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DENSI daily recap: day three

Today was the first day of the conference-style learning for DENSI participants. The day started off with camp counselor, Rita Mortenson, leading the group in the DEN shuffle. Once we were all awake and ready to go, the keynote speaker, David Warlick delivered a talk that got us all thinking about how we handle information

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DENSI daily recap: Day two

Today we had a field trip to Yellowstone National Park. We loaded onto three large buses and drove for three hours to Wyoming to see Old Faithful. Participants were given a photo challenge and around four hours to hike, walk, or just sit and enjoy the view. Porter scheduled it well – we loaded back

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DENSI daily recap – day one

As Jannita Demian said, Discovery is all about wide open opportunities. Beautiful Bozeman, Montana seems to be the perfect place for educators to explore them. The first day of DENSI started off with registration, a photo op with Lance Rougeux and a networking activity during dinner. Participants had the opportunity to talk to and get

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DENSI 2012 is here!

Today is the first day of the DEN Summer Institute in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. I’m Elaine Plybon, and I’m one of the camp counselors for the institute. Here are some of the ways I will be keeping everyone back home updated on the events at DENSI. I will be posting quick, unedited video snippets called

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TCEA call for presenters now open

The Texas Computer Educator’s Association (TCEA) has announced a call for presenters for its 2013 Convention & Exposition to be held February 4-8, 2013, in Austin. The theme for the conference is Fusion: Learning in a New Light. TCEA has been a favorite for convention-goers for several years, drawing educators from all over Texas and

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From webpage to iBook epub In two clicks?

Post authored by Howard Martin So you have a website with a lot of good information in it and you want to capture it on your iPad for students to view at any time.  Say hello to dotEpub! The setup is fairly straightforward, but you do have to set it up on the iPad.  First,

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Texas DEN STAR Joli Brock in the news

The DEN is all about educators who expand the walls of their classroom to the global community, and Texas DEN STAR and Leadership Council member, Joli Brock, of McKinney ISD, has done just that. Along with her students, affectionately called “Brockstars”, Joli has used various technologies in her classroom to bring the world into her

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Texas gears up for regional conference

Texas educators are encouraged to attend the annual TCEA regional conference “The Power of U” being hosted by Regions 10 and 11 (Dallas-Ft. Worth) on October 22, at Timber Creek High School in Keller ISD. The small conference fee includes lunch!   This year is the first time academies will be included. The academies currently

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New Texas STAR honored as Golden Apple finalist

During each TCEA conference, the best and brightest educators in Texas are recognized at the Golden Apple Awards ceremony. This year, one of our own Texas STARs, Andrea Keller, was honored as one of three finalists for the Teacher of the Year award. Andrea is a special education teacher in Irving. She utilizes technology every

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