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Inside :30 Webinar: Taking Your District Digital

Taking Your District Digital… Building Shared Vision & Collective Ownership You’ve committed to going digital, but how do you build consensus around your vision and engage key stakeholders in building and implementing a long-term plan? Join this engaging conversation between leading Superintendents as they discuss how they’ve tackled these challenges and built solid digital plans

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What are the Next Generation Science Standards?

Posted on behalf of Matt Cwalina, Senior Director of Learning Initiatives for Discovery Education. Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of conversations surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Recently these conversations are growing in sophistication to much deeper and meaningful discussion about what the

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Content Showcase: Space Exploration

In honor of Science Channel’s Space Week and the arrival of NASA’s New Horizons space probe at Pluto after a nine-year journey, this month’s Content Showcase features videos related to space science. Featured programs are available in DE Streaming and Techbook in the United States and Canada. Links to each program mentioned in the video are

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Who is Burning the Cognitive Calories? Rethinking Lecture in Social Studies

I pride myself on my lectures. I was voted “Best Lecturer” in the 2013 Sherwood High School yearbook. I’ve been told that my lectures are easily understood, engaging, interactive with plenty of student discourse–and I’m pretty darn funny! My students consistently scored very well on the Advanced Placement U.S. history exam. So what’s the issue? Lecturing works.

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July 2015: HOTS for Bloom’s, part 1

Creating activities that enhance student higher-order thinking skills is important. It requires some thought about ways to develop critical thinkers in the classroom as well as using mobile tools and apps to help students learn how to think.  There are may definitions and explanations of “critical thinking” — a term which began to be used

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DEN Community Member of the Week: Patti Harju

Patti Harju is a technology teacher and 2nd grade classroom teacher at St. Stephen School in Michigan. She has been using Discovery Education resources for about 8 years. She shared “I loved all the resources and found great ways to engage my students. However, I was just scratching the surface of DE’s resources. I became a

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SOS Series Celebrates the 10th Birthday of the DEN!

This week we are excited to celebrate 10 years of the Discovery Educator Network by bringing you a new SOS series for the summer. We’re calling this series SOS Twists and we are featuring your best resource, each other, in the posts! Each week during July and August you will hear from fellow educators who are taking the SOS strategies and giving them a unique “twist”. You will see examples of what those strategies look like in real classrooms, and we hope you will be inspired to use the SOS strategies with your students.

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