Archives for November, 2008

  1. One Of Our Own Texas STARs Featured

    Awhile back, Lori Reed, of Kress ISD, was featured on this blog as a Texas STAR. Well now she has been featured by SMART in the feature article of their monthly newsletter, 21st Century Hallways. It is a great article, and Lori’s experience, both in the classroom and with a vast array of online networking […]

  2. The World is Hot, Flat, and Crowded

    If you are a Thomas Friedman fan as I am, you will be interested in this link that features a video and PowerPoint of his latest book Hot, Flat ,and Crowded. Educators may find many of Friedman’s comments in this presentation are very timely with the possible collapse of the American auto industry. World […]

  3. Region 1 Day of Discovery (Edinburg TX)

    We had the perfect recipe for fun on Saturday for the Region 1 Day of Discovery including a full room, paper cow patties, ideas…ideas…and more ideas, playdough, and a crew keeping an eye on the TX/KS game for us! Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than this. On behalf of Linda, Brad and myself, we […]

  4. Where the Wild Things Are

    In 1963 Maurice Sendak published Where the Wild Things Are.  A story of Max, who is sent to his room without supper.  In his room, Max’s imagination takes over and he journeys to the land of the Wild Things.  It has been a beloved children’s book ever since. Discovery Education Streaming has the Where the […]

  5. Animoto Upgrade

    Hello Missouri!I just found out abut a new enhancement for Animoto I thought I would share with you. Animoto is a great site for creating slide shows with your pictures. Check it out and  post your animoto videos so we can see what creative teachersare doing in Missouri. You can now insert text into your […]

  6. Alan Kay on EdTechConnect – Wednesday (11/19/08)!

    Here’s cross-post from the DEN Blog – mark your calendars…it’ll be a special treat!!  “On Wednesday, November 19th, Alan Kay will be our featured speaker on EdTechConnect, a free webinar series from Discovery Education.  While this is open to all educators, I strongly recommend you only share the link with colleagues of your that have […]

  7. Insomnia Postponed

    Looks like it’s time to settle in for a long winter’s nap. Due to “unexpected challenges” the Insomnia Film Festival has been put off until after the holidays. I know a number of schools were lined up for this, students rearranged work schedules, and teachers did all the paper work to be working with students […]

  8. Time To Be Thankful!

    Each Thanksgiving my family goes around the dinner table and lists one thing that they are thankful for.  Usually, I’m just thankful that we’re finally allowed to eat!  And can you blame me?  I am not allowed to eat until everyone has been served their mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, turkey, beans, and…well the list […]

  9. Cool Tool: TagCrowd

    I sat in on David Warlick‘s session this morning at the Region XI virtual conference on “21st Century Literacy” and learned about a useful tool called TagCrowd. TagCrowd will take text, whether it be from a website or a file, and create a visual depiction of the most commonly used words in that text. What […]

  10. Region One Hosts Day of Discovery

    The Region One Education Service Center and Discovery Education will be hosting a Day of Discovery on November 15, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The day will include topics such as Streaming Overview, 50 Ways and Beyond to Integrate Discovery Education, Powerful Multimedia Presentations and Digital Storytelling. As with every Discovery Education event, […]

  11. Veterans' Day

    Many businesses and school districts were closed on November 11, Veterans’ Day in the USA.  Do students today know the history of Veterans’ Day?  Probably not.  Below is an excerpt from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following […]

  12. It's a Wrap – November 12th

    Brad Draken (DEN’s very own, Brad Fountain) did a virtual leap and came inworld tonight to present ‘Understanding Your Students’ iBrains’ to a full house.    You can see the slides of this evening’s workshop here.      In the past, our brain was exposed to television, social interactions, reading, and music; today, we have YouTube, […]

  13. Congrats to STAR DE Maryann Molishus

    Congratulations to Maryann Molishus (STAR DE from PA) who was recently recognized with a Milken Family Foundation Award. The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards program provides public recognition and financial rewards to elementary and secondary schoolteachers, principals and other education professionals who are furthering excellence in education.  By honoring outstanding educators, the program strives […]

  14. We’re TWO WEEKS away from the close of the fall DENliest Catch fishing season and here’s the scoop.  Our boat, “Center of Attention,” is rocking and rolling with a whopping 100 new STARs in the central region!  This is WONDERFUL!  We’re on our way, but there is some VERY close competition that we are up […]

  15. It Is Starting To Sink In…

    This year we purchased DE Assessment for our school.  I have been sold on this product since I first saw it 3 years ago (as Think Link).  I’ve done a little training, and we just finished our first round of benchmark tests (yes, we started late). Today, I realized it was really going to have an impact […]

  16. Web 2.0 Wednesday – iSpeech

      I learned about this handy tool from a fellow STAR DEN member Fred Delventhal aka Riptide Furse.  iSpeech allows you to “read with your ears”. iSpeech will convert text to speech with a click of a mouse for free and it doesn’t use one of those bad computer voices. There’s no software to download […]