Posts By Elaine Plybon

About Elaine Plybon

I’m an Instructional Technology Specialist at MacArthur High School and the Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving, Texas. I’ve been an active member of the DEN since 2005, having served on the Texas Leadership Council since its creation. I was very excited to be chosen as one of the DEN Gurus in 2012!

  1. DENSI daily recap: Day four

    The conference style format continued through the day today. Camp Counselor, Rita Mortenson, started our day teaching us a modified version of the electric slide, then she, Jan Abernathy, and Traci Blazosky performed a rap song about the Yellowstone trip. Our opening keynote speaker was Paul Anderson, who was Montana Teacher of the Year in […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. February Texas DEN Newsletter

    The February issue of LoneSTAR squared, the monthly publication of the Texas Discovery Educator Network, is out! Read about the upcoming TCEA conference and and article about retaining girls in STEM programs, along with regular updates. Click below to view it full-size. Open publication – Free publishing – More texas den

  10. Presenting at TCEA?

    We want to know! We are working on a conference calendar including presentations from DEN STARs to make it easier for fellow DENners to decide what they are attending.  If you will be presenting at TCEA, please fill out this form to let us know. Your session(s) will be advertised in the next issue of […]

  11. Texas DEN Newsletter for January

    The January newsletter for the Texas DEN has been released. Among its regular features, it also highlights what is being done in McKinney ISD to encourage technology use in classrooms. The newsletter can be viewed on the Texas DEN website. There is a contest running through the end of the year to name the newsletter […]

  12. Register now for the Texas Talking Points Conference

    There will be a unique conference on January 22, 2011, you won’t want to miss. The Talking Points Conference aims to facilitate discussion among educators on various topics important to a 21st century classroom. With breakout sessions that center around archived DEN Virtual Conference presentations, K12 Online Conference presentations, TED Talks, and other sources, educators […]

  13. Mindmeister feature a hit with educators

    Mindmeister is an online, collaborative mind-mapping tool that give students (and teachers) an opportunity to organize their thoughts, brainstorm, and collaborate with just a few clicks. One feature that teachers are finding very useful is the history feature. By clicking the “Toggle History View” icon in the lower right corner, they can view the history […]

  14. Needed: A few good people . . .

    It is the time of year once again to build the DEN Leadership Councils. If you have thought about volunteering your time to the DEN in Second Life, now is your chance.  From now until April 30, 2010 you can state your interest in being a part of the leadership council. All you have to do […]

  15. Gentle Reminder: Recruitment and Retention of Girls in STEM

    This week’s Wednesday Workshop will focus on Gender Equity: Recruitment and Retention of Girls in STEM and will be presented by Celestia Cazalet (Elaine Plybon RL).  Enrollment of girls in higher level science, technology, engineering, and math programs is traditionally much lower than that of boys. Is there something we, as teachers, can do to turn […]

  16. Blended virtual ecosystems

    Wednesday marked a banner day for the DEN in SL with the Wednesday Workshop topic: A Blended Virtual Ecosystem: North Carolina Virtual Public School’s Great Discovery in Second Life. The presentation was fantastic, with Dr. Brian Setser (Innovator Quan – SL), of the North Carolina Virtual Public School guiding the audience through the journey the […]

  17. You won't want to miss this!

    Coming up on Wednesday, July 29, the DEN in SL will have special guest speakers, Dr. Bryan Setser, Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Virtual Public School, and Jennifer Nobles, who is the Modular Learning Specialist and Virtual Worlds Coordinator for the school. They will be presenting a workshop entitled: A Blended Virtual Ecosytem: […]

  18. Big day for the DEN in SL

    Wednesday, July 1, is a big day for the DEN in SL! First, there will be a BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) session at NECC conducted by several team members from the DEN in SL Leadership Council. The session is completely full, but you can still participate in-world and show your support for educators in […]

  19. Just two days left . . .

    That’s right – there are only two days left before the big reveal party at the DEN in SL headquarters (2DP), where we find out “whodunit” in the IDiscover Sleuthing game! A source close to the investigation has revealed that one SLeuth has already guessed the correct culprit! Could it be you? Have you not […]