Archives for May, 2012

  1. Smackdown in Winnipeg

    Den Stars Andy Mckiel and Joan Badger hosted a Discovery Smackdown event in their home district of St. James School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba. About 30 teachers came after school and began with some small sharing about how their using Discovery in their classrooms. Given they’ve only had access since March, they shared some cool […]

  2. Day of Discovery at 1 Discovery Place!

    Discovery Education hosted another Day of Discovery event at Discovery Communications’ World Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 19, 2012. The event was a huge hit and it was a joy to see so many enthusiastic teachers learning about what they can do with Discovery Education resources. Daniel Choi, Josh Judkins and I mainly […]

  3. Summer Learning from The Science House

    The Science House at NC State University has 3 workshops this summer open to all educators. Visit http://science-house.org/index.php/open-registration-workshops for more details and registration information. Science with GPS, June 8-9, 2012 in Raleigh Time: 9 am – 3 pm (A Certificate of Completion will be issued for 10 hours of instruction.) Instructors:  Michelle Benigno, Mountain Satellite Outreach Coordinator, […]

  4. Congratulations to the New DEN Stars

    I wanted to give a shout out and congratulations to the new DENStars of Colorado! Lori Allard, CO Vincent Ardito, CO Rebecca Dague, CO Sara Finney, CO Robert Fowler, CO Cristine Goodman, CO Brenda Holmstedt, CO Misty Louihis, CO Susan Massa, CO Sarah Rice, CO Ledeen Rickey, CO Alma Tetrault, CO The Colorado Leadership Council […]

  5. Making Teacher Evaluations Public is a Bad Idea ~ Bill Gates

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    In an interview some weeks ago  with Weekend Edition Saturday‘s host Scott Simon, Gates went on to say. “The goal is to help teachers be better,” Gates said. “And when we run personnel systems where we want to be frank with employees about where they need to improve, having [evaluations] publicly available is not conducive […]

  6. QR Codes: A Beginner’s Guide

    QR Codes

    What are QR codes? QR codes are quick response 2D bar codes. They hold  a lot of information in one code, and can be scanned with a variety of devices such as Smartphones, iPod Touches, iPads, laptops with webcams, etc. When scanned they provide marketing information about products and companies, coupons, etc. How are QR […]

  7. App Recap with Zinepal

    Here is a recap, courtesy of  Zinepal, of the great apps and educational tech tools highlighted by the Georgia DEN Blog Team this year.  I have created a Zinepal eBook of this year’s  blog posts. While in the eBook, just click on the blogger’s name to see a list of all of their posts. It’s […]

  8. DEN Trading Cards and Pinterest

    Prior to today, I didn’t use Pinterest.  I’ve seen a lot of tweets and Facebook posts about it – people sharing recipes, fashion ideas, etc., but for the most part, it was of no use to me.  Or so I thought. Scrolling through Twitter this morning, I came across this tweet:         […]

  9. Keep Your STAR Status

    It’s almost that time of year.  I’m not talking about the time of the year when school ends, I’m talking about the time of the year when we confirm STAR status for our spectacular STAR Discovery Educators.  Remember, to maintain your STAR status, you need to report at least 2 events during the 2011-2012 school […]

  10. Were you trained in data and assessment?

    I’d like to think I’m pretty darn smart, particularly when I was having a conversation with a colleague and a couple of days later the Huffington Post covers a story on that very topic!  Maybe great minds think alike? The topic – are teacher credential programs preparing teachers for the type of work that is […]

  11. Educating Our Future Workforce, from Bill Goodwyn

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    Last week, CEO of Discovery Education Bill Goodwyn participated in a panel discussion at the Republican Governors’ Association titled, “Enhancing Workforce Development.”  If you were following us on Twitter, you probably saw some of the coverage from the event as it happened.  Yesterday, he shared his own reflection from the event that I highly recommend […]

  12. Professional Development

    With summer just around the corner (7 days of school left.. not that I am counting) I am looking forward to the professional development that I will be able to take in over the summer!  Although attending conferences face to face are fantastic, it is not always feasible or affordable.  A great way to still […]

  13. May 21, 2012 Webcast

    Discovery Education Assessment: Measuring Progress Between Benchmarks #2 Week of May 21, 2012 In this event we will show participants how to capitalize on all Discovery Education resources available in Progress Zone. Part 2 will investigate the Classroom Manager as well as Assigning Probes using the Discovery Education Student Center. We will also explore how to get […]

  14. On This Day: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered

    Fred Rogers with the Neighborhood seen on his show.

    Just out of college and headed for a career in music, Fred Rogers happened to catch an episode of what passed for children’s television in the 1950s – grotesquely grinning hosts, raucous improvised dialogue, and broad, pie-in-the-face humor. Appalled, Rogers vowed to counteract such programming with his own shows He started with the low-budget Children’s […]

  15. 3 DEN Activities + 12 DEN STAR Presenters + Dr Lodge= UnDENiably the BEST DEN Event This Year in SC!

    What event could this be?  None other than the Upstate Technology Conference (UTC) in Greenville, SC from 6/12-6/14: http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/utc 3 DEN Activities: 1. Dining with the STARS: You are cordially invited to dine among the STARs. The South Carolina DEN will host a dinner for STARs during the UTC conference in Greenville, SC. STARs let’s […]

  16. Texas DENnys Winners!

    Texas Stars shown at the 2012 DENnys awards, streaming live from Discovery HQ in Maryland.  In the Most Creative/Best DEN event category was  Howard Martin, from Austin, with his SXSiPad event. “We did a South By Southwest-themed iPad event called, South By South iPad.   Almost 50 people converged for a full day of concurrent sessions […]