Archives for April, 2012

  1. Colorado Day of Discovery

    Saturday, April 14, 2012 nearly 150 educators gathered in Aurora, CO for a Day of Discovery.  Not sure what a Day of Discovery is?  It’s a day of professional development, networking, learning and fun — all centered around Discovery Education! This day was hosted at Vista PEAK Preparatory School, which is a new building in […]

  2. The Untethered Classroom

    I was told it couldn’t be done – so of course I had to prove them wrong. Since last year when I received a class set of i-Pads through a grant that I participated in, I have wanted to be able to project my iPad and all of the apps that I have through my […]

  3. Things I Think You Should Read

    When I was the Blog Chair for the Wisconsin Leadership Council, I wrote several posts with the title above.  Most of the articles I shared were posts I came across on Twitter, Google Reader, or in a few cases, Facebook.  Regardless, there were many pieces of writing that I felt made me think and wonder. […]

  4. Dear Diary 2.0- Penzu and NEW Penzu Classroom

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    Dear Diary 2.0 ~ with PENZU http://penzu.com/ and http://penzu.com/classroom Penzu is an online journaling program with numerous features for you or your students.  Some features are free, such as password protection for journals, and some advanced features (such as mobile device access) are included in the Penzu PRO 19.00 per year fee. After signing up- […]

  5. Introducing the Rising STAR Program

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    I am excited to announce the start of a new DEN program called the Rising STAR. This is an optional 6 week program designed for all new STARs to welcome them into the DEN and connect with this amazing community. Over the years the DEN has flourished into a wealth of information and resources and we […]

  6. Social Learning Summit Archives

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    The Social Learning Summit, held on Saturday, April 21st, was a great success.  Thousands of educators from all over the world had a chance to view over 70 presentations during the six hour event.  The initial feedback and comments from attendees was very positive and we heard plenty of good things from the in-person events […]

  7. The Seventh Podcast “All PD should be like this”

    “All PD should be like this” That was the resounding message after a day in Frederiction, New Brunswick as nearly 40 educators gathered for the Social Learning Summit on Saturday, April 21. DEN stars Jeff Whipple and Brian Facey put together a fantastic opportunity for New Brunswick teachers. The day began in a large meeting […]

  8. Discovery Education: Back-to-School Sneak Peek

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    Be the first to get a look at back-to-school updates to Discovery Education resources!  You’ve asked for it, and we’ve listened: get a sneak peek at the exciting changes we’re making to Discovery Education this summer, and find out how we’re going mobile, social, and adding even more functionality for you and your students.  We’ll […]

  9. Matt’s Media Tips and Tricks 4-23

    This week we’ll check out few cool things that you can do with PowerPoint and Keynote presentations.  We’ll also examine a presentation format that may be good to use with your secondary students.  And we’ll explore two web 2.0 tools that add in sharing and social functionality to your presentations along the way. We’ll review […]

  10. Digital Authentic Assessment: Kati Searcy at 2012 Social Learning Summit

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    Are you looking for new ways for students to demonstrate their learning? Do you wish to integrate technology into your classroom with free tools? Would you appreciate fresh strategies to get your students excited about assessments? Thought you might. Gifted educator Kati Searcy will focus on highly effective digital technologies to help engage students in […]

  11. Transforming Lessons with Technology: Elaine Plybon at 2012 Social Learning Summit

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    DEN STAR and GURU Finalist, Elaine Plybon is a super-nova. Get your seat belts ready for a fast ride. An IT in a 1:1 district for 10 years, Elaine’s session will be about a way of thinking, a philosophy, and not about 1:1 and what can be done with it. This session targets high school […]

  12. Cool Educational Uses for QR Codes: DEN STAR Rita Mortenson @ 2012 Social Learning Summit

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    DEN STAR Rita Mortenson uses QR codes to do scavenger hunts, catalog their school library, for their freshmen transition program and so much more. There are so many unique and creative uses to include audio files, video files as well as various handouts and assessments. This session will be a great way for you to […]

  13. The First Truly Collaborative, Impromptu, Online Social Keynote in the History of The World

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    Educational Partnerships and Global Learning Initiatives Director of the Discovery Educator Network, Hall Davidson is the guru of virtual environments, learning with mobile devices, media technology, digital textbooks and quite honestly, whatever is trending in technology. For Hall’s resources, click here. Leave it to hall to do something uniquely different. I’d expect nothing less. He’s […]

  14. Closing the STE…M Gap: Mathematics Integration through 21st C Publishing

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    Want to empower your students to create 21st century STEM projects. Want to help close the STE….M Gap? DEN STAR Peg Hartwig shows you how to close the gap with web 2.0 tools and iPad apps to create dynamic, engaging STEM application productions. I joined this session about 5 minutes into the presentation (apologies, Peg). Peg […]

  15. Ten Media Tips-n-Tricks You Can Use in Your Classroom Tomorrow – And One to Inspire You

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    “There just isn’t enough time to learn something new!” Sound familiar? In this session Matt Monjan, Vice President Account Management for the Discovery Educator Network, promises you will learn 10 easy ways to use media in your classroom–and one thing that might inspire you. Take Discovery Education and add a few Web 2.0 tools and you […]

  16. The Importance and Seriousness of Silly: Dean Shareski at 2012 Social Learning Summit

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    Presenting from Fredriction, New Brunswick, Canada, Dean Shareski, featured presenter and Discovery Educator Network Community Manager explores the importance and necessity of being social and the increasing blurring of professional and personal. An important question with a divided answer, Dean asks how the use of Twitter, Facebook, and blogs impact professional learning in a social […]

  17. Anywhere, Anytime Learning: Chad Lehman at 2012 Social Learning Summit

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    Wish you could take control of your professional development by finding resources online to meet your learning needs? Ever remember a PD day that just did not meet your needs? Chad Lehman, Discovery Educator Network Community Manager will explore a variety of free places online to find professional development opportunities on topics of your choice. […]

  18. Becoming Social(er): Why Does Community Matter?

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    Former middle school teacher in Philadelphia, PA turned policy specialist at the PA Dept. of Ed. and now VP of Learning Communities and Instructional Implementation at Discovery Education. In short, teacher, husband of a teacher, DENthusiast, and co-founder of the Purple Feet Foundation. Meet Lance Rougeux as he engages in a conversation about benefits and […]

  19. Just a Quick Reminder – Social Learning Summit – tomorrow, April 21

    It’s almost here – the collaboration between Discovery Education Network and Classroom 2.0 -the Social Learning Summit – starts tomorrow  at 8:50 am EST. Here is a link to the presentations for the EST: http://www.classroom20.com/page/sls-2012-schedule-gmt-4 Chad Lehman also wrote a nice post on the upcoming summit including a short instructional video on how to find […]

  20. The Social Learning Summit is TOMORROW!

    That’s right, the Social Learning Summit, 6 hours of non-stop, action packed, FREE professional development, is less than 24 hours away and we hope you enjoy the event and learn something in the process.  If you’d like to read descriptions of the sessions, you can do so here.  If you’re looking for the complete schedule, […]