Archives for December, 2007

  1. Tech Tidbit #2: SMS to avoid OMG

    I used to focus my thoughts on “Text Speak” on the implications it would have on our written language. Is SMS just the natural evolution of language (anyone whose ever had to read Beowulf is probably thankful about how much our language has already changed), or is it “belittling” the written word? After reading the […]

  2. Technology Media Fair in need of Online Volunteers

    The Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas has an annual Technology Media Fair. This year, the district has opened up several categories for online judging. The hope, above all, is that this will help keep district students excited about technology and about sharing their work with a global audience. This is where you come […]

  3. Technology Media Fair is looking for judges.

    See below for a great opportunity to get involved with other leadership councils. I hope that everyone has a safe holiday season and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Karrie Elaine Plybon, blog coordinator for the Texas DEN Leadership Council, needs YOU! The Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas, for which she […]

  4. Here Comes the Judge

    …and it could be you! I see on the Texas blog that Elaine Plybon’s district is looking for engaged tech folk to help judge their media fair. There are six categories K-12: audio, website, art, photography, product design, and, of course, video. Just pick whichever group and grade level interests you. This is a great […]

  5. WANTED: Online Judges

    Elaine Plybon, blog coordinator for the Texas DEN Leadership Council, needs YOU! The Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas, for which she works, has an annual Technology Media Fair. This year, the district has opened up several categories for online judging. The hope, above all, is that this will help keep district students excited […]

  6. Texas DEN Leadership Council Needs YOU!

    Elaine Plybon, blog coordinator for the Texas DEN Leadership Council, needs YOU!  The Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas, for which she works, hosts an annual Technology Media Fair.  This year, the district has opened up several categories for online judging.  The hope, above all, is that involving you as judges will keep the students […]

  7. Help a Fellow DEN Member Out Please

    Elaine Plybon, blog coordinator for the Texas DEN Leadership Council, needs YOU! The Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas, for which she works, has an annual Technology Media Fair. This year, the district has opened up several categories for online judging. The hope, above all, is that this will help keep district students excited […]

  8. Texas Needs You!

    Elaine Plybon, blog coordinator for the Texas DEN Leadership Council, needs YOU! The Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas, for which she works, has an annual Technology Media Fair. This year, the district has opened up several categories for online judging. The hope, above all, is that this will help keep district students excited […]

  9. Podcasts Anyone?

    I would like to know if there are any Iowans out there who are currently podcasting with their students or for their students. It seems to be that putting audio or video out on the internet with easy access and viewing has created an easy way for students to get excited but at the same […]

  10. RL Project

    I know that for the most part I normally post about SL events in this blog. Here’s an exception to the rule…’cause it’s a REALLY wonderful opportunity to show students how far their reach really is in this digital age. Elaine Plybon (you know her as Celestia Cazelet) shared this information: I work for a […]

  11. Virtual Judges Needed in Texas

    Message from the TX DEN LC: A fellow DEN Leadership Council needs your help. The Irving Independent School Districtin Irving, Texas, has an annual Technology Media Fair. This year, the district has opened up several categories for online judging. The hope, above all, is that this will help keep district students excited about technology and […]

  12. ISTE Docent Gathering

    Blogging ‘live’ from ISTE Island where a social gathering for Docents is currently taking place. A large snowman (and yes, KJ Hax attempted to sit on it AGAIN) dominates the skating rink as Docents try their hand at skating (thanks to the free skates available). This is the FIRST time EVER that I’ve skated and […]

  13. The Texas DEN Leadership Council Needs OUR Help!

    Elaine Plybon, blog coordinator for the Texas DEN Leadership Council, needs YOU! The Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas, for which she works, has an annual Technology Media Fair. This year, the district has opened up several categories for online judging. The hope, above all, is that this will help keep district students excited […]

  14. Free Program to DEN STAR Members!

    Our friends at Tech4Learning have generously offered to give all interested STAR Discovery Educators a free copy of their very popular program, WebBlender. WebBlender is a great tool for combining all of the great content you find in Discovery Education streaming.  Web authoring, podcasting, digital storytelling and more!  From videos and images, to sound effects […]

  15. Check Your Mailboxes

    Email inboxes that is.  Your Winter Buddy’s name has been sent to you.  It’s time to start sharing winter messages.  Enjoy your newfound friends.  It’s not to late to gain a Winter Buddy.  Just send an email to ny.den.leaders@gmail.com and we’ll pair you with a new friend.

  16. You've Just Got to Try Jott

    OK everyone- I’m like, totally going to use this tool ALL the time! Jott is a free service that offers you a phone number to call in order to record a message that will be translated into text format and sent via email. Jotts can be sent to yourself or to a group of contacts. […]

  17. Would You Help?

    Invitation to Online Judging My school district has a Media Fair every year. This year, they are opening the judging to anyone with an internet connection and an interest in technology in education. My first thought was of my fellow DEN members, so here’s the request — Won’t you consider spending a little bit of […]

  18. Millennials + Think Pink = A Discovery Education

    The buzz about the millennials continues since Morley Safer’s 60 Minutes segment aired in November. Poised to enter the workforce, they are hardworking, resourceful, and tech savvy multi-taskers. So why are these Gen Ys taking so much heat? Important to them: self, friends, family, rapid rise. Not as important: the older generation. After my friend, […]

  19. Impact of Technology on Students

    There has really been an avalanche of research regarding the evolving learning profile of the “digital native.” It doesn’t matter whether or not you fully subscribe to all of Prensky’s assertions (as I know some of you don’t), you can’t deny that the technological reality in which our students are immersed (largely outside of school) […]

  20. Tech Tidbit #1: Egocasting

    In an effort to raise the level of conceptual conversation in my school district, Jeff Moore, Administrative Supervisor for Curriculum & Instruction/ Technology (aka my tech boss), has recently begun sharing some of his thoughts about technology & education. So that we can spread the conversation, he has graciously agreed to let me post them […]