Discovery Education, the global leader in curriculum-aligned digital resources for primary and secondary classrooms, has announced a series of updates to its flagship Discovery Education Espresso service. Together, these updates will keep teachers and pupils connected to engaging content, instructional strategies and professional learning resources wherever teaching and learning is taking place.
Discovery Education provides all educators and pupils a simple, secure and reliable user experience. Recognising that schools have their own unique technological configuration, Discovery Education has redesigned Espresso to provide educators maximum flexibility in a variety of areas including:
Login: teachers and pupils can now login to the Discovery Education platform in a variety of ways, such as:
- Discovery Education website login
- Single-Sign On (SSO) integrations available through Google and Microsoft Office 365
- QR Code (for pupils only)
- Emoji keyboard (for pupils only)
User management: schools can securely import and manage user and class data and simplify the management of user accounts through a new partnership with Wonde. The Wonde integration helps teachers easily create, share and assign engaging lessons and resources or share content with a URL link into Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom.
Discovery Education’s increased ability to seamlessly integrate into schools’ everyday systems and workflows makes it easier than ever for pupils and teachers to connect to curriculum-aligned activities, high-quality content and carefully curated channels.
Studio: a redesign of the powerful Studio tool helps educators engage pupils and supports flexible instruction. Teachers and pupils can build content boards and new Studio slideshows to create their own presentations, home learning tasks and quizzes, bringing resources directly from Discovery Education Espresso into lessons and allowing pupils to safely create and collaborate in one dynamic platform.
Content: new content added to Espresso includes channels to help teach current topics, including the US presidential election, viruses and outbreaks and the recent Mars missions. These engaging videos help teachers bring the real world into learning using age-appropriate resources.
And a new times table tests channel helps teachers check pupils’ skills using ready-made digital assessments, which can be assigned to individuals or groups.
Home Learning: as educators continue to support pupils who are learning both in the classroom and at home, Discovery Education has curated a number of ideas, templates and assessments in the Home learning channel. This also includes support for using the Daily and Weekly news content for remote learning to help teachers easily set effective and interesting tasks that combine learning about current events with literacy objectives and facilitate discussion.
Discovery Education Espresso’s latest updates, along with its time-saving instructional strategies and dynamic professional growth opportunities, build teacher capacity and the confidence to inspire learning with dynamic digital resources. Through its teacher support channels, such as the SOS Instructional Strategies channel, the What works well channel – a professional learning collection that includes step-by-step guides and videos – and the weekly Tuesday Tutorials, Discovery Education offers educators at all levels a repository of superior digital resources that support teaching and learning wherever it takes place.
“In today’s classrooms, creating equitable, engaging learning experiences is not only the biggest challenge educators face, but also their most rewarding professional experience,” said Discovery Education UK’s Managing Director, Howard Lewis. “Together, these recent updates to our award-winning platform empower educators to more easily integrate the most relevant, authentic and engaging content, instructional strategies and professional learning into their work each day, ensuring students the opportunity to continue learning in any environment.”
For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit the Discovery Education website.
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