Archives for November, 2010

  1. 10 Digital Aces + 20 GPS +14 Teachers + 1 DEN STAR = Treasure Hunting on a Whole New Grid

    Does this look like fun? What a fun Friday 14 teachers, 9 Digital Aces, 1 DEN STAR + Instructional Coach had teaching and learning all about educational uses of geocaching. Tailored to cover all the subjects the participating educators teach, the experience was delightfully different professional development, with students helping teachers learn. 14 teachers + […]

  2. Google Docs for the Classroom and Much More!

    For many years now, I have been an avid user of as much Google as possible. Google Maps, Images, Gmail, Places, Docs…I think I’ve tried just about everything. I recently gave a presentation to my school staff about using Google Docs in the classroom, and I shared the following links with them: Google for educators […]

  3. Canadian Winter Webinar Series

    Yes, you can participate in engaging professional development and all you need is a computer and internet access! Do you use Discovery Education ‘streaming’ Canada in your classroom? Did you know that in addition to our videos there we also have sound effects, images, encyclopedia articles and more. Have you created a writing prompt and […]

  4. Geocaching: “The Sport Where You Are The Search Engine”

    Geocaching for Educators In prepping for a geocaching event at SHS with DEN STAR Jennifer Brinson, I did my homework by checking DEN STARS who are known as the gurus of geocaching, Bridget Belardi, Chris Champion, and Kristin Hokanson. In the process, Champion shared with me the Creative Commons site that Hokanson and he created […]

  5. The Physics Behind “Unstoppable”

    The Physics Behind “Unstoppable” is a great piece I found on Open Culture’s website. The article starts with the plot of the movie and a trailer for it and then has a video from Emory physics professor Sidney Perkowitz explaining the physics part of this. Professor Perkowitz has also authored books and articles on physics and science in […]

  6. Crocodoc – markup and edit files on line

    Crocodoc is a free, online service that allows you to upload and markup documents, including PDF files. You can not actually edit the PDF file, but can add text, highlight, draw, and even strikeout text. When you strikeout text, it opens a new text box above the strikeout for you to edit. I used it […]

  7. Happy Thanksgiving

    For starters I lost my iPad. Yep, left it in a cab (I think) after an friend’s wedding festivities in Bermuda. I’m never gonna see it again. And with DE’s new app for their video library, I’ve become obsessed with finding a replacement. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m feeling moved to share a  bountiful […]

  8. Lunch & Learn: Fast-Food Takeout for the Classroom

    Jennifer Brinson, SHS IT Can learning be fun, engaging, and collaborative. Absolutely, especially when DEN STAR Jennifer Brinson explores engagement strategies with teachers–during lunch. If you are a coach looking for a new way to reach, teach and learn with teachers, Lunch & Learn is an innovative way to sandwich interactive instruction into 25 fun […]

  9. Top 25 Sites of 2010

    Have you had the chance to check out the article Top 25 Sites of 2010 by David Kapular?  Sites like Story Jumper and TodaysMeet are mentioned.  There are so many that I never heard of though and I am excited to check them out.  Let me know what you’ve tried and what you would use […]

  10. It’s as Easy as Pie!

    In the years that I’ve been associated with DEN, I’ve heard and read about these “things” called “webinars” offered by Discovery.  I had attended one “webinar”  presented at a workshop and the presenter was experiencing all kinds of problems. Not knowing what a webinar was, how to participate in one or how to deal with […]

  11. Evaluation and Feedback for Improving Student Learning…in a Digital World

    As my personal learning network evolves, I am constantly overwhelmed and amazed at the depth of knowledge our DEN community shares; especially through its blog posts.  Recently, a few blog posts caught my eye and challenged my own thinking on the subject of student evaluation in an increasingly digital world. If you haven’t seen it […]

  12. One Take Videos Workshop

    Youtube is full of one-take videos. These videos are often the ones that go viral. So, come learn how easy it is to make a “one-take” video. And, learn how you can use them in the classroom. Join the MO DEN LC on Sat, Dec 4 as we present, “Point. Record. Videos Made Easy.” Learn […]

  13. DENSI Project: DE and Glogster Life Cycle of A Butterfly

    This year at the DEN Summer Institute (DENSI), participants created projects to be included as professional development assets for use by Discovery Educators. Here’s one from PA STAR Discovery Educator, Linda Michael on DE and Glogster Life Cycle of A Butterfly. All Discovery Educators have access to the DENSI projects and more via the Educator […]

  14. Clear Off Your Plans for This Evening! It’s Global Education Conference Time!

    If you don’t already know it, Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray have assembled an UNBELIEVABLE line-up for the Global Education Conference which is currently going on (November 15 – 19, 2010), it’s online and free.  Check out the numbers:  370 sessions from 62 countries!  63 keynote speakers!  219 moderator volunteers have signed up to help […]

  15. School Town has an early holiday gift for STARs!

    Consider this a VERY early Black Friday doorbuster of a deal! School Town has created a fantastic promotion exclusively for STAR Discovery Educators, and we think you’re going to love it. School Town helps you create digital courses to supplement your classroom where you can leverage resources like Discovery and any other tool or resource. […]

  16. Blooms Taxonomy and Web 2.0

    How do you tie technology into every level of Bloom’s Taxonomy? Here is a visual of Bloom’s Taxonomy and the coinciding Web 2.0 tools http://www.usi.edu/distance/bdt.htm Now we have a tool for every step of the way!

  17. Sharing Discovery Education

    Have you shared Discovery Education with others? A lunch and learn, conference or a PD training?  Tell us your story. Check out Dawn Peters and Sarah Thompson’s experience sharing DE with a neighboring school in SK!

  18. Differentiating with Web 2.0 Technologies

    In an earlier post, I showed how to use Discovery Education resources to differentiate. Here are some more ideas on differentiating teaching and learning. Project Based Learning is also another great way to differentiate teaching and learning. Project Based Learning (PBL) is a great way to teach students content, 21st century skills, and engage them […]

  19. Differentiating with Discovery Education Resources

    Differentiation is a very important tool for educators to use in their classrooms to help students learn and succeed. Differentiation is a teacher’s response to learner’s needs and a recognition that all students learn differently, have differing backgrounds and varying levels of skills and knowledge. To differentiate learning means to create different paths for students […]