Posts By Robin Talkowski

  1. Making Author Connections with Skype

    Want to get your students excited about writing?  Rachael McNamee, fourth grade teacher at Oakdale School, Dedham, Massachusetts, really wanted her students to understand the intrinsic value and pleasure of becoming lifelong readers and writers.  Through the “Skype an Author” website, Rachael connected with Mary Amato, children’s author, song writer, and performer.  By writing a […]

  2. Northeast Regional Leadership Council Retreat

    MA DEN Leadership Council 2010View more presentations from Talkowski. Last weekend representatives from all the northeast states convened in Mystic, Connecticut for a planning retreat.  Massachusetts Leadership Council members who were able to attend were:  Donna Criswell, Chair; Marybeth O’Brien, Events Coordinator; Robin Talkowski, Blog Coordinator; Paula Marini and Deb Thonas, Events Team, and Eithne […]

  3. 2010 DENny Award Winner

    What a surprise!  What an honor!  The Massachusetts Leadership Council Blog received a DENny award.  Massachusetts was one of five state blogs recognized for our efforts to keep readers abreast of national Discovery news and events as well as topics of interest locally and regionally.  As our first year as a Leadership Council, the recognition […]

  4. Edutopia's Summer Rejuvenation Guide

    Edutopia, part of George Lucas’s Educational Foundation, has just issued their Summer Rejuvenation Guide.  Their number 1 tip to rejuvenate is to … Grow your personal learning network!  They offer a number of ways to connect with fellow committed educators.  One easy way is to join the DEN and become a STAR.  Get connected and […]

  5. New England Day of Discovery!!!

    Teachers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine poured into the parking lot at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts today for the New England Day of Discovery.  What makes teachers give up a beautiful spring day of freedom?  Learning, of course.  Learning how to reach more students; learning how to become […]

  6. Has technology killed critical thinking?

    “Has technology contributed to the loss of critical thinking skills?” is the question.  Alan November, acclaimed education technology guru and Massachusetts native, raised this issue in his video, “Myths and Opportunities:  Technology in the Classroom.”  I love the opportunity to pause and think about these issues.  How do teachers and students truly use technology?  For […]

  7. Important Dates, Don't Delay

    Great things are happening!  Don’t miss your opportunity to participate.  Check out the following links for more information and registration or application details. The DEN Spring Virtual Conference 2010:  Connect the Thoughts    Saturday April 24  Register for the virtual sessions Apply for the DEN Summer Institute at Bentley University in Massachusetts.  Application deadline is  April […]

  8. PBS Teachers Innovation Awards

    I recently received this e-mail from PBS and thought I would pass it on.  Watching and voting provides a great way to have a window on what other teachers are doing as well as celebrate their accomplishments by voting. Hundreds of entries for the PBS Teachers Innovation Awards have been posted at While the […]

  9. Massachusetts – Where the Action is this Summer!

    Boston is the place to be this summer for learning and collaborating! Alan November’s Building Learning Communities Conference kicks off July 11.  Featured keynote speakers include Rahaf Harfoush, Michael Wesch, and Mitch Resnick. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to attend the DEN’s Summer Institute at Bentley College July 18-23.  Look for all the details on […]

  10. Word Processing Edit Help

    The Fall 2009 issue of On Cue, the Journal of the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators, has a great article about some of the features that word processing has to help students with editing.  The article is titled “Using Technology to Empower Students as Editors:  Developing a Proofreading System with Hidden Features in Word Processors.” The […]

  11. DEN National Institute Announced!

    This summer’s DEN National Institute will be held right here in Massachusetts at Bentley College.  STARs, consider applying for a wonderful opportunity to learn and share.  See the National blog for all the important information and dates.  Deadline for applying is April 12 by 5PM. DEN Summer Institute: Apply Today The DEN Summer Institute for […]

  12. Webinars for the Northeast

    Meet our new Discovery Account Manager for the Northeast Region, Whitney Mahoulides, by participating in the webinars she has organized for us. We would like to invite you and your staff to learn more about the only digital video-based learning resource scientifically proven to increase student achievement.  We are offering 3 New Topics in this […]

  13. Technology Mini Conference in Brockton March 6

    Brockton Public Schools is sponsoring a Technology Mini Conference that will focus on 21st Century Skills.  This conference will provide educators with the opportunity to explore a variety of technological modalities that enhance the teaching and learning process for our Digital Natives.  Hello Hollywood East … calling all amateur video producers.  Our event will begin […]

  14. Glogster Edu Updates

    Glogster is one of the most popular sites for teachers.  As Jim Dachos, Glogster Education Director, announced to attendees of the DEN event in October, Glogster continues to improve and update their site.  One major change that was announced recently is that teachers will only be able to request 100 student accounts as of March […]