Posts By Pam Shoemaker

  1. SE Michigan Geocaching Day

    The Michigan Leadership Council hosted three events across the state for teachers as part of Discovery Educator Network’s Geocaching Day!  Events were held in Battle Creek, Flint, and Milford.  It was a great day of collaboration, learning, and outdoor fun.  The Milford group found 7 caches along Milford Trail, a path that goes from the […]

  2. Michigan Event: Stir it Up with Discovery

    The Walled Lake Consolidated School District in southeastern Michigan hosted the Stir it Up with Discovery Education Conference on Saturday, March 19. It was a fantastic day of learning and networking. There were 75+ attendees from at least 15 different school districts and one attendee from Canada. We were lucky to have Discovery Education’s Mike […]

  3. “Stir it Up” with Discovery: Michigan PD Event, March 19

    Michigan Educators:  You are invited to attend a technology conference on Saturday, March 19 at Sarah Banks Middle School (Wixom, MI)  from 8:30am-3:15pm. This event will focus on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming teaching practices through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content.  Presenters are from Discovery Education, the […]

  4. Superintendents Get Schooled in Social Media

    Porter Palmer delivered the keynote address to Michigan school superintendents at the MASA Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan this morning.  She demonstrated six super tools for lifelong learners:  Facebook, Twitter, the new and improved MASA website, RSS, Blogging, and the Discovery Educator Network Administrators’ Academy.  See her presentation and all shared links here.  Enjoy!

  5. Skype Guest of the Week

    Jennifer Bond, a DEN STAR educator from the Walled Lake Consolidated School District in Michigan, has a “Skype Guest of the Week.”  This past week, JoAnne Kaminski, a Reading Specialist from Wisconsin, visited Mrs. Bond’s 3rd grade classroom. The two educators connected as a result of Mrs. Bond’s post on the Skype in Schools wiki which describes how […]

  6. Overheard at Michigan Virtual University’s Online Learning Symposium

    From Steve Megley, Deputy Director of Ed Tech, US Department of Education: “Assessment can be done THROUGH the act of learning.  It’s crazy to give tests and expect kids to do well just to make the teacher’s day.” “Education needs structural change, and we must find the spaces for the changes.  We cannot just add it […]

  7. Michigan PD Opportunities – "Tech or Treat" on October 23

    Want to join thousands of educators who are passionate about integrating media into their instruction and collaborating with each other to improve student achievement? Then attend the DEN Fall Virtual Conference on October 23!  During this unique (and free) professional development event you have the flexibility to attend online or in-person at one of two regional […]

  8. First Impressions of Windows 7

    I’ve seen the ads, I’ve read the reviews, and I couldn’t wait to get a copy of Windows 7 to see how it worked for myself.  Admitedly, I was nervous about upgrading my computer (from Vista), worried that something would go wrong and I’d no longer be able to connect to my home wireless network, […]

  9. Overheard at Alan November's Building Learning Communities Conference

    Michael Wesch:  “Harness the relevant tools and engage students in real world problems that the teacher does not know the answer to.” “We need to move our students from knowledgeable to knowledge-able.” Michael Lambert: “Treat a visual like an onion.  Peel back the layers, make the students slow down, and dive in.” “Emotion drives attention […]

  10. Fun Learning

    I’m at the DEN Leadership Council Institute in Boston this week with 75 other amazing DEN leaders from across the country.  This evening we participated in an AmeriDEN Idol competition.  What a fun structure for learning!  Each team (of approximately ten people) were given four minutes to deliver a presentation to the others…   a web site, online tool, video, etc.  The DEN team hammed […]

  11. Geocaching Day; West Bloomfield Group

    Today is the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Spring Geocaching Day.  Groups of teachers from all over the country get together to geocache!  This is part of the West Bloomfield group, organized by Cindy Carson and Pam Shoemaker.  It rained the whole time, but that didn’t stop us.  A fun time! Another Michigan group cached in Battle […]

  12. Call for Speakers

    There are two opportunities to apply to present at educational technology conferences:     1.       Collaborative Tools Conference – Nov 13 at Macomb ISD.  Call for Speakers Application due Sept 28.  http://webtools4learning.org 2.       MACUL Conference – March 11 & 12 in Grand Rapids.  Call for Speakers Application is due Sept 29.  http://www.macul.org   Perks for both:  […]

  13. New DEN STARS from Michigan

    This year, several Michigan educators applied and were accepted to be DEN STAR Educators.  To learn more about what that means and to apply, click here.  DEN STARS have access to training kits, special events, and fun perks.  The best part is being connected with other STAR educators from across the nation.  Welcome to the […]

  14. Awesome Summer Professional Development

    Get ready for a new school year with the DEN!  The entire month of August is jam-packed with free webinars.  Tell a colleague, invite your principal and join us for Summer School with the DEN.  Enroll today at: http://community.discoveryeducation.com/webinar.All sessions begin at 11 AM EST.  Digital Storytelling Week 8/3/09: Thinking Outside the Slide: Creating non-linear […]

  15. Google Earth Updated Imagery

    Google Earth released new and updated imagery and higher resolution 3D terrain for many locations, including Michigan!   If you have not visited Google Earth lately, you need to check it out!  I took a quick screenshot of Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes (NW Michigan’s Lower Peninsula).  I have vivid memories of running up and down the […]