DENSI 2014 – Thursday Update

This post by Monique Liles

We started out another day of mind bending professional development with a Family Feud warm-up game.

We listened to an inspirational speaker, Adam Bellow, who reminded us of what school should be like for kids and why we are teachers. His humorous and engaging presentation hit close to home for the DENmazing teachers fortunate enough to hear it. I am sure many others were energized and ready to return to their schools and districts to impart the wisdom Adam shared with others. Adam has scaled his impact even further by refocusing us on our goals, and catapulting us back to our districts to infect others with DENthusiasm.

Again, there were too many great sessions to see. I chose to attend Karen Ogen’s session on augmented reality. It was an informative and exciting presentation on Aurasma. We made auras and viewed student assignments using augmented reality. I got a lot of ideas for how to implement this tool during the upcoming school year.

The next session that I attended was “The Best of Collaboration, Communication, and Innovation” with Steve Dembo and Adam Bellow. This session reviewed digital technology like 81 Dash, Kahoot, Padlet, to engage students and help them collaborate in the classroom. They challenged me to step up my digital game in the classroom using these new and interactive tools to get more students to collaborate with each other.

Patti Duncan’s session on creating a blended learning environment with center based instruction was great! The session confirmed for me that I am on the right track with my teaching style, while providing valuable tips on how to improve. Innovative ways for using Discovery content, the Science Techbook, DE interactives, and hands-on learning activities were showcased.

The DENovator Faire was exciting and fun! There were many things to see and interact with, from Makey Makey kits, to making flashing balls and light up fireflies. DEN Stars are an extremely talented group, and willing to share all that they know with others.

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