Author Archives: Karie Huttner

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iMake iLearn – Rethinking the Science Fair

iMake iLearn – Rethinking the Science Fair

      Okay so let me start by admitting that every year about this time when the Science Fair rolls around, I would inwardly cringe.  As a former bilingual teacher, it wasn’t because I didn’t think that students should pursue different learning experiences but the reality was that for my families the resources were

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Wisconsin DEN Stars at FETC

Two Wisconsin DEN Stars, Cathy Houchin and Rita Mortenson recently attended FETC 2015 in Orlando, Florida.  It was a great week of learning and sharing.  We were able to learn many things from A to Z.  One of the highlights was the meet up with all our DEN peeps for a couple hours.  These family

DEN at the Apple Store

IOS8 DEN Style

Submitted by Rita A. Mortenson In addition to having Discovery Streaming in our school districts, we also have a variety of mobile devices that allow for easy access to this great service, and an opportunity to personalize instruction for our learners.  With all the devices and operating systems available, we thought it would be a

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iMake iLearn – Minecraft and DE Resources

How can Discovery Education resources and Minecraft be used to build deeper understandings of curricular concepts?  Here is just one way to use both of these powerful resources to engage students actively in learning and creation. To build background knowledge about different types of communities, I started by using Board Builder from Discovery Education.  Board

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Wisconsin DEN Event

Join us at the Apple Store in the West Towne Mall, Madison, WI on Saturday, November 15 at 8:00 a.m. for an incredible FREE event. Do you wonder what the new iOS 8.0 features are?  Would you like to use iTunes U in the classroom, or are you wanting to know about the mobility of

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iMake iLearn – 3D Printing with Students: Imagine, Create, Play, Share, Reflect, Imagine

Imagine 3D printing is a new technology that can really transform the learning environment in a school.  With all new technology it is sometimes very difficult to imagine if you don’t understand what the technology can do.  In our journey of creation with 3D Printing, we started with printing designs that had already been created

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iMake iLearn – Launching Our Makerspace – SP Design Lab

LED Build Night The success of our SP Design Lab comes from the connections that we have made with our community.  Last spring the SP Design Lab was created and integrated into lunch recess and after-school.  Through collaboration with FACTv and Radiant Fabrication, our Design Lab was able to benefit from experts within our community

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iMake iLearn – Setting Up Your Makerspace

The Why…. Our makerspace is called The SP Design Lab. The SP Design Lab is modeled after the Makerspace movement where our students are able to access different materials to create and design in both the physical and virtual environments. Too often our students are told what they should do, how they should do it,

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iMake iLearn – Puppets, Puppets, Puppets

Who doesn’t like puppets?  Meet Conni Mulligan, our DEN guru and expert in how to integrate puppetry into the learning environment.  Conni’s passion for puppetry is infectious and the ways that she integrates puppets in storytelling and giving students voice.At the DENovator Faire, Conni shared a wonderful way to create puppets.  Her area was three

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