DEN UP newsletter June 2012


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DEN UP newsletter June 2012

  1. 1. ISSUE NO. 1 DEN UPDISCOVERY EDUCATOR NETWORK / SUMMER 2012 “TECH” This Out! Summer is here! Congratulations on another school year. As you switch gears for summer we thought we would share a few helpful resources. SUMMER ENRICHMENT PACKET FOR STUDENTS The “Super Stimulating, Strikingly Spectacular Summer Skills and Stuff for Students” is a enrichment packet for students in grades 5-6. This resource (created by Martha and Lance Rougeux) leverages free resources from Discovery Education and provides 40 days worth of Integration Station: activities for students. To download the packet click here: http:// Exploring DE’s YouTube Channel School may be out for the summer but discoveryeducation to explore all of summer-enrichment-packet learning is still in session! Did you these resources. know Discovery Education has its SITES AND STRATEGIES FOR own YouTube channel with hundreds Here are two of our favorites: SUMMER SURFING of archived webinars? Search our Get ready for summer fun as our DEN Brain Friendly Learning: http:// library to find out how pedagogy, team shares some of their favorite resources and technology collide to instructional resources, strategies provide excellent professional A Day in the Life of a Discovery and ideas for you to explore. Watch development opportunities. Visit Educator: the archived webinar here: http:// Zy84JsQt0xA UPCOMING DEN EVENTS STUDENT CENTER EDUCATOR QUOTE OF THE MONTHWe will be livestreaming much of DENSI Stay tuned for exciting new opportunities “I felt inspired from the beginning till end!!! I2012 July 23-24th from 8:30-4 p.m. MT. for your students to engage with DE can definitely say I was transformed from aJoin us virtually for 2 days of jam-packed resources coming in September. For now “fatigued frog” to a “leaping lizard”!PD here: http:// check out these FREE resources students that bring learning to life outside -Ms. Inman, the classroom during those summerStay tuned for Back to School webinars to months. For more information visit: http:// Miami Day of Discoveryfind out more about the exciting changes to DE’s website in July!!
  2. 2. DEN STAR Discovery Ambassadors Shine at Zuni’s Science NightSPOTLIGHTName: Susan BowdoinDistrict: AlbuquerquePublic SchoolsSchool: Zuni ElementaryRole: Instructional CoachNumber of years ineducation: 20Why I became a STAR:I simply love to learn,especially with and from HOW HAS DISCOVERY EDUCATION IMPACTED YOURother educators. When I STUDENTS?discovered that DE Zuni Elementary Magnet School is a communication and technology magnet school. Our staff and students spent the ABOUTdeveloped the DENspecifically to help teachers past spring learning about using Discovery Education in grades K-5. Throughout the process I had the chance to APSdo exactly that I just had to witness wonderful sparks of learning happening, with both teachers and students having big “AH HAH” moments. One ofget involved! Being a DEN the most memorable for me was working with our Discovery Number of schoolsSTAR encourages me to Ambassadors, a group of 3rd-5th grade students who were 136seek out new ways to share selected by their teachers and peers as representatives of our school who would provide hands-on technology explorationand grow as an educator and for parents and community members during our school’sprovides me with resources science night.and connections outside of Number of This small group of students met with the technology teacher,my brick and mortar school. our DE Coach and me just a couple of times to plan how they employeesHow cool is that?!? could show what they know about Discovery Education. WeSpecial Recognition discussed and practiced presentation techniques, we had them identify their favorite Discovery resources and we had them learn some specialized techniques, such as green 11,500Congratulations Susan on screening Discovery Education pictures. When science nightreceiving the 2012 Rising came I was absolutely blown away by the leadership and Number ofSTAR DENNY Award presentation skills that these students demonstrated. They students confidently sat with anyone who walked through the door. They were articulate in explaining and demonstrating and they provided many people with hands-on opportunities to 90,000 learn about how Discovery was changing the work they did in their classrooms. Each and every one of those students walked away from the experience telling us that they really enjoyed having the opportunity to share what they’ve learned to an authentic audience that included peers, parents and community members. In fact, many of them continued to ask for other ways to share their learning and support others throughout the rest of the school year.
  3. 3. Hangin’ Out THE DEN SCRAPBOOK with Gin & Jannita DEN Directors DEN Birthday party at a Day of Discovery ••• in San Diego, CA[As part of our monthly DEN UPNewsletter, Gin and Jannita will hosta Google + Hangout to introduce theissue and talk about all things DEN.Enjoy the first of many hangoutshere: ]Happy birthday DEN! Time sure doesfly when you are having fun. Eachyear at ISTE we celebrate theDiscovery Educator Network thathas transformed teaching andlearning in thousands of classroomsacross the globe. It’s been 7 yearssince we launched the DEN and it’sbeen amazing to watch it evolve Jannita celebrates the DEN’s 7th birthday with somethanks to all of the feedback from our cupcakes and DEN STARsSTARs. We can’t wait to see how eachof you make your mark in our 2012/04/24/introducing-the-rising- Next up on our plate: Albuquerquecommunity in the year ahead. star-program/ Summer Bootcamp, where over 50Speaking of feedback, the DEN educators are signed up to explore Discovery Education is always instructional practices designed torecently launched The Rising STAR listening to educator feedback from support them with their transition toprogram as a result of a survey sent across the nation and has responded Common Core state new STARs. This program matches with a number of exciting newnew DEN STARs with Leadership changes to your DE account. These We have so many exciting thingsCouncil Mentors and guides them changes will be highlighted in a series planned for the 2012-2013 schoolthrough a series of 6 steps that of back to school webinars in August year and we can’t wait to share themhighlights all of the amazing and September. Be sure to look for with you in our next issue!resources available through our “Try out the new DE back to schoolcommunity. To learn more, read the release” at the top of your Discoveryblog post: http:// Education Homepage starting in THE DEN: HOW DO I JOIN THE FUN? Share your ideas! Stay Connected!What would you like to see in the next DEN UP The DEN strives to connect educators to their mostNewsletter? Do you have a tip or trick to share with the valuable resource.....each other! To learn more aboutcommunity? Email your suggestions to how to connect with the DEN, or — Gin and Jannita