Monthly Archives: August 2014

EPIC STORY Launching Soon

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

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

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.

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

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.

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,

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,