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Monday, October 13, 2014

Playing Discovery Education videos on the MacBook Air

At the beginning of the school year, a teacher from Southside Elementary pointed out to me that she could no longer watch certain videos from Discovery Education on her MacBook Air without installing a paid plugin.  Since the MacBook is THE computer for each classroom in SSE, this posed a problem.  After all, the resources on the site are vast, and it would be a shame to go from Windows to Mac just to lose access to what used to be free, content-rich videos.

I had a moment today to reach out via a Kentucky District Technology Coordinator listserv to share my issue, and Cynthia Warner (from KET) was kind enough to provide a walkthrough and some screenshots on how to fix this.

It turns out the solution is as simple as adjusting a few settings to enable either streaming or downloading in a way the Mac can decipher.  See the video I made below:

(video link: plug in to buy, or even install! I hope that helps.

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