November 2013

Welcome to our newest SC DEN STARs!

And You Thought You'd Never Win The Lottery...

School districts must choose to spend their South Carolina lottery allocation on instructional materials by January 15, 2014. The Discovery Education K-8 Science Techbook™ digital textbook service, which deeply engages students in science and STEM, is one of the materials that is available for purchase. Learn more at

DEN Reads

This time around we’re going to read Switch – How to Change Things When Change is Hard. Join us beginning next week!

Here’s Our Schedule of Events…

What are your options? Remember, do what you can, when you can!

1. Sign up to participate in and follow the #denreads hashtag on Twitter. Go ahead and introduce yourself, telling your name and when you are from. Decide how you want to follow.

2. Keep up with the DEN Blogs and Facebook. We will have a series of blog posts that will be shared over the coming weeks. Read and continue the conversation through the comments. Being a part of the DEN offers many ways to be connected, so this is a great way to get your feet wet.

3. We will be taking over #DENChat on November 21st. Join the LIVE Twitter Chat on Thursay, November 21 at 8:00 pm EST. We will be discussing Switch using a live Tweet format. Join us in the conversation!

4. Join the Edmodo Group for the Switch book study. The group code is 4qvz4v. Discussion questions will be posted beginning October 30th. Share your thoughts and comments about the book in the Edmodo group.

Energy Balance 101

The Energy Balance 101 curriculum is brought to K-5 educators by the Together Counts™ program, a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. The main principal behind the Together Counts program is Energy Balance: balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn.

The Energy Balance 101 lesson plans are divided into four modules, each consisting of standards-based lessons and hands-on activities to bring Energy Balance to life for your students. The lessons in each module are customized for two grade bands: K-2 and 3-5.

Teaching our children about energy balance now can encourage them to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Together Counts makes taking the pledge to teach health education easier, thanks to Energy Balance 101. Take a look at the lesson plans on the site and let us know what you think! Talk, Tweet, and take action.

SC Members Featured in Chad's Choices from the Community

Every week Chad Lehman (DEN Community Manager) publishes an article called "Chad's Choices from the Community" where he features articles, tweets, blogs, people from the community to follow, and a featured DEN member. In the past month, Chad has featured two of our very own SC DEN members:

Are you/do you know a DEN STAR from SC that should be featured? If so, fill out this form.

Read Chad's Choices on the DEN Blogs:

FETC 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 28th 2014 at 12am to Friday, Jan. 31st 2014 at 12am

9800 International Drive

Orlando, FL

Discover the future of educational technology at FETC 2014, the content-rich International conference that brings education leaders and technology experts together to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success. Fuel your inspiration for innovative teaching with more than 400 expert and peer-led sessions. The four-day event is a platform for the growing FETC community to connect, collaborate, create and improve teaching and learning in the 21st century.

Are you presenting at an upcoming conference?

Watch this space for information about some of the DEN's best and brightest ...STARs! We're putting together a directory of STARs presenting at conferences all over the US and Canada. If you plan on attending a conference, you won't want to miss all of the great resources and information from these sessions. Stay tuned!

Are you a STAR heading to present at a conference? Complete the form to have your name added to our directory.


This monthly publication comes to you from Jessica Donaldson and Karen Ogen, two of your Discovery Education Leadership Committee members, in an effort to keep our South Carolina Discovery STAR educators more up to date with what is happening with both the South Carolina DEN and the greater DEN community. If you have any events to report, questions about the DEN, or if you need to know anything about Discovery resources or how to get more involved with the SC DEN, please contact either of us or any of your SC DEN Leadership Team representatives listed below.

Your 2013-2014 SC Leadership Team:

Andrea Baker, Events Team,

Suzanne Brooks, Events Team,

Amy Dent, Events Team,

Jessica Donaldson, Partner Ambassador Team,

Dawn Gardner, Events Team,

Karen Ogen, Events Team,

Robert Pettis, Events Team,

Norma Rockwell, DEN Connects,

Andrea Rollison, Events Team,

Kathy Seibert, Blog/Social Media,

Nancy Swanson, Events Team,

Jennifer Thornsberry, Blog/Social Media,