Archives for May, 2007

  1. What is a DEN event?

    As you know, STAR Discovery Educators are asked to report at least two events each year in order to maintain their STAR status and all the benefits that come with it.  So, what is an event?  Any time you share the power of Discovery with other educators (3 or more), you are hosting an event. […]

  2. Looking for Money?

    A colleague of mine made me aware of a website where teachers can go to submit small grant proposals for a variety of needs in their classroom.  At Donor’s Choose, you can type up your proposal and then donors can browse those proposals and choose which one(s) they wish to fund.  My colleague received $200 […]

  3. Get SMART!

    Linda Rush, events coordinator for the Texas DEN Leadership Council, and a SMART Exemplary Educator, sent me information about an opportunity our STAR DE’s might be interested in.  SMART sends out a monthly newsletter entitled SMART Technologies Education News in which the Texas consultants, Marci Walk and Heather Lamb, outline tips and tricks for using […]

  4. Great Music for the Classroom. But…

    Some great and productive DEN members from Georgia emailed me recently about freeplaymusic.com.  The music at this is site is fantastic– film sound track quality stuff. You must visit it.  And, although created for media professionals, it is specifically free for classroom teachers doing educational projects with students in their classrooms.  Students assembling media with […]

  5. Great Music for the Classroom. But…

    Some great and productive DEN members from Georgia emailed me recently about freeplaymusic.com.  The music at this is site is fantastic– film sound track quality stuff. You must visit it.  And, although created for media professionals, it is specifically free for classroom teachers doing educational projects with students in their classrooms.  Students assembling media with […]

  6. ShiftHappens

    Have you seen Karl Fisch’s movie "Did You Know"? Well, recently, Jeff Brenman updated it a bit and converted it into a powerpoint presentation which just won the Best Presentation in the World award from Slideshare.net.  Well Done!! Jeff gave me permission to tweek his work a little bit & turn it back into a […]

  7. I'm Cookoo for Voki!

    Leave it to Steve Dembo to recommend another TOTALLY ADDICTIVE web 2.0 tool! A while ago he turned us on to Voki, a website that lets you create an animated avatar that you can customize and add your own voice to. Who said education can’t be fun? Just wanted to share with you all that […]

  8. Sundown in the City

    Earlier this month we had our first TN DEN Event in Knoxville.  Several DEN members met at the Preservation Pub in Market Square for a summer evening concert with The Wailers.  It was a fun evening with good music and great company!  We hope to have many more DENners with us at our next DEN […]

  9. Maintain Your Star Status!

    This was posted by Lance on the National Blog…If you are not subscribed to it through RSS or Feedblitz I would highly recommend it. It’s quick and easy, just enter your email address on the National Page and voila! You’re Done! For those of you that are not STAR members at the present time, it’s […]

  10. STAR Status for 2007-2008

    On September 1, 2006 we introduced a new level of membership in the DEN: STAR Discovery Educator.  STAR Discovery Educators are the most active participants in the community and in return, they receive all sorts of additional benefits.  As we approach the end of the 2006-2007 school year, we want to make sure that all […]

  11. Google Timelines

    In many school subjects, we use timelines to account events throughout history. We not only consolidate data and make our own timelines, but we view timelines to help us visual the context in which these events occurred. Google now offers the ability to have your search results displayed in timeline format! What a neat feature! Check out this example […]

  12. Voices of Youth

         I just got an email from my friends at the International Student Media Festival announcing a joint venture between them and the Hope Foundation (where "failure is not an option" is their trademark) to put together a video of K-12 student interviews to show to 2,000 educators at their international conference in the […]

  13. Hurricane Awareness Week

    May 20-26 is Hurricane Awareness Week in Texas. I thought I would post some resources on the blog to help you plan lessons during the week if you’d like to participate. The Governor’s Division of Emergency Management has a website with a lot of information about how to be prepared for and safe during hurricane […]

  14. Innovate 2007

    Last Tuesday, May 8th, I attended Innovate 2007 in Richmond. Innovate 2007 promised to be a peek into the innovative end of technology. According the Innovate Website, “Innovate 2007, modeled after the WIRED NextFest expo, will showcase the innovative technologies and products that could transform education. The expo is organized around the five major components […]

  15. Let's Build Something Together – Writing Prompt Builder

    Ok so here we are on Friday and, as promised, here is the third of three postings on The Builders (Assignment, Quiz and Writing Prompt). Today we’re going to tackle the Writing Prompt Builder. The Writing Prompt Builder is a tool that allows you to tie together any image that you find on unitedstreaming with […]

  16. Let’s Build Something Together – Writing Prompt Builder

    Ok so here we are on Friday and, as promised, here is the third of three postings on The Builders (Assignment, Quiz and Writing Prompt). Today we’re going to tackle the Writing Prompt Builder. The Writing Prompt Builder is a tool that allows you to tie together any image that you find on unitedstreaming with […]

  17. First Mass E-mailing to NY DEN Members

    For those of you who may not have received the first mass e-mailing to all NY DEN members, here is the content of the e-mail: On behalf of the NY DEN Leadership Council, I am emailing to try to share with you what the NY DEN Leadership Council has been up to lately. There is […]

  18. Going, Going, GONE!!!

    Get them while you can! Was notified by DEN that they have some extras in the warehouse of some training materials.  Now’s the time to order some (they come in packs of 10), especially if you’re going to be doing training over the summer.  I understand that once these are gone — that’s it!  So […]

  19. The Benefits of Being a STAR

    I’ve been to a lot of events recently where I’ve heard STAR Discovery Educators talking to each other about the DEN and how much they value the community.  Inevitably, someone who is not familiar with the DEN asks, "What is a STAR Discovery Educator and why would you want to become one?" So, I took […]