Romanian DEN Newsletter #3


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Romanian DEN Newsletter #3

  1. 1. THE DEN SEPT. 2012FALL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE Mark your calendars for October 20th. TheDiscovery Educator Network Fall Virtual Conference WE NEED YOUwill take place that day. This event is one of the bestprofessional development opportunities with Wed  like  to  do  our  best  to  schedule  presentations throughout the day. Educators will be virtual  mee4ngs  and  discussions  sharing their knowledge with others across the around  topics  you  like,  and  to  world. The sessions will be streamed live online, connect  you  to  each  other  and  peers  beginning at 9:00 Eastern Time. This will certainly from  North  America  who  teach  be late in the evening in Romania, but the good news similar  subjects.    To  do  that,  we  is that all of the sessions will be archived and the need  a  liAle  informa4on  from  you.    recordings will be available the following day. Please  complete  this  short  survey  -­‐  There’s nothing better than simply learning withyour colleagues and the DEN Fall Virtual Conference hAp://  is a great opportunity to get together and learn.CATALIN AND THE DEN SUMMER INSTITUTE Catalin Ciupala, our sweepstakes winner, enjoyed his time in Montana with other DEN members across North America at the DEN Summer Institute. He felt the event was a very good opportunity to meet teachers from the U.S., to understand how the U.S. educational system works, and how teachers are meeting the needs of 21st century learners. He made a lot of friends with whom he hopes to connect with for future projects between his school and their school. Catalin Ciupala and Lance Rougeux, Discovery Education Vice-President The trip was beneficial for him because he was able to practice his English, meet friendly people, and find opportunities to make bridges between schools in Romania and the United States. He especially noticed the importance of the DEN Community. Catalin has spoken with some of his colleagues about the experience already, but will do more when school resumes on September 17th.
  2. 2. STEM SPOTLIGHT CONNECTHere’s a great resource from one of our Discovery partners to supportScience, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. The DEN is all about connections. We feelCuriosity in the Classroom - Teacher Resources connected educators are better educators and when it comes to social media, we have our bases covered. Connect with us via Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Pinterest. Simply click on the icons below. FREE PHOTOPEACH UPGRADE We’d love to increase the communication and conversation among DENmembers in the U.S. and Romania. A great way to do that is to join our group. Within this educational community, you’ll have theopportunity to connect with other educators to share knowledge and learnfrom one another. We will also be focusing on one topic each month andwill have discussions together on this topic to help each other becomemore successful educators. If you participate in the Edmodo group, we will provide you with a FREEPhotoPeach Premium upgrade. PhotoPeach is a great online tool thatallows you to create slideshows that include music, captions and Here is a tutorial and a sample project. Simply create youraccount and join the discussions. We will take care of the rest. To join the group, log in to and create an account.Then, on the left side of the screen, find the Groups section. Click on Joinand when prompted, enter the group code – 80p2ff. Once you’ve donethis, you’ll be in the group and will be able to both read the information by others as well as post your own information.
  3. 3. TIPS FROM THE DEN TEAMIn each newsletter, we’d like to share some of our favorite free sites and resources with you. Dean Shareski- Dean loves this site because it’s great for creating a variety of image related projects. Upload your own and grab your Facebook or flickr photos. You can create magazine covers, motivational posters, or trading cards. Steve Dembo - EduTecher - The website’s mission is to help educators and schools around the world effectively integrate technology and web tools into the classroom. eduTecher currently provides links to thousands of web tools and provides concise information on how these tools may be useful in the classroom setting. Chad Lehman- Gooru - This new education search engine for learning helps teachers find standards aligned content and study guides.  5th-12th grade math and science topics are covered and include resources like digital textbooks, animations and instructor videos. Jannita Demian- LiveBinders - If you’re looking for an easy way to collective, organize, and share resources, LiveBinders is a great choice. A great example of a LiveBinder with high school math resources can be found here. SHARE YOUR IDEAS Do you have an idea or something to share for the newsletter? Would you like to see something in particular included here? Send an email with your information to: You can translate this newsletter to Romanian using Google Translate at: 
  4. 4. “SCOALA DISCOVERY” IS BACKAt the beginning of the new school year, Scoala Discovery is backwith more hours available on air and, for the first time, online.Launched at the beginning of 2012, Scoala Discovery is a projectdeveloped in partnership between Discovery Education, MECTS andDiscovery Romania, designed to support scientific education inRomania and to encourage teachers and students to use new mediaresources in the classroom and to learn through Discovery Channelat home.The new season of Scoala Discovery brings over 20 new hours of educational shows which will beaired every day at 3 PM on Discovery Channel starting September 17, covering science subjects fromMathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology to other sciences, such as Geology or Genetics.Moreover, based on the feedback received from Romanian teachers, selected programs will alsobe available for online viewing at The first 10 hours will be available starting onSeptember 17 and will cover subjects from the chemistry, biology and physics disciplines.“Ever since its launch, we wanted Scoala Discovery to be a resource available to as many people as possible and the factthat Discovery Channel is broadcast in almost every home in Romania made that possible. Now we are taking one stepfurther and making this educational video content available online as well, so that teachers and students can use it anytime they want. Moreover, we are adding new programs in our educational grid to make kids enthusiastic about math,physics or chemistry,” said Ada Roseti, Channel Director SEE, Discovery Networks CEEMEA. ABOUT DISCOVERY SCHOOL ABOUT DISCOVERY NETWORKS CEEMEA On January 16th, 2012, Discovery Networks CEEMEA, Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East together with the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and & Africa (CEEMEA) is part of the world’s number one non- Sports, launched “Scoala Discovery” project, an initiative fiction media company Discovery Communications designed to support scientific education in Romania and to (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Discovery Networks encourage teachers and students to use new media resources CEEMEA empowers people to explore their world and in the classroom and to learn through Discovery Channel at satisfy their curiosity through 14 channel brands, led by home. “Scoala Discovery” has two main components: a set Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Science of educational programs broadcast on Discovery Channel in and Discovery HD Showcase, as well as leading consumer Romania and a series of teaching materials available online and educational products and services. We broadcast in 27 to help teachers integrate these programs in their current local languages, reach more than 244 million cumulative teaching activities. The two components were developed in subscribers in 118 countries across three continents. line with the Romanian curricula. This project is available to all teachers and students from Romania. The series of programs are broadcast on Discovery Channel, available in over 90% of the households in Romania with access to cable or satellite television. In January 2012, Discovery Networks organized a training session for 100 teachers from across the country, where American experts from Discovery Education instructed them on the use of audio-video resources in the teaching process.