Teacher Review For Discovery Education (Free Resources)

Images and Audio and Video; Oh my! A searchable collection of some of the best educational content out there...

My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Both in and outside of the classroom, the resources available on the Discovery Education website open the door for teachers and students to immerse themselves in a collection of content second to none. Originally known for their collection of streaming media, the database has grown to include: famous paintings and photos, texts and audio, and other contextual sources such as encyclopedia articles. For my particular need, I was attempting to find videos that presented an entertaining way to understand the birth of The Internet, and how it rapidly grew in context to both innovators and the businesses that were battling to come out on top. The four part series titled "Download: The True Story of the Internet" accurately portrayed the timeline, and put in context the people who were along for the wild ride. In this particular case, the videos were excellent, but also a bit long. Originally designed to be viewed on TV, the timeline constraints of the class period broke up the content. In the future, I would most likely explore assigning the content for leisure time, and then use class time to discuss key aspects.
My Take
With education as their mission, it certainly simplifies the instructor's quest to find content in a wide open world of information. The deeper I stepped through the site, I found content specifically for teachers, including lesson plans and assignable content including quizzes. Using Discovery Education to push deeper into topics, from Shakespeare to Space Exploration, a learner can dig into aspects associated with the topic. This could lead to curiosity and ultimately greater knowledge.