Tag archives for Instructional Ideas

  1. Mapping the DEN Story

    The DEN is getting geared up for the Spring and we are looking for a creative way to visually tell the DEN story. We looked to our DEN Guru for Professional Networking, Lee Kolbert. We decided that we wanted to map out the reach of the DEN and found a great example from Lee. We […]

  2. ABCs of Using Technology to Improve Students' Writing Skills

    If you missed the webinar on using technology to improve students’ writing skills (I did; how bad is that for an English teacher), then you have a chance to view the archive file at your leisure. Reposted from the DEN National blog. Here are the links to the videos from this webinar: Door Scene Pictures […]

  3. Geek Logik: How Math Can Solve Your Everyday Problems

    Yesterday, Hall Davidson‘s webinar’s design targeted educators. Tonight’s webinar, presented by Garth Sundem focuses on the classroom. Can I whet your math appetite? Register now and please join us tonight at 7 PM (ET). Self-professed math geek and author of Geek Logik Garth Sundem will use humor to show students how they can use math […]

  4. Blog Trolling + Connecticut DEN = Brizzly+

    Trolling the DEN blogs is something I simply do not do enough; on this one I would fall into the who has time essential life question. But at 5 AM, I just could not bring myself to grade a set of essays, so I blog trolled and got as far as Connecticut. They stopped me […]

  5. Top 10 Web 2.0 Tools: Beyond the Textbook

    Guest Blogger Jen Brinson Top10Web20 on Prezi Web 2.0 – collaborative, interactive, create, communicate, read/write web, free-mium (site is free but you can pay for a site upgrade), web-based, plays well with others 1. Wallwisher: a new way to communicate *don’t need to log in to create or participate *http://wallwisher.com/wall/petecden *capture how people enjoy conference […]

  6. FIZZ Man: Beyond the Textbook

    Minutes away from Periods 3 & 4, almost like a science class double-period lab, but with the Fizz Man, Dr. Lodge McCammon, Specialist in Curriculum and Contemporary Media at The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Lodge has developed a teaching and professional development process called FIZZ which encourages and models best practices in implementing user-generated […]

  7. Beyond the Textbook: Homework Gone Digital

    We’re in Period 2 and the session I’m blogging is with my guidance counselor and Discovery Manager Matt Monjan. Homework Gone Digital ~ Creating Student Access will change the way you think about constructing homework that students will do gladly. In order to assign content, you need to build content in your Discovery Education account […]

  8. What do teachers do when it snows?

    What do tech-savvy teachers do when school is cancelled? A. Sleep in B. Catch up on emails C. Use their children as guinea pigs D. Try out new web tools E. ALL OF THE ABOVE I am taking a wild guess that many of you chose E. ( unless you don’t have children)  With the exception […]

  9. Siemens STEM Academy

    If you missed the first in Discovery’s series of Siemens STEM Academy Webinars featuring theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, you will be happy to know that you can watch the archived version at the Siemens STEM Academy. If you are new to the Siemens STEM Academy, Siemens is a Discovery Communication partnership that sponsors Siemens […]

  10. Propel Montour to host DEN SCIcon 2010

     What a great place to hold an event for Discovery Education…a school.  No room fees, no charge for Internet, and we even get to sit in those little chairs.  I was pretty pumped up when I found out that Propel Montour would be hosting this very unique virtual conference on January 9th. Even though it is […]

  11. How I became so SMART!

    Over the past few years, interactive whiteboards have become more and more popular in schools around the world.  Many teachers are finding out how to effectively use this awesome resource while others are using them for glorified projector screens.  Maybe we need to reiterate that these are INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS…meaning that they are for interacting.  I […]

  12. What is Rotoball?

    That’s exactly what I wanted to know when I read Kris Fontes’ post.  Now that I know I am hooked. Rotoball is a black ball that transforms into something different for each person who comes into contact with it. The process is simple; each animation must be exactly 15 seconds long. The animation can be […]

  13. DEN Summer School – Google Earth and Discovery Education

    I used Google Earth often when I was in the classroom. I used it to reinforce geographic literacy and engage my high school social studies students with a colorful and interactive data visualization. Today, I’ll be presenting “Two Roundtrip Tickets to Anywhere with Discovery Education and Google Earth” as part of the DEN Summer School […]

  14. DEN Summer School – VoiceThread and DE Media

    VoiceThread is one of my favorite Web 2.0 applications for education and it’s a perfect partner for Discovery Education’s rich media content.  I will be featuring VoiceThread during the August 25, 2009, DEN Summer School Webinar. You can access the resources from this webinar by clicking below.  The webinar archive will be available on the […]

  15. DEN Summer School – Web 2.0 Week

    Get ready for a new school year with the DEN!  Tell a colleague, invite your principal and join us for Summer School with the DEN.  Enroll today at: http://community.discoveryeducation.com/webinar. All sessions begin at 11 AM ET. These sessions are recorded and the presentation resources and archives will be made available at: http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/summer-school Web 2.0 Week […]

  16. Free Audio Book Downloads

    I came across a pretty cool website that might be of interest to teachers and students at the start of the school year. ThoughtAudio.com is a website that offers free MP3 streams and downloads of audio books. Here’s a sampling of some school readings. Call of the Wild – Jack London The Prince – Nicollo […]

  17. Siemens “We Can Change the World Challenge” 2009 Opens

    The 2009 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, hosted by the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is now open for entries.  In addition, the challenge has expanded to include elementary school students as well as middle school students this year.  The deadline for elementary level entries is January […]

  18. Connect, Communicate, Collaborate Educational Technology Conference

    I’m in Erie, Pennsylvania, for the 3CsETC. I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet so many from my PLN. What is 3CsETC? The 3Cs ETC Conference is a collaborative effort between NPAECT, IU5, CFF Coaches and the LEARN Initiative. The conference name was created using 3Cs (Connect, Communicate, Collaborate), which NPAECT has used as […]

  19. DEN National Institute Resources

    Welcome to the DEN National Institute 2009 at the Headlands Institute in Sausalito, California. Here are the presentation resources for my breakout sessions. Director’s Cut – Digital Storytelling with Photo Story and Movie Maker Digital Storytelling 2.0 with Web 2.0 Google Tools for Schools Cover It Live and ustream Vlogging with DE MediaShare  Discovery Education […]