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Teaching the Civil War with DE streaming

Teaching the Civil War with DE streaming

How do Wisconsin educators use DE Streaming when teaching the Civil War?  Jennifer Dorman (Pennsylvania DEN) has set up  a Google Form (below) to get your input.  When completed, Jennifer will compile and post the results.  Even if you don’t teach the Civil War, but have ideas for how it could be done, make sure to include your

WI Blog to Follow

Cathy Houchin (Watertown, WI & part of our WI DEN Leadership Council) has been adding some things to her She has a great post on using Audacity (which we use for our Lab Out Loud podcast) and another post on 180 Technology Tips. Follow her RSS feed at Who else from Wisconsin has been blogging (either

Setup an RSS Reader

Want to keep up with current news in your subject area? Try Google Reader (or other RSS readers) to get constant, up-to-date RSS feeds from various news sources, blogs and podcasts. As May 1st is RSS Day, now is the perfect time to start.Before we begin, what is RSS? RSS stands for “Real Simple Syndication”.

Listen to Bill Nye for Earth Day

For Earth Day, listen to our podcast with Bill Nye—comic, engineer, and science guy—and learn his thoughts on global warming and sustainable living. He even tells us about his new show—Stuff Happens—that will air on Discovery’s new channel: Planet Green (which debuts in June). You can play the interview, view the show notes and subscribe

Grant Writing Tips

With shrinking school budgets, educators might consider looking to grants for project funds. Here are some tips (from the links below and from personal experience) for you if you are thinking of applying for a grant. Preparation Make sure your idea fits the grant criteria (location, non-equipment, etc) Look for full grants and mini-grants too

Student Discussion Boards

My district has recently installed Microsoft Sharepoint. This is a dynamic tool (albeit from the MotherShip) that allows me to create and control groups where users can collaborate though shared documents, discussions boards, blogs, and wikis (and many other features). My initial observations of Sharepoint made me realize that it has a distinct Microsoft footprint

Interactive Whiteboarding

This school year, I was fortunate enough to have an interactive whiteboard (from Interwrite) installed in my classroom. I was hesitant to get it at first, as I would lose some valuable front-board real estate to have it mounted. However, once I started using it, I soon found out some interactive and intriguing ways ways

Darwin Day Celebration

Saturday, February 9th @ 7:00 PM Lawrence University; Appleton, WI Science Hall, Room 102 Please join us for this special Darwin Day event on Saturday, February 9th at Lawrence University. This event is designed to celebrate Darwin’s birthday and contributions to science. All students, educators and scientists are welcome. Food and door prizes will be