Archives for May, 2013

  1. Announcing! DEN Trivia Contest Winners

      First, thank you to all the folks that entered our DEN Trivia Contest.  We hope you had fun AND learned a bit in the process! Second, here is the news from the contest: 27 people submitted responses. 18 had 15 or more correct answers.  They were: Mark Case NC Sheila Fredericks PA DiAnne Galm […]

  2. A Teacher’s End of the Year Report Card

      I just finished carrying 46 boxes (and I counted), an assortment of bags, 30-40 posters and other such colorful things that hang well on cinder block walls, a bookcase, a book rack and and a classroom mailbox from the garage to the basement.  So it goes with the end of the year classroom cleanup. […]

  3. Congrats Class of 2013!

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    We’re quickly approaching the end of May, and graduation season is in full effect! Whether you’re getting your students ready to graduate, attending dozens of graduation parties, or preparing to graduate yourselves, everyone is familiar with the excitement of this time of year. After working so hard to meet all of the graduation requirements, including […]

  4. Summer Learnin’, A Hangout with Kathy Schrock


    Monday, June 3rd, 7PM ET – Register here! Join Kathy Schrock and faculty members of the Discovery Education/Wilkes University Instructional Media team as they share some of the best Summer Learnin’ opportunities for you to take advantage of! From MOOC’s to EdCamps, classes and conferences, you’ll discover exciting ways to keep the heat on throughout […]

  5. Presentation Rubrics, K-8: 21st Century Skills and Common Core

    The Common Core Standards address the “4 C’s”of 21st Century skills: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.  They also address Speaking Skills.  I found some great Presentation Rubrics created by the Buck Institute (, a leader in the PBL (Project Based Learning) field.   Note that these rubrics address the speaking and presentation elements and not the […]

  6. NC DEN STAR Spotlight

    Meet ALISON SCHLEEDE   Where do you teach? Wake County Schools, Raleigh, NC   What do you teach? 9-12 Technology Integration   When did you become a DEN member? 2010   What’s your favorite thing about being a DEN member? I love being able to learn from other educators across the country!  I have connected […]

  7. This week on DENvice: Tech integration is… Tech integration isn’t…


    How would you complete these sentences? Tech integration is _____________________. Tech integration isn’t _____________________.  Head on over to DENvice and share your ideas! DENvice team member and Virginia LC member Cynthia Treichler is leading our conversation this week. And, another enormous thank you to Mark Case for chatting about geocaching last week! If you missed last […]

  8. SOS: Snowball Fight!


    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.   Snowball Fight PDF Version BACKGROUND Showing videos in class is a great way to engage students and bring learning to life. But often times, watching a video becomes a passive learning experience. In […]

  9. DEN STARs in the News: Todd Nesloney & Dr. Chris Craft


    The National School Board Association’s Technology Leadership Network came out with their “20 to Watch” list earlier this year.  Twenty education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to incorporate innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality learning environments and more efficient school district operations.  Read more about […]

  10. End of the Year Engagement

    Last week’s #denchat focused on sharing ideas for finishing out the year by keeping students focused and engaged! We all know that this is the best way to keep our students, and ourselves, motivated and out of trouble. Busy kids do best! Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation. Coding: I recently […]

  11. The Desktop is Your Friend….


    …So Treat it a little Better. As a follow up to DENvice member Tracy Carpenter’s post on finding the perfect desktop wallpaper, I would like to continue the geeky conversation on the treatment of your desktop. The desktop is the first thing you see light up your screen after the initial boot up. It is […]

  12. DEN Reads and Shares

    Check out the next installment of great books shared by DEN members! These are some fabulous ideas for professional reads.     The Six Secrets of Change  Michael Fullan 978-1-118-15260-7 Rating: 5: DEN Finger Worthy This is a great read for leaders in education. Not only are the six secrets easy to incorporate, but Fullan […]

  13. NC Geocaching Day Success!

    geocaching day 2013

    Thanks to Mark Case, NC DEN Star extraordinaire, who led an amazing NC Geocaching Day event on Saturday, May 18. Thirty-one educators, geocachers, and families met up at the Cedar Rock park in Guilford County, North Carolina, and learned so much. Thanks Mark!

  14. You know about the 3 R’s… Do you also know about the “4 C’s” of 21st Century Skills as they are supported by the Common Core standards? In addition to the “3 R’s” that we grew up with, the “4 C’s” are designed to prepare our students for the demands of the 21st century workplace and community. […]

  15. Media Magic at the NYC School Leaders Conference

    It was a gorgeous day in the city yesterday for the NYC School Leaders Conference.  So much to learn.  So much to share. Hall Davidson performed some media magic and even used his iPad microscope to check attendees for head lice.  And no one seemed to mind. Karen Beerer challenged attendees to be smarter than […]

  16. DEN Weekly Update 5-17-2013


    This week’s DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you! Here are just a few things to make sure you check out: My DE for Students and Board Builder DEN’s Favorite Places The DENny Awards Keep reading to learn about these great opportunities and more. Your DEN Team

  17. Fun Fact Friday: Flying Cars

    © LotPro Cars / Wikimedia Commons

    Science fiction is an ever-evolving genre that often reinvents itself to stay ahead of current trends in technology. After all, many inventions that were once science fiction are now commonplace. There is one constant exception, inspiring the question that many have asked, however tongue-in-cheek: “Where’s my flying car?” From Doctor Who (2007) to The Fifth […]

  18. DEN Techformation – Powtoon

    techformation-logo-300x300 Have you flipped your classroom, but find giving simple instructions online to be difficult and boring?  Would you like to begin your classroom presentations with a motivational video hook?  Powtoon is the answer for you.  I discovered this product in the Beta stage and fell in love with it.  I started with a free […]