What is the Board Builder?
The Board Builder allows students and teachers to create a multimedia poster that may contain embedded videos from Discovery Education, videos uploaded from other computers or iPads/tablets, audio files from many sources, text, images and even attached documents.
Although a student may create multiple Board Builder projects, their Boards will not be viewable to other users until one of their teachers has approved their project. Any edits made after the initial project approval will require resubmission to a teacher.
Check with your campus librarian or district technology staff to determine if student accounts are created automatically for students in your district, or if you as a teacher are allowed to create student accounts.
Students can only create Board Builder projects when they have an individual login. Once student accounts are created, teachers will enter Discovery Education, go to the CLASSROOM MANAGER tab, create a class and add students to their classes.
Multimedia Content Guidelines
Here are the file types acceptable for use in a Board Builder project:
- Videos: 3g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp, asf, asx, avi, f4v, flv, m4v, mkv, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, mts, qt, rm, wmv
- Images: gif, jpg, jpeg, png
- Audio: aac, ac3, amr, eac3, m4a, mp3, ogg, wav, wma
Files sizes are 100 mb maximum (for video files usually files under 5 minutes are fine, remember to select the segment of an overall video that is most applicable to your project).
To locate a citation for a Discovery Education video, open the full video, then look for the Details tab. Pre-formatted citations are located under Details.
Board Builders can be Created by Teachers or Students!
Teachers can create Board Builders to contain lesson/center activities or to organize entire units. Go to Advanced Search, filter by topic and type of resource BOARD to see what other teachers have created. From your top menu, go to Builder Tools / Board Builder to access!
Students will have a link to create Board Builder projects from the top of their homepage.
Student Board Builder - Teacher Tips
Watch this video for teacher tips on how to administer the Student Board Builder projects.
Student Board Builder - Student Tips
Show students this video in order to introduce the Board Builder Tool. Have your student logins prepared and create your classes/add students to your classes before embarking on student Board Builder projects!