Posts By Brad Fountain

About Brad Fountain

I have been with Discovery Education since 2005 and currently serve as the Director of Instructional Implementation for the Science Techbook. I have more than 13 years of educational experience and am married with two children, ages 3 and 7.

  1.   We are excited for the first SCIcon virtual conference this Saturday, January 9th from 9-4 ET.  If you have not already registered please use the link below to register.  We have an amazing set of presentations taking place throughout the day beginning with our very own Lance Rougeux presenting: Change the Present, Change the […]

  2.   FETC is right around the corner and Discovery Education is wanting your help to take the education in Florida beyond the textbook.  Discovery Education is looking for classroom teachers (especially those who teach science), curriculum specialist, and curriculum coordinators to take part in a user group session.  Participants will receive hands-on access to prototype […]

  3. Siemens We Can Change the World 2009 Finalists

    If you have access to the the USA Today for Friday, December 4th check out page 7B of the Money Section for a wonderful highlight of the finalists from last year’s Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.  We also have a great opportunity for you to meet the winning team from Iowa, Team Dead […]

  4. Discovery Education Launches STEM Connect to Support the President's Initiative

    STEM Connect is the captivating real-world STEM curriculum and career development resource from Discovery Education. It supports the Administration’s goal of driving student achievement in STEM education throughout all U.S. schools.  Discovery Education is providing this additional service free to all Discovery Education streaming subscribers.  The resources are directed at students in grades 6-12 and […]

  5. Discovery Education support's the President's STEM initiatives

    This morning at 11:30 AM, President Obama will issue a call to action to increase science literacy among students nationwide.  You can watch the live feed of this presidential address at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.  Supporting this priority and underscoring the company’s commitment to providing science-related programming and education, Discovery Communications has launched an exciting new initiative called […]

  6. Hands-On Science Part of Discovery Education Science

    In case you have noticed, we have recently added a new feature to Discovery Education Science for both Elementary and Middle School.  If you go to the “Teacher Center” section of Discovery Education Science and click on “Process Skills Library” you will find a new tab for “Hands-on Labs”.  All of these labs utilize everyday […]

  7. Discovery Education Science and the 5 E's

    Discovery Education works beautifully with the 5 E science lesson model.  Let’s take a closer look at how it fits: Engage- An “engage” activity should do the following: Make connections between past and present learning experiences Anticipate activities and focus students’ thinking on the learning outcomes of current activities. Students should become mentally engaged in […]

  8. 2009 3M Young Scientist Challenge Winner Announced

    Marina Dimitrov, an eighth-grader in Bozeman, Mont., who showcased innovation and creativity in a series of scientific contests, including the removal of graffiti from replicas of New York City icons, was named America’s Top Young Scientist in the 2009 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. A student at Sacajawea Middle School, Marina receives $50,000 in […]

  9. 'Ardi,' Oldest Human Ancestor, Unveiled

    Exciting news today from Discovery, Science Magazine, and amazing group of scientist:  The world’s oldest and most complete skeleton of a potential human ancestor — named “Ardi,” short for Ardipithecus ramidus — has been unveiled by an international team of 47 researchers. They have dedicated a website to the find (http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/ardipithecus/ardipithecus.html), which includes an interactive […]

  10. Challenging Kids To Save The Planet

    Want to get kids interested in science? Show them how they can use it to better the world they live in. Take Jathan Kron, Justin Roth and Brennan Nelson, three middle school students from West Branch, Iowa. Jathan, age 12, was helping his father sweep out his auto repair shop, and notices that he was […]

  11. Scientific American Mind: A New Vision for Teaching Science

    There is a great article from Scientific American Mind that presents new strategies and pedagogy for teaching science across all grade levels. The key points talk to: Two recent reports from the National Research Council call for significant changes in the way science is taught in elementary school. Unlike previous recommendations, the new suggestions reflect […]

  12. NASA: "Coolest Video on Earth"

    Below is part of an amazing video from NASA that ties nicely with a class study of weather, climate, water cycle, or the atmosphere.  This video relates very well to our Discovery Education Middle School unit Weather and Climate: Climate Change where you find interactives, additional video content, and reading passages to take your student’s […]

  13. Discovery Educator Network Science Institute Homework

    Homework: Your assignment tonight is to share at least three things that you have learned at the Discovery Educator Network Science Institute by posting a comment to this blog post. Extra Credit: Share a resource, website, or application that you think other attendees will find useful by posting a link to wiki.

  14. Discovery Educator Network Science Institute

    As part of the Discovery Educator Network we want to provide an avenue to share resources within our community of educators.  In order to allow our attendees to share favorite resources and sites I have created a wiki to post your notes, resources and files.  Please join wikispaces to be allowed to post and I […]

  15. Freaky News about Your Brain

    I am constantly amazed by how little is known about the way our brain works, but I am equally impressed by how much we are learning every day.  Just today I was reading an article that that talks about brain research around why people walk in circles when they are lost, why some people (myself […]

  16. Discovery Parent Corner

    Discovery has launched a new website called Discovery Parent Corner.  The website is designed to “Parent Corner provides parents and others a powerful suite of free digital resources that can help bridge the gap between home and school, and ensures that parents and other caregivers have the digital tools they need to help students continue […]

  17. Perseid Meteor Shower

    On Wednesday, August 12th at 4am ET the Perseid Meteor Shower will be visible.  The Perseids appear to come from the constellation Perseus but are actually bits of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet, which has been orbiting the sun for centuries. The Earth passes through these streams of shooting stars every August.  The key to […]

  18. Following the Footsteps of the Apollo Missions

    Google Earth continues to impress me with the features they add.  If you want to experience what the Apollo astronauts experienced then you have everything you need.  With Discovery Education Science you have nearly 40 video segments from the missions themselves that you and your students can watch.  With Google Earth Moon you can: Take […]

  19. 40 Years After Apollo 11

    It is hard to believe it has been 40 years since Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon.  What is next for mankind.? Do we head back to the moon or do we head to Mars?  These are he questions scientist and scholars have been asking and will continue to ask for years to […]

  20. Bring Google Earth Into Your Science Class

    As I read a discussion on wind power the other day I started thinking about how little our students understand the concept of alternative energy.  In Discovery Education Science there is a great virtual lab called WOW! Windmills.  This is a great lab for students to explore how the location of windmills can effect the […]

  21. Learning through the Funnies Part 2

    Due the popular response from the comic life post.  I decided to share my full presentation “Learning Through the Funnies” from our NECC pre-con.  In the session I shared with teachers how they can use such sites as GoAnimate, Xtranormal, Pixton, and Comic Life in their everday activities with students.  The one below is from […]

  22. Learning through the Funnies

    Are you or your students a fan of the Sunday funnies?  Check out Comic Life for a new way to engage your students with curriculum content.  As I started playing with Comic Life I found an amazing collection of science resources created by students.  I also found a wonderful collection of templates that help get […]

  23. Hurricane Season is Here!!

    If you live on or near the coast you are well aware that Hurricane Season is here.  Having lived on the coast of North Carolina for 5 years and experiencing five hurricanes in those five years I have witnessed first hand the power of these storms.  For many of our students though, hurricanes are something […]

  24. Witness the Impact of Man on the Environment

    With the growth of the human population the impact on the environment is inevitable, but until recently we would hear about it and maybe see before an after pictures.  Now NASA has put together time-lapse videos showing the impact man can have on the environment, some bad and some good.  The videos are hosted on […]