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Books on Tablet

“Books wait like miracles. Now come along for the ride.”   That’s from one of this post’s items:  a wonderful book called Little Library Mouse by Stephanie Lisa Tara.  I got it as an ebook, but there are print editions also.  A mouse enjoys the books in the closed for the night library, imagining himself in various

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Den Reads: Recommendations for Professional Reading

Getting right to the point, here are some of my recommendations for professional reading: > Machines Are the Easy Part; People Are the Hard Part:observations about making technology work in schools  by Doug Johnson With humor, insight and short easy to read chapters, Johnson addresses topics from encouraging job security to the particular needs of

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Meet Howard from TX at #DENSI2013

This is Howard Martin, a STAR Discovery Educator and Leadership Council member from Texas. He’s been accepted to attend the DEN Summer Institute July 14-19 in Burlington, VT. Here’s his DEN story: Tell us yours. The main portion of this year’s application is a short (unedited) video that t ells your DEN story. We want

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I Am a Logophile: update (and more)

One of my favorite vocabulary games: 7 Little Words has officially released its junior version: 7 Little Words for Kids. Like the original,  you must figure seven words from the clues, using the letter blocks.    The junior version, however, takes the elementary age players through various worlds, including a scuba adventure, space travel, dinosaur

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DEN STARs in the News: Ruby Aguilar

Texas DEN STAR Ruby Aguilar shared some of her great news with us and we’re sharing it with you.  Ruby was selected to participate in the Community Historical and Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) program at the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) in Edinburg, Texas. This NEH-funded program selected twelve educators from across the Rio

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Trivia Pursuit

While the other families were out playing football on a holiday afternoon, mine was inside playing Trivial Pursuit or other academic trivia games.  The fun of the play encouraged our interest — and thus our learning– of various subjects.  It can do the same for you and your students. A recent sampling of my Trivia

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Happenings!

Amendment added! I know that it is only February, but there is already SO many things to start marking on your calendar!  I just finished with TCEA where one of our own DEN members was selected TCEA Teacher of the Year!  Will be doing a blog on that soon!  So, here are a few of

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DENapalooza kicks off in Texas!

Calling all Texas educators! Did you know that the first stop on the 2013 DENapalooza Tour will be in Texas?  That’s right – we’re kicking off the tour and bringing the fun to Minshew Elemenatry in McKinney on March 23.  This free, full day event for DEN members will be part formal presentations, part unconference,

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I Am a Logophile

A logophile is a lover of words (http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/logophile).   That is definitely me and it is not coincidence that I love to read also.   Vocabulary and reading certainly go together and help strengthen each other.  So what are some ways to strengthen vocabulary?  Here are a few ideas: Discovery Streaming includes vocabulary development as

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