Posts By Patti Ruffing

  1. Rockin’ with Cardboard and Foamboard

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    Hall Davidson can really “rock it”. At Sunday’s DEN Pre-con before PETE&C he shared some cool ways to go digital with some very non-digital items.  In his first session, Build a Digital Classroom from a Cardboard Box, Hall demonstrated how a Rock-It portable vibrating speaker can amplify the audio on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad […]

  2. Mush!

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    The 2012 Iditarod began yesterday at the starting point of Anchorage, Alaska. This yearly event, known as the “Last Great Race on Earth” is an amazing test of endurance that always begins on the first Saturday of March. There is a wealth of learning opportunities for students in following this event. Note: As I post […]

  3. An Interactive Starry Night

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    You may have already seen this awesome interactive version of The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, but it’s beautiful and worth a re-run. This was created by Petros Vrellis, who credits the software openFrameworks for allowing this to be possible. According to their website openFrameworks is an open source C++ tookit for creative coding. Be sure to have […]

  4. It’s a Wrap: Reed Timmer and Prize Time

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    None other than Discovery Channel’s head storm chaser Reed Timmer was the celebrity prize drawer for the closing session of a fabulous day of all things DEN!  After  being treated to a  series of awesome sessions and a wealth of fabulous new ideas, DEN Stars took home Discovery messenger bags and balloons, and had a […]

  5. Mash It Up for Deeper Learning and Understanding

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    Common Core standards expect that “students will use digital media to…”. Mashup tools will help them to meet those 21st century core standards. Carmella Doty and Renee Henderson kicked off their mash up session at the DEN PETEnC pre-conference by  talking about Notaland where you can ” mash your ideas and media together with friends in a […]

  6. Using Primary Sources to Reach Reluctant Readers and Teach Reading Skills

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    In the first breakout session at the DEN Pre-con in Hershey, presenter Elizabeth Shotwell  readily admitted hating social studies in high school because it was just memorizing facts. It was a History of Civilization class in college and a professor who said that history was just the “juiciest gossip” that got passed down through the […]

  7. Playing With Media Session by Wes Fryer

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    Attendees at the Tech or Treat virtual conference were treated to Wes Fryer’s session on Playing with Media. Just as children learn through play, Wes urged educators to “play” with digital text, images, audio, and video as a way to become comfortable with these technologies. His book, Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing, […]

  8. Monstrously Good Mash-ups

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    DEN Guru Traci Blazosky kicked off the Tech or Treat DEN Virtual Conference on Saturday by stirring up a cauldron of tools to create mashups…not the “Monster Mash”-up she shared at the beginning of her session, but a concoction of monstrously great tools to engage students in the learning process and help them create their […]

  9. Welcome, Cynthia Brown!

    The Mid-Atlantic region has had to weather a lot of snow and ice lately, but a ray of sunshine comes in the person of Cynthia Brown, who stepped into the position of the region’s DEN account manager in December. In her role she supports Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, and Washington, […]

  10. Dear DEN…

    Dear Discovery Educator Network, Recently I had my annual get-together with some close friends from college, most of whom are teachers. One of them is not only teaching her regular courses but is also an adjunct at her local community college. She bemoaned the fact that she had been asked to share her many resources […]

  11. It's a Wrap! Max Kleene Concert

    There was a great turn out for the Max Kleene concert on September 22 at the DEN in SL ! This Canadian with the awesome voice performed live from Niagara Falls, Canada, for not only teachers in attendance but several of his loyal followers who never want to miss a performance. What was especially terrific […]

  12. First Reaction to: Reaction Grid

    This past week, several members of the Second Life LC ventured into the virtual world known as Reaction Grid. We met up with Jokay Wollongong (Jo Kay in RL) who guided us around and answered questions while we got our bearings. She also took us to her own spot on the RG called jokaydia.We decided […]

  13. SL'ip#2 An Introduction to Viewer 2

    Time for another Second Life Tip and this time we take a general look at Viewer 2 in preparation for our upcoming orientation session on June 16 at the DEN.If you are fairly new to SL (maybe you decided to jump in after the “getting started” post) you have already installed Viewer 2. For some of you […]

  14. SL Tips: Getting Started

    You may have noticed our location in the list of state blogs is south of Pennsylvania and north of South Carolina. In reality, we are located in “virtual” reality (second star to the right and straight on till morning) but as near as your own back yard. Some of you have visited this land already, […]

  15. Gentle Reminder: Newbie Session

    Do you wonder how you can keep your avatar from slumping over mid-conversation (not polite) or use your camera tool to view what’s on the second floor without going actually going up there? Do you know how close someone needs to be to hear “chat” conversation? Or when to “whisper” or “shout”? Do you want […]

  16. Looking Ahead

    Because of the Discovery Streamathon the DEN in Second Life is taking a break from weekly workshops tonight.  But don’t go far, because the next few weeks are jam packed with a variety of events:  Sept. 30 – Get up to speed on Student Access to Discovery Education services with Smellslike Magic (RL Mike Bryant) […]

  17. It's a Wrap – Informal Chat Session

    Wednesday evening, August 12, an informal chat session was held at DEN in SL (2DP) for newbie questions, or DEN related questions, or anything anyone wanted to share. Six educators stopped by to discuss a variety of topics from how to create a sign in SL to technology integration practices and frustrations to revamping technology […]