Three library media coordinators completed the spring 2017 cohort of the Discovery Education DEN Ambassadors alongside a selection of teachers from across the district. They participated in a series of professional development sessions focused on digital learning strategies and content. Each attendee earned 4.5 hours of technology credits and enjoyed Times Square Pizza each meeting courtesy of Michael Capps from Discovery Education.
Brene Duggins - East Davidson High School
"One of the biggest things for me is all of the amazing resources I have been able to share with the EDHS staff. I have been able to share S.O.S. strategies with departments as they have come to the Media Center and mentioned projects or topics they are covering and also set up times for departments to learn more about some of the features available through Discovery Education. For example, in our Allied Health classes the teacher wanted to students to create a review and I mentioned doing a Gallery Walk with the student created review posters. History has used Paper Slides for students to create summaries of topics and then they mashed them together to create a review video. Science has set up a session to learn more about the Science Techbook and how to use it with our EDHS Science classes. It is great all the resources available at your fingertips through Discovery Education and it give me lots of ideas to share with the teachers as they are looking for activities to use in the classroom with their students!"
Danielle Treadway - Brier Creek Elementary
"I am an alum to the DE Ambassador program. Just like last year, this session did not disappoint. There is so much to the Discovery Education resource that I still learned new ways to use DE help my co-workers and students. I had the pleasure of attending these sessions with an awesome grade level team from my school. As a media coordinator, I strive to help the staff at my school learn about new resources that are available to them. Sometimes, though, there are not enough hours in the day. This year I hope that I have helped this third grade team become more aware of all that Discovery Ed has to offer. I have also shared what I have learned in other grade level PLC meetings which has helped in sharing this resource with whole school. As always, I still rely on Discovery Ed for my media lessons with my students. The Spotlight on Strategies tools are wonderful in enhancing my teaching and always adding the extra engaging piece for the students."
Kristi Allred - North Davidson Middle School
"I am so impressed with the resources we have at our fingertips with Discovery Education. I know that what we have learned is just the tip of the iceberg! I look forward to using these even more next year. I think the best thing about the SOS Strategies is how they are organized by skill on the website. My biggest transformation from this process has been that I have added so many resources to my personal toolbox so I can help teachers when they are brainstorming different lessons and activities with their students. I have shared information about the virtual field trips with specific teachers based on their curriculum. At least one teacher has incorporated them into a lesson! We even used the snowball fight SOS with our Battle of the Books team!"
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