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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.

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Midyear Mind Explosion!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

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

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Super Tuesday & Making of an American Candidate

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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.

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Making Mobile Media Meaningful

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

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

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TurffMutt and some Stem Resources

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

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.

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Cornucopia

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

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/

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Discovering October

Friday, September 30th, 2011

You probably can’t hear the word discovery and October without thinking of Columbus Day. So, why not take a look at Janet Hallstrom’s post where she describes using a primary source document letter from Columbus to get her students thinking about the many ramifications of that celebrated and maligned navigator’s opening of the “new” world.

While we are at it, why not also explore some of the free resources the Discovery Educator Network has on tap for this month?
October 3rd: Discovery Education streaming 101 – Get an overview of the basics of Discovery Education’s flagship service which is available for free to all Wilkes EDIM students.

October 11th: Clean Up Your Act – Are you beginning to lose sight of your desk top as the papers now stack up? Learn new and creative ways to go reduce the paper and increase the communication and collaboration in your class with Google Tools. We’ll show you 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?” – Some think that by 2050 robots will be able to out-perform human brains in every area of cognition.

October 18th: Reaching all Students with Project Based Learning – At the end of this whirlwind tour, you will feel empowered to transform learning in your own classroom.

October 19th: Can I Help You With That? The Student as Collaborator, Creator and Director – Learn how you can use digital media, technology, your state standards and the authentic task to engage your students and move them from the best seat in the house to the director’s chair.

October 22nd: Tech or Treat DEN Fall VirtCon 2011 – Join thousands of educators online and in-person as the DEN team goes house to house to explore the many digital treats available to educators today.

October 25th: May I Have Your Attention Please… The Following Is THEIR Safety Announcement – Learn how to help your students inspire their peers and community through creating public safety announcements utilizing a variety of Web 2.0 Tools on water safety.

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Feed Your Mind

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

The GenYouth Foundation and Discovery Education invite you to join New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on Tuesday September 27th for a webinar as he and other hosts introduce ideas on nutrition and fitness that are easy to apply at school, at home and at play. Mark will lead Central Park East Middle School students in Harlem  through fun activities to get students thinking and moving. Submit your students’ questions ahead of time and during the presentation. Participating classrooms will also have a chance to win autographed prizes.
The GenYouth Foundation is dedicated to reducing the obesity rate for children which has quadrupled since the 1970’s. Give their website a good look for some eye opening statistics, strategies and a state by state update of the number of participating schools (Nebraska is #1 at 98% and California is at the bottom at 21%).

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Web 2.0 in Practice

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

There was some flooding and evacuations in Wilkes-Barre, PA last week and that also resulted in a disruption for our online classes. However, for Kathy Schrock’s EDIM 510, Web 2.0: Impacting Learning Environments‘ students, it seems to have provided a good example of anytime/anywhere learning. Coincidentally, Kathy will be hosting a “Literacy in the Digital Age” webinar on Monday, September 19th at 7 p.m. Eastern. You can register here: http://kathyschrock.egenioonline.com/

On the flooding disruption Kathy writes, “The thing that I learned from my class this week is the resilience and fortitude of online learners. Because the course I am teaching right now is a Web 2.0 course, the students had already submitted their Google account email addresses to me as soon as the course started. We were using those addresses for invites to Google+.

With the power outage at Wilkes, my students were still able to keep in contact with me. I cut-and-pasted the information and assignments for the first week into an email, and sent it out to their Google account addresses. I also posted it in Google+. The students told me they were grateful to have access to the information they needed. I think they felt as lost as I did! I have the same thing all set for week two in case we have to keep working this way. The assignments in this Web 2.0 class all involve tools that are outside of Moodle for the most part, so my students can still keep working.

So, what did I learn? First, because I had to install a back-up Moodle zip file from last semester to a local Moodle server to get the assignments, I learned that I should always create a back-up of the current course the day before it begins, just in case I need the information and the server is down.

Kudos to both sections of EDIM 510 for their patience and persistence!”

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Streamathon 2011

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

The 6th annual streamathon is happening right now (September 14th).  Have a look at all the great events on the schedule and register at http://links.discoveryeducation.com/streamathon2011 today.

What’s a streamathon you ask?  Try 11 straight hours of tips, tricks and information-packed webinar sessions to bring you to the head of the class when it comes to integrating Discovery Education streaming with other online technologies.  Did I mention that it’s free?  Did I mention that you can be a stalwart and attend all of the sessions or pick and choose based on your interest level and schedule?  Or perhaps your students want to get in on the action and hear from renowned children’s author Jean Craighead George at our 1PM ET session. You can see the whole 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT schedule here.

Whatever your experience level or focus, there’s a session for you.  Register and join us today for streamathon 2011! And if you can’t make sessions of interest today, check Discovery Education’s YouTube channel.

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