Archives for April, 2011

  1. Writing?

    I can still hear my 4th Grade teacher, Miss O’Malley say, “You need to say what you mean, then write it.” What’s interesting is I just did that. I’m writing (actually speaking) these words you’re reading, on the iPad … using Dragon Dictation. So now, more than ever, it still helps to say what you […]

  2. iBrary

    Usually when someone raves about a book, it’s about plot, or character development, or imagery. It’s rarely about ease of download or file transfer.  But today (actually no one’s really sure when) Apple changed something and now getting iBooks into your iPad is easier than using a library card.    And this is great news […]

  3. What forms of leadership might lead to dramatic improvements in student learning through effective uses of technologies?

    The Leadership Styles of: Telling, Forcing, Participating and Transforming Below you will find a table that looks at a comparison of four general strategies that a leader may employ. Truthfully not all leaders can effectively lead from all four strategies.  Some are ‘tellers’, others are ‘participatory’, others are really into the authority of ‘force’ and […]

  4. What else is there to do on April 30th?

      Do I want to: Build a playground at Propel East in Turtle Creek, PA?  Participate in a community cleanup in Braddock, PA? Participate in the 2011 DEN Virtual Conference in-person event at Propel Braddock Hills? Participate in Urban Dare in downtown Pittsburgh? Of course I have a decision or two to make.   I will […]

  5. EdCamp Chicago

    EdCamp Chicago is Coming! What: EdCamp Chicago – an unconference devoted to K-12 Education issues and ideas Where: Adlai E Stevenson High School 1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069-2824 When: May 21, 2011 Cost: FREE! Rough Schedule (Subject to change) 8:30 – 10:00 Arrival/ Registration/ Breakfast / Opening Speaker-Angela Maiers 10:00 – 11:10 First Session […]

  6. Reaching Digital Natives with an Army of Digital Illegal Aliens

    These are the days of “less is more”. Teachers need to embrace the technology that is going to make teaching this generation affordable and possible. John Dewey said “… if we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow”. So how can teachers, technophobic and otherwise, incorporate this new resource to […]

  7. Flipping Out!

    Cisco’s recent announcement discontinuing the popular Flip camera caught everyone, especially the education community, by surprise. I have always enjoyed walking into a school to do a “Makin’ Movies” workshop and finding a number of those handy little cameras ready for participants. I personally have always favored and recommended Kodak’s Zi line, especially for Mac […]

  8. EdCamp Chicago

    Professional development is on the minds of most educators. For some, finding time and/or money for a conference can be a little challenging.  Many people reach out to their PLN and fellow DEN members for great learning opportunities.  Many of us also take advantage of the excellent opportunities provided by Discovery Education. Those within several […]

  9. DE’s version of American Idol – DEN Guru Style

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from some of the DEN’s best and brightest. 12 DEN Guru finalists have been selected and are presenting next week for a panel of judges and you! We hope you’ll join us. Monday 4/18 6-8pm EDT (Register here.) 6pm- Charlene Chausis   ePub and the Future of the Book 6:30pm- […]

  10. Gulf Spill Investigations & Our Effect on the Systems we Live in

    In the case that you did not know about Jeff Corwin’s webinar on the Horizon disaster last year, please check your schedule for a 10 o’clock slot this Tuesday, April 19th. (register here) At Agua Caliente Elementary School in the Tanque Verde School District in Northeast Tucson, the fifth grade will come together to discuss […]

  11. The Quest for Curiosity Comes to a Close

    The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) would like to thank all of you that participated in the Quest for Curiosity.  We hope the Quest for Curiosity served as a great challenge for your students, and that it provided them with the opportunity to explore engaging and relevant content while harnessing 21st century skills. As we mentioned […]

  12. Discovery Education Sparkled at MSET 2011

    On Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th, Kyle Schutt and I had the pleasure of hosting the Discovery Education Digital Media Lab at MSET 2011.  Our goal during these two days was to share and uncover new ways to captivate the attention of 21st century learners using digital media, tools, and resources from Discovery […]

  13. Texas Tidbits

    A couple of notes for Texas Folks: First, three of our own Texas DEN STARS (and LC members) are among the DEN Guru finalists this year.  They are Kim Caise Global Collaboration Projects using Web Tools and Web Conferences Lea Anne Daughrity Touching 21st Century Science Elaine Plybon Using Media for Student-Centered Assessment They will present […]

  14. DEN Guru Finalists: Presentation Schedule

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from some of the DEN’s best and brightest. 12 DEN Guru finalists have been selected and are presenting next week for a panel of judges and you! We hope you’ll join us. Monday 4/18 6-8pm EDT (Register here.) 6pm- Charlene Chausis   ePub and the Future of the […]

  15. Music on the River

    We still have a few spaces in our Music on the River Trek! Join North Carolina Museum and state parks staff as we canoe the New River to take a look at river ecology and ways to use music as an educational tool! Please email me if you have questions. To register visit the Museum’s […]

  16. 2011 Spring VirtCon event in Iowa!

    Join the DEN Iowa Leadership Council as we host not one, but two education celebrities! Featured Speaker and Keynote Steve Dembo will show us how students are learning and interacting in this Web 2.0 world.   Then Dr. Lodge McCammon from the Friday Institute at NC State University will teach us numerous strategies for using […]

  17. Register for an In Person Event

    All Saints Catholic Academy will be hosting an in-person event featuring the 2011 Discovery Virtual Conference. Light breakfast and a light lunch will be provided. Saturday, April 30, 2011 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM (central time) All Saints Catholic Academy 1155 Aurora Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 Park in east lot and use Door 7. Click […]