Archives for July, 2007

  1. Rethinking assessment for the new school year

    I have enjoyed reading the thought provoking postings over the past few weeks.  As we plan for the start of a new school year, I am working on ways to help teachers see data analysis as part of their everyday instructional planning and not just something that we do in team meetings.  We use data […]

  2. DEN Educator Spotlight

    I hope you all are having a great summer! Our very own Leadership Council Chair Katie Knapp is the current DEN Spotlight Educator.  Visit the DEN Educator Spotlight to learn more about Katie.  Katie is a very accomplished educator who has shown a great commitment to children and technology integration.  Please leave Katie a comment […]

  3. Great Sites from the UK

    I stumbled upon a great site today at  At first, I thought, "This is the UK.  They’re going to say maths instead of math, color will be spelled colour, and the talking will all sound like Tony Blair or Gordon Brown."  I almost kept stumbling.  Then I thought, "You know, one of my favourite […]

  4. Are We Killing Creativity?

    Wow . . . Thanks to Ken Pruitt for sharing this video on his DuBois and Beyond Ning network.  I also published this over on my cliotech blog. The video is from a presentation delivered by Sir Ken Robinson at the 2006 TED Conference (TED = Technology, Entertainment, Design). I have been engaged in conversation […]

  5. ThinkLink Free to STAR DEN Members

    I sat through a wonderful webinar today with Donna Neblett from Discovery (who else, right?).  Donna took us on a quick down-and-dirty tour of ThinkLink reporting and assessments.  I had already seen a little of this at NECC, but once again I was totally blown away by the possibilities this software has to offer. We […]

  6. How To: Create a Landmark

    Want an easy way to return to DEN in SL Headquarters?  Anything beats flying around the EduIsland II sim looking for DEN in SL (now was it near the castle?  maybe next to the self-guided tour car?).  Remember, DEN in SL is on EduIsland II at 69, 99, 21.  Get yourself there and you’ll never […]

  7. How To: Join DEN in SL

    So you’ve heard about Second Life.  You’ve read the posts on this blog (and perhaps other blogs related to Second Life).  You’ve signed up for an account.  You may even have gotten your avatar off of Orientation Island (congrats BTW!!!).  Now what?  You DEFINITELY want to join the DEN group in SL.  That way you’ll […]

  8. SlideCasting

    I have spent pretty much all summer reading, exploring, blogging, and discussing new Web 2.0 applications as they pop up online.   I have spent hours teaching Web 2.0 "academies" to interested teachers.  I just learned about a brand new feature for one of my favorite Web 2.0 applications, SlideShare, from Chris Craft’s Crucial Craft blog. […]

  9. Back to School with DEN

    I hope that Lance won’t mind, but I took this posting directly from the DEN National Blog.  While I realize that this is a NJ DEN event, other nearby states are invited as well.  August 15th is the RSVP deadline.  Download the PDF for more details. The DEN will be in New Jersey on August […]

  10. Save the Date!

    After many months and many meetings and many e-mails, the DEN in SL Leadership Council is thrilled to be able to invite you to our Premiere Gala Event. The event will be at the DEN in SL Headquarters (EduIsland II 69, 99, 21) on August 15th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. SLT (that would be […]

  11. Back To Basics (The Letter B)

    Ok so the last Back to Basics posting was brought to you by the letter "A." As always, the focus of the Back to Basics blog will be to explain terminolgy in easy to understand language, offer tips and tricks (even for advanced users), and provide suggestions for using technology and unitedstreaming inside the classroom. […]

  12. Software Purchasing Site

    As my esteemed colleague Debbie B. points out, school is rapidly approaching for us Floridians. I start back on Monday (11 month extended contract guy here!) very much to my chagrin. As we move back to school, we all need some sort of software or other tech goodie to buy with any Lead Money you […]

  13. Summer break- more useful "non-ed" tools

    Cell phones seem to work just about everywhere these days.  Internet access also seems to be just about everywhere these days as well.  Last week, I found myself in a situation where I had internet access, but no telephone service whatsoever.  I was at the Discovery National Institute in the Carribbean and there were many […]

  14. Okay, I'm Impressed with Phonevite

    Recently, I set up iGoogle as my homepage on my computer.  I decided to do this so I could have better access to my gmail account, blogs I read, news items, and other such important necessities of life.  I also added a widget that tracks my tags.  I didn’t pay much attention to it […]

  15. Assessment and Student Motivation

    Hello everyone! I’ve had a great time this summer reading up on authentic assessment tools used in today’s classrooms:  observation, discussion, portfolios, checklists, interviews, learning logs, rubrics, and self-assessments.  Although I often find it difficult to carve out the time for interviews or conferencing with individual students, it seems these special times provide rich rewards […]

  16. World Language Study

          It’s taken me 34 years to finally set foot in the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Several of my college language professors had worked for the OSS (predecessor to the CIA), Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, and Radio Marti, and thought my love of languages made me a natural for their […]

  17. Back to School Discovery Days in NJ

    The DEN will be in New Jersey on August 21 and 22 for two jam-packed Days of Discovery.  Come learn about new ways to use media in the classroom and network with some amazing STAR Discovery Educators.  And, join us for a special evening event on August 21. You don’t have to be from NJ […]

  18. Cruising With the STARs

    I am soooo tardy in getting this posting up. After losing my luggage and teaching five workshops (starting the day after I returned from the DNI Cruise), I had little time to catch up on my blogging. The DEN cruise was really outstanding. I just can’t even begin to fully catalogue all the applications, ideas, […]

  19. Back to Basics

    The idea of this posting, and its subsequent postings comes, from my good friend, and DEN Star Member, Stevie Kline – Intermediate Unit One Coal Center in Pennsylvania. During a recent conversation Stevie asked me if we could include some information for users that are not only brand new to unitedstreaming, but may be getting […]