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  • BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr

    Posted by Christine Sklareski on 10/30/2017

    Games and videos in the classroom? No way.

    Yes way! What better way to learn than captivating students through educational sites like BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr!

    BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr create animated content that engages students. The sites contain movies, games, quizzes, articles and many more resources in all subject areas that are mapped to Common Core and state standards.

    Click here to see "What is BrainPOP?"


    BrainPOP Tim and Moby
    BrainPOP Features:

    There is so much to do in BrainPOP besides just viewing videos. Check them all out!


    • Make-a-Movie - Teachers and students can make their own BrainPOP-style movies. Click here for more information

    • Quiz Mixer - Teachers can create their own BrainPOP-style quizzes. Click here for more information

    • Make-a-Map - BrainPOP’s concept mapping tool allows you and students to easily make a mind map. Click here for more information

    • Creative Coding - Coding can be taught through BrainPOP in all subject areas and grades. Click here for more information

    • Games and Teaching - Games in the classroom? You bet! Who doesn’t get absorbed in a great game and not even realize that you’re learning. Click here for more information

    Two login methods:

    BrainPop Jr (grades K-3) and BrainPOP (grades 4-8) is available to all students and staff. At EASD, there are 2 ways to log in:


    1. Building-wide login: Use the building-wide login credentials found here (note, you must log in to your district Google Drive account view the document). This login method limits the number of features available to you.

    2. Individual login: Each teacher and student can log in using their own district account. This allows access to the site’s additional features listed above, such as Make-A-Movie and Make-a-Map, games, and more that aren’t available when logging in using the building-wide credentials.


    Logging In:


    • Teachers and students log in to their district email or Google Drive account

    • Click on the Apps grid in the top right corner

    • Scroll all the way to the bottom of the apps menu and click on BrainPOP or BrainPOP Jr.


    Creating Classes to Access Additional BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. Features:

    Teachers must create classes to distribute assignments and quizzes to students using a class code and students need to belong to the class in order to turn in assignments and movies. To create a class, teachers must enter their specific building's educator code:


    Entering your Educator Code:


    • To enter your class code

      • Once you’ve logged in successfully, click on your name at the top right.

      • Click on "Settings

      • Click on "My School Subscriptions"

      • Enter your building's educator code in the field provided found here.


    • To create a class: 

      • Once you’ve logged in successfully and entered your building's educator code:

      • Click on "My Classes" at the top left.

      • Click “Create a new Class”

      • Enter the class name and a class code.

      • The code can be distributed to students in order to join classes.

    • Here is a video walkthrough showing how to create classes that you might find helpful

    • Here is full description of classes in BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr


    Students Joining a Class: 


    Students must join the teacher's class to access assignments and quizzes, as well as access the additional BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr features listed above.


    • To join a class, once they have logged in successfully, students must enter the class code given by their teacher where prompted or click Enter Code at the top of the page near their name.



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  • Strategies for using Discovery Education in your Classroom

    Posted by Christine Sklareski on 10/19/2017


    Let's Play 3 Truths and 1 Lie...


    Which of the following statements is NOT true about me?


    • I lived in Germany for a year

    • I love chocolate

    • I hate the beach

    • I am a hockey fan


    Submit your guess in the comments at the end of the post. :)



    "3 Truths and 1 Lie" is an instructional strategy that Discovery Education spotlights in their Professional Learning section. The Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) were created for teachers by teachers and are designed to help teachers incorporate digital media in to their classrooms.


    Discovery Education Spotlight on Strategies



    Each strategy has a short video and a PDF document explaining it's purpose and how to use it with students, including how much time to allow for it and the materials that you'll need. 3 Truths and 1 Lie PDF


    To check out all of the Spotlight on Strategies and see all that DE has to offer, log in and check out the site.


    • Access Discovery Education: Students and teachers, open your preferred web browser and type into the address bar (or click the Discovery Education link on the Student Center)

    • Login Credentials: District username and password

    • Find the Spotlight on Strategies:

      • Teachers: click the Professional Learning link in the menu bar on the left side of the screen

      • On the Professional Learning page, scroll down and click Spotlight on Strategies in the Strategies & Resources section

      • Check out all of the Spotlight on Strategies and choose one to try in your class today


    Remember, submit your guess for the 1 lie from the choices above. And if you have any Discovery Education questions, drop them in the comments too!


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  • Discovery Education Upcoming Spring Events

    Posted by Christine Sklareski on 2/3/2017

    Here is a list of upcoming Discovery Education resources and events for the spring.


    ** Please Note:  Be sure to log into Discovery Education through our district's login page first so you are able to access the following content easily.



    Timely Content:



    Jackie Robinson




    polar bear



    • Econ Essentials Learning Modules: These interactive modules can integrate seamlessly into the classroom as an introduction to basic economic concepts or a reinforcement of lessons already presented.

    • Navy STEM Lesson Plans: DE and the Navy present a series of interactive lesson plans specifically designed to explore new ideas from the physics of flight to the engineering of future ships. 


    DE Navy STEM




    Virtual Fieldtrips: Be sure to register for the virtual event even if it is at a time when your class is unable to participate live. After the live event, you will be sent an email with a link to the event's archive to watch on your own time.



    Mount Rushmore





    Professional Learning Opportunities:


    • New Teacher Essentials: Whether brand new to Discovery Education, looking for a refresher, or ready to recommit to digital integration, this curated content is essential to launching or continuing your Discovery Education journey.



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  • Google Classroom Updates

    Posted by Christine Sklareski on 1/16/2017


    Individualized Assignments


    We requested and Google listened!  You may now post an assignment, question, or announcement to all students, an individual student, or select students in a class.  This is especially helpful when students grasp concepts at different paces or you want to group students for a project.  In the post editing window, click “All Students” at the top of the window.  By default, all students are selected to receive the post.  To post to one student or a small group, uncheck the “All Students” box, and select the student(s) who should receive the post.



    google classroom grouping



    Expanded Teacher Notifications


    Teachers now will also receive notifications when students submit work after the due date and when students re-submit work.  You will also continue to receive notifications when there are updates on scheduled posts and comments on student’s work.



    Feature RequestsGC-feedback

    If there is a feature that you would like to see in Google Classroom, click the question mark in the lower left corner of the Google Classroom window and select “Send Feedback”.  The more a feature is requested, the higher priority it is given so ask your colleagues to submit the request also.



    Click here for more information on Google's newest update.




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  • Introducing... Discovery Education!

    Posted by Christine Sklareski on 12/14/2016


    With the recent announcement that Safari Montage will no longer be provided by the IU beginning next school year, I wanted to reintroduce Discovery Education (DE) to you if it's been awhile since you've seen it or maybe have never used it at all.


    Discovery Education has:


    • thousands of digital resources (videos, audio, images, etc.) searchable by keyword, subject or standard
    • narrow down search results by media type (video, audio, images, etc.)
    • lesson plans
    • discovery education logo games
    • quizzes
    • activities
    • interactives
    • teacher resources
    • digital poster boards
    • virtual field trips (live and archived) 




    All students and staff members have access to Discovery Education.  Open your preferred web browser and type the following url into the address bar:


    Use your district username and password to access Discovery Education.  Our district has a special login page to access Discovery Education that allows us to login with our district credentials.  If you go to the main DE login page, you will not be able to log in.  Be sure to bookmark our district DE login page for easy access or you can find the link on the District Resources page of the Tech Services section of the district website.


    Click here for ideas for using Discovery Education. -  ** Please note:  Before clicking the link, sign in to DE using our DE login page and then come back and click this link.



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