Monthly Archives: November 2012


“In the Movies,” with Discovery’s Editable Video Clips

Fifth grade students are using the editable videos from Discovery Education as a backdrop for their narrative writing projects. Students are highly motivated to include adjectives, when they see themselves in the movie clip!   Each student wrote about a summer adventure, and then they searched for video clips that would be the best background


DEN Virt Con – Getting Organized in Idaho with Porter Palmer

Porter Palmer shared some awesome tips with us this morning, at the Den Virt Con! “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” Henry Ford  – Go to Free Teacher/Learner Resources on the home page of – All are available before you log in! This will be great to share with


Reflections from DEN Virt Con 2012 in Star, Idaho

Educators in Star, Idaho enjoyed an incredible day of learning at the 2012 DEN Virt Con! Thank you to Dennis Grice for reminding us to keep our spark for learning! We were reminded to be aware of fire extinguishers within our practice. What is a spark? A tool, a website, something that makes you want


Multimedia Tools Shared at Day of Discovery in Middleton, Idaho!

Some awesome multimedia tools were shared at Day of Discovery in Middleton with Kim Randall! – Upload photos and you can have audio recording and comments attached to these – You can also load videos – Let’s you upload an image and then it let’s you animate it and record a voice.  – Make up


Highlights from Days of Discovery in Middleton, Idaho

Preposition Pow Wow! Web Version Kim Miller and I worked together to make a sweet digital story to teach about prepositions! We especially like the music! Our students are going to love to create their own digital stories! Maybe we can have groups of students focus on each part of speech: adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs


Just Two Things

You might have seen the movie City Slickers where the character Curly tells Mitch that the secret of life is “just one thing”.  Many of us spend time trying to find our “one thing” and a few lucky ones (I think many are Discovery employees) really capture it.  In this article, Lisa Nielsen reminds us


Integrating Language Learning Students in Purposeful Evaluation

Thank you so much to Jennifer Paul (Michigan Department of Education) and Gabriela Cardenas (UCLA Lab School) for joining us to share their thoughts and expertise in the final event of our “Implementing Inclusive Assessment & Student Evaluation” series. In this event Paul discussed her work supporting district efforts to develop equitable educator evaluation systems,


My #DENthanks by Paula Naugle

Here’s another #DENthanks story that has been submitted.  At the bottom of this page, you’ll find info about giving your own #DENthanks and sharing your story. ================================================================= I became a DEN STAR in 2009 and a member of the Louisiana Leadership Council that same year. I was thrilled when I applied and was accepted to


We Have a Prosperity GAP!!!!

Yes, we talk about the many achievement gaps that exist in our schools.  We tackle these ‘gaps’ with rigorous effect.  And many learners improve and many learners do not. Often the improvement is incremental as opposed to dramatic.  A given student or group of students in a specific subgroup improves from 39% proficiency to 43%