Archives for October, 2012

  1. Hey Canadian STARs, We’ve Had Some Issues

    One of my goals as Canadian Community Manager has been to increase the number of DEN STARs in Canada. When I began the job in the beginning of January there were about 60 stars. Over the first few months that number increased to 80+. I’m not about to take credit for that that but the […]

  2. Creative, Entrepreneurial, and Global: 21st Century Education

    “Creative, Entrepreneurial, and Global: 21st Century Education”   As I was gearing up for the 2012 MassCUE Conference  (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) held last week, I was reminded of last year’s keynote presentation that truly had an impact on me. Yong Zhao is a University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where […]

  3. Webinar Series: Midyear Mind Explosion!

    On behalf of our excellent Discovery Educator Network (DEN), we would like to present a special webinar series, Midyear Mind Explosion with Discovery Education! Are you ready for a mind explosion? Have a blast with Discovery Education as we illuminate your creative side and explore new instructional strategies and technologies. From literacy apps to flipped […]

  4. Inclusive Assessment Webinar Series: Join Us Monday

    Please join us next Monday, November 5 as we renew our series: Implementing Inclusive Assessment & Student Evaluation Support Student Learning and Inform Your Teaching with Practical Ideas from Professional Educators Until then we’ll postpone our events out of respect to those battling Hurricane Sandy and the associated storms and cleanup on the East coast! Good luck […]

  5. Louis Sachar is visiting- Are you kidding me?!

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    Decatur, Georgia is home to independent book store Little Shop of Stories. It’s a local and inter-galactic favorite.  Book fans of all sorts converge on Little Shop and Decatur each September thanks to our incredible book festival. The store’s fantastic On the Same Page initiative promotes one book per year that the entire community reads… […]

  6. Tundra Connections: Change the World!

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    Last week I was in Churchill for the first week of the Polar Bears International® (PBI) Tundra Connections webcasts.  This week, Kyle Schutt, who works closely on our STEM programs like Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, is on Tundra Buggy One moderating the webcasts with a fantastic group of scientists. This week the focus of the […]

  7. Super Awesome Massive List of Websites You’ll Love!

     Super Awesome Massive List of Websites You’ll Love!  Thanks, edjudo, for compiling the original list that I enhanced.   You rock. 280 Slides– Create PowerPoint style presentations online (free) 4Shared- An online storage site allowing you to upload and share music, photos, video and documents (free 10GB) 5min Life Videopedia – Short instructional videos for every […]

  8. Matt’s Tips and Tricks 10-29-2012

    Even a hurricane can not delay this edition of Matt’s Tips and Tricks!  We’re hunkering down here in the DC area but I was able to get this edition out to you today (while we still had power).  With Halloween just around the corner, and Hurricane Sandy threatening to knock on our door in MD, […]

  9. Mousey Monday

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    Happy Mousey Monday to our Cache and Cookie readers! Mousey is here to help teachers keep their students up to speed with all that is going on with the 2012 Presidential Elections. Teachers can run a search for “election 2012” to pull up our wonderful Election 2012 Content Collection.   The Content Collections draw together […]

  10. DEN Stars Shine at MassCUE

    Every year the Massachusetts Computer-Using Educators (MassCUE) conference provides many opportunities for learning and sharing among innovative, committed teachers, administrators, and technology specialists. This year was no exception! DEN Stars and Leadership Council members contributed to the conference’s success at every level. Joanne Najarian, MassCUE Board Member and DEN Star chaired the entire successful conference. […]

  11. Connecting Math and Literature

    Why should I connect math and literature? Literature will help students address the eight standards for mathematical practice. Remember that these practices are not what the teacher will do; these are things that students need to be able to do as fluent mathematicians. Here are some great ideas for connecting mathematics instruction with children’s literature. […]

  12. Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Frame for Moving into the Furture

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    How a leader shows up matters. What a leader believes matters. The leader’s ‘frame’ makes a difference. Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Kae Rader in their book: Appreciative Leadership help leaders to develop their skills and attitudes related to helping to bring about positive systemic change.  The following four attributes are those common to leaders […]

  13. EEN: AweSTEM Alternative Assessment Strategies

    Are you looking for ways to validate learning beyond reduced choice exams? Join Jason Altman from the DE assessment team and DEN STAR’s Peg Hartwig and Cary Supalo For a refreshing look at 21st C assessment strategies for low incidence populations throughout K12 science and mathematics. All educators interested in alternative assessment strategies for low […]

  14. 11 Twitter Tips for Educators

    I recently saw a post sharing 100 Twitter Tips for Teachers.  It’s a great list, but for me, it’s too big.  I looked through the list and pulled some that I thought were especially important.  Below are my 11 Twitter Tips for Educators, narrowed down from TeachThoughts 100, with some of their notes mixed in with […]

  15. Things I Think You Should Read

    It’s time for another edition of Things I Think You Should Read.  These are articles and blog posts I’ve seen over the last week or so that I’ve found interesting.  If you’re active on Twitter, you may have seen these already, but for those who haven’t, take some time and read these.  I think you […]

  16. DEN STAR Valerie Burton & K12 Online Conference

    DEN STAR Valerie Burton is sharing her knowledge with others during the K12 Online Conference.  Her session, called “Show Off Your Work Online Using Weebly.com can be viewed online.  This is one of many presentations that are part of this free professional development.  Check out the conference schedule to see what might be good for […]

  17. Politics That Matter

    Wikipedia defines politics as a term generally applied to the art or science of running governmental or state affairs, including behavior within civil governments, but also applies to institutions, fields, and special interest groups such as the corporate, academic, and religious segments of society. It consists of “social relations involving authority or power” and to […]

  18. Tundra Connections Start Today!

     The Polar Bears International® Tundra Connections webcasts start today.  Join us to learn from leading scientists while polar bears roam around outside. To support your discussions about these webcasts, Patti Duncan has put together an amazing wiki with lessons (K-12) that correspond to the webcasts. Check it out at: http://depbitundraconnections.wikispaces.com See you later today! WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 […]

  19. Smart Board Tips

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    I have been teaching with a Smart board for 8 years now and have gathered some tips. I use SMART brand boards; however I am sure these tips are similar for most brands. There is a great tool that will snap a picture of the screen and put it into the note book program. It […]