Happy New Year from the Young Scientist Challenge!

Written on January 22, 2013 at 11:13 am, by jbrennan

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is now accepting entries. Don’t delay – the first 50 students to enter will receive a Young Scientist Challenge Prize Pack!
Open to students in grades 5-8, the Young Scientist Challenge provides the opportunity for one lucky child to win $25,000, a trip to Costa Rica with Discovery Student Adventures, and the title “America’s Top Young Scientist.”
Want to learn more? Visit www.YoungScientistChallenge.com to find entry guidelines, prize details and FAQ’s. All video entries must be submitted online no later than April 23, 2013.

Midyear Mind Explosion!

Written on November 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm, by jbrennan

Now that the first semester is winding down and we are all bracing for the holidays, are you ready for a mind explosion? Have a blast with Discovery Education as they illuminate your creative side and explore new instructional strategies and technologies. From literacy apps to flipped strategies to busting the myth that Discovery Education is only for teachers, these topics are sure to ignite your curiosity. The three week series starts tomorrow.

Register today: http://links.discoveryeducation.com/mindexplosion

Myth Busted: Discovery Education is Only for Teachers
Tuesday, November 20 @ 1 PM ET

Hi, I’m David and I love Apps for Education
Wednesday, November 28 @ 7 PM ET

Matt’s Media Tips and Tricks
Wednesday, December 12 @ 7 PM ET

EDIM Commencement Speaker

Written on July 2, 2012 at 12:03 am, by jbrennan

It is with great pleasure that I share Laura Joy Perales’ commencement speech from this spring’s graduation ceremony. As an online masters student, this was Laura Joy’s first visit to the Wilkes campus.

Super Tuesday & Making of an American Candidate

Written on February 29, 2012 at 11:51 am, by jbrennan

Discovery Education has a very timely, live Internet event coming up next week on Monday. Join them on March 5 from 12-12:30PM ET as Tom Downey (D) and Ray McGrath (R) provide students a behind-the-scenes look at how one goes from candidate to elected official.

With political campaigns in full swing across the U.S., Downey and McGrath will explain the elements of a political campaign and the election process. They will also discuss how Super Tuesday on March 6th is an important milestone in choosing a presidential nominee. This is especially timely given the hotly contested Republican presidential candidate race.

Making Mobile Media Meaningful

Written on January 31, 2012 at 11:03 am, by jbrennan

You’re in luck! This webinar that was originally scheduled for Jan. 18th has been rescheduled to tomorrow, Feb. 1st at 7 ET. Though it is part of the Siemens STEM webinar series, any teacher wanting to get the most out of mobile devices will benefit from attending. I got to spend some time at FETC with Hall and saw him present on this. If you are using iPads or some such device, you will want to sit in.

*** PLEASE NOTE: This webinar was moved from January 18 to February 1. If you registered for the January 18 webinar, please re-register at the link below.***

Make your classroom walls expand! Mobile phones, iPads, and tablets have the ability to create and share learning both in the classroom and in the extended online anywhere/anytime universe. In this webinar, Hall Davidson will show educators how to build interactive projects and assessments that tap and expand student knowledge with apps, QR codes, social media sites, and more. Attendees will learn how free resources, media libraries, and the web can work mobile—even for students without smart phones. You don’t want to miss this webinar!

Get the full description, pick up the pre-webinar resource, and register here: http://siemensstemacademy.com/index.cfm?event=showResource&resourceId=c8adaf70-1438-bbfa-60d8-9b9ca9349467

TurffMutt and some Stem Resources

Written on December 4, 2011 at 12:27 am, by jbrennan

Discovery Education has teamed up with a couple of friends for some early educational holiday gift giving.

First, you can save the planet one yard at a time and maybe even earn $5,000 to make your school yard a more ec0-friendly space. TurfMutt is a program brought to you by Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. It offers a variety of resources available for teachers of grades K-5, including standards-aligned, original science lesson plans and activities that focus on how green space benefits your community. That’s a winner even before entering the sweepstakes.

And/or help your students become tomorrow’s innovators. Discovery Education and Intel have developed a dynamic new website devoted to satisfying students’ innate curiosity. CuriosityintheClassroom.com has a variety of resources designed to guide, inspire and generate a passion for science in your students. The site is designed to bring classroom concepts to life in fascinating areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Computers, Robotics and more! Visit CuriosityintheClassroom.com today for more lessons and interactives. We hope you use these resources to transform ordinary lessons into interactive and informative adventures.


Written on November 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm, by jbrennan

If you know the word unicorn or cornet and are familiar with the word copy or copious, it should be easy to glean “horn of plenty” from the title. We have our own cornucopia of professional development delights available for your instant harvesting at Discovery Education’s channel on YouTube.
And Porter Palmer has laid out the links, handouts and brief descriptions of the most recent virtual conference, October’s spooktacular “Tech or Treat.” Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to visual storytelling and Discovery’s education tools, you can find some great ideas here for engaging your students and making memorable learning experiences.

Clip art credit: Jupiterimages Corporation (Producer).  (2006). Horn of Plenty. [Image].  Available from http://www.discoveryeducation.com/

Collective Brain in NYC

Written on November 18, 2011 at 10:54 am, by lrougeux

Free Video Editor

Written on October 21, 2011 at 11:59 am, by jbrennan

Very soon after I had just sent a message out to my Digital Storytelling students alerting them to a good sale on editing software for PC’s, I sat down next to Steve Dembo to hear a keynote speaker at Iowa’s edtech conference. Within minutes Steve showed me a free, web-based alternative to the late (temporarily, I hope), great JayCut.com. It’s called WeVideo and they have even added a YouTube component (http://www.youtube.com/create_detail/WeVideo). With just a minimal experiment of my own to speak from, I have to say that it’s an easy, more powerful alternative for those PC users of the two versions of Movie Maker. It doesn’t have the green screen capability of JayCut (as of this writing at least) and it does depend on your Internet connection, but the price and the creativity it gives you far outweigh those minor “inconveniences.” Sign up now and take advantage of the larger, free accounts that they are offering during this introductory period.

And don’t forget Discovery’s Virtual Conference tomorrow morning to get some great ideas for your new found video editing capability. Sessions begin on the hour from 9 AM to 3 PM EDT.

DEN Gurus

Written on October 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm, by jbrennan

It’s not a religion or a cult (though it might feel like that when you are at a Discovery Educator Network event). The DEN is a “is a global community of educators passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating, and networking.” And “the DEN Guru program honors educators who go above and beyond to share their passion for education with others and demonstrate an expertise in one or more academic topic areas.” They are also experts in helping their students and colleagues get the most from Discovery Education streaming. Wisconsin’s Chad Lehman recently posted about how much he enjoys having recently selected Guru, Jen Wagner, in his PLN and shared her pledge to make every Wednesday “DENsday” on her blog Thoughts from Jen about the DEN. From O.R.E.O. to Guess the Wordle, Jen is another rich source of ideas and inspiration. Definitely worth a weekly peek!
Upcoming on line events from Discovery Education:
October 11th: Clean up your Act! See a project based learning opportunity to clean up your students’ habitat and your class.
October 13th: Curiosity in the Classroom’s “Will Robots Take Over?
October 22nd: Tech or Treat DEN Fall VirtCon 2011 An online conference you can attend from the comfort of your own home.