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SOS: Summer Twist on A-E-I-O-U

Out of all of the versatile Spotlight on Strategies, my very favorite is AEIOU. If you are not familiar with it, the basic concept is that your students watch a short video segment that is content related- any clip will do! Then, as the students are watching, they have to come up with:



July 2015 Community Calendar

Take a look at just some of the great stuff going on this month at Discovery Education. We invite you to join us. Be sure to download the .pdf version. It has links for you to learn more about what’s happening each day.  



Fun Fact Friday: Fireworks

Did you know that fireworks were invented in China, during the 7th century? It’s true! The festive pyrotechnics were traditionally used in celebrations like Chinese New Year, and their popularity eventually spread to become a mainstay in events around the world. Of course, here in the US, we typically associate fireworks with Independence Day, and



Inside :30 Webinar: Taking Your District Digital

Taking Your District Digital… Building Shared Vision & Collective Ownership You’ve committed to going digital, but how do you build consensus around your vision and engage key stakeholders in building and implementing a long-term plan? Join this engaging conversation between leading Superintendents as they discuss how they’ve tackled these challenges and built solid digital plans


What are the Next Generation Science Standards?

Posted on behalf of Matt Cwalina, Senior Director of Learning Initiatives for Discovery Education. Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of conversations surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Recently these conversations are growing in sophistication to much deeper and meaningful discussion about what the

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Content Showcase: Space Exploration

In honor of Science Channel’s Space Week and the arrival of NASA’s New Horizons space probe at Pluto after a nine-year journey, this month’s Content Showcase features videos related to space science. Featured programs are available in DE Streaming and Techbook in the United States and Canada. Links to each program mentioned in the video are


Who is Burning the Cognitive Calories? Rethinking Lecture in Social Studies

I pride myself on my lectures. I was voted “Best Lecturer” in the 2013 Sherwood High School yearbook. I’ve been told that my lectures are easily understood, engaging, interactive with plenty of student discourse–and I’m pretty darn funny! My students consistently scored very well on the Advanced Placement U.S. history exam. So what’s the issue? Lecturing works.

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July 2015: HOTS for Bloom’s, part 1

Creating activities that enhance student higher-order thinking skills is important. It requires some thought about ways to develop critical thinkers in the classroom as well as using mobile tools and apps to help students learn how to think.  There are may definitions and explanations of “critical thinking” — a term which began to be used