1. Learning through Sound Effects

    A mouse scratching the floor as he searches for food.  An owl “ho ho” in the middle of the night.  These are sounds we have heard in nature, which spark the imagination of what we envision may be occurring.  Sound effects are a great way for students to think about and narrate what they hear.  […]

  2. Increasing Independent Thinking in the Classroom. A Few Points to consider.

    The characteristics of a motivating and engaging classroom promotes student independent thinking. Teachers are facilitators that assist learners in creating meaning when they make connections. Students must become scientists and learn to use resources for constructing new experiences with transform their understanding of content. Students should evolve in science by learning and finding appropriate ways […]

  3. Please Allow Me to Elaborate…

    In our continuing discussion about ideas for the 5E’s instructional model this month we will look at ways to use DE Science Techbook resources to “Elaborate” Typically, by this point in your lesson the students have “Explored” the concept and “Explained” what they understand regarding the material.  Now it is time for them to SHOW […]

  4. Discovery Education Theme Pages of Discovery Talent

    Discovery Education just launched exciting new theme pages that feature some of the great talent from Discovery. There are videos from Phillip Cousteau that focus on environmental education. The Danny Forester page features segments on Architecture and Engineering. Reed Timmer from Storm Chasers videos feature his work in extreme weather conditions. Head Rush and MythBuster […]

  5. Discovery Education’s Science Techbook: Scientific Explanations in Action

    One of the most powerful tools within the Discovery Education Science Techbook is the Scientific Explanations Worksheet, which can be found under the Explain Tab within each concept.  This amazing tools provides a unique insight into the thought process of our students while providing students the opportunity to analyze and interpret data to construct meaning […]

  6. SCIcon is This Saturday!

    Only a few more days now!  We’re gearing up for the 3rd annual DEN SCIcon on Saturday, January 28th and hope you’ll join us either virtually or in one of the in-person events planned across the country. DEN SCIcon focuses on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their science classes […]

  7. SCIcon 2012 In-Person Events

    We’re gearing up for the 3rd annual DEN SCIcon on Saturday, January 28th and hope you’ll join us either virtually or in one of the in-person events planned across the country. DEN SCIcon focuses on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their science classes through the meaningful and effective integration […]

  8. Making School Relevant for Students

    David Andrade, http://tinyurl.com/edtechguy (photo from victorisawesome.wordpress.com)   Today I overheard this comment by a student in one of my physics classes: “I like this class because I actually learn something real that I can use.” I was very happy to hear this.   I try to relate what I’m teaching and what students are doing to something […]

  9. Be The Future – STEM resource from the Science Channel

    by David Andrade, http://tinyurl.com/edtechguy   Be The Future is a STEM resource from the Science Channel, part of Discovery Communications, that provides information, resources, links, lesson resources, and more from a variety of sources, including Discovery Education.   It is a new science initiative to help get students interested and engaged in science subjects and careers. There […]

  10. DEN SCIcon 2012

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    DEN SCIcon focuses on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their science classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content. Join thousands of educators from around the world for an amazing day of professional development sessions, networking and sharing. Register for the online sessions at: http://links.discoveryeducation.com/scicon2012 or […]

  11. STEM Curriculum Resources for all educators

    By David Andrade, http://tinyurl.com/edtechguy   There is a big push for increasing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in all classes and grade levels. As a science teacher and engineer, I agree that STEM topics are important to our students and our society.   The Dayton Ohio Regional STEM Center is a great resource for teachers who teach STEM […]

  12. Exciting News for Those Wanting to Use Discovery Education Science Techbook on their iPad

    Whether you are a subscriber to Discovery Education Science Techbook or streaming you can now access all of the flash based resources from your iPad. iSwifter, an iPad app that allows developers to stream flash games to the tablet device, is debuting Rover, an iPad browser that gives educators and students access to Flash-based educational […]

  13. Flagler County Florida Family Science Nights

    Flagler county school district in Florida hosted two evenings of science nights. On Wednesday, December 7th the Discovery Team was at Rymfire Elementary and on Thursday, December 8th, we were at Bunnell Elementary.  Parents and students participated and learned more about the science techbook. They participated in hands-on activities straight from the Discovery Education Science […]

  14. Molecular Workbench – free visual, interactive science experiments and lessons

    by David Andrade, http://tinyurl.com/edtechguy     Molecular Workbench is a free and open source system that provides visual, interactive simulations for science. The simulations are in lesson format, with embedded assessments and the ability to change variables and see what happens. There are hundreds of free simulations in physics, chemistry, biology, biotech and nanotech.   Some are […]

  15. NASA launches Mars Science Laboratory…incorporate the mission with the Science Techbook

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    On Saturday November 26th, NASA launched the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  View updates on NASA site here. The Discovery Education Science Techbook includes excellent lessons on space explorations.  The NASA launch of the MSL spacecraft is a great way to engage students in current events and […]

  16. The Impact of Climate Change on Polar Bears

    Sunday, November 20th Good Morning America aired the segment Polar Bears Suffer Due to Warmer Weather. The Polar Bears in Manitoba Province, Canada are having a hard time finding food because of late freezing and early thawing, which is due to climate change. Watch it here. Learn more about the impact of climate change on […]