1. 2014 New England Day of Discovery

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    Wow! What a day of learning, fun, and collaboration! Were you there? Did you miss it? Either way, here is a quick recap in pictures of what a great day it was: By the way, if you missed our New England Day of Discovery in Natick, MA this past Saturday, we still want to provide you with a […]

  2. 2014 New England Day of Discovery

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    As part of our commitment to transforming teaching and learning, Discovery Education invites you to the 2014 New England Day of Discovery, a free, local learning and development opportunity. This interactive and inspirational day will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate your curriculum with the latest strategies for instructional practice, all while connecting with […]

  3. DENbrarian book selection for DECEMBER: Counting by 7s

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     This month’s selection is brought to you by guest DENbrarian Donna Miller!  Donna is a Library Teacher at Prescott/OldhamElementary Schools in Norwood, MA.  Discovery’s DENbrarians are getting their YA “book on” every month!  Wanna join us?  We’re looking for  Media Specialists who would like to select the book for the monthly DENbrarian YA Book Club!  […]

  4. Google Voice Search

    Google and Chrome are working together to enhance features for all learners. While using the Chrome web browser, and then going to Google to search the web, you will notice a microphone icon to the right of the search window. You can click the microphone and speak your search terms! I was amazed at how accurately it […]

  5. Presentation Rubrics, K-8: 21st Century Skills and Common Core

    The Common Core Standards address the “4 C’s”of 21st Century skills: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.  They also address Speaking Skills.  I found some great Presentation Rubrics created by the Buck Institute (BIE.org), a leader in the PBL (Project Based Learning) field.   Note that these rubrics address the speaking and presentation elements and not the […]

  6. You know about the 3 R’s… Do you also know about the “4 C’s” of 21st Century Skills as they are supported by the Common Core standards? In addition to the “3 R’s” that we grew up with, the “4 C’s” are designed to prepare our students for the demands of the 21st century workplace and community. […]

  7. Discovery Education Sneak Peek Webinar Series

    Be the first to get a look at upcoming enhancements to Discovery Education! This sneak peek will showcase integration strategies for leveraging new tools, content, and resources, including Discovery Education Student Board Builder and the new Discovery Education Streaming Plus with model lessons, assessments, and digital content designed to address specific Math and ELA Common […]

  8. Inklewriter

    inklewriter is a FREE tool designed to let you write and publish interactive, choose-your-own-adventure (or branching) stories. Once created, your stories can be published and shared! The reader can choose whichever path they want the story to take as they read along! Title, author, beginning, introduction, sections or paragraphs… these are some of the elements […]

  9. Creative, Entrepreneurial, and Global: 21st Century Education

    “Creative, Entrepreneurial, and Global: 21st Century Education”   As I was gearing up for the 2012 MassCUE Conference  (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) held last week, I was reminded of last year’s keynote presentation that truly had an impact on me. Yong Zhao is a University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where […]

  10. DEN Stars Shine at MassCUE

    Every year the Massachusetts Computer-Using Educators (MassCUE) conference provides many opportunities for learning and sharing among innovative, committed teachers, administrators, and technology specialists. This year was no exception! DEN Stars and Leadership Council members contributed to the conference’s success at every level. Joanne Najarian, MassCUE Board Member and DEN Star chaired the entire successful conference. […]

  11. Anything to Help Teach Reading?

    “There is nothing here to help me teach reading,” lamented a woman at a recent Discovery Education Day of Discovery in Connecticut. She said this to me after learning that I am a middle school reading specialist and very excited about Discovery resources. She taught struggling high school readers. While I empathize with this woman […]

  12. Mom!

    Mother’s Day is quickly approaching so we need to start thinking of what special ways we can celebrate our mothers.  When I think of Mother’s Day I think of all the women in my life who have had an influence of who I am today.  I try and remember to send a little thank you […]

  13. Class DoJo – Transform Your Classroom Culture

    Class DoJo is a FREE real-time web 2.0 classroom management tool that helps teachers monitor and gather data on behaviors or attributes that are occurring in the classroom (or any setting, for that matter).  In my district, several teachers are using this and loving what it has done to help set classroom and individual goals.  […]

  14. Glogging Along..

    We had a wonderful afternoon at Champion High School in Brockton!   Twelve teachers got together for a Glogster workshop and the room was a buzz with creative juices!  As always Discovery was a big part of this event!  Teachers were amazed with what they could do to present student work and research in such […]

  15. Did you ever Wonder?

    Did you ever wonder if llamas really spit? How about what are ten strange holidays? Wonderopolis is a web site sponsored by Thinkfinity that poses questions like this accompanied by a picture or video and then text that answers the question. This would be a great way to add some novelty into a lesson, stimulate […]

  16. Welcome to a new Massachusetts DEN Star

    At the recent New England Day of Discovery, I briefly met Greg Limperis from Lawrence. He has a lot to offer the DEN community, so I was thrilled to learn that he became a DEN Star. Thank you, Greg, for sharing a little about yourself, your experiences, and your interests. Greg writes: My name is […]

  17. CAST UDL Book Builder

    CAST “is an educational research & development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.  UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a […]

  18. TED-Ed Lessons Worth Sharing

    TED-Ed has developed an idea to recognize great educators by helping them share their lessons with the rest of their world! The educators and their lessons will be paired with equally talented animators to create “curiosity-igniting videos.” At this point, TED-Ed is looking for nominations for educators, lessons, and animators to begin the project. Watch […]

  19. Calling the Curious

    NASA’s sites are great resources for the classroom, and many are targeted for younger students.  But my favorite one is the Astronomy Picture of the Day, http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html.  For the truly curious among us, the APOD archive offers a chance to browse previous daily posts, finding topics of which we may not have even been aware.  […]

  20. Discovery Education, Value Added!

     In honor of Black History month I always read an historical fiction diary written from the viewpoint of a slave child in 1857.  It is a very powerful book that emphasizes the importance of getting an education and the power it gives to an individual.  This power was the major reason why it was against […]