Posts By Dean Mantz

  1. "STEM"ulate Your Students

    As educators we know that a key to student engagement is through real world application- authentic learning.  Apply now to participate in the “Siemens Teachers As Researchers” (STARS) program.  Deadline for applications is March 1, 2010. Teachers selected in the program will participate in mentored research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on current topics […]

  2. Calling K-8 Teachers & Students to Change Communities

    Participating teachers and students can assist in helping “Planet Earth” Go Green!  Siemens “We Can Change the World Challenge“ is open for registration through March 15, 2010.  The challenge is for students to create solutions for resolving environmental issues by starting with their own community.  Participants can choose their appropriate grade level by selecting one […]

  3. Inspire Your Students: Hear Dr. Michio Kaku

    Join Discovery Education Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 4:00pm ET for the Siemens STEM Academy webinar.   The Siemens STEM Academy, an online portal with a wealth of STEM resources, presents STEM Spotlight webinar with Dr. Michio Kaku, Host of Science Channel’s Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible. Register Today   Register to hear […]

  4. New STAR on the Horizon

    Please help the KS LC welcome Chelsea Whisnant from Rossville to the Kansas Discovery Education DEN family.  You can catch her on Plurk talking about how well her elementary students are adapting to the assignments and quizzes she builds via the Teacher Center.  If you want to learn more about the Builders, read the “Diamonds […]

  5. Teacher Center's "Dynamic Duo"

    Educators are always on the look out for something new to introduce and stimulate student learning through engagement.  Discovery Education has provided educators two new great resources: Ready Zone: Continuity of Learning  and STEM Connect. These are available in the “Teacher Center” of Discovery Education. Ready Zone was created to provide opportunities for ongoing education of […]

  6. SCIcon2010   Saturday, January 9, 2010     9 AM to 4 PM ET Drop by for an hour or stay for the whole day! It’s virtual and it’s FREE!Register for the online sessions at:http://links.discoveryeducation.com/denscicon or Register for one of many in-person events hosted by our DEN Leadership Councils.  Click here to see the list of in-person […]

  7. Get Scientific with Discovery Education

    DEN’s SCIcon: Saturday, January 9, 2010 Join the DEN community for our first ever Science-themed virtual conference!  From 9 AM to 4 PM (ET) on Saturday, January 9, 2010 we will explore creative ways to use the amazing resources available in DE Science and DE streaming.  We will also tap into the abundance of free resources available […]

  8. New Teacher Survival Central Contest

    Surviving the first year of teaching can be rough! That’s what New Teacher Survival Central is all about and proof is in the prizes. Each month this semester we’re giving away a classroom survival pack, chock full of useful supplies and valuable technology products. PLUS, each time you enter you are registered to win our […]

  9. Are You Up for the Challenge?

    The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is Now Open for Grades K-8: Are You Up for the Challenge? A Rewarding and Unique Opportunity For Your Students. Join the nation’s premier sustainability challenge where students create solutions to environmental problems in their own backyard. Give your students the chance to make a difference in […]

  10. Differentiate with DE Streaming

    Differentiated Instruction is defined by Wikipedia as “…providing students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and to developing teaching products so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability.“  I ask this question of all educators “Is this not what we […]

  11. Diamonds in the Rough….My Builder Tools (part 1)

    As the Kansas Discovery Leadership Council talks with educators across Kansas we learn that most teachers are not aware of the numerous tools provided for classroom integration.  Therefore, we are going to start developing a series of blog posts focusing on specific tools offered within Discovery Education Streaming regardless of which version you can access.  […]

  12. Welcome to the DEN!

      Please welcome Danielle Pflug to the Kansas DEN STAR family. If you have recently joined the Discovery Education Network and have not been highlighted contact us at ks.den.leaders@gmail.com.  We will make sure you are introduced to the DEN community.

  13. Assessing Learning with Discovery Education

    The Kansas DE Leadership Council has been asked to participate in the 2009 KSDE Fall Assessment Conference on October 27, 2009 in Topeka, Kansas.  Mary Frazier, Dan Brown, Dean Mantz of the KS LC along with Andrew Walls from Discovery Eduction Assessment Team will be the presenters.  All sessions are geared towards the use of […]

  14. Hall and Steve Web2.0 Breakdown

    One evening I was Plurking with a fellow Kansas educator Kristi Altenburg about the new features of Discovery Education Streaming and I remembered a link provided by Sabrina Boehm for Alan Beam of Holton, KS regarding cell phones in the classroom. Well that link is to a wealth of Web 2.0 resources and lesson plans. […]

  15. Summer School with the DEN (via Weekly e-mail)

    Get ready for a new school year with the DEN!  The entire month of August is jam-packed with free webinars.  Tell a colleague, invite your principal and join us for Summer School with the DEN.  Enroll today at: http://community.discoveryeducation.com/webinar Please be sure to visit the Kansas Blog for updates and to see what new events […]

  16. 5 Star Review of DE Streaming Plus (via National DEN Blog)

    Discovery Education streaming PLUS was recently reviewed by Multimedia and Internet @ Schools and imagine our surprise when we received an absolutely perfect rating: 5/5 stars!  Of course, to those of you using DE streaming PLUS, this won’t be much of a surprise, but the review is well worth reading and sharing.  A quick highlight […]

  17. (via National DEN Blog)

    Scott Kinney on the Future of Learning Today, the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing to examine how technology, innovative education tools, and digital content are transforming and improving education in America.  The DEN’s very own Scott Kinney, Vice President of Outreach and Professional Development for Discovery Education, served as one of seven […]

  18. Are You Puzzled?

    It is that time of year when the students are anxious for spring break to arrive. Teachers feel pressured to get the semester requirements met and try to find small activities to occupy student time. Well, here is one web based application that will ease the stress on teachers to create an activity that students […]