Archives for November, 2011

  1. Steve Dembo: “iThink iNeed iPads in the Classroom”

    Teach 42

    According to Steve Dembo: Sure they’re bright and shiny, but are they really learning devices? We’ll take a close look at how exactly these technologies are being leveraged in the classroom and what the best Apps are for educational purposes. We’ll also explore some creative ways that you can fund your own i-initiative! Siemens STEM […]

  2. Molecular Workbench – free visual, interactive science experiments and lessons

    by David Andrade,     Molecular Workbench is a free and open source system that provides visual, interactive simulations for science. The simulations are in lesson format, with embedded assessments and the ability to change variables and see what happens. There are hundreds of free simulations in physics, chemistry, biology, biotech and nanotech.   Some are […]

  3. Blogging Around the Christmas Tree

    by Christine Cote   After spending the long weekend cooking and shopping, I was eager to settle down and get into a good book. However, in today’s digital age, I found myself catching up on some interesting blog sites.  Blogs are such a fascinating way to share a message or information. They are so easy […]

  4. Cool Winter? Check out the Iowa Hot Topics Webinar Series!

    Join Discovery Education as we explore “Hot Topics” in instructional strategies and educational technology. From Language Learners to Digital Storytelling, these are the stories that are making headlines.  Register today Join us as we take a deep dive into each of these topics. Back to Basics with Discovery Education STREAMING Monday, December 5 @ 3:30 PM […]

  5. A Great Tool on Sale

    If you have not seen the Livescribe Eco Smart Pen, you have to at least read about it. I was introduced to it during the summer and it has become one of the most used tools in my classroom. This pen records every stroke you make while writing and anything you hear and say and […]

  6. More free classroom guides for educators from Edutopia

    by David Andrade,   Edutopia, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, is an excellent resource for educators. Their site has a huge variety of resources, tips, and research on education and is accessible for free. They are a big proponent of Project Based Learning and also have a lot of resources on best practices in education.  They have a […]

  7. Some More Ideas for getting students engaged in STEM subjects

    by David Andrade,   Engineering is a passion of mine. I have a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering-Aerospace, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and worked for 10 years as an engineer before making a career change to education. I still do some engineering consulting work also. I use engineering concepts and ideas in my physics class, […]

  8. Resetting Moodle for New Trimester

    Here are the steps to reset your Moodle courses for a new trimester, semester, or year : 1. In each course, go to the Settings menu on the left-hand side of the course. 2. Click on Reset. 3. Check anything that you want removed from the course. Just don’t remove yourself!! 4. Click Reset Course. […]

  9. Canvasing Discovery for Art and DE Basics

     Canvasing Discovery for Art and DE Basics Join us as we search Discovery Education for the Arts, Standards and individual curriculum needs. We will tie in the educational resources of the Nelson-Atkins museum with the available resources on Discovery Education.Cost: Free Breakfast Included About Join us at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast at Panera on the […]

  10. The Edublog Awards 2011: Nominate the DEN!


    Oh, it’s such an exciting time of year.  Not only is it time for the annual Educator’s PLN Holiday Gift Exchange (have you signed up?), but it’s also time for EduBlog Award nominations! In 2008, the DEN in Second Life won for best educational use of a virtual world.  Since then, we’ve had a slew […]

  11. Favorite Things: Pinterest


    I’ve mentioned this before I’m sure, but I’ll say it again. I LOVE COLLECTING THINGS. I can’t stop myself. So tools that help me organize my digital collections of recipes, crafty ideas (that I may never actually make), and classroom tricks are always on my list of favorite things. Recently, I discovered Pinterest (pin + […]

  12. NASA launches Mars Science Laboratory…incorporate the mission with the Science Techbook


    On Saturday November 26th, NASA launched the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  View updates on NASA site here. The Discovery Education Science Techbook includes excellent lessons on space explorations.  The NASA launch of the MSL spacecraft is a great way to engage students in current events and […]

  13. Tech Tip: What’s in a Name?

    Well, if it’s your DE username, a lot! One of the most common issues we encounter on the Support Team is misplaced or forgotten username and/or password. Often, users say “Oh, I thought my username was this“, and they’ll give us the username they typically use for their accounts. When this happens, I always remind the user that, […]

  14. Purposeful Play

    K12 Online Conference for 2011 – Purposeful Play Nov 28 – Dec 8 Are you presenting a session on K12online?  Give us a shout-out, spread the word!! Need a pick-me-up, or a new lesson idea for after the holidays?  Then come and participate in the K12 Online Conference. The conference runs Nov. 28-Dec. 9.  Can’t […]

  15. What Do You Find Pinteresting?

    by Suzy Brooks This fall has been spent in a state of inspiration as I wander the pages and pages of resources available on  Have you?  Are you using Pinterest for teaching?  While it is tempting to spend time finding pins relating to ALL areas of my life, I’ve tried my best to find […]

  16. The Impact of Climate Change on Polar Bears

    Sunday, November 20th Good Morning America aired the segment Polar Bears Suffer Due to Warmer Weather. The Polar Bears in Manitoba Province, Canada are having a hard time finding food because of late freezing and early thawing, which is due to climate change. Watch it here. Learn more about the impact of climate change on […]

  17. Conference/Event Take-Aways

    People attend conferences and events for a number of reasons.  When the conference is over, people often walk away wondering what information is valuable and how it can be used in the classroom.  Kari Huttner, a Wisconsin DEN LC member, recently shared a fantastic classroom experience.  The idea began with a conversation at the DEN […]

  18. Discovery Education and NABSE takes New Orleans

    The National Association of Black School Educators conference was held November 16th the 20th in New Orleans, LA. Discovery Education was in full force. The Discovery Education Team and partners presented in breakout sessions through out the conference. Dr. Eugene White, the superintendent from Indianapolis Public Schools gave an inside look on Making the Transition […]