Discovery Education

You may be familiar with The Discovery Channel for the science, history and technology programs it shows, such as Mythbusters. Discovery Education is the side of the media and communications group which helps support teachers and students in schools. This premium site provides are a large range of resources for different subjects tailored to suit UK curriculum at KS3 and GCSE level. In fact it has more than 8000 resources, over 3800 of which are videos which cover 16 subject areas. There are even resources for subject area such as German and PE, which are not often available on other sites. Video come from a range of sources such as Animal Planet, The Science Channel, BBC and Channel 4 learning as well as the discovery channel, of course.

Discovery Education

Apart from videos, the other resources include those you would expect to receive such as worksheets, slideshow presentations and quizzes. Teacher guides are also available to help plan lessons around the resources available.  Additional features are as follows:

Daily and Weekly news– Although often ignored in schools, there is an option to share topics in the media with students in tutor groups or assemblies. Summaries are available of the main news stories in easy-to-read text for children to be able to access.

Careers Videos– Guidance is provided on what students can do once they leave school, study A-levels or go to University.

Quiz builder– Create interactive, self marking quizzes that can be used in lesson or for homework. Teachers can keep track of student understanding more easily.

Board Builder– This looks much like padlet where images, messages and video can be shared easily between teachers and students. It is described as a digital pin-board on their site.

Assignment Builder– Be it the resources provided by Discovery or your own resources this is a place to plan lessons and share assignments.

Discovery Education

At the time of writing this will cost £2800 per year although discounts are available for smaller schools. Trials are also available; and if you are thinking of spending this much it is probably worth the effort of taking up the offer.  A less expensive option is to just take the Science package or the English package which come with the same features but without the Daily and Weekly news. When you sign up you also become a member of the Discovery Education Community, connecting teachers to allow sharing of resources and best practice. They even organise events and virtual conferences. To sign up follow the link.

It would be great to hear from schools, teachers or students who have used Discovery Education and how they found the experience. Please leave your comments below.

2 thoughts on “Discovery Education

  • 1st November 2016 at 7:58 am
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    Another branch of Discovery Education is Discovery Coding, which used to be Espresso Coding. It can be a challenge for primary teachers to meet the outcomes in the new Computing curriculum such as ‘use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output’.

    Discovery coding meets these outcomes and allows children to experience what is is like to create a computer program. Children choose which function blocks to connect together to do things. For example to make an alien move forward on the screen students need to combine the blocks ‘green arrow pressed’, ‘move forward’ 1. A video introduces the activity, students learn the individual components of a program and are given a more flexible and creative activity at the end to use their new skills.

    Children enjoy using it and find the directions easy to follow. They also like that they can save their work and log on at home to show their parents.

    It works on tablets, PCs and Mac. For more info visit http://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/what-we-offer/discovery-education-coding/features

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  • 1st November 2016 at 8:54 am
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    Hi Todd, thanks for your comment.

    Discovery education seem to be branching off in various different directions. I was looking at what they are doing in VR recently. At the moment it seems pretty simplistic for educational purposes; looks good but not much in terms of content. Content seems to be 360 degree immersive video, no opportunity to interact but potential for the future. It will be interesting to see how VR develops in education. Maybe I will write a post on VR when it becomes more realistic prospect for the classroom. More info about discovery VR in the link. http://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/discoveryvr

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