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You Oughta Know about Discovery Education's Techbook Trial


You Oughta Know about Discovery Education's Techbook Trial

You Oughta Know about Discovery Education's Techbook Trial

Today I want to tell you all about the Discovery Education Techbook Trial. I use the K-8 Science Techbook every single day in my Science and Technology specials (I teach grades 2-5). So, lets start with how to sign up.
First, go to http://www.discoveryeducation.com/ and scroll below the header until you see

You Oughta Know about Discovery Education's Techbook Trial
Now click on trial and go through the steps to sign up. If you already have an account you can enter it in, if not you will create one. 

Once you are logged in you will need to access the techbook from your main menu
You Oughta Know about Discovery Education's Techbook Trial
Any other resources you have purchased through DE will also be on this list. 
Finally, here it is!
You Oughta Know about Discovery Education's Techbook Trial
This is the course view, which I prefer. There is another view that is composed of text descriptions for each grade level and unit. I tend to be a very visual person so that is why I prefer to look at it this way. To dive deeper into how to use the techbook, let's check out 5th grade. 

You Oughta Know about Discovery Education's Techbook Trial
I had to choose my state when I was signing up for an account, so here are the North Carolina units for 5th grade science. Again there are 2 views- one with pictures and one with text. We just studied the Human Body Systems so that is where I would like to go to show you around. 
You Oughta Know about Discovery Education's Techbook Trial There are several mini-units in the Human Body Systems unit. This page gives an overview of the unit, including the objectives and essential questions. For the teacher the most logical thing to click next is "view model lesson."

Once you're in the model lesson, there are 2 ways to look through the resources. Across the top there are green tabs following the 5E model. This is considered their Core Interactive Text (aka text book with all the amazing DE resources built right in).

You Oughta Know about Discovery Education's Techbook Trial



 Anywhere you see a blue vocabulary word in the text, you can click on it to bring up the interactive glossary. The glossary provides an explanation of each work in both text and multimedia formats.

You can view the video segments right from the page, and if you like them you can add them to your quick list with the plus sign so that you can get back to them when it is time to teach.

As you work through the E's you will find video segments, reading passages, virtual labs, assignments, and printable pages to use as formative and summative assessments.

You Oughta Know about Discovery Education's Techbook TrialAnother way to get to these resources is back on the Model Lesson page. If you click the gray tab on the side that says DE Resources, you will find a list of links for each lesson within the unit. Clicking on any of the links will bring you directly to the resource. 
Either way, you will find amazing resources to use with your science students. I integrate the reading passages when I want students to fill in a graphic organizer with very little input from me. Our text books are so old and we don't have enough of them. For me it is always easier to print a few pages to use with each class. I assign the virtual labs and have the students complete them at the computer stations. The assignments provided work like a webquest, except that all of the links stay within DE. I have my students answer the questions for the assignments in their notebooks to show what they've learned and share out when we review. 

I highly recommend checking it out. If your school (or homeschool) can afford it, you won't be disappointed!
What science textbook series do you use? My county is up for textbook renewal and I submitted DE's techbook to be considered. 

Thanks for reading!
You Oughta Know about Discovery Education's Techbook Trial



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Teaching Basic Coding in Elementary Grades


Most of my classes are quite social during our coding time and use each other as a resource, bot not this one class. They are engaged completely. I practically begged my Assistant Principal to come see them!


Regardless of what type of devices you have, (tablets, PC's, laptops) your students can now learn basic coding for free! This series will outline some great apps and software programs and ideas for their use within the elementary setting. While I have only attempted to use these with 4th and 5th graders, (who are amazing at it) I will point out the programs that are meant to be introduced to younger students.

During last school year I was introduced to the idea of coding for kids but did not have the time in my schedule to explore it with students. This school year we had a unique schedule where we saw 4th and 5th grade twice each week. I jumped on the opportunity to make the second class of the week an introduction to coding through the program SCRATCH. Check it out yourself by clicking on the picture below- it will bring you to the website.

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I also found an incredible study guide created by Jeremy Scott. By clicking on the picture to the left you will be taken to my class website where you can see how I set up the project. The first day together the students and I walked through the study guide together. I showed them where the screencasts for each lesson are within the document as well as the vocabulary and guiding questions.

The first few sessions together I had to be really tough on my students that they HAD to answer the guiding questions (not just play on SCRATCH). After they completed about 3 lessons, a shift happened. The students realized the value of the guiding questions because they are actually problem solving and learning so much about how to use the program. To this day I am still blown away by one of my 4th grade classes because they literally do not speak while they are working on SCRATCH. Most of my classes are quite social during our coding time and use each other as a resource, bot not this one class. They are engaged completely. I practically begged my Assistant Principal to come see them! 
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To the left is an example from the study guide. I told the students that any time they see the smiley face with the light bulb it was very important information. As you can see from this example, if a student runs into the problem of the scripts processing differently than expected, they can read this section again to understand why. Serious problem solving going on here!

Ideally, I would have had about 16 weeks of 45 minute classes to go through the whole study guide. Most of my classes did not make it past lesson 4 or 5 because we just didn't have the time. I encouraged students to save the study guide to a flash drive so they could continue to work on it after we were done with it in class. I still have students come back to me and tell me (or ask to show me) what they have created. I particularly love it if it is a female student coming back to show me!


Read about Hour of Code and Continuing Coding All Year
Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschooler, Staff - TeachersPayTeachers.com
Do you have questions about how to implement coding and problem solving with your students? Ask a question!
Most of my classes are quite social during our coding time and use each other as a resource, bot not this one class. They are engaged completely. I practically begged my Assistant Principal to come see them!

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Organization Mania!


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