Author Archives: Marita Diffenbaugh

Time to Discover

Time to Discover

Today, I was reminded about the importance of giving students time to discover. I posted three questions on the board: How might water displacement help us find the density of a rock? What is the difference between weight, mass, and density? How could you use metrics in the answers to the above questions? I allowed

Digital Learning Celebration in Star, Idaho

Kim Miller and Marita Diffenbaugh were able to share in a special celebration for the Digital Learning Day awards that they earned with their students, today! Second, third, and fifth graders shared with Carol Scholtz, from the State Dept of Education for Idaho, all about the tools that they find most valuable. One the top

“In the Movies,” with Discovery’s Editable Video Clips

Fifth grade students are using the editable videos from Discovery Education as a backdrop for their narrative writing projects. Students are highly motivated to include adjectives, when they see themselves in the movie clip!   Each student wrote about a summer adventure, and then they searched for video clips that would be the best background

DEN Virt Con – Getting Organized in Idaho with Porter Palmer

Porter Palmer shared some awesome tips with us this morning, at the Den Virt Con! “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” Henry Ford  – Go to Free Teacher/Learner Resources on the home page of – All are available before you log in! This will be great to share with

Reflections from DEN Virt Con 2012 in Star, Idaho

Educators in Star, Idaho enjoyed an incredible day of learning at the 2012 DEN Virt Con! Thank you to Dennis Grice for reminding us to keep our spark for learning! We were reminded to be aware of fire extinguishers within our practice. What is a spark? A tool, a website, something that makes you want

Multimedia Tools Shared at Day of Discovery in Middleton, Idaho!

Some awesome multimedia tools were shared at Day of Discovery in Middleton with Kim Randall! – Upload photos and you can have audio recording and comments attached to these – You can also load videos – Let’s you upload an image and then it let’s you animate it and record a voice.  – Make up

Highlights from Days of Discovery in Middleton, Idaho

Preposition Pow Wow! Web Version Kim Miller and I worked together to make a sweet digital story to teach about prepositions! We especially like the music! Our students are going to love to create their own digital stories! Maybe we can have groups of students focus on each part of speech: adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs

DEN Fall VirtCon LIVE in Star, Idaho – October 20th

DEN Fall VirtCon LIVE October 20th, 7AM-­?2PM MST Star Elementary – Star, Idaho To register for this Fall VirtCon LIVE Face 2 Face event, visit: Join thousands of educators online and Face2Face as the DEN team goes house to house to house to explore the many digital treats available today. During this unique professional