Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – March 2017
MARCH 7, 2017
March is National Women’s History Month! . This month we are going to highlight women who have made an impact through STEM. Across history, women continue to make an incredible impact on our culture through their innovations, ideas, skills, and perseverance. copyright – MillionWomenMentors.org. Though this is a positive sign, there are still many issues to address. To date, they have had over 1.3
Discovery Education STEMinar – November 2016
NOVEMBER 9, 2016
STEM is not just about exploring the world around us, but a reason to take action and bring change to the world in a positive way. This month we examine ways you can make an impact on the world and your community through STEM! STEMtistic of the Month: Since 1979, during summer, arctic ice decreased by an area the size of Argentina (about 1M square miles). Why does this matter? We need your help!
Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – February 2017
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
February 11th is National Inventors Day! Thomas Edison was born 170 years ago on February 11th, and he made a enormous impact on life as we know it! Edison is credited with inventing over 1,100 items, however he was only scratching the surface of innovation. Many people, including students, think everything worth inventing has been already invented. Colin Raney, C-Notes, 2013. 2015 – Hannah Herbst.
Discovery Education’s Top 9 Ideas of 2016
DECEMBER 20, 2016
With 2016 quickly coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on what the year brought us. We’ve reviewed some of our best articles, white papers and case studies posted to the Discovery Education Blog this year to bring you a sampling of some of the most powerful education leadership ideas we read. Each post below includes a link to a more dense article or downloadable document so you can fully explore the topic. Read on to learn more about Discovery Education’s 9 key lessons of 2016: 1. Providing STEM for All Is the Path to the Future. Roughly 35 percent of the 8.6
5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid
If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.
Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – January 2017
JANUARY 10, 2017
To kick off the year, we wanted to examine a topic and career path often overlooked in STEM. Using STEM skills is incredible important in the everyday life of our brave law enforcement officers. STEMtistic of the Month. Law enforcement employment is currently at a 30-year low. The number of applicants for law enforcement openings are down by 90% in some cities. Why does this matter? STEMinar LIVE.
STEM Strategies that Work – November 2016
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
STEM Culture is something that is developed over time through intentional strategies which highlight STEM careers, STEM skills, and the interconnectivity of the world around us all. Each month we are highlighting some of the strategies we see in classrooms from our DEN and STEM educators building pathways for their colleagues to implement a STEM culture. “Pause – Rubric – Reflect” Inspired by: Jessica Vasquez, Maury County Public Schools, TN. These 21st century skills need to be taught, modeled, and reflected upon by students. Click here to download this strategy.
Powerful Practices: Q&A with St. Vrain Schools’ Michael O’Toole on Fostering Future Scientists
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
At St. Vrain Valley School District , students apply their passions for science in the real world. Thanks to a series of community outreach efforts, students at the Longmont, CO school district are being immersed in their science education through a career context. Michael O’Toole , the K-12 science coordinator at St. Vrain, and where he sees the future of STEM heading. How does St. I know that St.
Creating and Maintaining a Positive Classroom Culture (Part 1)
JULY 29, 2016
As we all continue to decompress from our most recent school year, many of us are thinking of ways in which we can improve the culture of our classrooms. Being a Content Specialist (“Department Chair”) for five years, I had the opportunity to observe dozens of teachers and hundreds of lessons. On one hand, I have been fortunate to critically observe incredible teaching, and sadly on the other hand I have had to endure a handful of awful lessons that were simply not good for students and their learning. ” What are some tenets of building a “ positive classroom culture?
Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted
SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.
Red Ribbon Week Resources – Warning, Take Only As Directed
OCTOBER 20, 2016
A week dedicated to educating youth and encouraging participation in drug prevention activities, the Red Ribbon Campaign is October 23-31, 2016. Please preview all resources before sharing with your class. An overlooked topic of drug abuse prevention and awareness activities is the issue of prescription drugs. Trish Glowacki tragically lost her young son to a prescription drug overdose.
Live Event – Scientist or Guinea Pig: Science in Space
NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Scientist or Guinea Pig: Science in Space Live Webcast Event. Wednesday, November 16 | 11:00 – 11:30 AM (ET) and 1:00-1:30 (ET). Content Target Audience: Grades 6-8, though all are welcome. Do you like being poked, prodded, and analyzed? If you said “yes,” then you may have a future as an astronaut. Astronauts don’t just conduct scientific experiments, they are part of an experiment themselves. Learning about the human factors of spaceflight is an important element to a future trip to Mars. Watch STEM in 30 live on this page or on NASA TV (1:00 PM showing only).
STEM Strategies that Work – January 2017
JANUARY 13, 2017
STEM Culture is something that is developed over time through intentional strategies which highlight STEM careers, STEM skills, and the interconnectivity of the world around us all. Each month we are highlighting some of the strategies we see in classrooms from our DEN and STEM educators building pathways for their colleagues to implement a STEM culture. “Fishbowl Discussions” Inspired by: Lauren Goodin, Santa Rosa County District Schools, FL. Collaboration and communication can be some of the most difficult STEM skills to teach and assess. Click here to download this strategy.
Discovery Education STEMinar – October 2016
OCTOBER 4, 2016
STEM is truly everywhere when we look at the world around us! This month, we will explore how STEM and sports are interconnected in ways that students typically don’t think about. STEMtistic of the Month : On average, only 2% of the employees for an NFL team consists of players and coaches. So what is the other 98%? Share this STEMtistic with your students and community. Click here.
#CelebrateWithDE – Read Across America Day
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Discovery Education joins teachers, students, parents, and communities in celebrating reading and instilling a love for literature at all ages. Below are some of our on-demand events, literature series and resources in the Discovery Education library along with instructional ideas for use in your classroom as you celebrate Read Across America Day. On-Demand Virtual Experiences. Read Across America Event – Live Read Aloud. Discovery Education Streaming. Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, On-Demand Archive. International Dot Day Virtual Experience. Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook.
#CelebratewithDE – Valentine’s Day
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
Looking for something sweet to do with your classes on Valentine’s Day? Start with our Content Collection featuring curated resources from our curriculum team to engage students, and then try some of our special activities to help them celebrate. Discovery Education Valentine’s Day Content Collection. Discovery Education Streaming. Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection. Ready Set Learn with Paz: A World of Friends: Valentine’s Day for Paz. Discovery Education Streaming. Grades K-2, Video Segment. Then, encourage them to recite the poems to the recipients. Grades K-2, 3-5, Clip Art.
#CelebrateWithDE – World Soil Day
DECEMBER 2, 2016
World Soil Day, celebrated annually on December 5, is a global day to raise awareness of the importance of soil as a critical component of our ecosystem. Soil is a mixture of tiny rock particles, minerals, and decayed plant and animal material. It is the part of the ground in which plants grow, and without soil, there would be no plants on the land. Without plants, there would be no animals or people! Soil is a renewable resource – however, the erosion of soil happens quickly when soil is unprotected. Soil is unprotected when forests are cut down or farmland is left bare. All About Soil.
#CelebrateWithDE – April Fools’ Day
MARCH 28, 2017
In celebration of April Fools’ Day, we look at pranks, lies, deceptions, and half-truths throughout history. The Trojan Horse. Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook. Grades 9-12, Video Segment. The Trojan Horse is story of the Greeks building a huge wooden horse, hiding men inside, and then tricking the Trojans into wheeling the horse inside their walled city. Under the cover of night, the men emerge from the horse and open the city gates to the Greek army, who go on to destroy the city of Troy. A Real Da Vinci? Forensic Scientists Investigate Lost Art. Canadian Version ).
Building School 2.0: Be One School featuring Rachael Postle Brown
JUNE 20, 2016
From guest blogger Rachael Postle Brown. Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase share a powerful story in chapter 5 of their book Building School 2.0. The story is one that describes the feelings of a failed teacher and the reaction of the teacher’s administrator. When I read this chapter I had an immediate rush of memories come back to me from my first few years as an administrator. I had no idea.
Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need
JUNE 7, 2016
By a show of hands (aka: tweets, likes, shares, comments, etc), how many of you would like the to transform teaching and learning? Do you believe that if you had the opportunity to reach down and make revisions, you could dramatically change student engagement and achievement? Would you like to be put in charge of education? Let’s get moving!
#CelebrateWithDE – Thanksgiving
NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Most Americans are familiar with the traditions of Thanksgiving. In fact, beyond the earliest grades, many students can recite the story of the Pilgrims and could create a shopping list for a Thanksgiving dinner. So, use our Thanksgiving Content Collection to help your students build a solid understanding of the holiday, and then use the resources below to take a fresh look at some of our Thanksgiving lore. Featured Resource: Thanksgiving Content Collection. Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. Give thanks—for Thanksgiving! Myths and Legends.
STEM Strategies that Work – February 2017
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
STEM Culture is something that is developed over time through intentional strategies which highlight STEM careers, STEM skills, and the interconnectivity of the world around us all. Each month we are highlighting some of the strategies we see in classrooms from our DEN and STEM educators building pathways for their colleagues to implement a STEM culture. “But Why Should I Care?” ” Inspired by: Erin Leone, Mehlville School District, MO. This is a question that educators hear all the time from all levels of students. This strategy helps engage students in your unit/lesson.
This Charlotte District is Taking a Content First Approach to Digital
AUGUST 1, 2016
With more than 140,000 students, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina is one of the largest public school districts in the region and has long been recognized as a leader in instructional innovation. The story was one worth sharing. John Nabors, a K-12 social studies curriculum specialist, praises the Techbook’s adaptability.
Building School 2.0: Being Reflective In Our Practice -featuring principal Paul McGuire
JUNE 8, 2016
From Guest blogger Paul McGuire. This time of year, our focus begins to shift to planning for the next school year. Sure there are lots of tasks that need to be accomplished before the end of this year, but we do need to spend time putting plans in place for the what is coming next. Starting next week, we will start attending sessions to help us to develop our school innovation plan for 2016-2017.
Creating and Maintaining a Positive Classroom Culture (Part 1)
DECEMBER 5, 2016
As we all continue to enter into the “hum” of the school year, it is imperative to also begin the reflection process about what has worked and what has not in terms of our classroom culture. Starting a new marking period is a great time to review classroom expectations, try new things with and solicit ideas from your students about how to make your class even better. Being a Content Specialist (“Department Chair”) for five years, I had the opportunity to observe dozens of teachers and hundreds of lessons. ” What are some tenets of building a “ positive classroom culture?
#CelebratewithDE – Election Day Resources
OCTOBER 24, 2016
There is plenty to talk about in this election cycle, but it may seem challenging to discuss some of the particulars in your classroom. Whether you teach the early grades or high school seniors, you may wish to focus on the election process rather than the specific slings and arrows of this election. Discovery Education has a robust selection of resources to help your students learn about the election process so they can be educated and informed voters or future voters. Join us for a Virtual Viewing Party on Election Day, November 8, at 1:00 PM (ET). Find out more and register.
Influential Educator Keynotes Southeast Powerful Practices Event
OCTOBER 24, 2016
Classroom, curriculum, and central office leaders from across the Southeast and beyond met in Atlanta, Ga., for a jam-packed day of workshops with nationally renowned educators. More than 100 education leaders met on Oct. 14 for Discovery Education’s fourth Powerful Practices event, an instructional leadership experience for educators. The session kicked off Friday morning with a keynote address from Erin Gruwell, the influential educator behind the book and film, Freedom Writers. Gruwell shared the emotional story of how, as a high school English teacher in Long Beach, Ca.,
Learn the 5 Principles to Making a Digital Transition
SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
By Marty Creel, Chief Academic Officer and Vice President, Curriculum & Instruction, Discovery Education. All across the country, school districts are adapting to digital curriculum to give their students the competitive edge they will need once they leave the classroom. Making this transition to digital learning can be fraught with fresh challenges, but there are a few best practices that will help newcomers navigate their way to success. Here are five principles to help guide your digital transition. Good instruction trumps everything. Digital transition is a major culture shift.
What’s for Lunch? Jonathan’s Apple Pie
MARCH 14, 2017
Please note, your access to the resources highlighted in this blog post will depend on the specific services you are licensed to receive. Pi Day is all about celebrating mathematics and how we use math in our everyday lives. Pi is everywhere around us where we see circles, cylinders, and spheres. One of my favorite “circles” in the world is the pie. What is a fake apple pie? Mock Apple Pie Recipe.
#CelebratewithDE – Weather Month
MARCH 23, 2017
From deciding whether or not to bring an umbrella to school to thinking about meteorology as a career path, the weather matters to everyone! We’re certain your science scope and sequence includes the basics about weather appropriate to your grade level. So, we invite you to celebrate Weather Month by reviewing the instruments that help us measure it and then having a little fun with it by using some of our lesser-known resources. Measuring Weather. Weather Smart: Forecasting and Weather Instruments. Canadian Version ). Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook. Grades 3-5, Full Video.
#CelebratewithDE – First Day of Spring
MARCH 16, 2017
Bring spring to life with your students this year. Spring begins on March 20, 2017 and we’re celebrating the season with the arts – drawing and singing. Within each grade band, we’ve selected a focus, resources, and activities to get your students excited and knowledgeable about spring! Grades K-2. For this grade band, lead a discussion about what signs show students that spring is here (e.g., flowers blooming, birds chirping, grass turning green, etc.) Look at the clip art below and encourage students to draw their own clip art representation of spring’s arrival. Spring Flowers. Spring Chick.
STEM Strategies that Work – March 2017
MARCH 15, 2017
STEM Culture is something that is developed over time through intentional strategies which highlight STEM careers, STEM skills, and the interconnectivity of the world around us all. Each month we are highlighting some of the strategies we see in classrooms from our DEN and STEM educators building pathways for their colleagues to implement a STEM culture. “ Ideation and Prototyping “ Inspired by: Haydee Taylor-Arnold, Ladue Schools, MO. Students have a chance to modify their thinking and adjust and restructure their ideas, similar to ideation in the real world.
#CelebrateWithDE – Pi in the Real World
MARCH 14, 2017
Please note, your access to the resources highlighted in this post will depend on the specific services you are licensed to receive. Pi, possibly one of the most famous mathematical constants out there. It tells us the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and can be approximated to 3.14159. Mathematicians have been trying to calculate Pi to ever increasing accuracy, and with the computational power available to us today we are able to calculate Pi to trillions of digits. So, why all the fuss about Pi? Calculating the area of a circle is a common application of Pi. Sphere.
#CelebrateWithDE – Myth or Fact? Exploring the Bendiness of Rivers
MARCH 14, 2017
Please note, your access to the resources highlighted in this post will depend on the specific services you are licensed to receive. Join our Virtual Pi Day Party on Twitter and Facebook for more resources, activities, and Pi trivia. . One surprising thing we found out about Pi this week is that Pi can also describe the bendiness of a river. Is this a tall tale, or another example of this astounding constant in everyday life. It turns out the average river has a sinuosity of about 3.14. So where did this fact come from? He found that most rivers had a sinuosity of just above 3.
#CelebrateWithDE – Use Pi…Like a Scientist
MARCH 14, 2017
Please note, your access to the resources highlighted in this post will depend on the specific services you are licensed to receive. Join our Virtual Pi Day Party on Twitter and Facebook for more resources, activities, and Pi trivia. . Pi, possibly one of the most famous mathematical constants out there. It tells us the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and can be approximated to 3.14159. Mathematicians have been trying to calculate Pi to ever increasing accuracy, and with the computational power available to us today we are able to calculate Pi to trillions of digits.
#CelebrateWithDE – St. Patrick’s Day
MARCH 13, 2017
On March 17, the feast of St. Patrick celebrates Ireland’s patron saint, but the many Irish who emigrated to other countries have helped make St. Patrick’s Day a secular holiday celebrating all things Irish. In this Lively Lesson, students create illuminated letters that represent St. Patrick. For more ideas and digital resources, explore the St. Patrick’s Day Content Collection. Fun Facts. Luck o’ the English: St. Patrick wasn’t Irish, and he wasn’t born in Ireland. Patrick’s parents were Roman citizens living in modern-day England, where he was born in 385 AD. Patrick.
STEMinar LIVE Archives – January and February 2017
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
Did you miss our STEMinar Live sessions to kick off the year? Not a problem! We have them right here for you: January 2017 STEMinar LIVE. February 2017 STEMinar LIVE. DEN Education STEM STEM Resources STEMinars Careers STEAM STEM Strategies that Work STEMInars
#CelebrateWithDE – Inauguration Resources
JANUARY 19, 2017
The inauguration is a ceremony to mark the beginning of a new four-year term for the President of the United States. It takes place on January 20th where, at noon ET, the Chief Justice administers the oath to the president. Use the Discovery Education resources below to discover more about the history of the inauguration as well as celebrations that take place. Don’t forget to check out our Chase the Race in School program which details the important events on the road to the White House as well. Featured Resources. 2017 Inauguration News Coverage. Grades 6-8, 9-12. Presidential Oath.
#CelebrateWithDE – Winter Solstice
DECEMBER 19, 2016
The first day of winter, or Winter Solstice, falls on December 21, 2016. It’s a great time to use imagery to engage your students in all their core areas. We have some ideas for using some specific teaching strategies along with winter-related content to strengthen literacy skills. If you want to focus all your attention on winter weather, you can use our Winter Weather Content Collection to find great resources and lesson starters. Stay warm! SOS Strategy: Six Word Story. All Services, K-12, SOS Strategy. Take a look at this example board of the activity. Suggested Images. Suggested Videos.