Archives for April, 2013

  1. #DENChat Number 7

    Last Thursday, dozens of educators met on Twitter to discuss favorite lesson plans, unit plans, and activities with Cate Beck.  The conversations in #DENChat are always fast-paced and informative, and this session was no different. You can find the archive for our 7th installment of #DENChat at this link.  (Thanks, Lisa Parisi!) This Thursday, April […]

  2. Leading for Powerful Learning

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    The quotes below are from a book titled: Leading for Powerful Learning: A Guide for Instructional Leaders by Angela Breidenstein, Kevin Fahey, Carl Glickman and Frances Hensley (2012) from Teachers College Press.  This is a good book for any and all formal and informal school leaders who 1) want to be part of schools that […]

  3. This just in!

    DEN Guru and STAR extraordinaire, Conni Mulligan, announced today that she will be hosting an event for DEN Geocaching Day, May 18, at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC. Directions: http://www.ncarboretum.org/plan-a-visit-or-event/hours-directions/Registration for the day will be open at 9:00 with the days activities beginning at 9:30AM. We will wrap up the days events at 2:00 […]

  4. DEN STARs in the News: Kelly Hines

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    North Carolina DEN STAR and Leadership Council member Kelly Hines was recently named a Kenan Fellow.  The Kenan Fellows Program has awarded 49 Fellowships to North Carolina public school teachers in every region of the state. The newest cohort of Kenan Fellows will tackle summer research projects in a variety of fields including curriculum design, renewable energy, […]

  5. Wake County Hosts The DEN Spring Virtual Conference

    On Saturday I had the pleasure of working with Marlo Gaddis, Alison Schleede and Jean Monroe from Wake County where we hosted the largest in-person event for the DEN Spring Virtual Conference. Nearly 70 educators from across the district joined us for a day of professional development, networking, food, and fun. We hosted both in-person […]

  6. Learn More about the DEN Leadership Council

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    Support each other. Share your successes. Stay active. Does that sound like something you want to do? If so and you are a STAR Discovery Educator, we’d like to invite you to join the DEN Leadership Council (DEN LC). DEN LC members are the most active members of the DEN. They mentor new STARs and […]

  7. This week on DENvice: Nancy Sharoff, Digital Diva

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    This week on DENvice, we welcome DEN Guru and Digital Diva, Nancy Sharoff. This week’s question: How can I use Discovery Streaming images to enhance teaching and learning?  Visit us and share your thoughts with Nancy. Two additional notes: In case you missed our Spring VirtCon session, DENvice Live!, you can find our session resources […]

  8. VirtCon Live in NC

    Discovery Education’s Spring VirtCon was an amazing day of learning across the world, and especially in North Carolina. Seven face to face events were held across the state, and around 100 educators benefited from the online learning and collegial conversations inspired by the VirtConLive presenters. Thank you, Discovery Education and the DEN for another great […]

  9. Hosting the #DENchat April 25

    The newly launched #DENchat, spearheaded by Lisa Parisi and Tim Childers, will be nine weeks old on April 25. I will take on the lead moderating job for this week’s #DENchat to discussion the topic Let Their Passions Shine. Come share your ideas regarding should students have time to pursue their passions in our classrooms? […]

  10. Geocaching Day in NC

    Did you attend DEN’s Spring VirtCon yesterday? If so, you may have had the pleasure to spend part of your day learning with one of North Carolina’s own, Mark Case. He shared his expertise on “Connecting Communities One Geocache at a Time.” If you missed the fun, you can find the archive HERE. You may […]

  11. Discovering Even more of the DEN

    I have been a DEN Star and LC member for almost 3 years now and I am always learning something new! I had the chance to attend the first #DENapalooza in McKinney, Texas.  I had a chance to listen to some great sessions and connect with some friends F2F (I am all about an online connection, […]

  12. Books on Tablet

    “Books wait like miracles. Now come along for the ride.”   That’s from one of this post’s items:  a wonderful book called Little Library Mouse by Stephanie Lisa Tara.  I got it as an ebook, but there are print editions also.  A mouse enjoys the books in the closed for the night library, imagining himself in various […]

  13. DEN Spring Training 2013 – Join the Fun

    My school system celebrates a late Spring Break, so until next Tuesday I’m enjoying a few days off. I have been having a great time reading, posting to social media sites all day long, and attending webinars. Another activity that I discovered was the DEN Spring Training. When I realized that I was doing some […]

  14. DEN Weekly Update 4-19-2013

    Tomorrow is the DEN Spring VirtCon. Join thousands of other educators for this great day of professional development. Spring Training is underway, so you can keep your STAR status in tact. Also, don’t miss out on free access to the DE Techbook until the end of the school year. There’s a lot going on in […]

  15. Everything I know about rolling out a 1:1 iPad initiative: Post 3: Create Committees

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    Everything I know about rolling out a 1:1 iPad initiative. Post 3: Create Committees We created 4 committees to help manage our 1:1 iPad initiative project.  Here are the committees and the major tasks each accomplished.  The steering committee members also served on at least one sub-committee. 1. Steering Committee- we called this “iPals” 2. […]

  16. Two Free #STEM Webinar Events Next Week

      Join us next week for two webinars presented by Discovery Education and the Siemens Foundation.  Register today to receive reminder emails as well as follow-up resources from these great events. Cache In, Trash Out for Earth Day Week: a Geocaching 101 Webinar for Educators For Educators - Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7pm ET Presented by […]

  17. Fun Fact Friday: Jethro Tull

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    Did you know that farming was revolutionized in the 1700′s by an agriculturist named Jethro Tull? Much like George Washington Carver, Tull believed that there were better and more efficient ways of farming possible, and set about trying to discover them. Tull’s influence is still seen in agricultural practices and equipment to this day. Jethro […]

  18. thinc Career Chat with Peter H. Reynolds

    I don’t know what your lesson plans are for 1:00 pm EST tomorrow, Friday, April 19th. I do know what they should be, though! Clear those calendars and check your connectivity because it’s time to spend an afternoon with artist and author, Peter H. Reynolds, sponsored by the Purple Feet Foundation.   Here are the […]

  19. GURU Webinar Resources

    First you must put the DE site on your home page on the iPad. Open Safari and go to the DE website. Click on the “send to” arrow right next to the URL and a new window will open. Choose ADD TO HOME SCREEN and a nice DE icon will be placed on your ipad […]