On March 5, 2020, Discovery Education first announced its three pronged response to supporting schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March, 20, 2020, Discovery Education announced the expansion of its response to support educators creating virtual learning experiences for homebound learners.
Part of Discovery Education’s expanded response to the COVID-19 pandemic was a special edition of the Discovery Education Virtual Conference or VirtCon. This year’s VirtCon, which was on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, focused specifically on helping educators use digital content to engage homebound, remote students. During this engaging online experience, participants explored effective ways to maximize digital resources in a virtual setting and gained insight on designing differentiated learning experiences for remote students.
This special event was led by members of the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). The DEN is a global community of education professionals that 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.
Other topics that were covered include
- How to leverage Virtual Field Trips, virtual reality (VR), and the DEN community’s favorite apps in instructional planning.
- New strategies for using a variety of tools to create virtual lessons including Discovery Education Experience, Studio, and Google Classroom.
- Insight from longtime DEN member Dennis Grice and his colleague Daniel Mendes, both digital literacy coaches at the Concordia International School in Shanghai, China, as they share their firsthand experiences with moving learning online when COVID-19 closed their campus.