Archives for March, 2013

  1. A New Webinar Series: On Common Ground with the Common Core

    You are the first to know!  We are launching a new webinar series on the Common Core State Standards beginning in April.  Each webinar will feature unique CCSS implementation strategies, advice from expert practitioners and solutions from Discovery Education. The first one is on April 24th and features a conversation with Dr. Irene Fountas and […]

  2. This week on DENvice: Creativity in the classroom


    This week on DENvice, our amazing moderator is DENvice team member and Maryland LC member Selena Ward. Selena is incredibly passionate about giving her students opportunities to express themselves creatively. Here is this week’s question: In Kindergarten, students believe they are artists and have no fear when they create. For every year students are in […]

  3. Need Money?

    If you are an educator, I am sure that you are yelling YES at the screen right now. Funding our dreams in the classroom can be very expensive and unfortunately our schools can’t always help out. Have you tried websites like Donors Choose? Simple, simple to join and a very easy to write proposal. You […]

  4. DEN STARs in the News: Jane Martellino


    Congratulations to Connecticut DEN STAR Jane Martellino who was selected as Teacher of the Year for New Fairfield Schools in Connecticut for 2013.  Jane was also a semi-finalist for the State Teacher of the Year.  To see a complete list of award winners, click here. Congratulations Jane! Have you been recognized in your local newspaper? […]

  5. Free PD Opportunity for NC Teachers

    July 9-11, 2013 NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC   A FREE Professional Development Experience for North Carolina Teachers   During this 3-day teacher institute, teachers will participate in an in-depth investigation of the diverse environmental science, health and civics issues related to water quality in NC.  By using the interdisciplinary approach of environmental education, […]

  6. Spring VirtCon in Knoxville!

    Discovery’s Spring Virtual Conference is an all-day, online, professional development opportunity that goes, literally, around the world for educators to drop in and participate together from wherever they are at the time.  It is just one more way Discovery has met the needs of teachers who long for interaction with others that “get them.” BUT, […]

  7. LibreOffice 4.0 released – better performance and greater interoperability

          LibreOffice is a free, open-source, powerful office suite software that is a great alternative to Microsoft Office. I use it on my home computers. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and has six applications: Write (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation), Draw, Math and Base (database). It works great and the […]

  8. Google Slides Now Available offline

        Google Docs/Drive is a great, free resource that allows you to create, edit, share, collaborate on, and comment on Documents (Docs), Spreadsheets (Sheets), and Presentations (Slides), all online. Think Microsoft Office in the cloud with some other great features.   I use Google Slides (Presentations), the equivalent of PowerPoint, for all of my presentations. […]

  9. Meet Ketsana from OH at #DENSI2013

    This is Ketsana Phommalee, a new STAR Discovery Educator from Ohio. She’s been accepted to attend the DEN Summer Institute July 14-19 in Burlington, VT. Here’s her DEN story: Tell us yours. The main portion of this year’s application is a short (unedited) video that t ells your DEN story. We want to know about […]

  10. DEN Weekly Update 3-22-2013


    This week, we have an update about the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, information about a special guest moderator for #DENvice, and the 8 tools that have advanced in DEN March Madness.  Be sure to save the date for the DEN Spring VirtCon on April 20. We’re also announcing two more people who were […]

  11. Fun Fact Friday: Grumpy Cat

    From "Discovery Channel US" Twitter page

    You may have seen the internet’s ubiquitous frowning cat on Facebook, or on Reddit, or maybe even at South by Southwest (aka SXSW, the annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin) where Grumpy Cat recently made a special appearance, but did you know that Grumpy Cat isn’t actually grumpy? Grumpy Cat,  […]

  12. Stars on Stage: episode #1


    The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) is holding their Detroit conference March 20 – 22. Are you attending MACUL? You won’t want to miss these DEN STAR sessions: 3/20 Eric Strommer – Discovery Education: How not to drown. 3/21 Andy Losik – Advanced iMovie Techniques for All Grade Levels 3/21 Dave Tchozewski […]

  13. Contributing to the Conversation of Teaching, Learning, and Interdependent Thinking


    I have had the good fortune to both write the foreword  and contribute a chapter for this Teachers College Press book. The Foreword focuses on the value of “thinking together”.  The chapter I wrote is titled: “Creating and Influencing Momentum: The Challenges and Power of Adults Thinking Interdependently”. Additionally, I work with Patricia Reeves with […]

  14. The dreaded phone call!

    I want to give you a heads-up, this blog has NOTHING to do with school. Just needed to share with my friends. We (my husband and I) got the dreaded phone call today. You know the one- where someone on your daughter’s phone says, “Hi this is….your daughter has been in an accident. Can you come […]

  15. Looking to spruce up your School? Today is the LAST day to enter.

    Who doesn’t want $5000?  For your chance to win this nice grant opportunity head on over to TurfMutt for the Spruce Up Your School Sweepstakes. The lucky winner will have the opportunity to make his school’s play area more eco-friendly and green by adding trees, shrubbery and more.  And, there are multiple chances to win teacher/class prizes […]

  16. Meet Howard from TX at #DENSI2013

    This is Howard Martin, a STAR Discovery Educator and Leadership Council member from Texas. He’s been accepted to attend the DEN Summer Institute July 14-19 in Burlington, VT. Here’s his DEN story: Tell us yours. The main portion of this year’s application is a short (unedited) video that t ells your DEN story. We want […]

  17. Upcoming Events at Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium

    Interested in meeting and engaging local marine and environmental scientists about how you can use their research in your classroom?  The University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences has partnered with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores to bring K-12 teachers together with over a dozen groups of local scientists from various […]

  18. DEN STARs in the News: Kim & Marita


    Idaho DEN STARs Kim Miller and Marita Diffenbaugh earned awards through Idaho State Department of Education’s new 21st Century Classroom Recognition Awards program.  In February for Digital Learning Day, the Idaho State Department of Education awarded nine Idaho educators for using technology in innovative ways to improve student learning. Kim and Marita won “Best Unit Plan.”  Their unit, Mystery […]

  19. #DENChat Tonight!

    This evening, March 21st, will be our 4th #DENChat.  If you havent’ participated in one of these events yet, you have truly missed out!  But, you can still reach the archives here, here and here.  Tonight’s chat starts at 8 PM ET on Twitter. Tonight we will discuss the question, “What does a UDL classroom […]

  20. Spring Has Sprung!

    [Post written by Kelsey Johnson] After months of dreary snow and cold, most people are ready to take off their heavy coats and SPRING into action. Today is their lucky day, marking the first day of Spring! Bring on the sunshine, flowers, spring showers, longer days, lacrosse, baseball, outdoor recess, and all the joys of […]

  21. Meet Sandi Dennis from GA at #DENSI32013

    This is Sandi Dennis, a STAR Discovery Educator and Leadership Council member from Georgia. She’s been accepted to attend the DEN Summer Institute July 14-19 in Burlington, VT. Here’s her DEN story: Tell us yours. The main portion of this year’s application is a short (unedited) video that t ells your DEN story. We want […]

  22. NC DEN STAR Spotlight

    Meet MARIEL GOMEZ DE La TORRE   Where do you teach? Thomasville Middle School   What do you teach? ESOL-6th to 8th Grade   When did you become a DEN member? March 2008   What’s your favorite thing about being a DEN member? My favorite thing about the DEN is being able to share with […]