Archives for February, 2012

  1. PETE&C DEN PreCon 2012 Resources

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    The best in the business–our PreCon presenters this year surpassed expectations. From California to the east coast, this PreCon promised and delivered an amazing day of learning and teaching the DEN way, creating and sharing. Exemplars all, they provided their resources quickly (thank you, Porter for collating) but I was the slow one. To make […]

  2. Appy Hour at the iCafe with the TX DEN

    Come Join the TX DEN for our first Tweet Chat Appy Hour on Twitter ~ Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 6pm CST with hashtag #appyhour. During this fun hour of learning, the TX DEN will lead discussions on using Apps effectively throughout the content areas in k-12 education. While its important to know the best […]

  3. A Week of DEN Learning? Sign me up!

    Giving up a week of a pretty short (7 weeks) summer vacation to do school work?  Um…yeah!  It’s the Discovery Education Network Summer Institute.  Who wouldn’t want that opportunity?!?! So, on this Sunday morning in February, I am hard at work on  my application video and thinking of all the reasons why Discovery Education is […]

  4. We’re Following You, Jan Abernethy, from Harrisville PA to Bozeman MT!!

    10 miles a day--will they make it in time?

    The Annual DEN Summer Institute is legend among DEN members throughout the states, and competition to get a spot at the “densi” is keen. PA is so proud (and I must admit in awe) of Jan Abernethy, who with her horse Sweetie is traveling 1,881 miles from Harrisville, PA to Bozeman, MT, this year’s host […]

  5. Meet MeMe Trading Cards

    After a full Saturday at school (yes, I feel like I live there), it was fun to come home to find my Trading Cards in the mail. I also received one of Jonathan Brewer & Anna Tiry. Have you ordered yours? What do you think? Thank you DEN!

  6. Mythbuster’s Own Tory Belleci is TCEA’s Opening Keynote

    During the week February 6-10, 2012, the Texas Computer Educator Association’s convention was held in Austin, Texas. The opening keynote was Discovery’s own Mythbuster’s co-host, Tory Belleci. He provided a poignant, hilarious look at his own struggle at education and explained why he not only desired to learn science but to ‘do’ science. Tory explained […]

  7. Iron DEN Challenge at TCEA in Austin

    The Texas DEN Leadership Council participated in an Iron DEN Challenge at TCEA in Austin, Texas during the week of the convention. The ‘Special Ingredient’ was an picture of a spitting camel that all teams had to incorporate into their unique team’s digital artifacts. Many teams used audio, the Blabberize site, or some other type […]

  8. Meet DEN STAR (Sharer) Matthew Strine

    DEN STAR Matthew Strine

    Matthew Strine is the Director of Instructional Technology for Propel Schools in Braddock Hills, PA. He is also one superb DEN STAR and super sharer. He volunteered to share out the Google Docs he and his colleagues used as they attended DEN PreCon sessions. As you can see, there’s a wealth of resources, and I […]

  9. Tell Me a Smorie…

    Smories are original short stories written and read by children.  They were thought of by a pair of sisters who enjoyed reading and recording stories for each other.   The website is super simple.  Its just a collection of pictures of the children who have written recorded the stories.  Clicking on the picture takes you […]

  10. TCEA 2012 in Austin, Texas

    I had the excellent opportunity to attend the 2012 Texas Computer Education Association in Austin, Texas two weeks ago to see the latest technology being pushed into the education world. As mentioned in my blog post last week, I was amazed at the different kinds of new tech hardware and software available to classrooms that […]

  11. STARs: Tip-Toe Through the DE Techbook

    Discovery Education is giving STARS exclusive access to the New Techbook! Not only can you surf the Techbook to discover all the great resources and tools for you and your students, but Discovery Education Team will give you a complete tour, showing features that you otherwise would maybe overlook if  browsing the Techbook on your […]

  12. Ed-Tech Readers’ Choice Awards

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    eSchool News is at it again!  They’re accepting nominations right now for the 2012-2013 Ed-Tech Readers’ Choice Awards.  So I was thinking…  wouldn’t it be nice if Discovery Education got a shiny new badge for our website?  You can help make that dream of mine a reality!  I’d do it myself, but “nominations must come […]

  13. TCEA: more links

    More links to info from TCEA sessions: From Steve Dembo’s sessions: 50 ways to spin a digital story   http://50ways.wikispaces.com/ Storytelling for the YouTube Generation     http://prezi.com/sefzj_jpnupp/storytelling-for-the-youtube-generation/ iThink iNeed iPads in the Classroom http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1922908/iPads-TCEA.ppsx General TCEA 2012 Handouts site:    http://www.tcea2012.org/2012/public/Content.aspx?sortMenu=102015&ID=1353 If you’ve got other links from TCEA (like others from Steve or those […]

  14. MO DEN Hosts Live Sci-Con Event in St. Louis

    DEN SCIcon was another great event this year providing professional development to teachers across the country in both virtual and face-to-face venues. This year, 19 people came to CSD in St. Louis to attend the DEN virtual conference and learn from one another. By all accounts the event was spectacular and we even had a […]

  15. To Teach or Not to Teach

    Today I realized that we as educators need to be starting much earlier talking to and requiring students to respect digital content creation. It has become too easy to copy and paste without teaching students that plagiarism exists with digital content too. Images, music, words – all of this content needs to be cited. But […]

  16. Free Teacher Workshop: Storytelling 2.0 in the Classroom- using curriculum materials from the PBS documentary ‘Slavery by Another Name’

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    Slavery by Another Name is a PBS documentary which explores a system of “neo-slavery” that thrived following the Civil War based on forced labor of imprisoned African American men and women through the convict lease system.  A free teacher workshop will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012,  from 9am-3pm at the Atlanta Neighborhood School, 688 […]

  17. DoD in Kalamazoo, Michigan

    On Saturday February 17, 2012 a Day of Discovery was hosted in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A number of teachers and educators were attendance to learn about Data Driven Instruction, differentiated instruction, web 2.0 tools and the Discovery Education Science Techbook. Participants were also given an opportunity to learn about additional topics of their choice through the […]

  18. An Interactive Starry Night

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    You may have already seen this awesome interactive version of The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, but it’s beautiful and worth a re-run. This was created by Petros Vrellis, who credits the software openFrameworks for allowing this to be possible. According to their website openFrameworks is an open source C++ tookit for creative coding. Be sure to have […]

  19. WI DEN Takes Over the Apple Store!

    On Saturday, 30 WI DEN Members came to the Apple Store: West Towne Mall, Madison WI. The morning started with casual sharing while enjoying coffee and rolls provided by the DEN. The Apple staff took time to explain many details and features of the iPad while showcasing some of the top apps available. Our Leadership […]

  20. 60 in 60 – 60 Web Tools in 60 Minutes with Brandon Lutz

    Flying solo, DEN STAR Brandon Lutz #60in6012

    Last year’s P.A.E.C.T. Advocate of the Year, this year’s P.A.E.C.T. Southeast Regional Director, and always a DEN (super) STAR, Brandon Lutz is a legend at PETE&C any year. His name is synonymous with 60 in 60, a presentation that packs an overflowing full house eager to cheer him as he achieves the superman impossible: 60 […]