For several years I kept a copy of a BBC production that was shown in the early 90’s on the Discovery channel: “The Wonderful World of Dung”. It’s the only video that I would not loan to others in the department–keeping it as a special treat for my students as we wrapped up the year. It’s a fun video that explores the importance of dung in ecosystems, in animal behavior and as an energy source–lot’s of connections. For the past several years I have scoured the internet looking for a legal source so that others could purchase legal copies for presenting to their students. No luck until a request was made to the AP Biology listserv. It seems that one of the AP f0lks has connection in Discovery and made a request to access the show again. If enough folks email discovery with a request, Discovery will either re-show the video or will market it in their store. Here’s the post with instructions:
Hi… so here’s the deal… if you want Discovery Channel to show the video on United Streaming or maybe re-release the video… you’ll need to email them with a request, please send a message to the customer support at Discovery Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopefully the deluge of requests will spark a response. Thank you to the 30 teachers who emailed me directly.