Archives for July, 2012

  1. DENSI daily recap: Day two

    Today we had a field trip to Yellowstone National Park. We loaded onto three large buses and drove for three hours to Wyoming to see Old Faithful. Participants were given a photo challenge and around four hours to hike, walk, or just sit and enjoy the view. Porter scheduled it well – we loaded back […]

  2. Meograph

    Meograph, a new application that uses Google Earth to make digital storytelling easy goes live today. I have previously posted about this application, and today you can sign up for your own free account. Meograph is like Photostory meets Google Earth, and makes adding geographic tags, images, and information from Google Earth to a digital […]

  3. DENSI daily recap – day one

    As Jannita Demian said, Discovery is all about wide open opportunities. Beautiful Bozeman, Montana seems to be the perfect place for educators to explore them. The first day of DENSI started off with registration, a photo op with Lance Rougeux and a networking activity during dinner. Participants had the opportunity to talk to and get […]

  4. DENSI 2012 is here!

    Today is the first day of the DEN Summer Institute in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. I’m Elaine Plybon, and I’m one of the camp counselors for the institute. Here are some of the ways I will be keeping everyone back home updated on the events at DENSI. I will be posting quick, unedited video snippets called […]

  5. STEM and Gamiming: Play foldit and Add Knowledge to Scientific Research!


    Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. This page describes the science behind Foldit and how your playing can help.  Teach Biology students about the importance of proteins and protein structures in a fun, inquiry-based exploration via this game. A wealth of background information on the […]

  6. Navigating The Educator and Student Upload Process

    Colby Tillman of the Discovery Education Assessment Support team joins me to discuss some of the things that she is having conversations about during her week. This is the first of a series of podcasts, and discusses the educator and student upload process, naming conventions, common error messages, ensuring the saving of historical data, and […]

  7. Resources for Common Core State Standards

    I just recently ran across an educator’s guide from Edutopia about the various resources for understanding the Common Core State Standards. The links they provided are very helpful and include links to videos as well. If you have a tablet or iPad, two amazing apps for Common Core are Edutater Core Standards and MasteryConnect.

  8. Matt’s Tips and Tricks 7-19

    This week I’ll review the newly enhanced Discovery Education features and functionality.  Get a sneak peek and go behind the scenes to see what you’ll have access to when you go back to school in the fall. I also highlight a special Back-to-School webinar series starting August 8, 2012! Open publication – Free publishing – […]

  9. More Things I Think You Should Read

    I don’t know about you, but I come across plenty of information online.  Much of it comes via Twitter, but some comes from Facebook or my RSS feed.  I don’t always have a chance to read all of it, which is a shame, but when I do come across something that is thought provoking, funny, […]

  10. Techbook Academy


    Discovery Education hosted Techbook Academy for its employees yesterday and today. Discovery Education High School Science Techbook and Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook are the focus of this two day event. These products are the next “it” thing in the education industry, and are awe-inspiring. My colleagues and I got this great opportunity and we […]

  11. Get free online curricululm resources from SAS!

    Get ready for the 2012-2013 school year with a free e-learning account for teachers from SAS! SAS provides free e-courses and lesson resources to teachers in a variety of subjects. Students receive a student log-on tied to a free teacher account, and can explore a variety of academic concepts at their own pace. For more […]

  12. Mammoth Cave Adventure

    If you have ever wanted to explore the world’s longest known cave, then Mammoth Cave located near Bowling Green, KY is the cave for you. There are more than 392 miles of passages interconnected with one another and a variety of tours you can take. Being a moderate adventurer and amateur spelunker, I opted for […]

  13. Track Growth By Benchmark Subject

    Thanks again to one of our Florida educators whose students take our Benchmark exam for asking a number of wonderful questions this spring. We are answering them one at a time this summer on the Assessment blog. 3. How do I interpret student growth by standard? Answer from Stacy Hayes, Psychometric Research Analyst Discovery Education’s Benchmark […]

  14. Mousey Monday!


    It’s Monday and Mousey is back to answer your questions! This week’s question is “What can Discovery do to help teachers make the beginning of the school year better?” Click on Professor Mousey to find out his answer! Every Discovery Education customer has access to Discovery Education’s Builder tools under their Discovery Education account. Discovery […]

  15. DENVisory Board and Virtual DENSI Live

    For those of us who cannot make it to DENSI 2012 will have an opportunity to attend virtually via the DEN Blog. Here is a link to the Virtual DENSI Live agenda. Don’t forget to vote for your representative of choice for the DENVisory Board. The nominations are in, and I, Monique Liles, along with […]

  16. Help ME Help YOU!

    If you have seen Jerry Maguire you can appreciate the title of this post. At a pivotal point in the movie, Jerry Maguire (played by Tom Cruise) begs his pro football client (played by Cuba Gooding, Jr.) to “help me help you!” As entertaining as it might be, I’m not going to follow you into […]

  17. How Hard Is it To Leave a Comment?

    If you’ve ever started a blog or posted something to facebook, you no doubt understand the feeling when someone responds or leaves a comment. I often tell the story of the first person to ever comment on my blog over 7 years ago. His name was Casey Hales and he’s a special educator from Texas. […]

  18. Leading in Complex Times Requires Adaptation


    Ron Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky in their book The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World (2009, Harvard Business Press) write about adaptive leadership.  Their definition: Adaptive leadership is the practice of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive (page 14) sounds like the kind of […]