Archives for May, 2013

  1. Trivial Pursuit — DEN style

    Think you know the DEN?  Think you can scavenge with the best of them?  Think you can ‘pursue’ trivia– especially for a chance at prizes?   Then this post is for YOU! The blog team is sponsoring a DEN Trivia Scavenger Hunt through the wonderful resources of the Discovery Educator Network, with a side trip […]

  2. DEN Techformation: Twitter + Education


     Twitter Anyone? TWITTER is the best professional development tool that I have encountered in years.  Twitter allows you to have conversations and get resources from like-minded individuals. It allows you to network with others in a way that transcends the walls of our schools and neighborhoods. It allows for 24/7 participation in 140 characters or less.  That means […]

  3. Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

    Post written by Kelsey Johnson. May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month! This month, we celebrate all of the Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The term Asian-Pacific includes the entire Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. What used to be a week-long celebration beginning in 1978 was extended […]

  4. Join us for the 2013 DENny Awards


    The DENny Awards are scheduled for May 23. These are special awards for STAR Discovery Educators. It’s a time for us to celebrate the very best of the DEN. With categories like Best DEN Event, The RJ Stangherlin (for excellence in blogging), and Rising STAR (for new STARs), we recognize greatness within the community. Take […]

  5. NC DEN STAR Spotlight

    Meet CONNI MULLIGAN   Where do you teach? Buncombe County Schools, Asheville, NC   What do you teach? K-12 Technology Integration   When did you become a DEN member? 2006   What’s your favorite thing about being a DEN member? My favorite thing about being a part of the DEN is the totally AWESOMTASTIC INSPIRATIONAL […]

  6. #DENChat Focuses on STEM Resources

    Last Thursday, Tim Childers, moderated #DENChat focusing on STEM resources and philosophies.  As with previous discussions, there were a multitude of great websites, activities, and thought-provoking questions from those who joined the chat. STEM goes far beyond the idea of, “Oh, I added a science activity to my social studies lesson,” or, “We’re going to […]

  7. My DE for Students Kickoff: Create, Connect, Collaborate


    You’re aware of the Discovery Education Student Center your students see when they log in to Discovery Education to complete the assignments or writing prompts you’ve assigned, right?  The one that allows the students to search and bookmark content on their own and submit assignments to you?  Of course you do!  Well, the old Student […]

  8. DEN STARs in the News: Mary McCullagh


    On March 8th, The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center awarded Florida DEN STAR Mary McCullagh with the highest honor that a teacher can receive from their organization – the Teacher of the Year Award. The HDEC Award Committee reviews the contributions of exceptional teachers from Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, and selects only […]

  9. Look What I Found: the continuing search

    Still exploring iPad apps…. here’s the latest finds: 3 D Classic Literature  provides access to a variety of classic literature in a pleasing visual style that nicely mimics reading an actual book.  It is not perfect yet, for example the font size can’t be changed- though it is a larger font that is generally easier on […]

  10. DEN Teacher Appreciation Week Recap


    We hope you enjoyed DEN Teacher Appreciation Week last week.  We say it over and over again how proud we are of the educators in the DEN and how thrilled we are to have our STAR Discovery Educators sharing and connecting with each other as much as they do.  Last week, we had special gifts […]

  11. It Is A Good Time to Think About Summer and Young People


    In The Untapped Power of Summer to Advance Student Achievement THE LEARNING EXECUTIVE SUMMARY By Beth M. Miller, Ph.D. (note: this hyperlink is to a pdf – so by clicking it it will download the document which you can then open) many excellent ideas and much useful information is shared. Some of the information is […]

  12. Learn More About Geocaching

    DEN Geocaching Day is coming soon – this Saturday, May 18 to be exact.  We have 14 DEN Geocaching guides around the country leading groups to find caches and have a good time together.  If you’ve gone geocaching before and live near one of the in-person locations, think about joining the others.  If you’re far […]

  13. Common Core Corner

    Last week I posed a couple of questions about the Common Core standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts. The first question was What is this standard asking of a student? My response would be that students would need to identify evidence within their science textual resources that […]

  14. SOS: Twenty Questions


    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.  Twenty Questions PDF Version BACKGROUND The game “20 Questions” is a widely known game that helps to encourage questioning and deductive reasoning. “The act of questioning actually has a physiological impact on the human […]

  15. How Nature Works to Make Clean Energy – LIVE Classroom Webinar, Thursday 5/23 at 1pm

    Join us for a LIVE Classroom Webinar Event May 23, 2013 at 1:00pm E/T How Nature Works to Make Clean Energy For All Classrooms Register Now In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Discovery Education is pleased to offer a Live Classroom Webinar event on exploring renewable energy sources with renowned conservation specialist M. Sanjayan, lead […]

  16. Things I Think You Should Read & Watch

    If you’ve been following along, you know that every once in a while ( and this time it’s been a long while), I share some articles and blog posts that I find thought provoking.  Well, here’s the latest installment of Things I Think You Should Read. Did you know that parents want their kids using […]

  17. Discovery Comes to Region 11- Fort Worth, TX

    ESC 11 in Fort Worth is hosting its annual Digital Summer Learning Conference Friday, May 17,  and Discovery will be there! Keynote speaker will be Director of Online Community and Social Media Strategy (and Star Wars afficionado) Steve Dembo. He will be  speaking on the topic: Building Bolder Schools: It Doesn’t Hurt to Be First on the […]

  18. Summer Opportunities from NC Museum of Natural Sciences

    The NC Museum of Natural Sciences has some exciting opportunities for educators this summer! Join us for a workshop this July. Workshop descriptions below!   To register, follow this link:   Entomology 101 for Teachers Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh, NC July 10-12, 2013 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Cost: $25 (includes a field guide and […]

  19. My DEN Story

    I have been lucky enough to meet some amazing people along my journey as an educator.   Because of these different connections is the reason that I am a part of the Discovery Education Network.  Several years ago I met Elaine Plybon (if you are ever bored, I will be happy to share the story […]

  20. Three Stages of Technology

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not really an expert when it comes to technology.  I’m more of a student.  I study it a lot.  I read about it.  I work at it.  At best, like my photography, I’m a hobbyist.  But over the years I’ve come to the realization that we may […]

  21. DEN Weekly Update 5-10-13


                    This week’s DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you! Here are just a few things to make sure you check out: Teacher Appreciation Week Wrap-up DEN Geocaching Day Locations Discovery Education STEM Camp North America Virtual Field Trip Series Keep reading to learn about […]