How can we make the 63,000 questions we ask in a year better? We ask our students a lot of questions. Questioning is the most widely used teaching strategy behind the classic lecture. (See my previous blog post about the debate over lecturing in social studies.) Research tells us we ask 300-400 questions a day, and as many
App smashing has become more and more prevalent as we realize that integrating different apps can produce amazing finished products. What about tech smashing? Have you ever wondered what you could create? At DENSI (Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute) 2015, we had the opportunity to tech smash using Discovery Education clip art, the Osmo, and
Whisked away from DENSI 2015 at American University in Washington DC to Intermediate Unit 21 in Schnecksville PA, and then back to DC for the DENmazing Race from 7–9 PM–all in a day’s work for Illinois native Steve Dembo. Co-author of Untangling the Web: 20 Tools to Power Up Your Teaching. Father of 2 children.
The link to have. DS 4 YT: Abbreviated. Simple. Creative. Moments. Footage? Stills? Both. “It’s not where you take things from; its where you take them to.” Steve’s Prezi. .
I took the liberty of re-publishing Edie Erickson’s blog post because it is full of wonderful information (and she is a wonderful blogger). Thanks, Edie, for posting daily. You can find Edie’s DENSI 2015 blog here. Learning Galore! Today was a day of learning and connecting! We started by meeting Lori McFarling, the Chief Marketing
Snowball Fight is a strategy that can be used for reviewing any subject. Each student writes down content from a topic studied, wads the paper up, and tosses it around the room. Students then grab a “snowball”, read the content and add to, correct, or question the written response. This process repeats for as many rotations as the teacher desires.
Having students write a 6 Word Story is a great summarizing strategy. They must focus on what is important and be thoughtful in their word choice. Normally, this SOS is used with an image or video clip from Discovery Education, but I put a twist on it by using 6 Word Stories in other ways in my fourth grade classroom.
Do you want to help the DEN make a difference? This year at the Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute in Washington D.C. the Leadership Council assembled STEM kits for a public school in the area. We are reaching out to you to share ideas that we could share with the children and on this blog
Half the story is a strategy that uses a DE asset, usually a photo, to springboard a discussion. The teacher zooms in to one part of the picture and asks students to guess what the picture is showing. Next, the teacher will zoom out to show the full picture and ask how seeing the entire picture changes the perception.
Never underestimate the power of the DEN as life changing. We reach across country and continent. We grow exponentially. Face to face or virtual, we learn, collaborate, inspire. Whether rekindling old friendships or creating new ones, at gatherings or special events, we find our tribe. Together, we change the landscape of education. We envision the