Archives for December, 2012

  1. Twenty Days of Techbook – Twenty ideas, tips and tricks as our gift to you during this holiday season – Day 20

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    Evidence Scavenger Hunt Can be used for 1-1 or in small groups. Provide the students with an essential question and challenge the students to find as many assets in Techbook that provide evidence that students can use to build a claim about the essential question. Use the scientific explanation activity from Techbook to assist the students in the process. Determine a time […]

  2. AP Calculus: Back to the Future!

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    I have traveled back in time to the 20th Century, teaching AP Calculus with a hard covered time machine, which had no support beyond the examples in each section and odd numbered answers.  I spent first quarter struggling to efficiently and effectively teach this advanced curriculum, knowing that the “future” held so much more support. […]

  3. Twenty Days of Techbook – Twenty ideas, tips and tricks as our gift to you during this holiday season – Day 19

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    The Definition Debate Have students watch the animation for key glossary terms in your current concept. Have them create their own definition using evidence from the animation (Including the text portion of the animation). Have students do a think/pair/share to come to consensus on small group definition. Put all of the group definitions on a bulletin board or web form and have students […]

  4. PETE&C DEN Star Spotlight Episode One


    Over the past ten years I have been lucky enough to attend and present at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Conference and Expo.  It has really grown over the years.  PETE&C has attracted some great keynote speakers such as Jeff Corwin and Dan Pink.  This year the keynote speakers are Jonathan Strickland senior writer for and co-host […]

  5. Twenty Days of Techbook – Twenty ideas, tips and tricks as our gift to you during this holiday season – Day 18

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    The Reading Jigsaw Create groups of five students. Assign each group a different reading from Techbook within the concept you are studying. Each group reads their article. Then, each member of the group creates a one page summary of the article. The summary should have a drawn picture and a written caption that communicates the key idea(s) of the article. Then, assign each […]

  6. S.O.S: Now Screening

    Welcome to week 12 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Now Screening PDF Version                   Background According to John Medina, author of Brain Rules (a must read for educators), your […]

  7. Twenty Days of Techbook – Twenty ideas, tips and tricks as our gift to you during this holiday season – Day 17

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    Differentiate Using Assignments Use the Discovery built assignments to create engaging activities for the computer lab, workstations or homework. Every concept has assignments already built using the Assignment Builder which can be found in the orange tabs on the right side of the concept page in K-8 Techbook and above the 5E tabs in High School Science Techbook.

  8. Den for the new year!


    I just finished the last day of classes before the winter break. I am all caught up and ready for a rest. However, I would also like to take the time to do something to get renewed for the next part of the year. I try to make it a goal every year to implement […]

  9. Twenty Days of Techbook – Twenty ideas, tips and tricks as our gift to you during this holiday season – Day 15

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    The Learning RAFT RAFT is a writing strategy that helps students understand their role as a writer, the audience they will address, the varied formats for writing and the topic they’ll be writing about. By using this strategy, teachers encourage students to write creatively, to consider a topic from a different perspective and to gain practice writing for different audiences. Using a RAFT strategy […]

  10. Techbook Live 2013


    We are incredibly excited to announce TECHBOOK LIVE 2013. Saturday, January 26th: 9am – 2pm ET Techbook Live Flyer Click Here to Join the Virtual Event on January 26th Techbook LIVE focuses on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content. […]

  11. Language Arts and the Common Core

    English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS):  What Are Your Students Reading? The English Language Arts CCSS are not only aligned to college and career expectations, they are specifically spiraled in what’s called a staircase of increasing complexity.  This staircase helps us to identify what levels of text students must be able to read […]

  12. Vote for your favorite DENmas Tree!

    As part of the #DENmas season, I sent some supplies to the team and challenged them to create a #DENmas tree.  The results speak for themselves.  What do you think?  Vote for your favorite three #DENmas trees that were created by our team.  The winner will get a $25 gift card to Denny’s. Click here […]

  13. Albuquerque Public School Instructional Coaches Set Sail

    Using the implementation of Discovery Education as a metaphor to a voyage, DEN STAR, Susan Bowdoin, led a group of 28 instructional coaches from elementary and middle schools on a journey through the resources available to them through the Discovery Educator Network. The group broke down several elements that are critical to a successful voyage: […]

  14. Discovery Education Thanks You

    As we wrap up the year and head into the holidays, we here at Discovery Education would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our teachers and educators, for everything you do. Teachers mold the minds of the future. They give of themselves. They give their time, their attention, their caring, and their expertise. […]

  15. Things I Think You Should Read

    I probably should have called this post “Lists of Things I Think You Should Read” since almost every link takes you to a list of something.  Regardless, here are more articles and blog posts I’ve recently read that are worthy of sharing.  Enjoy. 10 Interactive Lessons by Google on Digital Citizenship 10 Things Your Students […]

  16. Matt’s Tips and Tricks 12-17-2012

    This week I highlight nine gifts from the DEN Community including videos, resources, lesson plans and more. I also explore a free mobile app for notetaking and list the new year’s upcoming webinars. Thank you to Lindsay Hopkin’s for your QR Code and Using Twitter To Summarize activities.  Thank you Nancy Sharoff for your Beat the […]

  17. Twenty Days of Techbook – Twenty ideas, tips and tricks as our gift to you during this holiday season – Day 12

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    Find Specific Content Faster So you can find small video segments in Techbook, but of that 5 minute segment you only want the middle 2 minutes. Simply click on the video segment and choose “Transcript” at the top of the screen. Then choose where you want the video to start from using the transcribed text from the audio portion of the video.

  18. Teachers, Social Networks, and the DEN

    Last week, an interesting article about educators and social networks appeared in Education Week. The article mentions “A Survey of K-12 Educators on Social Networking, Online Communities, and Web 2.0 Tools 2012” that was conducted and analyzed by MMS Education, a marketing company based in Newtown, Pa., and sponsored by edWeb, a professional social network for […]

  19. Mousey Monday


    Happy Mousey Monday Cache and Cookie readers! The holidays are fast approaching and no matter what holiday you celebrate, everyone is aware of the character that is Santa Claus.         Discovery Education streaming has numerous videos to get your youngest students excited about Santa Claus visiting this upcoming holiday season. These videos […]