1. Hear Ye, Hear Ye – DENaissance Fair


      HUZZZAH and welcome Ye Lords and Ladies, and anyone who has even an inkling for FUN, festivities, and edutainment to the first DENaissance Faire. Embrace your imagination for a spectacular day of learning from and with artisans, story tellers, courtiers, alchemists, fortune tellers, and musicians. Bridge time and talent as we weave together traditional […]

  2. #DENchat Tonight

    Tonight’s #denchat topic is “Beating the Winter Blah’s.” Join hostess, @kellyhines (Kelly Hines), at 8:00 pm EST for a sharing time of your favorite tips and tricks for beating the winter blah’s and blues. It’s the time of year when snow days can ruin plans and kids can’t get outside to play. What do you do to […]

  3. #DENchat Tonight

    Tonight’s #denchat topic is “Blended Learning.” Join hostess, @catebeck (Cate Beck), at 8:00 pm EST for a discussion of the principles of blended learning, a discussion of pro’s and con’s, and tips and tricks for implementation. This is a hot topic today, so join in!   Here are a few great tips on the best ways to […]

  4. #DENchat TONIGHT

    Tonight’s #denchat topic is “Starting Over.” Join hostess, @lparisi (Lisa Parisi), at 8:00 pm EST for a discussion of how to get kids to stay in the groove, instead of thinking…It’s January…why am I still telling you this? Many of us are at the start of a new semester, so don’t miss out on this timely chat!   […]

  5. Belk is giving the gift of TIME

      To start off 2014 we’re giving you the gift of TIME.  That’s MORE TIME to register for the Belk Service Learning Challenge for a chance to win student scholarships and teacher prizes!   The deadline to submit your application has extended and is now February 28, 2014. Don’t forget, all you need is a good […]

  6. #DENchat TONIGHT

    Tonight’s #denchat topic is “DE & Assessment.” Join guest host, @ajpoggio (Andrew Poggio), at 8:00 pm EST for a discussion that is sure to get you thinking more about authentic assessment in your classroom and beyond. Andrew Poggio is the Director of Assessment, Discovery Education Kansas City, Missouri Area.   Here are a few great tips on the […]

  7. NASA Educator Treks in NC

    There are still spaces in all three NASA Educator Treks at the Museum! Join us for a day of engaging activities and take away materials and ideas to use in the classroom. To register, please fill out and mail registration form and deposit. The registration form is online at: http://files.naturalsciences.org/education/Ed_Trek_reg_form_2012.pdf NASA Educator Trek: Exploring Atmospheres […]

  8. #DENchat in 2014

    2014 is ringing in a renewed #denchat. We hope you will join us each Thursday night at 8:00 pm EST for a weekly Twitter chat on a variety of education hot topics. Check your DEN Weekly Update and here at the blog for topics that are coming up!   Here are a few great tips […]

  9. NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows

    NC Science Educators, Take advantage of this exciting leadership professional development opportunity! Apply to be a NCSLA Science Leadership Fellow The  NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program will enhance you professional competence and develop the leadership  abilities necessary for you and other science leaders to operate  effectively in various leadership positions in science education.  This  two year […]

  10. NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

    Here is an upcoming opportunity at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores the evening of February 20, 2014. ***************************************************** The Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN) event is an annual workshop that aims to connect local marine and environmental scientists with K-12 teachers from across North Carolina. This networking event allows teachers to obtain […]

  11. My Favorite Things: Animated Hero Classics

    The Animated Hero Classics series on Discovery Streaming is a great way to teach biography in context. These engaging biographies of historically significant people are excellent for students in grades three and up, as they tackle more complex details of the individuals’ lives. Here are a few tips…   1. Find the whole series by […]

  12. Mike Rowe


    Whether it be ingrained from teaching or motherly instinct, I often feel the need to say, “I’m proud of you!” to strangers when I learn of their good deeds or words. Mike Rowe is my latest recipient. It is both a tragedy and a blessing that his TED talk was emailed to me recently. The […]

  13. 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. […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. 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 […]

  16. 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 […]

  17. 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 […]

  18. Who Am I?


    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 […]

  19. 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 – […]

  20. 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 […]

  21. 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 […]

  22. 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 […]