Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Holiday Special!

Happy holidays! We're running a holiday special right now on the izzit.org webstore. If there are DVDs you'd love to have, but don't want to wait until your next free DVD pick is available, we're offering 50% off now through Dec. 20! Simply use the promo code Holiday50 when you check out from the webstore.

We've also got a POGO (Pick One, Get One) special going on right now. Chinese New Year is Jan. 31, and we've paired A Taste of Chocolate, the story of Jimmy Lai, who was smuggled from Communist China as a 12-year-old, with The People's Economy, a look at how China is changing. If you pick one of these DVDs this month, we'll send you the other one as a special FREE bonus!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

izzit.org at AMLE in Minneapolis!

Last week, izzit.org attended the AMLE (Association of Middle Level Education) Annual conference in Minneapolis.

GA teacher Mike Siekkinen was on-site with us, sharing his enthusiasm for izzit.org with the attendees. We gave away about 360 DVDs, along with pens and magnetic clips. Plus our new members can all get another free DVD by visiting our website.

We had a wonderful time, talking to teachers, meeting so many of you, both new izzit.org friends and old.

Next week we'll be headed to the NCSS conference in St. Louis! If you'll be there, stop by booth #709 and see us! We'll give you a free DVD and some other goodies, too. We'll also enter you in our contest to win a Kindle Fire!

Minneapolis was great! We found it full of friendly, helpful people. We made a quick trip to the Mall of America while we were out there -- I mean, when else will I get the chance to see it? I found all the Lego stuff fascinating. My son loved Legos when he was a kid. (Raise your hand if you've ever stepped on a Lego in your bare feet! Ouch.)

I also loved the Skyways in Minneapolis. What a clever idea for dealing with harsh weather. We should talk to the folks here in Erie, PA about doing something like that.

I hope to see some of you next week at the NCSS in St. Louis.

--- Susan Gable, izzit.org

Monday, November 11, 2013

New release - Monkey Business!

There’s no business like…monkey business? 
Our new izzit.org teaching unit follows Katarina Rybarikova and her family in Slovakia as they pursue Katarina’s dream of bringing the Paul Frank brand, with its distinctive monkey logo, to Europe. As a child growing up in communist controlled Czechoslovakia, she experienced very little freedom or economic opportunity.  Even after liberation from the Soviet Union and the split into two separate countries, times were tough. But with the right economic changes, things are looking up for Katarina and her family!
The DVD is recommended for grades 7-12, and covers a variety of topics, from Communism and Democracy, to Paternalism and Individual Responsibility. It includes a bonus interview with the authors of the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World Report, explaining how the index works and the correlations they’ve discovered between economic freedom and people’s well-being. It also covers the U.S. decline on the index, and likely reasons for the change.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Back-to-School Contest Winners!

Our Back-to-School contest, run on our Facebook page, was a lot of fun! Many teachers shared pictures and stories from their summer vacations.

We had so much fun reading them, we added special categories for additional prizes. (Things like izzit.org travel mugs and magnetic clips.)

Congratulations to our winners:

Most Unusual Summer Activity - David Gardner
Best Proposal/Wedding - Ken Wayman
Most Accomplished - Shelly Liles McAninch
Best Home Improvement Project - Lisa Scott
Most Scenic Picture- Laurie Stricklan Bender
Band-Aid (TM) Award - Micky Pelletier
Cutest Kid Pic - Cora Kiene
Cutest Animal Pic - Sara Kimball Smith

    And our "Grand Prize" winner of the Kindle Fire:

    Jason Rasmussen!

Laurie Bender's Grand canyon photo

 Stay tuned! There will be other contests from izzit.org throughout the year!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Big Shipping Day!

It's shipping day today at izzit.org, and this week was a big one - over 3600 DVDs going out today! Each of those mailing bags (we had to use the big bags this week) holds about 100 DVDs.

Half of those are our newly updated The Great Depression 2.0!

We had two teams running shipping this week, and it took us about 3 1/2 hours to get them all prepared to go out.

Here's hoping we have more great weeks like this one. (So don't forget to tell your teaching friends about us!)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Our new DVD, The Great Depression 2.0, is flying off the shelves! Just last week, more than half our inventory was selected by teachers eager for this useful, updated tool for their classroom.

But don't worry - we've already ordered more copies! So if you've been looking for a video to help you teach the Great Depression, look no longer. The Great Depression 2.0 is available now!

Perhaps you've been using the original version of our DVD.  Please visit the product's webpage to see the updated Teacher's Guide. (If you're eligible to pick a DVD, you can choose the new version, The Great Depression 2.0, because our website considers it an entirely different product.)

Have you gotten your free izzit.org DVD yet this year? *

*(Offer available to all US K-12 teachers.)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Release & Contest!

Welcome back!
 Summer zoomed past us and by now, most of you are back to the classroom. We’ve got some great stuff coming up for you.
Great Depression 2.0 is our first “new” release for the year. It’s actually an updated version of our popular Great Depression DVD. We found that there was some confusion on some of the main points, so we’ve updated it to clarify. It’s got a new introduction, a new conclusion, and the Teacher Guide has also been updated. (If you selected the original version and are eligible to choose another FREE DVD, you can select Great Depression 2.0 – it’s considered a different product by our system, so it will allow you to choose the updated version.)
Want to win a 7” Kindle Fire HD tablet? Check out our Back-to-School contest!  There’s no essay involved, but we do want to know about your summer vacation!
As for me…during one of my summer road trips, I visited the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI. It was beautiful! So head over to our contest page, read the rules, and tell us about something you did this summer to enter!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Teacher of the Year Dave Smith visits our Erie, PA Headquarters!

Last week, one of our 2013 izzit.org Teachers of the Year, Dave Smith, came to Erie for a visit. He had breakfast with our CEO and COO, toured the offices, even saw our shipping process – which is not anything automated. It’s all done by hand by a team (or teams, if it’s been a busy week!) of izzit.org staff members. Dave even had a mini-lesson in video editing.

He provided us with more teacher insights, answering many questions for us about technology in the classroom and what teachers might be looking for from us in the future. (You can send us feedback, too! Send an email, call us, let us know what you’re interested in seeing izzit.org provide to better serve teachers!)

Dave learning about video editing from Michael Kraus

Dave breakfasting with our COO and CEO

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Teachers of the Year Enjoy Wonderful Dinner in Chicago!

          Last Wednesday in Chicago, we wined and dined our Teachers of the Year. We’ll be adding more pictures in the next few days, but let’s start with this: the dinner menu created especially for our Teachers at Smith & Wollensky. Everything you’ve ever heard about the restaurant is true. The food was awesome. The beef melted in our mouths. We’re proud of our Teachers of the Year, and are delighted we had the chance to share such a fantastic meal with them in Chicago.

Friday, May 31, 2013

It's SUMMER - and teachers rejoice!

"Though we've gotta say goodbye, for the summer..."

Okay, not really.  We'll still be here, all summer long, planning for the new school year, prepping to bring you more terrific educational DVDs and teacher resources.

So while you're reading, decompressing, enjoying the beach, taking classes yourself, designing new bulletin boards, and doing all those other things teachers do over summer vacation, if you need some help from us, we're still here, 8 am-6 pm EST, every weekday. Call us (toll free: 888-242-0563)or email us ([email protected]).

When you come back...be prepared to write an essay, "What I Did on My Summer Vacation."  (Just kidding! Have some fun!)

Monday, May 20, 2013

New Release - Inventing the Future

Apple computer company. (And their amazing Macs, iPods, iPads, and iPhones.)
Wireless internet.
Can you imagine what life would be like today if the people who’d come up with those ideas hadn’t been able to get the money to transform their ideas into reality? Imagine life without those things?
I can’t.  And likely your students can't, either.
Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have transformed our society time and time again. People with ideas…and people who bet their money on those ideas. Our new DVD, Inventing the Future, focuses on those two groups of people, and helps your students understand the system of risks – and rewards – that fuels innovation and leads people to change and enhance our everyday lives.
Discover how Steve Jobs and Mike Markkula (Apple Computer), Sandy Lerner, Len Bosack, and Don Valentine (Cisco Systems) created two companies that have greatly impacted our lives today.

Want to see how this DVD aligns to National or your state education standards? Go here and plug in Inventing the Future, your grade level and subject area, and which standards you want to investigate. The correlating standards will be shown to you.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Teacher of the Year winners!

Congratulations to all of our Teacher of the Year winners and the runners-up!


As you can see, our winners are classroom teachers from all across the United States, from Pennsylvania to Washington. On average, they’ve taught for 13 years in their current schools. Most of them hold advanced degrees, including one doctorate. They teach a variety of subjects and grade levels, from English & Composition, Social Studies & History, Government & Economics, to Business Education and Mathematics.
Many of our winners enjoy spending time with their families and pets. Other top hobbies include reading, running, cooking, and traveling. More unique pastimes listed were genealogy and blogging, and one of our winners is also a professional singer who shares his name with a very famous (though a different genre) professional singer.
Though they varied on their favorite izzit educational videos, there were several titles repeated as favorites: “Unintended Consequences: EminentDomain,” “Pennies a Day,” and “2081.”
Our winning teachers use izzit DVDs in their classrooms because not only do the videos present complex concepts clearly, but they also make the concepts real and relevant to their students. Our teachers also like using them to meet common core standards of exploring/discussing themes in multiple formats.
The runners-up won $150, a complete library of izzit educational DVDs, lifetime PLUS membership, and an izzit fleece/hoodie. In addition to that, our winners receive a $2,000 prize (instead of $150) and will be presented with The David and Annette Jorgensen Award for Excellence at a formal awards banquet on June 19, 2013 in Chicago, IL. This is an all-expenses paid trip for each winning teacher.
We look forward to meeting our winners in Chicago in June!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Newly Available: When Horses Fly

          Attention: Get our new video, When Horses Fly, here: http://www.izzit.org/products/detail.php?video=when_horses_fly

          Just 150 years ago it took months to travel from New York to California by covered wagon. But in today’s globalized world, communicating with virtually anyone on the planet is a matter of touching a button, and traveling from New York to California takes a mere five hours.

          Enter one of the most important inventions of our time - the jumbo jet. And enter two bold entrepreneurs who sought out business partners in a most unlikely place. Come along as 47 prize-winning thoroughbred race horses journey halfway across the globe and marvel in the fact that somewhere a horse is in flight every day of the year. Learn how airfreight, more than just a way to get consumer goods in a hurry, is a global platform from which unique business partnerships are born.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Teacher of the Year Contest - One Week Remaining!

Our annual Teacher of the Year Contest ends next week on Thursday, February 28th. We're giving away more than $10,000 in prizes, including cash, trips, DVDs and more!

Make sure to go over to www.izzit.org/contests today to submit your entry!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New DVD - 2-for-1 Special

We've just released Risk and Reward, a new teaching unit about the beginning of venture capital and the rise of Silicon Valley as the tech center of the U.S.  It focuses on the stories of Atari and Genentech and is great for teaching about business, economics, entrepreneurship, technology, and American history.  

For a limited time we are offering our popular DVD about space entrepreneurship, Everyone's Space, as a free bonus for any teacher who orders Risk and Reward, as their free video selection.  

Visit www.izzit.org and order your DVDs today!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Singing Revolution - Still Available!

We had a glitch on our website starting yesterday afternoon that was not allowing teachers to order The Singing Revolution.  We still have copies of this DVD available and the problem has now been fixed.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Teacher of the Year Contest - Only 6 Weeks Left!

Our annual Teacher of the Year contest ends February 28th.  We will be selecting 5 winners who will each get $2,000, a trip to Chicago, and other great prizes.  We will also choose 5 runners-up who will get $150 and other great prizes.

Don't forget to go to www.izzit.org/contests to submit your entry today!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Singing Revolution is Back!

Last year when we offered 3,000 free copies of this powerful and inspiring full-length documentary about Estonia’s struggle for freedom, we were out within a week!

This year we’ve made a deal with the producers to offer another 5,000 copies of The Singing Revolution free to U.S. teachers.  This Educational Version of the film includes 2 additional discs of bonus material with lots of primary sources and 25 teacher-created lessons plans covering history, geography, music, art, character education, and more.    You can check out the Teacher's Guide and Lesson Plans here.

Make sure to get over to www.izzit.org to order your copy today before we run out!