Archives for October, 2013

  1. Mystery Skype!


    Recently I arranged a Mystery Skype for one of my 3rd grade classes.  A Mystery Skype is a game played over Skype where the classes take turns asking one another yes or no questions to try to guess the state, province, or city that the other class lives in.  We played with Mrs. Abernathy’s 5th […]

  2. Crime Lab Simulation THIS WEEK

    Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a Crime Scene Investigator? Why not find out? Join us on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 6:30pm for the Crime Lab Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory (SBI). Visit stations scattered throughout the Nature Research Center and perform activities […]

  3. Polar Bears – Live from the Tundra!

    Last year, the DEN teamed up with Polar Bears International to bring your students a series of webcasts from Churchill, Manitoba to learn about polar bears and their environment. Well, those opportunities are back in 2014. Tundra Connections conduct LIVE, free broadcasts from the tundra during the annual polar bear migration in Churchill. We are […]

  4. DEN Zone Podcast – Connected Educator Episode


    It’s time for a new episode of the DEN Zone, a podcast series featuring host and DEN Guru David Fisher discussing educational topics with special guests.  For October, Connected Educator Month, David brought together a panel of DEN connected educators to discuss what being connected means to them.  In this segment they share both the […]

  5. This week on DENvice: It’s Digital Citizenship Week


      This week on DENvice, Pennsylvania DEN STAR Sheila Fredericks leads our discussion for Digital Citizenship Week.  Digital Citizenship Week, sponsored by Common Sense Media, is part of Connected Educator Month. Common Sense Media describes the week as a time to, “build awareness of digital citizenship as a set of defined, teachable skills, and to engage parents, educators, students, and lawmakers […]

  6. SOS: 25 Things You Didn’t Know

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. 25 Things You Didn’t Know About… PDF Version Background Open just about any entertainment magazine and you will inevitably find a page that shares “25 Things You Didn’t Know About” a certain celebrity. They […]

  7. Mousey Monday – Discovery Education Student Advisory Board


                              Attention all high school students with active Discovery Education accounts, the deadline for joining the Discovery Education Student Advisory Board for the 2013-2014 school year is October 25, 2013, Friday! The Discovery Education Student Advisory Board is composed of students from around […]

  8. Who Am I?


    Who Am I is a great activity for students.  This activity requires students to synthesize their learning into several concise statements which build upon one another.   The result is an activity for one of their peers to solve too. Try this creative way for students to demonstrate what they have learned.   How? Decide how many clues the students […]

  9. Board Builder Featured Board


    Each Sunday of Connected Educator Month, we will be sharing a featured board, created using Discovery Education’s Board Builder. Board Builder is a great tool for students to create “multimedia posters” that can hold text, images, and video. The great part of Board Builder is the seamless transition with content from Discovery Education. However, students […]

  10. NC Science Festival Sign Ups!

    The NC Science Festival (March 28-April 13, 2014) is now accepting applications from teachers and administrators for our 2014 K-12 programs! Applications will be accepted through November 1, and decisions will be made by mid-November. Visit our website at to get started.   The Festival is offering the following programs:   Elementary Schools – […]

  11. STAR-A-THON at DENapalooza Denver

      One of the most popular sessions at our DENapalooza Denver event last month was an unconference session allowing teachers to complete their STAR application.  We’re so excited to welcome the following new DEN STARS  to the Colorado Council! Tara Ail Jeff Allen Debbie  Barr Tanya Cunningham Heather Fortelka Linda Horne Christi JohnsonLaura Kannaka Beth […]

  12. DEN Weekly Update 10-18-2013

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    This week’s DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you! Here are just a few things to make sure you explore: Exclusive Promotions for DEN STARs DEN Fall VirtCon Schedule Connected Educator Month DEN Zone Podcast An Evening with Hall Davidson Click here to learn about these great opportunities and more in the […]

  13. A Few Of Our Favorite (Discovery) Things-Mythbusters

    “Don’t try this at home–we are what you’d call ‘experts’.”  When you hear these words, you know it’s MythBusters time.   Subscribers to Discovery Education Streaming are lucky to be able to have on-demand access to  many Mythbusters episodes to use with their students. (Note: It may be that Mythbusters is for Discovery Streaming Plus subscribers […]

  14. #DENChat Tonight 10/17 8 pm EST

    It’s #DENchat time on Twitter this evening.  Our topic?  Well, that will be up to you.  It’s “Open Mike Night”.  Since it is Connected Educators month, we’re connecting you to each other.  We’re going to try an “I have….who has…” format.  For example: “I have a great lesson on the Revolutionary War and Paul Revere’s […]

  15. Early Access to Siemens Competition Semifinalists & Regional Finalists

    Connect with the Siemens Foundation on social media and you can get EARLY ACCESS to the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Semifinalists and Regional Finalists! Follow the Siemens Foundation on Twitter (@sfoundation) and like us on Facebook,, to see who the 2013 Finalists are at 12pm noon on Friday, October 18th, two hours EARLY! The Semifinalists and […]

  16. Chad’s Choices from the Community


    I can’t believe October is passing by so quickly! Connected Educator Month (CEM) will be over before we know it, and it’ll be November! One of the goals behind Chad’s Choices is very similar to that of CEM – connect educators to each other, ideas, and resources. With that being said, enjoy this week’s post. In […]

  17. Live from Museum of Science in Boston (Tomorrow!)

    A Virtual Field Trip from the Museum of Science October 17, 2013 1:00-2:00 PM ET Live from Museum of Science in Boston, MA Join us from the Museum of Science in Boston, one of our nation’s premier informal learning institutions. This event will explore the natural and human-made world through the lens of engineering. We’ll be […]

  18. On this day…

    Noah Webster

    On this day… Today, October 16th, is recognized as National Dictionary Day, in honor of the birthday of Noah Webster. Noah Webster, a lexicographer, political writer, editor, and author, was born on October 16th, 1758. Webster studied law at Yale, and passed the bar in 1781. However, with the Revolutionary War in full swing, he […]

  19. DEN Techformation – Leveraging A MOOC


    What is a MOOC? (see video below) It is a Massive Open Online Course.  Most times it is completely free.  Carnegie Mellon offers “No instructors, no credits, no charge.” Forty public universities will offer free online courses with full credit starting spring 2013.   Why would a school do that well in an effort to entice potential students […]

  20. Digital Passport by Common Sense Media

    Designed for students in grades 3-5, Digital Passport consists of free web-based games and videos to engage students in learning about how to use the internet.  There are five modules that students can complete to earn badges toward a Digital Passport.  Teachers create student accounts and can receive reports on student’s progress and success.  The […]

  21. Hangout With the DEN


    We have two fun Google Hangouts scheduled this week and we hope you join us. The first is on Tuesday and will focus on how educators use Google Hangouts to connect. DEN Guru and Google Certified Teacher Rita Mortenson and DEN Community Manager Chad Lehman will be leading the discussion, but they will need plenty […]