These are my notes from Jennifer Dorman’s presentation “Free Resources from Discovery Education” at the 2010 MACE (Mid-America Association for Computers in Education) Conference in Manhattan, Kansas. MY THOUGHTS AND FEEDBACK ARE IN ALL CAPS. This session was webcasted by Dean Mantz and live-blogged via CoverItLive. Those archives are embedded below.

MACE 2010 DEN w/ Jenn Dorman

Puzzle Maker
– Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more—using your own word lists.

Lesson Plan Library
– can drill down by level and subject

Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge
– now open for elementary and middle school students
– in Fall 2010 it will open to high school
– wants students to identify a challenge in their local community

It’s 21. Just Pass.
– digital storytelling contest highlighting risks of drinking alcohol
– public service announcements (PSAs) published online

Great Web 2.0 tools and resources from Discovery Education
– also good media literacy resources

Siemens STEM Academy:

A premier online community designed exclusively to foster achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through the collaboration of STEM educators, and sharing of “best practices”

Ready for the Classroom: partnership with US Homeland Security for emergency preparedness

OK, I WOULD LOVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS NEXT PROGRAM (OF COURSE IT IS NOT FREE)

Student Discovery Adventures

On a Discovery Student Adventure, curiosity is all you really need. Because traveling with Discovery is not about sightseeing (although you’ll certainly see the sites.) It’s about experiencing the world through the eyes of Discovery. It’s about doing. Getting involved. Sure you’ll learn new facts along the way. Fascinating stuff. Things you couldn’t possibly have imagined. But more importantly, a Discovery Student Adventure will empower you to make the most of every single second. To enjoy this rich experience in ways you never thought possible – as an explorer, scientist, adventurer. And by the time you get home, you’ll have changed. It’s the reason a Discovery Student Adventure is like no other. And precisely why they last forever.

WOW.

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