Archives for December, 2006

  1. End of the Year

         I’m always a little leery of the barrage of end of the year shows and columns. I’m hesitant to join the cacophony myself, but it is a natural time to reflect and look ahead.      I hope that I have begun to show the wonderful variety of styles and tools available to […]

  2. I’ve Been Framed!

          With the Frames program that is ($44.95). A friend who works for Tech4Learning gave me a copy of the latest version at a conference last month and playing around with it reminds me what a powerful storytelling tool stop action animation can be. It was one of the original special effects in Hollywood […]

  3. Time to Take Down The Lights–Soon!

    Those whose browsers showed the holiday spirit now need to consider taking down the lights.  In Firefox, you can choose a theme that customizes the icons.  This holiday, I used the Tinseltown theme, which showed lights and candy canes. To get this theme, or to change the theme as I’m going to do for the […]

  4. Time to Take Down The Lights–Soon!

    Those whose browsers showed the holiday spirit now need to consider taking down the lights.  In Firefox, you can choose a theme that customizes the icons.  This holiday, I used the Tinseltown theme, which showed lights and candy canes. To get this theme, or to change the theme as I’m going to do for the […]

  5. Making Moving Pictures

          This was just going to be a simple review of a very powerful program for adding the “Ken Burns” effect or panning and zooming around a picture. PhotoToMovie ($49.95 for both PC’s and Mac) is such a powerful program for doing that, that people have been able to make commercials and DVD’s with […]

  6. Media Matters

    Let’s all welcome Hall Davidson and his Media Matters blog to the DEN blogoshere. I’m sure it will be a great place to learn, share and have some fun. And speaking of fun, you should go right over there to see what this familiar lookiing elf is all about.

  7. “What’s in your bag of tricks?” Promotion

    Over the past few weeks, we have received a number of emails related to the “What’s in your ‘bag’ of tricks?” promotion.  As a reminder, this promotion encouraged Discovery Educators to share their unitedstreaming knowledge and expertise with others.  If you are a Discovery Educator who has conducted two professional development workshops and participated in […]

  8. Media Matters Curtain Up

    Welcome to Media Matters.  We’ll be covering all things media here.  With the season upon us, why not start with a little animation you can make of yourself at http://www.elfyourself.com/.  I’ll attach a little DEN flash in the comment below.  I saved it as an AVI file using SnagIt, a great screen capture (including video) […]

  9. Toys for Tots Discovery Style

    For the past three days, I got into the holiday spirit by visiting a local school to hand out presents, listen to wish lists and deflect questions about where my reindeer were.  As I have come to do now anywhere I go, I managed to tie unitedstreaming into the mix.  While Santa (who is much […]

  10. Update: Special Offers for STAR DEs

    Since it’s the holiday season, I assume your principals, tech coordinators and PTA/PTOs are looking for that perfect gift just for you.  Well, you can remind them that there is a little more than a month left on two special offers for STAR Discovery Educators. InFocus Promotion Details:  STAR Discovery Educators can purchase an InFocus […]

  11. Discovery Educator Network National Poster Contest Update

    As a result of a number of questions related to the DEN National Poster Contest, we are pleased to announce an extension to the deadline and apologize for any inconvenience surrounding the submission process to date. Entries will now be accepted until Monday, January 15, 2007 (5:00 PM EST). To submit your entries, please follow […]

  12. Scanning Basics and Beyond

         Using a scanner to digitize primary sources like photographs, documents and original artwork for your stories is the rock solid foundation of digital storytelling. But choosing and using a scanner can be a challenge. My own research this week, visiting local stores and poking around on the internet, turned up incredible combinations of […]

  13. Tech Tips – Project Demonstrations

    Over the past few years your school/school district has purchased lots of different technology components; interactive Whiteboards, digital editing software, graphic organizing software, not to mention unitedstreaming. And then they said "Ok go use it!" These are all great tools to have in your classroom, but how do you combine their utility into a lesson […]

  14. It’s time to brag.

    During Will Richardson’s excellent EdTechConnect webinar, a few people posted their own blogs and wikis with related resources.  I’ve found them to be a wealth of information.  That really got me thinking.  I wonder how many other DEN members have their own websites/blogs/wikis chock full of information that others could be benefiting from? So take […]

  15. Moving Forward

    For the past three days we met as a team to discuss and strategize the future direction of the DEN.  Our goal has always been to connect teachers to their most valuable resource – each other.  In the past year and a half, the DEN has connected thousands of teachers from all over the world […]

  16. Moving Forward

    For the past three days we met as a team to discuss and strategize the future direction of the DEN.  Our goal has always been to connect teachers to their most valuable resource – each other.  In the past year and a half, the DEN has connected thousands of teachers from all over the world […]

  17. Moving Forward

    For the past three days we met as a team to discuss and strategize the future direction of the DEN.  Our goal has always been to connect teachers to their most valuable resource – each other.  In the past year and a half, the DEN has connected thousands of teachers from all over the world […]

  18. EdTechConnect tonight with Will Richardson!

    Don’t forget that at the end of the day today, we will be hosting an EdTechConnect tonight featuring Will Richardson.  If you’ve never seen Will present, you need to attend.  He is the foremost expert when it comes to educational blogging and the read/write web. Having the world of information at our fingertips on the […]

  19. Magazine Covers and Comic Life

    We’ve been having a little discussion over in the discussion boards about students creating their own magazine covers as a way to express their personalities and tell their story. Along those lines, how about making a comic book or graphic novel? But this program is just for Macintosh users They have a PC version now […]

  20. Trainings this week

    I’ve noticed a few posts asking about who people should contact for upcoming trainings and questions. If you have a training session for which you need a training kit in the next three days, please contact me at betsy_whalen@discovery.com with your name and address and I will make sure you get a kit sent overnight […]

  21. Honoring the past and focusing on the future

    Over the past two days, I’ve been reading the comments posted by the DEN community and wanted to take this opportunity to  respond.  First, everyone at Discovery recognizes and respects the community’s concerns and disappointment with what happened this week.  All of the DEN managers were trusted colleagues and good friends and we will miss […]

  22. Honoring the past and focusing on the future

    Over the past two days, I’ve been reading the comments posted by the DEN community and wanted to take this opportunity to  respond.  First, everyone at Discovery recognizes and respects the community’s concerns and disappointment with what happened this week.  All of the DEN managers were trusted colleagues and good friends and we will miss […]

  23. Honoring the past and focusing on the future

    Over the past two days, I’ve been reading the comments posted by the DEN community and wanted to take this opportunity to  respond.  First, everyone at Discovery recognizes and respects the community’s concerns and disappointment with what happened this week.  All of the DEN managers were trusted colleagues and good friends and we will miss […]

  24. An important message from Discovery Education

    We are writing today to notify you of some upcoming changes to the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) field program and websites.  Moving forward, Discovery has decided to dedicate its resources towards increasing its online efforts for the DEN.  We believe that this decision will allow the DEN to continue effectively supporting our community of educators […]