Posts By Pam Shoemaker

  1. Planning for DEN Events 2009

    Last night I attended a planning meeting/webinar with the DEN Leadership team.  Many topics were discussed:  retreats, state Leadership Council elections, a Symposium before the NECC Conference, Virtual Conferences, a Geocaching Day, and DEN Gurus!  Want to know more?  Dates and details are in the presentation below. Den 2009 Webex View SlideShare presentation or Upload your […]

  2. MACUL Multi-Media Contest

    Have your students created some outstanding technology integrated projects you want to share with others?  If so… The Multimedia Special Interest Group (SIGMM) of MACUL is hosting its 2009 Multimedia Contest for Michigan students during the month of January & February. Entries will be accepted in each of 3 categories: Digital Storytelling (Grades K-4),  Multimedia […]

  3. Whitmore Lake High School Goes Green

    Not only has Whitmore Lake High School  received Silver LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for it’s architecture and environmentally-friendly design features, they have implemented new curriculum “where students engage in extensive hands-on experimentation building solar-powered cars, designing wind-turbine propellers, using hydrogen fuel cells, and cooking with solar ovens.  Students see firsthand the […]

  4. Jason Ohler Session, Wed 12/17, 7PM

    Jason Ohler is this month’s featured speaker on Discovery Education’s EdTech Connect.  I got to know him last March when he came to the MACUL Conference.  The Elemenary Education Special Interest Group sponsored a digital storytelling pre-conference session faciliated by Jason Ohler and it was FANTASTIC.  He understands the importance of telling a good story, and […]

  5. One-to-One Webinar

    I am facilitating a webinar with Michael Gielniak and Kate Kennedy for the One-to-One Institute tomorrow (Dec 11, 2008) at 2pm EST on Wimba.  The topic is “Implementing a one-to-one program.”  We’ll be sharing info about 1:1 sustainability, best practices in the 1:1 classroom, and the latest regarding 1:1 evaluation/research.  If you are available at 2pm and want to listen in, […]

  6. WOW! Hamilton Schools Has STAR Power!

    All the new STARS from the entire state of Michigan this week are from Hamilton Schools!  Congrats and welcome to: Wendy Baker Ellen Berens Hillary Billmeier Melody Boersma Kate DeWys Laurel Grose Peggy Housenga Jill Jippiny Jill Koopman Corla Kraker Michele Randle Lori Sanders Lisa Schreur Jodi Sikma Barbara Slover Lisa Van Ommen Katie Wilson Julie Woldring […]

  7. Google Street View

    Today’s e-newsletter from Google, called the Sightseer (sign up here), highlights a cool new feature of Google Earth.  Street View is a layer now available.  Once you turn on the layer, you will see icons of cameras in several locations.  You can zoom in for a closer 3D look!  Street View imagery is now available in the […]

  8. Welcome New MI STARS!

    Sara Beauchamp, Negaunee Lynette Bosch, Hamilton Kelly Church, Hamilton Vickie Fears, Eaton Rapids Michael Garrity, Clawson Denice Hildebrandt, Warren Woods Rebecca Karnes, Allendale Annette Kirschenmann, East Detroit Heather Lewis, Waverly K.C. Mowrey, Cadillac Jill Runstrom, Cadillac Suzanne Shermak, Mesick Marg Smigielski, Warren Consolidated Kevin Spencer, Midland Cassie Thelen, Harrison Andrea Townsend, Southfield Christian Dawn Wilson […]

  9. Veterans' Day

    Many businesses and school districts were closed on November 11, Veterans’ Day in the USA.  Do students today know the history of Veterans’ Day?  Probably not.  Below is an excerpt from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following […]

  10. Welcome New MI STARs!

    The following educators achieved STAR status since the start of the 2008-2009 school year: Chris Blackstock: Van Dyke David Erdmans: Allendale Michael Graves: Midland Dana Houseman: Godwin Heights Rita Hughes: Chippewa Valley Craig McBain: Chippewa Valley Michelle Meitler: Midland Marcia Milanowski: Kenowa Hills Jennifer Parker-Moore: Macomb Martha Persak: Flushing Mark Pickering: Midland Janet Schoettle: Zeeland […]

  11. Michigan Virtual/FTF Conference

    What an awesome day!  The Michigan Leadership Council hosted an in-person professional development day for teachers at Haslett High School.  This was co-sponsored by Discovery Education and MACUL (Michigan Association of Computer Users for Learning).  Mike Bryant, Discovery Regional Manager, made a surprise visit.  He announced that our Michigan event had the most people registered nation-wide! In addition […]

  12. DEN Virtual/Face-to-Face Conference on October 25

    There is a “Day of Discovery” event coming up soon, and you won’t want to miss it!  The Discovery Educator Network is having its second annual Virtual Conference on Saturday, October 25.   The DEN Virtual Conference provides a unique opportunity to learn powerful ways to integrate digital media and Web 2.0 tools into your instruction as well as discover […]


    Mark your calendar! The K-12 online conference is coming soon! It officially begins the week of October 13th. Session teasers, short videos to entice you to tune in, are available now. Educators from around the world who are interested in innovative ways technology can be used to improve learning will participate. The theme is “Amplifying […]

  14. DEN Streamathon a Huge Success!

    I was able to attend several of the sessions throughout today’s Streamathon.  Kudos to all the presenters!  The chat rooms were lively and folks were very appreciative of the fantastic professional development offered.  The sessions will be archived for later viewing on the DEN national blog. I posted some of the web 2.0 tools that […]

  15. Streamathon Schedule Now Available!

    On September 23rd, from 9 AM EDT until 9 PM EDT, th DEN will be sharing a new presentation every hour on the hour.  Come for 1 hour or spend the entire day with us! Click here to register for the event.  streamathon 2008 Schedule (all times EDT) 9 AM (Justin Karkow) DE streaming 101 – New content, new […]

  16. Tech Camp 2008!

    Over fifty educators from southwest Michigan and around the State participated in TechCamp 2008 August 19 & 20 at Berrien RESA in Berrien Springs in beautiful southwest Michigan. TechCamp 2008 was a Michigan DEN event sponsored by Berrien RESA and Discovery Education. Kevin Clark, Berrien RESA Instructional Technology Consultant, coordinated TechCamp. Participants engaged in active […]

  17. Mark Your Calendars!

    Two on-line events are coming up soon!  Mark your calendars for: STREAMATHON:  September 23 from 9am-9pm EST.  Attend when you can! DEN Virtual Conference: October 25.  This will be a combination of face-to-face and on-line sessions. Details about these two events will be posted soon.