Archives for August, 2008

  1. General Motors, Discovery Education, Name Winners of 2008 LIVE GREEN Teacher Grants

    Forty educators nationwide awarded $1,000 to implement inventive classroom lesson on sustainability Silver Spring, MD (August 25, 2008) – General Motors and Discovery Education are pleased to announce the forty winners of the 2008 LIVE GREEN Teacher Grants. Each of the forty winning middle or junior high school educators will receive a $1,000 grant to […]

  2. Gentle Reminder – August 27th

    Join us this Wednesday for the second in a series of workshops on ‘Making Your Second Life ™ Easier’ presented by Celestia Cazalet.    In this second workshop, Celestia will introduce you to free programs and websites that can enhance your Second Life(tm) experience.  This week’s topic:  Sculptypaint. Learn how to build those cool sculpted prims. Come prepared […]

  3. Call for Presenters

    The DEN’s motto is “We are our greatest resource!”  So here’s your chance to share your expertise. The DEN in SL Events Committee is planning our Wednesday Workshop series for the Fall and we would like to offer you the opportunity to present.  If you have an idea and are willing to present please contact […]

  4. Film Your Interest

    As the new school year gears up, I thought I’d take a few more looks at past festivals and contests that might give you ideas for projects with your students. Though this is only open to high school and college students, the FYI challenge would be a timely model for any age group in this […]

  5. It's a Wrap – Anniversay Gala

    Phew, is all I can say!  Why, you ask?  Imagine hosting an Anniversay Gala, imagine redecorating your home, purchasing arcade games for your guests to play (yeah, Cel…I’m gonna beat your high score!), hiring a DJ, stationing a limo outside your home and 40 minutes before the start of your event, but after the paparazzi […]

  6. Best Teaching Videos? I Don't Think So!

    The ironically titled site SmartTeaching.org” blogged a list claiming “100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers.”   Say it ain’t so.  While there are some old favorites and familiar gems in the 100, there are also some terrible choices, videos that don’t serve teachers at all.  Worse, old middle school teacher that I am, I am hard […]

  7. Best Teaching Videos? I Don’t Think So!

    The ironically titled site SmartTeaching.org” blogged a list claiming “100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers.”   Say it ain’t so.  While there are some old favorites and familiar gems in the 100, there are also some terrible choices, videos that don’t serve teachers at all.  Worse, old middle school teacher that I am, I am hard […]

  8. How 2(.0): Personal Learning Networks

    It is my great pleasure to introduce a new series of mine: How 2(.0).  Essentially it all started with this little posting which led to this wiki page. Long story short, How 2(.0) is about introducing this whole “Web 2.0″ concept that’s been going around for a while now, explaining how it works, and showing […]

  9. yum, it's delicious

    Greetings, Blogosphere! I am Porter Palmer, the manager of alternate assessment projects at Discovery Education Assessment and technology fanatic extraordinaire! I have been given this wonderful opportunity to share some things on our assessment blog, and could not be more excited. So, this is a blog devoted to assessment and my very first post isn’t […]

  10. Pushing out Those Powerpoints

    Just a quick post to let you know that more inhabitants have moved into the Birdhouse. I have updated the page so that it now includes Powerpoints that show you how to tell a story with a few web 2.0 applications sites, create an multimedia powerpoint, and more!Check them all out by visiting the Bird […]

  11. Pushing Out Those Powerpoints!

    Just a quick post to let you know that more inhabitants have moved into the Birdhouse.  I have updated the page so that it now includes Powerpoints that show you how to tell a story with a few web 2.0 applications sites, create an multimedia powerpoint, and more! Check them all out by visiting the […]

  12. Letting Go

    Kevin Jarrett turned me on to this video that David Warlick recently used at the NJElite Conference in Wildwood, NJ. You might recognize some of the speakers, including Daniel Pink, a former EdTechConnect webinar guest speaker. Basic message: We need to stop “teaching” our students with tools of the past. We EXPECT the latest and […]

  13. Funding Factory – Free Technology

    Are you looking for a way to bring new technology equipment to your school or classroom? Having trouble figuring out a way to get the school to pay for it? Try Funding Factory. I have been using them for several years and love them. Here’s the deal. Ask people to donate old cell phones and […]

  14. Where in the World is Jannita and David?

    Okay… I feel like that game “Where in the World is Carmen..”  I have received hundreds of emails…. read all your posts…. and have been meaning to send out pics… but let me break it down for you…. Everyone knows I am a planner… so I “planned” on having a baby… staying at the hospital […]

  15. Fast and Furious at Fort Bend

      Q.  What is better than carry out from Pappa’s BBQ in Houston?  A.  An afternoon with the middle and high school ITSs in Fort Bend ISD.  We moved quickly this afternoon and covered a lot of ground together.  Today’s presentations are posted below.  Please be sure to check back for the latest and greatest.  […]

  16. Back to School!

    As we prepare for our students to return, just thought we’d share some wonderful resources from our very own NCWiseOwl website and other Back to School sites.  Add a comment and share a great resource that you use!! http://www.ncwiseowl.org/zones/professional/Featured/august.htm – August Featured Websites http://www.ncwiseowl.org/zones/professional/Featured/september.htm – September Featured Websites http://www.ncwiseowl.org/zones/professional/Top20.htm?-db=Websites&-loadframes – Top 20 Professional Websites Resources from Discovery Educators and […]

  17. Back to School

    I know I won’t get any sympathy with this post, but after two years of retirement and twelve years as a facilitator with no classes of my own before I retired, I’m back in the classroom. Sort of. With Discovery and Wilkes University’s recent partnering to offer an online Master’s in Instructional Media, I was […]

  18. A VERY Special Invitation

    You are officially invited to attend the DEN in SL 1st Anniversary Gala – “Dressed to the Nines”! This will be a formal affair so start looking for your gowns and tuxes. If you need help just contact one of the DEN LC or DEN guides.  There are many freebie places or splurge and go shopping […]

  19. Nassau BOCES 2008 Technology Summit

    On October 29, 2008 Nassau BOCES will be holding the 2008 Technology Summit at SUNY Farmingdale. The 2020 Vision Now! Summit will focus on global connections and showcase global projects from the local school districts of Herricks and Massepequa. The two keynote speakers for this event will be Microsoft’s Mary Cullinane, Director of U.S. Partners […]

  20. Register to be in a DEN Section of the Wilkes University Program

    As many of you know, Discovery Education and Wilkes University are collaborating on a fully online, 30 credit Master of Science degree in Instructional Media with courses designed by some familiar names…Kathy Schrock, Joe Brennan, Steve Dembo, and Lance Rougeux (yes, I realize that is shameless, self-promotion).  What you probably don’t know yet is that based on the really […]