Archives for April, 2014

  1. May 2014: Personalizing content for an audience

    Technology allows educators to easily personalize content for a specific audience, whether it be colleagues, students, parents, or the community. By simply changing the context of a piece of work, it can be meaningful to a different audience. Consider a how-to tutorial for students. Most likely, you are teaching them face-to-face, and the how-to is […]

  2. Two Days Left: Enter NOW to win $45K

      Two Days Left: Enter NOW to win $45K in Classroom Technology! There are two days left to enter the 2014 Win A Wireless Lab Sweepstakes, an annual opportunity from Discovery Education and CDW•G that provides students and teachers with more than $100,000 in innovative classroom technology that can transform the way students learn. Prizes include […]

  3. Take the DEN (and Peter H. Reynolds) to Work Day: May 9


    For DEN Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re giving you the gift of time. Gather your students and join the Discovery Education team at the top of each hour starting at 9am ET for Take the DEN to Work Day. We have 30-minute lessons already prepared  for your students. As a super special bonus, we a have creativity […]

  4. Good News from Discovery Education


    Discovery Education’s mission is to celebrate and support the millions of dedicated professionals around the world who have made teaching their life’s work. As such, we share your concerns with the ID program “Bad Teachers.” Discovery Communications operates over 200 channels worldwide and 14 in the US, including the entertainment channel ID. The program “Bad […]

  5. Chad’s Choices From the Community


    I cannot believe April is almost over. In fact, one third of 2014 is almost in the books. Regardless, we keep chugging along here on the DEN Blogs and below is the fifteenth post of 2014 in the Chad’s Choices from the Community blog series. Learn more from and connect with the DEN Community by […]

  6. We Love Amazing Teachers

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    Update: A new response from Discovery Education has been posted here. Last week while I was traveling for work my wife sent me a text informing me that she was selected as her school district’s teacher of the year. I almost cried. And I’m not much of a crier. But it has been such a […]

  7. DEN’s Fairy GRANT Mother presents Secrets for Funding Class Projects

    She knows the secrets and she’s ready to share the ‘magic fairy grant’ dust with us! DEN STAR extraordinaire, Dacia Jones, has personally received over $3 million in grants to fund projects including her latest $13,400 grant for science and her largest of $1.5 million for STEM education which included funding to hire personnel and […]

  8. Mousey Monday – Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History


    Happy Mousey Monday to our Cache and Cookies readers! Today is the day that the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History closes its dinosaur hall for a previously announced $48 million, 5 years long renovation project. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum complex, located in Washington, DC. Discovery Education has an […]

  9. SOS: Telephone

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Telephone PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Readers who take the most from their reading make conscious plans to evaluate their own ability to do so […]

  10. DEN Spring VirtCon – on now!

    I was a bit late tuning in this morning, but the DEN Spring VirtCon is live now! It’s live, and there are lots of presentations available, with a closing keynote “Igniting a Passion to Learn” with Karen Ogen at 3:00 PM. I am participating in Chad Leman’s “Build Your PLN with the DEN!” If you […]

  11. iMake iLearn: Sphero Me Some Fun and Learning

    This week our three 2.0 Spheros arrived.  What is a Sphero you say?  It is a programmable ball and so much more.  After looking at many different options to introduce robotics and coding into our SP Design Lab, I learned about the Sphero. Several great posts have already been done by Erin Klein and the Nerdy Teacher which made me realize […]

  12. 30 Minutes of Discovery: May 16


    DISCOVERY EDUCATION UNVEILS NEW ANNUAL EVENT FOR STUDENTS On May 16th, encourage your students to spend 30 Minutes exploring their own interests and discovering new ones in their Discovery Education student accounts. Frogs – yep! Music – yep! The history of airplanes – yep! The sky’s the limit: just explore and enjoy. When they’re done […]

  13. DEN Weekly Update 4-25-2014


    This week’s DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you! Here are just a few things to make sure you explore: DEN Spring VirtCon Geocaching Day Teacher Appreciation Week Take the DEN to Work Day Spotlight on Strategies Click here to learn about these great opportunities and more in the DEN Weekly Update.  […]

  14. Sounds of Nature IN Your Classroom

    Have you ever used sound effects in your classroom? There are so many different sites you can use to locate specific sounds to enhance a lesson. Below are two fantastic examples. One from and the other is of course from the DiscoveryEducation media library. Use these sounds: -when students enter your room to get their attention […]

  15. Meet Becky Topol!

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    Hi! My name is Becky Topol, and I recently joined the Customer and Technical Support team at Discovery Education. I’m a native of Long Island, New York, and graduated from American University in DC with a degree in Psychology. I love horror movies, especially ones by Guillermo del Toro. My hobbies include reading, moviemaking, tabletop […]

  16. Chad’s Choices from the Community


    A huge thanks to Dean Shareski for stepping up last week while I was on vacation and taking over Chad’s Choices. Again, it’s Tuesday and that means another edition of Chad’s Choices from the Community. Take some time to explore more articles and people from the DEN Community, the best educator community around! If you’d like […]

  17. Featured Board: Celebrate Earth Day

    It is Earth Day, and I have a special Board to share with you created by Rae Ann Smith, a teacher at East Petersburg Elementary School in PA. She challenged her students to use the resources on this board to learn about Earth Day and explore what kids can do to help preserve the planet. […]

  18. Goobric & Doctopus…say huh?!


    Having just seen the recent Captain America superhero movie, my initial thought was that these were the names of some sort of super villains. To the contrary, these are a couple of awesome tools for assessing student work using Rubrics built into Google Docs! Thanks to our very own DEN STAR, Sandi Dennis for sharing […]