Archives for December, 2013

  1. Leadership@Now Series

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    Join us for Leadership@Now, an exciting series of conversations with leaders who are transforming teaching and learning. The first session of the series will focus on Adaptive Leadership Thursday, January 16th, 7:00PM ET Register for this session >> Ed Massey, Immediate Past President of National School Board Association (NSBA) The challenges of leading a school […]

  2. Being a Connected Educator Webinar

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    Our monthly What’s the 4-1-1? webinar series continues this month with a discussion about being a connected educator.  Join DEN Gurus Kelly Hines and Dean Mantz  for a deeper dive into how the DEN brings educators together through video conferencing, social media, and blogging for your professional growth and for classroom learning. We will explore […]

  3. Looking Back at 2013

    2013 is coming to a close and that usually means time to reflect back on the year and share out some of the highlights. By now you’ve probably heard the top songs of 2013 on the radio, saw a list of the top movies of the year, or saw the top 10 viral videos of […]

  4. #DENchat in 2014

    2014 is ringing in a renewed #denchat. We hope you will join us each Thursday night at 8:00 pm EST for a weekly Twitter chat on a variety of education hot topics. Check your DEN Weekly Update and here at the blog for topics that are coming up!   Here are a few great tips […]

  5. DEN Fall VirtCon Recap-EdTech in Special Ed

      Education technology can be very effectively leveraged to provide functional and engaging learning opportunities to students with disabilities, as Sam Blanco demonstrated in her VirtCon session “EdTech in Special Ed”.  iPads are an especially motivating tool to use with students who have diverse learning needs.  And there is so much untapped potential for students […]

  6. Featured Board: School Clubs and Programs

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    Do you have a variety of clubs and programs for the students in your school?  How do you share the information with others?  Did you ever think about using Discovery Education Board Builder to highlight the information?  This week’s Featured Board does exactly that.  In this screenshot, you can see a variety of DEN programs, […]

  7. STARs in the News: Lindsay Morhart

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    Lindsay Morhart, a DEN Leadership Council member from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, is the latest DEN STAR in the news!  Lindsay’s grade three students, known as Morhart’s Minions, have been sharing their learning on their blogs and the local newspaper recently came into her classroom to see the great work her students were doing.  Lindsay recently […]

  8. DEN Weekly Update 12-20-2013

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    This week’s DEN Weekly Update is full of great information for you! Here are just a few things to make sure you explore: Holiday cards featuring the DEN Team Leadership @ Now Techbook Live! Building Your PLN Click here to read the DEN Weekly Update and learn about these great opportunities and more.   Your DEN […]

  9. Learning is a consequence of thinking. —David Perkins, Smart Schools

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    Professional learning communities are more myth than reality if teachers operate independently and in isolation from each other (Hord, 1997). Working productively in such groups requires the ability to justify ideas and to test the feasibility of solutions on others. It also requires the openness and willing spirits of individuals to accept feedback from their […]

  10. STARs in the News: Anthony Grisillo

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    Pennsylvania DEN STAR Anthony Grisillo was recently named  2014 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year during a Keystone Awards of Excellence event in Hershey, PA.  An educator in the Rose Tree Media School District, Anthony teaches students in the district’s Academically Gifted Program at both Glenwood and Media elementary schools. One fun aspect of the awards celebration […]

  11. Chad’s Choices from the Community

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    It’s hard to believe 2013 is almost over.  It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were preparing for Y2K!  This is the last Chad’s Choices from the Community post this year, but no worries, it’ll continue in 2014.  I hope the series has brought ideas and thoughts your way and has helped you make new […]

  12. A Community of Thought

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    WHAT IS A COMMUNITY OF THOUGHT? WHY COMMUNITIES OF THOUGHT? WHAT MAKES THINKING INTERDEPENDENT? HOW ARE CAPACITIES FOR INTERDEPENDENT THINKING DEVELOPED? HOW ARE COMMUNITIES OF THOUGHTS SUSTAINED? Here are responses to these questions chosen by Laura Lipton & Bruce Wellman WHAT IS A COMMUNITY OF THOUGHT? A [community of thought embraces a] process through which […]

  13. ENTER DAILY: Win a Hands-on Science Assembly for Your School!

      One of the 2013 winners, 5th grade teacher, Teri Bedford, from Mineola Elementary School in Mineola, TX.   ENTER DAILY: Win a Hands-on Science Assembly for Your School! You could win a spellbinding, interactive science assembly for your school!Enter daily, through February 27, for the best chance of winning the Siemens Science Day Ultimate […]