Archives for March, 2007

  1. The Story of Movies

    I just received John Norton’s "Of Particular Interest" email newsletter for middle school teachers.  His review of The Story of Movies website caught my attention, so I took a brief trip over there. The Story of Movies currently offers 3 DVD curriculum choices: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and […]

  2. "Did You Know" the Sequel

    Many of you have either seen or heard others mention the powerful "Did You Know" video originally produced by Karl Fisch with secondary edits created by Scott McLeod.  The embedded video below is hosted on TeacherTube as well as YouTube.  If you are unable to see it due to restrictions, you can view it as […]

  3. EdTechConnet All-Star Lineup

    In case you missed the posting on the DEN National blog about the upcoming EdTechConnect webinar series, check out the upcoming all-STAR lineup and how YOU could be on the roster for May. EdTechConnect, the monthly webinar series featuring the biggest names in the ed-tech community, is going weekly!  For the entire month of April, […]

  4. Pennsylvania's EdTech Report Card

    Thanks to Tom Turner for blogging about this.   By the way, Tom also blogs for DEN’s Florida blog. On March 29, 2007, Education Week came out with its Technology Counts 2007 annual report, the tenth report in the series.  As a supplement, EdWeek has published detailed state reports. These State Technology Reports are a supplement […]

  5. STAR Access to Discovery Education ThinkLink Assessment

    We are excited to bring another member of the Discovery Education family of products to our DEN community.  All STAR Discovery Educators can have access to Discovery Education ThinkLink Assessment (DETA) for the entire 2007-2008 school year.  DETA, born at Vanderbilt University, helps teachers meet the needs of all learners through predictive formative assessments that […]

  6. Contacting the TN Den Leadership Council

    The Tennessee DEN Leadership Council is looking for input from our members!  We would like to hear from you regarding blog topics, event suggestions, training schedules, technology integration, and more! Here are three ways you can get to us: First, you can email the Leadership Council at  This email is checked regularly by our […]

  7. Introductions!

    Hello all, my name is Donna, and I am excited about being an author for our new assessment blog here at Discovery Education. I have more that 20 years experience in education as a classroom teacher, state projects, and superintendent. As a former high school teacher, the “aha moment” when the light came on in […]

  8. List of Projects in IL

    I would love to post a list of outstanding projects done by IL teachers in conjunction with United Streaming and/or general technology.  I know you can find some of these by using Google, word of mouth, and perhaps Regional Offices of Education, etc.  It would be great to have a growing list of projects with […]

  9. EdTechConnect Weekly!

    Love EdTechConnect?  Then you’re really going to love this!  EdTechConnect, the monthly webinar series featuring the biggest names in the ed-tech community, is going weekly!  For the entire month of April, we will have a different webinar every week.  The Discovery Educator Network team is pulling out all the stops and sharing with you some […]

  10. Need Your Voice

    A little over a week from now, I will be presenting to an internal group of Discovery Education employees including product development, marketing and sales representatives.  As part of the presentation, I want my colleagues to hear, first hand, our customer’s voice…your voice! So I am asking for your help.  I’m hoping you’ll take a […]

  11. Do you have a Second Life?

    Second Life is clearly a hot topic amongst educators right now.  I have to admit, even though I’m a gamer a heart, I’m not quite sure I ‘get it’.  I haven’t spent too much time in there yet (I’m still on newbie island), but I’m trying to figure out just where it fits into elementary […]

  12. ZamZar, changing A to Z

    Ever needed to convert a file and realized you don’t have the software to do it?  Visited CNET or some other "free" software download site, searching for the software that will make the exact conversion you’re needing?  Well, those days seem to be gone forever!  Now there is ZamZar, a free online file conversion site.  […]

  13. TCEA Call for Presenters

    The Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) is now calling for proposals for training sessions for the Fall/Winter of 2007.  You can read all about it here.  Wouldn’t it be great to have lots of STAR DEN members presenting this year for TCEA?  If you submit a proposal that gets accepted, be sure to let us […]

  14. Presenting . . .

    Katie Leach, a STAR educator and member of our Leadership Council, is going to be presenting at the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) annual conference on April 19-21 in Pittsburgh.  The conference is being held at Marriott Pittsburgh City Center.  The theme is "Growing Up Gifted." If you are interested in attending, you can […]

  15. ZamZar a Huge Hit for Me!

    Recently, Steve Dembo, that great Discovery-Educator-of-Everything-Web, wrote about Zamar on his Digital PassPorts blog.  Zamzar is a terrific site for uploading videos and converting them to other file types.  Best of all, it is free! Because of Steve’s blog, I traveled over to Zamzar to have a look for myself.  I was already impressed by […]

  16. A Challenge + A Pedometer = Healthy Motivated Kids

    This past week I spent some time in STAR DEN member Kathleen Te’s class. I was amazed when I discovered that all of her students were wearing pedometers! Why? Because they are involved in the 2007 CA Governor’s Challenge Competition among all k-12 schools in the state to help get California students healthy and fit! […]

  17. DEN is Proud to Announce the Launch of 7 New Leadership Councils!

    The discussion boards have been buzzing with excitement since the launch of the California, Florida, and Pennsylvania DEN Leadership Councils!  So much so that today we are pleased to announce the launch of 7 more! Please join me in welcoming the Leadership Councils of…. Illinois Maine New York Tennessee Texas Virginia and Wisconsin Make sure […]

  18. Contests Update and Challenge

         Since we have probably graduated more than 100 DEN members from AFI’s Screen Ed program, we should have many schools ready to spread their digital storytelling wings. Well written and creatively filmed videos are just what these contests with looming deadlines are looking for. Let’s celebrate our students’ work and apply the strategies […]

  19. Webinar Material Made Easy

    What are Webinars?Webinars are Web-based seminars facilitated by a live Discovery Education instructor.  Thousands of educators have participated in these on-line sessions.  Webinars have covered everything from an overview of unitedstreaming, to integrating its resources into programs like Google Earth, Inspiration, Photostory, and more. But this is pretty common knowledge.  Chances are that you have […]

  20. ToonDoo

    I posted this on my personal blog and wanted to share it with all my DEN friends as well. It never fails, after I click publish something REALLY COOL comes up. Again, thanks to Tech Crunch for showing this off. As described on their website, “ToonDoo is a wacky way to get creative with comics. […]

  21. IL and Technology Education

    I would like to spark some conversation regarding IL and tech education.  The following article from the Daily Herald is very interesting as it talks about the state of IL struggling with the issue of assessing students and their use of technology.  To quote the article, "Too few students in Illinois schools have the technological […]