1. The "First STAR" I See Tonight

    The Kansas Leadership Council would like to welcome Sara Pittman to our family of Discovery Education STAR Educators.  Please welcome her with open arms and help spread the word what a fantastic professional learning community we have in the Discovery Educator Network.   See you on March 4th and 5th in Manhattan, KS for the MACE […]

  2. "STEM"ulate Your Students

    As educators we know that a key to student engagement is through real world application- authentic learning.  Apply now to participate in the “Siemens Teachers As Researchers” (STARS) program.  Deadline for applications is March 1, 2010. Teachers selected in the program will participate in mentored research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on current topics […]

  3. Textbook Rental

    The cost to buy a textbook, even a used one, is a price that no one wants to pay. There is a website that helps to offset those high prices by allowing you to rent your textbooks. Search for your textbooks via ISBN, book title or author’s name. Request your book and then return it […]

  4. Welcome Our Newest STAR!

    The DEN Leadership Council for Kansas want to welcome Kay Tibbs as our newest DEN STAR! A list of new STAR educators and the latest news in the DEN, such as information about STEM Academy, upcoming webinars and so much more can be found on the DE Weekly Update. View it HERE. Or, you can […]

  5. Calling K-8 Teachers & Students to Change Communities

    Participating teachers and students can assist in helping “Planet Earth” Go Green!  Siemens “We Can Change the World Challenge“ is open for registration through March 15, 2010.  The challenge is for students to create solutions for resolving environmental issues by starting with their own community.  Participants can choose their appropriate grade level by selecting one […]

  6. Congrats to the DEN Gurus!

    The Discovery Education team has been working for the last few months to review DEN Guru applications and have selected the first inaugural class. DEN Gurus will be representing the DEN on a national level in a number of way. The winners are: Traci Blazosky Creative Construction with Multimedia Clarion Area School District, PA Tim […]

  7. Inspire Your Students: Hear Dr. Michio Kaku

    Join Discovery Education Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 4:00pm ET for the Siemens STEM Academy webinar.   The Siemens STEM Academy, an online portal with a wealth of STEM resources, presents STEM Spotlight webinar with Dr. Michio Kaku, Host of Science Channel’s Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible. Register Today   Register to hear […]

  8. "Spark" the New You

    Starting a new year with New Year’s resolutions fresh in our minds, here is a tool for all of you who are interested in tracking your fitness, nutrition and health goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/ This site allows you to track meals, find recipes, create workouts, set fitness goals, network with other people, read health articles and view […]

  9. New STAR on the Horizon

    Please help the KS LC welcome Chelsea Whisnant from Rossville to the Kansas Discovery Education DEN family.  You can catch her on Plurk talking about how well her elementary students are adapting to the assignments and quizzes she builds via the Teacher Center.  If you want to learn more about the Builders, read the “Diamonds […]

  10. Teacher Center's "Dynamic Duo"

    Educators are always on the look out for something new to introduce and stimulate student learning through engagement.  Discovery Education has provided educators two new great resources: Ready Zone: Continuity of Learning  and STEM Connect. These are available in the “Teacher Center” of Discovery Education. Ready Zone was created to provide opportunities for ongoing education of […]

  11. SCIcon2010   Saturday, January 9, 2010     9 AM to 4 PM ET Drop by for an hour or stay for the whole day! It’s virtual and it’s FREE!Register for the online sessions at:http://links.discoveryeducation.com/denscicon or Register for one of many in-person events hosted by our DEN Leadership Councils.  Click here to see the list of in-person […]

  12. Glogster EDU – Newly Improved

    This summer Glogster launched Glogster EDU, which was totally awesome because the EDU version is completely safe and filtered so teachers don’t have to worry about students viewing inappropriate content. For those that don’t know what Glogster EDU is, it’s basically an virtual poster creator. But it is so much more! Users can upload or […]

  13. Get Scientific with Discovery Education

    DEN’s SCIcon: Saturday, January 9, 2010 Join the DEN community for our first ever Science-themed virtual conference!  From 9 AM to 4 PM (ET) on Saturday, January 9, 2010 we will explore creative ways to use the amazing resources available in DE Science and DE streaming.  We will also tap into the abundance of free resources available […]

  14. New Teacher Survival Central Contest

    Surviving the first year of teaching can be rough! That’s what New Teacher Survival Central is all about and proof is in the prizes. Each month this semester we’re giving away a classroom survival pack, chock full of useful supplies and valuable technology products. PLUS, each time you enter you are registered to win our […]

  15. 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, […]

  16. Wallwisher

    Have you heard about Wallwisher? Basically, it’s online post-it notes and can be used in a number of ways. As a teacher all you have to do is create an account, create your wall, and send your students to the wall. When creating your wall there are a number of options for who can see […]

  17. Are You Up for the Challenge?

    The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is Now Open for Grades K-8: Are You Up for the Challenge? A Rewarding and Unique Opportunity For Your Students. Join the nation’s premier sustainability challenge where students create solutions to environmental problems in their own backyard. Give your students the chance to make a difference in […]

  18. Differentiate with DE Streaming

    Differentiated Instruction is defined by Wikipedia as “…providing students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and to developing teaching products so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability.”  I ask this question of all educators “Is this not what we […]

  19. Diamonds in the Rough….My Builder Tools (part 1)

    As the Kansas Discovery Leadership Council talks with educators across Kansas we learn that most teachers are not aware of the numerous tools provided for classroom integration.  Therefore, we are going to start developing a series of blog posts focusing on specific tools offered within Discovery Education Streaming regardless of which version you can access.  […]

  20. New Kansas STARS

    We have quite a few new STAR Educators in KS this week and the Leadership Council would like to welcome them all! Loni Leforce Nicole Friesen Laurie Mercer Sabrina Rauer Byron Ruhter Mark Unruh Mark Walker  It is so great to see so many new people because that means you are all sharing the benefits […]