Hello! I'm Ian Byrd and I (along with some of my colleagues) create the videos here at Byrdseed.TV. The site's currently open for Fall Registrations, so let's take a quick tour!
Imagine. You’re planning a lesson, and you know that certain students already know the material or will get it much faster than their peers. If you have the time, you develop a differentiated lesson to meet their needs.
But what if you don’t have time? What if you don’t have the resources or ideas to create a high-quality task?
Without Byrdseed.TV, there are really only two places to find differentiated lessons:
You crack your textbook and look for the "for advanced learners" section. But these (ahem) “differentiated” lessons are not written by experts in gifted education. Often the tasks are simply more of the same.
At Byrdseed.TV, you'll find carefully crafted tasks that will consistently push students' thinking to appropriately high levels. And it's all done for you (but with enough openness that you can make it work for your situation).
You bought this from a conference, off Amazon, or perhaps borrowed it from your district library. You'll probably find lessons written by real experts with high-level thinking. But…
You paid $30 to $40 for maybe a dozen lessons. You also may notice that there are three more books in the series you'll need to pick up to get all the material.
But a month of Byrdseed.TV is just $999 and includes over 250 lessons, projects, and activities. Plus the library grows every month (at no extra cost to you)! That's a ton of value.
You open the book of lessons and start to read, but your eyes start to cross. You have to read and interpret pages and pages of directions and then figure out how to actually teach the lesson! This is a lot of work.
Personal sidenote: I have dozens of these books sitting unread on my shelf because I never had the brain energy to figure them out.
At Byrdseed.TV, you'll find short videos created directly for gifted students. You'll see best practices in use to ensure your students reach a level of thinking that's appropriate for them. Tasks are carefully scaffolded and modeled in the videos to maximize your students' independence (aka they can work without calling you over for clarification every five minutes).
Here's how the student side works:
|Price||$999 a month||$30 to $40 each||So expensive.|
|Amount of Material||250+ lessons and growing!||10 to 25 lessons||Varies wildly.|
|Focus||Cross curricular, multi-age||One grade, one topic||One grade, one topic|
|Responsiveness||I’m just an email away! Many videos began with a teacher’s request.||It’s expensive to create (or fix) a book.||🤣 Hahaha!|
Here are two samples to enjoy:
You'll find writing lessons, math investigations, character analysis, vocab studies, art lessons, and all sorts of enrichment. Here are the top ten, most-favorited videos by actual Byrdseed.TV customers:
You can find samples for many of these in the demo student dashboard.
Now, if you're wondering "what grade level" Byrdseed.TV is for, that's a complicated question. For the most part, I avoid labeling with grade levels because grade levels limit your highest performing students (and that's who Byrdseed.TV is for!). Want to know just how much grade levels are limiting your students?
Enough to come back year after year! Teachers, coordinators, and entire school districts all over the world (but not Antarctica) use and love Byrdseed.TV. Here’s what they’ve said:
My favorite feedback is “This stuff is actually useful!” which (coming from a seasoned classroom teacher) means a lot.
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