Archives for November, 2011

  1. EdCamp El Paso

    Do you live in Region 19, or close by? Ever wanted to go to an EdCamp but thought it was too far? I have a solution for you. On December 3, 2011 El Paso ISD along with Region 19 and other area school districts are organizing this event. You can register on the Region 19 […]

  2. Welcome New DEN STARs


    Please welcome these new DEN STARs: Laurie Averill, CT Tiera Kronshage, KS Michelle Kurtz, OH Christy Simpson, NY Kate Hall, MD Christopher Sweitzer, PA Ryan Vanskyock, IN Rusty Willis, KS Linda Leypoldt, MD We’re thrilled to have you in the DEN community! Already a STAR? Maintain Your STAR Status! Make sure you keep your STAR […]

  3. More Engineering Resources for K12 Educators and Students

    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, encourage […]

  4. JellyCam: Deep Learning through Fun Publishing

    JellyCam With your students to make a fun easy 21st Century production! After fumbling around with moviemaker, taking loads of pictures, importing, organizing and time-editing, I finally completed my stop-action attempt one hour later… then my new friend and Mentor DENnis Grice  from California, shared this amazing free web tool with me,  (Thanks to DENSI). […]

  5. For KIDS by KIDS!!!!

    SIT Conference-2012 – Students Involved with Technology When: February 18, 2012 from 8:00am – 2:00pm – 6 locations throughout Illinois Adult volunteers needed for Woodridge or Lincolnshire locations.  Click HERE to Volunteer!! Get your students involved to present and be wowed by what each group of students has accomplished!! What is SIT?  It is a conference […]

  6. Evernote Clearly – one click for distraction free online reading – very cool

      Evernote, one of my favorite web apps (along with Google’s many apps), just announced a very cool new product.   Evernote Clearly is a browser extension for Google Chrome (other browsers will be added soon) that allows you to read online with less distractions. You simply click the extension and it hides all the distractions from blogs […]

  7. Professional Development for Teachers Must Change

      Professional Development for Educators needs to change. I know many schools and districts that do it right. I know many educators who have organized EdCamps to provide excellent, teacher driven professional development. I also know, and have experienced first hand, professional development that is not effective.   Professional Development in many school systems is driven by […]

  8. Hey Mom and Dad, What’s For Dinner?

    I am sure at this time of the day, this phrase is being echoed through the homes of  thousands of kids.  Parents are in a dilemma… with a shortage of time and money, how does one make dinner (or any meal) healthy and something they will actually eat? Discovery Education and the Healthy Weight Commitment […]

  9. A Fly on the Wall

    Have you ever wished your job allowed you to wander the halls and peek into other teacher’s classrooms … be that proverbial fly on the wall? While some lucky teachers may be able to do this, most of us do not have this opportunity. Enter … The Teaching Channel. The Teaching Channel records real teachers […]

  10. National Epilepsy Awareness Month

    November is National Epilepsy Awareness month. Having a daughter with this disorder, it is something that has transformed not only her life but the lives of every person in her life.  A previous den post by Jannita Demian (thanks Jannita!) spoke of how this disorder affected her family’s life as well.  This is a far […]

  11. Kangaroos, Koalas, and Kids

    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am spending time thinking about the moments in my life for which I am most thankful.  I cannot express enough gratitude to Discovery Student Adventures  for allowing me to take a trip to Australia with 3 DEN Stars (Jennifer Jensen, CarolAnne McGuire, and Ken Shelton) and 12 of […]

  12. Fishing for Some Great Resources?!?


    Look no further!  Explore the Blue, brought to in partnership with Discovery Education and the Take Me Fishing Campaign, have a tackle box full of resources for you to lure learning in your class! Lesson Plans: I am in love with their cross curricular connections! Check these ones out: Physical Education: Go Fish Tag! Language […]

  13. The Power of Creativity

    Creativity is the most important trait that a person can possess. It allows you to create meaning, importance and curiosity. It is the essence of why and how children and adults learn. As teachers and schools evolve, they should be asking themselves, how are our schools enhancing our students’ and our teachers’ creativity, curiosity, and […]

  14. Accelerating Social Studies Achievement

    The findings from a recent study involving Discovery Education and the Indianapolis Public Schools was recently released.  This study was conducted by researchers at Discovery Education to assess the effectiveness of the social studies digital alignment strategy in improving students’ performance in social studies. From the Executive Summary – In 2009, Discovery Education partnered with […]

  15. Who’s Your 1 in 100?

    Mine is DJ. November is National Epilepsy Awareness month.  Did you know that 1 in 100 American’s suffer from Epilepsy? So who is your 1 in 100? Many of us have heard of epilepsy and we “think” we know what to do or what happens when an individual has a seizure… but what you may […]

  16. Powered Up!

    This past weekend in Prince George’s County MD, at the Powering Up With Technology Conference, educators from the DC/MD/VA metro area came together for an energized day of learning, collaboration, and fun. The keynote speaker, PGCPS Superintendent, Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., gave a very compelling address to the audience. He charged all teachers with creating […]