Posts By Zulma Whiteford

About Zulma Whiteford

Greetings! My name is Zulma Whiteford and I have been a teacher for the past 15 years. I am currently a Technology, Spanish and Health teacher and STEM Chair at St. Louis School in Clarksville. I am also a member of the Discovery Education Network (DEN) Leadership Council and the Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET) Executive Board.

I grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico where I attended Academia del Perpetuo Socorro and came to the states for College.
I graduated from the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in History. Recently, I earned a graduate certificate in Technology Leadership from Goucher College and just completed my master’s in School Administration at Loyola University.

  1. GAFE on DENvice!

    Google has transformed the way we use the Internet and has become a leading developer of innovative software applications. Have you or your school explored Google Apps For Education (GAFE)? Are you wondering how to integrate GAFE in the classroom? How does GAFE work and what does it look like? Can it really benefit my […]

  2. Why teach code?

    Teaching code to elementary, middle and high school students can be a key component in sparking curiosity and problem-solving skills, potentially leading to career choices in science and engineering that will help address the challenges facing our planet. Join me this week on DENvice as we share resources, ideas, projects and tips to use in […]

  3. Ready for Back to School?

      Are Back to School commercials getting you down? Does the month of August feel like Sunday every day? Some of us may already be back in school and many are just starting to deal with the reality that our summer vacation is quickly coming to an end. Never fear, help is on the way! […]

  4. Top 10 Things I Learned at DENSI 2014

    We often live our lives by habit, performing daily routines on autopilot without much thought or reflection. It is easy to live the way we have always lived, to teach the way we have always taught, and to learn the way we have always learned. I am so grateful for opportunities like DENSI because they […]

  5. Great Summer Reads on DENvice

    The countdown for summer has officially begun! Have you started working on your summer reading list? How about some help from your PLN? This week on DENvice join Idaho DEN Star Marita Diffenbaugh as she helps us find some great summer reads. Tell a friend and join us on DENvice.    

  6. Finding Hidden Treasure

    Geocaching is a real-life treasure hunt where you develop clues and use Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates to stash and locate hidden caches. Discovery Education celebrates DEN Geocaching Day every spring by helping to organize and support activities in our community. This year’s DEN Geocaching Day will take place on Saturday, May 17th. This week […]

  7. Tell Me a Story – Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Telling & Sharing Stories on DENvice

    Storytelling has a long history from those stories around the campfire to parents reading to their children at bedtime. Stories entertain us, teach us lessons and allow us to view the world from another point of view. This week on DENvice join CA DEN Star DENnis Grice as he facilitates the conversation on the topic […]

  8. Building the Future iMake iLearn

    Teaching code to elementary and middle school students can be a key component in sparking curiosity and problem-solving skills, potentially leading to career choices in science and engineering that will help address the challenges facing our planet. The first time I really considered teaching code to my students was during a DENSI (Discovery Education Network […]

  9. The DEN Princess on DENvice!

    As educators, we often find ourselves working in isolation within our classroom walls. We experience day-to-day challenges and victories but may find it difficult to explain and share them with others. Joining a Professional Learning Community (PLN) may be the outlet you need to share, learn, recharge and collaborate. Becoming an active member of the […]

  10. Encouraging Student Creativity Using Scratch

      Today’s interconnected technological world is built on computer software. What are some things you can do to help your students gain a basic understanding of the underlying software that drives our modern world? Introducing your students to Scratch will provide your students with hands-on opportunities to think creatively, solve problems and work collaboratively.  Scratch […]

  11. DENSI: What is all the fuss about?

    As teachers we often work in isolation. The daily demands of classroom instruction, lesson planning, assessment, curriculum integration, meetings, continued professional development and district directives leave us with precious few minutes to spare for our personal and family life. How do you recharge and connect with like-minded educators? DENSI 2014 is your answer! If you […]

  12. Celebrate Digital Learning Day with Shareski on DENvice!

    As DEN members we are first and foremost educators, focused on using effective techniques to help our students learn and become ready for college and career. Technology is a tool that we use to reach our instructional goals and when deployed well can be extremely effective. Wednesday, February 5th is Digital Learning Day, where we […]

  13. Do you have a quirky classroom?

    New York Times best-selling author Sir Ken Robinson says, “Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them; they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.” Are you creating the circumstances for your students to be creative […]

  14. Hour of Code

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    As educators, we strive to help our students understand the world around them. This week, during Computer Science Education Week, Code.org is sponsoring an Hour of Code where students will gain a basic understanding of the underlying software that drives our modern world.  Through STEM education, the development of critical thinking skills and hands-on programs […]