Archives for April, 2012

  1. DENny Awards 2012


    Join us on Thursday, May 17th at 7 PM ET for a very special DEN event– the 2012 DENny Awards. At this annual event, we recognize members of the DEN community who have gone above and beyond for the community during the school year. We have many different categories, but the one that is coveted […]

  2. The DEN shines at Common Ground ’12


    Common Ground 2012 is now just hours away! In the morning, the Baltimore Convention center will be buzzing with educators dedicated to learning and improving the classroom. Discovery and Maryland Stars always shine at this event, but this year is even better. Here are sessions you don’t want to miss! Hall Davidson will be giving […]

  3. Discovery visits Discovery!

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    As you may know, the Discovery Communications headquarters are in Silver Spring, Maryland, only a few miles away from the White House. Yesterday wasn’t your typical day at the office, as Discovery was treated to a brief, but very special visit by the space shuttle Discovery! At 9:45AM Tuesday April 17th, the shuttle passed by […]

  4. Velocity, Discovery Education and Mecum Auctions join forces to support STEM education

    On Friday, April 13th, Discovery Education and Velocity joined forces with Mecum Auctions for the very first “Mecum Challenge” in Houston, TX. I was incredibly lucky to help host the event for twenty-five middle school students from Houston ISD. Prior to the challenge, we sent the students a series of assignments to familiarize themselves with […]

  5. DE Techbook Access for DEN STARs

    Discovery Education is thrilled to provide STAR Discovery Educators with access to the Discovery Education Science Techbook for the remainder of the school year. To access your state’s version of the Discovery Education Science Techbook you will need to log into and click on Discovery Education Science Techbook Access for STAR Educators, which will […]

  6. Help Build Hall’s Keynote for the Social Learning Summit

    The Social Learning Summit is quickly approaching and the Keynote Speaker, Hall Davidson, is looking for some wisdom from the crowd.  Part of his presentation, titled “The First Truly Collaborative, Impromptu, Online Social Keynote in the History of The World” will include user generated content to confirm three statements:  I. Why Kids are Different 2. Why […]

  7. Now You’re Cooking! Delicious Web Apps

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      Check out these Delicious Web Apps!          Bake up a Time Line                                            Simmer those Keyboarding Skills!           Stir up a STORY w/ Zimmer Twins!                                 Sautee a MOVIE with DVOLVER!                              Share a Delicious Feast of Knowledge w/ Qwiki!     

  8. Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency


                      As I reflecting upon being in India I am reading and thinking about Gandhi and his contributions to India and to the world. Gandhi talks about the importance of connectedness between and among people.   He says, “Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal […]

  9. Congratulations Texas DEN members!

    DEN Guru Finalists Kim Chaise  This is my 2nd year on the Leadership Council and I also co-host the Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar series on Saturday mornings in Blackboard Collaborate featuring ways to integrate technology in the classroom. I am a national board educator in the area of technology education and have been in education […]

  10. DEN Geocaching Day 2012

    On May 19, 2012 the DEN will host our fourth annual Geocaching Day! Every STAR Discovery Educator is encouraged to venture out with some colleagues on May 19 and have some fun geocaching as you connect with your fellow educators one more time before the summer. Do you want to join us? We’ll have a […]

  11. Social Learning Summit Schedule!!

    The schedule for the Social Learning Summit has been released!! Here is the link (time is in Central Standard): Don’t forget there is an in-person event being held at Hinsdale Central High School. Register here:

  12. Matt’s Tips and Tricks – 4-16-2012

    This week I’m showcasing the three six-word stories that got the most votes.   We’ll also explore the many different ways to find themed content within Discovery Education…and how educators are using it.   Finally we’ll explore a great mobile app for creating digital flashcards. And, of course, we’ll highlight upcoming webinars. Please enjoy and […]

  13. 2012 Social Learning Summit

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    The 2012 Social Learning Summit is right around the corner.  In fact, it’s less than a week away – Saturday, April 21st.  This year, there are over 70 presentations, giving you the opportunity to expand your learning and challenge your thinking in a number of ways.  During each time slot, which begins at 9:00 (ET), […]

  14. CEC Convention 2012

    OK, so a couple of more sessions are behind me. One was a dud, the other was pretty awesome. I Tweeted during the awesome one. You can always follow my Tweets at @DENprincess, but I’ll also share with you here about the session “Technology and the Inclusive Classroom: A Natural Fit” presented by Tracy Amerman […]

  15. What Did You Learn Today?

    This week, I am attending the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). You may not know it, but I taught special education my entire classroom career. I started working in the field while I was still in high school and have had a passion for disabilities advocacy ever since. CEC is THE […]

  16. You’re Invited to the DEN Spring Virtual Conference

    The Discovery Education Louisiana Leadership Council is excited to host a Discovery event in south Louisiana. Join us on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 8 AM – 2 PM at the Livingston Parish School Board Office in Livingston for an amazing in-person event for the Discovery Education Virtual Conference. We will spend the day building a face […]

  17. Join Us for the Georgia DEN Social Learning Summit/Virt Con!

    Georgia DEN Social Learning Summit/Virt Con Register here to  join us at the TELLUS science museum at I-75 Exit 293, Cartersville, Georgia as we collaborate and experience the Discovery Spring Virtual Social Learning Summit with colleagues who share our enthusiasm. Learn also about the DEN and what we have to offer to those of like […]

  18. TED- Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world

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    Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world– “TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in […]

  19. DEN Leadership Council 2012-2013


    Do you want to have an active role in shaping the DEN? Do you like to blog or share what you’ve learned on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest? Does hosting an event for area colleagues or mentoring new STARs sound fun to you? YES?!?! Well then, being on the DEN Leadership Council […]