A new licensing agreement with Discovery Education will bring the music and methods of Dr. Lodge McCammon within reach of a million teachers around the world. McCammon, a curriculum and contemporary media specialist in the Friday Institute for Education Innovation, brings 21st century tools into the classroom. He’s a proponent of making classroom videos and […]

  2. Explore Mouse Mischief

    Mouse Mischief can transform teaching and learning in the classroom.   Mouse Mischief integrates into Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, letting you create interactive presentations that engage and excite every student in the classroom by inserting questions, polls, and drawing activity slides into your lessons. Students can actively participate in these lessons by […]

  3. Mini-Geek Fest – Monday, June 14 @ 8:00pm

    If you’re interested and available, join other AZ teachers for a  Mini-Geek Fest on Monday evening, June 14 at 8:00pm AZ time. Some great sites/links will be shared. Anyone is welcome so feel free to share it with any of your teachers or colleagues. Get more information and register via: http://www.aztea.org/content/mini-geek-fest-monthly-online-conversation-0

  4. Try this on your summer vacation? Video editing

    Are you a video editor? Do you use free iMovie or Windows MovieMaker? I’m definitely not into video production, but I’ve had lots of fun with around the house video and using a “green screen” to insert my talking head or bouncing dog. My trial copy of a well known video editing application has long […]

  5. Day in the Life of a Discovery Educator.

    Check out the  Day in the Life of a Discovery Educator created by Steve Dembo! Is this teacher you? Please share how you use Discovery Education to enhance your students interest in learning. Would you like to be this teacher, but need to learn more about Discovery Education? If so, contact your  Technology Integration Specialist […]

  6. Google Collaborative Tools

    Do you use or have you tried Google Docs (word processing, spreadsheets, or presentations), Sites, Gmail, or Calendar? Many educators have found that the best things about using Google Docs, Sites, or Calendar with their students or colleagues are the ability to collaborate and to work from any computer. Teachers are using Google’s offerings for […]

  7. Inspired Picture Writing

    What is PicLits.com? PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture. If you are currently using PicLits.com let […]

  8. Too Much Searching! Not Enough Finding!

    How often do you  search for specific information online and spend so much time searching for the right link?  Or even worse so many search engines overload the window with images, links, icons, and advertising before you even get a chance to view the links to sites found in your search. yolink To The Rescue […]

  9. Shorten URLs

    Do you have trouble coping and pasting long URLs in emails only to have them break or realize there is a typo, after you sent the URL? By entering a URL in a text field, a tiny URL will  be created and to some extent it can be customized.  Most of the URLs created will […]

  10. Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge

    Got time for one more? 3M has joined forces with Discovery Education on the Young Scientist Challenge to foster innovation and communication in the scientists of tomorrow. To enter the competition, students are asked to create a 1 to 2 minute video that showcases their understanding of select science concepts and how they apply to […]

  11. Past event reviews…future event reminders

    Four f2f sites in Arizona recently hosted the DEN National (global actually!) Virtual Conference on Saturday, April 24th. Participants attended at Cartwright, Deer Valley, Flagstaff and Snowflake. If you missed the event, or wanted a review from a session you particularly enjoyed, the following links may be helpful. http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/spring-virtual-conference-2010/  Scroll to the bottom of the […]

  12. Around the DEN

    Seem like we have a lot going on?  Well that’s because we do!  Just so you don’t miss out on anything with all the different things we’ve been announcing, here’s a quick wrap up for you. Leadership Council Elections:  Last year we started an annual process where any STAR in the community can take the […]

  13. A challenge…adding time on task to an assignment.

    One of our DEN Stars, Al Parnell from Chino Valley, makes great use of the assignment builders and the “my classroom” feature. He also serves a few homebound students. I’ve forwarded his question to DE for some more advanced help, but then thought I might get some answers & creative solutions from the readers of […]

  14. Your Invitation to a Geocaching Happy Hour in Tucson

    Tucson teachers (STARs and those soon-to-be) will be learning about the happy hunting fun of Geocaching from 4:30-7:30 on April 22nd.  Please fill out this quick form to join us at La Placita Village.Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache anywhere in the world, pinpoint its location […]

  15. Making Movies Teaches Second Graders Writing

    Kudos to our very own April Weston Den LC Council member for her dedication and the amazing job of working with Terry Patrick’s second grade class.  It is a great example of her dedication shines in this article Making movies teaches second graders writing written by Nancy Stidham, Special to the Independent Shopping, birthdays, friends […]

  16. The King of Creativity Today

     An extremely endearing and charming speaker and idea man.  Please don’t miss this interview and any other chance you have to enjoy the company of Sir Ken Robinson’s creativity.  From Steve Hargadon http://www.stevehargadon.com/2010/03/live-and-interactive-with-sir-ken.html Live and Interactive with Sir Ken Robinson Join me for a live and interactive interview with Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element:  How Finding […]

  17. Have you heard?

    I’ve been away from my email more or less for two weeks and have been wading through today. I’m nearly 3 hours in, and I’ve seen two very exciting bits of news so far. 1. Marvell has announced a $99 tablet computer prototype that they say will be a “game-changer” for education. According to the […]

  18. Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating women in technology

    Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging (videologging, podcasting, comic drawing etc.!) Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite […]

  19. Spring Virtual Conference

    Spring Virt Con 2010 Save the Date Connect the Thoughts! Saturday, April 24, 2010 9 AM to 4 PM ET Cost?  FREE Register today! All times ET. 9 AM Connections, Conversations, and Collaborations: Creating a Personal Learning Network That Works For You Lee Kolbert, DEN Guru, Palm Beach County, FL Thanks to the influx of […]

  20. We're still celebrating MEC2010…join us for the highlights!

    Were you one of the lucky educators who scored a seat w/computer at the DE presentations at MEC2010? Did you miss them and wish you had the handouts and materials? Have I got a deal for you(?)!   Hand-outs and “take-aways” from the sessions are posted at this blog link http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2010/03/15/celebrating-30-years-of-educational-excellence-at-mec/   In addition, there […]

  21. "Mini-Geek Fest" Monthly Online Conversation

    Do you get excited and energized by talking with other educators about technology tools and resources? Do you often feel overwhelmed with all of the new tools and feel you don’t have time to keep up with everything? If you do, then the Mini-Geek Fest is here for you!  No homework, no assignments, no cost—just […]