Archives for November, 2013

  1. DEN Fall VirtCon Recap – Get the Conversation Started!

    Elaine Plybon is a DEN Star and DEN Guru, instructional resource trainer, independent professional development and instructional design consultant. She has presented at numerous local, regional, and national conferences, including ISTE, TCEA, and NSTA. Her contribution to the 2013 Den Fall VirtCon was entitled Get the Conversation Started and highlighted three ways to increase student response and engagement within […]

  2. Discovery Content and Board Builder

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    Submitted by Rita Mortenson So, we all know that Discovery Education has as amazing video content – have you seen North America yet? If not, I would put that into your Discovery search bar right away and find those amazing videos. Discovery also is known for assignment builder, writing prompts and a whole host of […]

  3. A Sincere #DENthanks

    Hello my friends! I try to say “please” and “thank you” like my momma taught me. Sometimes though, in the hustle and bustle of things, I forget. For the past 2 years, I have seen friends on Facebook do a daily thankfulness post for the month of November. For whatever reason, I don’t. I thought […]

  4. On this day…

    On this day…   Anders Celsius, a Swedish astronomer, physicist, and mathematician, was born on November 27, 1701. Celsius is best known for the temperature scale that bears his surname, the Celsius temperature scale.   Anders Celsius chose to pursue a career in science at an early age, as he was the son of an […]

  5. DEN Techformation – Through the Looking Glass


    In 2008 “Randy” Pausch died.  You may have heard of the last lecture series, Pausch delivered his “Last Lecture”, titled ‘Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams’, at Carnegie Mellon on September 18, 2007. This lecture was modeled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then […]

  6. Share Some KinDENess!


          We all know that educators (and especially Discovery Education educators) are generous and kind people.  We  find ways to share our generosity and kindness in what we do everyday: a kind word for the struggling or bullied student, a cup of coffee for a co-worker, or a home-cooked dinner for our family […]

  7. Featured Board: Story Elements Soup


    Hopefully you have already discovered Board Builder for teachers. Your students have had it for a while now, but just a couple of weeks ago this super cool tool made its way to your Builder Tools. I’ve been thinking of how I would use this in a classroom. My first thought was to create a […]

  8. It is worth our effort to begin this journey toward developing our social brain


    From my point of view, the challenge of being intentional about connecting – mind-to-mind is worth accepting – because the stakes are so very high.  I believe that we live in times where interdependent thinking holds real value for all mankind. People engaging in conversations where transformation has the potential of occurring are people who can help […]

  9. SOS: PMI

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. PMI PDF Version Background Trying to come to a decision isn’t always easy, especially when there is no clear answer. PMI is an effective brainstorming strategy that can be used to weigh the pros […]

  10. (Re)Introducing Global Wrap


    Through a partnership with news leader MacNeil Lehrer Productions, Discovery Education brings you Global Wrap, a weekly news summary of the most pressing global news.  These videos, usually less than five minutes, give students a great recap of news from around the world in terms they’ll understand.  Take a look at the latest edition here. […]

  11. Journey To Online Teaching – A possible answer to Why School?

    Multi Media Internet Laptop with Objects

    This week in my online courses we have been discussing delivery and assessment of content and how that is different in the online environment.  In my last JOT post we discussed the modes of learning online and how that affects engagement.  Engagement is an education code word for student motivation.  How do you motivate students in […]

  12. US and Canadian Connections

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    Submitted by Rita Mortenson These past few days, I had the honor to be invited to present in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I presented to Bedford South School which has 470 students and a dedicated, caring instructional staff.  For those of you who need a geography refresher, as I did, this is in the north eastern […]

  13. DEN Weekly Update 11-22-2013


    This week’s DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you! Here are just a few things to make sure you explore: The Hour of Code A Variety of Webinars The Weather Channel Virtual Field Trip Tundra Connections Academy DEN Connects Click here to read about these great opportunities and more in the DEN Weekly Update. […]

  14. Chad’s Choices from the Community


    This is the last Chad’s Choices from the Community post of November, which means the next one will be in December. Yikes, December! Can you believe it? We’ll be writing 2014 before we know it. Regardless, keep reading to learn about the DEN Community in a variety of ways. You’ll find a few blog posts and resources that […]

  15. Discovery Education & #GivingTuesday – “Explore STEM Careers at Discovery” Livestream

    Discovery Education is a company fueled by innovation, full of forward-thinkers who are passionate about harnessing the power of media and technology to better address and empower today’s 21st century learners. For #GivingTuesday, Discovery Education will hold a livestream event for students nationwide to hear from our company’s best and brightest employees. Students will have the opportunity […]

  16. LIVE Virtual Field Trip from the Weather Channel!


      Explore the science behind severe weather and learn how to stay safe and prepared. Discovery Education and The Weather Channel invite you to attend a virtual event LIVE from The Weather Channel on December 11th at 1pm ET. Meteorologists from The Weather Channel will discuss the science behind hurricanes, tornadoes and other severe weather […]

  17. Movember


    Movember, or No-Shave November, is an annual event in November in which men grow moustaches (or facial hair, in general) to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer. The idea is to raise awareness by letting your hair, which many cancer patients lose, grow wild and free. Oftentimes, people will donate the […]

  18. Siemens STEM Academy Inspires Educators

    If you’ve heard about the Siemens STEM Institute or have wondered what it’s like, I encourage you to watch the following video recap from our 2013 STEM Institute.  Having been a part of this phenomenal event for several years, I truly believe it’s as worthy as these educators express.  So take a look, and after […]

  19. Exciting Learning Opportunities This December

    Educators embrace actionable and meaningful information about the students in our classrooms, schools, and districts. Discovery Education supports educators by providing tools that generate impactful student data with the click of the button. This webinar series will offer participants a portal into putting student data to work using reports, probes, and resources inside Discovery Education […]