Archives for July, 2011

  1. Focusing on the Preferred Future

    People usually have absolute clarity about what they do not want; the challenge of leadership is to help people define with precision and accurac y what they do want.  When we help others see what could be, we develop inspiration and aspiration that challenge and promotes breakthrough thinking and actions. ~ Susan Scott, Fierce Conversations (2002) The […]

  2. DEN Blog Network: Shiny and New, Inside and Out!


    In case you haven’t noticed yet, we have just completed another major upgrade to the DEN Blogs!  Last time around, the upgrades were all behind the scenes.  This overhaul touched on just about every aspect of the blogs, both for the official DE and Leadership Council blogs, as well as your own individual STAR blogs. […]

  3. Reform Symposium 2011


    Did you know there’s a conference going on this weekend?  It’s called the Reform Symposium and it’s happening online this weekend.  This is the 3rd year of this online, free conference and I encourage you to take a look at the schedule and see if there’s anything of interest.  You may want to follow the […]

  4. New Webinars – DEN Summer School 2011


    Join our DEN team starting August 1 for the DEN Summer School Series! Participants will explore how to use a variety of Web 2.0 applications, to engage students and help them communicate their knowledge including creatively publishing media-rich digital stories using editable and copyright friendly content from Discovery Education. These sessions will range from; “Introducing […]

  5. ScreenChomp — New App for Ipad


    ScreenChomp gives you the ability to record on-the-go tutorials, and share them instantly. It’s as easy as uploading your videos to, and sharing them on your blog or webpage. lets you… Serve up a short URL that’s easy to share anywhere. Download your video as an MPEG-4 file. Share on Twitter. Just post […]

  6. HP TouchPad Review


    HP TouchPad tablet (webOS) I have used webOS (yes, the “w” is lowercase) since getting my Pre+ smartphone in February of 2010 and love it. webOS has always gotten great reviews from technology writers and reviewers, but Palm never marketed it correctly. HP bought Palm in April of 2010, mainly for webOS, and promised to […]

  7. Don’t Miss DEN Summer School (Next Week!)


    DEN Summer School is August 1-4. Starting at 11am ET each day, join us for 3 hours of action packed learning. Here’s the schedule. Block 1 Digital Storytelling Block 2 Best of the DEN (featuring DEN Gurus) Block 3 Science Register today to join us: Monday 11am EDT Intro to Digital Storytelling Lindsay Hopkins, […]

  8. Interactive Maps online

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    I am currently taking on on-line course; Michigan History for the 3rd Grade Teacher. One of activities has us critiquing 17th century French maps of the Great Lakes and more. Go here. You can zoom in and out and shift all over the maps. I did check out the Luna Commons site to see what […]

  9. Edutopia


    “Edutopia is a Web site published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas and venture capitalist Steve Arnold, the Foundation celebrates and encourages innovation in K-12 schools. Edutopia’s editorial agenda is based on documenting, disseminating and advocating solutions related to six core learning strategies. Project-based Learning Integrated Studies […]

  10. Transformational Change in Support of the Common Good


    [Effective] “Leaders realize that humans grow intellectually through resolving differences, achieving consensus, and stretching to accommodate dissonance.  They realize there is greater possibility for making connections, stimulating creativity, and growing the capacity for complex problem solving when such differences are bridged.  Interdependent learning communities are built, not by obscuring diversity, but by valuing the friction those differences […]

  11. HP’s Cloud Computing Digital Hub hosted by Tech&Learning


    Tech&Learning, a great, free, resource for educators, hosts HP’s Cloud Computing Digital Hub. This site has free resources, eBooks, and other information about cloud-based infrastructures in K-12 Education. The resources include planning guides, how-to’s and tips, what the cloud is and how it can benefit education, case studies and how cloud computing can transform education and […]

  12. Wisconsin at the DENSI

    Wisconsin represents at the 2011 DEN Summer Institute in San Diego, California! Recently, three WI DEN Leadership Council members (Peg Hartwig from Marshfield School District and Karie Huttner and Rita Mortenson from the Verona Area School District) were selected to attend the 2011 DEN Summer Institute in San Diego, CA. The institute started on Saturday, […]

  13. DENSI — part 5

    Posted for Kass Bates: I am holding a workshop for K-2 McKinney teachers next Monday titled “Reading Rumble.” It will help to get teachers thinking about projects they can do with their students using some of latest children’s books.  My plan is to create a mash-up from one of the  books. So that’s definitely something […]

  14. DENSI — part 4 — what we learned

    Comments from the Texas team something  learned at DENSI: I learned how to make a green screen (search for “green screen”) video. I also learned about mapalist ( is a site dedicated to creating global connections in education. Music is the common thread that can connect us all Google + was a hot topic at DENSI as […]

  15. Discovery Education Science TECHBOOK Overview Webinar

    Join us for a quick overview of all that the Discovery Education Science TECHBOOK has to offer. This session will highlight all of the great resources, instructional strategies, lesson plans, and support available to TECHBOOK users. While archives are helpful if you can not attend in person there is no substitute for being able to […]

  16. DE Support Field Day Extravaganza!

    The end of last month, the Level 1 Support team challenged the Marketing team (reinforced by Level 2 support) to a friendly Summer Field Day! Complete with water balloon tosses and Frisbee Golf! Our most challenging game, “Crossing the Great Divide”, which required both teams to stand in a line with all team members feet […]

  17. DE Science Techbook Video Contest Winner

    During Teacher Appreciation Week, we gave all STARs access to the DE Science Techbook and announced an amazing opportunity for STARs who want to show us how they would use the DE Science Techbook in their classroom. We asked teachers to create a video of them and their students using the DE Science Techbook. We […]

  18. Skype in the Classroom @ SC ETV Technology Workshop

    South Carolina DEN LC members Karen Ogen and Norma Rockwell will be presenting technology tips for the classroom at the South Carolina ETV Technology Workshops July 26-28, 2011. Registration is still available through South Carolina ETV StreamlineSC Norma will share Skype for Educators. “Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers everywhere […]

  19. What’s In the News?

    The Day of Discovery in San Diego is! Right on the heels of DENSI 2011 at the University of San Diego, a fabulous Day of Discovery was held. Nearly 300 educators joined in on the learning. Check out the local news coverage here. (We’ve been told that this link prefers IE or Safari.)