Author Archives: Porter Palmer


#DEinAction: Seth Gearren’s Class + Sphero

#DEinAction: Seth Gearren’s Class + Sphero

We know there’s cool stuff going on in the classrooms of Discovery Educators, so Kyle Schutt  has set out to bust down those walls and take you inside for a glimpse of Discovery Education in action. Last week, Kyle took #DEinAction to North Carolina where he hung out in STAR Discovery Educator, Seth Gearren’s classroom.


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

Throughout the world, day in and day out, educators like you dedicate their lives to transforming the lives of others. Through incredibly hard work and an unexplainable kindness, teachers spark a love of learning in their students. Teachers help students reach their full potential by encouraging curiosity and exploration. At Discovery Education, we know how


Spring Training Challenge: Share SOS

Whew! What a workout Discovery Education’s Spring Training has been: You’ve tried four great instructional strategies brought to you by members of your Discovery Education Community. You’ve explored great content in Discovery Education like Global News, images, audio, video, and virtual field trips. You know how to access all of the strategies in the SOS


Spring Training Challenge: Surround Sound

For this week’s challenge, try this ready to implement instructional strategy, SOS: Surround Sound (Canadian link) with sound files from Discovery Education. This strategy provides a framework for students to focus on only the sound playing in the room. Students then use their auditory sense to interpret information and visualize the event that is occurring.


Spring Training Challenge: Six-Word Story

For this week’s challenge, try this ready to implement instructional strategy, SOS: Six-Word Story (Canadian link) with images from Discovery Education. This strategy provides a framework for students to practice summarizing and selective word choice. Students use an image as the basis for a story that conveys a big idea using only six words. Did


It’s Time for Spring Training

We all need a little workout every now and again to hone our skills and develop our practice, and that’s what Discovery Education’s Spring Training is all about. You’re invited to participate in this weekly challenge for the next five weeks, where you will be given a new instructional strategy to practice and discover ways


DEN Weekly Update: March 11, 2016

Happy Friday! Here’s this week’s DEN Weekly Update. Take a few minutes to read this one! It is packed with info. We’ve got details about DENSI and the Spring VirtCon. You’ll learn about the Day of Discovery Tour. You’ll meet new members of the Community. Check it out.

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Apply to Attend the 2016 DEN Summer Institute

For more than a decade now, Discovery Education has been committed to supporting opportunities for the amazing educators who use Discovery Education resources to connect both virtually and in person. We understand the role vibrant professional learning communities play in supporting educators. We know that educators’ most valuable resource is each other, and we are


Research: Learning with the Discovery Education Community

Hi there! Through the ISTE Teacher Education Network, we were recently connected with Torrey Trust, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst whose research focuses on how teachers use web-based and social media tools to expand their professional learning networks and engage in ongoing learning activities. She, along with her colleagues set out to