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. DEN TCEA Pre-Con A Thundering Success!

    The Discovery Educator Network held a TCEA pre-conference event on Tuesday, February 2, at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. It was well-attended and included break-out sessions on topics such as the 50 ways to integrate Discovery streaming; multimedia presentations that POP; Director’s Cut (digital storytelling); and overviews of Discovery Science and […]

  2. Austin Hosting Day of Discovery

    This just in from Howard Martin, events planner for the Texas Leadership Council/Austin area: “Austin, Texas is gearing up for a great Day of Discovery on December 6th. Discovery Education Regional Manager Justin Karkow will be bringing a host of Discovery resources with him to provide an exciting day of discussion and training. Local DEN […]

  3. With Thanksgiving ….

    If you have been on the courtyard side of the DEN HQ lately, you may have noticed a new addition. We’ve placed a few “blank canvasses” to build a Thanksgiving Garden. These canvasses are set so that anyone can change the texture – what we would love to see is our great DEN members adding […]

  4. One Of Our Own Texas STARs Featured

    Awhile back, Lori Reed, of Kress ISD, was featured on this blog as a Texas STAR. Well now she has been featured by SMART in the feature article of their monthly newsletter, 21st Century Hallways. It is a great article, and Lori’s experience, both in the classroom and with a vast array of online networking […]

  5. Cool Tool: TagCrowd

    I sat in on David Warlick‘s session this morning at the Region XI virtual conference on “21st Century Literacy” and learned about a useful tool called TagCrowd. TagCrowd will take text, whether it be from a website or a file, and create a visual depiction of the most commonly used words in that text. What […]

  6. Region One Hosts Day of Discovery

    The Region One Education Service Center and Discovery Education will be hosting a Day of Discovery on November 15, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The day will include topics such as Streaming Overview, 50 Ways and Beyond to Integrate Discovery Education, Powerful Multimedia Presentations and Digital Storytelling. As with every Discovery Education event, […]

  7. Welcome New STARs!

    The DENliest catch season is still upon us! I hope all of our STARs are out there recruiting new STARs so that Texas can continue to be the biggest and the best! Please take some time to welcome these new STARs: Keishla Ceaser-Jones Christi Hicks Jacqueline Mamou Joanna Ortega Carol Richmond Marlene Robbins Charlotte Solorio […]

  8. Region XI Hosts First Virtual Conference

    Virtual learning is virtually everywhere! (ok, sorry about that, just had to do it!). the Region XI ESC is hosting its first-ever virtual conference! The conference will be conducted November 10-14 and will have live sessions as well as on-demand sessions. One of the featured keynotes is Discovery Education’s own Hall Davidson! I will have […]

  9. One Stop For News

    Hasn’t the last few days been exciting? No matter what your politics, it has actually been nice to see so many people get so excited about something. Those of us who use Twitter and Plurk know just how easy it was to get wrapped up in following what everyone had to say about the things […]

  10. Live! It's a Virtual Conference!

    Last Saturday, October 25, was the second Discovery Education virtual conference. The Texas Leadership Council hosted a live, in-person event throughout the day at the Notre Dame School in Dallas. Several area educators attended, watched some of the virtual presentations, enjoyed breakout sessions, and had a great breakfast and lunch from Cafe Express, courtesy of […]

  11. October Texas STAR!

    I know I’m a little late getting this up, but believe me, this STAR is worth waiting for! Our Texas STAR for the month of October is Lea Anne Daughrity. Lea Anne has had an interesting life and is totally dedicated to the DEN and what it stands for. Read on! ********************************** Lea Anne Daughrity […]

  12. Green Light Contest

    PC Mall Gov, along with Hewlett-Packard, InFocus, and T.H.E. Journal is sponsoring a contest that encourages middle and high school students to move towards a greener future. It is an essay contest entitled “Green Light”. Students in grades 5-12 (in two categories, 5-8 and 9-12), will submit essays of 1,000 words or less describing how […]

  13. Your Opportunity to Virtually Shine!

    Region XI (Fort Worth) is hosting a Virtual Technology Conference November 10-14, 2008. The really cool thing about it being a virtual conference is that you don’t have to be from the Fort Worth area to attend OR to present! They are still accepting proposals for presentations. If you’d like to join Hall Davidson (keynote), […]

  14. NECC 2009 Call For Participation

    Whether you’ve ever been there or not, you have hopefully heard of the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC)¬†sponsored by ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) every year. This annual conference is a definite must-attend, as there will be over 17,000 educators, administrators, and others interested in technology in education there to share their experiences, […]

  15. Put On Your Press Hat For Project Report

    YouTube, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center has launched a new video contest that sounds interesting. This contest gives participants an opportunity to show their journalism skills and report on issues and individuals who are under-covered in today’s media. The first round of the contest requires entrants to produce a video about an individual in […]

  16. Welcome New STARs

    The Texas DEN continues to grow, which is not surprising because both the DEN and the great state of Texas are awesome! The Texas LC would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest STARs: Susan Reeves Carlos Soto Jane Wegmann Brenda White Please join us in welcoming these new STAR educators by posting […]