Posts By Dean Shareski

About Dean Shareski

I’ve been in education for the past 23 years and taught grades K-8 as well as pre-service teachers. My role the past several years has centered around supporting teachers transition classrooms to leverage technology to transform and enhance learning. I love to share(ski). I’ve got a boatload of stuff online. My greatest asset is my network. I live in Moose Jaw, SK. Yes, that’s a real place. I’m married with 4 children and seek any and every opportunity to play golf. Discovery has asked me to drop the “a” in my name and simply be called Den.

  1. The Twelfth Podcast

    Steve and I hangout. If you can ignore the barking dog and military plans flying over head, you’ll hear us recap ISTE, our session and preview the DEN Summer Institute. Watch below or listen to the podcast. [podcast]http://ideasandthoughts.org/podcasts/DEpodcast12.mp3[/podcast]

  2. The Eleventh Podcast

    Today Steve and I chat with a few members of team Canada. Tom Metuzals, Andy Schaefer and Erika Duffey. We talk Canada, new cool stuff for DE and #ourimpact. Also, don’t you people like schwag? We didn’t receive any comments on our last podcast. There’s schwag in that one. This one too. For this one […]

  3. The Tenth Podcast

    Today’s podcast comes via Google Hangout and it’s new “on air” feature. You’ll hear 27 minutes of bantering and nattering with some useful ideas we hope, sprinkled in between. If you’re patient, there’s an opportunity to win a little somethin’ somethin’. Listen and you’ll find out. I’ve also included just the audio. We hope to […]

  4. This is the DEN

    A few weeks ago I fished around asking for folks to share either how they would describe the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) or what it means to them. Armed with a few responses and a wack sack of other great resources, data and stories I set out trying to create a simple, one stop place […]

  5. Smackdown in Winnipeg

    Den Stars Andy Mckiel and Joan Badger hosted a Discovery Smackdown event in their home district of St. James School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba. About 30 teachers came after school and began with some small sharing about how their using Discovery in their classrooms. Given they’ve only had access since March, they shared some cool […]

  6. The Ninth Podcast

    In today’s podcast we have special guest Lodge MacCammon who shares some wonderful insights on his creative process. We’re also joined by Kyle Schutt as we gathered after an “unconference” about Discovery innovation. We’ll maybe talk more about that another time but did reference an old Teach42 podcast. Show notes: Teach 42 podcast on unconference […]

  7. The first CanaDEN podcast

    The newly formed Canadian Leadership Council is about to take shape. Rob Wall has decided to begin a monthly podcast highlighting the work of the DEN in Canada. Thus the name CanadDEN. For his first endeavour he interviewed some teachers in Saskatchewan at a local Social Learning Summit gathering. We really want to support Rob […]

  8. A Day of Discovery

    Day of Discovery

    One of the anchor events of Discovery Education are Days of Discovery. These are days that typically are hosted by a district and usually provides a overview or kickstart to all things Discovery. Having participated in 3 of these since March I can attest to the energy and excitement that a day like this can bring. At […]

  9. The Eight Podcast

    Today Steve and I chat with our colleague Ginny Washburne about her new project The Rising Star. She may or may not have showered which meant we only recorded audio even though we used Google Hangout. This is a pretty cool project that warrants your attention. Listen and leave a comment. I mean it, leave […]

  10. The Seventh Podcast “All PD should be like this”

    “All PD should be like this” That was the resounding message after a day in Frederiction, New Brunswick as nearly 40 educators gathered for the Social Learning Summit on Saturday, April 21. DEN stars Jeff Whipple and Brian Facey put together a fantastic opportunity for New Brunswick teachers. The day began in a large meeting […]

  11. What is the DEN?

    In the past 3 months of this job I’m asked almost daily about the DEN. From teachers wanting to know how to participate and why, to districts wanting to know how the DEN adds value to their Discovery Education services. I find myself struggling at times in trying to give the elevator pitch because the […]

  12. The Sixth Podcast

    Steve gathers with Mike Bryant, Patti Duncan and Brad Fountain and talk a little more about techbook and we do the usual banter and silliness mixed in. Also, I promise to give out a prize but you have to play along. [podcast]http://ideasandthoughts.org/podcasts/DEpodcast6.mp3[/podcast]

  13. The Fifth Podcast

    Catchy title hey? Actually this is a pretty significant podcast for a number of reasons. 1. First one Steve and I have done together live. 2. No one was in an airport. 3. I nearly got through the podcast without mentioning the “p” word. 4. We went over 17 minutes. The real reason this was […]

  14. Frozen Planet Premiere

    Superintendent Geri Hall, Dean Shareski, Director, Celeste York and Tom Metuzals

    What do New York city and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan have in common? They were the US and Canadian sites that premiered The Frozen Planet, an amazing new series that features never before filmed sequences and locations that will truly leave you in awe. While the NYC event featured some big time celebrities, the event in […]

  15. The Fourth Podcast

    Stupid or Brilliant? That’s the tagline of our podcast as you’ll hear. Today Steve’s in Grand Rapids at MACUL 12 where he snags several key people and who share a little Discovery goodness. This week’s prize giveaway is by me so listen, comment correctly and win a prize. Being I’m from Canada, it might be […]

  16. The Third Podcast

    Let me just say first that I’m not very bright. I recorded this podcast over a week ago and when I imported it into Audacity for a little post production (by “a little” I mean very little) it somehow only recorded my voice. Thinking the recording was pooched I left it and apologized to Steve […]

  17. Congrats to Shelley Wright

    I’m pleased to announce that Shelley Wright is the winner of the 21st Century Digital Classroom Challenge sponsored in part by Discovery Education. I can speak first hand to Shelley’s awesomeness having witnessed and participated in her journey into a tech infused classroom over the past 18 months. Her blog is one of the best reads of […]

  18. The first podcast

    So one of the things that Mr. Dembo and I have discussed is the idea of doing cool stuff. I’m not sure if this is cool but it was fast. So there you have it. It’s just Steve and I talking/rambling.We hope to make this a regular occurrence, introducing me and you to the some […]

  19. You’re probably a Star and don’t even know it

    Are you a Canadian? Does your school or district subscribe to Discovery Education? Then the fact that you’re reading this let’s me know that you’re likely a Star. Let me explain. Discovery Education is committed to helping teachers connect with one another. The way we do this is through the DEN or Discovery Educator Network. […]

  20. Building the DEN in Canada

    It’s been 2 weeks since I began my official role as Community Manager for the Canadian DEN. Needless to say my mind is spinning with possibilities and the vast opportunities that Discovery has for teachers. While I was previously aware of many of these, I’ve been bombarded with so much more as I learn about […]