Archives for April, 2011

  1. Spring VirtCon 2011:SC In-Person Events

    Join the DEN online or in-person for the Spring Virtual Conference! This event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 30th. Think Outside the Book with thousands of educators from all over the world as we connect during this unique professional development experience where you can attend in-person, online or both! Learn powerful ways […]

  2. Help on the Homefront

    In a White House event this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families. Heeding the challenge, Discovery Education announces a national campaign to support education for children of military families. Discovery Education has pledged the following in support of […]

  3. NorCal DEN Cyber Walk

    Take a Cyber Walk in Stockton Take a “cyber” walk with Christa McAuliffe Middle School DEN members! From the comfort of the school’s climate controlled computer lab, you’ll learn powerful ways to integrate digital media and Web 2.0 tools into your instruction. You’ll discover an abundance of resources to expand your own personal learning network. […]

  4. DEN Guru Finalists

    Wow! What an exceptional group of talented educators we have in the DEN. Thanks to those of you who applied to be part of the 2011 class of DEN Gurus. This was a very exciting, and difficult, process. All of the applications were phenomenal! We set out to choose 10 finalists and couldn’t do it. […]

  5. MIT Scratch Programming Workshop (Free)

    Scratch Educator Meetup Open to All Boston-Area Educators Saturday, April 16 10AM – 1PM MIT Media Lab Create and Share Your Own Interactive Stories, Games, Music and Art Come learn about Scratch, a free programming environment created by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. With Scratch, young people can create interactive stories, […]

  6. Squish Circuits: Teaching Electricity with Play-dough

    Science Teachers!  Classroom Teachers!  Wouldn’t your students love this! 4 Minute Video Demonstration with AnnMarie Thomas From TED In a zippy demo at TED U, AnnMarie Thomas shows how two different kinds of homemade play dough can be used to demonstrate electrical properties — by lighting up LEDs, spinning motors, and turning little kids into […]

  7. Taking organizing and planning lessons from Ben Franklin – great tips for educators too

    I recently saw Ben Franklin’s daily schedule and planner on Larry Ferlazzo’s website (which is an awesome resource for educators). I was a long time user of Franklin Quest (now Franklin Covey) paper planners and used their planning software and methods on my first PDA and had heard that they had gotten some of their […]

  8. Free utilities for your Windows computer – powerful and useful

    Windows comes with some utilities that allow you to perform different maintenance on the system, but the included versions are not always the best. Piriform has a variety of free utilities for Windows that I use and that I recommend to others. CCleaner – cleans out your temporary files, internet history, cookies, form history, recycle bin, and […]

  9. Mobile Learning Everywhere

    We will be further updating you with reactions, exciting finds, and wonderful happenings from the AZ K12 Center Mobile Learning Conference through the week, but you can easily explore what was going on by visiting the Mobile Learning experience Posterous or Twitter pages. Tony Vincent created an easy blogging platform for all attendees to contribute […]

  10. MEGA Showcase Coming Soon

    You are cordially invited to join us at NC State for MEGA’s annual Technology Showcase … Critical Thinking in 21st Century Classrooms: 12th Annual MEGA Showcase http://www.ncsu.edu/mega/events.htm Wednesday, May 4, 2011 – 3:30 – 5:30 PM The Friday Institute, Raleigh, NC Exhibits, demos, door prizes & more at this networking extravaganza! Exhibits from K-12 schools […]

  11. DEN Stars Shine at Massachusetts Reading Conference

    “Engage, Enrich, and Instruct using Technology in the Middle School Classroom” was the topic presented by Massachusetts DEN Stars, Rachel Leblanc and Robin Talkowski, along with their colleague Alison Breaux at the recent Massachusetts Reading Association Conference, “Setting Sail for New Horizons in Literacy.” Storybird, Glogster, TweenTribune,  Flocabulary, and Voki along with the AFI Curriculum […]

  12. NCSU Astronomy Open House

    The next NC State Astronomy open house will be Friday night, April 22nd, at our Reedy Creek Observatory. All are invited for an evening of stargazing, constellation finding, telescope viewing of deep sky objects, and refreshments. The evening will get underway around 8:30 pm, which is approximately 30 minutes after sunset. Please see the website, […]

  13. Twitter as a Research Resource

    Back in the fall I was given the assignment to learn as much as I could about the iPad in order to support the agency I work for, and our member districts, as they begin various pilot programs.  When I was first presented with this project, I was overwhelemed with the amount of information I was […]

  14. The AmeriDEN Idol

    The AmeriDEN Idol event on March 30th was incredibly entertaining and informative. South Carolina STARs came together to share some innovative and creative gadgets and tools for the classroom. Steven Tyler thought all the presentations were “beautiful man”, Randy “was down with it Dawg”, and Ellen just loved everybody. Checkout the list of things shared. […]

  15. The Needed Virus

    Tuesday night, Learning.com graciously sponsored “The Needed Virus” webinar featuring our very own, self-proclaimed DEN Princess, Porter Palmer. In case you missed it live, here it is. But first… the enticing description! The rapidly changing needs of the business world demand rapid changes in the way we teach students. Restructuring of teacher workdays and budget […]

  16. Looking to Improve Student Math Skills?

    Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 Can Help You Visualize Mathematical Concepts Microsoft Math 4.0 is a free download and features a large collection of tools, tutorials, and instructions designed to help you tackle math and science problems quickly and easily.  “With Microsoft Mathematics, students can learn to solve equations step-by-step while gaining a better understanding of fundamental […]

  17. Beyond Chalk: Tools and Training Make the Modern Classroom

    I recently had the opportunity to spend half a day listening to a major national speaker in the area of technology who spent a number of opportunities during her presentation addressing interactive whiteboards.  Her stance was that this was a waste of money, that indeed a sheet and an overhead projector could accomplish the same […]

  18. Registration is Now Open for the Upstate New York Day of Discovery

    Discovery Education, the Central NY Regional Information Center (CNYRIC), and Fayetteville-Manlius Schools are pleased to present the Upstate New York Day of Discovery at Fayetteville-Manlius High School in Manlius, NY on Saturday, May 14th. Designed specifically for New York educators, this interactive day of free professional development will highlight creative ways to engage students and […]