Summer School is Here!!

Who ever said summer school isn’t fun?  Get ready for your school year with an amazing series of complimentary professional development sessions from the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). All of the sessions for the DEN Summer School Webinar Series begin at 11 AM ET.

Register today at : DiscoveryEducation.com/Webinars

DEN Summer Webinars

MACUL 2009 Networking Social Invitation

MACUL 2009 Networking Social

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Discovery at METC 2009

METC 2009

Can’t wait to see everyone at the Midwest Educational Technology Conference in St. Charles this year.  Discovery has a corporate room this year, with presentations running both days in the Junior C room.  If you’re a STAR Discovery Educator and interested in presenting during our “Pulling it all Together” or “A Walk with the STARs” sessions, please fill out the below form.

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Tuesday, January 27

Consumers to Creators: How to Teach Today’s Students - Grand C – 10:50 – 11:40 AM

Wednesday, January 28

An Administrator’s Guide to Fostering a Learning Environment Grand B – 10:50 – 11:40 AM

What’s So Different about a 21st Century Student?  – Grand A – 1:00 – 1:50 PM


Wednesday, January 28

Digital Storytelling, Frame by Frame  – D2 – 1:00 – 1:50 PM

Roundtrip Tickets Anywhere: Google Earth in Education  – D1 – 2:20 – 3:10 PM

STAR Discovery Educator Presentations: A Must See!

Moving Beyond Here & Now with DE streaming – Tuesday – 2:20 PM

Presenters: Stephanie Madlinger & Kim Lindskog

Corporate Room Schedule – Junior C Conference Room

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Beyond the Stream
Mike Bryant 9:45 AM
Take a close look at Discovery streaming. Learn all about the hidden treasures of the site as well as the most recent updates. See how teachers and students are integrating it into their current curriculum by looking at their samples and learn how to create your own.
Pulling It All Together
STAR DEN Members 10:50 AM
As an extension to Beyond the Stream, come see several teacher and student samples and learn how to create your own.

Director’s Cut – Maximizing Movie Maker and Premiere Elements
Mike Bryant 1:00 PM
Learn how to use Windows Movie Maker and Adobe Premier Elements to integrate video, image, and sound resources. Students can rewrite video narration, add themselves into the video, add special effects, mix very cool titles and more!

Getting Your Hands Dirty with Discovery Education Science
Brad Fountain 2:20 PM
Want to really get your student engaged and involved? See how Discovery’s newest product has made it easy for anytime anywhere access to interactive activities like Virtual Labs, and Science Simulators, as well as video, reading passages, and a formative assessment.

The Builders, Brick by Brick
Justin Karkow 3:25 PM
Dive deeper into DE streaming’s treasure chest and explore the Builders.  Learn how to create digital writing prompts that match your curriculum, create true/false and multiple choice quizzes that DE streaming grades for you, and how to assign students videos.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Beyond the Stream
Justin Karkow 9:45 AM
Take a close look at Discovery streaming. Learn all about the hidden treasures of the site as well as the most recent updates. See how teachers and students are integrating it into their current curriculum by looking at their samples and learn how to create your own.

A Walk with the STARs
STAR DEN Members 10:50 AM
STAR Discovery Educators share the latest and greatest Discovery Education streaming and Web 2.0 tips and tricks!

Are You Smarter than a Fourth Grader?
Donna Neblett  1:00 PM
Come test your fourth grade math skills……with a twist? Join the fun as you compete with colleagues using interactive assessment with results you can use as we simply the “testing” world into simple color codes reports you can easily use to guide classroom instruction.

The ABCs (and D) of Professional Development
Mike Bryant 2:20 PM
You’ve got questions? We’ve got opportunities. We’ll take a look at all of the different professional development opportunities you have access to through Discovery Education streaming and the Discovery Educator Network. Learn how you can maximize your learning by taking advantage of all the DEN has to offer.

Do You Have the Audacity to Podcast?
Justin Karkow 3:25 PM
Learn how to create your own podcast in less that 5 minutes with the FREE program “Audacity” (PC and MAC). Learn new and creative ways to increase reading fluency and integrate your curriculum. See how easy it is to jump on the Podcasting train that is sweeping through classrooms

View and download the schedule below.

Rain, Sleet or Snow: An Afternoon with Kankakee Educators

Kankakee Blog Post

IETC 2008 DEN Event

Click here for a Special Invitation to the IETC DEN Networking Reception this Thursday, November 20.

Day of Discovery: Milwaukee & CESA #1 Sept. 27

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DEN DE streaming & Google Earth

50 Ways to Use Discovery Education streaming

Step-by-Step Become a DEN STAR Educator

Assignment, Quiz and Writing Prompt Builders Overview

DE streaming Tour

Quick Post – Frame-by-Frame Presentation from Streamathon

Engaging Ideas Found Here!!

“I <3 Discovery”

September is jam packed full of events that can provide you with invaluable tools for your class.  Virtual to in-person, I guarantee there’s an event just for you.  Live in the Midwest?  Then, you must come to our Midwest Regional Conference.  Space is limited and we’re almost at capacity, so register below soon.

 Upcoming Events

Virtual – Webinars(Click Below to Register)

September 10 7:00pm EST – Discovery Education streaming: New Features and Benefits with Justin Karkow

September 15  7:00pm EST – Discovery Education streaming: Getting the Ball Rolling with Mike Bryant

September 16 7:00pm EST – DEN State of the Union Address

September 17 7:00pm EST – EdTechConnect featuring Tim Magner

September 23 8:00am EST – 8:00pm EST – 3rd Annual Streamathon!

September 30 7:oopm EST – Boot Camp: Basic DE streaming

 In-Person DEN Events

September 15 – Consolidated School Districts DE Science Event, St. Louis, MO

September  20 – 21:  Midwest Regional Conference, Glen Ellyn, IL

September 27 – Milwaukee Public Schools in Cooperation with CESA #1 Day of Discovery, Milwaukee, WI



(NEW YORK) – The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Communications and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have joined together to inspire student achievement in sustainability through a comprehensive education initiative, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Announced today, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is an unprecedented partnership between three industry leading organizations that are committed to educating, empowering and engaging students, teachers and communities in environmental sustainability.

Kicking off the 2008 school year in September, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the first and only national K-12 sustainability education initiative aligned to state education standards and uniquely tailored to match students’ growing comprehension abilities throughout their school-aged years. By partnering with Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, which provides scientifically proven, standards-based digital media tools and resources to classrooms nationwide, and the NSTA, the largest science teacher organization in the world dedicated to improving science education and increasing student learning by engaging all teachers of science, the Siemens Foundation will serve as a pioneer in recognizing sustainability efforts within the K-12 education system.

“As a leader in environmentally relevant businesses, Siemens knows the answers to tomorrow’s critical environmental questions are in the minds of today’s students,” said James Whaley, President, Siemens Foundation. “Uniting with Discovery Education and NSTA complements Siemens’ commitment to the future and to those who are going to create it. We look forward to unleashing this tremendous reservoir of potential through the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.”

“Education and the environment have always been part of Discovery’s core mission and we are proud to be a partner in encouraging students to learn about and create sustainable solutions through the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications.

“The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will engage science teachers and allow students the opportunity to think like scientists, learn more about key environmental issues, and to develop critical-thinking skills that will help them to make informed decisions regarding stewardship of the planet,” said Dr. Gerry Wheeler, Executive Director, NSTA.

Designed to equip students in every grade level with the tools and inspiration to develop innovative green solutions for schools, homes and communities, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will transform participants into active citizens for a greener tomorrow. The program begins by helping young students understand the basic concepts of sustainability and why it’s important to protect the environment. At each subsequent stage, the concepts expand to engage students beyond their classrooms, into their communities and to the global world.

K-2: My Classroom: Introduce students to the importance of “being green” and provide opportunities for active learning and engagement.
3-5: My School: Inspire students to think beyond their classroom — using science and math skills to take their school “green.”
6-8: My Community: Empower students with tools to apply the Scientific Method to real-world “green issues” in their local communities.
9-12: My World: Connect students with real-world scientists as they tackle today’s “green challenges” — moving from insight to global action.

In September, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge launches with a national middle school competition where teams of students will identify an environmental problem in their community and will research and recommend a reproducible environmental improvement program. Teams will then provide an explanation about how other communities across the country can launch similar environmental improvement programs.

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will expand to kindergarten and elementary school students in 2009 and to high school students in 2010, complete with standards-based lesson plans and teacher materials, student projects and prizing to foster learning, team work and problem solving around sustainability.

For more information about the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, visit http://www.wecanchangetheworldchallenge.com.

About the Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation provides over $4.5 million towards science, technology, and engineering and math initiatives annually. Its signature programs, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, reward exceptional achievement in science, math and technology. By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. The Foundation’s mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens’ U.S. operating companies and its parent company, Siemens AG. For more information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org.

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications is the world’s number-one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks. Discovery Communications is owned by Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery’s founder and chairman. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

About the National Science Teachers Association
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA works to improve science education and increase student learning by providing resources and training that support and enhance quality teaching. The Association advocates for the importance of science and science learning and works to enhance science education through research-based policy and practice. NSTA’s current membership includes more than 57,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education. For more information, please visit www.nsta.org.

DEN Leadership Council Institute DE streaming & Google Earth


Having a blast at the Discovery Educator Network LC Institute. Quick post today to get my keynote up and out to the group. The images, movie and sound do not work, but you’re more than likely looking for the embed codes anyway. View the slideshare below or click on the link, DEN Leadership Council Institute DE streaming & Google Earth, to download the ppt. Remember the Quicktime embed only works for macs right now. :(

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