Archives for April, 2014

  1. Mousey Monday – National Tree Planting Day

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    Happy Mousey Monday!! Did you know in Kenya today is the celebration of National Tree Planting Day? The people of Kenya plant palm trees and coconut trees along the Indian Ocean. The tradition of planting and caring for trees and celebrating the day as a holiday, originated in Nebraska in the United States. On April […]

  2. SOS: Four-to-One

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Four-to-One PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Schema theory explains how our previous experiences, knowledge, emotions, and understandings affect what and how we learn (Harvey & […]

  3. AFI / Dallas Film International Festival (DIFF)

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    For the last seven years, I have volunteered for the The Dallas Film International Festival (DIFF).  This year DIFF was from April 3-13  and during that time I had the opportunity to view 20 movies. One of  movies was the Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize Winner called,  “The Special Need”. This foreign movie, filmed in Germany/Italy and directed, written […]

  4. DEN Weekly Update 4-18-2014

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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: DEN Spring VirtCon 30 Minutes of Discovery Social Studies Livestream Spotlight on Strategies Click here to learn about these great opportunities and more. Your DEN Team

  5. Fun Fact Friday: Seurat

    Did you know that Seurat’s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (famously featured in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) isn’t painted with brushstrokes, but rather, millions of tiny dots? It’s true! Georges Seurat’s style of painting came to be known as known as Pointillism, and was considering revolutionary at […]

  6. 4/22 at 1pm Virtual Event for Students: STEM is Now, STEM is How

    Siemens STEM Connect: STEM is Now, STEM is How We often hear of amazing things happening in STEM classrooms across the country. And, we’re often asked to share these exemplars to provide guidance in achieving a shared STEM education vision. Join our live webcast to see one vision of a STEM program.   Tuesday, April […]

  7. This assignment just might save a life

      Underscore the importance of safe driving:  Vote today! Discovery Education and Toyota encourage you to assign your students an activity today that just might save a life: Ask them to check out the Top 10 Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge videos and vote for their favorite.   In an effort to combat the startling […]

  8. On this day… Zooming Camera Lenses!

    On this day in 1947, Dr. Frank Gerard Back demonstrated the first camera with a zoom feature. This feature was made possible by the invention of the “varifocal lens.”  Prior to this invention, photographers were required to move their cameras closer to their object to simulate “zoom.” Dr. Back first showed off his invention at […]

  9. Microsoft Excel For Educators: Segment 7

    Welcome all to a new week of Excel for Educators where I’ve tried to take some of the things that I do in my work with the Analytics, Research and Evaluation team here at Discovery Education and frame them in the perspective of the classroom teacher, and then divide them into 10 minute segments. This […]

  10. Chad’s Choices from the Community

    Time for another edition of Chad’s Dean’s Choices for the Community! Apparently Chad feels like he needs to take a vacation once in a while. So he asked me to man the fort this week. So this week, I’ve spent countless hours scouring the blogs and Twitterverse and aggregated together some of the most interesting nuggets. […]

  11. Mousey Monday – Autism Awareness Month

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    Last week, we mentioned about April being the National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada. This Mousey Monday, we wanted to acknowledge another April celebration, Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior. – […]

  12. The PBS NewsHour: Autism

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    Discovery Education has a total of 70 videos ‘The PBS NewsHour’. The topics include politics, arts, nation, world, economy, science, health and education topics.  PBS NewsHour is an American evening television news program that is broadcast weeknights on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and is available online and as a podcast.   The United States recognizes […]

  13. SOS: Feel the Beat

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Feel the Beat PDF Version       Background There is much research concerning the impact of music in the classroom. Roann Keen, an elementary childhood music specialist has stated that incorporating music into […]

  14. I Didn’t Know Discovery Did That?

    As an Instructional Technology Facilitator, workshop presenter, teacher and an avid promoter of using Discovery Education products and resources, I am constantly hearing, “I didn’t’ know it did that???” when working with administrators, teachers, district curriculum coaches and department heads.  So, here are some of the most often heard things that I am asked and […]

  15. Building the Future iMake iLearn

    Teaching code to elementary and middle school students can be a key component in sparking curiosity and problem-solving skills, potentially leading to career choices in science and engineering that will help address the challenges facing our planet. The first time I really considered teaching code to my students was during a DENSI (Discovery Education Network […]

  16. AMC Sensory Friendly Films for Families Affected by Autism

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    AMC Sensory Friendly Films provide a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment  on a monthly basis to select communities in the United States. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and […]

  17. DENapalooza in Ottawa

    If you weren’t in Ottawa today for DENapalooza, you missed all the fun (and the food). But, you can still benefit from the event by checking out the resources below. The Spotlight on Strategies session was a lot of fun, and we came away with so many good ideas.  Here are some of the #DENapalooza […]

  18. Farewell DEN STARs

    Not all educators are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to create engaging events (e.g. DENaissance Faire) or attend conferences to enhance their teaching skills (e.g. DEN VirtCon); However, as the spring social media marketing intern for Discovery Education, I learned that DEN STARs are unique educators who are willing and passionate […]

  19. DEN Weekly Update 4-11-2014

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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: DEN Spring VirtCon Wacky Weather Livestream Spotlight on Strategies New Content in Discovery Education Streaming Keep reading to learn about these great opportunities and more. Your DEN Team

  20. Fun Fact Friday: Random Fun Facts!

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    While writing Fun Fact Friday, I encounter lots of fun facts that are interesting, but don’t necessarily require an entire article. With that in mind, here are some of the random fun facts I’ve collected! Goats’ eyes have horizontal and somewhat rectangular pupils. In Britain, they call underwear “pants” and they call pants “trousers”. Crickets’ […]

  21. Making Stuff with Discovery Education: Blabberize

    Join me tonight at 7pm ET for April’s Making Stuff with Discovery Education. We will focus on using Blabberize with images from Discovery Education. Please join us on Thursday, April 10, from 7:00pm – 7:30pm ET for a quick overview of Blabberize, including sound instructional practices, how to use it with Discovery Education,  and a  tutorial. Here is […]