1. Fun Fact Friday: the Inverted Jenny Postage Stamp

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    Did you know that one of the most notable and sought after postage stamps  is actually a misprint, featuring an upside down plane? It’s true! An “Inverted Jenny”, as it’s known (because it features a Curtiss JN-4 aircraft) sold for nearly a million dollars in 2007. Its unintentionally humorous upside down biplane image is known […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Northern Leopard Frog

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    Did you know that the northern leopard frog uses its eyes to help with swallowing food? It’s true! The frog, also known as Rana pipiens, retracts its eyes and uses them to help push food down its throat. According to The Journal of Experimental Biology: “Eye retraction can occur bilaterally or unilaterally, and both swallowing […]

  3. Tech Brief with Justin

    Welcome back to tech brief! Within our vast network of schools utilizing our service, many users access Discovery Education using a protocol known as Single Sign On. Single Sign On was originally created to alleviate a term known as password fatigue, or too many passwords! To many of you, this may sound all too familiar. […]

  4. Calendar of Cool: John Philip Sousa Born

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    On November 6, 1854, famed American musician John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. This patriotic birthplace is fitting, since Sousa’s best-known works are marches that are commonly played during parades or at other celebrations of American holidays. Sousa is best known as a brass-band trailblazer, but the first instrument he learned to play […]

  5. Fun Fact Friday: Origin of Pumpkin Carving

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    Did you know that the Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving originated with completely a different vegetable? It’s true? The tradition reportedly began in Ireland, where they would actually carve faces into turnips, to represent spirits or goblins. According to Wikipedia, folklorist Jabez Allies described his recollection of the tradition as follows: “In my juvenile days […]

  6. Calendar of Cool: Teddy Roosevelt Born

    On this day in 1858 Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the United States’ 26th President, was born. Theodore Roosevelt was born into a wealthy family, and suffered from severe asthma. Despite this, he was determined to lead an adventurous life, becoming a marksman, horseback rider, boxer, and the leader of the Rough Riders, who became famous for their […]

  7. Calendar of Cool: Women’s Equality Day

    Today, August 26th, is Women’s Equality Day. Designated by Congress in 1971, this is also the anniversary of the passage in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. After the Civil War, women began the battle to gain the right to vote. Despite being taxpaying citizens of the United States, […]

  8. DE Summer School: Tips and Tricks-Viewing Discovery Education videos on iPad

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    If you’re using an iPad to access Discovery Education Streaming, you may find that your current video format preference (or the default setting, if you’ve never changed it on your Discovery Education account) isn’t compatible with iPad. If you’re having difficulties viewing videos from your mobile device, this is the likely cause. This is a […]

  9. Calendar of Cool: Jesse Owens Wins Olympic Gold

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    On August 9, 1936, Jesse Owens became the first American to win four medals in a single Olympics. The Olympic Games were being held in Berlin, Germany that year, and the racist rhetoric being spread by Adolf Hitler at the time made African-American Owens’ success even more noteworthy. Owens set new Olympic records in the […]

  10. Tech Brief w Justin

    Greetings! It is an exciting time of year for Discovery Education and the Discovery family as a whole.  August 10 marks the official start of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week! There are plenty of exciting events lined up this year, but there is one particularly interesting feature that could draw plenty of buzz. The Woods Hole […]

  11. DE Summer School: Tips and Tricks-Streamline your search with “Narrow My Results”!

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    Looking for a way to make your search results more specific? Here’s one way you can do it! When you do a search on Discovery Education Streaming, you can easily filter your search results to find what you’re looking for. On the left-hand side of the search page, you will see “Narrow My Results”. From […]

  12. Fun Fact Friday: SEGA

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    Most folks know of “SEGA”, the Japanese gaming titan that brought us classic video game titles like  Sonic the Hedgehog, Outrun, and Shenmue….but did you know that didn’t Sega start out as a Japanese company? It’s true! It’s a common misconception that Sega is a Japanese word. In fact, it actually stands for “Service Games”. […]

  13. Tech Brief with Justin

    Tech Brief w Justin   Hello!   I hope everyone is enjoying their  last couple of weeks of summer break. In this weeks post I wanted to to highlight two of my favorite things, music and technology. The advent of personal computers has helped to redefine what was previously possible and changed the face of […]

  14. Fun Fact Friday: Lincoln and Booth

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    Did you know that Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, saved President Lincoln’s son’s life, prior to Lincoln’s assassination? It’s true! Edwin Booth was actually a nationally known Shakespearean actor, and happened to be in New Jersey at the time, coincidentally sharing a train platform with Robert Lincoln. Interestingly, Robert Lincoln knew exactly who […]