Author Archives: Patti Ruffing


Rockin’ with Cardboard and Foamboard

Rockin’ with Cardboard and Foamboard

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

race start


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


An Interactive Starry Night

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


It’s a Wrap: Reed Timmer and Prize Time

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

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Using Primary Sources to Reach Reluctant Readers and Teach Reading Skills

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