Posts By Karen Ogen

  1. South Carolina Middle School Association Conference


    SCMSA  provides a fantastic opportunity for middle level educators at the annual conference.  If you work with young adolescents in any capacity, you don’t want to miss the SCMSA conference! February 28- March 2, 2014 Sheraton Conference Center, Myrtle Beach, SC Conference Information Meet up with DEN Star and Leadership Council member Norma Rockwell at the SCETV […]

  2. Share Some KinDENess in December


            Celebrate and share the special ways you, your students, your schools, your community, and your colleagues help others- it is called #kinDENess! The great thing about being part of the DEN is that I am surrounded by hard-working, selfless, smart people!  The ways that this community of educators share ideas and […]

  3. Share Some KinDENess!


          We all know that educators (and especially Discovery Education educators) are generous and kind people.  We  find ways to share our generosity and kindness in what we do everyday: a kind word for the struggling or bullied student, a cup of coffee for a co-worker, or a home-cooked dinner for our family […]

  4. Planting Trees for the Environment


    Thanks to a grant from Polar Bears International and Roots & Shoots Korea, Nursery Road Elementary now has 15 new trees!  This weekend we held a planting event and invited our students, staff, and community out to plant trees with us and to learn how trees can help our environment. Did you know that trees […]

  5. Mystery Skype!


    Recently I arranged a Mystery Skype for one of my 3rd grade classes.  A Mystery Skype is a game played over Skype where the classes take turns asking one another yes or no questions to try to guess the state, province, or city that the other class lives in.  We played with Mrs. Abernathy’s 5th […]

  6. Klikaklu Treasure Hunts


    Treasure hunts are a fun way for students to use problem solving skills, to work in teams, to practice comprehensions skills, and to use technology resources all while practicing subject matter.  For “Talk Like A Pirate Day” (September 19th), I arranged a fun math treasure hunt for the second grade classes.  It was a perfect […]

  7. Project Polar Bear

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    Project Polar Bear – Save the Date! Polar Bears International presents the 2013  Project Polar Bear Contest!   Ice Ice Savers Team Bright young minds outsmart CO2 2012 Project Polar Bear Winners What is Project Polar Bear? Project Polar Bear is a way for small teams of young people, groups, and classrooms to collectively make […]

  8. Start The New Year With Technology


    I was on Pinterest the other night just looking through classroom pins and, of course, many teachers were pinning ideas for the beginning of the school year.  But what became apparent to me was that none of the ideas that I saw used any technology, but each idea could so easily be transformed into a technology-rich lesson.  (Don’t […]

  9. SC DEN News and

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    The SC DEN has been using to create a monthly newsletter for our state STARS. If you haven’t seen our newsletter, check out this month’s issue: SC DEN NEWS: Summer 2013. We have found Smore to be the perfect platform for our newsletter for several reasons: -It is FREE -We can collaborate on the […]

  10. Geocaching and QR Code Day: Downtown Columbia, SC

    Saturday, 5/18 10AM-12:30PM Main Street,  Columbia, SC 29201 Your hosts: Suzanne Brooks and Karen Ogen Educators (K-12) bring your family for our Discovery Education Geocaching and QR Code Day.  This year we are mixing it up a little and combining our annual Geocaching Day with QR codes.  If you don’t know anything about either one […]

  11. How To Use DE Media for Awesome Projects: Popplet

    One of my favorite applications to use DE images with is Popplet ( or also available as an App on the iPad).  Once you download your images from Discovery Education, they can easily be imported into Popplet to create an awesome, visual organizer that displays your students’ knowledge about the subject they are learning. Here is a […]

  12. Polar Bears International Thermostat Challenge!


    Celebrate International Polar Bear Day (2/27) and Join The Thermostat Challenge! What is it? A challenge to adjust your thermostats a few degrees to save energy and lower carbon emissions to help save polar bears.  It is also, encouraging participants to make every day a polar bear day by purchasing and installing a programmable thermostat […]

  13. New DEN STARS: Join the Rising STAR Program


    Are you a new DEN STAR?  Consider joining the Rising STAR program. This optional, newly revamped 1 month program is designed for all new STARs to welcome them into the DEN and connect with this amazing community. Over the years the DEN has flourished into a wealth of information and resources and we want to ensure all […]

  14. Thanks to DE for Supporting Our Eco-Challenge!


    From mid-November to mid-December I ran an eco-challenge with three of my elementary schools.  I challenged my teachers and students to reduce their use of electricity, paper, and plastic in the classroom and at home.  For a month, they kept track of their daily habits on a spreadsheet and tallied their points for turning off classroom […]

  15. Poster My Wall

    I am LOVING PosterMyWall!  I have to thank my colleague Jennifer Morrison for sharing this great resource on our Discovery Education Edmodo site because it is a real find. PosterMyWall is an online site that will allow you or your students to instantly and FREELY create wonderful quality posters.  You can use the pre-loaded backgrounds […]

  16. Join Me Virtually On My Adventure to the Polar Bear Leadership Camp


    In just six weeks I will leaving on an amazing adventure to learn about polar bears in their natural habitat.  Thanks to Discovery Education and Polar Bears International, Tammy Einarson and I were the recipients of this wonderful trip.  We will be spending a week with zookeepers and other educators on a tundra buggy outside of Churchill, Canada […]

  17. iPad Apps iLike

    I was lucky enough to spend a week with a group of wonderful educators at the Discovery Education Summer Institute.  Some of these apps I learned about from the conference and some I have used before, but most importantly, ALL of these apps can be used in your classroom- no matter what subject or grade level […]

  18. 3 DEN Activities + 12 DEN STAR Presenters + Dr Lodge= UnDENiably the BEST DEN Event This Year in SC!

    What event could this be?  None other than the Upstate Technology Conference (UTC) in Greenville, SC from 6/12-6/14: 3 DEN Activities: 1. Dining with the STARS: You are cordially invited to dine among the STARs. The South Carolina DEN will host a dinner for STARs during the UTC conference in Greenville, SC. STARs let’s […]