Archives for June, 2012

  1. Rainy Day Idea For Data Use

    I want to credit Shelly Strickland, a school administrator in the Taylor County, Florida school system for passing on this idea to me. At her school, Strickland uses those unfortunate rainy day recesses to put some exciting Discovery Education content in front of her students. Instead of sitting around with nothing to do, her elementary […]

  2. DE Support is now on Twitter!

      There’s no denying it: social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have become so ingrained into how we consume information, so much so that it’s difficult to remember a time without these websites. For many years, Twitter has been used to great effect in disseminating information and allowing like-minded individuals to congregate and discuss […]

  3. Matt’s Tips and Tricks 6-11

    I know, I know – you’ve missed me :). The last two weeks have been crazy busy (Memorial weekend and the week that followed). But I’m back in business now and have a fresh new Matt’s Tips and Tricks for you. Since we are now heading into the summer I’m going to move the tips […]

  4. Science at Sea


    Join Steve Spangler and other teachers for a unique professional development experience in June of 2013. We’re taking the Spangler Seminars experience to the seas for the third time in June, 2013 with Holland America. Join our award-winning naturalists and Steve Spangler as we explore the inside passage of Alaska. We will explore Juneau, Glacier […]

  5. Why is google not spelled googol (the correct spelling)

    As Larry Page, the co-founder of narrates: “Lucas Pereira: ‘You idiots, you spelled [Googol] wrong!’ But this was good, because was available and was not. Now most people spell ‘Googol’ ‘Google’, so it worked out OK in the end.” or according to Google corp. 1999: ” 10^100 (a gigantic number) is a […]

  6. The Tenth Podcast

    Today’s podcast comes via Google Hangout and it’s new “on air” feature. You’ll hear 27 minutes of bantering and nattering with some useful ideas we hope, sprinkled in between. If you’re patient, there’s an opportunity to win a little somethin’ somethin’. Listen and you’ll find out. I’ve also included just the audio. We hope to […]

  7. New Chromebook, Chromebox and updated Chrome OS – look awesome, great for education

      Google and Samsung have just announced a new Chromebook, the Chromebox and the new version of Google’s Chrome OS.   I have been a long time user of Google’s Chrome OS and Chromebook (almost two years) on their beta device, the CR-48. I love it! I can do everything I need on it.   Chromebooks run Google’s Chrome […]

  8. eduClipper – clip anything, share everything – more info available now.

        eduClipper is a new app coming from EduTecher Adam Bellow that I wrote about last month. eduClipper is in sign up mode now and promises to provide a way to clip anything from the web and then share it with anyone.   It’s free and allows you to clip and capture anything from the web including articles, links, […]

  9. Google is buying QuickOffice – here’s what that means

           Yesterday, Google announced that it was buying QuickOffice. QuickOffice is a mobile app that allows users to view, edit, and create documents, spreadsheets and presentations, including Microsoft Office files. It integrates with Google Docs™, Dropbox, Evernote, Catch, Egnyte, Huddle™, Box, SugarSync, and MobileMe™, allowing you to access and work with your files on your mobile device.   Google will be integrating QuickOffice into […]

  10. Education Dive – education news, trends, resources, tech and more

        Education Dive describes itself as the “Mobile Dashboard for Educators.” It is a free site that has education news, trends, links, resources, technology, and much more for educators. There is some great information and some great resources available here.       You can subscribe to it via email or RSS feed and follow […]

  11. Wonderville – awesome, fun, educational science resources

      Wonderville is a great, free site I just learned about from an article in Tech & Learning magazine. Wonderville is an award winning site that has interactive science activities that are fun and educational. There are over 30 games on Wonderville that help students learn about science while having fun. There are also puzzles, activity sheets and crosswords, videos exploring […]

  12. EACH Student a Learner!!!

    When I see young people – I see potential! Currently there are too many students that are left behind.  Dropouts, underachievers, and minimal learners are all too common. The current system for educating society’s youth is broken: Broken if we agree that there is student potential that is not being tapped.  Yet, there are those […]

  13. June 4, 2012 Webcast

    Discovery Education Assessment: The Ultimate Guide To the Detail Export Week of June 4, 2012 This webcast will highlight hints and tips for maximizing the potential of the Detail Export function within Discovery Education Assessment. This resource is available for both Benchmark Assessment data, as well as data acquired through Progress Zone. However, strategies are needed to prevent […]

  14. Discovery Education Celebrates Milwaukee Public Schools

    On June 4th a few of us from Discovery Education spent the day celebrating educators across Milwaukee Public Schools. Over 20 schools and 16 educators in MPS received recognition as top users of Discovery Education Streaming. Our “prize patrol” team spent the day surprising these deserving educators with a certificate, balloons and of course a […]

  15. Treasure Hunting 101- Georgia State Historic Sites History Trail Geocaching Game

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    Summertime is TREASURE HUNTING Time! The Georgia State Historic Sites History Trail geocaching game is underway-  you can ‘Get Out.  Get Dirty. And Get Fit.’ in a Georgia Historic Site this summer! It’s time to grab your cell phone, comfortable shoes, and a buddy – let’s go Geocaching! A few weeks ago the Georgia Discovery […]

  16. What’s So Great About the DEN?

    If you’re involved with the DEN, either as a STAR Discovery Educator, Leadership Council member, or in some other fashion, you’ve experienced the greatness of this community.  Do you think you can put your thoughts about the DEN into a sentence or two?  I’m sure you can and will.  We’re putting together another resource to […]

  17. Selena Ward…nuff said.

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    Maryland’s own Selena Ward will be recognized at ISTE as one of the Emerging Leaders for 2012! We are so proud to have one of our DEN Community members receiving such an honor. Yeeaaaaaah, Selena! The image below is from the Maryland Society for Educational Technology’s latest newsletter.    

  18. Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)

    American writer Ray Bradbury passed away today at the age of 91. A celebrated writer, Bradbury was known for infusing his stories with hints of fantasy and mystery, all the while introducing the overarching theme of dystopia into many of his writings. I do have memories of reading Fahrenheit 451 during my lazy schoolboy days […]

  19. This is the DEN

    A few weeks ago I fished around asking for folks to share either how they would describe the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) or what it means to them. Armed with a few responses and a wack sack of other great resources, data and stories I set out trying to create a simple, one stop place […]

  20. Who’s Going to the Tundra?!?!


    Our amazing friends at Polar Bears International offered two full scholarships to active members of the DEN community to attend their Leadership Camp in October 2012. Applicants were asked to create an original video that answers: “If selected as a DEN Ambassador how will you bring your experience at Polar Bears International Leadership Camp in […]