I have been lucky enough to meet some amazing people along my journey as an educator. Because of these different connections is the reason that I am a part of the Discovery Education Network. Several years ago I met Elaine Plybon (if you are ever bored, I will be happy to share the story of how we met Anyway, Elaine introduced me to the great professional learning network that the DEN has to offer. She also shared how to use the different Discovery tools, but also ideas on how to transform my classroom.
So, yes, I had a friend pull me into the amazing world of the DEN. Being in the DEN has offered me so many outstanding opportunities. I had a chance to participate in DENSI2012 in Montana. I have participated in a plethora of learning through DENevents such as Geocaching Day, DENapalooza, DEN events before big conferences and now through online DENvice. I appreciate the DEN and the the learning and connections that it offers me.
If you are a Discovery Education Network user, I encourage you to look into gaining STAR status. If you are a DEN STAR check out joining the Leadership Council. The DEN is an amazing community of outstanding educators. I am lucky to continually learn from and share through the DEN.