Archives for February, 2011

  1. Apply to Become a DEN Guru

    During the past five years the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) has grown in many different ways including the variety of ways educators may participate in the community. You can be a Discovery Educator and participate in the online community. You can apply to become a STAR Discovery Educator and engage in both online and in-person […]

  2. Symbaloo of DEN Goodness

    This Symbaloo of DEN Fabulousness was created by NC DEN Star, Lisa Thompson, of Union County Schools. Check out this great tool and its ease of use. There are many ways to use this tool in the classroom for sure. If you are already using Symbaloo, share ways that you use it! Discovery Tools Symbaloo

  3. Vicki Davis, another STAR at PETE&C

    At PETE&C on Tuesday morning, Vicki Davis, a STAR Discovery Educator from Georgia, delivered a thought-provoking session on Technology Driven Differentiated Instruction. Below I have reflected on some of the big ideas surrounding her message. Big Idea #1:  Pick 3. Vicki emphasized that educators should identify the next three things they want to learn, and […]

  4. Use Google Earth to Explore Our Presidents

    With the arrival of President’s Day Weekend, many of us are looking to discuss our U.S. Presidents in class. Yesterday, on the official blog, Google announced the ability to Explore our US Presidents on a Map. The map is in Google Earth and shows the Presidents’ birthplaces as well as some information about their terms […]

  5. Commited to Inspiring Students

    This summer I had an opportunity to visit Fable Vision Studio on the Top Floor of the Boston Children’s Museum.   As person, father, grandfather and an educator I was stimulated! FableVision’s mission statement states: “We are big believers that a well-educated student is not complete without less “test-able” skills such as creativity, communication, self-expression, problem […]

  6. Quest for Curiosity:Registration is Open!

    The DEN is pleased to announce that registration for the Quest for Curiosity is now open! The Quest for Curiosity is a teacher-led activity allowing students to navigate Discovery Education STREAMING resources to find answers to 10 questions spanning core curriculum areas. No matter what grade you teach and what your academic focus is, the Quest for Curiosity […]

  7. Maine to FETC

    Great day at FETC pre conference Day of Discovery. Yes Reed Timmer was in the building. His key note was great. Thanks Discovery! Ann Boucher (former Maine DEN Star now a Florida DEN Star), Reed and Carol Miller. Steve Dembo partially hidden LOL

  8. Great Events from Science House in NC

    Check out these great spring workshops from The Science House – open to any teacher! Register at Forensics March 12 , 2011 (Rescheduled from February 5) Located at The Science House in Raleigh NC Lead Instructor: Gina Barrier, Western Outreach Coordinator What is better than a good mystery? Intrigue and excite your students by turning […]

  9. Unfettered by Stuff – or “Why I don’t lug stuff home every night”

    By David Andrade It always amazes me at the amount of stuff some teachers seem to carry home every night and back into school the next day. They also are amazed at the fact that 95% of the time, I’m not carrying anything either way (except maybe my lunch). Two teachers asked me about […]

  10. iPad, or iFad?

    If you had an iPad, what would you do with it? Could it help with your day-to-day workflow? Which would you grab for those routine tasks, iPad or laptop? I spent a day tallying my choices. 5:30 AM Alarm Clock (app) I was dreaming. It was warm, no snow, I heard birds, and then this […]

  11. PA DEN Stars SHINE!

    I absolutely love attending Pete&C. I love to see my “east coast” PA friends and to network and learn new amazing technology applications relevant to my job. But there is one thing that I love even more… and that is when deserving people are recognized for the amazing things they do. This is exactly what […]

  12. Check Out TurfMutt, Another Great Free Science Program

    Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s Education and Research Foundation announce the launch of TurfMutt, an online science-based program designed to help educators teach an appreciation of outdoor landscapes. The digital curriculum is led by Lucky, a real-life rescue dog who encourages kids to protect the land around them. TurfMutt includes lesson plans […]

  13. Capturing the Inimitable Hall Davidson at #DENPreCon11

    Hall with a BT-1Wireless Webcam If you missed Hall Davidson at the DENs PreCon 2011 on Sunday, February 13, 2011, here’s your second chance. Wish I could provide a video because Hall is always entertaining and informing, but for this session, you’ll have to settle down to listening. Here’s Hall on Take a Page from […]

  14. Googling for More

    At PETE&C on Tuesday afternoon Jana Baxter, a STAR Discovery Educator from IU3, had a full house as she challenged the audience to move beyond the simple search functionality of Google and utilize it to maximize learning and teaching while transforming us into more productive and efficient users. Here are some highlights of her session.  […]

  15. Shining STARS at at the DEN PreCon 2011

    The many faces you saw at the PreCon are the same faces of DEN STARS and GURUS you will see at PETE&C. Here are some of them we captured Beyond the Textbook. These DEN STARS shared at the Lunch and Learn session. These are the faces of the sharers and the sharing, DEN STARS all. […]

  16. DEN PreCon 2011 Resources: Concurrent Sessions and Lunch & Learn

    If you missed some of the concurrent sessions or the Lunch and Learn breakout sessions, our new Regional Coordinator, Cynthia Brown, collected resources I am sharing here. In addition, Patti Duncan created Edmodo codes for each session, so I culled the resources from the Lunch & Learn sharing sessions. Sit back and relax as you […]

  17. New Texas STAR honored as Golden Apple finalist

    During each TCEA conference, the best and brightest educators in Texas are recognized at the Golden Apple Awards ceremony. This year, one of our own Texas STARs, Andrea Keller, was honored as one of three finalists for the Teacher of the Year award. Andrea is a special education teacher in Irving. She utilizes technology every […]

  18. Sneak Peek 2011

    STAR Discovery Educators! Discovery Education’s Sneak Peek 2011 is this Thursday, February 17th! Virtually join your friends at Discovery Education’s Sneak Peek 2011 featuring Jeff Corwin, EMMY-Award winning TV personality & Discovery Education’s leading animal behavior expert. Get a first look at dazzling content, meet Jeff Corwin’s favorite furry friends, and learn about the innovative […]

  19. Archive: iLearn with iPads

    One of the highlights from the DEN precon at PETE&C 2011 was Kyle’s session, iLearn with iPads. During the presentation, he focused in on iPads in education, including the numerous ways in which you can use DE content on the iPad. He does a fantastic job of breaking it down into bite sized chunks and […]

  20. Discovery Education Assessment Featured in Knoxville News Sentinel

    Knox County Schools, TN has used Discovery Education Assessment at some schools for several years, but committed to implementing it in all the schools in the district this past fall. Teachers there are excited about the program and having the information they need to make timely, data informed decisions. Read the full coverage here: