Author Archives: Ginny Washburne

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SOS: Tweet, Tweet!

SOS: Tweet, Tweet!

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Tweet, Tweet! PDF Version  Background Many educators use Twitter to as a way to build their Professional Learning Network (PLN) and share what they are doing in the classroom. Twitter is a social media

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SOS: PechaKucha

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. PechaKucha PDF Version  20 x 20  Background PechaKucha is a presentation format that was developed by architects in Tokyo in 2003. The idea behind this presentation style is to show 20 images, each for

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SOS: Fakebook

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.  Fakebook PDF Version Background According to a 2010 study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average 8-18 year old spends 7.5 hours interacting with media each day. If we want to engage students,

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SOS: Jigsaw

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.  Jigsaw PDF Version Background Jigsaw is a well known cooperative learning strategy that empowers students from a “home” group to focus on one aspect of a topic. “Just as in a jigsaw puzzle, each

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SOS: On This Day

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. On This Day PDF Version Background Teachers use many different strategies to engage students as soon as they enter the classroom. A bell ringer is a short activity that can be completed while you

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SOS: Puppet Pictures

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Puppet Pictures PDF Version Background Using puppets to learn new vocabulary is a fun and creative way for students to connect with the new terms as they use it in their own words. By

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SOS: Myth Bustin!

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.  Myth Bustin PDF Version  Background MythBusters, a popular show on the Discovery Channel, tests popular myths in order to confirm or bust them. This strategy takes the idea of myth busting and applies it

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Stop Waiting To Exhale (My Thoughts On Inspiration)

I posted my thoughts on inspiration (below) on my personal blog, but thought I would share it here as well. Many of you are headed to DENSI, or planning on watching some of the engaging presentations via Livestream. There is no doubt you will walk away inspired. But will you also take the time to

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Celebrating Teacher Leaders- Meet Wake County

Wake County Public Schools in Raleigh, North Carolina has recently partnered with Discovery Education to employ a system for change called Teacher Leader Corps, a continuous improvement model that puts teachers and teaching at the forefront of the district wide change.  This model of collective and sustained learning will help to build the professional capital

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SOS: Snowball Fight!

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.   Snowball Fight PDF Version BACKGROUND Showing videos in class is a great way to engage students and bring learning to life. But often times, watching a video becomes a passive learning experience. In

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