Archives for October, 2011

  1. Wisconsin In-Person Event this Weekend

    Many of you already know about the DEN Virtual Conference this coming weekend.  If you’re in Wisconsin, especially the southeast region of the state, you may want to check out the in-person event at Muskego High School.  More information can be found here. Download this flyer for updated information.

  2. VirtCon 2011

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    This Saturday dust your costume off or create something new and join us for the Virtual Conference 2011 Tech or Treat. You can register at this link: http://www.discoveryeducation.com//VirtualConference2011/index.cfm Here is the schedule: Time Title Description Presenter 9:00-9:50 The Monster Mash-Up In this session I’ll share some creative ways to ‘Do the Mash’ DEN Style. We’ll […]

  3. The Science of Changing Seasons

    It is autumn. Leaves are changing colors and falling from trees.  This is a great time to engage students in learning about the changing world around them.  There are opportunities to explore the changes in weather and how weather contributes to the change in environment.  Environmental science education helps students to understand the natural wonders […]

  4. Upcoming Webinar: Making A Difference Through Conservation with Dave Salmoni

    Making A Difference Through Conservation with Dave Salmoni Wednesday, October 19, 2011 1:30 pm Dave Salmoni, Animal Planet’s apex predator expert and host of a number of Animal Planet and Discovery Channel programs including Into the Pride and Into the Lions Den, will teach students about the relationship between animals, humans and the environment and […]

  5. DEN Fall VirtCon: Just TREATS

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    Tech or Treat is just a few days away. Do you have a costume ready for Saturday? Need some ideas? Here are a few from previous years. Whether you are joining us at one of our in-person events or from home, get ready to Tech or Treat with us. Wear your favorite Tech or Treat […]

  6. Cultural Ingredients Influence any Group’s Adaptability

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    An organization’s culture is made up of its folklore, it rituals, its group norms, and its meeting protocols.  All of these cultural ingredients influence the organization’s adaptability.  Heifetz , et la: Adaptive Leadership 2009 p 57 ~ Understanding the culture is paramount to being able to help change it for the better. The culture of […]

  7. Tech and Treats this Saturday

    Why stay at home in your PJs when you can come out to share in the learning with the Maryland Leadership Council? It is always better to learn together, to ask questions, and share ideas. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Come in costume to compete in the contest, but it is not a requirement. […]

  8. Do You Know About DEStreaming’s Video Options?

    Did you know that Discovery Education Streaming has great video options? You can use a whole movie or just the one piece that you need to drive home your point. I had a friend tell me about the series, “The True Story of the Internet” a couple of years ago. This series of movies takes […]

  9. Why you should attend DEN’s Fall VirtCon

    In one week, we will host the DEN’s annual Fall Virtual Conference for educators from all around the world.  Our virtual conferences (fall, spring and SCIcon) are a blast, and we all learn so much as a community.  And, they are very well attended.  But, I always wonder why we don’t have every single educator […]

  10. Airplay in iOS 5

    Airplay: One of the “quieter” new features of the new iOS 5 system release is the expansion of its functionality. Watch a youtube video to become familiar with Airplay. It’s the feature on your iPad or iPhone that allows you to wirelessly stream photos, video and music from your iOS device to any external display […]

  11. Illinois: Upcoming Events!!

    Illinois has two upcoming in person events coming up!!! You can gather with other great educators and learn about new technologies and activities you can add to your classroom. First up is TECH OR TREAT!!! TECH OR TREAT Saturday, Oct 22, 2011 Times: 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM CST Location: Glen Crest Middle School 725 […]

  12. Using DE content and PhotoPeach to Create Visual Assessments

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    PhotoPeach and DEN content work great together when creating engaging visual quizzes to review content with students. http://photopeach.com/album/rmu0sr I created this quick quiz that was used as a warm up for my biology class to review plant tropisms. I used pictures from the writing prompts that accompany the Life video segment on plant tropisms, as […]

  13. PETE&C 2012…Let your STAR shine!

    Planning on attending PETE&C in February? Are you a STAR? Guess what? Discovery is taking over the Pre-Con! That’s right. The entire day is going to be a blast! DEN STARS should register for the pre-conference here: http://links.discoveryeducation.com/petec2012 The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is pleased to present a special full-day pre-conference event. The day will […]

  14. Fall VirtCon In-Person Events

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                October 22 is right around the corner and that means it is almost time for the Fall Virtual Conference! Please join in on the fun. There will be prizes for best costumes and lots of other goodies. Session descriptions are here: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/VirtualConference2011/ Here’s a list of all of the […]

  15. And the Winners Are…

    So, I’m not afraid to admit it–I’m a pretty competitive person.  When I was in school, I always liked contests and prizes  (Ok, I still do).  Sometimes the activities would be so much fun that we wouldn’t even realize that we were learning.  Now I like to translate that competitive spirit to my employees (and […]

  16. Updating my iPad2

    One of the teachers at our middle school sent out a reminder to teachers to connect their iPads to their iTunes accounts on their computer to make sure everything was up to date. I have to admit that I hadn’t plugged in for a couple of weeks, so I decided that last night was the time to take care of […]

  17. Vote for Discovery Education @ SXSWEdu

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    Today, SXSW (South by Southwest) launched their PanelPicker voting for the second annual SXSWedu taking place March 6-8, 2012 in Austin, TX. A new component to the longstanding SXSW Interactive Festival, SXSWedu focuses on innovations in learning, bringing together a wide variety of education and business professionals who share an interest in 21st Century teaching […]

  18. Do I or Do I Not Update to iOS 5?

    Were you one of the millions updating their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad today once Apple released their iOS 5 update? I was and with mixed results. In updating our new iPads at school, I was successful in updating 1 of 3 without issues. Thus, I did not update the other 22 iPads. Upon Tweeting […]

  19. Edutopia Shares Grants & Resources

    The George Lucas Educational Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation and is not a grant-making organization. However, in order to realize the potential of 21st-century education, we are fully aware that our community needs to secure grants and be aware of other exciting opportunities in education, such as the following: The George Lucas Educational Foundation […]

  20. Fall VirtCon 2011 Tech or Treat: Camden, NJ In-Person Event

    Fall Virtual Conference: “Jersey STARS” are inviting you to join us for a day of professional development and networking as we “Tech or Treat” with the Discovery Educator Network. Participants Will Leave With: -Deep exploration of the rich variety of digital content available within Discovery Education. -Integration strategies and exemplar learning experiences to bring digital […]

  21. New Stuff!

    12:01 PM It’s official. You can start to download iOS 5 promptly at “18:00:00 BST”, according to a British website (no one else knew). Once we sleuth what BST means, we’ll continue. (Don’t you just hate help that makes things worse?) While you say you got the BS part, BST actually stands for British Summer […]