I have been neglecting my personal blog because I have been adding posts to the CT Leadership Council Blog. If you would like to see what I’m posting, click on Connecticut and scroll through the posts. David Andrede is another member of the CT Leadership Council whose blog posts are most informative and helpful – along with many other contributers.
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Just this past summer I became aware that Discovery Education offered subscribers access to the whole collection of the wonderful Weston Woods retelling of famous children’s stories and picture books. The studio, located in Weston, CT, I believe, uses narration, music, and animation to bring important children’s books to life through multimedia. Even though the age recommendation for most of the books is for pre-K through 6th grade, I believe that adolescents and adults, as well, will find great enjoyment in these presentations. They will also learn a lot. Several of Hans Christian Anderson’s tales such as The Nightingale, The Little Match Girl, and selections from his epic poem Hiawatha, to name only a few, are beautifully told. Educational and entertaining are the titles by Jean Fritz such as Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?, What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, and And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
I was also delighted to find the Rudyard Kipling’ classic tale, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, in the collection. Unfortunately, the 7th grade English classes had already read the tale before I found the link to it in Discovery. One of two of the students, on my recommendation, did log into DE at home to view the video, and I was so pleased when they told me that they had enjoyed hearing the story, again.
I just watched The Man Who Walked Between the Towers – a retelling of an actual event that happened in 1974 when a young man from France, who was a street performer in NYC, actually spent over an hour on a cable suspended between the two towers that so sadly no longer exist. The story is by Mordicai Gerstein. It was a riveting tale.
I encourage all of you to search on Weston Woods, refine the search to full-length videos, and browse your way through the 168 offerings and then share your favorites.
Many of these videos did not come up in the student search, but if you assign the video to your student/students, then it will be available in their student center.
Coming soon – I’m so excited – Most (maybe all) of the Reading Rainbow episodes with LeVar Burton are also available!
proud to be a Discovery Star and member of the CT LC.
I am looking forward to meeting with other educators at the Den SciCon2011 being held in Willimantic, CT tomorrow morning. While it means getting up early and driving over an hour to get to the meeting place when I could just as easily attend by logging onto my laptop at my dining room table, I think it will be worth it to congregate with others and share in the excitement of the webinar sessions.
It promises to be clear and sunny tomorrow but very, very cold. My son went to UConn in nearby Storrs, CT, and I remember how much colder it was there than down in the New Haven area where I live. With Martin Luther King’s Birthday holiday on Monday, a “ice” day on Tuesday, a delayed opening on Wednesday, a full day on Thursday, and then another snow day today, it has been a crazy week. I don’t remember having this many days off in a 10-day period every before.
So, meeting and collaborating with other educators tomorrow should be a good thing, and it will be nice to generate excitement for returning to school on Monday with all kinds of new things to share.
Happy New Year’s Day, everyone!
It’s 1/1/11 – how neat is that! I hadn’t even realized the significance of this January 1st until someone tweeted it out.
We celebrated at the home of friends in New Jersey. The couple we visited were newly married when we all started teaching at a junior high school in CT way back in 1969. They stood up with me and my husband when we were married in 1973. We are still friends after all these years, although I am the only one of the 4 still in full-time teaching. The trip back to CT this afternoon was pretty smooth. Christmas vacation has nearly come to an end, and it’s time to get back into school mode. I had intended to do exploring on the Discover Education site this week, but I didn’t get a lot of free time, so I’ll use some of my time this evening to scout around.
I joined Steve Dembo’s fitness challenge and hope to do well with that.
Finally, I’m looking forward to the 2nd Annual DEN SciCon scheduled for January 22, 2010. Last year the event was hosted at the CT Science Museum in Hartford, and participants, including myself, received free admission to the museum as well as the chance to network with others during the webcast. I wonder if there will be a physical meeting place this year. How fortunate we educators are to have such wonderful training available to us as part of our Discovery Streaming subscription. I am going to encourage my colleagues to tune in, even if only for one session.
I just learned about the Science Sleuths component of Discovery Education Science. There are several interactive modules that really help students understand process skills in investigating science problems. I knew about the interactive simulations, but I had not yet discovered the science process modules where students get to solve a problem and have to access various resources from video to slide shows to print documents in order to gather evidence (written into a notebook that saves their notes) in order to solve a problem. I just started the module about the missing star. Believe me, it’s not easy. You really have to think. I am no where close to solving it. Check it out.
If you can, log into the Global Education Conference, set up by Steve Hargadon of Classroom 2.0 fame. There are multiple sessions to choose from at all hours of the day and night. Here is the link for the sessions in Eastern Standard Time or GMT-5: