Archives for December, 2011

  1. New Year’s Eve Rituals

    Do you have a New Year’s Eve ritual? Spending time with family or loved ones? Celebrating out on the town? Watching the famous ball drop in Time Square? Let’s take a look at how the ball dropping tradition began… December 31, 1907:  First time ball drops at Times Square to signal new year Since 1907, […]

  2. The Power of a Hashtag

    #findhaley #lovehaley

    I have been mulling over this post for a little over a month.   When I became a DEN LC blog member I had so many ideas that I wanted to share, write about, and post.  However, the reality of this year set in.  Changing schools, changing classes, and just change in general made everything […]

  3. Discovery and Tagxedo

    So here is a little fun using Discovery Encyclopedia articles and the wonderful word cloud creator Tagxedo. Step 1: Find a resource from DE and encyclopedia Step 2: Copy and paste part of the article into Tagxedo Step 3: Choose a shape and edit the words Step 4: Choose the colors and share ________________________________________________________________________ Citation […]

  4. Reflecting on the Best Book I read in 2011 – That Used To Be Us

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    That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind In The World It Invented and How We Can Come Back by Thomas L. Frieman and Michael Mandelbaum (2011) was the book that made the biggest impression on me this year. I see this book to be an honest analysis of the America we are living […]

  5. Merry Apps for Mind Maps !

    Mind Maps are graphic representations of information that show both small units of information and their relationships in a visual way. Concept maps,(or story maps, graphic organizers, advance organizers, story webs, semantic maps, and cognitive organizers), are often used to teach text structure and to aid in comprehension, helping students understand multiple layered concepts. Research […]

  6. CT DEN SCICon Registration Is Now Open

    I am very pleased to announce that the CT DEN leadership council will be hosting a live event for the SCICon virtual conference at the Mark Twain House in Hartford on Saturday, January 28, 2012. DEN SCIcon focuses on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their science classes through the […]

  7. Android 4 Schools – great new site with info and resources for Android in education

    by David Andrade,   Android 4 Schools is a new site from Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers. In this site, Richard and his guest authors will be sharing resources and reviews of apps (mostly free) that can be used in K-12 schools, along with ways that those apps can be used in the […]

  8. Be The Future – STEM resource from the Science Channel

    by David Andrade,   Be The Future is a STEM resource from the Science Channel, part of Discovery Communications, that provides information, resources, links, lesson resources, and more from a variety of sources, including Discovery Education.   It is a new science initiative to help get students interested and engaged in science subjects and careers. There […]

  9. EdWeb- Another Excellent PLC

    I recently stumbled upon and I cannot say enough great things about it.  In the short time I have become a member, I have attended several webinars with my teachers, watched archived sessions that I missed, made connections with other educators, and provided resources to my district about Common Core Standards. The membership is […]

  10. Accelerate Learning with Green Screen & Music

    Kari Huttner has taken advantage of the great DE music featuring Dr Lodge McCammon’s content driven Jams containing powerful lyrics and melodies to charge students’ interest and improve their level of comprehension.  Kari adds Green Screen fun with DE Video segments, reaching  total tech integration! What a great way to demonstrate how we help young […]

  11. Getting SMARTer….

    For the past several years, I have been fortunate enough to have a media cart in my classroom…  Her name is Louse and with her, I have learned countless strategies and creative ways for integrating the laptop, projector, speakers, and document camera into my everyday routine. I have presented many workshops for teachers, and offered […]

  12. DEN SCIcon 2012


    DEN SCIcon focuses on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their science classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content. Join thousands of educators from around the world for an amazing day of professional development sessions, networking and sharing. Register for the online sessions at: or […]

  13. DE streaming: More Than Just Video

    When most folks think of DE streaming, naturally they think of our expansive library of video titles. Not everyone knows that we have some excellent non-video resources as well. Today, we’ll show you an easy way to highlight and browse for these resources. If you read last Monday’s blog post, you’re already familiar with how […]

  14. Weebly in the Media Center

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       I recently purchased a yearly subscription to Weebly (  for several reasons– 1-  to allow my students to submit library book suggestions to me via email, 2- to give my students a place to ask technical questions via email, 3- to create an online “form” for staff members to submit purchasing requests. What I […]

  15. We have a winner!

    Congratulations to Shelley Addis! Shelley is the winner of the Discovery Education Canada Fellowship Drive. Shelley is a DEN Star from St Paul Education Regional Division #1 in Alberta, teaching at Ecole St. Paul Elementary School. Earlier this year, during the Alberta Road trip, we held our first Fellowship Drive for Canada. Educators from across […]

  16. Do you have a SWEET session idea for PETE&C 2012?

    PETE&C Proposal Form!

    In February Discovery Education will be back at the Hershey Lodge and Conference Center Hershey, PA connecting with educators looking for creative ways to use digital media in the classroom. Are you a STAR who still hasn’t registered? Do so now at: Are you interested in presenting at the PreCon Day of Discovery at PETE&C […]

  17. STEM Curriculum Resources for all educators

    By David Andrade,   There is a big push for increasing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in all classes and grade levels. As a science teacher and engineer, I agree that STEM topics are important to our students and our society.   The Dayton Ohio Regional STEM Center is a great resource for teachers who teach STEM […]