I had the pleasure to head to Austin, Texas this past weekend for DENapalooza Austin. I have so much fun traveling around the country, visiting places I’ve never been, to work with teachers looking to learn and share with each other. Our DENapalooza events have been successful because of the people presenting and attending – and Austin was another example of this. At this event, we had DEN Gurus Tim Childers, LeaAnne Daughrity, and Linda Rush sharing with others. We also had Tobie Rountree and Christina Shoemate, first time attendees at last year’s DEN Summer Institute, also presenting what they’ve been doing in their classrooms with Board Builder. DEN STAR Randy Rodgers presented as did the host of the event, long time LC member, Howard Martin. Porter Palmer and I also had a chance to present some of the many things we’ve learned from the DEN Community as well.
Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to learn about Board Builder, the Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) series, integrating Discovery Education in the classroom and library, how to use Makey Makeys with students and more! There were lots of smiles, lots of learning, and lots of sharing. There were a lot of educators who attended who’ve never been to a DEN event like this. It was so great to see them having fun and learning. Here a few tweets sharing the excitement!
My mind is being blown~ so many new ways to rock technology in the classroom #DENapalooza
— Erin Hildebrand (@ErinHildebrand1) May 17, 2014
Just built a board on board builder! I am loving this teacher and student tool from Discovery Education!!! #DENapalooza
— Andrea (@bredlatx) May 17, 2014
We had a great lunch, some unconference sessions in the afternoon, and a fun little wrap up to conclude the day. Randy Rodgers had the idea to create a human piano using a Makey Makey. Most of the attendees had never seen one of these before so we asked for 5 volunteers and the result was a lot of fun. Watch the video below.