The DEN National Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, National Headquarters of the Discovery Channel is now in Day 4! This has been the best professional development I have ever experienced! Here is a rundown of the non-stop action.
Day 1 – After some cool new tips, our group produced an enhanced Podcast (VodCast) of showcasing cool technology projects done throughout many different states. The finished product was shown to the whole group to end an exciting first day.
Day 2 – VIDEO, VIDEO, VIDEO! Based upon the AFI curriculum, stepped up for this group, Joe Brennen shared his expertise to help us produce the ultimate Door scene! At the end of the night, we got to see our videos on the big screen in the Discovery HD Theater. We also had a special guest with a preview of the upcoming (August) Shark Week! We are all now experts on the Hammerhead shark.
Day 3 – Time to start our major projects which will include an interactive assignment for students designed on a Discovery project that is still in BETA. The highlight was the dinner on the rooftop of Discovery National Headquarters followed by a four hour night tour of Washington DC and more!
Day 4 – We are working on finishing up our projects. Mine will include purple and pink puppets from another state! Several Virginia STAR DEN are here with me and we are all tired after all the hard work and the great night on the town. Dinner is soon and then tommorow we will finish up around noon after we present our projects!
Discovery has put together an incredible week, I can only guess that next year there will be thousands of educators fighting for a place in these national institutes!
Star DEN Member, VA LC Member