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This Month at DE: September

Inspire students to make a difference with new September content from Discovery Education! Whether surfing student-made documentaries or joining this month’s Virtual Field Trips, you’ll find the compelling resources you need to help all learners find their voice, learn from their peers, and create change in their communities.

1600 Sessions Podcast

Grades 6-12

Join the White House Historical Association to dig into the rich history behind the White House and the people who have contributed to its story. From its early construction to the Founding Fathers and the first protesters to picket its gates, learn more about one of our country’s most significant symbols and the movements and traditions that continue to shape our nation.

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BYkids

All Grade Levels

Hear the stories of young changemakers who shine light on significant aspects of their identities in the BYkids Channel. Learners will meet students from around the world as they provide insight on their racial and ethnic identities, country of origin, religious beliefs, abilities, and cultural affiliations. Best of all, each young activist films and directs their own documentary from a first-hand perspective.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

All Grade Levels

Get ready for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) and find resources to help you celebrate the identities, experiences, culture, and history of Latin Americans all year with the revamped Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Channel! Introduce students to Latin American leaders and changemakers, learn about Hispanic traditions and culture, and explore a collection of available Spanish resources.

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Curiosity and Your World

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Use this activity from our Social-Emotional Learning Coalition to help students build their capacity to connect to the world around them, ask questions to further their knowledge, and extend their understanding through utilizing their own communities. While the embedded activity challenges students to look closely at aspects or issues within their own community, the structure included can be used with a variety of texts, photographs, objects, or artwork.

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Make the most of September with timely content, tools, and events! View the latest updates and featured content in our This Month at DE Studio Board.

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John Lewis on Rights and Justice and America

Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Watch this video on the National Archives Foundation’s conversation on rights and justices with former United States Congressman John Lewis. Teach students to stand up for what they believe in as Lewis reminds Americans to continue fighting for justice and democracy.

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September Virtual Field Trips

Grades 5, 6-8, 9-12

Join us live for one (or all) of five September Virtual Field Trips or watch them on-demand after their premieres! Explore our Virtual Field Trip page to learn more about each experience and the amazing partners who help create them. No matter which one you choose you’ll find more ways to elevate engagement with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities.

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The Truth is Powerful

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Watch this video from Self-Evident Media as it examines the creation and weaponization of race and tells the story of Sojourner Truth, a self-emancipated enslaved woman who later became a traveling preacher. The program closely analyzes the different versions of her famous speech given at an 1851 feminist anti-slavery meeting and stresses the need for Black stories to be told through a firsthand lens.

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What is a Worry Habit?

Grades 3-5, 6-8

Watch a teen journalist interview psychologist and author Dr. Susan Heilter while reporting on the effects of the “worry habit,” a harmful habit which causes people from living in the moment. See how this loop of worry prevents people from making plans and leads to anxiety and stress before finding ways to break the cycle.

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Enjoy these new resources and be sure to join us here next month as we kick off our October theme: Culture & Celebrations!

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September 2021 Partner Spotlight

Each month we take time to showcase a few of the amazing partners that we work with to develop the high-quality content your students want and need. Take a moment to help us celebrate these partnerships, check out some of their new resources, and learn more about the incredible things they do!

And don’t forget to see out more content in our This Month at DE: September article.

BYkids

This compelling series gives today’s youth a stage to share their perspectives and lets students hear the stories of young changemakers who shine a light on significant aspects of their identities. Each activist films and directs their own documentary from a firsthand perspective, providing students with exclusive insight on racial and ethnic identities, country of origin, religious beliefs, abilities, and cultural affiliations.

See more in the new BYkids Channel.

Discover Financial Services

Commemorate National College Savings Month with Pathways to Financial Success in Schools. In partnership with Discover Financial Services, this comprehensive, unit-based financial literacy program is made up of videos, self-paced modules, and cross-curricular activities for middle and high school students. Family extensions are also available to keep the conversation going at home!

Browse the full collection today.

Eyewitness News: Teen Kids News

Check out this dynamic news program produced for young people, by young people. Teen reporters present news stories in a way that appeals to students and provides a unique perspective that’s currently unseen in the adult-dominated news and media.

Get started by teaching your class about “worry habits” or learning how “Bumblebees are Dying Because of Extreme Heat.”

Keep students going strong this September with timely content, tools, and events! View more featured content in our This Month at DE Studio Board.

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Newsy

Stay informed on today’s most important topics and issues with straightforward, opinion-free news and documentaries. This trusted source for concise, unbiased video news and analysis helps students stay up to date on current events while documenting unique perspectives through detailed investigation and sincere conversation.

Catch up on current events now in the Newsy Channel.

Self-Evident Media

Made up of a community of American history educators, Self-Evident Media strives to support educators and students to think critically about the role of race and institutional racism throughout US history. Through highly engaging educational tools and resources, their goal is to help students honestly and rigorously study the history of race in America, better understand who we are as a country, and learn how to work together to build a more just society.

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Social-Emotional Learning Coalition

This partnership between DE, The Allstate Foundation, the National AfterSchool Association, Ask, Listen, Learn: A Program of Responsibility.org and leaders across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors is aimed at driving access and innovation in embedding SEL into students’ lives. Its first initiative: providing K-12 educators, students, families, and afterschool directors with an extensive library of digital resources to support the integration of SEL into core instruction and beyond.

Learn more and find resources for all grade levels in the Social-Emotional Learning Center.

We hope you and your students enjoy these new learning resources and be sure to join us here next month for more partner highlights.

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Create & Collaborate with Engaging Activities in Studio

Whether you’re new to DE or have been an avid user for years, there’s never been a better time to make Studio part of your daily lesson strategy.

You know those classic three-panel poster boards? Well, we’ve taken that concept and supercharged it with Studio, our flexible collaboration and presentation tool. Think of it as your new creative outlet for those activities you’ve always wanted to try.


Get started right away with one of our many Activity Templates based on our SOS Instructional Strategies—designed for educators, by educators—then build a Studio Board or Slideshow from there. These Activity Templates provide the perfect jumping-off point to quickly build and even help illuminate new ways to blend seemingly unrelated topics, like STEM and art or SEL and science.

If you’ve got a creative itch, design your own Studio Board or Slideshow built with your content of choice. Add headlines, text, buttons, DE resources, or upload your own digital content to create engaging daily lessons. Once you’re ready, assign your Board or Slideshow as a self-paced, individual assignment or share it and collaborate with students in real time. And don’t forget our embedded literacy support! Our integration with Microsoft’s Immersive Reader allows students to have text read aloud, translated, and to access a line focus tool for additional reading help.

Students also get a chance to shine by designing their own Boards or Slideshows. Let them play around in Studio and give them the opportunity to share and present their knowledge in creative ways using appropriate, DE-vetted resources or their own original, uploaded content.

Best of all, everyone can safely collaborate in real time right in Studio to encourage lively discussion and unleash creativity—no matter where the classroom is.

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Quiz is More Than a 4-Letter Word

Turn your classroom into a live game show with Quiz!

We’re not talking about the usual list of questions on a piece of paper. Our new Quiz features empower teachers to create engaging, get-those-wheels-turning quizzes that liven up the classroom and then take action where needed. Students can easily participate in any learning environment and teachers can track student progress in real time.

Standard Quiz

Use Standard Quiz to check for understanding and student readiness with a range of question formats—from polling to open-ended, multiple choice to image annotation or audio responses. There’s no shortage of ways to accurately measure progress! Assign these to students to create a self-paced assessment or launch them live. When live, students access through a code and teachers can guide students through the assessment while viewing results as they come in.

Video Quiz

With Video Quiz, you can choose a video from our treasury of high-quality content and embed questions directly on the viewing timeline. Just pause the video where you want to put a question then add a short-answer prompt or use the dropdown to change it to multiple choice or poll. This keeps students engaged in the video while continually keeping a pulse on their learning.

Ask Live Quiz

In the middle of a lesson and need to check for understanding? Ask Live Quiz lets you ask interactive questions live and share responses in-person or remotely to spark lively discussions and class participation. Students can respond on their own devices, giving you real-time data to inform your next steps.

Pro Tip! Launch an Exit Ticket from an Ask Live Quiz and have students respond with how they’re feeling about what they’ve learned so you can better prepare for the next lesson or provide extra practice for specific learners.

Real-Time Results

See how your students did by checking the Results Dashboard. Quiz results display in real time, by question and by student, so you can take timely action. Save time grading quizzes and instead focus on gauging participation, offering feedback, and identifying remediation needs to ensure student progress. You’ll find all the information you need, displayed the way you need it, to help guide your instruction the very next day.

Learn more about Quiz in the Help Center and try one out with your students this week! Not a current partner? Watch a virtual demo today to get started.

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DE How To: New Ways to Assign & Build Activities for Students

Our content never gets stale, and neither will your lessons!

Every month we add hundreds of new resources specially curated for educators to answer the need for timely, relevant teaching opportunities. When our content is combined with our popular SOS Instructional Strategies—designed for educators, by educators—you get that magic formula for constructive, engaging activities. And luckily, we’ve built thousands of these activities to help you tap into that magic and save time in the process.

There are tons of great ways to take advantage of these ready-to-use activities and keep students curious throughout the day. Whether it’s lesson starters, background builders, writing prompts, or student choice boards, you’ll find exactly what you and your students need. You can use these activities as-is for turnkey assignments or customize them in Studio. Additionally, you can assign them to individual students, groups of students, or the whole class. And because of embedded literacy and language supports, like Microsoft’s Immersive Reader, all learners have an opportunity to do well.

Ready to get started?

  • Find ready-to-use activities already peppered throughout our content channels.
  • Explore dedicated collections like the Student Learning Activities Channel.
  • Get up and running right away with the handful of fun activities listed below!

Learn more about how DE can serve as your daily learning platform. Check out our live and on-demand events or explore 30 Ways to DE!

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Reinforce ELA Skills with Fishtronaut

Fishtronaut: Case of the Lost Critter ELA Activity (Grades K-2)

Embark on an adventure with Fishtronaut while practicing making inferences, comparing and contrasting, summarizing, and identifying key story elements. 

Cultivate Creative Talents with STEM Careers

STEM Careers: Game Artists & Animators (Grades 3-5)

Dive into an interesting career path and learn about game animators and how video game design uses STEM skills. Then have students watch an engaging Virtual Field Trip before working together on a STEM Career Challenge and channeling their creativity to design their own new team jersey.

Foster SEL through Bumblebee Behaviors

Bumblebee High Five (Grades 6-8)

Draw students in with an interesting video about giving a bumblebee a high five before seamlessly transitioning to a conversation around conflict resolution with this social-emotional learning activity.

Use Baseball to Build on Math Concepts

Baseball and Decimal and Fraction Conversion (Grade 8)

Have students watch a video with Devin Pickett, a real baseball information coordinator for the Chicago White Sox, about how math and data is used in baseball to improve player performance. Then let them work through practice problems, find helpful hints, and follow their curiosity with more content. 

Travel the World with Student Learning Adventures

Student Learning Adventures: Ancient Civilizations (Grades 9-12)

Explore popular ancient civilizations in Egypt, Rome, and Greecewith this student-led activity. Students can dive deep into each culture with key vocabulary words, fascinating videos, and a closing activity at the end of each page.

Dive into the Student Learning Activities and Learning at Home Channels for more ready-to-use activities for all grades and learners. Not a current partner? Watch a virtual demo today to get started!

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Ready-to-Use Activities to Kickstart Student Creativity

Our content never gets stale, and neither will your lessons!

Every month we add hundreds of new resources specially curated for educators to answer the need for timely, relevant teaching opportunities. When our content is combined with our popular SOS Instructional Strategies—designed for educators, by educators—you get that magic formula for constructive, engaging activities. And luckily, we’ve built thousands of these activities to help you tap into that magic and save time in the process.

There are tons of great ways to take advantage of these ready-to-use activities and keep students curious throughout the day. Whether it’s lesson starters, background builders, writing prompts, or student choice boards, you’ll find exactly what you and your students need. You can use these activities as-is for turnkey assignments or customize them in Studio. Additionally, you can assign them to individual students, groups of students, or the whole class. And because of embedded literacy and language supports, like Microsoft’s Immersive Reader, all learners have an opportunity to do well.

Ready to get started?

  • Find ready-to-use activities already peppered throughout our content channels.
  • Explore dedicated collections like the Student Learning Activities Channel.
  • Get up and running right away with the handful of fun activities listed below!

Learn more about how DE can serve as your daily learning platform. Check out our live and on-demand events or explore 30 Ways to DE!

Join an Event 30 Ways to DE

Reinforce ELA Skills with Fishtronaut

Fishtronaut: Case of the Lost Critter ELA Activity (Grades K-2)

Embark on an adventure with Fishtronaut while practicing making inferences, comparing and contrasting, summarizing, and identifying key story elements. 

Cultivate Creative Talents with STEM Careers

STEM Careers: Game Artists & Animators (Grades 3-5)

Dive into an interesting career path and learn about game animators and how video game design uses STEM skills. Then have students watch an engaging Virtual Field Trip before working together on a STEM Career Challenge and channeling their creativity to design their own new team jersey.

Foster SEL through Bumblebee Behaviors

Bumblebee High Five (Grades 6-8)

Draw students in with an interesting video about giving a bumblebee a high five before seamlessly transitioning to a conversation around conflict resolution with this social-emotional learning activity.

Use Baseball to Build on Math Concepts

Baseball and Decimal and Fraction Conversion (Grade 8)

Have students watch a video with Devin Pickett, a real baseball information coordinator for the Chicago White Sox, about how math and data is used in baseball to improve player performance. Then let them work through practice problems, find helpful hints, and follow their curiosity with more content. 

Travel the World with Student Learning Adventures

Student Learning Adventures: Ancient Civilizations (Grades 9-12)

Explore popular ancient civilizations in Egypt, Rome, and Greecewith this student-led activity. Students can dive deep into each culture with key vocabulary words, fascinating videos, and a closing activity at the end of each page.

Dive into the Student Learning Activities and Learning at Home Channels for more ready-to-use activities for all grades and learners. Not a current partner? Watch a virtual demo today to get started!

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5 Reasons Teachers Love the New DE

Last year presented a whole new perspective on teaching and learning—and with it an urgent need to address challenges both new and persisting.

There is a universe of content out there that teachers and schools can use to support learning, but it varies greatly in quality, reliability, searchability, or usability. Educators must juggle so many resources and tools, pulling focus away from instruction and their students. No matter what the subject or how students learn, teachers could benefit from having one source for vetted, attention-grabbing content and reliable tools to design interactive learning experiences that spark curiosity and give all learners their “light bulb” moment.

We’re helping our educators conquer these challenges while also making their experience in the DE platform as friendly and useful as possible. See how we’re stepping up our game with these five features that simplify the daily life of a teacher right away.

1. No More Memorizing Logins

It’s a challenge keeping up with our own passwords, never mind students memorizing theirs. We integrate with the most widely used SSO and learning management systems, so logging in as an educator or student is a breeze. Get started by logging in through our website or your district-specific URL. Not sure how? No problem! Now you can simply search by your school and we’ll guide you the rest of the way.

For students, you can also generate QR sign-in codes for them to sign in quickly, easily, and securely.

2. Pump Up the Personalization

Every educator’s DE homepage is their own hub for content, tools, and support, giving them a personalized experience based on their grade levels, subjects, and interests. Every month we add hundreds of new content resources specially curated for educators to answer the need for timely, relevant teaching opportunities. We’ll start you off with a collection of our most popular channels, then a special recommendation row where we showcase our best content relevant to you. Additionally, the My Channels section houses your own collection of favorite curated content.

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3. Lots of Ways to Find What YOU Need

Improved search capabilities and a fresh, new design make it easier than ever to find the content you need for tomorrow’s lesson. Students and educators can search, find, and preview the content they need right when they need it and follow the path to related materials and instructional support.

Use the keyword search to dive right into our treasury of 200,000+ videos, Virtual Field Trips, text-based passages, interactives, audio, podcasts, and images that span all grades, subjects, and critical topics of today. Filter your results by grade level or resource type, collections or ready-to-use activities, as well as by language and literacy options and other support features like closed captioning and translations.

4. Easier Than Ever to Save Your Favorite Content

Once you find the right content for your lesson, you’ll want to save it! When searching and lesson planning, add resources to your QuickList to review later. There you can compare many pieces of content and, once you select the ones you want to use right away, add it to My Content where you can organize resources and daily lessons from class to class, year to year. Then you can assign to your students, add it to a lesson, or share out with your fellow educators.

And, if you’re ready to jump back to that resource you found yesterday (but forgot to save), you can find it in the Recently Viewed row for easy access!

5. A Daily Platform That Plays Well with Others

Teachers and IT staff can break away from the frustration that comes with trying to navigate and sync their digital resources. DE provides one secure platform that seamlessly integrates with your other edtech tools and learning management systems. We’re also friends with Google and Microsoft, so you can share DE resources in assignments, questions, announcements, and materials within Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams.

We hope you’ll take the time to check out some of these popular platform enhancements and stay tuned for more articles that dive deeper into the best of what Discovery Education offers.

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