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  • DE Essentials Presents: Board Builder Collaboration!

    Discovery Education
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Discovery Education has recently made a big change to one of our most popular features: it’s now possible for users to collaborate on Board Builders!   These new sharing features allow teachers to view and make edits to their own copy of other users’ Board Builders, meaning that they can build on other teachers’ work and experience while tweaking it to be just right for their own classroom. The original creator’s credits are always maintained in the copy, as well as those of anyone who made edits to the board.   This change is a great new way for the…
  • Calendar of Cool: Plague of Grasshoppers

    Discovery Education
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    July 27, 1931 isn’t likely to be forgotten by citizens of several states in the American west. It was on this day that thick swarms of grasshoppers descended upon Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, destroying thousands of acres of crops. Residents described the insect swarms as so thick that they could be scooped up by the shovelful. Motorists sometimes could not see well enough to drive. The grasshoppers ate corn plants down to the ground, consuming even the thick stalks. Grasshopper eggs are laid in the soil and are susceptible to fungal diseases when the soil is wet, so more eggs survive…
  • DENSI2015 Resources: Unconference

    Discovery Education
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    A few weeks ago, educators from around North America and the United Kingdom packed their bags, said good byes and traveled home after a week at the DEN Summer Institute. The week was full of sessions presented by STAR Discovery Educators, the Discovery Education team and some special guests. In addition to learning from keynote and breakout sessions, educators went on a bus tour around Washington D. C., participated in the DENmazing Race, and shared projects at the DENovator Fair. Over the next week we’ll be sharing highlights from DENSI and ways for you learn, share and grow with…
  • DEN Community Member of the Week: Elizabeth Godwin

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    28 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    Elizabeth Godwin is a 4th grade Language Arts and Science teacher at Nash Rocky Mount in North Carolina. She has been using Discovery Education since her first year teaching, six years ago. She shared “In the beginning, I only knew how to search for a video or an image. My how that has changed! This year I signed up for the free trial of Science Techbook, which was fantastic! I was so impressed by the amount of resources available for teachers and students in the Science Techbook. I believe that the Science Techbook has made the greatest impact of my teaching and my students learning.
  • Getting Your Students in Top Shape With Performance Tasks

    Discovery Education
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    As teachers, we’re inundated with flash-in-the-pan jargon and lingo. I never heard of “performance task” before I became a content specialist and curriculum writer a few years ago. At first, it might seem like it’s just a fancy way of saying a “lesson.” But a lesson could describe anything a teacher does in class with students–watching a video, leading a lecture, assigning worksheets, even nap time. A performance task requires students to actively engage in a learning activity, aligned to both skills and content, with the opportunity for real-time…
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