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This Month at DE: February

Happy anniversary to us! 20 amazing years of supporting educators and students and we’ve never stopped innovating. To celebrate, we’re taking it back to 2001 where it all started as United Streaming. From VHS deliveries to pioneering digital content and Techbooks to connecting educators across the globe—we’ve been with teachers every step of the way.

Check out this fun throwback to when it all started and see how far we’ve come. Then continue on to see some exciting new things coming your way.

DE Originals

All Grade Levels

We’re proud to introduce DE Originals! In addition to vetting the best educational content out there and regularly introducing new resources for both teachers and students, we produce our own video content, too.

DE Originals is a new collection of kid-approved, standards-aligned videos that ignites curiosity in students, encourages them to solve real-world problems, and gives them the opportunity to see themselves as part of the story through engaging narratives.

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DEmystified

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8

The first original series in the DE Originals collection is our thought-provoking DEmystified series. Explore super fun, phenomena-based videos that dive into complex science concepts and topics and take your students on a journey to DEmystify the wonders of our world.

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Monthly Ready-to-Use Activity Calendar

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8

To save you time and effort in lesson planning, we’re continuing to grow our collection of 2,000+ ready-to-use activities. From Background Builders to Daily Fix-Its and Choice Boards, these lesson activities are grouped into monthly calendars for grades K-8 to deliver timely, relevant learning opportunities that teachers can quickly access daily. Get started today with the February calendars for K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. And for grades 9-12, explore the By Subject Channel for the best DE content for all subject areas.

Don’t have DE in your classroom yet? You can sign up for free access to the Activity Center now to take advantage of these popular monthly calendars.

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3M Young Scientist Challenge

Grades 5-8

Celebrate Inventors Day on February 22 by encouraging students to enter the 3M Young Scientist Challenge! The 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for grades 5-8. This one-of-a-kind video competition has sparked a sense of wonder and discovery in hundreds of thousands of students while enhancing science, innovation, and communication across the US.

When first launched by Discovery Communications in 1999, the Young Scientist Challenge had the same mission it does today: to foster a new generation of American scientists! In 2008, Discovery Education joined forces with 3M—one of the world’s most notable innovators—to cultivate the next generation of problem solvers and give students the unique opportunity to chase their passions and work directly with 3M scientists. Select Learn More below to apply, then see past winners and explore more  resources in the Young Scientist Lab.

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American Ideals Reagan Foundation Virtual Field Trip

Grades 5-12

Immerse students in the living, breathing process of democracy with a virtual celebration of America’s unique history of civic engagement and give them the tools to develop their civic voice in everyday life. Join the American Ideals Virtual Field Trip on February 17 to get a look inside the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and show students how leadership, communication, and informed action unite people for the greater good.

This Virtual Field Trip is available through our partnership with the Reagan Foundation and our joint mission to connect a new generation to the essential American tradition of civic engagement. Through compelling, real-world content for classrooms and beyond, Civics Connected empowers students of all backgrounds with a working knowledge of democracy and the skills needed for creating change.

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Hands-On STEM Event

All Grade Levels

Another way to celebrate Inventors Day is by joining our action-packed Hands-On STEM event! Join us on February 22 at 1 PM ET to empower the next generation of STEM solution seekers with the skills they need to take on some of the planet’s greatest sustainability challenges.

Our host Brandon Okpalobi, President of the STEM Organization Siyanse, will introduce students to a local or global issue, explore why it’s happening, connect with inspiring people who are working to find solutions, and help students uncover their own potential with exciting hands-on STEM activities.

Appropriate for students of all ages, with activities geared toward students in grades 4-8.

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We hope you and your students enjoy all this compelling content designed to kickstart creativity and bring a renewed excitement to their learning. Join us here next month as we dive into more new resources and events for our March theme of Impact & Inspiration!

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Helping Students Find Their Voice

Students who receive input about their learning will reward you with engagement.

For almost all students, their favorite classes are those in which they feel empowered in their learning. When I was in school, I know that when my teachers provided options, valued my opinion, and shifted the responsibilities of learning to me, my level of engagement increased dramatically.

Now I’m a middle school math teacher with my own room full of students, and I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of fostering student voice in my classroom. Especially during a time when so many of us feel like we don’t have as much control over our specific learning environment and what’s going on outside of the classroom walls.

One of my goals as a math teacher is to help my students see themselves, their ideas, and their thoughts reflected in the required curriculum. Student voice does not mean student takeover. To the contrary, the idea of students having a voice in what they learn, when they learn it, and how they learn it leads to collaborative opportunities to increase engagement and facilitate deeper student learning.

Even though my classroom is primarily built on structures that foster independence, it’s still a shift for me to scale back my own responsibility for student learning as their teacher and place it more with them as the learners. While I don’t have any hard and fast rules, there are some guidelines that I follow to help ensure that student voice is at the forefront of my instructional decisions.

Create Classroom Norms Together

Norms and rules are not the same things. Rules help to establish the practices and procedures that allow tasks to be completed in classrooms. Norms provide teachers and students with agreements about how best to support one another and learn from one another. They also help create a positive classroom culture for learning.

As I began to infuse student ideas and suggestions into our class expectations, I saw the value in co-creating these norms rather than creating them independently of my students.

Collaborating has helped me better understand what my students value and what is important to them. During the creation of our class norms, it was apparent that students appreciate the chance to give their opinions and thrive on the opportunity to hear what their peers think as well. These norms continue to provide structure for our class, and we review them periodically. We also adjust them when needed to better meet the changing nature of our classroom.

To this end, our classroom culture depends on the students’ accountability to uphold the norms that we create together. When students interact with each other during collaborative problem solving, it’s understood that each student is responsible for contributing to the discussions during the group work. Consequently, my students understand that every voice in the group is important and will be valued.

I do get students who, from time to time, deviate from the norm. But because I’ve established with my students the expected behaviors, they are quick to reset the conversation and get back to the business at hand.

Norms Don’t Need to Be Elaborate

I’ve found that establishing expectations for how students treat one another in class provides them with the opportunity to see and hear their voice reflected in our classroom practices. When I establish norms with my students, we focus on what language is and isn’t acceptable during classroom collaboration and the responsibility that each student has in contributing to their own learning and the learning of others. For example, my students understand that they are expected to advocate for themselves and ask questions accordingly. Their questions help me differentiate my instruction and enable me to reflect on my practices to better meet their needs. I expect my students to communicate with me and with one another, especially when things get challenging.

It’s also equally important that students learn to trust me and to trust their classmates. Our norms reflect my students’ deep desire to learn from one another and their willingness to take responsibility for their own learning.

Rules might govern student procedures in my classroom, but norms help to facilitate a classroom culture conducive to student responsibility and student learning.

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Foster Feedback and Flexibility

Perhaps no other educator tool has the potential to elicit change and facilitate student responsibility more than feedback between teacher and student and between the students themselves. In our classroom, feedback is given carefully and always through the lens of improvement. We focus on what students are doing well and address specific steps students can take to continue to improve.

If there is a specific goal a student is working toward, students feel comfortable enough to ask for suggestions from their peers to help them reach that goal. Feedback becomes the structure through which students become more involved in their own learning and the learning of others.

In my classroom, it is not uncommon to hear students reflecting on the lesson and sharing their thoughts about the curriculum, objective, and math concepts learned. We talk about the culture in class that must be present for my students to grasp challenging concepts. Recently, when my students were working together to defend the strategies that they used to solve a problem, several students thought it would be best if the groups were smaller than the 28 students in our classroom. Their theory was that the smaller groups would let each student ask questions about the strategies that were shared and not be rushed to hear everyone’s strategies. This was another example of the way in which my students began to take more ownership for their learning.

We tried it, and they were right. The smaller groups did help to facilitate better discussion and more engaged student-to-student conversations. The feedback I shared with them about the difference that this small shift made for student learning allowed students to feel comfortable making suggestions at other times as well.

Embrace Student Voice to Drive Engagement

I knew that I was on the right path when students began showing up in my classroom during lunchtime looking for extra support. But their true motives were revealed to me when they began to talk about why they liked our math class, how they felt important and believed that I genuinely cared about them. I noticed the shift to “our math class around the same time I noticed an increase in lunchtime visitors. My students were deeply involved in their own learning. They knew their voice not only mattered but was truly valued. In turn, my connection with students has never been better.

Student voice and student engagement are not, however, synonymous. While the first can lead to the latter, it’s rarely a straight path. To fully embrace the idea of student voice, teachers must be willing to do the work to ensure its continued existence in their classroom.

As I learn more about how to integrate student voice into my instructional practices, I continue to seek out additional resources and ideas, such as those found in Discovery Education’s Educator Supports or SOS Instructional Strategies Channel.

Improve the Classroom Experience with Their Voice

The small things that I did over the years to establish a culture of student voice continue to pay dividends for my students and for me. I’ve continued to refine my practices to include student-developed assessments, choice seating, and more personalized approaches to student learning. I truly hope that by working collaboratively with my students, I am helping to provide them with opportunities to own their learning and grow socially and emotionally—in my classroom and beyond.

Written by Kelly Collins-McCarthy, a middle school teacher based in Maryland

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SOS Top 10: Developing Literacy

We’re continuing this month’s storytelling theme with a special SOS Top 10 on developing literacy! These instructional strategies can be used in class or modified for remote learning, and support students in building background knowledge, strengthening comprehension, and developing disciplinary vocabulary.

Stimulate Interest & Build Background Knowledge

Can You Guess My 2-1-4?

Combine text and imagery to encourage students to dive deeper into concepts and content to find answers. With this strategy, students make evidence-based inferences that lead them to logical conclusions about content with the use of facts, a clue, and images.

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Collage

Introduce students to a new topic through a collage of images. Help them activate prior knowledge in order to make connections between images before making predictions about the content and upcoming unit of study.

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The Envelope Please

Help students use prior knowledge and clues to make predictions about a topic of study. Discussion and reflection solidify understanding and allow students to make stronger connections between different sources of information.

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Strengthen Comprehension & Meaningful Interaction with Text

Read All About It

Encourage students to interact deeply with the audio and transcript of a video segment before viewing the visuals. Read All About It provides a scaffold to encourage students to reread text multiple times to ensure they comprehend it.

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Telephone

Inspired by the well-known kids game, the Telephone strategy lets students work collaboratively to practice and internalize comprehension gleaned from reading or viewing content. Students work with a partner to practice speaking and listening skills while synthesizing key ideas and details presented in a DE resource.

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There’s an APP for That

Discerning the differences between and the reasons behind various authors’ purposes is important in comprehension and critical thinking. With this strategy, students read a text and identify the author’s purpose, then prove it using text-based evidence to support their thinking.

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Build & Develop Vocabulary

Concept Circles

Use this instructional strategy to build a foundational understanding of new terms and how they connect to each other and the central concept you’re teaching. Select a video, audio clip, or reading passage and have students use the Concept Circle graphic organizer to then visualize and analyze the relationship between vocabulary words within the content.

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Fold, Draw, Learn

Build vocabulary while supporting visual and kinesthetic learners with Fold, Draw, Learn. Students will develop the ability to use context clues by paying careful attention to a video and interpreting a drawing made by another student.

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Vocabulary Stepping Stones

Have students consider vocabulary within the context of a video to encourage better understanding. Introduce vocabulary words before students watch a video, then have them listen for the terms and sequence them according to when they are mentioned. Lastly, prompt students to discuss the topics from the video, incorporating the vocabulary words and how they were used in context.

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Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt

Transform a passive learning experience into an active learning opportunity with the Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt. Identify vocabulary words and then have students demonstrate their understanding by clapping and defining the terms when they hear them in a DE video.

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Enjoy these fun ways to develop literacy skills and encourage deeper engagement for all students. Find strategies fit all your learning goals in our SOS Instructional Strategies Channel, and check back soon for more tips from Discovery Education!

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This Month at DE: January

What’s your favorite story? Start the new year with tons of new resources diving into the world of storytelling. Students will get started with the basics from Grammaropolis, check out modern twists on classic fairy tales from The Fable Cottage, and explore how to tell stories in science and math with simulations from PhET!

Featured PartnerPhET Interactive Simulations

We’re excited to introduce PhET Interactive Simulations as our featured partner for January! Founded in 2002 by Nobel laureate Care Wieman, the PhET project project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates engaging interactive math and science simulations for grades 3-12. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and spark curiosity through intuitive, game-like environments where students learn through exploration and discovery.

Dive into these new, intriguing interactives in the dedicated PhET Channel. Let students experiment with electronics, check out complex collisions, or play with planet positions and gravitational forces. Get started with the fun John Travoltage simulation or click the button below to see the full channel.

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The Fable Cottage

Grades K-2, 3-5

We’ve added more classics to our Fable Cottage Channel! Students can now enjoy Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff—via standard reading passages or audiobooks!

The Fable Cottage breathes new life into traditional tales as they are lovingly retold in modern language. Nearly all stories are available in audiobook, reading passage, or video format, ensuring there’s something for every learner.

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FUTURE U. by Boeing

Grades 6-12

FUTURE U. provides educators the tools they need to inspire their students to use creativity, collaboration, persistence, and problem-solving skills to change and improve their world. Gear toward students in grades 6-12, FUTURE U. uses hands-on, experiential learning to ignite excitement and inspire today’s learners to become tomorrow’s innovators.

Check out the new Testing the Limits Virtual Field Trip and Educator Companion Guide to get started with these compelling resources from Boeing. Take students behind-the-scenes at Boeing test centers across the U.S., where engineers are pushing the boundaries of aerospace to create the innovative products and systems of the future.

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Grammaropolis

Grades 3-5

Discover the wonders of grammar with our new content partner Grammaropolis! Browse dozens of resources for grades 3-5, including Punctuation.?! and The Colon: The Great Organizer.

Through a combination of music videos and vignettes, Grammaropolis helps students learn about grammar concepts with engaging visuals and storytelling. In this imaginative metropolis, punctuation and parts of speech are personified based on the roles they play in a sentence. This helps build foundations for success as students learn to draw critical connections to grammar through dozens of memorable videos and songs using characters that align with core concepts.

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Innovation Generation Trade Champions Challenge

Grades 9-12

Fuel student passion and creativity with the Innovation Generation Trade Champions Challenge! Encourage high school students to focus on their future by asking them to create a 30-60 second video submission directed at their peers about why they aspire to be a trade professional and/or why they are passionate about the trade career they’re currently following. One lucky student will win a $15,000 grand prize and a Stanley Black & Decker Prize Pack!

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2022.

Innovation Generation knows there’s a maker in everyone. Created in partnership between Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education, Innovation Generation aims to engage and excite educators and students in grades 6-10 while empowering the makers within.

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Making a New Life: The Strength of a Refugee Virtual Field Trip

Grades 3-5

Watch this on-demand Virtual Field Trip that goes into the history and legacy of Kindertransport while exploring what it means to be a refugee. By learning how they adjust to their new homes, cultures, and communities, students will step into the shoes of a refugee and celebrate the strength people can have in times of great change.

The USC Shoah Foundation – Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action. Inspire advocacy and empathy with this powerful content, which includes Virtual Field Trips, testimonies, student activities, and more.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Channel

Grades K-12

Check out our revamped Martin Luther King Jr. Day Channel full of content about this important historical figure who led and inspired many to demand equal rights. Find a plethora of resources to help teach students about the impact of Dr. King, how he advocated for peaceful resistance to unfair laws, and how his legacy continues to inspire people around the world to work for freedom and equality.

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We hope you enjoy these exciting new resources and join us here for next month’s theme: Content We Love!

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This Month at DE: December

Can your ideas have an impact? This month we focus on groundbreaking visionaries whose transformative ideas inspire learners to follow their own path. December’s collection includes artwork, videos, podcasts, images and reading passages showcasing authors, engineers, activists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and more.

Amplifier

Grades 6-12

Amplifier uses art to demonstrate the power of visual storytelling that exemplifies the most important movements of our times. Each piece models positive and unifying messages related to equality, dignity, diversity, truth, and beauty.

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Water’s Impact on Our Lives and What We Can Do About It with Garvita Gulhati

Grades 9-12

This changemaker founded an initiative that aims to transform people’s mindset towards water. The Why Waste? project is India’s largest youth-led organization that works toward effective water conservation.

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Sea Studios Foundation: Cristina Diaz, Taxonomist: Sponge Biology

Grades 6-12

Explore the ocean depths with notable scientists like Christina Diaz, Taxonomist, as she performs an experiment to learn more about the flow of water through a living sponge. Watch to see what her experiment reveals!

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TogetHER: The Vibrant Power Around Us: Simi Adebajo

Grades 6-12

Immerse your students into inspiring stories of women entrepreneurs like Simi who shares her turbulent, yet rewarding, journey to open the first Nigerian restaurant in San Francisco, and during the pandemic.

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

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White House Historical Association

Grades 6-12

Explore substantial historical events, artifacts, and individuals of the White House that impacted the foundations of our nation, like Voting and Civil Rights Protest, 1965. Rich content from the White House Historical Association portrays poignant moments in our history.

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Newshour Productions

Grades 6-12

Misconceptions about race affect people every day. Hear from young people as they reflect on race, culture, and the misconceptions they often face in their everyday lives.

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Encyclopedia Womannica

Grades 6-12

Learn about phenomenal women throughout history in bite-sized podcasts by Wonder Media. Get a glimpse into Madam C.J. Walker’s journey as a legendary entrepreneur, social activist, and first African American woman to become a millionaire.

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Enjoy these exciting new resources and be sure to join us here next month as we kick off 2022!

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December 2021 Partner Spotlight

Each month we take time to showcase a few of the amazing partners that we work with to develop high-quality content that inspires students. 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 check out more content in our This Month at DE: December article.

Amplifier

Our new and growing collection of inspirational art showcases visionaries who are at the heart of some of the most important movements of our time. These changemakers draw connections to ELA and can be utilized as instructional activities to demonstrate the social fabric of America.

Share the Amplifier Channel with your students.

Freeport McMoRan

Impact students’ lives by sharing career profiles of data scientists, mill mechanics, metallurgists and take a Virtual Field Trip. Together, with Freeport McMoRan, we bring content that will empower your students to tackle and solve issues in STEM by seeing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in action.

Explore Dig into Mining.

TogetHER

Lasting impressions of inspiration are found in this new series that showcases women entrepreneurs whose heroic stories unfolded  amidst challenging times. These fascinating stories can be found on the Celebrating Black History Channel and portray collective strength and resilience. 

Meet Simi Abebajo.

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

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Sea Studio Foundation

Together with Sea Studio Foundation, we aim to provision the STEM culture in the classroom by equipping the next generation with that show how to create and protect a healthy and stable future for all humanity. Accelerate learning by accompanying these researchers along their journey of discovery.

Discover new pieces by Sea Studio Foundation.

USC Shoah Foundation

Hearing first-hand interviews of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides helps viewers understand the world as broadly as possible by addressing humanistic problems. These powerful narratives and innovative assets will build empathy, broaden perspectives, and overcome hatred.

Explore Teaching with Testimony.

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The Driving Forces of Innovation

It’s the moment every teacher cherishes: the proverbial light bulb switching on over a student’s head that represents understanding and the spark of something new. These light bulb moments are often the start of deeper curiosity, further inquiry, and the ability to synthesize knowledge and form novel ideas. And Discovery Education can help educators guide students towards more of them.

Fascinating developments and advances across disciplines are around every corner in DE. Whether teachers and students follow a particular path within the platform, engage resources that support their established curriculum, or explore through searches and channels, they will surely find things that amaze and inspire them. We’ve identified just three ways to use these resources to drive innovation (stories, structure, and mashups), but we’re sure you’ll find more.

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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Stories

Sometimes, getting lost in a story opens up students’ imaginations and that can be just the ticket for innovation. The STEM Solution Seekers is a collection of stories about a team of kids that actively seeks problems to solve and relishes the opportunities to come up with solutions. Introduce your students to the series to show them how the team identifies issues that need solutions and let them know you support creative problem solving.

For students who are interested in true stories of the science that is shaping our world, set them loose in Discovery Education’s Seeker Channel. It’s a digital collection of stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that are impacting our lives. The stories are rooted in things such as biomimicry, which has led to some of the most incredible – and most familiar – designs, such as wind turbines inspired by whales and Velcro inspired by burdock. Within Seeker, students will find information that could seed their own innovations, such as the video Focal Point: How Eyes Evolved to See the World Differently, which describes how the eyes of the walrus require flat corneas to see both underwater and above water.

Structure

It seems counterintuitive, but, in addition to things like curiosity and freedom to ideate, sometimes the guardrails provided by a little structure actually help people innovate. Discovery Education’s Generation Innovation: Concept and Create Virtual Field Trip includes several segments about the process of innovation, including steps like the design process and trial and error. As the Educator Guide for this VFT reminds us, “The basis for technological innovation is the design process. Engineers and scientists follow a formal model of iterative steps that lead to innovation.”

Mashups

Another pathway to innovation is through combining two seemingly unrelated things to make something new and amazing. Innovating in this way often requires a breadth of knowledge that can support novel mashups, but sometimes people have the knowledge already because it’s part of their lived experience.

The innovators in the following videos from Discovery Education’s Inventors and Innovators Channel each solved a problem by combining two things in a novel way and created something practical but potentially life-changing for their communities. Their stories may inspire your students to consider how to use the power of combination for innovation.

  • Sarah E. Goode, a featured inventor on DE’s channel, designed a cabinet bed and became the first African American woman to get a patent.
  • Seventeen-year-old Faith Florez created a Smartwatch app to protect farm workers from extreme heat, a journey documented in the video Sea of Change: Calor.

One of the most exciting things about innovation is the fact that we don’t always know where it comes from or, certainly, what it will lead to. But there are things educators can do to support some of the forces that drive it. Talk about it, let students explore the world of innovators, encourage creative problem solving, and watch your students take the world by storm.

About the Author
Jeanette Edelstein is an educator dedicated to making learning more engaging for students of all ages. She has been a classroom teacher, curriculum designer, and program developer. She was a founding teacher and the gifted and talented coordinator at Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts. Her curriculum projects include Hive Alive!, a collection of teaching resources about honey bees, Animal Planet Rescue, a disaster relief and educational vehicle that rescued over 1,000 animals, and CapsinSchool, an elementary curriculum based on the math and science of hockey.

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This Month at DE: November

We’re bringing new content in November to inspire students to wonder about our amazing world and the innovative things they can do to make it a better place. From the Georgia Aquarium to the Canadian tundra to outer space, take your students on wondrous journeys this month!

The Aquarium

Grades 3-8

Learn about the journey of two rescued baby sea otters as they travel by jet plane to their forever home and see how a Reef Manta uses a new lift stretcher at the Georgia Aquarium. Dive into this newest segment from The Aquarium.

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Seeker

Grades 6-12

Accelerate learning with dozens of engaging and relatable video segments that delve into innovations in STEM. These immersive pieces demonstrate that there is more to science than being in a lab, how diseases work inside our bodies, how space crafts explain fascinating phenomena, and more.

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Metstorm

Grades K-12

Weather provides life lessons for science, math, Earth processes, and human influence. Scientific explanations spark the imagination and investigation about Lightning Trenches, How Hail Forms, and more! You can find the new collection of Metstorm resources in the Weather Channel.

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World Wildlife Fund: Wild Classroom

Grades 3-12

Commitment to educating and encouraging young people about the fragility of wildlife is seen our stimulating series Wild Classroom from World Wildlife Fund. Check out the latest video about Monarch Butterflies and their incredibly highly evolved species.

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

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CheddarK-12

Grades 6-12

Almond, Soy, Dairy?  Who is winning the milk war?  CheddarK-12 makes it easy to assign relevant, real-world content that demonstrates the significance of current events related to science, business and technological innovations.  Check out Why Dairy is Losing the Milk Wars.

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Wonderscape

Grades K-5

Explore the science of archaeology with lively animations and narrations in Archaeology for Kids: Digging up the Past. Built-in learning assessments throughout the video breaks the content into digestible parts and aids in learning key concepts.

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Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

Grades 3-8

Put your scuba gear on and dive into the tropical sea to learn about tiger sharks! Scientific research helps shed light on this near-threatened undersea predators.

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Enjoy these new resources and be sure to join us here next month as we kick off our December theme: TBD!

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November 2021 Partner Spotlight

Each month we showcase a few of the amazing partners that we work with to develop high-quality content to inspire students. 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 check out more content in our This Month at DE: November article.

Seeker

Seeker focuses on investigating topics that empower the curious to understand the science shaping our world by highlighting stories about natural phenomena and groundbreaking innovations in STEM. This partnership delivers relatable, engaging, and entertaining videos that invite students to explore research related to science and technology.

Explore more in the new Seeker Channel.

Animal Planet

Since 1996, Animal Planet by Discovery, Inc. has kept the childhood joy and wonder of animals alive by bringing people up close in every way. We partner with Animal Planet to share this wonder through our Animals Channel, where students can investigate the vast world of the animal kingdom. Our newest editions to the Animal Planet collection include a trip to the Georgia Aquarium and the Bronx Zoo.

Explore more Animal Planet resources in the Animals Channel.

Edge at Hudson Yards

We’re partnering with Edge at Hudson Yards to take learning to new heights! Through hands-on, experiential learning, students see how big ideas and cutting-edge technology can improve lives and revolutionize communities.

Register your class for The Future is Now Virtual Field Trip that takes students 1,131 feet to Edge, the highest outdoor skydeck in the Western hemisphere, and behind-the-scenes at the amazing innovations of architecture and engineering.

Check out The Future is Now Virtual Field Trip.

CheddarK-12

A collaboration between Cheddar News and Discovery Education, CheddarK-12 explores and examines answers to the questions students may be curious about related to science, business, and technological innovations. Through CheddarK-12, DE educators can more easily integrate current events into their classroom instruction.

Check out the CheddarK-12 Channel.

Abbott

The human heart beats 100,000 times a day. To show how this body engine works, two students will explore the fascinating structure and function of the heart with Abbott scientists and doctors, and will join U.S. Olympian Lolo Jones to learn how to keep your heart healthy! Register for this Your Heart Virtual Field Trip (grades 5-8) on November 9 at 1:00 PM ET.

Abbott’s Future Well Kids program helps teach kids ages 10-13 about chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disesase, and inspires them to take charge of their own health by making smart choices today, so they can live a fuller, healthier life tomorrow.

Learn more about Future Well Kids.

NextGen in Partnership with Verizon

Next Gen, in collaboration with Verizon, helps bridge the gap between connectivity and technology by providing schools and community organizations with free resources to educate, inspire, and equip students with skills to close the digital divide and prepare them for the future.

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How We Can Celebrate Curiosity

Curiosity is at the heart of everything we do at Discovery Education.

We believe that the most powerful learning experiences are those that spark curiosity and drive deeper engagement with the world around us. In fact, curiosity is simply and beautifully a strong desire to learn, so we’d like to highlight the many ways that Discovery Education supports this very natural drive.

Curiosity is a strong force. It doesn’t always follow along chapter or unit lines and it’s not always predictable. A platform with enough resources to satisfy unwavering curiosity requires a seemingly limitless amount of content and frequent additions. The treasury of more than 200,000 videos, Virtual Field Trips, text-based passages, interactives, audio, podcasts, and images in our platform right now aims to include a resource for every source of wonder. And, it’s always expanding.

Can you remember a time when a teacher described a topic or posed a question that created an itch to conduct your own investigations? This is what we’re all striving for: students who are interested and excited by the world of knowledge, who can use the tools and resources at their fingertips to satisfy their own curiosity, and who are deeply engaged with learning.

So, what’s the best way to celebrate curiosity? We think it’s to encourage it. Direct students to specific areas of DE if they have something they’re already curious about or support general curiosity by letting your students roam freely in the safety of our content universe. The content is high-quality, timely, and vetted.

The opportunities abound, but here are just a few samples of the kinds of things students might find based on their particular interests.

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I’m curious about the world from authentic perspectives . . .

The Global Oneness Project’s collection of documentary films portrays individuals and communities contending with major issues facing all of humanity. The films provide compelling windows into the changing world. From the last speakers of disappearing languages to a Syrian refugee living in Vancouver, the stories are personal and fascinating.

I’m curious about Native American poetry and power . . .

Use Channels to find videos and other resources related to specific topics. The Celebrating Native American Heritage Channel features an interview from the Library of Congress with the first Native American Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. She speaks of the power and legacy of poetry. And, the More Videos Like This feature leads curious students to related stories. From the interview with Joy Harjo, students can link to a story about Amanda Gorman, the first ever National Youth Poet Laureate and youngest poet to speak at an inauguration.

I’m curious about robotics, manufacturing, machines, AI, and video games . . .

STEM is a huge umbrella for so many topics that pique student curiosity. Learn all about STEM careers—the people, the work, the innovation—with content created by DE’s STEM Careers Coalition. For topics from the very timely COVID-19 solutions being developed to the wildly innovative trips to Mars to the making of the Madden NFL video game, STEM Careers provides videos, student challenges, classroom activities, Virtual Field Trips, and more.

Think of Discovery Education as a rabbit hole . . . with a map. You and your students will find countless topics, activities, and tools to explore almost any curiosity. For the uncharted experience, there are tools like search, link, and top picks. For the more guided experience, use tools like lesson activities, channels, and educator guides.

Whatever your students wonder and whatever they find, be sure to celebrate the curiosity that inspired them! This month, and every month, celebrate that strong desire for learning by creating a culture of curiosity and growth.

About the Author
Jeanette Edelstein is an educator dedicated to making learning more engaging for students of all ages. She has been a classroom teacher, curriculum designer, and program developer. She was a founding teacher and the gifted and talented coordinator at Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts. Her curriculum projects include Hive Alive!, a collection of teaching resources about honey bees, Animal Planet Rescue, a disaster relief and educational vehicle that rescued over 1,000 animals, and CapsinSchool, an elementary curriculum based on the math and science of hockey.

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