1. My Favorite Things: Liberty’s Kids

    If you are a teacher in grades 4-8 and you teach about the American Revolution, you should be using Liberty’s Kids, an excellent television series from PBS. This 40-episode series tracks the events leading up to the Revolution, documents the causes, provides cultural context, introduces important historical figures, and extends through the Second Continental Congress. […]

  2. Why Join the Den?

    DEN: The Discovery Education Network! The DEN is a community of educators who share. Nope- that is too general…..it is a family of dedicated, passionate believers in the well-being of students, who become part of your life and stay there. Over the past two years, I have been blessed beyond measure with these friends called […]

  3. Belk Service Learning Challenge & DEN STARs

    Calling STAR Discovery Educators in Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA, and the triad region of North Carolina: We hope you’ve already heard about the Belk Service Learning Challenge.  We want you to know that we’re especially excited to be able to support our STAR Discovery Educators as you enter this rewarding project.  To help your students […]

  4. Try Something New

    Since Fall VirtCon, some of you have been asking for more details about the Something New Project I used with my students this year. I wanted to take a few minutes to share some of the specifics of the project. This was a take home project. The only class time I spent was introducing it […]

  5. Crime Lab Simulation THIS WEEK

    Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a Crime Scene Investigator? Why not find out? Join us on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 6:30pm for the Crime Lab Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory (SBI). Visit stations scattered throughout the Nature Research Center and perform activities […]

  6. Who Am I?

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    Who Am I is a great activity for students.  This activity requires students to synthesize their learning into several concise statements which build upon one another.   The result is an activity for one of their peers to solve too. Try this creative way for students to demonstrate what they have learned.   How? Decide how many clues the students […]

  7. NC Science Festival Sign Ups!

    The NC Science Festival (March 28-April 13, 2014) is now accepting applications from teachers and administrators for our 2014 K-12 programs! Applications will be accepted through November 1, and decisions will be made by mid-November. Visit our website at http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/get-involved/k-12-educator-toolkit/ to get started.   The Festival is offering the following programs:   Elementary Schools – […]

  8. Teacher Open House

    Join Museum staff for an evening overview of all the NC Museum of Natural Sciences has to offer teachers! Meet the scientists and educators that can show you how to use the incredible resources made possible by this state-of-the-art facility to bring science to your students in innovative ways. Come explore the Investigate Labs, Naturalist […]

  9. Upcoming Opportunities in NC

    The Biogen Idec Foundation is accepting proposals for its Micro-Grants in Science Education Fund. The deadline is Oct. 25. The 2013 Global Learning Technology Conference is in Wilmington on Oct. 10 and 11. The NC Technology in Education Society is accepting proposals for presentations at its 2014 conference in Raleigh. The deadline is Oct. 31. The Stock Market Game is being offered at no cost to […]

  10. Let’s Fish! – Part 3

    Here’s Our Schedule of Events… What are your options? Remember, do what you can, when you can!  1. Sign up to participate in and follow the #denreads hash tag on Twitter. Go ahead and introduce yourself, telling your name and when you are from. Decide how you want to follow. 2. Keep up with the DEN Blogs. We […]

  11. Calling Triad, NC, Atlanta, GA & Birmingham, AL STAR Educators

    Bring service learning into the classroom with the Belk Service Learning Challenge and you could win student scholarships and teacher prizes! Serve to Learn, Learn to WIN! The Belk Service Learning Challenge, a partnership between Belk, Discovery Education, and the International Society for Technology in Education, encourages Birmingham area students in grades 4-8 to develop an […]

  12. Let’s FISH – Post 1

    Kicking Things Off… Over the course of the next two weeks, we will post a series of four blog posts to the DEN blog in a “Let’s FISH” series. We will be tackling, in short snippets, different parts of the book. This will be just one of the ways that you can choose to participate […]

  13. Apply to Present at NC TIES

    The North Carolina Technology in Education Society holds a conference each spring where teachers and leaders across North Carolina, and the nation, meet to share ideas and inspiration for ways to increase student engagement and achievement through the use of technology. This conference is my favorite of the year because it highlights teachers who are […]

  14. DEN Reads Goes Fishing

    It’s not too late to go Fishing with DEN Reads! We have taken the last month to give everyone the opportunity to put their hands on copies of the book Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results and start reading. Starting next week, we are going to start a more synchronous and organized […]

  15. Science Under the Stars

    The 9th Annual Science Under the Stars Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 PM French Family Science Center Duke University Appropriate For All Ages! Hands-on Science Interactive Stations 6:00 – 7:30 Chemistry Demonstration Extravaganza 7:30 – 8:00 Free Admission Free Parking in the Chemistry Lot

  16. DEN Reads Goes Fishing

    Have you picked up your copy of the Fish! book for our DEN Reads book club yet? Are you impatient to start up with the activities? Let’s get things going, at least informally!   We are starting things off with an official Twitter hashtag. For following the DEN Reads book club chat, use the hashtag […]

  17. Girls in Science at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

    Know a middle-school girl who loves science? Send her to Girls in Science at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences!  This intensive 8-week program for 6th- and 7th-grade girls provides opportunities for hands-on science exploration at the Museum and in the great outdoors.  We are currently accepting applications for the fall session (Oct-Dec).  All applications […]

  18. A Lifetime of PhUn

    This week gives the potential for a lifetime of PhUn. PhUn week reached over 10,000 students last year and they would like to increase those numbers. There are freebies given to both the teacher and the students. PhUn Week is a nationwide outreach program building connections between scientists and their local schools. PhUn Week is […]

  19. DEN Reads Goes Fishing!

    For all of you who have been waiting for the big announcement from DEN Reads, here it is! We are going live with a DEN Book Club event with an excellent professional read with far reaching applications, from the home to the classroom to the school building to the district level. Fish! A Remarkable Way […]

  20. A Sense of Wonder

    Come out to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for a free screening of “A Sense of Wonder” plus Q&A with Kaiulani Lee   Thursday, August 29th, 7pm Daily Planet Theater, NRC   When pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published “Silent Spring” in 1962, the backlash from her critics thrust her into the center of a […]