Discovery Education Science K-8
DEScience was purchased for schools this fall. This hyperlink includes two short screencasts that show how to create a teacher account and how to navigate the site.

Bloom's Taxonomy Revised

Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy of cognitive objectives is one of the best ways to differentiate curriculum to meet the needs of students. Teachers can use the six levels of thinking—Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating—as a framework for planning units that incorporate low to high-level thinking activities. A free, downloadable set of colorful posters explains each of the six levels of the taxonomy. Contact the Heartland graphics department to request copies be produced in color (minimal cost).

(Based on Pohl, 2000, Learning to Think, Thinking to Learn, p. 8)

Go to the following article, Bloom’s Taxonomy Blooms Digitally, at to discover how the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy helps teachers meet the information and communication technology skills that are part of the Iowa Core Curriculum.

Did You Know Version 4.0
This is an official update to the original 2004 "Shift Happens" video. This completely new Fall 2009 version includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology, and was developed in partnership with The Economist.

A 21st Century Education Videos
This series includes 10-15 minute videos on the best ideas in school reform and innovation. It is meant to start the conversation about how to make change happen. Created by Pearson Foundation and Mobile Learning Institute.

The first set of films profile and explore the following:

  • Steve Barr and the Takeover of Locke High School in Watts
  • James Dierke and Leadership Models for Urban Middle Schools
  • David “T.C.” Ellis and Essential Learning at Hip Hop High
  • Randall Fielding and Designing Schools for 21st Century Learning
  • Stephen Heppell and Empowering Young Learners
  • Jean Johnson, and Online Learning for Disaffected Youth
  • Doug McCurry and the Success of Achievement First
  • George McKenna and Personalizing Public Education
  • Alan November and the Myths and Opportunities of Technology
  • Larry Rosenstock and Project-based Learning at High Tech High
  • Elliot Soloway/Cathie Norris and Educating the Mobile Generation
  • Yong Zhao: No Child Left Behind and Global Competitiveness

Leadership: Recommended Readings
The Heartland AEA library has books that have appeared in several recommended reading lists on 21st century learners. Authors discuss the globalization of economics; the explosion of scientific and technological knowledge; the increasingly international dimensions of the issues we face; and changing demographics.

IPTV Programming, K-12
New and returning programs are scheduled in IPTV’s Overnight Block Feeds Monday-Saturday from 2-6 a.m.

Driver’s Education/Parents
Teens Behind the Wheel
Fine Arts
2009 Iowa Bandmasters Highlights
2009 Iowa Jazz Championships
2009 Terrace Hill Piano Competition
The Music Instinct: Science and Song
National Gallery of Art Collection (New program)
Energy Conservation
Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-energize America
Environmental Science
Natural Heroes (NEW Programs)
Financial Literacy
The Road to Riches
Human Sexuality and Responsibility
In the Mix (NEW programs)
The World of Work
Language Arts/Literature
Great American Authors Since 1650
Social Studies/Diversity
My Brand New Life
Social Studies/History
Ancient History – NEW program “The Maya”
Assignment: The World (NEW season)
Athens: The Dawn of Democracy
Eyes on the Prize II: A Special Presentation of the American Experience
Intelligent Talk Television (NEW programs)
The Story of India
Social Studies/History/Nature
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
Professional Development
Intelligent Talk Television (NEW programs)
P.O.V. The Principal Story
Dragonfly TV (NEW programs)
Exploring Space: The Quest for Life
The Music Instinct: Science and Song
Special Education
Special Education Guidance Series

Discovery Education's Closed Captioned Videos
The number of available resources with closed captions and audio description to ensure greater access to digital content for all students has increased. This is important as it is a tool to differentiate instruction for every learner. Discovery Education's streaming video collection currently offers more than 1,700 full length programs and 13,000 core concept video clips with closed captioning.

Many videos will also be audio described (AD) to allow visually impaired students to access the program’s content through a voice-over that describes key visual elements. This description is mixed into the original program audio. AD also can benefit students that learn best aurally or through multi-sensory input. The teacher or student may choose to turn the AD on or off. Audio description is a newly added feature to Discovery Education streaming content. “Visually impaired students often find themselves in a classroom where the teacher is showing a video to complement the lesson and are left with no access to the messages that are provided on the screen,” said Jill Soule, high school teacher in San Diego, Calif. The few times my students have experienced video description, they have been ecstatic. The insight these descriptions afforded them was unlike anything they had experienced before.”

Teach About the U.S. Census
“The 2010 Census in Schools: It’s About Us” program is designed to provide K–12 students with information about the importance of the 2010 Census. Program brochures were sent to all grade 9–12 principals, social studies department chairs, and school service coordinators during the summer of 2009. At the Census in Schools Web site, teachers can find lesson plans and teaching kits and access free products including a monthly newsletter, maps, and historical data for teaching about the census. There are coloring pages, quizzes, word finds, and other activities for grades K-5. S
tudents can take a quiz to test their census knowledge or learn facts about how going to college can affect their future salary. They can also learn about the importance of census data and how it affects the world.

Learn About the Brain: Brains Rule! , 3-8
The Brains Rule Web site helps students learn about the brain and nervous system. The interactive site can be navigated using the four tabs (Kids, Teachers, Neuroscience Professionals and Partners) at the top of the page. This kid-friendly site will help students learn about the brain and nervous system. The sections for students offers several interactive animated games that help them learn how the brain develops, the anatomy of a neuron, and a virtual tour of the brain. Students can also meet a “Brainwhiz,” sign up to have their questions answered by a neuroscientist, or build their own Web page. Teachers can access a set of lesson plans for grades 3-8 that include background material, vocabulary, science standards, hands-on and Web-based activities, and other resources and links.

Encyclopedia of Life, 6-12
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) has a mission to describe all the 1.8 million known species from apples to zebras, within a decade and help provide research into aging, climate change and even the spread of insect pests. EOL is a collaborative global effort involving natural history museums, research institutions, botanical gardens, and many highly dedicated individuals.

Anyone can use the EOL as a "field guide" or contribute a photograph or an observation of an animal in an area where it was not found before, in some cases a sign of a changing climate. Already the Encyclopedia was aiding scientists who look at human aging, for instance, by examining the widely differing lifespans of related species. The EOL said it would help "public recognition and awareness of invasive species through detailed descriptions and maps, helping to slow their global spread and enable more rapid and effective remedial measures." And the EOL was trying to help researchers find out how global warming may affect species, such as by making them move to cooler habitats.

The number of entries has just reached 170,000 and, if current funding holds, the project is estimated to be completed in approximately 2019.

Museum of Online Museums
This portal links to online exhibits, virtual tours, collections, and galleries around the world.

Get SmART About ART, 2-7

Admission is free at the Smart Museum (University of Chicago). Students can meet an artist, visit a studio, and see some great art. It shows students different ways to look at art and how to tell a story using art. The art includes photography, sculpture, painting, and other genres. Although some smARTkids activities are structured, most promote open-ended exploration of art. Visit the site with your students to learn the language of art, understand that artworks invite multiple interpretations, and see how art is created for a wide variety of personal and social purposes.

NoveList Plus, 9-12,uid&profile=novplus

To introduce classics to your teen readers check out the 15 BookTalks from NovLlist Plus. The BookTalks are available in text and abridged audio versions of the most often-used classics. Look for audio BookTalks on:

  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • Things Fall Apart
  • Cry, the Beloved Country
  • The Crucible
  • Death of a Salesman
  • Night
  • Frankenstein
  • Wuthering Heights
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Lord of the Flies
  • A Separate Peace
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Beowulf

Teachers can quickly locate all these text and audio BookTalks by performing a search for the Curricular Connections article in NoveList Plus titled "Great Stories: Classics for the High School Reader" by Tom Reynolds. See below for instructions.

1. Type "classics for the high school reader" in the Basic Search box.

2. Click the Search button.

3. From the Result List, click the Curricular Connections tab, and select the "Great Stories: Classics for the High School Reader" article.

4. Download the audio BookTalks from within the article by clicking the blue audio icon.

The National Day on Writing: Oct. 20

Americans are writing more than ever whether it’s texting, IMing, jotting a note, writing a letter, posting an email, blogging, making a video, building an electronic presentation, composing a memo, keeping a diary, or simply pulling together a report. Recent research suggests that writing, in its many forms, has become a daily practice for millions of Americans. According to the National Association of Teachers of English (NCTE), “It may be the quintessential 21st century skill.”

NCTE is building an online National Gallery of Writing by inviting people to select and post one thing they have written that is important to them. NCTE guidelines state, “Anyone can share any composition; it can be any format—from word processing to photography, audio recording to text messages—and any type of writing—from letters to lists, memoirs to memos. Even cell phone writing and PDFs of handwritten notes are appropriate submissions to the National Gallery of Writing, as long as they are pieces meaningful to their authors.” The writing in the National Gallery is meant to represent all the many ways we’re writing today and all the many reasons for writing: personally, on-the-job, and educationally.

Teachers and students are invited to share their meaningful pieces in the National Gallery or start a Local Gallery and celebrate with thousands of other writers on October 20, 2009, the National Day on Writing. The National Gallery will be open for viewing/reading through June 1, 2010. Everyone who visits the Gallery of NCTE can find useful tips and guidelines for writers from the National Council of Teachers of English.

Book Rotation, K-8
Teachers can refresh their classroom collections with a box (@ 30 titles) of new books every 5-6 weeks. Register online.

Creately: Online Diagramming and Design Tool
Creately, a free online diagramming and design application lets anyone create and collaborate on flow charts, wireframes, network diagrams, sitemaps and more. The key to Creately’s application is that it manages to harness the abilities and tools that traditional design and graphics software offer, but packages this functionality in an easy to use application that allows for collaboration between users.

The design features are varied but relatively easy to use. For example, "Contextual Toolbars" appear when you click on any object on the drawing canvas and depending on the object and its size will offer all the commonly used operations within the toolbar. Collaboration is another crucial part to the design process, says co-founder Charanjit Singh, so the startup built in commenting, sharing, publishing, embedding and the ability to publish directly to Twitter. Creately's free version lets users make an unlimited amount of public diagrams that can be published on Creately and visible to anyone. Free customers are restricted to a maximum of 5 collaborators and all diagrams will be published with the Creately logo. Diagrams can also be embedded and shared.

Blogs for Librarians and Technology

This article lists dozens of blogs to subscribe to or add to your social bookmarking site.

Wired Librarian
An elementary teacher librarian shares thoughts on library conventions, blogging, information literacy, and more.

Free Range Librarian
Blogs about writing, tech toys, and more.

Information Wants to Be Free
Meredith Farkas is the distance learning librarian.

Librarians Matter
How new technology systems can be used in libraries.

This young librarian likes stirring up new ideas and controversial new technology systems and trends for libraries.

Resources and discussions on technology trends and developments.

ALA TechSource Blog
How to bring your library into the 21st century.

The Library and Information Technology Association blog.

Emerging web technologies and systems.

Theoretical Librarian
New technology and how it may be used in libraries.

Tech tips for librarians.
Privacy, surveillance, new media, ethics and technology.

Peter Scott’s Library Blog
Google books, e-learning, web archiving, and more.

The Handheld Librarian
Librarians submit articles about computers and technology.

Blog Without a Library
Learn about library and tech news and trends from Blog without a library.

The Ubiquitous Librarian
Media, design, and the future of libraries.

Hey Jude
Learning in an online world.

Social Networking Librarian
Using social networking in the library.

Tame the Web
2.0, librarians and leadership.

Library Clips
Wikis, blogging, and social media.

The Uncommon Commons
Library and IT-related commentary.

Disruptive Library Technology Jester
Straddling the line between traditional librarianship and technology.

What I Learned Today
Web 2.0 and programming tips.

Media and Communication
Networking and social media in an education and library context.

Public Knowledge
Future of digital media and communications.

Covers publishing, media and e-books.

Professional Blogs
Librarian’s Rant
Keep up with the changing library landscape.

The LibVocate
Promotes librarianship and information literacy.

ALA Weblog Service
News in politics, libraries, and education.

AL Inside Scoop
Blog from the American Libraries.

The Days and Nights of the Lipstick Librarian!
This librarian is anything but the stuffy old stereotype.

Lauren’s Library Blog
Future of libraries.

Accidentally Curious
Modernizing the library for a new generation of readers and researchers.

Attempting Elegance
Sharing what it’s like to work as a librarian.

025.431 The Dewey Blog
Brush up on your Dewey Decimal classification knowledge here.

Head Tale
Library science and the "spirit of librarianship."

Classroom 2.0, K-12
This is a social network created on Ning for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education. PBS Teachers® and Classroom 2.0, with support from Elluminate, are partnering on a series of free monthly webinars designed to help educators learn new ways to integrate online instructional resources in the classroom and engage students.

New IEC Software Prime Vendor
Beginning October 1, 2009, the Iowa Educators Consortium’s new prime vendor for school software will be Academic Superstore. Products available include: Adobe, Crick, FileMaker, Inspiration, Microsoft, NUANCE, McAfee, SOPHOS, Symantec and Tom Synder. In addition to discounts on the products listed, all other products on the Academic Superstore exclusive IEC website (software, hardware, supplies, etc.) have additional discounts off their regular school price.

New FaCS DVDs|017063|&ay=2Y&submit=1
Check this hyperlink to 32 new DVDs for family and consumer sciences. Topics: clothing, nutrition, and kitchen fundamentals.