Monthly Archives: January 2012

DE_BLOT_DEFAULT.jpg

New York Governor Encouraging Implementation of Evaluation Systems

New York Governor Encouraging Implementation of Evaluation Systems

As discussed in a previous blog, “Educators ‘Score’ Evaluation Tactics Low,” New York state educators, administrators, and government officials are locking horns over the implementation of teacher evaluation systems that include student assessment results. The latest wave of activity featured a statement by state governor Andrew Cuomo that districts must adopt new evaluation systems or

DE_BLOT_DEFAULT.jpg

Daily Dose of DEN Diigo 01/31/2012

FlipSnack | PDF to Flash page flip – flipping book software Make beautiful fLipping books to embed into your website! Tags: pdf, ebook, flipsnack, tools, flip, flash, book, books – By Christine Southard Reading Bear – learn to read for free! Tags: reading, phonics, vocabulary, english, Literacy, ESL, education Photo Pin : Free Photos for

DE_BLOT_DEFAULT.jpg

Letters Alive in Texas

Herman Lawson Elementary School in McKinney ISD spent the day showing off how kids are learning these days. Many of you may have heard of the term Augmented Reality. Well, that’s exactly what the kids are experiencing. Letters Alive is a letter learning program that uses flashcards with document style camera called a 3cam. When

DE_BLOT_DEFAULT.jpg

Ever bought the same book twice? There’s an app for that!

This past weekend I spent the morning at the used book sale at my local library.  I brought in a large box and proceeded to fill it within five minutes with treasures.  I started wondering how many of my treasures were “repeats”– books I’d read in the past or tucked away somewhere and couldn’t remember

DE_BLOT_DEFAULT.jpg

Please Allow Me to Elaborate…

In our continuing discussion about ideas for the 5E’s instructional model this month we will look at ways to use DE Science Techbook resources to “Elaborate” Typically, by this point in your lesson the students have “Explored” the concept and “Explained” what they understand regarding the material.  Now it is time for them to SHOW

DE_BLOT_DEFAULT.jpg

Discovery Education Theme Pages of Discovery Talent

Discovery Education just launched exciting new theme pages that feature some of the great talent from Discovery. There are videos from Phillip Cousteau that focus on environmental education. The Danny Forester page features segments on Architecture and Engineering. Reed Timmer from Storm Chasers videos feature his work in extreme weather conditions. Head Rush and MythBuster

DE_BLOT_DEFAULT.jpg

Upcoming Project Learning Tree Opportunities

A couple of dreary days and I am sure we are all ready for some sunshine!  How about getting outside with a Project Learning Tree?  Please share this information with those in your networks. These workshops are open to anyone that works with youth and wants to provide engaging and hands-on activities including classroom teachers,

DE_BLOT_DEFAULT.jpg

More Reflections on DEN SCIcon 2012

Both Jane and David have done a great job of highlighting features of the wonderful gathering of educators at the Mark Twain House Visitor Center this past Saturday. I am so grateful for them sharing their notes, summary comments, and links to the archived presentations. One of the highlights for me was being privileged to

Top