1. Using Pictures to Ignite Learning

    posted by Christine Cote…   I attended a training session on the use of PQARs and am excited to try this practice in a classroom. What is a PQAR? PQAR stands for Picture Question Answer Response. Imagine showing an image to your class of Neil Armstrong and asking them what they can tell you about […]

  2. Edutopia

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    “Edutopia is a Web site published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas and venture capitalist Steve Arnold, the Foundation celebrates and encourages innovation in K-12 schools. Edutopia’s editorial agenda is based on documenting, disseminating and advocating solutions related to six core learning strategies. Project-based Learning Integrated Studies […]

  3. Keep Connected

    The principal at Burlington High School in Burlington, MA is providing a great way to stay connected over the summer. Following the model of the “unconference” used at Edcamp, BHS will be hosting mini-Edcamps Tuesday mornings this summer.  It is a great opportunity to make new connections and share ideas.  The following was posted on […]

  4. Fun things to do with Discovery Images

    There are thousands of beautiful and powerful images on the Web for educational use, and some of the best are found on Discovery Streaming. These images are great for so many educational projects and presentations. Below are three ways to use images that may be new to you. 1. Zooburst- 3D Storybooks http://www.zooburst.com/zb_gallery.php This web […]

  5. ISTE Resources

    Since I was unable to attend ISTE this year, I was excited to see a link to some webcasts and keynotes on Richard Byrne’s blog “Free Technology for Teachers.” I am looking forward to checking out some of the great things I missed and thought you might want to as well. ISTE Resources

  6. Fake “Facebook” Fundamentals!

    Social media .. think about connecting with today’s students by using a medium they are well familiar with – social networks.  But rather than using an actual social media environment that may not be a) appropriate in your school, or b) something you want to take on, think about creating a fake “Facebook” page as […]

  7. Iditarod is Coming to Boston!

    June 1 Workshop Join us for an afternoon and evening of 21st Century Classroom Ideas!  Education Leader of Iditarod Education, Diane Johnson will conduct two workshops for teachers who would like to participate in creative lessons to engage their students in many curriculum levels. Iditarod – a 21st Century Teaching Tool for the Classroom Embassy […]

  8. Kudos!

    A hearty congratulations to two of our very own DEN STAR/LC members who achieved recognition last evening at the annual DENny Awards webinar! Robin Talkowski was recognized (again!) for her creative, informative and thought provoking personal blog, as well as her oversight of the Massachusetts DEN Blog in her capacity as Blog Chairperson!  Way to […]

  9. Top Ten Tips for Assessing PBL

    Edutopia, which is sponsored by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, has an engaging new teacher guide that can help teachers design and assess project-based learning.  The Top 10 Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning is a colorful PDF you download at the site. The tips are organized to follow the progression of a project. First comes the planning, then the […]

  10. The Best Technology Masters Program!

    Inspiring, Energizing, and Practical! Have you been looking for ways to keep up with the rapidly changing environment of teaching in the 21st century? Are you searching for ways to engage your tech savvy students, motivating them by incorporating technology resources into your lessons and curriculum? You are already a forward thinking educator by being […]

  11. FREE!

    Did you know the U.S Department of Education has a website that links to free teaching and learning resources compiled from dozens and dozens of federal agencies?  From photos, primary sources, animations, videos and more, FREE lets you browse by topic, grade level, time frame, media type and other criteria.  You can even sign up […]

  12. MIT Scratch Programming Workshop (Free)

    Scratch Educator Meetup Open to All Boston-Area Educators Saturday, April 16 10AM – 1PM MIT Media Lab Create and Share Your Own Interactive Stories, Games, Music and Art Come learn about Scratch, a free programming environment created by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. With Scratch, young people can create interactive stories, […]

  13. DEN Stars Shine at Massachusetts Reading Conference

    “Engage, Enrich, and Instruct using Technology in the Middle School Classroom” was the topic presented by Massachusetts DEN Stars, Rachel Leblanc and Robin Talkowski, along with their colleague Alison Breaux at the recent Massachusetts Reading Association Conference, “Setting Sail for New Horizons in Literacy.” Storybird, Glogster, TweenTribune,  Flocabulary, and Voki along with the AFI Curriculum […]

  14. Web 2.0 Tools That Will Inspire

    Spring has Arrived!! Let’s talk about some Web 2.0 Tools that will inspire Creative and Colorful Projects to pop up in your Classroom Students love to learn new ways of expressing themselves and finding new creative outlets. We have heard of some of the popular Web 2.0 tools that are classroom friendly like Wordle, Voicethread, […]

  15. Spring has Arrived!!

    Let’s talk about some Web 2.0 Tools that will inspire Creative and Colorful Projects to pop up in your Classroom! Students love to learn new ways of expressing themselves and finding new creative outlets.  We have heard of some of the popular Web 2.0 tools that are classroom friendly like Wordle, Voicethread, and Animoto. Prezi […]

  16. New England Day of Discovery

    There are not enough exceptional adjectives to describe  these terrific days of learning and networking provided by Discovery Education.  This past Saturday in Brockton, MA was no exception. The four (plus) hour drive was well worth it, despite the few side bars while going to and from the new, refreshing and colorful, Mary E. Baker school. […]

  17. Web 2.0 Tools for Today’s Educator

    Last week, I took advantage of the opportunity to join the webinar, Web 2.0 Tools for School with Brad Fountain.  This was a great webinar that refreshed my memory of tools I had once found useful and forgotten about, and presented me with many great “new to me” web 2.0 tools that are surely classroom […]

  18. A “Word Cloud” is a visual depiction or graphical representation of word frequency. Some Word Cloud tools (Wordle, for example) will look for the most frequently used words (or tags) and display them as a random pattern, with the more common words or tags appearing larger in the cloud.   Some word cloud apps let you […]