Archives for January, 2013

  1. Biology Blast!

    Here are three apps that will help your students get a better understanding of some biology basics.  Each app allows the user to explore the topic with detailed, interactive graphics.  Best of all each app is free! HudsonAlpha iCell  (Free, available for both Android (  and iOS  devices )  This app allows the user to explore the […]

  2. Accomplishments and Tooting Your Horn

    During the summer I am always so caught up on all my social media and everything that is going on.  I am sharing, gathering, and redistributing information that I learn.  During the first of the school year my social media has to take a break as I get back into the swing of school.  Well, […]

  3. Two Canadian meetups in January

    What continues to be among the simplest, yet most meaningful opportunities for teachers are those informal chances to network with other teachers. This month they will be a couple of chances for the DEN to support that. On Wednesday, January 16th, Ottawa area teachers are invited to an after school meetup from 4-7 PM at […]

  4. BYOC to PETE&C

    Bring Your Own Curiosity to PETE&C and tap into the collective brain! Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, PA Register here today! 8:00 AM – Registration 9:00 AM – Welcome and Kickoff 9:30 AM – Session 1 Discovery Education STREAMING 101 with Matt Monjan Discovery Education Science TECHBOOK: […]

  5. DEN Weekly Update 1-11-2013


    This week we’ve got a lot of great things to share with you like Techbook LIVE coming up in just a couple of weeks, several great webinars like the 4-1-1 on Digital Literacy, and an invitation to help us celebrate Digital Learning Day. Click here to read the DEN Weekly Update for January 11, 2013  […]

  6. DEN Hangout

    In the upcoming months, you have a chance to learn with the DEN while in the comfort of your favorite spot using Google Hangout. Please sign-up and join us for some DEN learning and sharing. Loading…

  7. Spotlight on Strategies Series


    Do you know about our Spotlight on Strategies series?  If not, you should.  The Spotlight on Strategies (S.O.S.) is a weekly series where we are put the spotlight on some of our favorite integration strategies.  Each week, there is a new digital integration challenge. We’ll provide the background, give an example, set the challenge, and provide you […]

  8. Things I Think You Should Read (and Watch)

    Welcome to the second “Things I Think You Should Read” post of 2013, a wildly popular series of blog posts found on the DEN blogs.  Okay, these posts may not wildly popular, but that sure sounds good, doesn’t it?  Whether you think these are wildly popular or just not, below, are the links.  Included this […]

  9. DEN SaturdayCON in Austin!

    Who needs Saturday morning cartoons! Instead, spend a Saturday morning with the DEN! In the family of VirtCon, SciCon, TechBookCon, and Chili Con Queso, the DEN SaturdayCON will be a fun day of learning technology for the classroom! Join discussions on how to support your classroom instruction with Discovery Education’s streaming and Builder Tools. Explore […]

  10. Discovery Education & Kentucky State University Event This Saturday! Register Today!

    Kentucky Educators: You are invited to attend a FREE day of Professional Development! Please join Discovery Education and Kentucky State University for a Professional Learning Conference! WHO: Kentucky Educators WHEN: Saturday, January 12th / 8:00AM – 3:30PM WHERE:  Kentucky State University Hathaway Hall Auditorium 123 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601 FEATURED SPEAKER:  HALL DAVIDSON […]

  11. Have Android; Need Apps

    Got an Android OS based tablet and looking for great apps?  Here are some blogs and posts with helpful information.   from Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers, this blog is one of the best resources  “short and sweet” post with 5 free apps to recommend   also check the link within the […]

  12. TechBook Live in Knoxville!

    Discovery is hosting the TechBook Live worldwide streaming event on Saturday, January 26.  And in Knoxville, the key word is “LIVE!” Lance Rougeux, Vice President of Discovery Education and leader of the Discovery Educator Network, will be delivering the 9:00 AM kick off session live from the L&N STEM Academy in downtown Knoxville.  That’s right.  […]

  13. Give The Comparative Growth Report a Try in 2013

    Looking for a new trick to add to your educator toolbox for 2013. For those using Discovery Education Assessment, look no further than the Comparative Growth Report. This report is a fantastic way to maximize the quality of the inferences you can draw from the efforts of your students on the two tests they have […]

  14. Another Opportunity from Friends of Discovery Education

    Here’s another partnership spotlight and grant opportunity for 9-12th grade educators.  The Toyota Teen Driver Educators’ Challenge features a $10,000 cash award, a four day trip to Washington, D.C., and cool prizes like a virtual driving simulator (see picture below) and safe driving event at your school.  For more details go to and enter […]

  15. S.O.S: That Sums It Up!

    Welcome to week 14 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. That Sums it Up! PDF Version Background According to Raymond Jones, on his site, when student summarize they “strip away the extra verbiage and extraneous examples, focus […]

  16. PETE&C DEN Star Spotlight Episode Two


    This is the second post in a series highlighting DEN Stars who are presenting at PETE&C February 10th -13th 2013.  In the first episode Stephanie (Stevie) Kline and Joyce Mason were highlighted.  Their presentation is STEAM Along with Leonardo, Albert, and Frank on Tuesday February 12th at 9:30 am in Cocoa Suite 5 session code EL13.  It is also one of the 24 […]

  17. iPad iMovie Trailers

    Next month, several students and I will be leading an after-school course on designing iPad iMovie Trailers.  In my search to learn about how to create an iMovie on the iPad, I found some really amazing resources. Teaching Paradox has a wonderful PDF that can be downloaded to storyboard the trailer. I didn’t know […]

  18. DEN Weekly Update 1-4-2013


    Happy new year! We hope you had a restful break and are ready for all the great things we have planned for you in 2013. We’re starting off with several opportunities for free professional development like Techbook LIVE and pre-conferences at FETC and PETE&C. Click here to read the January 4, 2013 edition of the […]

  19. iPads Here We Come!

    Since last spring our district, Unionville-Chadds Ford, has been exploring BYOD vs. iPads in the classroom. We have debated different tablets, netbooks, and laptops, but have finally settled on using iPads in the middle school. This was a long debate and discussion with over 25 people involved. Recently our administrative team from district office and building visited […]

  20. S.O.S: Get VENN-y With It!

    Welcome to week 13 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. Get VENN-y With It PDF Version Background According to Marzano, one high yield instructional strategy is helping students identify similarities and differences. In Harvey Silver’s book Compare and […]

  21. Things I Think You Should Read

    If you’ve followed this series of posts, you know that I usually include anywhere from four to six articles and blog posts that I find compelling.  For this issues, I’m simply sharing one post.  However, this one post contains the ten most-tweeted education posts from  The topics range from Twitter to Homework to The […]

  22. Who’s the Boss


    From a Diigo list I came across an article with Tony Danza about his year teaching English at Northeast High in Philadelphia.  The title of his book drew me in, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had.  I have to admit I didn’t watch his show, Teach, or even know it aired.  […]

  23. Register Today for the FETC Pre-Conference Day of Discovery!

    Hello and Happy New Year! Let’s kick this year off right with a Day of Discovery in sunny Florida!  We are very pleased to invite you to the FETC Pre-Conference Day of Discovery in Orlando in a few weeks and we hope you all can join us! This interactive day of free professional development will […]

  24. Digital Storytelling Hangout w/Kathy Schrock


    Join Us for a Hangout Thursday, January 10 7:00 PM ET  Join Kathy Schrock and digital storytelling experts Midge Frazel and Joe Brennan as they discuss the benefits of digital storytelling in the classroom.  Register for event and reminders.   Why should teachers utilize digital storytelling in their classroom and what content areas fit best? What […]