1. 4/22 at 1pm Virtual Event for Students: STEM is Now, STEM is How

    Siemens STEM Connect: STEM is Now, STEM is How We often hear of amazing things happening in STEM classrooms across the country. And, we’re often asked to share these exemplars to provide guidance in achieving a shared STEM education vision. Join our live webcast to see one vision of a STEM program.   Tuesday, April […]

  2. On this day… Zooming Camera Lenses!

    On this day in 1947, Dr. Frank Gerard Back demonstrated the first camera with a zoom feature. This feature was made possible by the invention of the “varifocal lens.”  Prior to this invention, photographers were required to move their cameras closer to their object to simulate “zoom.” Dr. Back first showed off his invention at […]

  3. Mousey Monday – Autism Awareness Month

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    Last week, we mentioned about April being the National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada. This Mousey Monday, we wanted to acknowledge another April celebration, Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior. – […]

  4. SOS: Feel the Beat

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Feel the Beat PDF Version       Background There is much research concerning the impact of music in the classroom. Roann Keen, an elementary childhood music specialist has stated that incorporating music into […]

  5. Building the Future

    Teaching code to elementary and middle school students can be a key component in sparking curiosity and problem-solving skills, potentially leading to career choices in science and engineering that will help address the challenges facing our planet. The first time I really considered teaching code to my students was during a DENSI (Discovery Education Network […]

  6. On this day… Alaska Purchase!

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    On this date in 1867, the United States ratified a treaty with Russia, which led to the acquisition of Alaska! Also referred to as “The Alaska Purchase,” the treaty sent $7.2 million dollars to Russia in exchange for the land of Alaska. Geographically, the state of Alaska is twice the size of Texas, which meant […]

  7. Mousey Monday – National Poetry Month

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    Welcome to the first Mousey Monday of April! April is National Poetry Month in the United States. It is a month meant to appreciate poetry. National Poetry Month has been celebrated since 1999 in the United States and Canada as well. In Great Britain, National Poetry Month has been celebrated since 2000 in October. The […]

  8. The DEN Princess on DENvice!

    As educators, we often find ourselves working in isolation within our classroom walls. We experience day-to-day challenges and victories but may find it difficult to explain and share them with others. Joining a Professional Learning Community (PLN) may be the outlet you need to share, learn, recharge and collaborate. Becoming an active member of the […]

  9. Coming Next Week… Making Stuff with Discovery Ed: Blabberize

    April’s Making Stuff with Discovery Education will focus on Blabberize… and will be hosted by our very own Porter Palmer! Please join us on Thursday, April 10, from 7:00pm – 7:30pm EST for a quick overview of Blabberize, including sound instructional practices and a look at the student-directed tutorial. Register here. Find the archives of […]

  10. On this day… First Full-time Movie Theater Opened!

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    On this day in 1902, the first full-time movie theater opened! Thomas Lincoln Talley opened The Electric Theater in Los Angeles, California 112 years ago as part of a carnival. Before full-time movie theaters, people watched films in “kinetoscopes,” which only allowed for one viewer at a time, and were often considered lower-class. After opening […]

  11. Microsoft Excel For Educators Segment 6

    Welcome all to a new week of Excel for Educators where I’ve tried to take some of the things that I do in my work with the Analytics, Research and Evaluation team here at Discovery Education and frame them in the perspective of the classroom teacher, and then divide them into 10 minute segments. This […]

  12. Musician and Educator Gets Students in Tune

    Dr. Lodge McCammon, a professional musician, previously taught AP Economics and Civics at Wakefield High School located in Raleigh, NC. Currently, he works in classrooms with various grade levels and subjects in order to help teachers and students integrate music, video, and movement into the course. At the age of 2, Dr. McCammon began playing […]

  13. SOS: There’s an A.P.P for That

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. There’s an A.P.P. for That PDF Version Background Authors and audiences both have a wide range of purposes for communicating. The importance of purpose in reading text based situations cannot be overstated. It is […]

  14. On this day… Robert Frost was born!

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    On this day in 1874, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost was born. For the first eleven years of his life, his family lived in San Francisco. Following the death of his father, the family moved to Massachusetts, where Frost developed an interest in reading and poetry. After high school, Robert Frost attended Dartmouth College […]

  15. Mousey Monday – Spring

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    Happy Mousey Monday from Mousey to our Cache and Cookies readers! Last week Thursday, March 20, was a change in season and officially the first day of Spring! A season involves new weather, ecology and hours of daylight. As the Earth rotates around the sun, depending on the Earth’s position, this dictates the seasons. Discovery […]

  16. SOS: Things That Make You Go Hmmm

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Things That Make You Go Hmmm PDF Version Background Whether it is connecting to the movies that we watch, connecting to others, or connecting to the texts  that we read, making connections is a […]

  17. Microsoft Excel For Educators: Segment 5

    Welcome all to a new week of Excel for Educators where I’ve tried to take some of the things that I do in my work with the Analytics, Research and Evaluation team here at Discovery Education and frame them in the perspective of the classroom teacher, and then divide them into 10 minute segments. This […]

  18. On this day… Time Zones!

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    On this day in 1918, standard time zones and daylight savings were established and signed into law. Prior to this legislation, time zones in the United States were dictated by American railroad companies. This would cause confusion when two different railroad companies shared a common station and reported different times. Many railroad companies determined their […]

  19. Top 10 Reasons to Attend DENSI 2014

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    Top 10 Reasons to Attend the DEN Summer Institute: 10. It’s free. Once accepted, you are just responsible for travel to and from Nashville. 9. You’ll learn a bunch of new stuff to take back to your students. 8. It’s a great chance to expand your personal learning network (PLN). 7. You’ll go on an outing with more than […]

  20. Mousey Monday – Saint Patrick’s Day

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    Happy Mousey Monday from Mousey to our Cache and Cookies readers! Aside from being Mousey Monday today, it is also Saint Patrick’s Day! Saint Patrick’s Day began in the seventeenth century as an observance by the Catholic Church. For Christians, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. As time has […]

  21. SOS: Quick Conference

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Quick Conference PDF Version Background After a Quick Write, students play musical conference chairs moving from student to student for multiple short conferences. Midway, conferencers and conferencees swap jobs. Each conference focuses on one […]

  22. Making Stuff with DE: iPiccy Tutorial

    The student-directed tutorial for using Discovery Education resources with iPiccy is now recorded and archived. You can find this short, 7-minute tutorial below, archived in DiscoveryEducation.com/Events, and at this link: http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/9718c31f-d3ed-27ea-4238-cf01b596dd50 Please encourage your students to watch and learn! (More tutorials to come in the next few months.)