Posts By Pam Shoemaker

  1. Geocaching Day, Part 2!

    We were lucky to have two geocaching events in the state of Michigan on Saturday, May 30.  Six people met up to celebrate Geocaching Day 2009 in Battle Creek, MI.  We met at our brand new Panera Bread, and walked through the basics of Geocaching.  Everyone was anxious to get out of there, and begin […]

  2. Geocaching Day

    The Michigan DEN had two teams: one in Commerce and the other in Battle Creek/Kalamazoo.  The Commerce team had a blast!  We found 5 caches and hiked some beautiful trails in Proud Lake Recreation Area.  We saw snakes, spiders, frogs, herons, and of course lots of mosquitos.  We nearly lost a couple of teachers who […]

  3. DENny Awards

    Tonight was the last DEN webinar of the year.  It was an evening of recognizing DEN STAR Educators going “above and beyond.” The Michigan DEN blog was one of the state Leadership Council blogs recognized.  Emma Haygood was also recognized for sharing some fantastic resources.  WOOT!

  4. MACUL Grants Available!

    Michigan educators: Do you have a great idea for a cool project involving technology in your classroom? Apply for a 2009-2010 MACUL Grant! Grants are awarded for up to $1500 towards a project that will help benefit the students in your classroom/school. The deadline is June 27th, 2009, so do it NOW! All of the […]

  5. Geocaching Anyone?

    On May 30, 2009 the DEN will host the first-ever DEN Geocaching Day!  Question for Michigan teachers… If I volunteer to be the guide for an event in SE Michigan, would you be interested in participating?  If so, leave me a comment on this blog post.  If we get a small group of people who […]

  6. The Benjamin Button Effect

    The DEN Virtual Conference was kicked off with a keynote address by Lance Rougeux.  I haven’t seen the movie Benjamin Button, so I did not know what to expect.  Lance explained that the Benjamin Button effect allows us to age in reverse. What would you have done different in your classroom if you could do […]

  7. Tell the DEN Story

    The Discovery Educator Network is seeking feedback from educators who have participated in the DEN and/or attended DEN-sponsored events. The survey below should take you about 5 minutes to complete. We really appreciate your feedback!

  8. Virtual Conference, Saturday April 25

    The Spring DEN Conference is coming up soon!  When? Saturday, April 25, 2009 9 AM to 3 PM EDT Where? Online How much? Free. The day will feature a special presentation from Chris Lehmann, Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in the School District of Philadelphia as well as a great lineup of sessions from […]

  9. Grown Up Digital Webinar TONIGHT

    Join us tonight (March 23) at 7:00 PM EDT for a very special webinar with Grown Up Digital author Don Tapscott.  IT’S FREE!  About Grown Up Digital Poised to transform every social institution, the Net Generation is reshaping the form and functions of school, work, and even democracy. Simply put, the wave of youth, aged […]

  10. News From Our MI DEN Chair

    Click the link below to see Cheryl’s pre-MACUL newsletter.  Hope to see you at the social event on Thursday eve! mi_den_march_14.pdf **Please note the following changes (from what is included in the newsletter) to sessions offered at MACUL.** Rita Hughes will present on Thursday @ 1:00 pm ” Move From Good to Great: Using Technology Tools in UDL” Mary Phillips […]

  11. MACUL Networking Social

    Join Discovery Education for an evening of networking and cheer during the MACUL Conference. Limited to the first 75, so register soon.  Register here! When: Thursday, March 19, 2009 Event starts at 6:30 PM Where: Andiamo Detroit Riverfront 400 Renaissance Center Suite A-403 Detroit, MI 48243 (313) 567-6700 Cost: Free! This Discovery event is sponsored […]

  12. DEN Group on Diigo

    Did you know that the DEN has a Diigo group to share great online tools and websites?  Diigo is a social networking site, like, where users can bookmark websites for all in the group to benefit from.  Some recent finds include PicLits, NASA Do-it-Yourself Podcasts, and Make a Gif.  Join the group!  You can […]

  13. Xtranormal Video

    This entry was also posted on my personal/professional blog, Yes Tech!  A teacher friend showed me the website Xtranormal today.  It is a simple web-based video creation tool.  You can select characters, scenes, and special effects.  You can easily add dialogue, body gestures, facial expressions, and even decide the camera angle.  Publishing is free (for now, […]

  14. Win a Hybrid Bus for Your School

    Discovery Education and IC bus is sponsoring a contest to find the greenest school.  Students submit a 500 word essay describing what makes their school “green.”  The grand prize is a free hybrid school bus for the school and a $5,000 scholarship to the student who submits the winning essay.  Sponsoring teachers receive $3,000 towards […]

  15. BIG NEWS!

    Want to go on a FREE Discovery Student Adventure to Australia, China, or South Africa?  Discovery will be sending 9 DEN STARs who teach 5th-12th grade with four of their students.  What do you need to do to participate?  Stay tuned as application information will be posted on the DEN National Blog in the coming weeks.

  16. MI DEN Feb Newsletter

    Cheryl Lykowski, our MI DEN Leadership Council Chairperson, created a newsletter with helpful ideas and tips.  Click on the link below to view it (PDF).  You’ll find info about: DEN Diigo group DEN book club (Grown Up Digital) Web Resource: Museum Box Web Resource:  Scholastic Computer Lab Favorites Feb 2009 MI DEN Newsletter

  17. Gina's Tech Finds

     This post is written by guest blogger Gina Loveless, MI Leadership Events Team Leader OK—so February is proving to be quite a month already and we are only at Day 3!  Groundhog Phil saw his shadow which means 6 more weeks of winter!  I need those 6 weeks to keep exploring all these great tech […]

  18. Invitation to the Kalamazoo Day of Discovery, Feb 6, 2009

    Join us for an engaging, technology-infused professional development workshop focused on creative ways to use digital media in the classroom. Learn techniques to inspire your students and maximize the resources from Discovery Education streaming.  “50 Ways to Integrate DE Streaming” and “Extreme Makeover: Education Edition” are just a couple of the sessions that will be […]

  19. Dr. Martin Luther King

    A half-century ago, when African Americans were denied the right to vote, sat at the back of the bus, drank from “colored only” water fountains and sent their children to substandard, segregated schools, brave Americans dreamed of a better nation. They were beaten and water-hosed and thrown into jail. Many were killed. Today is a […]