Streamathon 2010

August 16th, 2010

The 5th annual Discovery Education Streamathon is September 14, 2010. We’ve got a full day of information-packed sessions on how to integrate DE streaming and the newest online technologies used by today’s media-savvy students into classroom instruction.

Here’s the schedule. Come for an hour or spend the entire day with us! (All times are eastern time. If you miss a session, we’ll archive as many as we can and post them here after the Streamathon.)

9:00 – 9:45 AM Back-to-School with DE streaming

9:45-10:00 AM DEN in Ten

10:00-10:45 AM 25 Free things in 45 minutes or less

10:45-11:00 AM DEN in Ten

11:00-11:45 AM DE streaming Spotlight: Teacher Center and the Builders

11:45-12:00 PM DEN in Ten

12:00-12:45 PM The Student Experience with DE streaming

12:45-1:00 PM DEN in Ten

1:00-1:45 PM Back-to-School with DE streaming

1:45-2:00 PM DEN in Ten

2:00-2:45 PM 25 Free things in 45 minutes or less

2:45-3:00 PM DEN in Ten

3:00-3:45 PM DE streaming Spotlight: Teacher Center and the Builders

3:45-4:00 PM DEN in Ten

4:00-4:45 PM The Student Experience with DE streaming

4:45-5:00 PM DEN in Ten

5:00-5:45 PM Back-to-School with DE streaming

5:45-6:00 PM DEN in Ten

6:00-6:45 PM 25 Free things in 45 minutes or less

6:45-7:00 PM DEN in Ten

Register here:

Marshall County Summer Academy

July 29th, 2010

mc.png We are thrilled to be in Alabama for the Marshall County Summer Academy.  This is a huge professional development event sponsored sponsored by the schools districts of Albertville, Arab, Boaz, Guntersville, and Marshall County and hosted by Arab City Schools.

We are facilitating two sessions: 21st Century Learning: Researching in the Digital Age and Beginning with Wikis: Fostering Collaboration and Communication.

We put together some digital take-aways for both sessions.  Click here to access a MultiURL with those resources.

Here is our WallWisher that we are using to share ideas for ways to use wikis to foster collaboration and communication in the classroom and among colleagues.

Click here to open the WallWisher in it’s own browser tab/window.

USADA True Sports Awards Now Open!

July 28th, 2010

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), in partnership with Discovery Education, announce the kick-off of the second year of The USADA True Sport Awards , promoting honesty, respect, teamwork, and healthy choices.

The USADA True Sport Awards program encourages teachers, coaches, school administrators, and other youth program leaders to motivate young people to lead safe and healthy lifestyles, free from performance-enhancing drugs, using the life lessons learned through sport as its platform. The program provides a powerful opportunity for educators and community leaders to win local program funding, support and prizes for their efforts to influence positive beliefs and behaviors in their communities. In year one of the program, which was awarded the 2010 Mom’s Choice Award® for online family-friendly resources, more than 600 educators across the country participated, and 50 winners in 19 states were awarded prizes.

In addition to The USADA True Sport Awards, USADA and Discovery Education are partnering again to offer free curricula for both middle school and high school students that help educators and community leaders impart the critical life lessons that contribute to the development of ethical and healthy individuals. These curricula are tied to national education standards, are implemented easily into classroom or other youth group educational settings, offer self-assessment tools, teachers’ guides and student activity materials, and are available at and at

Those who teach, coach and/or influence youth groups in the middle school age range are encouraged to integrate USADA’s 100% Me curriculum, which focuses on ethics and decision-making themes for student and athletic programs, into their classroom and/or other instructional activities. With these materials, educators can promote values-based decision-making, find facts on nutrition and dietary supplements, and help students make the connection between body type and body image.

USADA’s That’s Dope curriculum supports those who teach, coach and mentor youth in the high school age range in teaching important ethics and anti-doping lessons. With this powerful resource, educators, coaches, and others can teach students how to maximize athletic performance safely and ethically, and get “the dope” about various products and substances from dietary supplements and energy drinks to anabolic steroids.

For the USADA middle and high school curricula, or to enter the USADA True Sport Awards program, please visit: or .

Entries are due November 1, 2010.

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Discovery Education at MASE

July 25th, 2010

MASE I’m back in Memphis, this time it’s to work with the educators from the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering.  We are going to be exploring the power of digital media and technology to engage students.

We have lots of great help features built into DE streaming for new and seasoned users.  To get started, check out the DE Help and DE Performance Guide modules built into your My DE page.


Once you have learned how to navigate DE streaming, explore the DE Basics and Digital Media Integration located within Professional Development.


Want to brush up on DE streaming?  Register for one of our free Back to School webinars.

Back to School with Discovery Education
July 27 – September 9
Join us for an exploration of the back-to-school updates to Discovery Education streaming! We’ll take you behind-the-scenes as we show off the latest content, features, and resources to get you ready for the new school year. And in case you missed them, we’ll also review our favorite additions to Discovery Education streaming that were new last year, such the FREE student access for all school and district licenses. Don’t miss out on this webinar!

Join Author Don Tapscott for a FREE Webinar

July 22nd, 2010


Join us Friday, July 23, 2010, at 2:00PM ET

Bestselling author, Don Tapscott hosts a special webinar , part of the Discovery Education EdTechConnect webinar series, where he will discuss MacroWikinomics, its impact on the world of education and the implications it holds for the future. MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World is the sequel to the groundbreaking and bestselling Wikinomics.

Register Now for this Online Event at


The world needs rebuilding. Many of the institutions that have served us well for decades or centuries seem frozen and unable to move forward. And yet, in every corner of the globe, a powerful new model of economic and social innovation is sweeping across all sectors—one where people with drive, passion and expertise take advantage of new Web-based tools to get more involved in making the world more prosperous, just and sustainable.

IN MacroWikinomics Tapscott and Williams show that in over a dozen fields—from finance, healthcare and science to education, the media, energy and the environment—we have reached an historic turning point; cling to the old industrial-era paradigms or use collaborative innovation to revolutionize not only the way we work and create wealth in society, but how we learn, discover, inform, entertain, govern and care for one another.


Don Tapscott, one of the world’s leading authorities on the transformation of business and society in the digital age. He is Chairman of nGenera Insight. He was founder and CEO of the international think tank New Paradigm before its acquisition by nGenera.

Don is the author of thirteen widely read books about information technology in business and society, most recently Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World (October 2008). The book is the sequel to Growing Up Digital (1998), where he coined the term Net Generation. With co-author Anthony D. Williams, he wrote Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (2006). Wikinomics was an international bestseller, #1 on the 2007 management book charts, and on The New York Times and BusinessWeek bestseller lists. Other best sellers include Paradigm Shift (1992), The Digital Economy (1995) and The Naked Corporation (2003).

His new book, with Williams, MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World comes out September 28, 2010.

He is involved extensively in the transformation of education, working with many universities, school boards and Educational Secretaries and Ministers around the world. He is also working with government leaders in many countries to reinvent government for the digital age and strengthen democratic institutions. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and an Adjunct Professor at the JL Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Going to AAEA in Little Rock? Come meet Danny Forster!

July 22nd, 2010

If you’re going to heading over to the AAEA Conference in Little Rock Arkansas, have we got an opportunity for you! Discovery Education is going to be hosting a reception and we’d love to invite you to come. But that’s not the best part… Our special guest for the event is none other than the host of Discovery Channel’s Build It Bigger, Danny Forster! So if you’re going to be at AAEA, sign up here to attend the reception and meet Danny in person.

Please feel free to download the invite and share with colleagues.

AAEA VIP Reception Invitation

Keep Your STAR Status for 2010-2011: New Ways to Demonstrate Activity

July 11th, 2010

As the new school year approaches, now is the time to make sure your STAR status is intact. We’ve added a couple other options to help you demonstrate how you actively contribute to the community.

There are lots of ways to stay active:

Report at least two events from this past school year

Report one event and upload a resource to the Educator Resources library on the DEN site

Report one event and tell us one other way you have shared the power of Discovery with your peers (e.g., newsletter, podcast, etc.)

When you log into the DEN website ( you’ll see “Report Event” in your profile. Or, you can go directly to:

Keep your STAR status because we have many new things planned for our STARs in the fall including a special promotion that will only be accessible to active STARs.

School’s “IN” for the Summer!

June 21st, 2010

You’re a teacher eagerly looking forward to a couple of weeks of summer bliss, right? Wrong! Summer is the time for intellectual rejuvenation, creative inspiration, and learning. Let the Discovery Educator Network help you meet these noble goals. Check out some of the fantastic FREE webinars from Discovery Education.

Discovery Education First Look: Back to School Updates 2010
June 1 – June 29
Be the first to get a look at back-to-school updates to Discovery Education streaming. With this insider access, we’ll take you behind-the-scenes as we show off the latest content, features, and resources months before it will be rolled-out to the public.

50 Ways in 5 Days
July 1 – July 29
This webinar series is packed full of the best instructional uses of Discovery Education, featuring content rich contributions from some of the top users of Discovery Education streaming.

DEN Summer School 2010
August 2 – August 19
Who ever said summer school isn’t fun? Get ready for your school year with an amazing series of free professional development sessions from the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). Week 1 = Digital Storytelling, Week 2 = Professional Learning Networks, Week 3 = Project Based Learning

Click here
to learn more about how Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning.

Flipping for Discovery Education at Wilson County Schools SummerSALT

June 16th, 2010

I am so excited to be part of the awesome line-up for SummerSALT 2010 in Wilson County Schools.   Seriously, the program is stacked with inspiring presentations and engaging hands-on workshops.

Since DE is a green company, I decided to put all the take-aways and hands-on activities for our full-day workshop online.    We are also going to use a Google Moderator forum to collate the best of our integration ideas throughout the day. Click here to access it and share an idea.

DE SummerSALT Agenda
Hands On Activities

Discovery Education streaming

Discovery Education MediaShare

Don’t forget to check out the fantastic schedule of summer webinars being sponsored by Discovery Education.

Discovery Education in Shelby County

June 14th, 2010

Sandra Ford and I are in Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee.  We are excited to work with Shelby County educators to explore how Discovery Education can transform teaching and learning.

Discovery Education streaming

Discovery Education Assessment

Discovery Education MediaShare