Archives for April, 2012

  1. 1 Week Left to Enter the DEN’s Dr. Lodge Video Challenge

    That’s right, this Friday, May 4th is your last chance to submit your videos! Looking for more info?  Check out the contest website or keep on scrolling…   What’s the Dr. Lodge Video Challenge? Simply select one of Dr. Lodge McCammon’s pre-selected, standards-based songs, learn the corresponding moves from the kinesthetic lectures, film your music […]

  2. Matt’s Tips and Tricks 4-30

    Good Monday Morning to you all. This week we’ll check out how to find and use the interactive simulations, games, and skill builders inside Discovery Education. We’ll explore a cool mulitplayer game app for students using one iPad. And, of course, we’ll highlight this week’s webinars. Please enjoy and share. Open publication – Free […]

  3. Share Your Skills

    Arlington Public Schools will be hosting a Technology for Learning Symposium JULY 25-27. This event is a great opportunity to share your skills, ideas or lessons by submitting a proposal. Call for Proposals – Deadline May 4, 2012 The Technology for Learning Symposium is a three-day professional learning event focused on educational technology. Click this […]

  4. Family Night at Suntree Elementary School in Brevard

    For today’s post, Technical and Customer Operations Manager Payal Gulia was kind enough to share her recent experience in Brevard, Florida: A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending a Family Night event at Suntree Elementary School in Brevard, FL. I have never experienced such a fun filled, cheerful and exciting environment like […]

  5. Egg Farm To Table Virtual Field Trip

      With budget cuts, increasing rigor, and time that always runs away from us a virtual field trip is a great way to get “out” of the classroom.  I was super excited to see the email from Discovery Education Network about the Egg Farm to Table Virtual Field Trip.  I automatically forwarded it onto my […]

  6. Shoot out in KC

    Join us for lunch at The Pizza Shoppe and share your favorite ways to use DISCOVERY Education in your classroom. Also, we will share favorite websites, programs and technology that enhance your curriculum. Who knows, you may find an exciting project for the end of the year. Cost: free TIME: Noon to 2:00pm DATE: […]

  7. ReThink “ThingLink..

    Here is a little web tool that can be expanded to do more than what you may think! ThingLink will allow you to upload a picture and then place link targets within the picture to connect you to different sites, listen to an explanation, or read information an important concept. It seems like  a simple […]

  8. The Eight Podcast

    Today Steve and I chat with our colleague Ginny Washburne about her new project The Rising Star. She may or may not have showered which meant we only recorded audio even though we used Google Hangout. This is a pretty cool project that warrants your attention. Listen and leave a comment. I mean it, leave […]

  9. Help Rename the DE Streaming Theme Pages

    Since launching theme pages on DE Streaming, we’ve received requests to find a more descriptive, appropriate name for them. The name “theme page” conveys the idea of a collection of content assets focused on a particular topic. However, many people thought that the name fell short in describing the value that the pages offer teachers. […]

  10. Virginia Social Learning Summit!

    On April 21st 25 educators came together for the first Discovery Social Learning Summit in Woodbridge, VA.  It was a fantastic day filled with learning, sharing and collaborating. Below are some resources from the day. “Anywhere, Anytime Learning” presentation link: All of the resources shared during the session are hyperlinked in that presentation for […]

  11. America – We Have a Problem: Smart people acting like squirrels!

    What follows is a section of Levinson and Grieder’s book: Following Through:A Revolutionary New Model for Finishing Whatever You Start p. 35 & 36 (2007).  I am fascinated by their example of how a squirrel’s brain is ‘hard wired’ to accomplish certain very specific tasks. Mr. Squirrel collects acorns for the winter because he’s pre-programmed […]

  12. So Johnny was in Aurora, Colorado Two Weekends Ago…

    On the weekend of April 14th-15th, I was in Aurora, CO for Colorado’s Day of Discovery. Just as I expected, the teachers were wildly enthusiastic about the Discovery Education products and I know for a fact that the seminar on accessing Streaming via the iPad was particularly popular since I had a plethora of teachers […]

  13. Teacher Appreciation Week (USA) is May 7 – 11, 2012

        Teacher Appreciation in the US is the week of May 7-12, with Teacher Appreciation Day being May 8th. “Teacher Day is a remarkable occasion for all of us to show our teacher appreciation, whether we are students or we wish to compliment a former teacher, or our kids’ teachers.”   These days […]

  14. Google Drive is here! Free online file sync/storage

      Google Drive, Google’s online file storage system, is now live. With it you can upload and access all of your files including videos, photos, PDFs, Google Docs and more, just like with Dropbox or Sugarsync.   Google Docs is integrated with Google Drive so you can work on all your documents, presentations and spreadsheets, as well as share content […]

  15. Adobe Photoshop Touch Review – very nice app

      Adobe recently released a host of Adobe TouchApps – Photoshop Touch, Ideas, Collage, Debut, Kuler, Proto, and Carousel. Design, edit, and elegantly present your work using six new Adobe® Touch Apps designed for your tablet. Whether you use a stylus or just your fingertip, intuitive touchscreen features provide easy, precise control for a variety of creative tasks. Transfer […]

  16. CX – file sync, share and backup service with 10GB free account

      CX is a  file sync, share and backup service, similar to Dropbox or Sugarsync that I have reviewed before, but I’ve been using it more lately and really like how it works.   CX allows you to backup your files, sync them across multiple devices, share your files and collaborate on them with others, and even discover new ideas and […]

  17. CIA World Factbook – excellent resource about countries of the world

      The CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) World Factbook is an incredible resource about the countries of the world. It’s free and available online and you can also download a copy for offline viewing and access. Older versions (back to 2000) are also available, which can be good for history teachers looking for older information.   The […]

  18. Google Maps adds Photo Tours of World Landmarks – in 3D

      Google Maps is an amazing resource. Google has just announced a new feature of Google Maps – Photo Tours. Photo Tours are 3D photo scenes of over 15,000 popular sites from around the world, including Yosemite, St. Mark’s Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Buckingham Palace, the Anne Frank house and much more.   When you search for a location […]

  19. Georgia Children’s Book Awards 2012-2013– Grades 4-8 with Links to Author Websites / Blogs


                Here’s the list of 2012-2013 nominees and author or publisher websites/blogs. (N) indicates that the title is available on Nook reader.  Some titles are more appropriate for mature or Middle Grades audiences. Davis, Eleanor  Secret Science Alliance And The Copycat Crook Greenwald, Lisa My Life In Pink & Green […]