Archives for October, 2006

  1. Tricks AND Treats

    We’re coming up to one of my favorite traditions – Halloween! You have to admit, its pretty fun to don a costume, consume tons of candy, and, of course, greet three to four foot, PowerRangers, Harry Potters, Dora the Explorers, and Little Mermaids as they shuffle to your door and shout "Trick or Treat!" And […]

  2. 300,000,000 and Counting…

    Next time you are at the grocery store or your local park, look around.  How has this very familiar landscape changed in the past 10 years?  According to Census Bureau statisticsˆ, races other than Caucasian made up approximately 31.6% of the U.S. in the year 2000.  By 2030 that number will grow to 44.3%, approaching […]

  3. A Fashion Show and Webinars

    Fashion Show This quarter we are in the midst of a National Promotion that will earn you a Discovery Educator Network Hooded Sweatshirt if you successfully recruit a STAR DEN Member and help them through the process of reaching the STAR Status. The STAR Status is new, as of September 1st. The DEN Members who […]

  4. She's Back… and With An Idea!

    As promised, here is a unit that I created for our second grade classrooms a few years ago.  Hopefully you can take this idea and run with it… Giraffes—ok, so I am personally a big fan of this unique animal.  At the time, I was teaching in Houston and I came across a program to […]

  5. She’s Back… and With An Idea!

    As promised, here is a unit that I created for our second grade classrooms a few years ago.  Hopefully you can take this idea and run with it… Giraffes—ok, so I am personally a big fan of this unique animal.  At the time, I was teaching in Houston and I came across a program to […]

  6. Give YOUR input! Connect with Kim Smith and Shelley Santora Jones on November 1, 2006!

    Want to help shape the future of unitedstreaming?  Here is your opportunity.  Join Kim Smith, Vice President of Product Development for Discovery Education, and Shelley Santora Jones, Director of Product Development, to provide your feedback on unitedstreaming.  These are the folks at Discovery Education responsible for future upgrades, new tools and additional content within unitedstreaming […]

  7. Going Around the Grapevine

    As I travel the beautiful state of Florida, I am so excited to meet DEN members and their teachers who are constantly learning and sharing new ways to integrate unitedstreaming in their classrooms. The last two weeks were coast to coast trainings that I would love to share with you. I’ve started to put a […]

  8. Shape the Future of unitedstreaming

    Want to help shape the future of unitedstreaming?  Here is your opportunity.  Join Kim Smith, Vice President of Product Development for Discovery Education, and Shelley Santora Jones, Director of Product Development, to provide your feedback on unitedstreaming.  These are the folks at Discovery Education responsible for future upgrades, new tools and additional content within unitedstreaming […]

  9. Pictures say 1000 words! October 20 Day of Discovery Picture Journal

    Pre-Event Friday Fun Yerkes Observatory Tour Friday Evening, October 19, 2006 Curious Rita checks out Yerke’s library—————————>Did you know that Yerkes Observatory, built in 1897, houses the world’s largest refractor telescope which is still used by astronomers and astrophysicists and is often called "the birthplace of modern astrophysics?"Yerkes main mission presently is education outreach and […]

  10. Join Us for The Spirit of Discovery!

    You are Invited to Join Us for The Spirit of Discovery!! Saturday, November 11th 12:45pm-4:45pm Professional Development Day at Tuscarora Elementary School In Frederick County, Maryland Session Topics will include: Creating Virtual Field Trips with Google Earth and unitedstreaming Constructing Assignments using unitestreaming Builders and many, many more!! Followed by Optional Evening Entertainment 5:00pm-8:30pm Continuing […]

  11. Calling all History Buffs!!

    The Discovery Educator Network has an exciting new subject category under the the Educator Resources Tab on their website.  This category is State Specific Curriculum.  It’s time for our DEN to stand out and shine once again.  Delaware and Pennsylvania is rich with historical content and I am sure many of you have prepared a […]

  12. A Good Start to a Monday

    As promised, I have a winner for the Digital Storytelling book by North Florida DEN’s own Kay Teehan. Okay, I have two winners. I couldn’t help myself. If you would like to purchase your own copy, you can do so through LuLu Publishing by clicking on the link. Marsha Cruce from Putnam County and Shannon […]

  13. Attendees Speak Up!

    Check out the Illinois DEN Blog to hear what the October 20 IL and WI DEN Day of Discovery event attendees have to say about the event which included Bernajean Porter’s Digital Storytelling keynote and breakouts, Brad Fountain’s luncheon keynote on unitedstreaming and Digital Storytelling, and Steve Dembo’s Educational Blogging breakout sessions!  What an amazing, […]

  14. NASA, DEN and Cosmeo

    WOW! When we were first signing up to do these field trips, most were a little hesitant to sign up for Kennedy Space Center. They knew that it would be great and very educational. However, they wanted to do the fun parks. But boy oh boy, was NASA fun! They truly rolled out the red […]

  15. Digitales

         I spent a lovely day in Lake Geneva, WI yesterday with about 80 DEN educators from both Illinois and Wisconsin and my young, old friend Bernajean Porter. Bernajean’s site Digitales will be a frequent stop on this blog’s journey. Here are a few morsels from our very full day focusing on the the […]

  16. Samples… Samples… Step Right Up!

    First– I need to give some serious KUDOS to the teachers that have saved "dinosaur computers" so that their students can make the most of technology in the classroom (thanks for sharing your stories)!  There are some great resources available for schools to receive donated/refurbished computers across the country… check them out: ·       […]

  17. Samples… Samples… Step Right Up!

    First– I need to give some serious KUDOS to the teachers that have saved "dinosaur computers" so that their students can make the most of technology in the classroom (thanks for sharing your stories)!  There are some great resources available for schools to receive donated/refurbished computers across the country… check them out: ·       […]

  18. Day of Discovery

    Greetings from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin! Nearly 90 Discovery Educators, active unitedstreaming users, and Discovery Education employees are all meeting today at The Abbey Resort and Conference Center. This Wisconsin-Illinois “Day of Discovery” is designed to focus on the important elements of the process of creating digital stories, and the keynote address this morning was presented […]

  19. unitedstreaming Power Users to Receive COSMEO

    As a thank you for using Discovery Education unitedstreaming, the most active unitedstreaming users across the country will soon be receiving an email providing them a free trial of COSMEO through June 30, 2007.  COSMEO is the online home learning tool for academic enrichment, homework help, report research, and more. Powered by Discovery Channel, COSMEO […]

  20. Exciting your Educators!

    When you found out that your school had access to unitedstreaming, you proclaimed the news from the rooftops!  After the campus police encouraged you to come down, you held the initial training, registered your teachers, and familiarized them with the site.  You dutifully passed out your school kit material and hung up your posters.  Teachers […]

  21. Digital Storytelling vs. Making Movies

         I’ve always qualified my presentations on digital storytelling with the disclaimer “Makin’ Movies” because there are some differences in approach between “classical” digital storytelling and the videos that I promoted in my school district. Here is a brief comparison between the Center for Digital Storytelling’s seven elements.     1. Point of View is […]

  22. Cosmeo thoughts?

    I was just reading this review, where Robin Raskin refers to Cosmeo as "the You Tube of Homework Help".  I hadn’t thought of it that way before and think it’s a really interesting way of looking at the product. It made me realize that our members probably have their own views of Cosmeo — for […]

  23. North Texas DEN Upcoming Events

    T+L Conference in Dallas Remember the T+L Conference?  It is here in Dallas in November (7-10).  We are hosting an awesome Pre-Conference Day on Tuesday, Nov. 7, and a Social at Eddie Dean’s Ranch on Wednesday evening, Nov. 8.  If you would like to attend one or both of these events, please respond to this […]

  24. More Cool Opportunities

    Discovery Educator Network Podcast Show #2 Discovery Education would like to thank everyone who made the first Discovery Education Network Podcast a big success.  We received a lot of VERY positive feedback from the first show on Character Education and know that as word spreads even more people will be downloading this new resource.  We […]

  25. Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

    This is THRILLING news, and you get to hear it first here! Kay Teehan, a North Florida DEN Super STAR from Polk County, has published a book on Digital Storytelling! This summer during our regional event she mentioned that she was working on one. Then David Warlick gave some advice on how to get books […]