Archives for July, 2014

  1. The DEN Welcomes Siemens STEM Academy Educators

    Next week is another one of my favorite weeks of the year because it’s the Siemens STEM Institute.  Coming off of a phenomenal week at DENSI 2014, so many of you continue to share your reflections through our blogs and other social media.  With that spirit of community in mind, next week we have the […]

  2. Tech Brief with Justin

    Tech Brief w Justin   Hello!   I hope everyone is enjoying their  last couple of weeks of summer break. In this weeks post I wanted to to highlight two of my favorite things, music and technology. The advent of personal computers has helped to redefine what was previously possible and changed the face of […]

  3. If you give a DEN Guru an iPad…

    My name is Alexander MacDougall – my friends call me Sandy.  I’ve been a teacher for almost 30 years. In that time,  I’ve taught community education (evening) classes in a variety of computer topics including DOS for Beginners (do you remember DOS?) then I went on to teach adults in an alternative high school, and then grade […]

  4. EdmodoCon 2014 is coming!

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    Next week Edmodo will be hosting their latest EdmodoCon, a virtual conference that celebrates teachers and students connecting each other through social networking.  I’ve attended several in the past, but this year I’m thrilled to share that I’ll be participating as the closing keynote!  Edmodo has always been one of my favorite web tools because […]

  5. iMake iLearn – LED Glow in the Dark Ping Pong Ball

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    Making is a passion that comes naturally to me.  But LEDs and circuitry are very new to me.  This June Instructables had a LED Build Night opportunity where makerspaces could apply for free materials.  I applied for our SP Design Lab as the hope this year is to expand beyond lunch hour and after-school to family and […]

  6. Fun Fact Friday: Lincoln and Booth

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    Did you know that Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, saved President Lincoln’s son’s life, prior to Lincoln’s assassination? It’s true! Edwin Booth was actually a nationally known Shakespearean actor, and happened to be in New Jersey at the time, coincidentally sharing a train platform with Robert Lincoln. Interestingly, Robert Lincoln knew exactly who […]

  7. DEN Weekly Update 7-25-2014

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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: DEN Summer School DSN Summer Series Spotlight on Strategies DENSI Session Archives Because of the DEN Project Click here to learn about these great opportunities and more in the DEN Weekly Update.   […]

  8. Conni Mulligan: Traditional Storytelling–Shadow Puppetry & Overheads

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    Trolling social media and DEN sites for those at and not at #DENSI2014, I found yet another wonderful resource from Conni Mulligan, who reinvents our notion of storytelling, digitally, at the #DENUnconference2014. I truly enjoyed watching Conni at her best. I met her years ago at another Summer Institute, and looking back, it seems like […]

  9. NOTATDENSI14: Not a Problem, Thanks to Jennifer Wagner

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    Not at DENSI 2014. Not a problem–well–not too much of one. For many reasons, not everyone who wanted to attend the DENSI 2014 managed to get to Nashville. For me, I just was not far enough recovered from my stem cell transplant to fly. And truth be told, my heart was with everyone but my […]

  10. Tech Wednesday Brief w Justin

    Hello! This week on tech Wednesday, I’m featuring one of the best programming resources available online for free! Codeacademy is an educational platform geared towards teaching  the fundamentals of code. Founded in 2011 by two former Columbia students (Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski) Codeacademy has gained worldwide recognition. The site currently teaches six programming languages […]

  11. One Idea: With McREL International’s Incoming CEO, Bryan Goodwin

    In the third of a series of interviews with the thought leaders driving the digital transition nationwide, Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews McREL International’s incoming CEO, Bryan Goodwin. McREL International is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan education research and development corporation dedicated to translating research into practical applications for educators.  Mr. Goodwin’s One Idea […]

  12. iMake iLearn – Sock Monkey Love

    Meet another of our DENovators.  Zulma is one of the core contributors to iMake iLearn as well as the leader of several LC Community Projects. Her endless energy and encouragement have impacted many DEN members around the country. She is one of my inspirations and positively impacts my life from many miles away. She helped […]

  13. Chad’s Choices from the Community

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    The DEN Summer Institute was held last week and I was surrounded by over 125 amazing educators. This week’s Chad’s Choices is going to highlight some of those educators and resources they are sharing. Over the next few weeks, I’m sure more and more of these great people will be highlighted, so stay tuned.  If want […]

  14. DENSI 2014 Reflections

    Waiting at the airport. The plane ride. The drive from the airport home. During all of those times and more, I’ve reflected on the week that was the DEN Summer Institute. I haven’t put any of my thoughts down on “paper” yet, and I don’t know if I will, but thinking about the impact the week […]

  15. Session Archives from DENSI 2014

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    The DEN Summer Institute wrapped up last week. It was a great week with over 125 educators gathering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN to learn, share, and collaborate with each other. From what I saw throughout the week, they also had a little fun! On Tuesday and Wednesday, attendees had a chance to attend […]

  16. iMake iLearn – DENovator Faire

    This year I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in DENSI 2014 (Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute).  Over 140 educators from the United States, Canada, and the UK are selected to participate and learn together about different ways to integrate technology to support student learning.  This year a Maker Night was added called […]

  17. SC Events Coming Soon!

    Are you in or near South Carolina and looking for ways to engage with other passionate educators? Check out these events coming up soon in South Carolina! All events are free, and all educators are welcome.   DE in SC – Gone Fishin’ on July 28 at the SC Aquarium in Charleston, SC. Join us for […]

  18. Top 10 Things I Learned at DENSI 2014

    We often live our lives by habit, performing daily routines on autopilot without much thought or reflection. It is easy to live the way we have always lived, to teach the way we have always taught, and to learn the way we have always learned. I am so grateful for opportunities like DENSI because they […]

  19. August 2014: DENSI 2014 Takeaways

    The Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute was held in Nashville, TN during the third week of July 2014. As a DEN Guru I was both a presenter and an attendee. It was an amazing week with a creative, dedicated, passionate group of Discovery STAR Educators and Discovery Education staff with special Discovery Communication guests, too. […]