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“So You Want to be a Wizard”: Early Career Conversations in the Classroom

“So You Want to be a Wizard”: Early Career Conversations in the Classroom

Special Guest Contributor Andrew H. Potter As a fan of the world and ways of Harry Potter, I am often reminded of one pithy but important observation by the sage of Hogwarts, Professor Albertus Dumbledore: “Curiosity is not a sin.” In our current globalized, post-industrial, knowledge economy I often observe that the very real risk of

#CelebrateWithDE – Chinese New Year

All over China and the world, it’s time to celebrate the Lunar New Year. With many similarities to other New Year’s celebrations, such as fireworks, friends and family, and food, Chinese New Year celebrations focus on culture and history. Help your students understand the Chinese culture by studying this holiday and participating in some of

#CelebrateWithDE – Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about heart. Heart candy, heartfelt emotions, heart-shaped cards and gifts. Why not celebrate this day by studying the actual heart with your students? The possibilities are endless: anatomy, biology, art, careers, history. We’ve gotten the ideas pumping and offer these resources and activities for you. Happy Valentine’s Day! Use our Valentine’s

Empower Students to Make the World Stronger than Hate

Teach Tolerance Using IWitness Testimony It seems as if now, more than ever in my teaching career, I am searching for trusted resources to help my students cope with the hate that often surrounds them in the media, in their personal lives, and even in the classroom. How can we teach our students to be

8 Ways to Embrace Creativity in the Classroom in 2018

Schools today are unknowingly fighting a creativity crisis. In 1966 the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking was developed to understand creativity and predict creative achievement in the future. Since 1990, our students creativity scores have plummeted, and they haven’t turned back upwards yet. The simple definition of creativity is the production of something original and

Top 10 Digital Resource Blogs in 2017

We love bringing attention to special days and current events that can be supported and celebrated with digital resources in the classroom. In 2017, we posted suggestions and instructional strategies almost every week, and sometimes more. Here are the most popular posts and a description of the select multimedia resources and easy-to-implement classroom activities they

#CelebrateWithDE – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with DE! Dr. King is arguably America’s most well-known civil rights leader and activist, praised for his nonviolent approach to protest and change. Students continue to be drawn to his words, actions, and legacy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a great time to help them study

Classroom Content: Biomimicry

Can we create solutions to environmental challenges based on features that appear in nature? Can we make products with structures that mimic animal adaptations? Use these resources, including a nod to an early biomimicry specialist, Leonardo da Vinci, to let the STEMagination begin to roll. Then, join us on the Virtual Field Trip to investigate

#CelebrateWithDE – Holidays Around the World

In the United States, many people get in the holiday spirit in December. It’s a good time to remember the things we share in common when it comes to celebrating special days. This wide assortment of resources will help you and your students take a fresh look at holiday traditions, music, stories, and sounds from

5 Resources Connecting STEM, the Arts, and the World

The world has changed dramatically since the National Science Foundation coined the term STEM in 2001 (though they originally called it SMET).  We are light years ahead of 2001 where dial-up modems were all the rage! With STEM back then, content was king and there was a critical need in our industries for content area

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