1. Making PowerPoint More Powerful

    PowerPoint has always been my presentation tool of choice.  I have explored many others and enjoy the different effects, but I always return to PowerPoint.  Being the “Grand Dame” of presentation tools, PowerPoint has been a tool a novice can use, but has also has many possibilities for the advanced user.  Many of the effects […]

  2. The Untethered Classroom

    I was told it couldn’t be done – so of course I had to prove them wrong. Since last year when I received a class set of i-Pads through a grant that I participated in, I have wanted to be able to project my iPad and all of the apps that I have through my […]

  3. Mining Magnificent Minds

      Being a teacher means trying to help every child be successful in the classroom. However, ask yourself this question: What can teachers do to get the most out of their students? There are a lot of answers to this question such as differentiate instruction, use collaboration, conference with the student, make learning real and […]

  4. Florida Test C To Predict Student Proficiency On FCAT 2.0

    Just a note for our partners in the “Sunshine State.” The Florida Department of Education has formally set the new FCAT 2.0 state assessment achievement level cut scores. Since the predictions made by Discovery Education interim benchmark assessments are based on these decisions the Florida Test C interim benchmark will be a predictive measure of […]

  5. The Power of Creativity

    Creativity is the most important trait that a person can possess. It allows you to create meaning, importance and curiosity. It is the essence of why and how children and adults learn. As teachers and schools evolve, they should be asking themselves, how are our schools enhancing our students’ and our teachers’ creativity, curiosity, and […]

  6. Columbus Day

      Christopher Columbus Columbus Day will be celebrated October 10, 2011.  I like to begin my lesson on that day reading sections from a letter that Columbus wrote without letting the class know who it is from or that it is Columbus Day.  The letter is a primary document found at http://www.ushistory.org/documents/columbus.htm.  The letter tells […]

  7. The Stars Came Out for the Discovery Back to School Night

    Discovery Stars and DEN members interested in becoming a Star were shining at the Teacher Training Center in Fleming Island, Florida, Tuesday, August 16.  Over thirty DEN members from three counties met with Kyle Schutt, Manager for Discovery Educator Network, along with Leadership Council Members Trudi Lawson, Janet Hallstrom, Cheryl Woolwine, and Carol Papuga. Cheryl, […]

  8. Web 2.0 – Cool Tools for Schools

    This is my first LC blog post after being trained tonight =) but could not wait to tell all about this great site.  Web 2.0 – Cool Tools for Schools is from wikispaces, but has anything and everything you need for presentations, resources….everything 2.0 you can use.  The url is http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/Presentation%20Tools.  Check it out to […]

  9. Calling All Central Florida Teachers!

    Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 10th, 2011 from 10am – 2pm for the Orlando Science Center’s annual Teacher Open House.  All teachers and their families are invited to attend this free event.  If you are interested in attending, you will need to either call (407 -514-2112) or email the Orlando Science Center (classes@osc.org) with the number […]

  10. Welcome Back Events in Florida!

    Can you believe the school year is right around the corner? The good news is we have two great Welcome Back DEN events in Florida!  That’s right, within the next week your DEN Leadership Council has organized two events to help get the school year started!  If you are in North Florida, come join us […]

  11. Registration Open: Orlando Evenings of Discovery!

    Hello Florida Educators!  Are you located near Orlando?  Are you looking for a reason to visit Orlando?  Join us next week at the Orlando Science Center for one of two interactive evenings of professional development. Presenters will demonstrate strategies for using Discovery Education STREAMING resources for digital storytelling and how to access these resources on […]


    On May 21, 2011 we will host DEN Geocaching Day! Every Discovery Educator is encouraged to venture out with some colleagues on May 21 and have some fun geocaching as you connect with your fellow educators one more time before the summer. Do you want to join us? For muggles (non-geocachers) and pros alike, we’re […]

  13. Reaching Digital Natives with an Army of Digital Illegal Aliens

    These are the days of “less is more”. Teachers need to embrace the technology that is going to make teaching this generation affordable and possible. John Dewey said “… if we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow”. So how can teachers, technophobic and otherwise, incorporate this new resource to […]

  14. Palm Beach Tech Conference a “blast”!

    I knew I was in for a treat when the day started with a video recording of students from all over Palm Beach School District count down “3, 2, 1 Blast-off!”; the theme for this year’s event. And what a phenomenal day it was! This was my first year attending the Palm Beach Tech Conference. […]

  15. Looking Forward to Spring

    Spring is just around the corner and I know everyone will soon have spring fever. Along with spring there will also be some exciting DEN events to look forward to this year.  Coming up on March 7 is the beginning of open enrollment if you are interested in becoming involved in the Leadership Council for […]

  16. FETC Pre-Con: What’s on Your Mind and Your Desktop?

    At the Discovery Education FETC Pre-Conference event on Tuesday, February 1, we had the opportunity to ask questions to an all-star panel of experts including: Joe Brennan, Tim Childers, Kathy Schrock, Lee Kolbert, and Steve Dembo.  Below are the questions, and the expert responses! What is the best use of a web 2.0 tool that […]

  17. Discovery Education Leading Effort to Meet Presidential Challenge to Bring Digital Textbooks to American Classrooms Today

    Indicative of the growing movement toward digital textbooks, Florida has approved the Discovery Education Science Elementary Techbook for Florida for classroom use. Florida joins Indiana, Louisiana and Oregon in adopting Discovery Education’s digital science service as the core instructional resource for elementary science instruction. These approvals, through state textbook adoption processes, empower educators with dynamic […]

  18. Florida DEN Fun

    Discovery and the Florida DEN are hosting several fun filled days for Florida Den members in January and February. The first event is a live SCIcon event on January 22nd in Bradenton, Florida.  SCIcon is a great way to network with other science teachers. This event will not only feature a DEN Science Guru, but […]

  19. FETC Pre-Conference 2011

    Join us Feb. 1 for a STAR-studded affair at FETC. The DEN pre-conference event is a great way to connect with fellow STAR Discovery Educators from all over the country. We have a fantastic lineup of special guests this year including FETC?s opening keynote speaker, Reed Timmer from Discovery Channel?s hit series Stormchasers. FETC Pre-Conference […]

  20. Out With the Old….In With the New!

    At this time of the year, people are reminiscing about the past year and thinking about the new year. We recall what worked during the previous year and what didn’t.  We then contemplate changes we’ll make for a better new year. Discovery has made a change. If you haven’t seen the new “front” page check […]

  21. DEN Pre-FETC Event

    STAR Discovery Educators from all over the globe are invited to kick off 2011 with the DEN at our pre-FETC extravaganza on Tuesday, February 1, 2011.  The day will feature special presentations from Hall Davidson, Steve Dembo and Kathy Schrock.  As always, we’ll have plenty of time for sharing and networking as well.  Tuesday, February 1, […]