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DEN Podcast Continues

Podcast_logo_3Did you listen to the first ever Podcast by DEN? If so, thank you for making it a great success. If not, what are you waiting for? According to North/South Carolina Field Manager, Brad Fountain, it’s easier to subscribe to it via iTunes than downloading it from the national blog. (I downloaded it and it did take some time.) So today, I plan on going over to iTunes and subscribing in order to get the latest edition. This week we are focusing on many new events going on within Discovery Education and the Discovery Educator Network as well as a wonderful interview with Lisa O’Brien a Lead Professional Development Representative that is going to talk about how to effectively utilize the resources available in the Professional Development section of the unitedstreaming site. The winner from the last podcast will also be announced, along with their very special.

A Year on Earth

A_year_on_earth_300dpi_5 Three teenagers, five continents…one mission: to take the pulse of the planet and report back to their generation.  Are they up to the task?

A Year on Earth chronicles the adventures of three American teens: Jamie Fiel, 18, Arsen Ewing, 17, and Tyler Robinson, 16, who have little in common except for a shared concern that time is running out for endangered species and ecosystems in decline. Nominated by their respective science teachers, the teens join Earthwatch research projects around the globe to discover how ordinary people can get involved. They study the most pressing environmental issues of our time, working alongside leading researchers who explore the ecological effects of global warming, the decline of coral reefs, the impact of deforestation, and more.

The three teens in the show chronicle their experiences through video and blogs as they visit:

  • Bahamas
  • Costa Rica
  • Brazil
  • Sri Lanka
  • Kenya
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Australia

If you are interested in involving your class in this environmental adventure, we’re looking for 8 classrooms to help us create a global map of the Year on Earth project.  Using unitedstreaming resources, Google Earth, and other research tools in your classroom, each classroom selected for this project will create a full Country Study of one of the countries featured on the show.   Each country study may include:

  • Google Earth Pin
  • Research information that includes the following facts:

·        Demographics

·        Primary Industry

·        Cultural review including links, major events,

·        Historical timeline of at least 5 major events in the countries history

  • Any other creative ideas that your class deems important

If you are interested in having your class participate, please send an email with the subject line of Year on Earth to


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  1. Barb Muren said:

    Yes. I’m familiar with this; as I have participated in so far two Earthwatch expeditions – Salmon of the Pacific NW and Whales and Dolphins of the Hebrides Live From the Field. Students at the school focused on habitat, environment, technology, and Scotland.

  2. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I also am on my way to Itunes and subscribe – don’t want ot miss out on anything!

  3. Michele Futch said:

    The series sounds fascinating. I am sure children will love the excitement and adventure in it!

  4. Jane Sykes said:

    This will fit in perfectly with our Multicultural Day activities.

  5. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I really have enjoyed both podcasts. I like the way Brad has a a bring you up to date session before the actual interview. The 2nd podcast reminded me of somethings I plan to use in training, we all need reminding every now and then as we tend to use the same things repeatedly.

  6. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    Implementation has made the training easy, usable and valuable. I appreciate what they have done for us and plan on using there materials.

  7. Debbie Bohanan said:

    If we subscribe to it on iTunes does it cost anything?

  8. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Welcome to Barb Muren! I visited her Earthwatch site and was disappointed that I was not authorized to blog her. It looked like a wonderful trip. Congratulations on being selected for such a wonderful project.

  9. Debbie Bohanan said:

    This sounds like a great project. I will have to see if I have a classroom teacher that would enjoy the program.

  10. Debbie Bohanan said:

    The rainforests of Costa Rica are amazing! I can’t wait to see their reports on that country.

  11. Michele Futch said:

    I would sign up my classroom. But, I am not sure if I know how to do that project or not? I don’t want to get in over my head.

  12. Danielle Abernethy said:

    There is no cost to download and use iTunes. You only have to pay when you decide to purchase videos and music that say “BUY ME”. Most podcasts are free.

  13. Donna Harri said:

    I just listen to the N\S Carolina’s podcast with Brad Fontain and Lisa O’Brein. I know Im late, however it was a great! It reminded me of were I can go on the US website for professional development.


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