Posts By Jannita

  1. s.o.s: Visual Walkabout

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Visual Walkabout PDF Version Background A visual walkabout’s purpose is to provide an opportunity to engage students in a concept that will be covered by providing them ‘sneak peaks’ of important components through the […]

  2. S.O.S: Did You Hear That?!?

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Did You Hear That?!? PDF Version Background A single note from a song can take us back in time and the creak of a darkened home can send our hearts racing.  Though sound is […]

  3. Spotlight Series Educational Apps: Nearpod

    Ever wonder what great educational APP you should check out for your class?!? Welcome to the Spotlight Series on fantastic apps from Discovery Educators! Featuring this week’s app:     Nearpod Handout with Tips and Tricks Description: Nearpod is an interactive presentation tool.  The presentation is controlled by the presenter, keeping iPad users focused and […]

  4. Spotlight Series Educational Apps: Toontastic

    Ever wonder what great educational APP you should check out for your class?!? Welcome to the Spotlight Series on fantastic apps from Discovery Educators! Featuring this week’s app: Toontastic Handout with Tips and Tricks Description: Toontastic allows you to create stories using Freytag’s Pyramid for story development. There are many settings, scenes, and toys (characters) […]

  5. DEN is Taking Things to Heart!

    It’s February and our hearts are all a flutter!  Know what gets our hearts pumping the most?!?  Providing opportunities for our community to get connected… DEN Connected! Our DEN Connects team has been hard at work on new themes, lesson plans, activities, and more based on your feedback.  We’re thrilled to announce the next round […]

  6. Students Were the Stars on Digital Learning Day

    Students took center stage for Digital Learning Day!  On Wednesday, February 6th as students celebrated across the nation by using  technology and media in their classrooms, Discovery Education students and their teachers tuned in from  27 states and 4 countries to learn from each other! Students representing 8 different states shared how they use educational […]

  7. Why Should I Drink The Kool-Aid?

    I have to admit, I love it when people challenge me in professional development sessions on why they should use technology.  A few weeks ago, a woman raised her hand and I headed back to help her.  I could see the “please help/save me” on the face of her friend sitting next to her.  When […]

  8. Are you LEARNing?

    Every so often, I browse some of my favorite blogs for inspiration. I found the reminder I needed this morning on DEN Guru Jen Wagner’s blog ‘Thoughts by Jen‘. I have the privilege of traveling, presenting, and learning among very talented educators each week, but after I read Jen’s post “Opportunity: LEARN“  I have to […]

  9. S.O.S: And the Award Goes To….

    Welcome to week 16 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. And the Award Goes To… PDF Version Background Many of the strategies employed in classrooms today, deal with ways to enhance students cognitive skills.  If we focus solely […]

  10. S.O.S: Scrambled Please

    Welcome to week 15 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Scrambled Please PDF Version Background Most teachers, at some point in their teaching, have helped their students learn the important skill of sequencing. From class schedules, to steps […]

  11. S.O.S: That Sums It Up!

    Welcome to week 14 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. That Sums it Up! PDF Version Background According to Raymond Jones, on his site ReadingQuest.org, when student summarize they “strip away the extra verbiage and extraneous examples, focus […]

  12. S.O.S: Get VENN-y With It!

    Welcome to week 13 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Get VENN-y With It PDF Version Background According to Marzano, one high yield instructional strategy is helping students identify similarities and differences. In Harvey Silver’s book Compare and […]

  13. S.O.S: Now Screening

    Welcome to week 12 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Now Screening PDF Version                   Background According to John Medina, author of Brain Rules (a must read for educators), your […]

  14. Albuquerque Public School Instructional Coaches Set Sail

    Using the implementation of Discovery Education as a metaphor to a voyage, DEN STAR, Susan Bowdoin, led a group of 28 instructional coaches from elementary and middle schools on a journey through the resources available to them through the Discovery Educator Network. The group broke down several elements that are critical to a successful voyage: […]

  15. S.O.S: Six Word Stories

    Welcome to week 11 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Six Word Stories PDF Version             Background According to Reading Rockets, “Summarizing teaches students how to discern the most important ideas in a […]

  16. S.O.S: A-E-I-O-U

    Welcome to week 10 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. A-E-I-O-U PDF Version               Background As students, particularly language learners, are developing their ability to interpret information, it is important that we […]

  17. S.O.S.: Surround Sound

    Welcome to week 9 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Surround Sound PDF Version               Background Hearing a few notes of sound can transport us back in time to an important moment […]

  18. It’s Not Just a Bunch of Blabber: Connecting Students, Content, Digital Media, and Web 2.0 throughDEN Connects

    The Discovery Educator Network welcomes guest blogger and DEN STAR Ginni Rushing from Santa Rosa, FL.  Below, Ginni describes her students involvement in the DEN Connects Habitat Project. Utilizing the various activities from DEN Connects has been a positive experience for my third graders!  They enjoyed the Digital Dives on habitats, even asking to watch […]

  19. S.O.S.: Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt

    Welcome to week 8 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt PDF Version             Background Utilizing video segments provides a wonderful opportunity to provide content to students in auditory and visual […]

  20. S.O.S: Half the Story

    Welcome to week 7 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Half the Story PDF Version           Background How many of us have ever struggled to begin student conversation around a particular topic? They say […]

  21. Connect and Celebrate… Holidays Around the World!

    Join educators from around the world, as they learn how to integrate Discovery Education digital resources into lessons about how countries celebrate traditions, complete student digital scavenger hunts, explore how your students can create customizable Google Maps, and connect your classes to discuss what they love to celebrate through video chats.         […]

  22. S.O.S: Where in the World

    Welcome to week 6 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Where in the World PDF Version           Background When we can’t take our children around the world, we need to find creative ways to […]

  23. S.O.S: Can You Guess My 2-1-4

    Welcome to week 5 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. 2-1-4 (PDF Version)           Background My very creative friend and colleague, Lance Rougeux started a project  last year with his wife’s class. When he […]

  24. Politics That Matter

    Wikipedia defines politics as a term generally applied to the art or science of running governmental or state affairs, including behavior within civil governments, but also applies to institutions, fields, and special interest groups such as the corporate, academic, and religious segments of society. It consists of “social relations involving authority or power” and to […]