Fairfax County Public Schools

One of Four Divisions of Discovery

Video-plus teaching tools

Connection Series

Productivity tools

Videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs

Assessment Series

New Curriculum

• Comprehensive Collection • Differentiated Digital Content • Across a Typical MS Science Curriculum


• Flexible Toolset & Assessment Items • On-Going Basis • What They Know & What They Don’t Know

• Turn Measurement Knowledge into Action thru Content Recommendations • Differentiate Instruction at the Class / Group / Individual Student Levels

Enhance Your Instruction with Multimedia Content

Browse Units, Topics & Concepts
Three areas of science Unit Topics Concepts

Inquiry Problems
Use the Inquiry Problems to introduce a topic to students.

Explore Concepts
You can browse media in 3 categories: Interact, Watch and Read

Explore Concepts: Interact
Students manipulate variables and make predictions about outcomes

Virtual Labs
Students design and conduct their own scientific investigations

Integrated Science Simulations
Students explore concepts by making choices and controlling variables

Interactive Video
Users click on “hot spots” to pause the video to learn more information

Explore Concepts: Watch
Video content is exclusive to Discovery Education Science Connection. Videos are divided into segments, so you can show only the parts of the video that best relate to your teaching.

Explore Concepts: Read
Support key concepts while enhancing reading proficiency with engaging, informative selections from WRC Media’s award-winning libraries

Reading Passages
Enhance your lessons with these highly visual and dynamic reading passages from Discovery Education’s awardwinning book series. Selections include science timelines and interviews with leading scientists.

Teacher Center
Assessment Manager
Build formative assessments and view results by class or student.

Assignment Builder
Build and store online assignments for your students that use Science Connection content.

Process Skills Library
Find resources that can help your students develop their science process skills: • MythBusters episodes • Virtual Labs • Science Sleuths

Discovery Educator Network
Explore resources and community tools for educators

Log In To Demo
• Discovery Education Science Connection • Review
– Content – Measurement – Action

Assessment Manager
Use Science Connection’s formative assessment tools to monitor students’ understanding and adjust your lessons accordingly.
• Standards-based assessments • Custom assessments • Edit existing assessments

• Assessments you’ve already created • Assessments created by Science Connection

Report & Recommend
• View results by student • View results by class

Assignment Builder
Build your own online assignments
incorporating Science Connection resources, assessments and links to other websites

Search existing assignments

Process Skills Library
A variety of media in the Process Skills Library addresses the critical thinking skills students must acquire in order to successfully engage in the scientific process.
Virtual Labs
Students design and conduct their own scientific investigations

Science Sleuths
Students examine science mysteries and use articles, interviews and video to solve the problem

Episodes have been selected and edited for Middle School audiences and illustrate the adventure and careful use of the scientific process to prove a science myth, or bust it!

My Content
Use My Content to collect, organize, retrieve, and assign your favorite Science Connection media resources in one convenient place
Use the pull down menu to view specific media types you’ve added to My Content

Add media resources and assessments to folders you create

My Content
Add a resource to My Content: 1. Click “View Details” 2. Click “+ Add to My Content” 3. Select an existing folder in My Content or create a new folder to add the resource 4. Click “Add”

My Classes
This feature enables you to create classrooms and student accounts and assign Science Connection content to students.
Click to add a new class

Click a class to view a list of students

Add a Student to a class

Presentation Strategies and Software Integration

Presentation Models
Common ways teachers, Media Specialists, and technology coordinators display Science Connection content: – Computer connected to an LCD projector – Interactive whiteboards – Televisions with scan converters – Computer labs – Libraries and Media Centers – Mobile carts with laptop computers – Student “stations” and “centers”

Teaching Strategies to Consider
Create “investigative teams.” Have students work in small groups on Virtual Labs or Explorations to develop testable questions, test their hypotheses and record results. Pose questions or prepare thoughtprovoking “lesson starters” before viewing media to actively engage students. Assign Reading Passages and Articles that reinforce concepts and provide background information. Determine prior knowledge with a pre-activity assessment. Use assessment results to assign appropriate Science Connection media to individual students.

Connect your computer to a projector and use Explorations or Integrated Science Simulations as presentation tools to kick off a lesson. Save time by saving your favorite resources to folders within My Content.

Discovery Education Summer Institute
• Best Practices in using DESC to support
– inquiry based learning – differentiated instruction – preparation for high-stakes assessments in science

• August 13-16 • Valley Forge, PA • Lodging, meals, materials and activity costs
– transportation not covered

• 35 Open Spots/Scholarships

Technology Information to Know
Recommended 3rd party software: • Windows Media Player - PC • Apple QuickTime Player - Mac • Flash 8.0 or Greater • Adobe Shockwave Player A building with a dedicated T-1 line could comfortably accommodate 6 users with no buffering assuming no other users on the Internet. Video files, images, articles and reading passages may be downloaded. All other content is available online only via streaming. Screen Resolution: • Minimum : 800 x 600 • Best results: 1024 x 768

Home users with 56k modems can search and use support materials; viewing interactive media and performing downloads may be possible but will be very slow. You may need to install updated “codecs” if the media player is not properly playing the audio or video components.