Posts By dave kootman

  1. Definition of Terms: Digital Storytelling

    One of the big buzz terms of the last few years has been “Digital Storytelling.” Teachers of all grades want to integrate digital storytelling into their curriculum to enhance student learning.  This has the added benefit of being fun and creating a pretty impressive final product  that can be published and viewed anywhere. You can’t […]

  2. Going to the Innovative Learning Conference?

    The Innovative Learning Conference is one of the premier  Ed-tech events in California and it’s quickly approaching (Oct  14-16). If you plan on attending be sure to take advantage of Discovery’s opportunities, including a very generous $40 discount on registration fees, a preconference event and rockin dinner. I remember the ol’ days when I used […]

  3. Google Chrome- or How many posts can I write about browsers?

    After recent posts about Firefox capabilities and tricks, as well as Microsoft’s latestversion of Internet Explorer, I thought it would be appropriate to provide a link to Google’s latest venture into the browser world. Check out “Google Chrome” here. They have some nifty new features not found in other browsers, like the ability to add […]

  4. Getting Tiny…er

    If you use Tiny URL or Twitter… See for yourself: Techcrunch review Check out the Firefox extension too Could this be used for annotations and citations? What if you/student used a photo in a project and simply used a TinyPaste link to credit the author or photographer? Would that be a legal way to […]

  5. DE Streaming Updates- webinar dates

    This is a cross-post of a previous National Blog Post: Discovery Education is excited to announce many new GREAT additions coming your way to streaming! This includes the long awaited and asked for Student Center where your students will have ability to log on and download media, better correlation with your state standards, more refined […]

  6. Get Your Own Site

    This past February Google released a great new tool for educators, students, business’s and all around website needing folks. This new creation is Google Sites. Google Sites claims it fills the need of sharing a group website, which seems to be part wiki, part blog and part modular website. I found Sites to be pretty […]

  7. Is print not enough?

    I’ve been noticing a pattern in my reading over the last few years. I love reading magazines and other periodicals. There are just so many new ideas, inventions and news all the time; it’s tough to keep up. I do my best with paper periodicals, but it never seems to satisfy me. Then it hit […]

  8. Latest Google Docs features

    If you are using Google Docs (and Spreadsheets and Presentations…) you’ll be happy to hear about some of their latest changes and additions.  Some of the cool ones are the ability to create forms and have people fill them out.  Then when they are updated you can view the data in your aggregator.  Some people […]

  9. Spring Fling!

    The California DE leadership council is proud to host an April bash at our DEN Director, Jannita Demian’s home. The entire Discovery Educator Network team is going to be there so don’t miss out. Hall Davidson, Steve Dembo, Scott Kinney, Lance Rougeux, Kim Randall, Matt Monjan, Justin Karkow, Brad Fountain, Mike Bryant and Dennis Swain […]

  10. Have A Booming Good Time!

    DEN Celebration at Palm Springs CUE Conference! Come join your fellow DEN members and their guests on Friday March 7 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm for an evening at Boomer’s. There will be free race car driving, rock wall climbing, mini-golf, bumper boats and free food. This event promises to be a lot of fun, but […]

  11. CUE extras you should check out

    If you’re planning on attending California’s largest conference on educational technology, you should know about  special offers and events for DEN members and their guests. On Thursday, March 6 from 9:30 am to 3:30pm Discovery Education is presenting a “Media Makeover” pre-conference day. This day will include several different sessions on how to incorporate technology […]

  12. Can you teach Adobe? You have 10 hours…

    Call for Presentations- passed on to you from your caring DEN friends We must receive your submission by Monday, February 18. Each year, TechEd’s most popular hands-on lab is the Adobe Lab. Attendees literally line up to learn the latest Adobe Software. Usually Adobe takes care of all the details, including providing the trainers… but […]

  13. Zamzar…again

    While these tools are great, please, please, check with your district’s/school’s teacher acceptable use policy before using them. Many districts block certain sites for many reasons. We don’t want any teachers “in trouble” for going around the system…. ~DEN Management I’ve had a lot of success using the online file conversion tool, Zamzar. I’ve used […]

  14. Enjoy the Ambiance

    I teach elementary school (there, I said it. Please don’t judge me ) In my classroom, I like to use quiet music in the background when students are working. I know a lot of teachers find the value in a peaceful work environment and students working quietly to the sound of Enya (or something else […]

  15. Nomenclature

    I just really wanted to say “nomenclature” so I thought I’d write an entire post on it. Actually, I had been a bit confused by the changes in names of some Discovery products over the last few months and wanted to get a few things cleared up. In particular, I was curious about the new […]