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. Final Clue: IDiscover Sleuthing

    When you are at 2DP tonight for the workshop, be sure to check out the last clue, found amongst the papers we started with, and look at the suspect dossier. We have narrowed the search down to twelve individuals who are the most suspicious. Put together all the clues, including the ones from Twitter (one […]

  2. IDiscover Sleuthing Week 3

    The search continues for the culprit at 2DP! Many people have submitted guesses, but are any of them right? We’ll find out on June 17 when the answer is revealed! In the meantime, Clue #3 is available and can be found in a room close to the stairs – I’m not going to tell you […]

  3. The Adventure is About to Begin!

    Actually, for three teachers and 12 students, an adventure has already begun! The Discovery Student Adventure pilot program to Australia has started. You can follow the blog HERE. For us Texans, the excitement is building for our representative, Linda Rush, and four students from the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, who will leave on their adventure […]

  4. DEN in SL Sweeps the DENnys!

    The Discovery Educator Network hosted its first-ever DENny awards on Tuesday, May 26. It was a night of recognition for DEN STARs from all over the country. Our very own DEN in SL Leadership Council members won several “real-life” awards, including Anne Truger and Lori Abrahams for being so helpful to everyone. In addition, Fred […]

  5. Texas Wins at the DENnys!

    Tonight was the first-ever DENny awards – given to outstanding STAR educators and Leadership Councils for outstanding commitment to the DEN. There were lots of great awards given out to so many deserving people! One of those people is our very own Leadership Council chair, Linda Rush. She was awarded a Leadership DENny for her […]

  6. Looking For More Clues? Here's Your Chance!

    Awhile back, we announced that the DEN in SL leadership council is now on Twitter. Well, if you didn’t decide to follow @SLDENLC then, you’ll want to now because during the IDiscover Sleuthing game, there will be additional clues given only to those people who follow us on Twitter. So head on over to the […]

  7. IDiscover Sleuthing Week Two!

    The strangest things have been happening lately at the DEN. First, there was the theft that occurred last week. Now there is a glitch in our schedule! We happen to have no Wednesday workshop scheduled this week, so the DEN LC will be taking a bit of a hiatus this week. You can still attend […]

  8. It's a Wrap and the Investigation is On!

    The Wednesday Workshop with Brad Drakken (Brad Fountain-RL) called Sleuthing with Discovery Education Science was a fabulous success! Brad introduced everyone to some of the cool features of DE Science for elementary and middle school. Be sure to visit the DEN National Blog for details on how you can get a free 90 day trial! […]

  9. It's a Wrap! DEN Forum – Education Reform

    The first-ever formal DEN Forum was a huge success! We had a great turnout in room 201, where we sat ’round a table and had a great chat! The topic for discussion was “Education Reform: What Can One Teacher Do?” Celestia Cazalet (me) facilitated the discussion. With very little prompting, the group had some really […]

  10. Tell Your DEN Story

    The folks at the DEN are wanting to hear everyone’s story – how has being a member of the DEN affected you? How has it impacted your students’ experiences in the classroom? As a result, they have posted a short survey for all of us to take. Please take a few minutes to visit THIS […]

  11. It's a Wrap! The Taxman Never Visits SL!

    Wednesday, April 15, is a day that means anxiety for some, but for educators in Second LifeTM, it was an opportunity to relax and enjoy good company, lots of fun, and a little trivia! The DEN in SL hosted Taxman Cometh: But Not in Second Life. Because we are nearing the end of the school […]

  12. Texas Needs You!

    As a result of the growing presence of the state-based leadership councils and their activities, the DEN has decided to begin an annual review and election process. What does this mean to you? It means that now is your opportunity to express your interest in becoming an active member of the Texas Leadership Council. If […]

  13. One of Our Own is Chosen!

    As everyone probably knows by now, Discovery Education is starting a new program called Discovery Student Adventures. Through this program, teachers and students will go on educational trips to various countries. Since this is the pilot year, Discovery created a special opportunity for nine STAR educators to take trips to Australia, China, or South Africa […]

  14. TCEA 2010 Call for Participation

    What? We just finished another great TCEA! Yes, the call for participation for TCEA 2010 is now open. TCEA 2010 is entitled “Charting New Waters” and submission of proposals is open until May 8. It’s time to be thinking about what session(s) you’d like to present and get those proposals turned in! Visit TCEA’s website […]

  15. What's Up With The DEN?

    If you’ve been watching the announcements from the Discovery Education team about what is in store for 2009, you’ve been blown away by their commitment to making the DEN stronger than ever, with more resources, more educators, and more activities that will enhance student success in all of our classrooms. Continuing long-standing programs (national institute), […]