Archives for December, 2010

  1. Evernote Trunk – apps that make Evernote even better.

    I love Evernote. I use it for everything. Lesson plans, lesson schedules, notes, web clippings, lesson resources, travel notes and much more. I can access it on any computer and from my smartphone. I can even share notes and notebooks with other people (like my students). It is an indispensable app for me. Evernote also has the Evernote Trunk. […]

  2. Being aware, generous and supportive! This is not the ‘soft’ side of shared work – it is at the core of shared work!

    Courage.  Encourage.  Two words, same origin.  Heart. You gotta have heart.  Miles and miles and miles of it.  There’s no bravery or boldness without heart.  There’s no spirit of support without heart.  There’s no sacrifice or soul without heart.  Nothing great ever gets done without heart.  You gotta have heart. And at the heart of […]

  3. PBS Innovative Teacher Awards

    Entries for the PBS Innovative Teacher Awards will open on January 11. This is a good way to share some of the innovative lessons you have developed using PBS resources.  Their website notes:  “The 2011 PBS Teachers Innovation Awards will officially open for entries on January 11, 2011, but you can start preparing your entry […]

  4. Redesigned EDSITEment Launches on Verizon Thinkfinity

    Communication Package from Verizon Thinkfinity Verizon Thinkfinity and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announce a completely updated EDSITEment website designed to immerse educators, families and students in the world of humanities. Use primary resources with students to delve into Arts and Culture, Literature and Language Arts, History and Social Studies and Foreign Languages […]

  5. Web 2.0 Wednesday: Toodledo

    This time of year is a hectic one. If you’re like me then you are probably in crazy list and post-it mode. I make lists all the time and my desk has post-it notes all over it. Toodledo will help you curb that list and post-it clutter. Toodledo was shared by an instructor in a […]

  6. Make a Snow Flake

    In the spirit of this wonderful winter weather that many of us are experiencing, I thought I would share a resource from Michigan DEN LC chair, Cheryl Lykowski. Make-a-flake is an interactive website that allows children to create their own virtual snow flake.  It is based on the age old paper folding activity that has […]

  7. Web 2.0 Tool of the Week: MyUdutu Teach and Learn

    Create interactive online courses for FREE with the Udutu course authoring tool! Courses are SCORM compliant, and can be shared and hosted with the MyUdutu Facebook application, a url link created when the course is published, a Udutu Guru account, or exported to Moodle, Blackboard, and other Learning Management System (LMS) platforms. The following are […]

  8. iPad-Take 2

    I had just settled down for a long winter’s nap, after making a list of how to be productive with this new iPad.  There’s no question that it’s fun to use. Typing is fun, iBooks are fun, the new MythBuster HD app and the new CNN app, wow, even Weather is FUN. Now call me […]

  9. ISTE 2011 – Are you ready?

    For those of you on Twitter, you’ve no doubt been hearing about the presentation selection approval for ISTE. Congrats to all of the DEN members who will be presenting at the summer conference. In fact, rumor has it that we will have some of our very own SC DEN mates representing the Palmetto state! The […]

  10. Congratulations Qwest Grant Winners!

    Qwest/AzTEA Mini-Grants Wow! What outstanding and innovative educators we have in our Arizona classrooms. Teachers engaging students in creative and self-directed learning with technology that deepens and give more meaning to their studies. iPads, iTouches, laptops, video editing software, eBooks, DNA sequencing equipment and more have been funded by the generocity of Qwest’s Teachers and Technology […]

  11. SLATE Wrap up

    The SLATE conference wrapped up late last weekend.  I was planning on writing up a day 2 post to follow my day 1 reflection, but there wasn’t much to write about.  There was one time slot of sessions in the morning.  I split my time between two sessions – both on social networking.  One was […]

  12. Welcome New DEN STARs

    Please welcome these new DEN STARs: Corinne Altham, ME Susie Austin, NC Chris Blakney, New Brunswick Chris Brillant, New Brunswick Judith Cagle, FL Lindsey Carleton, New Brunswick Travis Carr, New Brunswick Lois Coile, FL Namrata Dixit, NY Shannon Ellison, TN Paula Erickson, MO Jennifer Ewing, TN Nicole Farrell, PA Patricia Glave, NJ Ashley Glochick, FL […]

  13. Celebration of Teaching and Learning

    Coming soon: The Celebration of Teaching and Learning for 2011.  This amazing two day conference, run by PBS, enables educators in the tri-state area to hear top educators, top politicians, and top authors in the comfortable setting of the Hilton New York on Avenue of the Americas.  This year, keynote speakers are Oliver Sacks and […]

  14. Welcome Massachusetts Star Suzy Brooks

    Suzy Brooks has been a teacher since receiving her graduate degree from Lesley University in 1999. Her uniqueness as a 3rd grade teacher lies in that which inspires her: computers, connections and community service. A licensed Instructional Technology Specialist who has been a Girl Scout for 35 years, Suzy strives incessantly to make strong, positive […]

  15. Finding opportunity in situations where “what is” isn’t “what is desired”

    Gaps can be a good thing.  Peter Senge says: “Truly creative people use the gap between vision and current reality to generate energy for change.” Motivation for change is often lacking without a gripping positive vision that you are committed to. The current situation is the current normal – and the usual situation is ‘comfortable’.  […]

  16. Field Trip Spotlight: Teaching Museum South

    “Teaching Museum South’s mission is to provide the finest in cultural, artistic and interactive hands-on arts and learning programs. Our goal is to provide arts and learning programs that increase student test scores and improve student achievement.” – Teaching Museum South Visit the Teaching Museum South website to download a guide to their teaching programs. Programs […]

  17. Help Us Donate Toys to Students in Need!

    We posted this a few weeks ago and know that lots of STARs and their classes have been participating in The Hub Create a Story Contest. Don’t forget to let us know how many entries your class submitted by completing this form. We want to donate toys to students in need! From now until December […]

  18. Indiana and Louisiana are next states to adopt DE Science TechBook!

    Congrats to science teachers in Indiana and Louisiana! You join those in Oregon as among the first in the country to have a true alternative to traditional textbooks. Both states recently adopted the Discovery Education Science Techbook as a digital core instructional resource for elementary and middle school science instruction through their state textbook adoption […]

  19. Schools Going Mobile, Trend Tracking and AUPs

    Reposted from Elliot Soloway, ISTE SIGML (Special Interest Group, Mobile Learning) We told you so!! Mobile learning in the U.S. – at least – is at “the tipping point.” Based on surveying over 300,000 parents, teachers, and students, Project Tomorrow’s CEO, Julie Evans, has issued a report that documents the dramatic acceleration of the […]

  20. Reflections from SLATE-Day 1

    The SLATE Conference kicked off yesterday.  In an earlier post, I wrote about the presence Discovery Education had at this first time conference.  I’m trying to wrap my head around the learning that took place on day one.  This was the first year of this conference and the attendance was over 800.   Wow.  That’s […]