Your SCHOOL CHOICE Networks Bring a World of Learning and Life Experience to the Classroom

  • Mar 30, 2016


Recently, I was looking over the DIRECTV SCHOOL CHOICE channel lineup and it occurred to me all over again just what a wide variety of educational benefits there are to be drawn from the networks and programming being delivered to teachers and students all across the country each day.

There’s STEM-related programming; history and geography; education in fine arts, language, and nature; as well as news, economics, and much, much more.

And then there are the networks and programs that wonderfully demonstrate—and celebrate—the value of everyday life skills. From cooking and sewing to building and exploring, channels like HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, and DIY Network are a great way to teach students the real-world value of learning to do things.

These popular networks are essentially about living life—creating, innovating, beautifying, and discovering. Not to mention inspiring. For example:

  • The little chefs of Food Network’s Chopped Junior—ordinary children whose culinary skills can nonetheless impress a panel of world-class masters.
  • Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, who through a combination of building skills, artistic flair and love have built a wonderful life for themselves—not to mention some houses that are to die for!
  • Or how about Josh Gates of Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown, who makes a strong case for exploring the world less like a tourist and more like Indiana Jones.
  • And then there’s DIY, or, the Do It Yourself Network—a channel that’s wall-to-wall with projects that can bring out the builder and fixer-upper in all of us.

Explore for yourself what these channels have to offer, and think about ways that you might use them to inspire your students.

HGTV is channel 229 in your DIRECTV SCHOOL CHOICE channel lineup; Food Network is channel 231; Travel Channel 277; and DIY Network is channel 230.

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—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio