Posts By Jane

About Jane

Jane Cook is a Staff Development Specialist and a Literacy and Technology Coach for EASTCONN, the Regional Educational Service Center that serves the 36 school districts in the northeast corner of Connecticut. Jane is also the Technology Program Leader for the Connecticut Writing Project at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She has been an educator for over 30 years and a DEN Star Educator since 2007.

  1. DEN SCIcon 2012 Rocks!

    I’ve been sitting in the Mark Twain House Museum classroom for the day soaking up the DEN SCIcon virtual conference events. I’m sharing the room with about 35 educators from around Connecticut as well as Patti Duncan, STAR Discovery Educator and member of the DEN Team. It’s been a productive and worthwhile day with all […]

  2. TED – Ideas Worth Spreading

    Do you like to watch videos?  Do you need a video for a PD that you’re planning?  Do you want to feel inspired?  Then you have to check out TED at  According to their Web site, “TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference […]

  3. Change Your Font and Save Some Money!

    Are you aware that, according to research, the font entitled Century Gothic uses 1/3 less ink than some of the standard fonts like Times New Roman and Arial?  The blog post you’re reading is written in Century Gothic, size 11.  As you can see, it’s a nice clean sans serif font.  With tight budgets, saving […]

  4. Easy Bib – A Free Way to Cite Your Sources

    As I read Barb’s post earlier today, I was reminded of Easy Bib, a free online bibliography maker that allows you to create a bibliography almost painlessly.  The free version cites the sources in MLA format.  Once you’ve entered your sources, you can export the bibliography in RTF or MS Word format.  This has saved me countless hours when […]

  5. Giving Thanks

    As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m thinking about what I am thankful for.  My life is filled with many blessings – far too many to list here – but I’d like to highlight a couple: First, I am thankful to be alive.  After experiencing a serious accident four years ago, I am grateful that I survived […]

  6. Awash in Acronyms

    It seems that every time we turn around there are new acronyms that have joined the education jargon.  Maybe I’m wrong, but Connecticut seems to have more than its share.  Here are a few that are popular these days.  They’re arranged in alphabetical order, not by the order of the number of times you’ll hear […]