Archives for August, 2014

  1. DEN Weekly Update: August 29, 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: Save the date for the Streamathon Oct. 25 International Dot Day is Sept. 15 Science and Social Studies Livestreams Click here to learn about these great opportunities and more. Your DEN Team

  2. EPIC STORY Launching Soon

    Epic Story Image

    Discovery Education Launches Back-to-School Student Campaign: EPIC STORY On September 8, get your students involved with Discovery Education with this fun, interactive, 3-phase campaign. Students will vote for their favorite clips from cool Science Channel shows, meet a legendary producer during the Virtual Field Trip, and use Board Builder to tell their own epic stories! Pick One […]

  3. New STAR Discovery Educators: August 28, 2014

    I’m so excited to be able to introduce these members of the DEN community as the newest STAR Discovery Educators. Jamye Abram, NC John Barenberg, ID Karen Batson, AZ Tamela Davis, NC Jennipher Eisenstein, TX Charles Elliott, NC Juanita Fast, CA Kevin Finley, AZ Mary Griffin, TX Rachel Hood, OH Laure Hunter, VA Deanna Kinziger, ID Christa […]

  4. DE Summer School: SOS- Tweet! Tweet!

    The “Tweet, Tweet” strategy incorporates a Twitter format with students developing hashtags based on what they inferred about the Sherpa culture from the text they had read and their own personal connections. Students wrote 140 character posts and replies, which reinforced the lesson’s goals of writing concisely and deliberately, and then selected favorites to “retweet.” So the lesson would have more of an impact on the kinesthetic learners, I included a gallery walk for students to reply to the student posts. “Tweet, Tweet” greatly enhanced the discussion about Sherpa culture and provided an environment in which students benefited from each other’s feedback.

  5. DE Summer School: #TBT- VirtCon

    This #TBT is dedicated to the event that brings educators from around the globe together twice a year to learn virtually and in-person. Every fall and spring, the DEN hosts two virtual conferences featuring dozens of presentations from community members.  Participants have the option to learn from the comfort of their own homes or join one […]

  6. DE Summer School: SOS- Four-to-One

    This is a fun, creative, and easy to implement instructional strategy. I used this strategy with my English Learner (EL) and intervention students. Although I’m not a classroom teacher, I support classroom teachers as their principal/instructional leader by helping to re-mediate small groups at various grade levels. I use the PhotoGrid app to merge images found on Discovery. If technology fails, then feel free to use any four images you’d like from flashcards or magazines. This strategy allows students to make connections using the four pictures. The end product is a complete sentence that incorporates the four images.

  7. DE Summer School: DENSday – DEN Connects

    Help your students become empathic and responsible global citizens by connecting them to students in other classrooms around the country with DEN Connects. We’ll provide monthly topics to help you jump into fun and productive conversations and a list of educators with whom you can connect. On the first of each month, DEN Connects will provide a few resources, […]

  8. Calendar of Cool: Women’s Equality Day

    Today, August 26th, is Women’s Equality Day. Designated by Congress in 1971, this is also the anniversary of the passage in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. After the Civil War, women began the battle to gain the right to vote. Despite being taxpaying citizens of the United States, […]

  9. Celebrate Women’s Suffrage with Image Analysis

        The 19th amendment, extending voting rights to women, was adopted 94 years ago today! This milestone of American progress is an opportunity to begin higher order skill development at the start of the year with your students. Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook includes images and lesson materials that will enable your students to […]

  10. DE Summer School: SOS- Shake It Up Baby

    I decided to try the strategy out with at 4th grade class. I introduced the project to students, using a lot of student sample videos and explaining to them exactly what was expected of them. I asked them to partner up, find any song on Discovery Education that had lyrics, study the lyrics and make any kind of video to express the lyrics. I let students use my ipad to play the song from discovery and video cameras to film their songs.

  11. DEN Connects!

    Help your students become empathic and responsible global citizens by connecting them to students in other classrooms around the country with DEN Connects. We’ll provide monthly topics to help you jump into fun and productive conversations and a list of educators with whom you can connect. On the first of each month, DEN Connects will provide a few resources, chosen […]

  12. DE Summer School: SOS- Blurt Out!

    “Games are architectures for engagement…” – Steinkuehler. They allow us to meet a variety of learning styles in a manner that is most engaging to students. Blurt is a board game made my Mattel in 1999. This strategy enables students to share their knowledge individually or as a team by blurting out their answer. Blurt-Out! works well as a review game at the end of a unit.

  13. DE Summer School: SOS- Journals

    We use S.O.S. journals throughout the year to explore prior knowledge, misconceptions, scientific understanding as well as progress in both formative and summative formats. The journals are written into the second half of a composition notebook with diagrams and or word maps on left hand pages and written information on the right hand pages.

  14. DE Summer School: Digital Challenge- Builder Tools

    Welcome to DE Summer School’s  Digital Challenge!  Every Friday, during August, we’ll be featuring a new DE Digital Challenge Board that will allow you to explore more of Discovery Education resources and programs. Are you ready to accept the challenge?!?  Don’t do it alone! Share these resources with your colleagues. You are proficient in using […]

  15. DEN on the BAY – Oct. 17 to 19, 2014

    Den on the Bay

    Join DEN on the BAY for a weekend of networking, learning and fun on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland For details and application go to the DEN on the BAY website     A great weekend is planned starting the evening of Friday Oct. 17, 2014 to Sunday morning Oct. 19th, 2014.  The highlights for the weekend include […]

  16. 5 Quick Take-Aways for Principals

    This may or may not be the view out the window from our meeting today with principals and vice principals in West Van. 1. 99% of the time we do a keyword search and get enamored by those great video segments.  Challenge your staff to expand by media type and use an audio file, interactive, […]

  17. DE Summer School: SOS- Vocabulary Stepping Stone

    Welcome the DE Summer School special edition of SOS.  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. During August, we’ll be featuring our STAR Community’s favorite strategies and how they have made them their own. Vocabulary Stepping Stone original post Vocabulary Stepping Stone PDF link to all PDFs […]