Archives for November, 2008

  1. Mark Your Calendars – December Events

    Just got done with Thanksgiving and on my way to a month filled with birthdays and holidays, as well as, great events at the DEN in SL Wednesday Workshops! Unless otherwise indicated, all times are 5 p.m. SLT (7 p.m. CST, 8 p.m. EST) Date:  December 1st (NOTE:  THIS IS A MONDAY!!!) Workshop:  Newbie 101 […]

  2. Thankful for a "Student Wiki"

    Our school is off to a blazing start with our 1 to 1 laptop learning initiative. We have rolled out 205 shiny MacBooks to our 6th grade students. Lots of preparations have been made to assure sufficient technical infrastructure, professional development, parent communication, inventory control, and more were ready to the computers in the hands […]

  3. EngineerGirl! – Imagine That! Engineering Innovation Essay Contest

    You can find the guidelines and related information about the contest on the EngineerGirl website PROMPT: Have you ever wondered what goes through an engineer’s mind when she is designing a new product? It takes creativity as well as attention to details and design requirements. Often engineers will use an object as an example and […]

  4. Shift Happens

    What do we think it means to prepare students for the 21st century? What skills do students need to survive and thrive in this new era? Did You Know? is licensed by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and XPLANE under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license. You are free to copy, distribute, remix and transmit […]

  5. NSTA Recap: Mythbusters and More!

    What an awesome turnout for the NSTA regional conference in Portland.  I guess it helps when you have the Mythbusters kicking things off.  Just in case you weren’t one of the 2500 teachers in the room, you can check out the Mythbusters’ keynote here. I was able to ask a few of the questions STARs […]

  6. Welcome New MI STARS!

    Sara Beauchamp, Negaunee Lynette Bosch, Hamilton Kelly Church, Hamilton Vickie Fears, Eaton Rapids Michael Garrity, Clawson Denice Hildebrandt, Warren Woods Rebecca Karnes, Allendale Annette Kirschenmann, East Detroit Heather Lewis, Waverly K.C. Mowrey, Cadillac Jill Runstrom, Cadillac Suzanne Shermak, Mesick Marg Smigielski, Warren Consolidated Kevin Spencer, Midland Cassie Thelen, Harrison Andrea Townsend, Southfield Christian Dawn Wilson […]

  7. Join us December 2-5 for LACUE!

    If you haven’t already registered for LACUE, you still have time.  Registration is open onsite and your registration fee covers lots of extras:  Opening reception, some meals, and other things.  Join the LA STAR DEN members for a gathering on December 3 after the reception.  Details will be emailed to all LA STARs in the […]

  8. With Thanksgiving ….

    If you have been on the courtyard side of the DEN HQ lately, you may have noticed a new addition. We’ve placed a few “blank canvasses” to build a Thanksgiving Garden. These canvasses are set so that anyone can change the texture – what we would love to see is our great DEN members adding […]

  9. Have a Picnik with your Pictures!

    Picnik is a free, online tool that makes photo-editing fun and easy.  Picnik began its life with one purpose: To bring photo editing awesomeness to everyone! Picnik is the default editor on Flickr and also integrates seamlessly with a variety of websites including Facebook, MySpace, Picasa Web Albums, Photobucket, Webshots, Lexmark and Box.net. In December, […]

  10. Be Your OWN Hero!

    Together We Have Earth-Saving Powers is a contest that Liberty Science Center and ParentGuide have created to make every child an eco superhero! Children ages 12 and under can submit drawings, paintings or photographs showing their “Earth-Saving Powers” such as recycling, taking mass transit and reminding friends and family to use canvas shopping bags. First […]

  11. Chroma Key in the Front

    Just in time for a presentation I’m doing on simple special effects tomorrow in Springfield, IL, Hall Davidson comes through with a cool way to use the green screen in front instead of behind. Check his latest post for the details. And for those who do use chroma key/green screen shots. Think about creating a […]

  12. Got games?

    Ok so the GEEKYBIRD was searching the net the other day in search of interactive, neat, easy, and free templates that you could use in your classroom. Here is a five of the coolest ones that he found: EclipseCrossword.com With over 2,000,000 downloads it goes without saying…this tool is pretty cool. EclipseCrossword is a fast, […]

  13. Discovery Needs Your Focus!

    The Discovery Education product development team is constantly looking for ways to make Discovery Education streaming better and better. And you guys play an important role in the direction of our site!  Along that vein our Product Development team is hosting a Focus Group Webinar tomorrow evening at 5pm EST.  It will be open to […]

  14. It's a Wrap – Google School

    Tonight was a first at the DEN in SL. We FINALLY got JessieMarie Flanagan (Anne Truger in RL) to present at a Wednesday Workshop. Tonight’s topic was ‘Google School’. And an appropriate topic it was for JessieMarie who is a recent graduate of the Google Teacher Academy. JM shared her top 10 favorite Google Tools: […]

  15. We Need Your Focus!

    The Discovery Education product development team is constantly looking for ways to make Discovery Education streaming better and better. And you guys play an important role in the direction of our site!  Along that vein our Product Development team is hosting a Focus Group Webinar tomorrow evening at 5pm EST.  It will be open to […]

  16. We Need Your Focus!

    The Discovery Education product development team is constantly looking for ways to make Discovery Education streaming better and better. And you guys play an important role in the direction of our site!  Along that vein our Product Development team is hosting a Focus Group Webinar tomorrow evening at 5pm EST.  It will be open to […]

  17. Got a question for the Mythbusters?

    Are you a fan of the Mythbusters?  Think your students might be?  Well, they’re going to be special guests of Discovery Education at NSTA tomorrow and Lance is going to be hosting a Q&A with them.  While he has plenty of his own questions to ask them, we thought we’d open it up to you […]

  18. The Amazing 3×5 Notecard X-Ray Machine (Free!)

    This is a fun one.  It is the “ChromaKeyYou’veGottaHaveHeart” effect, but think of it as an X-Ray machine.  It turns a 3×5 notebook card into an “X-Ray” machine that sees inside the human body– with a few video tricks.  Remember the X-Ray Glasses ad from kids’ magazines? It’s that!  For this, you need: A) Videos […]