1. August 2014: DENSI 2014 Takeaways

    The Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute was held in Nashville, TN during the third week of July 2014. As a DEN Guru I was both a presenter and an attendee. It was an amazing week with a creative, dedicated, passionate group of Discovery STAR Educators and Discovery Education staff with special Discovery Communication guests, too. […]

  2. July 2014: Activators and summarizers with mobile devices

    Activators and summarizers have been used in classrooms for a long time. We all have our favorites and students know what to expect when we begin to use them. Since many classrooms now have at least part time access to 1:1 mobile devices, whether on a cart, a BYOD environment, or a true 1:1 program, […]

  3. June 2014: The importance of now

    The Importance of Now: How digital learning can help schools implement the Common Core State Standards and other standards-based curriculums (Parts of this post are part of a white paper written for TechSmith and used with permission.) INTRODUCTION Your curriculum has been mapped to the Common Core State Standards or other standards-based curriculum. Now what? How […]

  4. May 2014: Personalizing content for an audience

    Technology allows educators to easily personalize content for a specific audience, whether it be colleagues, students, parents, or the community. By simply changing the context of a piece of work, it can be meaningful to a different audience. Consider a how-to tutorial for students. Most likely, you are teaching them face-to-face, and the how-to is […]

  5. January 2014: Screencasting for educators

    Overview We often have students creating a screencast to showcase their acquisition of content knowledge, but teacher-created screencasts can also play an important role in teaching and learning. Screencasting (the act of capturing drawing and voice on a blank page) and screen recording (the act of capturing drawing and voice on top of an image […]

  6. October 2013: Stay Connected all Year Long with Your PLN!

    Intro Connected Educators Month runs during the month of October 2013 and there are hundreds of events, classes, meet-ups, and ways to use social media scheduled to allow educators around the globe to connect! But “connecting” should not just occur during this time period. There are ways you can re-connect with other educators and connect […]

  7. July 2013: IMHO…

    …or Why Give Constructive Criticism? I recently had a brutally honest day. I was asked to review a new book coming out and write a blurb for the back cover. The title was something I was interested in, so I agreed. As I read along in a chapter about change, I came across the line. […]

  8. April 2013: Mirror, mirror on the wall…

    Who does not want to share Discovery Education resources wherever they are? Whether showcasing the Web page, the DEN blogs, or a content-rich Discovery Education Streaming (DES) video, you need to become familiar with the many ways to project and mirror your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iPod Touch) to be able to share […]

  9. February 2013: DST and DST

    Last month I posted about digital storytelling and provided you with links to some great resources. In addition, the Google+ Hangout about digital storytelling with Joe Brennan and Midge Frazel was a wealth of good information, too! You can find the resources discussed and a link to the Webinar on my digital storytelling page at http://www.schrockguide.net/digital-storytelling.html. […]

  10. January 2013: Digital Storytelling and the Common Core State Standards

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    One of the perks of teaching for the Wilkes/Discovery Master’s program (besides the great students I come in contact with) is my access to the online library databases at Wilkes University.  In library school, I still remember signing on to the ERIC databases, via an acoustic coupler, for a total of fifteen minutes of online […]

  11. November 2012: Infographics for advocacy and promotion

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    One way to promote your district, school, or program or to advocate for increased funding or attention, is to create an infographic. An infographic is a way to capture your audience as you visually tell a story or clarify information. An infographic is defined as a visual representation of information. Movement.org created a page to […]

  12. October 2012: Assessment with the iPad

    I have been developing quite a number of iPad workshops in the past few weeks, and I am amazed at the number of ways one can conduct assessments using the iPad. Of course, some apps have assessment components built-in, but I am talking about the online tools and apps that can be used to assess […]

  13. September 2012: Your Virtual Blue Binder

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    As a student, when going back to school in September, there was no event I waited for more than shopping for school supplies. I would love the fact everything neatly fit into a blue binder, and my subject dividers and pockets kept my notes and handouts organized throughout the school year Today’s students and educators […]