Welcome to Discovery Education Science Connection
Log In Screen New users must click the link “New User Login ” to get started.
New Users – the school Passcode New users in each school building will need to know the unique 8-character Passcode that has been assigned to their school. When new users enter the Passcode and click the “ submit ” button, they will be taken to an account set-up screen.
Logging into Discovery Education Science Teachers will log into the Educator Log In area with their username and password. Students will log into the Student Log In area with their username and password.
Enhance Your Instruction with Multimedia Content Browse three areas of science Keyword Search Advanced Search Curriculum Standards Search
Browse Units, Topics & Concepts Three areas of science Unit Topics Concepts
Inquiry Problems Use the Inquiry Problems to introduce a topic to students.
Explore Concepts You can browse media in 3 categories: Interact, Watch and Read
Explore Concepts: Interact Explorations Students manipulate variables and make predictions about outcomes Virtual Labs Students design and conduct their own scientific investigations Integrated Science Simulations Students explore concepts by making choices and controlling variables Interactive Video Users click on “hot spots” to pause the video to learn more information
Explore Concepts: Watch Videos Video content is exclusive to Discovery Education Science Connection. Videos are divided into segments, so you can show only the parts of the video that best relate to your teaching.
Explore Concepts: Read Articles Support key concepts while enhancing reading proficiency with engaging, informative selections from WRC Media’s award-winning libraries Reading Passages Enhance your lessons with these highly visual and dynamic reading passages from Discovery Education’s award-winning book series. Selections include science timelines and interviews with leading scientists.
Use Science Connection’s formative assessment tools to monitor students’ understanding and adjust your lessons accordingly.
Assignment Builder Search existing assignments Build your own online assignments incorporating Science Connection resources, assessments and links to other websites
Process Skills Library Virtual Labs Students design and conduct their own scientific investigations Science Sleuths Students examine science mysteries and use articles, interviews and video to solve the problem MythBusters Episodes have been selected and edited for Middle School audiences and illustrate the adventure and careful use of the scientific process to prove a science myth, or bust it! A variety of media in the Process Skills Library addresses the critical thinking skills students must acquire in order to successfully engage in the scientific process.
My Content Use My Content to collect, organize, retrieve, and assign your favorite Science Connection media resources in one convenient place Add media resources and assessments to folders you create Use the pull down menu to view specific media types you’ve added to My Content
My Content Add a resource to My Content: 4. Click “Add” 1. Click “View Details” 2. Click “+ Add to My Content” 3. Select an existing folder in My Content or create a new folder to add the resource
My Classes This feature enables you to create classrooms and student accounts and assign Science Connection content to students. Click a class to view a list of students Add a Student to a class Click to add a new class
Presentation Strategies and Software Integration
Common ways teachers, Media Specialists, and technology coordinators display Science Connection content:
Computer connected to an LCD projector
Televisions with scan converters
Libraries and Media Centers
Mobile carts with laptop computers
Student “stations” and “centers”
Teaching Strategies to Consider Determine prior knowledge with a pre-activity assessment. Use assessment results to assign appropriate Science Connection media to individual students. Create “investigative teams.” Have students work in small groups on Virtual Labs or Explorations to develop testable questions, test their hypotheses and record results. Connect your computer to a projector and use Explorations or Integrated Science Simulations as presentation tools to kick off a lesson. Pose questions or prepare thought-provoking “lesson starters” before viewing media to actively engage students. Assign Reading Passages and Articles that reinforce concepts and provide background information. Save time by saving your favorite resources to folders within My Content.
Technology Information to Know Video files, images, articles and reading passages may be downloaded. All other content is available online only via streaming. A building with a dedicated T-1 line could comfortably accommodate 6 users with no buffering assuming no other users on the Internet. Home users with 56k modems can search and use support materials; viewing interactive media and performing downloads may be possible but will be very slow.
Recommended 3 rd party software:
Windows Media Player - PC
Apple QuickTime Player - Mac
Flash 8.0 or Greater
Adobe Shockwave Player
Minimum : 800 x 600
Best results: 1024 x 768
You may need to install updated “codecs” if the media player is not properly playing the audio or video components.