Author Archives: Betsy Ruffin

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Trivial Pursuit — DEN style

Think you know the DEN?  Think you can scavenge with the best of them?  Think you can ‘pursue’ trivia– especially for a chance at prizes?   Then this post is for YOU! The blog team is sponsoring a DEN Trivia Scavenger Hunt through the wonderful resources of the Discovery Educator Network, with a side trip

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Look What I Found: the continuing search

Still exploring iPad apps…. here’s the latest finds: 3 D Classic Literature  provides access to a variety of classic literature in a pleasing visual style that nicely mimics reading an actual book.  It is not perfect yet, for example the font size can’t be changed- though it is a larger font that is generally easier on

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Discovery Comes to Region 11- Fort Worth, TX

ESC 11 in Fort Worth is hosting its annual Digital Summer Learning Conference Friday, May 17,  and Discovery will be there! Keynote speaker will be Director of Online Community and Social Media Strategy (and Star Wars afficionado) Steve Dembo. He will be  speaking on the topic: Building Bolder Schools: It Doesn’t Hurt to Be First on the

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Books on Tablet

“Books wait like miracles. Now come along for the ride.”   That’s from one of this post’s items:  a wonderful book called Little Library Mouse by Stephanie Lisa Tara.  I got it as an ebook, but there are print editions also.  A mouse enjoys the books in the closed for the night library, imagining himself in various

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Den Reads: Recommendations for Professional Reading

Getting right to the point, here are some of my recommendations for professional reading: > Machines Are the Easy Part; People Are the Hard Part:observations about making technology work in schools  by Doug Johnson With humor, insight and short easy to read chapters, Johnson addresses topics from encouraging job security to the particular needs of

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I Am a Logophile: update (and more)

One of my favorite vocabulary games: 7 Little Words has officially released its junior version: 7 Little Words for Kids. Like the original,  you must figure seven words from the clues, using the letter blocks.    The junior version, however, takes the elementary age players through various worlds, including a scuba adventure, space travel, dinosaur

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Trivia Pursuit

While the other families were out playing football on a holiday afternoon, mine was inside playing Trivial Pursuit or other academic trivia games.  The fun of the play encouraged our interest — and thus our learning– of various subjects.  It can do the same for you and your students. A recent sampling of my Trivia

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I Am a Logophile

A logophile is a lover of words (http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/logophile).   That is definitely me and it is not coincidence that I love to read also.   Vocabulary and reading certainly go together and help strengthen each other.  So what are some ways to strengthen vocabulary?  Here are a few ideas: Discovery Streaming includes vocabulary development as

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Have Android; Need Apps

Got an Android OS based tablet and looking for great apps?  Here are some blogs and posts with helpful information. http://android4schools.com/   from Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers, this blog is one of the best resources http://mashable.com/2012/08/15/android-apps-school/  “short and sweet” post with 5 free apps to recommend http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/06/01/new-10-of-the-best-droid-apps-for-education-in-2012/   also check the link within the

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