Archives for February, 2008

  1. Student Discussion Boards

    My district has recently installed Microsoft Sharepoint. This is a dynamic tool (albeit from the MotherShip) that allows me to create and control groups where users can collaborate though shared documents, discussions boards, blogs, and wikis (and many other features). My initial observations of Sharepoint made me realize that it has a distinct Microsoft footprint […]

  2. New Online Resources to Try Through April 15th

    In Iowa we are very blessed to have statewide access to some of the best online resources out there without having to have our individual districts or schools purchase them. The Iowa AEAs and the Iowa Educators Consortium (IEC) who currently give us access to Iowa AEA online and discounted pricing on hardware and software […]

  3. DEN Social Event at MACUL

    If you will be in Grand Rapids for MACUL next week, please plan to attend the DEN social event scheduled for Thursday, March 6th. DEN members are invited to meet at the Amway hotel for wine and appetizers from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Find out what’s new with the Michigan Leadership Council and the DEN. We would […]

  4. TCEA — part 2 — the Vendor Floor

    Better late than never for this post?   Here are some of the interesting things I saw on the vendor floor at TCEA.  >Make sure your schools have Ebsco and Britannica up and running. These are the state purchased databases.  They are free to Texas schools.  Britannica also has a enewsletter called Inside Britannica that has […]

  5. CUE extras you should check out

    If you’re planning on attending California’s largest conference on educational technology, you should know about  special offers and events for DEN members and their guests. On Thursday, March 6 from 9:30 am to 3:30pm Discovery Education is presenting a “Media Makeover” pre-conference day. This day will include several different sessions on how to incorporate technology […]

  6. Little Hands, Giant Reach

    I did a presentation today at IL-TCE in Illinois about Web 2.0 for the early childhood educator and classroom. It’s called Little Hands, Giant Reach and was a heckuva lot of fun to do. Nothing like a roomful of early childhood educators in comedy club to create the perfect atmosphere for a blitz of Web […]

  7. Reaching for the Stars Technology Conference

    Connect with educators from across the state during this unique professional development experience.  The Reaching for the Stars Technology Conference is an event that provides educators a unique opportunity to experience hands-on, quality professional development.   We will kick-off the event on Friday with a gallery walk displaying student work and a keynote address from […]

  8. Got Blog?

    If you answered “No”, or “Why would I blog?”, then it’s time you start blogging! A classroom blog is an engaging way to keep students excited about what they are learning. Blogging is also a great way for educators to establish collaborative relationships with other educators. I have several blogs myself. Obviously, I maintain this blog […]

  9. Elmer's Ultimate Science Fair Sweepstakes

    Ultimate Science Fair Sweepstakes Win a trip to the Discovery Education Young Scientist Challenge (DEYSC) including airfare, hotel and meals, and the opportunity to participate in the DEYSC events and challenges. Five second place winners will receive $1000 in prizes from Discovery Education and Elmer’s. Ends May 31, 2008.

  10. Sweepstakes, Sweepstakes, Sweepstakes!

    Win a Wireless Lab Enter for a chance to win one of 5 grand prize wireless labs valued at more than $50,000 each (includes 20 laptop or notebook computers, interactive whiteboard, mobile cart, projector, printer, wireless access points, portable document camera, digital camcorder, digital camera, and a $5,000 Discovery Education digital media grant. Plus, there […]

  11. DEN Webinar Recap: Test Prep Ideas

    We had a great time Tuesday evening talking about test prep ideas that ranged from the Builders in DE streaming to Wufoo to using your very own DEN blog to post a test prep problem of the day. Kudos to the STARs who launched their DEN blogs immediately after the webinar. Here is the PPT […]

  12. MACUL Session

    The world is getting smaller, as countries strive to work together, and classrooms are opening up to connect with people outside of their classroom walls. The adage,” Think Globally. Act Locally,” is now an essential part of many school activities. Global connections is about thinking globally, communicating with others outside your local community, broadening your […]

  13. MACUL Session

    Eric Strommer, Michigan DEN Events Team Member, will be demonstrating the software Inspiration at the Model Classroom at the MACUL Conference in Grand Rapids.   Come see him demonstrate how teachers can plan, complete and present projects by creating graphic organizers using pictures, text and spoken words. These visual learning tools help students build essential thinking and […]

  14. Webinar tomorrow with Lance Rougeux!

    As much as I love our EdTechConnect and Discovery Connect series, my favorite webinars still tend to be those done by the DEN team. Considering how much time everyone spends at conferences, inservice days and professional development workshops, it’s no wonder that they really have their fingers on the pulse of what teachers’ needs really […]

  15. IL-TCE February 26-29 Updates

    DEN Networking Social Thursday, February 28 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pheasant Run Resort • Pool Atrium Presentations by Comcast & Discovery Education Sneak peak at upcoming additions to Discovery Education streaming and beyond. Registration Page DEN Booth Presentations 20 min DEN STAR presentations in the booth Sign-up to Help-Out or Present at the […]

  16. Focused Practice

    Hello fellow assessment bloggers, Florida’s statewide assessment, FCAT, starts in two weeks. We recently finished our 3rd Think Link assessment of the year (Test B), and our teachers are working to plan instruction based on this data along with the data provided by the multitude of other assessments they use.  To add a bit of […]

  17. MACUL Session

    Cindy Carson, Michigan DEN Chairperson, will be presenting at MACUL on Friday, March 7, from 11:30-12:30.  The session title is “Discovery Streaming…Did they“GET” it?” Here’s Cindy’s description:  Discovery Streaming video clips introduce, reinforce, and review content taught in the classroom.  Participants will learn the benefits of using “Turning Point” interactive classroom response technology, along with […]

  18. The Oscars Came to DEN in SL

    Riptide has been itching to do another Trivia Game Gathering and even though there is one planned for March, I had this feeling that Rip wanted to do something sooner.  Well, sure enough.  In less than 24 hours, Riptide managed to gather enough questions and answers relating to movies which won the Best Pictures category.  […]

  19. HD Camcorders

    Help! Mostly on PC’s. I was down in Kankakee, IL this Saturday for a Day of Discovery and the team of teachers I was working with had all recently been equipped with new Sony hard drive camcorders along with some still cameras. Everything was going along just fine. I was even enjoying just popping one […]