In an effort to answer President Obama’s call for companies to become involved with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and also to continue its aim to provide leading-edge STEM resources to thousands of districts across the country, Discovery Education’s new iPad platform comes at a time when educators are giddy with mobile tech fever.
Discovery’s new platform also comes at a time when education vendors are going app crazy; however, Discovery has taken its product one step further.
“When a school or district decides to pilot iPads, sometimes it’s hard because you can’t pre-load apps on the device; meaning if a school wants certain education apps, they have to download them one-by-one, which is time-consuming,” said Craig Halper, Discovery Education’s vice president of customer operations and platform strategy. “We decided to make an online platform specifically for the iPad, so students and educators can access it anywhere there’s an internet connection.”
Halper said that Discovery is focused on making the best product possible, which is why the company plans to optimize its platform for a variety of specific mobile devices.
“When you go to the platform, it can instantly recognize what mobile device you’re using and will optimize for that platform,” he said.
Keeping with its visually-stunning standards, logging onto the platform instantly shows the user how Discovery and the iPad are a great pairing.
Users, meaning teachers and students, have the option of performing a basic browser search located at the top of the page, or can take advantage of the iPad’s touch capabilities with quick access buttons, linking to resources in different subjects and teacher guides.
Each subject’s taxonomy goes four levels deep, and users can browse by most popular, most relevant, or most recent.
So far, the platform includes more than 33,000 of Discovery Education’s full-length videos and video clips from Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Science, and Discovery Education Health.
The company says it will soon include articles, images, audio clips, PDFs, reading passages, and additional videos and clips.