Posts By Lance

About Lance

I’m a former middle school teacher who loves working with educators and students from all over the globe. Helping to build and support the DEN community has been my passion since it began in 2005.

  1. A wonderful day in Baldwin County

    What a wonderful day in Baldwin County Public Schools today.  We talked technology, pedagogy and celebrated teachers who are leading the way.  We also used it as an opportunity to learn about ways we at Discovery Education can do more to help. My favorite request: Make Board Builder a collaborative tool so more than one […]

  2. DENapalooza Greensboro: Top Five “Spotlight on Strategies”

    There are so many great instructional strategies shared through our SOS series that it’s hard to find time to review them all.  So, a group of amazing teachers at #DENapalooza Greensboro did it for you.  Here are their top five SOS that you simply have to check out for yourself. Three Truths, One Lie What […]

  3. DEN Connects: Remembrance Day

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    With our first virtual field trip from outside North America coming up on Monday, we wanted to make sure our new DEN Community members from the UK had an easy way to connect with our U.S. and Canadian members. If you are interested in connecting your class with another DEN Community member’s classroom, please take […]

  4. How do you connect and why?

    Happy Connected Educator Month! What a great month to celebrate within the DEN and beyond.  One of the DEN’s close friends, Dr. Jeff Carpenter from Elon University’s School of Education, is working on an exciting and important project that I hope we can all help him with. He and his colleagues are working on a […]

  5. 5 Quick Take-Aways for Principals

    This may or may not be the view out the window from our meeting today with principals and vice principals in West Van. 1. 99% of the time we do a keyword search and get enamored by those great video segments.  Challenge your staff to expand by media type and use an audio file, interactive, […]

  6. Spotlight on Strategies: Instructional Media Bonus Edition

    For this week’s Spotlight on Strategies we are bringing you not one, but twelve new ideas.  I had the privilege of working with educators from all over the country for the past seven weeks through the Discovery Education Wilkes University Instructional Media Program. We explored a variety of ways to develop students’ minds through the […]

  7. Thinking Outside the Book with Kawartha Pine Ridge

    The Discovery team had a great time today in Canada with our partners at Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB. We talked about some big questions: What is text? What do we want learning to look like? What are the chances that the Blue Jays and Pirates will be in the World Series? Below is the presentation […]

  8. We Love Amazing Teachers

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    Update: A new response from Discovery Education has been posted here. Last week while I was traveling for work my wife sent me a text informing me that she was selected as her school district’s teacher of the year. I almost cried. And I’m not much of a crier. But it has been such a […]

  9. DENapalooza in Ottawa

    If you weren’t in Ottawa today for DENapalooza, you missed all the fun (and the food). But, you can still benefit from the event by checking out the resources below. The Spotlight on Strategies session was a lot of fun, and we came away with so many good ideas.  Here are some of the #DENapalooza […]

  10. Wanted: Principals Like You

    Are you an innovative principal, assistant principal, department head, or school leader? Are you interested in participating in an immersive professional development event tailored specifically at helping you build the leadership skills and knowledge needed to create dynamic digital learning environments in your school? If so, the Great Leaders Summit is for you! Join us […]

  11. Professional Learning at SETNedtech

    I’m spending the day with a group of really enthusiastic and focused educators in Southeast TN. Here are some of the things we’ve been talking about focused on STEM and free PD. My opening session – thinc Differently Some of the free PD resources we discussed… DEN Community monthly calendar of events Chad Lehman’s FETC […]

  12. Girls, Inc. and STEM

    I had the opportunity to visit the Girls, Inc. National Resource Center this week to learn about the amazing work they do.  We spent a few minutes talking about the Discovery Education connection with STEM Camp and other free featured programs. We also did a ten minute take on the importance of STEM for girls […]

  13. Polar Bears A to Z

    Thanks to our friends at Polar Bears International, I am in Churchill, Manitoba – the polar bear capital of the world – for Polar Bear Week.  Starting tomorrow we will be making virtual connections with students, educators, classrooms, zoos and other organizations to share the experience of what it’s like on the tundra.  With polar […]

  14. STEMulating Tundra Connections LIVE this Week!


    It’s that time of year again.  Welcome to Polar Bear Week! Join us live from the tundra this week as we help bring to STEM to life in your classrooms through a series of live webcasts featuring scientists and researchers with very interesting STEM careers and starring polar bears who are chilling right outside our […]

  15. SOS: Figure it Out Together

    Welcome to the Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Figure it Out Together PDF Version  Background Figurative language helps make writing come alive. Students’ capacity to understand and apply figurative language is a key ingredient in language arts instruction and is particularly […]

  16. STEM Camp Powered Fun at the Boys & Girls Club

    This Saturday in Harrisburg was STEM-tastic at the Boys & Girls Club!  Local STARs connected to the DEN VirtCon and helped get students excited about the possibilities of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). During Family Fun Day we got our hands-dirty (literally…food coloring doesn’t come off as easy as you might think) and worked […]

  17. A Teacher’s End of the Year Report Card

      I just finished carrying 46 boxes (and I counted), an assortment of bags, 30-40 posters and other such colorful things that hang well on cinder block walls, a bookcase, a book rack and and a classroom mailbox from the garage to the basement.  So it goes with the end of the year classroom cleanup. […]

  18. Media Magic at the NYC School Leaders Conference

    It was a gorgeous day in the city yesterday for the NYC School Leaders Conference.  So much to learn.  So much to share. Hall Davidson performed some media magic and even used his iPad microscope to check attendees for head lice.  And no one seemed to mind. Karen Beerer challenged attendees to be smarter than […]

  19. My Community is…

    The DEN kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week tonight at Discovery Headquarters with a very special screening with our friends at BYkids of “My Country is Tibet” – a documentary created by Namgyal Wanchuk who was coronated by the Dalai Lama, and recognized as a descended of the Tibetan Dharma Kings. Following the screening, students, teachers, parents […]

  20. BASA Bootcamp Resources

    We had a great day of hands-on fun learning all about the essentials for administrators when it comes to digital media, social media, Common Core resources, productivity tools and more.  A special thanks to Dwight Carter (@Dwight_Carter) for leading a session on how his school uses social tools to connect with students and the community. […]