Archives for September, 2005

  1. DEN Teacher Visit

    Meet Kendel Srader – one of the first DEN Teachers in Texas!  Kendel is a 5th grade social studies teacher at Green Elementary in Allen ISD.  I visited Kendel and we enjoyed lunch together.    During our visit, a surprise package arrived – the DEN Welcome Kit!  Kendel was so excited!   She said, "I […]

  2. Do You Knowitall?

    Recently, I attended the South Carolina EdTech Conference and spent some time with our good friends at the South Carolina Educational Television Commission (SCETV).  While there, they showed me  An incredible website they have developed filled with virtual manipulatives in a variety of curricular areas.  Best of all, it’s a free resource!

  3. Making PA History Come Alive!

    When we meet someone new and tell them we are from Pennsylvania, most people think of the Liberty Bell, Indepence Hall and the birthplace of America. It is a very important state. But what do our students’ think of Pennsylvania? Do they know how important Pennsylvania is and its importance to our nation? Will they […]

  4. PA DEN PETE&C Pre-Conference Session

    PA DEN members will have the opportunity to attend (for FREE) a special pre-conference session at this year’s PA Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C).  On Sunday, February 19th, Discovery Educators will participate in a full-day event loaded with great speakers, breakout sessions and more!  As I finalize the schedule, I would like to hear […]

  5. South Africa Sweepstakes

    Discovery Education and the Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership are rewarding teachers who go the distance for their students.  The unitedstreaming South Africa Sweepstakes is the educational and cultural experience of a lifetime.  Five winning teachers will spend seven days with their counterparts in South Africa where they’ll exchange ideas, share knowledge and enrich their […]

  6. Teaching Children about Nutrition

    USDA today launched a new interactive educational game for kids to help them better understand the new food pyramid. is a fun, short game that asks students to "power up" their spaceship by selecting the healthy and nutritious food choices. I tried out the game and had fun playing around with it for a […]

  7. Product Development visits Central York

    This past Monday, Kim Smith (VP) and Shelley Santora-Jones (Director) from Product Development spent the day in Central York School District visiting classrooms and talking to teachers about unitedstreaming.  Two after-school focus groups had the opportunity to learn about future improvements to unitedstreaming that are already in the works. The visit was arranged by Discovery […]

  8. Hurricane Rita

    Fellow Texans, I hope that all survived Hurricane Rita.  Here in the Dallas area, a few days of chaos and preparation ended in some clouds and a little wind.  I had my bottled water, canned goods, and full tank of gas though!  We’re back to 100 degree days and full sun!  I know that many […]

  9. Houghton Mifflin

    You asked for it… so by popular demand we will host a section about your Language Arts Program Houghton Mifflin.  I have had the privilege of seeing all the creative and exciting ways you have enhanced your programs.  Now is your chance to share with each other. How are you integrating unitedstreaming into your current […]

  10. Open Court

    You asked for it… so by popular demand we will host a section about your Language Arts Program Open Court.  I have had the privilege of seeing all the creative and exciting ways you have enhanced your programs.  Now is your chance to share with each other. How are you integrating unitedstreaming into your current […]

  11. Jefferson-Morgan SD: Home of the Rockets

    I want to extend a big thank you to Peggy Barger and Jim Hopton, two Discovery Educators from Jefferson-Morgan School District and wonderful hosts.  Peggy and Jim arranged an after-school integration workshop for about 20 of their colleagues.  We had a great time exploring the power of unitedstreaming, eating some good food (while sitting in […]

  12. Cool Idea for Writing Prompts

    During a training last week, a great teacher found an easy way to make the Writing Prompts in customizable.  After you click on one of the writing prompts in the library, click "View Writing Prompt."  It comes up as an HTML document.  When you save this to your documents, simply change the type of […]

  13. Teaching the Constitution

    This week, many of you will be teaching students about the Constitution in observance of Constitution Day this past weekend Sept. 17th; To facilitate these lessons, unitedstreaming has 51 videos, and many clips, images and articles that explain the history and function of the US Constitution. The Almost Painless Guide to the Constitution  (gr 3-5) […]

  14. Congrats to RJ!

    Congratulations to RJ Stangherlin!  RJ is a Language Arts teacher at Salisbury High School and one of the first Discovery Educators in PA.  Today, Discovery Education awarded RJ with a scholarship to the T+L2 conference in Denver, Colorado this October.  While at T+L2, she will have the opportunity to attend a special pre-conference session on […]

  15. Katrina Affects a Nation

    The educational impact of Hurricane Katrina is not limited to those living in Louisiana or Mississippi.  In a recent conversation with Chris Marshall, currently a middle school teacher in the Houston area (soon to be a Discovery Educator Network Field Manager), I realized the impact of educators throughout the country.  Chris alone has recently added […]

  16. Stop the Bop! to Raise Katrina $$

    People say that students today don’t have a sense of imagination — they haven’t met these students (and very patient Principal!) from McSherrystown, PA, who are playing Hansen’s 1996 hit "MmmmBop" over the loud speakers of the high school until students and faculty donate $6,000 to hurricane relief.   Hilarious. 

  17. DEN Ticket Game

    From now through October 14th, you have the opportunity to earn tickets for a prize drawing on October 14th.  Three lucky DEN members will each win a Targus Notebook Wireless Presenter.  You can earn tickets for: posting a comment to the “Back to School” blog by Friday, September 23rd (1 ticket) having someone submit an […]

  18. Check it Out!

    Please check out the DEN PA blog regarding Back to School Ideas that focus on getting to know your students. This is a great example of how to build community in the classroom.

  19. The Grand Prix From the Eyes of a Student

    As we arrived at the starting line, my heart jumped. All of the anticipation from the night before had finally come to this. As we walked through the tents, you could see that hospitality flows freely in these strangers. We were strapped with our blue wristbands, shown to the Team Discovery tent, and said we […]

  20. Open House Ideas

    If you haven’t already seen it, check out Dick Marchessault’s Illinois blog entry It’s Open House Time. He provides some great ways to impress your classroom parents on Back to School Night!

  21. Teamwork at Extraordinary Levels

    Being a teacher in Fontana USD, I continually reflect on my practices and my student’s successes and failures. As I reflect back on this past weekend, I saw teamwork, compassion, diligence, and comraderie. At the San Francisco Grand Prix of Cycling, I saw a group of people work towards a common goal, working together with […]

  22. Team DEN – Fontana Unified School District

    After an incredible weekend at the San Francisco Grand Prix of Cycling, I have had some time to reflect on what I gained from this amazing experience.  I was impressed by what good role models these athletes are and how dedicated they are to what they do.  I was able to mingle Sunday evening at […]

  23. Back to School Ideas

    I hope everyone’s school year is off to an awesome start.  I am anxious to hear about all the great things you have planned for this year.  I truly believe that the Discovery Educator Network will be a great community in which you can share ideas and strategies, borrow (or steal) resources from each other, […]

  24. Welcome New Members!

    It is my pleasure to announce the names of several teachers in the Illinois and Iowa region who have recently been accepted into the new Discovery Educator Network. All of the people listed below are leaders in the use of multimedia resources in their schools, and I am excited by the expertise and experience that […]