Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of joining several of my colleagues from Discovery Education at the 61st Annual Conference and Exhibit Show at McCormick Place in Chicago hosted by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The theme of this year’s program was “Constructing the Future-Challenging the Past,” and it was a great opportunity to give many school administrators and technology specialists a look at some of the new resources that Discovery Education has to offer, including the Discovery Health Connection and the new Cosmeo home resource.
Rachel Amstutz, the DEN Manager for Maryland, DC, and International schools, was with me for the three-day conference, and together we introduced a number of unitedstreaming users to the many opportunities and instructional materials that are available to them through the Discovery Educator Network.
I also had the opportunity to meet and speak with two very active DEN members from other states who conducted outstanding presentations at the ASCD Conference. On Sunday, Shaun Owen showed a full room of educators how to use a variety of emerging technologies to create exciting and engaging classroom experiences. Shaun is a Discovery Educator from Georgia. Rachel Amstutz and I also had the pleasure of spending some time with Rachel Yurk, a Discovery Educator from Wisconsin who has found some innovative and effective ways to incorporate unitedstreaming digital media into lessons using Smart Boards. Click here to read more about Rachel’s efforts in Jan Wee’s Wisconsin blog post. I hope to continue the exchange of ideas with Rachel at the Midwest Summer Institute at the end of June.
The ASCD theme of constructing a new vision for schools fits well with the rationale for the creation of the Discovery Educator Network, and it seems that each time I attend a regional or national conference, I come away with a renewed admiration for the talented and innovative members of the DEN. The impact of our program is growing, and it is exciting to be a part of such a dynamic group of educators. Hats off to Shaun and Rachel for sharing your enthusiasm and expertise with so many other people.