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What I learned from KOCE's Day of Discovery
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Discovery Education

Discovery Educationprovides engaging digital resources to schools and homes with the goal of making educators more effective, increasing student achievement, and connecting classrooms and families to a world of learning.

Our school currently has Discovery Streaming Plus which features more than 150,000 digital learning objects, including videos, interactive, images, articles and more, integrate seamlessly into any curriculum. Aligned to state standards and tests and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, the rich video content and other digital assets from Discovery Education engage today's students in learning.

Discovery Streaming Plushas much more too, from being able to catalog and mark favorite videos and content, to creating lesson plans and more, which I hope to discuss with everyone at an upcoming in-service.

Discovery Education MediaShare is a web-based content sharing system that enables educators to use the best resources through uploading, sharing, managing, and distributing user-created or licensed-digital content.

·Upload educator-created content and share across schools, districts, or even nationally

·Manage digital content with the flexibility to set sharing permissions to allow schools to share regionally, nationally or locally within a building or district

·Generate reports to understand usage patterns - uploads/downloads, content metadata, and more

·Map content to state curriculum standards

·Upload PDFs movie files, images PowerPoint presentations, and more

DEN:The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a global community of educators passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating, and networking.

STAR: next step after using the DEN, where you share your knowledge of DEN with others and participate in the community of educators. This link has a video that explains it well.


A form of audio and video broadcasting using the Internet.

Podcasting consists of recording something, it can be a simple voice or it could include voice, pictures and images.

Then you take that recording, convert it to an appropriate format and post it to the web to share it with others. That’s it; it’s a lot easier than I thought it would be.

Below is a great website from the instructor at the day of discovery event.

How we will do podcasting at Woodbury is by using Audacity to record something and then save it as an mp3 and then upload it to a blog or personal website. For example I have a blog dedicated to the computer lab and if I had students do a recording project I could upload those projects onto my blog and then share it with parents.


Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.

In the training session I attended we used audacity to record a story and add sounds to it. The idea behind the exercise was to have students write a story, then record the story and edit it by adding sounds to punctuate the dramatic parts of the story.

Audacity is also a very easy tool to use to record stuff to put into a podcast. Anything you record in Audacity can be made into an mp3 file which can be posted and shared on podcast websites.


With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.

Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.

Here is a link to a library of sample voicethreads that will give you an idea about what it can do:

When signing up for voicethread you can get a free educator account that gives you a lot of the same access a profession account. 


Pose a question on a wall and send a link of that wall to people you know and ask for feedback. Walls can be made available to and for anyone to comment on in an effort to collaborate and think ideas, issues and problems through together. 

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