The Discovery Educator Network held a TCEA pre-conference event on Tuesday, February 2, at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. It was well-attended and included break-out sessions on topics such as the 50 ways to integrate Discovery streaming; multimedia presentations that POP; Director’s Cut (digital storytelling); and overviews of Discovery Science and Media Share. Many of the educators in attendance were not yet STARs, but I have a feeling the stars will be shining even brighter in Texas over the next few weeks as several of them put in their applications to become STARs and conduct events.
The day ended with the viewing of the museum’s history-packed movie in the theater, complete with locusts, snakes, and a hurricane! The movie was presented on several screens, with diorama effects, rumbling seats, wind and mist, and numerous other special effects that put us directly into the action! It was a great way to end the event.
Later that evening, the Texas Leadership Council, some STARs, and Discovery Education personnel enjoyed a dinner at the Iron Cactus where we learned that educators in the state of Texas downloaded 10 million video clips last year! Isn’t that amazing? Of course, we are called the biggest and the best for a reason!
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