FSD1 and Discovery Education form partnership to redesign classrooms as digital learning environment
Florence School District One has announced a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Through this new collaboration, the district is empowering educators across all 25 district schools to create engaging modern learning environments with dynamic digital content from Discovery Education Streaming Plus <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/what-we-offer/streaming-plus-digital-media/>, a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas.
In addition, 36 educators and their administrators from nine elementary and middle schools will participate in Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps. A comprehensive professional development system, Digital Leader Corps develops teacher-leaders to serve as change agents powering the district’s digital transition. This new partnership supports elements of Florence School District One’s Technology/Device Pilot Implementation Plan for 2015-16.
Guiding the creation of modern digital learning environments in the district’s 25 schools, this plan employs a variety of strategies, including a 1:1 digital device initiative; ubiquitous access to digital content and resources; redesigned classrooms; and ongoing, job-embedded professional development for educators to create engaging, relevant learning experiences that empower students to reach their full potential.
“Florence School District One is committed to developing highly motivated, successful, and responsible citizens of an ever-changing society.” said Dr. Randy Bridges, Superintendent. “Our partnership with Discovery Education provides the digital instructional resources and professional development that empower our educators to foster global learners who are prepared to succeed in college and careers.”
Discovery Education Streaming Plus’ digital resources are aligned to state standards and are searchable, and include videos, images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, audio books, articles and more. Teacher resources in Streaming Plus include lesson plans, instructional strategies and content collections organized around themes, as well as including instructional videos, skill builders, writing prompts, multimedia activities and articles.
Through its popular Board Builder feature, students can create virtual project boards using multimedia and text to synthesize their thinking and provide evidence of their understanding of a concept or problem. Featuring a unique combination of professional learning, pedagogy and tools, Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps helps school systems develop a network of teacher-leaders prepared to design and implement successful and innovative teaching strategies to be shared with their peers.
Digital Leader Corps offers participating educators proven strategies for integrating educational technologies and digital media into classroom instruction including educator created, student-centered Learning Labs. In these labs, teachers bring to life new teaching strategies, and practice and adapt their skills in a classroom setting before sharing their successes broadly with their colleagues.
The Digital Leader Corps program provides teachers with continuous customized, job-embedded consultation throughout the process with on-going modeling, coaching and feedback from Discovery Education experts in the pre-planning, stakeholder communications and implementation phases. The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) will also support Florence School District One’s educators in their efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with digital media.
A global community of education professionals, the DEN connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration. “Discovery Education shares Florence School District One’s vision for combining engaging digital content and robust professional development to transform the teaching and learning experience across the district,” said Rob Warren, director of education partnerships, Discovery Education. For more information, visit www.discoveryeducation.com