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STEM Education in Rural Schools: Challenge = Opportunity

Posted on behalf of John Hill, Executive Director, National Rural Education Association. As I travel around the country, I hear the concerns about opportunities for rural students to study the STEM areas, learn about STEM career opportunities, the availability of Internet and cell service, and the difficulties recruiting and retaining STEM teachers in rural areas.

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SOS: Summer Twist on Tweet, Tweet!

Tweet, Tweet! is a great way to bring social media into the classroom without needing to use Internet access. Using Post-It notes, participants create tweets (140 characters or less) and create discussions, answer questions, or summarize knowledge. Here’s one way that Durham Public Schools are using this strategy with students, faculty and staff.

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Lively Lessons: Mythbuster’s Virtual Lab

This week’s lively lesson features an idea shared by DEN Educator Dacia Jones, a science specialist from Durham, North Carolina. Lively Lesson Idea: Use your favorite Mythbusters episode as a virtual teaching lab. Example: When teaching force and motion; use the Toy Car -vs- Real Car episode. Set up a leaf blower and toy track

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Content Showcase: Summer Roundup

Discovery Education’s Content Team presents to you the fifth installment of Content Showcase. This month’s episode provides a roundup of programs covering a variety of topics, including social justice, storytelling, the science of sound, and American history. Featured programs are available in DE Streaming and Techbook in the United States and Canada. Links to each program mentioned in the video

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August 2015: HOTS for Bloom’s, part 2

The previous post in this three-part series provided some background in how to recognize and teach critical thinking skills and, using Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy as a guide, embed the higher-order thinking skills into teaching and learning. This time and in part three,  I will provide some activities and the iOS apps and tools to support

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DEN Weekly Update: July 31, 2015

This issue of the DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you. Here are just a few of the things to look forward to reading. Check out the latest update to Board Builder Register to attend a DENapalooza event Try a twist on the SOS Puppet Pictures Keep reading to learn more about

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DENSI 2015 Resources: Educator’s Perspective

A few weeks ago, educators from around North America and the United Kingdom packed their bags, said good byes and traveled home after a week at the DEN Summer Institute. The week was full of sessions presented by STAR Discovery Educators, the Discovery Education team and some special guests. In addition to learning from keynote and

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