Archives for December, 2013

  1. My Favorite Things: Liberty’s Kids

    If you are a teacher in grades 4-8 and you teach about the American Revolution, you should be using Liberty’s Kids, an excellent television series from PBS. This 40-episode series tracks the events leading up to the Revolution, documents the causes, provides cultural context, introduces important historical figures, and extends through the Second Continental Congress. […]

  2. More to Follow

    During Connected Educator Month, we shared a couple of blog posts called “Five to Follow.”   The idea was to have the DEN Community share the people they learn from and with so we can let others in the community grow their PLN.  We are going to take a slightly different approach today.  Rather than […]

  3. DEN Weekly Update 12-6-2013

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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: December Community Calendar Hangout with Kathy Schrock Student Board Builder Challenge The Weather Channel Virtual Field Trip White House Student Film Festival Click here to read about these great opportunities and more […]

  4. Gain an EDGE on leading the digital transition!

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    We are proud to once again partner with Wilkes University to create the EDGE program, 12-credit Letter of Endorsement that provides a quick pathway to expertise in emerging technologies.  EDGE stands for Emerging trends and technologies Digital transition Graduate Level Endorsed skillset Whether you’re considering a master’s degree or you already have one and want […]

  5. DENbrarian book selection for DECEMBER: Counting by 7s

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     This month’s selection is brought to you by guest DENbrarian Donna Miller!  Donna is a Library Teacher at Prescott/OldhamElementary Schools in Norwood, MA.  Discovery’s DENbrarians are getting their YA “book on” every month!  Wanna join us?  We’re looking for  Media Specialists who would like to select the book for the monthly DENbrarian YA Book Club!  […]

  6. Girls, Inc. and STEM

    I had the opportunity to visit the Girls, Inc. National Resource Center this week to learn about the amazing work they do.  We spent a few minutes talking about the Discovery Education connection with STEM Camp and other free featured programs. We also did a ten minute take on the importance of STEM for girls […]

  7. Apps Smackdown

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    At the recent Halifax, Nova Scotia 21st Century Learners conference, a number of iPad apps were presented.  The genre of these apps ranged from photos, creativity, organizational and learning. All the apps mentioned were free.  Some do have an upgrade if you choose to buy it. The photo and movie apps include:  iMotion, Haiku Deck,  […]

  8. Chad’s Choices from the Community

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    Woohoo – it’s December!  The first Chad’s Choices from the Community post of the last month of 2013 is here.  Keep reading to learn about the DEN Community. You’ll find a few blog posts and resources that were shared by a DEN member on Twitter. Keep in mind, while others may have also shared the same post/article, I […]

  9. JOIN TONIGHT! “Standards for Mathematical Practice: They’re Not Just for Students!”

    FREE PD Virtual Event: Standards for Mathematical Practice: They’re Not Just for Students! This session will examine the mathematical practices in classroom tasks with an emphasis on how teachers can use the practices to deepen our own content knowledge and to improve our instruction. Example tasks will span K-12. Presented by: Christopher Danielson Normandale Community […]

  10. White House Student Film Festival!

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    Jeanette just posted over on the Discovery Student Network blog details about the upcoming White House Student Film Festival. The White House recently announced the first ever Student Film Festival and we think you should enter! Why? Because the festival specifically challenges students to create “videos that highlight the power of technology in schools.” Videos […]

  11. Share Fair Orlando

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    SHARE FAIR ORLANDO: January 11th, 2014 – Register Now! A day of innovative STEM Education: Explore. Invent. Experiment.   Registration for Orlando Share Fair on January 11th, 2014 is now open! Educators register here!   Share Fair is a FREE, two-part event that provides a place for teachers, students and the community  to share best practices, emergent strategies, […]

  12. On this day…

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    On this day… In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, a device used for the recording and reproduction of sound recordings. While it was originally stated that Edison had tested his invention on August 12, 1877, most historians believe it happened a few months later, as Edison didn’t file for a patent until December 24, […]

  13. DEN Techformation – What does a software company look like?

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    Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to visit AWeber.  They are going to take part in our Hour of Code events next week.  They have helped us organize several technology companies to come to our school district.  These companies will demonstrate what they do and the paths that lead to employment in a technology company.  One of the goals […]

  14. Why Join the Den?

    DEN: The Discovery Education Network! The DEN is a community of educators who share. Nope- that is too general…..it is a family of dedicated, passionate believers in the well-being of students, who become part of your life and stay there. Over the past two years, I have been blessed beyond measure with these friends called […]

  15. Leadership Styles and Irony . . .

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                Below you will find a link to a chapter from the book: Handbook of organization development  By Thomas G. Cummings, Sage Publications  that looks at a comparison of four general strategies that a leader my employ. Truthfully not all leaders can effectively lead from all four strategies.  Some are ‘tellers’, […]

  16. “Cell Phone Tricks and Treats” – DEN Fall Virtual Conference

    On October 19, 2013, Discovery Education again wowed us with their full day of presentations, 23 in all. Since it was impossible to participate in all the events, all presentations have been archived and are available at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/community/den-fall-virtcon-archive.cfm I know many of us intend to go back and view some that we missed, but with […]

  17. Progress Zone Video Tutorials

    We are excited to announce that a collection of video tutorials detailing the ins and outs of Progress Zone are now available on the help tab. These short videos take you from the basics to more sophisticated use in the re-designed student evaluation tool available to many educators across the U. S. and are available […]

  18. The Click that WILL Change the World!

    By: Jan Abernethy It all started from an innocent click on an edmodo post. I hope someday to remember it as the click that changed the world! As an edmodo user, I belong to a variety of different groups including publisher groups and academic groups. One of them is “Computer Technology” (which I highly recommend.) […]

  19. SOS: Story Elements Soup

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Story Elements Soup (pdf version)             Background In order to critically think about and analyze literature, it is important for students to understand story elements.  Identification and analysis of […]

  20. Mousey Monday – December Zodiac

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                          Happy Mousey Monday to our Cache and Cookies readers! We are two days into December, less than a month away from 2014! December is one of the seven months with 31 days. December’s Zodiac signs are Sagittarius (birthdays up to December 21) and Capricorn […]