Archives for February, 2006

  1. PETE&C Pre-Conference Final Details

    Discovery Educator Network Pre-Conference SessionSunday, February 19, 20069 AM to 4 PMHershey Lodge and Convention Center (Crystal Ballroom A) Registration/sign-in for our pre-conference session will open at 8:15 AM in Crystal A.  A continental breakfast including coffee and chocolate-dipped croissants will be served from 8:15-9:00 AM.  We will start the day promptly at 9 AM.  […]

  2. Toyapalooza with Kathy Schrock

    I’m a pretty big gadget freak.  If it’s shiny and has a battery in it, I’ve probably owned it or a variation of it at some point or another.  From the Palm to the Pocket PC, Archos Jukebox to iPod, I thought I’d tried them all. During yesterdays Ed-Tech Connect webinar with Kathy Schrock I […]

  3. Ohio Educators Gather for State Conference

    For the past few days, I had the pleasure to meet, talk and learn with thousands of educators from throughout the Buckeye State at the eTech Ohio State Conference (my brother, an OSU grad, would have been proud).  On Tuesday, we examined ways in which unitedstreaming, along with other free web-based technologies, can support our […]

  4. Making Connections Day

    On February 7, 2006, 35 DEN members gathered at the Austin Convention Center the day before TCEA even began.  I have to say that I was really nervous as this was one of our first Texas combined days and when you have an event at a location that you aren’t familiar with, you never know […]

  5. Polk County

    I came from South Carolina, from a school district that is half the size of Rhode Island. Sounds big to outsiders, and to the insiders, we felt at least medium with 15 schools. Now that I have been in Florida for awhile I realized I didn’t know what a big school district was! On Monday […]

  6. Entertain Your Brain with Google Earth

      How often have you drifted away to some exotic island in the middle of the school day?!?  Well, capture that and transform it to a "teachable moment" with Google Earth.  I had the opportunity to demo this GREAT FREE DOWNLOAD with DEN member Ray’s 5th graders.  I loved watching their expressions as slowly, but […]

  7. KLVX iDENtifies Power Users

    KLVX is all about usage!  Monika, implementation rep, and myself learned that right away as we walked in their office and Lee and Craig proudly displayed their color coded usage charts of the Clark County School District (5th largest school district in the nation… KLVX, a PBS station, provides each school with unitedstreaming, training, and […]

  8. PC Teach It

    Another big thanks to Craig Cuddihy of KLVX for showing me a GREAT magazine/resource book called PC Teach It.  According to their website, “PC Teach It is the premier project-based resource that brings technology alive for students and teachers! Both the print magazine and its companion website provide content applicable for students of all ages, […]

  9. Carol Gooden

    Through the power of the Internet, I introduce you to one of our North Florida DEN members, Carol Gooden. Carol Y.L. Gooden:      Originally from Jamaica, I have the following academic qualifications: a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick, Canada; a Diploma in Education from the University of the West […]

  10. iActive

    Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to re-energize! What’s cool and new just in time for spring?    unitedstreaming is about to roll out the brand new update "version 2.3".   Check out Jannita Demian’s blog posting on all the new updates soon to be at your fingertips. And, we will soon unveil […]

  11. Classrooms for the Future: Governor Rendell's $200 Million Laptop Initiative

    In case you haven’t seen the press release from the Governor’s office or out of the PA Department of Education, this is pretty big news for educators all across PA.  Rendell’s 2006-07 education budget includes a $200 million program, Classrooms for the Future, that focuses on placing laptops on the desks of every high school […]

  12. TCEA – WOW!

    It’s Friday afternoon, and don’t know if you all are as tired as I am….but I’m exhausted.  It was the greatest week.  I wanted to give a few brief thoughts and will post more soon.  First, Texas educators ROCK!  What a great place to learn, enjoy new friends, and share ideas!  Not that I am […]

  13. Community Events in Texas

    The Discovery Educator Network hosted multiple community-building events in the Lone Star state this week.  Michelle Weeks, Field Manager for North Texas and Oklahoma (, and Chris Marshall, Field Manager for South Texas (, did an outstanding job planning activities for Discovery Educators at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference.  On Tuesday, over thirty […]

  14. Here Comes Trouble!

    New DEN field manager Susan Staat spent her second week at Discovery at the NCCE conference in Portland—where the weather is gorgeous and the mountain is tall.  Watch this space for photos and a report!  Hall Davidson, ancient Discovery DEN guy, is also there with Jennifer Gingerich, Monika Davis, and Matt Monjan.  Andy Traum is […]

  15. Tech Bits

    We hope that you know by now that the Discovery Educator Network is about sharing and caring for the "teachers in the trenches." One of our newest DEN members in Florida is a teacher who really gets it. Jonathan Meyers, Gifted and Technology Resource teacher at Horizon Middle School in Kissimmee, Florida has committed to […]

  16. Making Connections at TCEA

    Today I’m in Texas at the DEN pre-conference event for TCEA along with a host of Discovery folks. Michelle and Chris have put together a day packed with presentations, success stories, and making connections with each other educators. We haven’t really gotten started yet, but I wanted to say two words about the room itself. […]

  17. Spring Training at FETC

    One of the great things about Florida is that Spring Training is hosted right here! (My son is excited about this because he thinks he will get to see all these games.) I love Spring Training because it gives the team a chance to build their relationship, plan how to play the game, and then […]

  18. Discovery Education Day

    Last week I had the opportunity to participate in Discovery Education Day.  This is where all employees of Discovery Education meet in Silver Spring (see my picture to the left at our headquarters) to lay out this year’s goals and see how all of the many different pieces of Discovery Education can come together to […]

  19. Lesson Design Competition

    With the launch of the new DEN web portal within the next two weeks, one of our main priorities is the development of a comprehensive library of lesson and project files that cover the full K-12 range and that focus on all subject areas. Many of the sample projects that Discovery Educators submitted when they […]

  20. You asked and we listened!

    unitedstreaming V2.3 is here!  The big news…improved searching!  Incorporated into this latest release are faster searches that not only look at videos, clips, images, calendar events and encyclopedia articles, but also lesson plans, clip art and quizzes.  And yes, this can all be done by using Boolean operators! But searching is not the only enhancement.  […]

  21. Inspire Me!

    One of my favorite pieces of software is Inspiration, and I am absolutely thrilled to hear that Inspiration 8 has finally been released. 7.6 was a great version, but it gets better in 8. Now, instead of hyperlinking to a video, I can embed video and sound right into the diagram! I can embed Martin […]

  22. Updates… Updates… Read All About It!

    Yipee!  Brand new to you… updates for unitedstreaming… Log on Monday, February 6th to see these great new enhancements go live! Search Engine: You asked for it… so here it is!  A new and very much improved Boolean based search engine.  For the non techies… this means you can use quotation marks among other great […]