Monthly Archives: January 2011

Enter to Win $1,000 in Classroom Supplies

Classwish is having a contest where you can win $1,000 in classroom’ supplies for your classroom or PTO/PTA. Classwish is a website where teachers can register and requests donations for classroom/campus projects. To enter, copy the email shown below and list ‘’ as one of the CC:ed email addresses. The email enters the email recipient into the contest and notifies the selected teacher that you have entered them in the sweepstakes for $1,000 in classroom supplies.

Dear [enter the name of teachers and PTA/PTO leaders],

By sending you this email, I have entered you for a chance to win $1,000 of classroom supplies from FIDO Friendly Magazine.

To be eligible to win, all you need to do is create a Wish List at It’s as quick and easy as shopping online.

Even if you don’t win this sweepstakes, that Wish List can help you get the classroom supplies you need. Visitors to the site will see exactly what you need and make tax-deductible contributions to help.

Please let me know when you create your Wish List, and I’ll help encourage people to contribute toward your needs.

This giveaway is part of a campaign from FIDO Friendly Magazine. Please visit to see how you might win:

  • a full-page appearance for you and your dog in FIDO Friendly magazine
  • classroom supplies
  • a free round-trip airplane ticket
  • pet supplies for you and your favorite animal shelter

[enter your name]
cc: to

What a great way to show your appreciation for your campus, students, or teachers!

2011 DEN SCIcon

Normally on Saturday mornings you will find me ‘in’ Elluminate co-hosting the ‘Classroom 2.0 LIVE!’ webinars. We have canceled our show this Saturday, January 22, 2010 in support of the 2011 DEN SCIcon. We invite and encourage everyone to attend the SCIcon instead.

The DEN SCIcon is hosted by Discovery Education and is a free virtual conference with sessions featuring strategies for science instruction. One of the sessions will be with Reed Timmer, Extreme Meterologist and TVN Team Leader, for the Discovery Channel series ‘Stormchasers’.

To attend the virtual sessions, you can register here:

If you live in the following areas, you can attend an in-person event:

Lakeside, AZ (Check back here for the registration link.)
Peoria, AZ (Register here.)
Willimantic, CT (Register here.)
Bradenton, FL (Register here.)
Albany, GA (Register here.)
Fort Wayne, IN with Reed Timmer (Register here.)
Charlotte, NC (Register here.)
Hopewell Junction, NY (Register here.)
Cleveland, TN (Register here.)
Knoxville, TN (Register here.)
Memphis, TN (Register here.)
McKinney, TX (Register here.)

Below is the agenda for the virtual conference:

9 AM
Opening Keynote
The Five E’s of Inquiry-Based Instruction
Patti Duncan, DEN Guru

10 AM
The Student Experience: Engaging and Assessing Young Scientists
Mike Bryant

11 AM
Spotlight Session
Real Students, Real Teachers, Real Results: Implementing Discovery Education Science
Cindy Moss, Director of Science and Math, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

12 PM
Top Ten Free Science Resources from Discovery Education
Porter Palmer

1 PM
Hands-On Digital
Brad Fountain and Lance Rougeux

2 PM
Closing Keynote
Into the Storm: Following the Love of Science
Reed Timmer, Extreme Meteorologist

The Discovery Education Network (DEN) team created a flyer advertising the conference in the event that you would like to download, print and post for your colleagues. I have attended several of the virtual conferences hosted by the DEN and they are top notch with great tips for using technology in the classroom. You don’t have to have a subscription for the Discovery Streaming to attend or learn useful strategies for the classroom.

The Funny Things Kids Say

Have you ever heard a young child say something that sound inappropriate until you probed further realizing the youngster used a word incorrectly or you simply misheard, misunderstood or misinterpreted what was said? @Honeymic on Plurk recently shared this anecdote below (if you are a plurker, here is a link to the original plurk:

Several other people commented and shared similar anecdotes that were just as hilarious as the one from @honeymic. Another person suggested that we all share our humorous anecdotes and that spurred me on to create this Google form.

Once the data has been collected, I will create a book at Issue or Lulu and make it available to download for free. So, please take a few minutes and reflect upon your career in education. Share your favorite humorous conversation you heard and help bring joy and laughter back to someone else’s life.