Archives for May, 2008

  1. Just in case…

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but for me, May, not April, is the cruelest month. It’s wind up, wind down, show time with a gazillion (is that a word?) things coming and going. So, just in case, like me, you missed Jennifer Dorman’s post on Virginia’s Virtual Conference, here’s the cut-to-the-chase reminder […]

  2. A Stellar Success!

    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory was hopping on Sunday night after the Phoenix Mars Lander successfully landed on the polar ice cap of Mars. STAR Discovery Educators and AZ Leadership Council members Darcy White, Diana Laufenburg, Allison Oswald-Keene and I were honored to represent the DEN at the JPL as history was made 422 million miles […]

  3. Transforming…more than meets the eye

    At the risk of sounding too geeky – I’ve renamed this blog in reference to a few different things: One of my all-time favorite cartoons, Transformers, (loved movie too) when I was growing up (ok maybe still) The Phoenix bird (see image in header) My love for technology and its impact within the classroom All […]

  4. A Work Around…

    We hear it all the time. “How about those closed captions for the mac?” Well, today you’re in luck! Thanks to Dennis Cowick of San Diego Unified for sharing these steps for a great work around to make quicktime play nicely with closed captioning! I tested it out and was jumping up and down for […]

  5. Are You Feeling Blue?

    I got this cool trick via DEN Stars, Cindy Lane and Jen Dorman and man is it cool! Did you know that you can use the blue screen feature in Windows MovieMaker?  Yeah – how cool is that?  And since MovieMaker is a free download you don’t have to purchase an expensive movie editor to […]

  6. Live from Mission Control… Mars calling!

    Darcy White, Alison Oswald-Keene, Justin Karkow and I (Diana Laufenberg) were just treated to an amazing event at Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, CA. About two hours ago we were on site watching as the information reported in on the Phoenix Mars Lander landing. Just a few minutes ago, mission control and the scientists at […]

  7. Illinois Bill on Cyberbullying goes to Governor…

    Bill Status of 2426 – The bill is in the Governor’s hands waiting to be signed… 5/22/2008 House Third Reading – Short Debate – Passed 108-001-000 5/22/2008 Senate Passed Both Houses Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Harassing and Obscene Communications Act. Creates the Cyberbullying Law. Provides that the offense of harassment through electronic communications also […]

  8. And the Winner Is…

    During Teacher Appreciation Week, the DEN in SL had an automatic raffle ball going.  Requirements were that there be a minimum of 4 avatars on the EduIsland II and the raffle ball randomly chose avatars every 15 minutes.  We managed to get a picture of one of the lucky winners, Penelope Drucker — CONGRATS Penelope!

  9. Gentle Reminder – May 28th *TIME CHANGE*

    Good Morning!  Yes, I’m in a ‘chipper’ mood this morning….the sun is (finally!) shining, the forecast is for increasingly warmer temps over the next three days, there’s NO SCHOOL on Monday, I don’t have any ‘looming’ deadlines in front of me this weekend, and life is good! Want to remind you of our upcoming Wednesday […]

  10. Frames Webinar Rescheduled

    Join us next Thursday, May 29 at 5 PM EST to learn how to use Frames from our friends at Tech4Learning.  Just visit the webex page by clicking here.  Enter your name and email address.  Click “Join Now” 15 minutes or less prior to the start of the webinar and you’ll be all set.

  11. Welcome North Carolina!

    I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve launched yet another Leadership Council this week.  I hope you all will join me in welcoming North Carolina into the fold!  Their blog is up and has a slideshare introducing you to the members of their leadership council.  Stop by, flip through it and leave them a comment to […]

  12. Get Your Own Site

    This past February Google released a great new tool for educators, students, business’s and all around website needing folks. This new creation is Google Sites. Google Sites claims it fills the need of sharing a group website, which seems to be part wiki, part blog and part modular website. I found Sites to be pretty […]

  13. heasulli's daily diigo bookmarks 05/22/2008

    SurfControl – Access Denied tags: edtech Test Questions – Create Printable Tests and Worksheets – Test Designer tags: worksheets, edtech SIMILE | Exhibit 2.0 tags: edtech a lightweight structured data publishing framework that lets you create web pages with support for sorting, filtering, and rich visualizations by writing only HTML and optionally some CSS and […]

  14. Webinar: What’s coming down the stream for DEN in 2008-2009?

    Last night we had our final EdTechConnect for the year, and on Tuesday we’ll be hosting our final DEN webinar for the school year.   Lance will be our host, and will be sharing our plans for the DEN going forward in 2008-2009.  We’ll talk about the DEN Regional Conferences, the Virtual Conference, our annual Stream-a-Thon, […]


    This is way too exciting and way too cool and I wish I could take credit for figuring this out.  Yesterday my colleague Kim Randall (DEN Account Manager, Western Region) sent me instructions that she received from Dennis Cowick a DEN Star Educator from San Diego Unified School District. CC Instructions for Macs I have […]

  16. Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

    Can’t get enough of the DEN’s amazing professional development events?  Good!  Today we are thrilled to announce a series of two-day conferences designed to enhance your use of Discovery Education’s digital media resources.  The DEN Regional Conferences (August through October) are spread out all over the country so that we can reach as many STARs as possible. Here […]