Author Archives: Steve Dembo


Reflections of a DEN Mom: Coni Rechner

Reflections of a DEN Mom: Coni Rechner

I vividly remember being at a Cub’s game in Wrigley field close to 10 years ago, admiring the energy, passion and support for our beloved Chicago Cubs. I thought to myself at that moment “how powerful would it be if our Discovery Educator Network (DEN) community could one day be large enough to fill the


Event of the Week: STARring Trina Jackson!

We dug a bit into the archives this week, as we highlight an event hosted on February 24th at Fairhope Intermediate School in Baldwin County, Alabama.  Trina Jackson hosted an inservice on Discovery Education’s Board Builder, and got everyone involved!  Teachers, students and administrators all collaborated together to explore how this tool could spark creativity


Event of the Week: STARring Karie Huttner!

STAR events come in all shapes and sizes.  While most people tend to log events that they’ve done within their own district, this week we’re turning our eye to a presentation shared by Karie Huttner at the 2014 ICE Conference in Illinois!  Karie is a Wisconsin STAR hailing from Stoner Prairie Elementary in the Verona


An Evening of Women Inspiring Girls

Tonight from 7-8pm CDT, Discovery Education and Girls Inc are partnering up to host “An Evening of Women Inspiring Girls,” an event aimed at increasing an interest in STEM subjects and careers amongst young women. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the evening will include inspirational activities fornearly 150 local, underserved middle school girls. During


Much Ado About MOOCs, with Kathy Schrock!

Monday, September 16th, 8 PM ET Register today! Curious about MOOC’s? These massive open online courses are created to allow participants to work at their own pace and also embed all types of collaboration and communication among the participants. This fall, Wilkes University will be offering a MOOC for K-12 and pre-service educators entitled “Teachers +


DEN Spring VirtCon: Full schedule now posted!

What has 21 sessions, 32 face to face events, and more than 700 people signed up to attend?? Ok, perhaps the title of the blog post gave it away a little, but yes… it’s the DEN Spring VirtCon!  In just a few short weeks, we’ll be hosting our 11th Virtual Conference, which promises to be


The 2012 VirtCon Costume Contest: Vote Now!

Every year our Fall Virtual Conference has a Tech or Treat theme.  While dressing up isn’t required, it’s always encouraged.  In fact, there are some members of our team that it’s hard to get them to STOP dressing in costume (*cough* Lance *cough* Matt *cough*). This year was no exception, we had some incredible costumes


Global Cardboard Challenge

Many of use were inspired with the story of Caine’s Arcade blasted into the mainstream.  The original video nearly moved me to tears and definitely got me thinking about the role of play in learning.  If you haven’t watched the original, stop reading this and go watch it! To celebrate the one year anniversary of