Sunday, December 18, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016 - Day 12 Code

Day 12 - Dec. 18!
 
Remember this code expires at midnight (Eastern Time).

To ensure you collect all 12 DVDs, check back each day, and follow all our social media channels.

To learn more about this special DVD, Where Did My Money Go? click here.


Find the daily code on our News Page, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.




*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves.

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016 - Day 11 Code

Day 11 - Dec. 17!
 
Remember this code expires at midnight (Eastern Time) and a new code (for Day 12) will be issued shortly after.

To ensure you collect all 12 DVDs, check back each day, and follow all our social media channels.

To learn more about this special DVD, What's Taxing About Taxes? click here.


Find the daily code on our News Page, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.




*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves.

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Friday, December 16, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016 - Day 10 Code

Day 10 - Dec. 16!
Remember this code expires at midnight (Eastern Time) and a new code (for Day 11) will be issued shortly after.

To ensure you collect all 12 DVDs, check back each day, and follow all our social media channels.

To learn more about this special DVD, Too Much Money click here.


Find the daily code on our News Page, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.




*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves.

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016 - Day 9 Code

Day 9 - Dec. 15!
 
Remember this code expires at midnight (Eastern Time) and a new code (for Day 10) will be issued shortly after.

To ensure you collect all 12 DVDs, check back each day, and follow all our social media channels.

To learn more about this special DVD, The People's Economy click here.


Find the daily code on our News Page, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.




*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves.

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016 - Day 8 Code

Day 8 - Dec. 14!
 
Remember this code expires at midnight (Eastern Time) and a new code (for Day 9) will be issued shortly after.

To ensure you collect all 12 DVDs, check back each day, and follow all our social media channels.

To learn more about this special DVD, Sustainable Oceans & Seas click here.


Find the daily code on our News Page, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.




*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves.

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016 - Day 7 Code

Day 7 - Dec. 13!
Remember this code expires at midnight (Eastern Time) and a new code (for Day 8) will be issued shortly after.

To ensure you collect all 12 DVDs, check back each day, and follow all our social media channels.

To learn more about this special DVD, Recalculating click here.


Find the daily code on our News Page, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.




*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves.

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Monday, December 12, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016 - Day 6 Code

Day 6 - Dec. 12!
 
Remember this code expires at midnight (Eastern Time) and a new code (for Day 7) will be issued shortly after.

To ensure you collect all 12 DVDs, check back each day, and follow all our social media channels.

To learn more about this special DVD, Pups of Liberty: The Dog-claration of Independence click here.


Find the daily code on our News Page, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.




*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves.

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016 - Day 5 Code

Day 5 - Dec. 11!
 
Remember this code expires at midnight (Eastern Time) and a new code (for Day 6) will be issued shortly after.

To ensure you collect all 12 DVDs, check back each day, and follow all our social media channels.

To learn more about this special DVD, Pups of Liberty: The Boston Tea-Bone Party click here.


Find the daily code on our News Page, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.




*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves.

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016 - Day 4 Code

Day 4 - Dec. 10!
 
Remember this code expires at midnight (Eastern Time) and a new code (for Day 5) will be issued shortly after.

To ensure you collect all 12 DVDs, check back each day, and follow all our social media channels.

To learn more about this special DVD, Power to the Planet click here.


Find the daily code on our News Page, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.




*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves.

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Friday, December 9, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016 - Day 3 Code

Day 3 - Dec. 9!

Remember this code expires at midnight (Eastern Time) and a new code (for Day 4) will be issued shortly after.

To ensure you collect all 12 DVDs, check back each day, and follow all our social media channels.

To learn more about this special DVD, Morality in the Marketplace click here.


Find the daily code on our News Page, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.




*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves.

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Even More for 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016

Ho Ho Ho! Santa’s feeling generous! We are giving away MORE great stuff! 100 educators who share all 12 Days of Christmas codes posts/tweets and have a free izzit.org account will be selected to win a custom izzit.org jacket! See the code, share the code for all 12 days and get a fabulous jacket from izzit.org!


*You must share each code on your social media pages to be eligible. Santa will track and count all activity on social media and place users who share all 12 video codes on his ‘nice’ list.*

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016 - Day 2 Code

Day 2 - Dec. 8!


Remember this code expires at midnight (Eastern Time) and a new code (for Day 3) will be issued shortly after.

To ensure you collect all 12 DVDs, check back each day, and follow all our social media channels.

To learn more about this special DVD, Eminent Domain click here.


Find the daily code on our News Page, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.




*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves.

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular 2016 - Day 1 Code

Day 1 - Dec. 7!

Remember this code expires at midnight (Eastern Time) and a new code (for Day 2) will be issued shortly after.

To ensure you collect all 12 DVDs, check back each day, and follow all our social media channels.

To learn more about this special DVD, In the Classroom with David Robinson click here.

Find the daily code on our News Page, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.

*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves.

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular is BACK!!!!!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We brought it back! The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Spectacular is better than last year. From Dec 7th – Dec. 18th we’re giving away a different DVD title each day! You can collect all 12! But remember – just like last year, each bit of holiday magic is only good for 24 hours and expires at midnight! (Eastern Time) So you have to come back each day.


Find the daily code on our News PageFacebookTwitterPinterest or Google+

12 lucky participants will also be randomly selected to get an extra surprise in their “stocking” - an embroidered 10th Birthday fleece blanket, which will come in handy when curling up on the couch to stream our izzit.org educational videos on Roku.

*No guarantee titles will arrive before Christmas! Be patient with our elves!

Limit 1 title per household. Limit 1 bonus blanket winner per household. U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. We cover shipping & handling. For full rules click here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday 40 Sale

We told you December was going to be merry!!! We have another sale for you - Holiday 40 Sale!!!

Save 40% off your entire order, free shipping AND a new FREE gift with purchase!!

Use code: Holiday40 here!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bulletin Board Battle - Holiday Cheer Edition



We’re making a list, checking it twice, better make sure your bulletin board looks nice. Join all the other good boys and girls this month and join our Bulletin Board Battle! Submit a photo of your holiday themed bulletin board on our social media pages or email it to [email protected] 

Winner gets a $25 Amazon gift card and this month’s mystery gift. Stay off the naughty list and upload your creativity today!

For full rules, click here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Give Us Feedback | Chance to Win Amazon Giftcard

Your input matters! It’s the only way we know what works for you and your students, what you’re interested in, what you need. We have actually gone back and recut videos after teachers told us it wasn’t working.

So leave us feedback! And as our thanks, we’ll enter you to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

For full rules, click here.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fall 30 Sale - Bigger and Better!

Warm up to this sale!


We just couldn't resist! Cozy up to this deal - 30% off entire order, free shipping AND a free gift with purchase.

When checking out at our webstore, after loading up on all our newest releases, use code: FALL30 to receive 30% off, free shipping, and a free gift with purchase.

Don't get too comfortable, this sale ends Saturday, 12/3!

Friday, November 18, 2016

NEW Feature for Members - Substitute Lesson Plans


Today is Substitute Educators Day and we wanted to remind all educators that we have a brand new feature designed for your needs!

Substitute Lesson Plans are now available to izzit.org members located at each educational program page under the teaching resources tab.
Check them out here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fall 20 Sale - Ends Saturday 11/19

The leaves are falling and so are our prices!


We've got a fantastic sale for you! Not only do you save 20% off your entire order but we'll take care of the shipping!!

When checking out at our webstore, after loading up on all our newest releases, use code: FALL20 to receive 20% off and FREE shipping!!

Better hurry, this sale ends Saturday, 11/19!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Parent Communication by Mike Siekkinen

How do you communicate with your students’ parents?  

Setting up a routine way to communicate with parents will make your life easier and your students more productive. Most of the time, parents are your greatest asset and support with student learning. Experienced teachers know there are “always a few” parents who are not the most supportive but as a general rule, they can make things happen in ways that you cannot.

I have found many ways to help this process along. First, during open house, get email addresses. I will have a couple computers set up in my room and have a Google form set up to have parents fill out. This gives me a good start on a data base of parent emails. Secondly, I send out an introduction letter the first few days of school, requesting the same thing from parents. Any parent not responding will get a phone call from me asking for an email. I always have a few students without internet access but the vast majority has it even if they do not have a computer (smartphones).

Once established, I do a weekly email to all parents, telling them what we are doing, important test dates, assignments coming up, etc. I send the same information home for my few students without an address on paper by simply printing the email contents into a document. I also use this form of communication to request supplies and inform parents when report cards are coming, school functions are happening, etc. I prefer to use my school email address when sending out information as the parent can then easily reply back if they have questions. The only thing to be cautious about is when sending, use BCC (blind copy) so you are not sharing anyone’s email address with anyone else. With a routine method of communication set up, you’re making allies with parents as well as covering your butt with due dates and class requirements. No one can say they didn’t know about an assignment if you can prove you sent it to a parent!

Do you have any helpful tips to improve parent communication? Does your district have another standard method? Tell us what’s going on in your school.


Dr. Mike Siekkinen, a retired U.S. Navy submariner, became a teacher as a second career. He teaches history at St Marys Middle School as well as Adult and Career Education at Valdosta State in Georgia.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Veterans Day DVD Giveaway


In honor of Veterans Day on November 11th, we are giving away Volunteer Military or Draft? for your classroom.

The code is: VETERANSDAY2016 and must be entered on the secret landing page here.

Log in to your account or create a FREE account before entering the code.

*Limited Supplies*

Monday, October 31, 2016

Last Call For October izzit.org Contests!

Today is your last chance to get any submissions in for all our October contests.

Contests expiring for October are:









  • Feedback Contest





    • New contests start in November, so be sure to check back with us as much as possible, or follow us on social media to see what else we have going on each month.

      Thursday, October 27, 2016

      izzit, 2081 and the Meaning of Equality from Rachel Colsman

      One teacher’s Story of How an izzit.org DVD Changed the Life of a Struggling Student


      Irving Kristol once said, “Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity.”

      This concept has always been a challenge to teach in my government classes.  This past year was no exception.  I teach in northwestern New Mexico, in a district that serves the Navajo Reservation.  My particular school is over 80 percent Navajo.  Their history makes it hard for many students to understand individual rights when, for many years, their rights had been ignored.  

      My classes had just finished studying the Bill of Rights. We read the document, broke it down into terminology, and looked at Supreme Court cases.  They were still struggling with the idea of equality. I had to find a way to teach them that equality does not mean everyone should earn the same amount, or live in the same size house.  Enter izzit.org.


      I have used izzit.org for a couple of years for a variety of topics.  I just happened to order the video “2081.” It was sitting on my desk waiting to be watched.  I took the video home to preview.  My first reaction was awe… followed very closely by apprehension.  There were guns. The production was dark. It was filled with powerful symbolism.  I knew that it would be a major risk to show it, but I felt that the benefits of using it would outweigh the risks.  

      I went to my principal for guidance. He told me to go for it. So I did. I could not have anticipated the results.  


      I had one particular student that was struggling to finish his senior year. He rarely came to class. He seemed disconnected. I thought we were going to lose him. But after I got hold of the 2081 DVD, I asked him please to come to class the next day, as I had a great lesson on equality, and would really like him be there. He looked skeptical. But to my surprise, he actually showed up.


      I began class by writing “equality” up on the board.  I asked each student to write down their definition of the word.  We had a brief class discussion and developed a class definition of “equality,” and wrote it on the board.  I handed out the video questions and began the movie.  The students were giggling and whispering through the introduction, but when the movie started, things got dead silent.  

      The students were mesmerized.  At the conclusion, you could hear a pin drop. I asked the students to revisit their definition of equality for homework, and to bring it in for class discussion the following day.  I could have never predicted the response. Students had been discussing the idea of “equality of outcome,” versus “equality of opportunity” with other teachers, in the lunchroom, and at home.  The next day, every student was in their seat ready for discussion before the tardy bell had even rung – including our struggling young man. The classroom was abuzz with ideas and meaningful exchange.


      After class, the young man who’d been missing class came up and asked if he could borrow “2081” to show his parents. I allowed him to take it, and the revolving door of checking out the video began. Over 50 students took “2081” home to share. Parent-teacher conferences four weeks later revolved a lot around my lesson on equality.  


      Helping students understand the difference of equality of outcome, versus equality of opportunity has always been a challenge.  Many of my students believed that government has a responsibility to ensure that everyone has exactly the same things. But this lesson helped them understand the fundamental principle of a democratic republic: equality before the law. 

      My young man continued to come to class, rarely missing a day.  I asked him what made him want to come. He informed me that the video and the lesson really touched him. He realized that hating the system would do nothing to fix his problems: “Democracy doesn’t mean that everyone ends up the same.  It means that everyone can make choices, and whether they succeed or fail is up to them.  It might not be fair, but at least we each have ownership of our individual journey in life.” 



      (Note from izzit.org - Please be advised that 2081 is not streaming on our site but you are able to select it as your free DVD for the year! It's a powerful video, and we highly recommend it for high school students.)

      Tuesday, October 25, 2016

      New Release - Sustainable Oceans & Seas!

      S.O.S.! Can fishing actually lead to a healthier ecosystem? 

      Learn how New Zealand’s Quota Management System, run by fishers, creates a healthier ocean & fish population!

      Click here to choose as your FAV (Free Annual Video). Click here to purchase.

      You can also download and stream this program directly from izzit.org with no ad interruption. 




      Friday, October 21, 2016

      Stay out of the lunch room! by Mike Siekkinen

      When I first became a teacher, I was lucky enough to have several great mentors who helped me along the way and made a huge positive impact on me. Although most people are willing to give advice, you do not always receive “good” advice.

      I thought I might pass on one of the best things that was told to me my first year teaching: “stay out of the lunch room.”

      One of my mentors was a wonderful teacher named Bonnie London. Bonnie passed away a few years ago and I know would appreciate being remembered this way. Bonnie was one of my college professors who had previously been a classroom teacher and an administrator. Having her for several classes as a student, she pulled me aside one day for a little one-on-one chat, as hers was my last class and I had just been hired to be a teacher during the next school year. She told me to make her one promise for my first year of teaching: to not eat lunch in the lunch room with the other teachers. 

      When I asked her why as this sounded like an odd promise to ask of me, she explained that there are teachers who complain a lot. When I said I understand that there are always “complainers” and I thought I could handle that, she said, “It’s more than just complaining.”

      She explained that there is a lot of negativity and general bad talk that occurs between teachers and it is easy to fall into that mindset. She said stay away from it all, especially your first year, as it’s hard enough surviving your first year without falling onto the gossip, trash talk and bad attitudes from a few teachers. I promised her I would do this and kept that promise my first year teaching. When I saw her next she asked me if I was, in fact, keeping my promise. I have done this now every year, having just completed my 14th year teaching. I open my classroom as a safe haven for students during lunch instead of going to the lunch room and sitting with the other teachers. For the students who need to get away from the noise or who are just having a bad day, they know they can come to Dr. Siekkinen’s room and that that is OK. I typically have a dozen students each day eating in my room.  I know this has made a difference in who I have become as a teacher and I pass this same advice on to other new teachers.

      Negativity breeds negativity. How do you manage to keep a positive attitude?


      Dr. Mike Siekkinen, a retired U.S. Navy submariner, became a teacher as a second career. He teaches history at St Marys Middle School as well as Adult and Career Education at Valdosta State in Georgia.