Monthly Archives: November 2013

DEN Fall VirtCon Recap – Get the Conversation Started!

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

Discovery Content and Board Builder

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

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

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

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

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

Stars On Stage – Thanksgiving Edition

Yes it is time to give thanks for all the fabulous DEN Stars.  Check out where they are over the next few weeks.  In one week Donna Teuber will be presenting at International 1:1 Computing Conference on 12/3/2013 at in Georgia.  If you are presenting at a conference just fill out the  form at the link.  We will add

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

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


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