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DEN Techformation: Ask 3

DEN Techformation: Ask 3

A teacher is working with a small group and doesn’t want to be interrupted with every small question, so they set the policy “Ask 3 before me.” This simple phrase was the inspiration for TechSmith’s app Ask3. While there are other strong educational screencasting/interactive whiteboard apps like Explain Everything and Show Me, there are a

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The Desktop is Your Friend….

…So Treat it a little Better. As a follow up to DENvice member Tracy Carpenter’s post on finding the perfect desktop wallpaper, I would like to continue the geeky conversation on the treatment of your desktop. The desktop is the first thing you see light up your screen after the initial boot up. It is

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DENvice: Love to Help Others

Three DEN Summer Institutes and countless regional events later, my love of the DEN hasn’t faltered. There seems to be a commonality among the DEN: a passion to help others. Multiple Stars are true experts and yet are friendly, ready to start a conversation. Now there is something new to continue conversations between the face-to-face

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The DEN Makes You Special

It is a fact that there are some DEN Stars that are Gleeks. While the love for the show might come from the music or storyline, we feel the that same connection. If you have ever been at an in-person DEN event, you understand this quote from the first season. I realized in 2008 that

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It is Summer! Now what?

Well we were lucky this year! For educators in Maryland, the school year actually ended on time due to the mild winter. Once you get a little extra sleep and completely chill for a couple of days, it might be time to start thinking about how to make the most of the few weeks in

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The DEN shines at Common Ground ’12

Common Ground 2012 is now just hours away! In the morning, the Baltimore Convention center will be buzzing with educators dedicated to learning and improving the classroom. Discovery and Maryland Stars always shine at this event, but this year is even better. Here are sessions you don’t want to miss! Hall Davidson will be giving

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Lucky State

We are pretty lucky to be living in Maryland. As they say in real estate it is all about, “location, location, location.” The geography of the state itself is fantastic with the mountains, the ocean, and of course the bay. Being in the mid-Atlantic makes it convenient to take all sorts of day trips up and down the

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Have you registered for Common Ground?

There has been some changes since the days of the MICCA conference. We all had to get used to it changing to MSET, as the focus became more instruction and less hardware. Now the next big leap is from the MSET conference to Common Ground 2012. While MSET is leading the way for the conference,

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Tech and Treats this Saturday

Why stay at home in your PJs when you can come out to share in the learning with the Maryland Leadership Council? It is always better to learn together, to ask questions, and share ideas. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Come in costume to compete in the contest, but it is not a requirement.

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Relax, it will be okay!

For many of us, the start of the school year in Maryland has been a challenging one. Days have already been missed due to natural disasters: earthquake and hurricane Irene. Then are all of those other challenges that face educators in our state: increased class sizes, limited budget funds, testing, and more. Finally let us

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