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Minecraft at MACUL14

  Diving into Minecraft, specifically MinecraftEdu. Why have I NOT gotten into this yet? One goal was to try to catch up with my sons and I feel that I can just about keep up with them. This will be on my to-do list for what to being back to my school and district. Being

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“Cell Phone Tricks and Treats” – DEN Fall Virtual Conference

On October 19, 2013, Discovery Education again wowed us with their full day of presentations, 23 in all. Since it was impossible to participate in all the events, all presentations have been archived and are available at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/community/den-fall-virtcon-archive.cfm I know many of us intend to go back and view some that we missed, but with

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Polar Bears A to Z

Thanks to our friends at Polar Bears International, I am in Churchill, Manitoba – the polar bear capital of the world – for Polar Bear Week.  Starting tomorrow we will be making virtual connections with students, educators, classrooms, zoos and other organizations to share the experience of what it’s like on the tundra.  With polar

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STEMulating Tundra Connections LIVE this Week!

It’s that time of year again.  Welcome to Polar Bear Week! Join us live from the tundra this week as we help bring to STEM to life in your classrooms through a series of live webcasts featuring scientists and researchers with very interesting STEM careers and starring polar bears who are chilling right outside our

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Polar Bears – Live from the Tundra!

Last year, the DEN teamed up with Polar Bears International to bring your students a series of webcasts from Churchill, Manitoba to learn about polar bears and their environment. Well, those opportunities are back in 2014. Tundra Connections conduct LIVE, free broadcasts from the tundra during the annual polar bear migration in Churchill. We are

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S.O.S: Make it Concrete

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Make it Concrete PDF Version Background The idea of Concrete and/or Shape poems has been utilized in classrooms for years.  This week’s strategy puts a twist on the concept by using it as an

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S.O.S: Vocabulary Stepping Stones

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Vocabulary Stepping Stones PDF Version Background Thanks to DEN STAR Susan Bowdoin from APS for showing me the great article ‘Using Video and Film in the Classroom’ from Reading.org where I am borrowing this

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S.O.S: Get a Clue

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Get a Clue PDF Version Background “All human experience is context dependent…. many investigators in reading education have stressed the importance of readers’ use of context in interpreting an verifying the meaning of words

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S.O.S: Quick Writes

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Quick Writes PDF Version Background Often times the sight of a blank white page is daunting to students who are not confident in their writing skills. Quick writes are a simple literacy strategy used

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S.O.S: Journals

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Journals PDF Version Background Carol Ann Tomlinson shared,  “There is ample evidence that students are more successful in school and find it more satisfying if they are taught in ways that are responsive to

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