Archives for May, 2012

  1. DEN Geocaching Day

    This weekend (May 19, 2012) I had the chance to participate in the DEN Geocaching Day in Dallas, Texas.  Laura Gonzalez set up the FANTASTIC event in our area! What is Geocaching you ask? “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and […]

  2. Matt’s Media Tips and Tricks 5-21

    This week we’ll check out the who, what, when, where and why of Digital Storytelling.  We’ll link to a presentation that includes web 2.0 tools and mobile apps for delivering stories, and of course, we’ll highlight this week’s webinars. I hope you enjoy and share this week’s edition!   Open publication – Free publishing – […]

  3. Making PowerPoint More Powerful

    PowerPoint has always been my presentation tool of choice.  I have explored many others and enjoy the different effects, but I always return to PowerPoint.  Being the “Grand Dame” of presentation tools, PowerPoint has been a tool a novice can use, but has also has many possibilities for the advanced user.  Many of the effects […]

  4. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-Chapter 16

    “This forest was composed of large tree-plants; and the moment we penetrated under its vast arcades, I was struck by the singular position of their branches–a position I had not yet observed.” N 32 46.464 W 079 55.546 We had a great morning (good company, good food, and decent weather) at the Battery in Charleston. […]

  5. More Than Just a Day of Discovery

    Today we hosted a Day of Discovery in Miami-Dade County at Westland Hialeah HS where over 100 educators from across the county gave up their Saturday to join us. It’s hard to put into words the energy and excitement that filled the air throughout the day. We started the morning by recognizing Miguel, a $1500 […]

  6. 2012 DENny Awards – Thank You

    I have been a Discovery Educator Network (DEN) STAR and part of the Louisiana DEN Leadership Council since 2009. As part of this wonderful organization, I have participated in so many wonderful events sponsored by Discovery Education including Day of Discovery in Silver Springs, Maryland and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the DEN Leadership Council Symposium in […]

  7. DENny Awards- Go Team Georgia!

    I am so proud that I won a DENny award from The Discovery Educator Network– for my blogging work and help at Georgia DEN events. I think DEN member David Andrade said it best when he said the DENny Awards are the Oscars for Discovery Education. So once more– If you haven’t joined the DEN […]

  8. WhatWasThere – historical photos linked to Google Maps – visit the past!

      WhatWasThere is an excellent resource for geography, history, and fun. It connects historical photos to Google Maps, letting you see what places looked like in the past. You can tour locations, browse photos and even upload your own historical photos.       This is a great way to explore the world historically, or just […]

  9. Nature Works Everywhere – free resources for learning about nature’s factory

      Nature Works Everywhere is a great, free site from The Nature Conservancy and Discovery Education. The site has resources to help learn about how nature works and the fact that nature is a factory, making many of the things we need.       There is an interactive online game that helps students discover the connections […]

  10. ISTE Newbie Project – help send a deserving teacher to ISTE conference

      ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) puts on a great, huge, educational conference each year. I was lucky enough to attend ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia last year (thanks to winning a Discovery Education contest that paid for it for me) and had a great time, learning, sharing, and connecting with educators from around the world. Philadelphia is also […]

  11. DENny Award Winners 2012 – Discovery Educator Network Awards

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      Last night was the DENny Awards 2012, the annual awards where the Discovery Educator Network and Discovery Education honor DEN members for their efforts throughout the years. It’s the Oscars for us. In fact, the Discovery Education employees that ran the event were wearing tuxedo t-shirts!   You can view the entire thing, which was live streamed from Discovery Education […]

  12. For Administrators: Dear Colleagues, Guess what I learned…

    At today’s Admin Day of Discovery Kyle and I facilitated conversations about the free resources Discovery Education provides through our many partners, as well as the essential tools and ideas educators can access and use.  As we had multiple discussions with principals and tech specialists, the recurring theme became: “I’m going to send this stuff […]

  13. We have a gap to close between “what is” and “what should be” for all students and their learning outcomes

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    Technology is an asset when it comes to schools meeting the challenge of insuring that more students learn at higher levels. Whether you are a formal or informal leader in schools I believe it is important for you to know what you value when it comes to technology and learning.  Then it is important to […]

  14. The Ninth Podcast

    In today’s podcast we have special guest Lodge MacCammon who shares some wonderful insights on his creative process. We’re also joined by Kyle Schutt as we gathered after an “unconference” about Discovery innovation. We’ll maybe talk more about that another time but did reference an old Teach42 podcast. Show notes: Teach 42 podcast on unconference […]

  15. DENny Awards 2012

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    In a departure from the traditional webinar, this year’s DENny Awards — streamed live — from 1 Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD. Most of the DEN team was on hand for this exceptional presentation, and the mix of presenters played really well. On hand at the end was Dr. Lodge McCammon to present the winner […]

  16. Making Life Easy

    As the end of the school year draws near, I wanted to look back and share some super cool websites/apps that have made my life a little easier.  Being a teacher for children with varying abilities I am constantly taking data and reassessing students needs and accomplishments.  Each of these websites I plan to play […]

  17. Geocache to the rescue

    This Saturday, May 19 will be a great time to join other DEN members and explore or learn more great ways of how to use geocaching in your classroom. There are many DEN live geocaching events in Florida, Texas, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Kansas, etc. Why should you care and why should you try […]

  18. May 14, 2012 Webcast

    Discovery Education Assessment: Measuring Progress Between Benchmarks #1 Week of May 14, 2012 In this event we will show participants how to capitalize on all Discovery Education resources available in Progress Zone. Part 1 will investigate Creating Items, as well as Building Probes using these items and the existing item bank. We will also highlight the opportunities […]

  19. Hey NYers! Registration for EdCamp Connecticut is open!

    Great news New York educators!  Registration for EdCamp Connecticut is open!  It’s  just a hop, skip and a jump over the state line!  You can register for tickets here: http://edcampct.ticketleap.com/2012/ You’ll see that you have three ticket options: Free! An optional $10 donation that includes a t-shirt pre-order An optional donation of any amount to support […]

  20. 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? You can join […]

  21. Which STARs want to go to the tundra?

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    Seriously.  The title of the post is real.  If you are a STAR Discovery Educator, in good standing, active, polished, full of DEN-thusiasm and all that stuff, pay attention. Our amazing friends at Polar Bears International have offered two full scholarships to active members of the DEN community (i.e., STAR Discovery Educators) to attend their […]