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Who Said Its Not Easy Being Green?

We just found out we have 50 free tickets to the Green Festival in DC this weekend!

If you would like to attend please let me know how many tickets you need and where to send them.  You can e-mail me by clicking on this link.

Here’s the thing – the event is this Saturday – so if you would like to go please let me know by 3pm on Thursday, November 6, 2008 so that we can mail you your tickets.

More Details:
Green Festival Washington DC
http://www.greenfestivals.org/

Saturday, Nov. 8th (10-7pm)
Sunday, Nov. 9th (11-6pm)

Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place – NW
Washington, DC 20001

Discovery Education is happy to host you at this event; however, please consult your ethics official to ensure that no state laws, local laws, or school district rules your acceptance of costs or promotional materials associated with this event.

Reminder – Please join us tomorrow!

noname.jpgDiscovery Connect is proud to provide you and your students the opportunity to learn from a true American hero, U.S. Air Force Major Paul Moga of the Air Combat Command’s 1st Fighter Wing. Paul “Max” Moga is the host of Showdown: Air Combat, a Military Channel series which offers amazing insight into the aircraft’s,the weaponry and ground-breaking tactics employed in some of the most compelling historical dogfights. During this one hour webinar, he will be sharing his knowledge and expertise of all forms of aircraft from throughout history all the way up to today’s cutting-edge F-22 Raptor. Max has logged over 250 combat flying hours and currently serves as an operational F-22a instructor pilot and the air Combat Command F-22a demonstration pilot assigned to the 1st Operations Group, 1st Fighter Wing out of Langley Air Force Base.

During this webinar, students will have the opportunity to hear directly from Max live and in real time. They’ll be able to ask him questions about his experiences and learn what it’s really like to be both a U.S. Air Force Major as well as host of a TV series.

The only hardware required to participate is a computer and speakers. Or connect a projector and sound system, and share it with other classes in the school auditorium! Previous Discovery Connect webinars have been attended by thousands of students form around the world.

To attend this webinar, with or without your students, simply follow this link and register!

Report this!

Well guys this is kinda super cool – and it is only going to get cooler.  We’ve upgraded the reporting functionality within DE streaming so that you can really zoom in and see usage like you’ve never seen it before.

Within the new reports you now have the ability to see who is creating and accessing Writing Prompts, Quizzes, and Assignments, sound files, and images- all at the user, school and district levels!  In addition you can run a report to see what the top non-video assets are being accessed by the school and district level.

And if that isn’t the cat’s meow, you can also see the top video and video segments streamed and/or downloaded accessed at the school and district level.

As an Administrator – how cool are these reports?  How easy will it be to walk the halls and know that in classroom 2A they are probably working on a writing prompt or watching a video on xyz?

By the way, for those keeping score at home, within DE streaming we have one full video, one video segment, one article and three images related to the keyword search “xyz.”  And you wonder why I have the name Geekybird?

All of these reports can be generated to in web-based, pdf, xls, csv and rtf formats.

Of course I’ve created a ppt for you to that will walk you through the “how to’s” of  creating and running these reports.  I’ve posted it within the Bird House but also made it available to you right here :->Running Reports Within Admin – New and Improved!

Enjoy and happy reporting!

All Hands On Deck!

 

Calling all sea-faring Stars.  We’re back at it again – this time catching stars for some really cool prizes.  As you may have read on super cool blog sites like the PA DEN Blog, the DEN fleet has left the harbor and is looking for a bountiful fall harvest of STARs from all around the country. It’s a short season and the six DEN captains, well really just ONE MID-ATLANTIC captain needs your help catching new STARs.

 

If you recruit a new STAR by December 1, 2008 and report your catch, you can pick from the following:

 

  • Deadliest Catch Season 4 DVD set
  • Planet Earth: The Filmmaker’s Story
  • Mythbusters Season 4 DVD set

In addition the crew that recruits the most STARs will walk away with bragging rights and a very special DENliest Catch chicklet to post on their blogs, websites and email signatures.

Meet your captains:

Kim Randall guides the Wild and Wacky Western
AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR and WA

Justin Karkow commands the Center of Attention
AZ, KS, MO, ND, NE, NM, OK, SD, TX, UT and WY

Mike Bryant skippers the Dawn Treader
IA, IL, IN, MI, MN and WI

Dennis Swain leads the Northeastern
CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI and VT

Matt Monjan navigates the high seas with MPEG: Queen of the Mid-Atlantic
DE, MD, NJ, OH, PA and VA

Brad Fountain captains the Southern STARs
AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN and WV

So who is with me maties? Who is ready to take home the big prize this fall?

National Middle School Sustainability Challenge Launches Today!

We Can Save The World

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Empowers Students to Create “Green Solution”

Middle School Launch Marks the First Phase of Nationwide K-12 Sustainability Initiative

Prizes include Regional and National Recognition, Cash and an Appearance on Discovery’s Planet Green Television Network–

(NEW YORK) – Starting today, middle school students across the United States are being encouraged to “go green” and team up for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, the first and only national

K-12 sustainability education initiative aligned to education standards and uniquely tailored to match students’ growing comprehension abilities throughout their school-aged years.

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have partnered on this unprecedented initiative to educate, empower and engage students, teachers and communities to become “Agents of Change” in improving their community. Student teams from sixth through eighth grade, under the mentorship of a teacher or adult supervisor, can register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge at www.wecanchange.com.

Teams of two to three students will identify an environmental issue in their community, research the issue using scientific investigation, and create a replicable green solution using web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education. The mentors of the first 100 teams to register and complete a project for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will receive an award-winning Planet Earth series DVD set.  Submissions from middle school students will be accepted through March 15, 2009. The initiative expands to elementary schools in 2009 and to high schools in 2010.

“The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will inspire students across the nation to clearly see the impact science can make in their very own schools and communities,” said James Whaley, President, Siemens Foundation. “It will support the next generation of scientists and engineers and encourage students to use their natural curiosity to produce results that have a real impact in the world. We are proud to partner with Discovery Communications and NSTA on this unprecedented initiative.”

A total of 51 teams representing each state and the District of Columbia will be selected as state finalists and an additional 50 teams will be eligible for honorable mention awards.  Three of the state finalist teams will be selected as national finalists, and one of those will be named the grand prize-winner. State finalist and national finalist teams will be announced in Spring 2009.

All student teams entering the Middle School Challenge will receive prizes for their participation; top-performing teams, as judged by a panel of environmental experts and science educators, will earn cash, teacher education materials and unique “Discovery Experience” trips. The grand prize winning team will receive a comprehensive prize package, which includes an appearance on Planet Green, Discovery’s 24-hour eco-lifestyle network and a once-in-a-lifetime Discovery Adventure Trip, accompanied by a Discovery TV personality.

Hosted on a solar-powered server, the web-based Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will serve as an essential resource for both students and team advisors. Teams can take part in virtual interactive labs, share ideas through an online journal, watch Discovery Education video clips, take an environmental IQ quiz, and much more! Rich environmental lesson plans are also available for teachers to use in their classrooms. More information, including entry details, registration and Frequently Asked Questions, can be found at www.wecanchange.com.

Getting The Ball Rolling and Scavenger Hunt Presentations Just Added

Just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a couple of new presentations for you.

Many teachers and students are already in or are returning back to school.

To help introduce your new DE streaming users (or serve as a refresher) to the site,  I have created two presentations and saved them to the Bird House.

The first presentation – Getting The Ball Rolling – takes you through the steps of creating a username/password, provides a definition of a passcode, and more.

The second presentation -DE streaming Scavenger Hunt – takes you on a treasure hunt through DE streaming,  helps you create a PowerPoint presentation, and outlines the steps to becoming a DEN Star!  By completing this scavenger hunt you will be able to successfully navigate the site – I promise!

I hope that you find these two presentations helpful.

Welcome back and I wish you much success in your new school year!

Pushing Out Those Powerpoints!

Just a quick post to let you know that more inhabitants have moved into the Birdhouse.  I have updated the page so that it now includes Powerpoints that show you how to tell a story with a few web 2.0 applications sites, create an multimedia powerpoint, and more!

Check them all out by visiting the Bird House.  As always mi Powerpoints son su Powerpoints so please feel free to use, edit, distribute, etc.!

Have a great Back to School experience.

DEN Mid-Atlantic Regional Insitute Resources!

What a great couple of days! I have really enjoyed working with each and every participant! I have especially enjoyed seeing that a-ha moment occur followed by the “You mean I can…” or “Wait that means I can…” Very cool stuff!

As we mentioned in this morning’s session, you can access the Powerpoint presentations, links to other sites and things we covered during the institute by going to the Google site that NJ DEN Star Heather Sullivan created.

You can find that page by clicking on this link: http://sites.google.com/site/denregionalinstitute2008/

Check out our first day of pictures below!

Right Back At You Texas!

We finally got to complete our message after a whirlwind of activity here at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Institute in Long Branch, NJ.

We are, and you’ll see below, standing on some very famous steps at Monmouth University. Famous you ask? Famous we say. Because this is where the movie Annie was filmed. And while we have had limited internet access here, a few thunderstorms, and some might say, a bit of a hard-knock-life, we have really enjoyed our time together so far.

This morning we’re diving into a full day of projects but before we do here is our message to the Central Regional Institute’s message from yesterday:

Back to School Bonanza!

Man how fast did this summer go by? I swear I closed my eyes on June 1 and when I opened them it was almost August! What happened to the slow lazy hazy days of summer?

Since the new school year is once again rapidly approaching we have set up a number of Back to School webinars to help you and your “rested” colleagues get back into the swing of things.

We repeated them multiple times so that you don’t have to worry about missing one of them :) Check them out – they are as follows:

August 12, 2008 at 7:00 pm EST
Building a Bigger Builder – Your Guide to The DE streaming Tools
When teachers embraced Discovery Education streaming they found a wealth of resources including “The Builders” (Assignment, Quiz, and Writing Prompt builder). And now with Web 2.0 applications, “we have the technology to rebuild the builders” (thank you Six Million Dollar Man). During this session we’ll explore three web 2.0 applications, SlideShare, VoiceThread, and TeacherTube and how they can be incorporated into the DE streaming Builders. Now, armed with this knowledge, you will return to your classroom with new cyber tools for the 21st century.

August 20, 2008 – 3:30pm EST
Discovery Education: Getting The Ball Rolling
This one-hour session provides you with a plan to successfully roll out DE streaming within your school. We will be reviewing new account creation using passcodes, professional development options and best practices.

August 20, 2008 – 4:30pm EST
Discovery Education streaming: New Features and Benefits
This one-hour session provides your educators with the tools they need to be successful. We will be reviewing our most popular features and introducing you to our newest enhancements, including the classroom manager, new search words, new content and more!

August 20, 2008 – 7:00pm EST
Discovery Education streaming: New Features and Benefits
This one-hour session provides your educators with the tools they need to be successful. We will be reviewing our most popular features and introducing you to our newest enhancements, including the classroom manager, new search words, new content and more!

August 25, 2008 – 4:30pm EST
Discovery Education streaming: New Features and Benefits

This one-hour session provides your educators with the tools they need to be successful. We will be reviewing our most popular features and introducing you to our newest enhancements, including the classroom manager, new search words, new content and more!

August 25, 2008 – 6:00pm EST
Discovery Education streaming: Getting The Ball Rolling
This one-hour session provides you with a plan to successfully roll out DE streaming within your school. We will be reviewing new account creation using passcodes, professional development options and best practices.

August 25, 2008 – 7:00pm EST
Discovery Education streaming: New Features and Benefits
This one-hour session provides your educators with the tools they need to be successful. We will be reviewing our most popular features and introducing you to our newest enhancements, including the classroom manager, new search words, new content and more!

Of course you can always go here to see the full list of webinars – and there are a ton. I hope to see you on one, two or more of them as we experience the new school year together.

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