With Discovery Education’s commitment to always bring you to the best and most up-to-date technology, we are retiring our three Builder Tools – Board Builder, Writing Prompt Builder, and Assignment Builder - on January 14th, 2022. All of the features of these builder tools have been built into a re-imagined tool, Studio.
Why are Board Builder, Writing Prompts, and Assignment Builder being retired?
Our builder tools have been used by thousands of teachers to create simple interactive projects and assignments over many years. Our re-imagined Studio tool allows teachers and students to take advantage of all the improved functionality that tool offers to do the same, but with a deeper level of functionality and features that helps student engagement. Teachers will be able to do all the wonderful things they are used to in these builder tools inside of Studio.
What happens to all my Board Builder creations, Writing Prompts, and Assignment Builder Assignments?
They will be migrated over to Studio on January 14th, 2022. Teachers and students will be able to use Studio to make updates to Pages, Videos, Text, Images, Audio, Questions, and many other types of content that live in their work.
Where do I access my old boards once they are migrated?
Once your boards are migrated, you will access them through Studio. You can access Studio from the tile on your My DE homepage.
Will I still be able to access Board Builder, Writing Prompts, and Assignment Builder after January 14th?
No, the links to those tools will be decommissioned on that date.
I have links to my Board Builder boards in pacing and curriculum guides. Do I need to update those links?
No! All links will be preserved and will take teachers and students to the Studio version of the board.
Why should I use Studio?
Our re-imagined Studio tool provides all the features you love about Board Builder … and so much more. With Studio, you can add headlines, text, buttons, upload files, add DE resources … all just like Board Builder. But, new features include quiz modules (short answer, multiple select, single select) that allow you to embed checks for understanding in a student assignment. Also, the integration of Microsoft’s Immersive Reader in Studio allows students to translate the assignment into over 80 languages, use a line-focus tool to support readers, have the assignment read aloud to them, and more. In addition, Studio allows for collaborative editing among students.
After my board migrated to Studio, it doesn’t look the same. Why?
We made every effort to transfer your boards as-is over to Studio. Studio is compliant with WCAG 2.1 (AA Standard) accessibility guidelines to ensure that all students can access their assignment. Because of this, you may notice a few color changes in the migration. This is just to ensure the content is accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including accommodations for blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity, and cognitive limitations.
How can I learn more about Studio?
We have several resources available to help you learn more about Studio.
- Explore our Help Center articles to learn more about specific features of Studio.
- Take an interactive course and earn a certificate of completion as you learn more about Studio. (Please log into DE before accessing these links.)
- Streaming Partners: https://www.pathlms.com/discovery-education/courses/33581
- Full DE Partners: https://www.pathlms.com/discovery-education/courses/23881
- Have some fun with the Teacher Studio Scavenger Hunt and practice while you learn about Studio! And, then assign the Student Studio Scavenger Hunt to students so they can play and learn as well!