With the goals of literacy being the ability to understand and to be understood, Discovery Education provides resources that support both comprehension and communication.
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Comprehension of information is addressed through high-quality digital media and the implementation of effective instructional strategies. Discovery Education offers a variety of multimodal resources, including images, audio, video, text, interactives, and more. Analyzing, critiquing, and evaluating a variety of multimedia texts is an important part of digital literacy.
Searching for Resources
Discovery Education offers a wide variety of resources including videos, images, audiobooks, poetry, podcasts, songs, interactive activities, and reading passages. The high quality multimodal digital content, differentiation tools, and language support will bolster teaching and learning in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In addition to filtering all resources by grade band, reading level, teachers can also search by different languages in selecting appropriate resources to help develop background knowledge which will increase student motivation. | LEARN MORE ABOUT SEARCHING FOR RESOURCES.
Closed Caption and Transcripts
Discovery Education feature videos with closed caption and transcripts that provide additional language support for students. Closed caption and video transcript features provide an additional modality of print text when paired with a video’s visuals and audio. Closed captions are a powerful tool for students to fully understand key concepts, especially when dealing with technical subjects. Closed captions support students with word knowledge, information retention, content recall, nuanced language, and syntax. The settings for closed captions can be adjusted to modify text color, background color, and font size. Transcripts provide similar support as Closed Captioning, but are searchable for specific vocabulary. | LEARN MORE ABOUT CLOSED CAPTIONS AND TRANSCRIPTS.
Because verbal skills develop more quickly than reading and writing skills, students may understand what is read aloud, even if they cannot read it themselves. All Discovery Education text resources include a read-aloud feature so that students can hear and understand the content. Settings can be adjusted to modify reading speed, highlight settings, font changes, and text mode settings. Additional tools such as a page mask and tracking ruler are also available to support students as they read. | LEARN MORE ABOUT TEXT FEATURES.
The digital nature of content such as songs, and podcasts, provides additional opportunities for students to hear content and can be interacted with multiple times to support language development. Many of Discovery Education’s audio resources include printed lyrics or speech transcripts to make the resource accessible to all students regardless of reading or language ability. | LEARN MORE ABOUT AUDIO RESOURCES.
The SOS Instructional Strategies series provides instructional ideas that support the analysis, critique, and evaluation of multimodal texts. Many can be applied to multiple asset types and support multiple thinking skills, like summarizing, inference and prediction, and identifying key ideas and details. Additional strategies also support vocabulary development by providing a scaffold for developing academic language. | EXPLORE THE SPOTLIGHT ON STRATEGIES OR GET STARTED WITH THE TOP 10 SOS FOR LITERACY.
Synthesizing information and creating multimedia texts allows students to demonstrate their learning and communicate ideas. Discovery Education provides opportunities for students to be content creators.
Discovery Education Studio provides students with a platform to demonstrate their understanding of a concept by integrating Discovery Education content as well as their own self-created content, like videos, images, oral text, and more. Teachers can record directions and upload it as a file to Studio so that can more easily interact with the same content as their peers. Resources can be curated on a board to guide learning and boards can be differentiated to meet the needs of the student. Just like other resources, Studio Boards can be assigned to a whole class, group of students, or a single student. | LEARN MORE ABOUT STUDIO.
Students can create their own videos to communicate original ideas using Discovery Education editable videos. When a video is editable, students and teachers know they have the rights to mix that content to make something of their own, like adding their narration to communicate a new idea, green-screening to make themselves part of the story, or remixing different media types to formulate an argument.
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- Communication in Science: Communicate the results of experiments and observations through reports and visual data representations like tables, graphs, and charts. Communication is the final step in the scientific method, the process by which scientists make discoveries. For new knowledge to change existing theories, technologies, and methods, it must be available and comprehensible to others. Determining the best way to present and communicate results is critical to advancing scientific knowledge.
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