Archives for December, 2010

  1. Where in the World Wide Web 2.0? A DEN Update

    DEN members are still SOCIALIZING on social networking tools of web 2.0. Updating a Texas blog post from last year, here are the latest on places to find the DEN: Texas DEN’s Facebook: Texas DEN Where else in the World Wide Web are you finding the DEN? A side […]

  2. LiveBinder Adds Collaboration +

    Mantz image LiveBinders was already a great tool when Dean Mantz wrote about Enhancing LiveBinders for accessing educational resources by grade level, managing uploaded files, and credits. Mantz is KS DEN LC Blog Chair and famous for running CIL back channels at whatever he attends, and he is a great innovator and sharer. He’s one […]

  3. Lunch & Learn Movie Making w/Jennifer Brinson

    Lunch & Learn Movie Making Intro Jennifer Brinson’s first Lunch & Learn session on geocaching was such a success, she created a series of Lunch & Learns on Movie Making. The idea is simple; give teachers a grab-and-go technology integration application that they can insert into their curricula no matter what they teach. To that […]

  4. Teaching the Hudson Valley

    In these difficult economic times, many of us are finding that field trips are fast becoming a thing of the past.  Teaching the Hudson Valley set up a page for grants we can apply for that will give us the money needed to bring our students to one of their fabulous sites.  You can find […]

  5. PA Social Studies Teachers — Call to Action: Preserving the Greatest Generation

    PA Call to Action: Preserving the Greatest Generation With the new year upon us, thoughts turn to back to school. Are you looking for a meaningful project that can impact yourselves as educators or instructional coaches, or more importantly, your students. Instructional coaches Jennifer Brinson, PA DEN LC Events Commmittee, (Salisbury High School) and Jason […]

  6. Out With the Old….In With the New!

    At this time of the year, people are reminiscing about the past year and thinking about the new year. We recall what worked during the previous year and what didn’t.  We then contemplate changes we’ll make for a better new year. Discovery has made a change. If you haven’t seen the new “front” page check […]

  7. A New Way to Learn- ISTE Learning

    ISTE recently launched a new online professional development program called ISTE Learning All PD activities and resources incorporate and model the NETS.  The site is divided into four sections: The Commons, ISTE U, ISTE Learning Labs, and ISTE Cafe. The Commons:  Connect, communicate and collaborate with others here; read articles from L&L magazine, listen […]

  8. The “Best Of” Time of Year

    As evidenced by several posts in the DEN Blog Network this is the time of year for reflection on things past, and musing on things going forward.  INMHO nobody does this better than the multi-award winning educational blogger Larry Ferlazzo. Larry’s voluminous tweets and blog posts are always worth a read and follow, but there […]

  9. More Things I Think You Should Read

    Here’s another installment from the Wisconsin DEN Blog feature – Things I Think You Should Read. When comparing the success of students from the United States to those of other countries, don’t you think we should compare apples to apples?  When we do that, we’re not as bad as many think.  Here is a some […]

  10. Top 10 Lists of Top Tens for 2010

    I just love the top 10 lists and who doesn’t? What a fun way to sum up the year.  You can’t avoid all of the articles, posts, t.v. spots highlighting end of the year top ten lists; best of 2010 couples, break ups, news stories, music videos and more. Top 10 “What I have learned […]

  11. The New Year Is Upon Us

    Decided on a 2011 New Year’s resolution? You haven’t? Well, I have a magnificent idea. Learn something new and do it in a fun, free, and engaging way. Professional development is a terrific way to learn new skills and gain a better understanding of how to use Discovery Education in your classroom. Get the most […]

  12. Texas DEN Newsletter for January

    The January newsletter for the Texas DEN has been released. Among its regular features, it also highlights what is being done in McKinney ISD to encourage technology use in classrooms. The newsletter can be viewed on the Texas DEN website. There is a contest running through the end of the year to name the newsletter […]

  13. Register now for the Texas Talking Points Conference

    There will be a unique conference on January 22, 2011, you won’t want to miss. The Talking Points Conference aims to facilitate discussion among educators on various topics important to a 21st century classroom. With breakout sessions that center around archived DEN Virtual Conference presentations, K12 Online Conference presentations, TED Talks, and other sources, educators […]

  14. Quest for Knowledge with Quest Atlantis!

    Quest Atlantis is an engaging, interactive learning experience designed for children ages 9-14. Students learn about many different aspects of core content in the areas of language arts, math, science, and social studies. In addition, students learn to collaborate on projects, use cyber social skills, and interact with other students around the world! Quest Atlantis […]

  15. California Educators – Share How You Teach STEM and Win!

    California educators: do you have an exciting way of engaging math and science students in the classroom? Have you been hoping to tell your story about STEM? Join leaders in STEM education to highlight interesting, unique and fun ways of bringing math and science classrooms to life. Submit your idea in a 60 second video […]

  16. New Tools for the Creative Mind

    I was recently introduced to an exciting site called Tagxedo.  This site takes Wordle to a whole new level (http:// You can create word clouds in the shape or image of different items. There is a gallery with numerous examples such as famous people’s silhouettes, animals, states, and countries. When you begin to create […]

  17. What is the purpose of your public school?

    Does your district have a shared vision: For high outcomes for all students? For the role of technology in the educational process? For the learning rights of each and every student you serve? Margaret J. Wheatley in her book, Finding Our Way: Leadership For an Uncertain Time, 2005 Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. on pages 103 & […]

  18. DEN Pre-FETC Event

    STAR Discovery Educators from all over the globe are invited to kick off 2011 with the DEN at our pre-FETC extravaganza on Tuesday, February 1, 2011.  The day will feature special presentations from Hall Davidson, Steve Dembo and Kathy Schrock.  As always, we’ll have plenty of time for sharing and networking as well.  Tuesday, February 1, […]

  19. DEN SCIcon 2011 Online Conference

    DEN SCIcon 2011 is an online conference (with a twist) focused on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their science classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content. This year’s SCIcon will have a special presentation from Reed Timmer Extreme Meteorologist and TVN Team Leader for Discovery […]

  20. Social Bookmarking Update

    Yesterday, rumors hit the internet that Yahoo is going to be closing down the Delicious social bookmarking site. But don’t worry, fellow Delicious users, there are other great options out there for you. You don’t have to lose your bookmarks or your social network! First of all, you’ll want to back up your bookmarks in […]