Monthly Archives: November 2010

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Join Me on the ECHO Series

Join Me on the ECHO Series

I am so excited to let you know that I have been invited to present on the K12 Online Conference Echo series. My Skype buddy, Jan Wells(from Kansas), and I rolled out our K12 Online Conference presentation on October 27. Shortly after our session went “live” we were invited to be the first presenters for

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http://www.e-learningforkids.org is a great site that provides free e-courses for kids all around the world. This site has engaging and interactive courses for kids in online safety, computer skills such as using Google, typing, and core subjects like language arts, math, and science. Most of the courses are for elementary school-aged children, and involve dynamic

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Skype Guest of the Week

Jennifer Bond, a DEN STAR educator from the Walled Lake Consolidated School District in Michigan, has a “Skype Guest of the Week.”  This past week, JoAnne Kaminski, a Reading Specialist from Wisconsin, visited Mrs. Bond’s 3rd grade classroom. The two educators connected as a result of Mrs. Bond’s post on the Skype in Schools wiki which describes how

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DEN Stars Shine at MassCUE

The DEN presence was very apparent at this year’s MassCUE Annual Conference at the end of October. Stars presented on a variety of topics showing the range of interests and expertise in our professional learning/sharing network. Several of us also gathered at lunch on the first day; it was great to put some names and

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10 Digital Aces + 20 GPS +14 Teachers + 1 DEN STAR = Treasure Hunting on a Whole New Grid

Does this look like fun? What a fun Friday 14 teachers, 9 Digital Aces, 1 DEN STAR + Instructional Coach had teaching and learning all about educational uses of geocaching. Tailored to cover all the subjects the participating educators teach, the experience was delightfully different professional development, with students helping teachers learn. 14 teachers +

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Google Docs for the Classroom and Much More!

For many years now, I have been an avid user of as much Google as possible. Google Maps, Images, Gmail, Places, Docs…I think I’ve tried just about everything. I recently gave a presentation to my school staff about using Google Docs in the classroom, and I shared the following links with them: Google for educators

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Canadian Winter Webinar Series

Yes, you can participate in engaging professional development and all you need is a computer and internet access! Do you use Discovery Education ‘streaming’ Canada in your classroom? Did you know that in addition to our videos there we also have sound effects, images, encyclopedia articles and more. Have you created a writing prompt and

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Geocaching: “The Sport Where You Are The Search Engine”

Geocaching for Educators In prepping for a geocaching event at SHS with DEN STAR Jennifer Brinson, I did my homework by checking DEN STARS who are known as the gurus of geocaching, Bridget Belardi, Chris Champion, and Kristin Hokanson. In the process, Champion shared with me the Creative Commons site that Hokanson and he created

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