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Happy New Year from the Young Scientist Challenge!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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.

EDIM Commencement Speaker

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

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.

Collective Brain in NYC

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Free Video Editor

Friday, October 21st, 2011


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

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

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.

America’s Top Young Scientist Today!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Step aside, American Idol!

Hundreds applied.   Ten finalists were picked.  Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for– the final challenge!
Join Discovery Education and 3M today as the 10 finalists compete for the prestigious title of America’s Top Young Scientist.
In just a few hours the 10 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge  finalists will take the stage!  For the first time in Young Scientist Challenge history, the final presentations will be available via a live stream web cast.

You won’t want to miss this!

DATE: Today, Tuesday October 4.         TIME: 2-4 PM ET.

LOCATION: 3M World HQ in Saint Paul, MN and classrooms across America.

LIVE STREAM URL: http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/webcast

Curiosity in the Classroom

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Hopefully, that’s a common occurrence. And to help keep that spark alive “Discovery Education and Intel have teamed up to create Curiosity in the Classroom, a website designed to bring teachers, students and families on a journey through life’s biggest questions.” There are lesson plans and multimedia for teachers, activities for parents and their children, and explorations, resources and polls for students to investigate. To get things going there is a sweepstakes with a family exploration vacation as grand prize and three webinars for teachers. The first is this Thursday at 7 p.m. EDT followed by one on Oct. 13th and another one on Nov. 3rd, both at 1:00.

Stay curious, my friends!

The Remembrance Continues

Monday, September 12th, 2011

After an emotional day yesterday, we might think that the opportunities to help our students who may not have been as aware of events ten years ago have passed. Discovery Education still has two more webinars from high schools that were close to crash sites with people who were directly affected. Use the links below to join and also tap into Lance Rougeux’s “Eleven Things.”

Monday, September 12, 1:45 – 2:45 PM Wakefield High School · Arlington, VA
Tuesday, September 13, 12:30 – 1:30 PM American History High School · Newark, NJ  – Moderator, Danny Forster
These webinars are intended for high school students and older due to the sensitivities involved. You can register for any or all of the programs at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/911/.
Eleven Things to Explore for Teaching about September 11.”

Program Update: Flooding at Wilkes

Friday, September 9th, 2011

As many of you know by now, the entire Wilkes-Barre area has been affected by major flooding.  Most of the area has been evacuated, and there are extensive power outages.  The net result of this is that Wilkes servers are currently down, including Moodle and the Wilkes email system.

For current updates, you should keep an eye on their emergency page at http://wilkes.edu.  The most recent entry there (as of 10:30am Fri) is:

D2L and Moodle has been suspended until the emergency passes. Students or facultywill not be able to access the courses until power is restored to the university. Access to the portal and registration has also been suspended until power is restored.  Unless there is extensive flooding D2L, portal and course registration should be restored by Monday. For further updates please keep checking this web site.

Since most instructors have no way to get to their class rosters and the email server is down, do not expect to hear from them until power has been restored to the area, most likely by Monday.  In the meantime, we do understand that this means that it will be difficult and/or impossible to meet most deadlines and that your instructors will share how schedules will be adjusted once communication resumes.

Until then, the best thing you can do is send positive thoughts and wishes to the faculty and students that were forced to evacuate the area due to the flooding.

New Teacher Survival

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Did you know that Discovery Education has a whole site dedicated to helping new teachers survive? And it’s actually not a bad resource for us old pros too. From technology to homeroom to recycling glue sticks, there is a wealth of information and resources to help you have a productive year. And there is a sweepstakes where the grand prize winner gets a trip to Costa Rica (among a few other things) and the referring teacher wins a trip to a professional development conference of their choosing. Take a look at the site and recommend it to a new teacher or any of your colleagues.

The 9/11 anniversary webinars from schools near the crash sites continue tomorrow and through next week:

Friday, September 9, 12:45 – 2:15 PM NYC iSchool · New York, NY – Moderator, Paula Zahn
Monday, September 12, 1:45 – 2:45 PM Wakefield High School · Arlington, VA
Tuesday, September 13, 12:30 – 1:30 PM American History High School · Newark, NJ  – Moderator, Danny Forster