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. 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 […]

  2. 3D Drawing with SketchUp-iMake iLearn

      Looking for a fun easy way to engage your students in three dimensions for free? SketchUp Make from Trimble is your answer. SketchUp is a software program that allows you to draw and design in 3D. Your students will benefit from an opportunity to explore, create and express themselves in a visual way and […]

  3. 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.    

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. Making Magic with DE Streaming

    Discovery streaming videos can be used in many ways to engage your students and enhance learning. Have you ever thought about using them to make movie trailers with iMovie? This week on DENvice, join Michigan DEN Star Andy Losick as he discusses ways to build amazing iMovie trailers with Discovery streaming videos.  Stop by and […]

  7. Building the Future

    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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. Showcasing Student Creativity

    Modern web tools enable students to become content producers, reversing their traditional role as simple consumers. As teachers, we need to encourage students to view themselves as creators and empower them to create work with the intent of worldwide publication. This week on DENvice, join Michigan DEN Star Patti Harju as she shares tips and […]

  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. Remember that First Day?

    Do you remember your first day at school? You were that new kid, nervous and full of anxiety, not sure of where to go, what to do or what to say? Each year DENS-I welcomes a number of new people who may be having flashbacks to that first day of school. Today on DENvice we […]

  12. 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 […]

  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 […]

  15. Change!

    My school is adopting the Discovery Techbook this year. I am responsible for the implementation of the Science and Social Studies components. As all of you know, this is a significant change in the way content is delivered to students. Along with change comes anxiety, especially with long-time teachers who might not be comfortable with […]

  16. Teacher Wellness

    My graduate school professor always quoted Stephen Covey from his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “You have to sharpen the saw.” As educators, we often forget the importance of taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The daily demands of teaching, preparing lesson plans, reviewing curriculum, managing the classroom, testing […]

  17. Spreading the DEN Love!

    As I was returning home from the Discovery Education Common Core Academy today, I received a phone call from the coordinator of the Chittenden County Homeless Shelter in Vermont to thank our group for supplying them with the lunch bags to feed their clients.  The clients loved the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips and […]