Three Days Left in the Grapevine

Grapevine2_3Can you believe there are only three days left in October?  That also means there are only three days left to the GOOD NEWS GRAPEVINE CONTEST and I still have plenty of ideas that DEN members across Florida have shared.  I will be giving you a "bunch" in the next three days, but first I’d like to share an awesome opportunity for all DEN members.

Want to help shape the future of unitedstreaming ?  Here is your opportunity.  Join Kim Smith, Vice President of Product Development for Discovery Education, and Shelley De_2   Santora Jones, Director of Product Development, to provide your feedback on unitedstreaming .  These are the folks at Discovery Education responsible for future upgrades, new tools and additional content within unitedstreaming and they want your input, so join us and help shape the future!

November 1, 2006
6:00PM EST

Webinar Specifics
1. Go to
2. Click on the meeting listed at 5:00 CST labeled “Shape the Future of unitedstreaming
3. Enter the meeting password “shapeus2007”
**Please note all times on webex are listed in the Central Time Zone

Thegrapevinemarble_2Now for the GOOD NEWS!  Sally Seng and Tanya Schmidt at St. Lucie West Middle have been using unitedstreaming a lot this year.  Here’s what Sally shared: "In the past, I would get a video out  of the media center and play it in its entirety.  BORING!!  We just started our unit on India and used a 5 minute video to show the Maurya elephants.  We then made a chain of paper elephants that the Elephant_1 students had to decorate.  The video helped tremendously to show the importance of the elephant in Indian history, and tied in nicely with our project." Take lots of pictures Sally and Tanya, this sounds awesome!

Truth_fairy_1 Diane Darling, from Mill Creek Elementary School in Kissimmee has a unique way of using unitedstreaming . "One way I use unitedstreaming is helping students understand the truth.  unitedstreaming has a great video about the"truth fairy".  I am teaching computer to Mill Creek Elementary students.  I want them to understand the importance of using a computer as a tool, but not as a crutch.  When they copy information they have to tell the truth and give credit to the person who actually wrote the original information.  unitedstreaming does a great job of giving us citations right where we need them. The students also learn from the video that telling the truth and being honest with people in a variety of other situations, makes them a better person and a better friend to others."

Bear_2 And last but not least, we have a mystery DEN member!  He/she shared…."Every week we write an essay related to our main topic or theme. My prompts are in one of my slides in my morning work PowerPoint. Though as we review background knowledge and vocabulary, etc., the final part is to read the prompt by themselves and then write in 45 minutes. Florida writes Style! And add on, my creation, to review what they learned throughout the week, I insert a video-clip unitedstreaming style about our theme, and beside it the infamous PROMPT! The kids seem to be more motivated and ready to write after they quietly see the clip, then the timer starts."  Reveal yourself mystery DEN member!  Download BearsWritingPrompt.ppt

You have three days left to participate in the commenting part of the GOOD NEWS GRAPEVINE contest! How are you using unitedstreaming this week?

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  1. Debbie Bohanan said:

    The webinar sounds great. I just forwarded it on to two great educators and unitedstreaming users. Hopefully Cindy Chase will be a STAR DEN member soon.

  2. Debbie Bohanan said:

    One way we are using unitedstreaming is to create background knowledge. We have so many students from other parts of the world and a common background knowledge doesn’t exist in the classroom. By using unitedstreaming clips we can give the students the background knowledge they need to be able to successfully complete the learning activity.

  3. Debbie Bohanan said:

    I love the writing/video idea. We are implementing a writing program in grades 3-5 and 5th grade is struggling with this new requirement. This would be a great way for me to enhance the writing prompts that I have already created for our school.

    At my school, I have written writing prompts using images from unitedstreaming to enhance the prompts. The students and teachers are enjoying them but I think adding a video clips would make it even more fun. I wonder how much it would influence their writing?

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