Archives for November, 2006

  1. COSMEO and Manuals

    I cannot wait to get the report from Marilyn and Eileen in Leon County from their Learning Adds Up event tonight because I’m sure their event was just AWESOME! I attended one closer to home, and while Brook’s getting the blog ready for Stephen, I have to share with you some favorites from tonight’s session […]

  2. Is there a place for unitedstreaming in a Montessori classroom? You Bet!

    As Montessorians we know that it is our job to prepare an environment that will allow for self-directed learning.  A large part of preparing this type of environment involves countless hours of on-line research spent coming up with innovative, creative and engaging activities that foster a love of life-long learning in each child.  Try using […]

  3. Dash for the Cache!

    Dozens of DEN members were in search of a stash!  It was the First Annual West Coast DEN Dash for the Cache — as in geocache — and they learned and laughed and had quite a bash! Okay, enough with the rhyming!  Simply put, geocaching is so much fun!  In case you have never heard […]

  4. eInstruction's STAR Opportunity

    As an added benefit of being a STAR Discovery Educator, we are pleased to offer you a special discount opportunity in partnership with eInstruction!  Through this partnership, you can purchase the CPS IR 32-pad system from eInstruction at an incredible price of $995 (plus shipping).  This is a discount of over 50% from eInstruction’s base […]

  5. EduBlogger Awards Alert!

    Please read the National Blog for information on the EduBlogger Awards! Nominations are now open! A few more suggestions: *Lee Kolbert’s http://www.macmomma.blogspot.com/ For WIKI: Tom Turner’s: http://tnturner.wikispaces.com/FAME_Materials

  6. Oh a Blogging we will go….

    If my son turns out to be truly ADHD, I’m sure we can trace it right back to me. I have a very hard time staying on task and not jumping from project to project. I’ll start something, get distracted very easily and start something else – forgetting to finish the first project. So today […]

  7. Blocked but still Moving Forward

    Yesterday I had the joy of spending the afternoon with a bunch of pirates at Matanzas High School in Flagler County. What a joyful group as we searched the seas of unitedstreaming for treasures to use in our classroom! Thank you to STAR Educators Chris Brink and Ada Harvey (who’s son works at Discovery!) and […]

  8. ‘Tis the Season

           Since the winter gift giving frenzy is upon us and we all know educators use vacations to catch up on things, I thought I’d give the next few weeks over to advice about how to spend both money and time this holiday season. In the tradition of Kathy Schrock (see the archive […]

  9. My First Podcast

    Help! I need your help! This is so exciting, but I need your advice.  I’m an avid podcast listener now that I drive all over South Florida and I’ve always wanted to make my own, but I really just didn’t understand what I was doing.  It is VERY important to me that anything I learn […]

  10. Open House

    I always enjoyed Open House Nights at my school. Our classroom was cleaned and prepared for the night. We showcased the best of our work, sometimes had students ready to do a short presentation on what we’ve been learning, and had snacks in the room to make our room feel inviting. It help encourage the […]

  11. Another Reason to Give Thanks

    For almost half of my life, on and off, I’ve lived in a four generation family. My birth in the middle of the last century of this recently passed millennium made my grandmothers’ mothers (both Irish immigrants born barely a decade after the Civil War) great-grandmothers. Yesterday the family clock turned again when my daughter […]

  12. Don't Send the Cops

    I logged in last night and a DEN Member (Tom) told me he was about to send the state troopers to my house. He was getting worried because it’s been almost a week and no blog. So sorry! But this week has been a busy one for me personally. It started with a 48 hour […]

  13. Grateful

    After a wonderful day of family and giving thanks for the blessings bestowed on us, I wanted to also thank all of you in the DEN for this privilege of being able to serve the best educators anywhere. As I travel our beautiful state, I have seen so many creative and exciting classrooms and teachers […]

  14. Happy Thanksgiving

    With Thanksgiving just moments away, I thought I’d take some time to express my gratitude. This season is an especially salient one. For the first time in seven years, I’ll be spending Thanksgiving day amongst family. Though my hiatus in California was a wonderful growing experience, the time away from family was always hardest to […]

  15. Telling Tales Out of School

         I am just a bit jaded when it comes to digital storytelling presentations. I know I can and will always learn something, but it’s also something I’ve spent a lot of time on. So last week at our (Illinois) fall state EdTech conference, I was absolutely delighted to wander into “Digitelling for Educators” […]

  16. Shooting Sound

          The last external microphone I’d like to explore is the “shotgun” or “boom” mic. This is a good device for recording in a group or picking up the surrounding/ambient noise. This soccer game clip (Download ShotBoom.mov) really doesn’t do it justice, but hopefully you’ll get the idea. The first time I ever used […]

  17. Illinois DEN at the IETC Conference

    The 13th Annual Illinois Education and Technology Conference was held at the Crowne Plaza Conference Center in Springfield on November 16 and 17, and several Discovery Educators from Illinois played important roles at the conference. Over the course of the two day conference, the following Illinois DEN members presented breakout sessions on a variety of […]

  18. Time to Play

    Last Friday I got to spend the day at a Star School, Alta Vista Elementary, with Brook Peabody, Jillian Gay, and Ted Eldridge. I bribed Brook with the shirt he’s wearing if he’d just model it for the blog. He willingly obliged. (Okay, so I played with the blue screen in Ted’s video workroom and […]