Texas Stars shown at the 2012 DENnys awards, streaming live from Discovery HQ in Maryland.
In the Most Creative/Best DEN event category was Howard Martin, from Austin, with his SXSiPad event.
“We did a South By Southwest-themed iPad event called, South By South iPad. Almost 50 people converged for a full day of concurrent sessions and whole group discussions that covered iPads from beginning users through experienced users managing groups of iPads. We shared using Google Docs on the iPads, How to Manage Restrictions, and had a long progression of teachers sharing their favorite apps. The agenda, and some resources used that day, can be found at: https://sites.google.com/a/austinisd.org/ipad_users_group/home/sxsipad. Howard won again in the Denthusiasm category.
In the PL DEN category, the Texas LC was noted for its Appy Hour at the iCafe.
Lea Anne Daughrity, Dorie Glynn, Kass Bates lead the way in getting this monthly event started. Using Twitter to share educational events for iPad (and Android based pads), Appy Hour will have its third outing Tuesday, May 22, 7 PM CST. It will focus on applications for special needs students. For more information go to: http://appyhourattheicafe.wikispaces.com/
The RJ Stangerlin award for individual STAR Discovery blogs brought another Texas win as Laura Gonzalez won with her blog: Laura’s Discovery Blog , found at http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/gonzalezlau/.
Betsy Ruffin was named at Den Legend.
I have been involved with the DEN since 2005 and have been a STAR since the inception of that part of the program. During this, my third year on the Texas DEN Leadership Council, I have served as Blog Coordinator after two years on the blog team for Texas. Though I will be retiring this year, I still will be promoting the DEN and Discovery Education in my district and area as a volunteer. Go DEN!
Our fearless TEXAS LC DEN leader Lea Anne Daughrity was a winner in the Leadership category.
Lea Anne currently serves as the Elementary Technology Facilitator for McKinney ISD in McKinney, TX. She began her teaching career as a science and technology teacher in Pasadena, Texas. Her early teaching allowed her to quickly understand the importance of technology integration and 21st century learning. With a strong background in technology, she was quick to become a leader in her school and eventually her district. She has been on the LC for four years, serving as Texas Chair this year.
Two Texas LC members were named as DEN Gurus for the 2012 “class”: Elaine Plybon and Linda Rush.
Linda’s topic was “Text2Speech on the iPad” Elaine’s topic was transforming lessons with technology.
Congratulations to all the Texas winners!