students’ deeper understanding of science concepts.
Pathways to Science Investigation EXTEND Extend provides content that goes into greater detail about the concept or extends the concept beyond elementary level expectations.
Teacher Center Access powerful tools that allow you to build and manage assessments; create multimedia projects; build and manage classrooms; and access resources that foster science process skills.
Create a new Classroom Manage Classrooms and Content Teacher Center - Classroom Manager
Teacher Center - Assessment Manager Enhance science instruction with a formative assessment tool that allows you to monitor student progress and recommend resources based on students’ individual needs. • Create • Standards-based assessments • Custom assessments • Edit existing assessments • Assign • Assessments you’ve already created • Assessments created by Discovery Education • Report & Recommend • View results by student • View results by class
Build your own online assignments incorporating digital media, assessments and links to other websites Search existing assignments Teacher Center - Assignment Builder
Teacher Center - Process Skills Library 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 MythBusters Episodes have been selected and edited for school audiences and illustrate the adventure and careful use of scientific process to prove a science myth, or bust it!
Add media resources and assessments to folders you create Use the Action pull down menu to copy, move, assign or delete media at any time My Content Use My Content to collect, organize, retrieve, and assign your favorite media resources in one convenient place.
1. Locate a resource and 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 4. Click “Add” Add a Resource to My Content
Professional Development Access a variety of resources designed to help you make the most effective use of Discovery Education Science for Elementary digital media.
Presentation Strategies and Software Integration
Presentation Models Common ways teachers, Media Specialists, and technology coordinators display Discovery Education Science for Elementary 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 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 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 a video clip as presentation tools to kick off a lesson. Assign Reading Passages that reinforce concepts and provide background information. Save time by saving your favorite resources to folders within My Content.
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 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. DE Science is designed for use with a broadband internet connection. Video files, reading passages and brief constructed responses 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.