Archives for March, 2013

  1. EdCamp NC


    EdcampNC 2013 has been scheduled! The date is May 4, 2013! REGISTRATION IS NOW LIVE Poe Hall, NCSU, Raleigh, North Carolina If you aren’t familiar with EdCamp check out this “snapshot” from the official EdCamp website. Edcamps were founded when a group of teachers, were inspired by a local Barcamp unconference on computer programming. […]

  2. I have the best job

    The other day I was in the middle one of my regular google hangouts with my teammates and my wife happened to be home over hearing the conversation. “I hate you”, she said in jest. “All your calls include lots of laughing, lots of encouragement and a bunch of new cool things you’re doing.” Yeah, […]

  3. Discovering Discovery

    Our school has come a long way in two years with our use of Discovery Education tools. Sure, we had pockets of users here and there who showed an occasional video or clip, but most teachers hadn’t delved into it since the days of it being called United Streaming. So, as a tech coach new […]

  4. Collaborative Boards on Pinterest


    Last night on the DEN Social Media and Blog Team Meeting the idea of using collaborative boards on Pinterest came up as a potential way for DEN Stars to share ideas. This is a fantastic idea! Collaborative boards are easy to set up and can be a great way to for DEN Stars to connect. […]

  5. Call 911-DEN

    I have been a fan of Discovery Education for a long time. When our school system purchased for everyone, I was in heaven. The clips, the lesson plans, the images….everything worked for me. I had no idea that I was only seeing such a small part of DE. Last year, while reading a blog, I […]

  6. Digital Learning Celebration in Star, Idaho

    Kim Miller and Marita Diffenbaugh were able to share in a special celebration for the Digital Learning Day awards that they earned with their students, today! Second, third, and fifth graders shared with Carol Scholtz, from the State Dept of Education for Idaho, all about the tools that they find most valuable. One the top […]

  7. Doodle 4 Google: Get doodling now!

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    Time is ticking! The Doodle 4 Google contest closes next Friday, March 22nd.  There’s still time if your students haven’t started doodling yet. Head over to the official contest site and download a drawing template and an Entry Form. The Educator’s Guide has fantastic resources for lesson ideas and managing the contest. Recently, I changed the wallpaper on my […]

  8. NC DEN STAR Spotlight

      Meet WENDY WHITE   Where do you teach? Polo Ridge Elementary   What do you teach? K-5 Science   When did you become a DEN member? October 2012   What’s your favorite thing about being a DEN member? The resources available to teachers, and the newsletters to keep you up to date on what […]

  9. Breaking news! The next Techbook from DE will be… MATH

    First we revolutionized the curriculum world with our Science Techbook.  Then we took what we learned and applied it to Social Studies.  So what’s next?? MATH. The formal announcement was just posted: The innovative line of Techbooks are revolutionizing education by removing barriers to learning and utilizing new technology to adapt lesson plans to student’s […]

  10. NSTA New Science Teacher Academy


      The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 program. New this year, we have opened the program up to 2nd through 5th year science educators (middle and high school). The deadline to apply is August 1, 2013.   This FREE program provides each participant with: – An e-pedagogy mentor […]

  11. Things I Think You Should Read

    Every day, I come across something that sparks my interest, makes me think, and questions my perspective.  I don’t usually find these articles myself, most are shared by others in my PLN, which is awesome.  I’m only doing my part by passing these on to you.  I hope you find these articles are worth your […]

  12. New #DENChat Coming This Thursday!

    The first two weeks of #DENChat have been phenomenal.  The discussion is on target with tweets whizzing by at nearly the speed of thought.  If you haven’t joined us yet, or have been hesitant about participating in the conversation, here are a few things to think about: Its ok to “lurk” in the conversation.  Sit […]

  13. S.O.S: Journals

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Journals PDF Version Background Carol Ann Tomlinson shared,  “There is ample evidence that students are more successful in school and find it more satisfying if they are taught in ways that are responsive to […]

  14. DEN iCloud Event in WI!

    Join us at the Apple Store in the West Towne Mall, Madison, WI on Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 a.m. to learn about how iCloud can be utilized to the fullest. Learn how your iPad, and/or your Mac, and iCloud can work to your advantage to make things easy and integrated. iCloud is seamlessly integrated […]

  15. Tired of Begging!

    I am so sick and tired of having to beg for every little thing I need for my schools. I have to go incognito to Home Depot or Lowe’s Home Improvement stores and get paint chips for vocabulary and math games. There are just so many excuses that you can come up with for that. […]

  16. Using Technology to Transform Education: Tennessee

    SCORE is hosting a virtual convening on March 13, 2013 at 3:30 CDT with a panel of Tennessee educators to discuss how technology can be used to transform teaching and learning.  The interactive event will be live streamed to allow educators from across the state to participate in the discussion and contribute their diverse perspectives […]

  17. A TNT Blast of Possibilities: Meet Blossom

    A few weeks ago my colleague Jannita and I were in Las Vegas meeting with a group of DEN STAR Ambassadors from Clark County School District. We spent the day exploring instructional strategies and DE resources they can use to support student learning based on their Discovery Education Assessment data. As we wrapped up the […]