Posts By Tanya Gray

  1. An Evening at Fablevision

    The Leadership Council members at this year’s symposium started the day with a 3-hour session of FIZZ with, Dr. Lodge McCammon. We actively learned about user-created videos in the classroom. There were a lot of creative ideas coming from the groups, and the products were just awesome. After a great morning with Lodge McCammon, we […]

  2. Countdown to Christmas

    Advent calendars were a tradition at our house while our children were growing up. It was exciting just to see what shape the chocolate was under each flap. I don’t really think they even liked the chocolate. It was just the thrill of the unknown! This Countdown to Christmas wiki, an advent calendar for teachers, […]

  3. Reach for the Stars with a Day of Discovery at the Kansas Cosmosphere

    Join the Kansas Leadership Council and other Discovery Educators on June 5, 2009 from 8:30 to 4:00 at the KS Cosmosphere. Working in partnership with the Kansas Cosmosphere ( participants will create podcasts, enhanced podcasts, vodcasts, or even digital stories. Each participant will select one artifact from the Cosmosphere and then research additional material from […]

  4. DEN National Geocaching Day in Wichita

    Curious about Geocaching? Want to learn how geocaching may be used in your classroom? Come and join us for a fun day of geocaching at the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, KS on May 30th. This first ever event is sponsored by Discovery Education Network, WPS Instructional Technology Department and the Great Plains Nature […]

  5. DEN Virtual Conference

    Spring Into Action with the DEN and join thousands of educators who are passionate about integrating media into their instruction and collaborating with each other to improve student achievement. During this unique (and free) professional development event you have the flexibility to attend online or in-person at one of many regional events hosted by the […]

  6. "Thinking Big as the World Gets Small"

    Hall Davidson provided the keynote for the MACE conference at KSU in Manhattan on March 5, 2009. As usual, Hall’s energy and enthusiasm were contagious as teachers laughed and learned how today’s technologies can (and should) engage and teach a new generation of students. Watch the ustream of the keynote at: Thanks Dean for […]

  7. Web 2.0 Sites shared at MACE Stealing from the STARS

    piclits – Get your kids writing! delicious – Social bookmarking. wordle – Create word clouds. xtranormal – Create 3d videos. glogster – Create a wall to share with your students. grooveshark – Find and listen to ANY song! zamzar – Convert video to different formats. Convert PDF’s to Docs. Become a STAR Discovery Educator and […]

  8. Welcome, Jim Clark!

    The Kansas Leadership Team would like to welcome Jim Clark from Wichita to the team. Jim has been a leader in the Wichita area, getting many educators involved in Discovery Education Streaming. Jim hosted an event on Oct 18 in Wichita attended by 50 educators. The presentations from the day are available here: Please […]

  9. WORDLE!

    Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. You can print them, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share. Try one […]

  10. Hall Davidson coming to Kansas!

    Woo Hoo #1! Hall Davidson will be coming to Kansas to be the Keynote speaker at the March MACE Conference in Manhattan on March 5th, 2009. Mark your calendars for this conference and be sure to sign up early as this conference usually reaches maximum attendance. Woo Hoo #2! Justin Karkow, our regional account manager, […]

  11. Who's in your blogroll?

    Reading Educational blogs can help us to keep current on education issues. Following are a few blogs that I have found helpful when trying to infuse 21st Century Skills into my classes. 2¢ Worth – Teaching & Learning in the new information landscape: David Warlick Weblogg-ed – Learning with the Read/write Web: Will Richardson Expanding […]

  12. Garfield Upper Elementary Receives $2000 Best Buy Teach Award

    Garfield Upper Elementary announced that it has received a $2,000 Teach Award from Best Buy Co., Inc. for integrating interactive technology into its curriculum. Class members of Dan Brown’s Fifth Grade used their video production skills to produce a film that was entered into a national competition. Students wrote the script, shot the video, edited […]

  13. 10 Years Younger

    What teacher wouldn’t want to look 10 years younger? Here’s a surefire way! Grab an iPod. That’s right, pick up an iPod and wear the little white earbuds. Amazingly enough, students will think you are 10 years younger. Recently my daughter had to have x-rays for kidney stones. When she came back to the waiting […]

  14. Evaluating Use of United Streaming Videos with Students

    Dan Brown, 5th grade teacher, has students view UnitedStreaming videos individually or in groups of two. Evaluation of how well they spent their time is often difficult to figure. He has used the following techniques to determine students’ level of understanding. * Students must stop their videos every 5 minutes and write three ” I […]


    Connect with educators from all over the country during this unique professional development experience where you can attend in-person, online or both. The DEN Virtual Conference is a national event that provides educators a unique opportunity to experience Discovery Education’s high-quality professional development. Participants have the flexibility to attend the DEN Virtual Conference online or […]

  16. A Magical Place

    In visiting a fourth grade classroom recently, I found some students under their desks, some sitting at their desks, others lying on their stomachs on the floor. They were all writing. The teacher had announced they would write for 20 minutes. When time was up the students begged for more time. Realizing the students were […]