Posts By RJ

  1. The Power of Glass Schools

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    Featured Distinguished Presenter from Discovery Education and Director of Social Media and Online Presence, Steve Dembo explored The Power of Glass Schools leading with Marc Prensky‘s term, digital natives. Defining them as multi-taskers preferring graphics before text, nonlinear learners functioning best when networked, preferring games to serious work, Steve asked what does a tribe of […]

  2. Steve Dembo: iThink iNeed iPads in the Classroom

    Steve Dembo, Director of Social Media & Online Community

    Bright, learning device, technology leverager, iApps savvy. Think I’m describing the new iPad? Rethink–and meet Steve Dembo, Discovery Education‘s Director of Social Media and Online Community, Mr. iPad Mavin and today’s (1 – 2:30 PM Terrace Ballroom B) Featured Distinguished Presenter. Steve began his presentation with a confession: his initial bias against the iPad. But […]

  3. Ayuda! Pomoc! Tulong! Help! I’m an English Learner in a Digital Land

    Jannita Demian, English Language Learner Specialist

    Jannita Demian, one of my BFF from CA, was 10 minutes into her presentation when I arrived to blog, but considering the 4 city-block walk from Hall Davidson’s presentation, you would understand the late arrival. Using DiscoveringSreaming videos for English Language Learners, Jannita reminded us that we can reuse the same video for scaffolding multiple […]

  4. They’re Coming from the Cloud and They’re There to Help: The New Digital

    High Definition Hall Davidson

    Hall Davidson, Distinguished Lecturer and an amazing tech guru began his presentation by defining terms because they define us. Early “stuff” existed in itself, like floppy disks, CD Roms, flashdrives, a wired network but then progress. Now we can deliver that same information because we have more devices that move around, wirelessly. Wi-Fi and mobile […]

  5. Revitalize YOUR Classroom with Discovery Education Assessment

    If you have ever felt overwhelmed as a classroom teacher, then this presentation will be exciting, dynamic, interactive–but best of all for you–a huge game changer. Jason Altman, DEN Account Manager and Assessment Specialist and Brad Weir, Discovery Assessment Manager will give you efficient and effective ways to develop time-saving differentiated instruction to benefit all […]

  6. Teachers, Technology and the Common Core Transition: Hope & Meixsell

    Meixsell & Hope

    Shanika Hope and Susanne Meixsell opened with a guided imagery task: visualie a highly effective teacher, then ask yourself what you see, hear, what are the kids doing, and what is the teacher doing? Post to your stick notes and then report out. Some answers: students voices, conversations, student engagement, problem solving, kids are doing. […]

  7. #ASCDCurios(ity)?

    An impressive DE presence at ASCD

    Are you curious about the DEN’s presence at ASCD? Wonder no longer. Here’s the schedule of featured and concurrent speakers and what’s going on in the Discovery Corporate Room. They include a stellar list with Opening Keynote Reed Timmer, Hall Davidson, Steve Dembo,  Jannita Demian, Shanika Hope, Susanne Meixsell, Brad Fountain, Jason Altman, and Ginny Washburne. […]

  8. No Place For Hate! A Challenge

    Discoverystreaming Resources for Bullying

    Defined by StopBullying.gov, “Bullying can happen anywhere: face-to-face, by text messages or on the web. It is not limited by age, gender, or education level. It is not a phase and it is not a joke. Bullying can cause lasting harm.” Unfortunately, bullying exists, and school systems throughout the country attempt to face the problem […]

  9. Have Horse, Will Travel

    Can you IMAGINE the fun Jan's having...

    Until I met Jan Abernethy, I never wanted to be anyone else. But right now, I think Being Jan Abernethy would make for an interesting life  ~  and a fantastic movie. Her nearly 2000 mile jaunt on Sweetie to the DENSI 12 humbles and energizes me. Nothing like a vicarious experience you wish were really […]

  10. 3 Cs + Grow & Learn = Fun the DEN Way

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    Because she’s a DEN STAR and outgoing PA DEN LC Events Chair, Jennifer Brinson understands and emulates the 3 Cs: connect, collaborate, and communicate. A veteran presenter, she intuits growing learning, making it fun the DEN way. So it’s no surprise that she volunteered to present at my former school district, Salisbury Township, during a […]

  11. What does it take to be a leader?

    Defining Leadership from a Student's Perspective

    What does it take to be a leader? Here’s a young student’s perspective, mentioned in Patti Ruffing’s post, Mush!. The concepts are unique; see if you agree with her. A musher is someone who drives a dog sled. To drive a sled, a musher needs to have leaders on the team. Leaders are the dogs […]

  12. Mush! + MT Trek = Inspiring Journeys

    Double Rainbow, Twice the Luck?

    Inspiration is like an unexpected gift; it meets and greets you in unsuspecting ways, energizing. So it was that I settled down with 2 romping kittens, a galumphing black Lab, and my laptop in the sun room (glorious with sun today) and morning coffee, off to troll the DEN blogs. The joys of retirement–working on […]

  13. PETE&C DEN PreCon 2012 Resources

    Pinning Resources

    The best in the business–our PreCon presenters this year surpassed expectations. From California to the east coast, this PreCon promised and delivered an amazing day of learning and teaching the DEN way, creating and sharing. Exemplars all, they provided their resources quickly (thank you, Porter for collating) but I was the slow one. To make […]

  14. We’re Following You, Jan Abernethy, from Harrisville PA to Bozeman MT!!

    10 miles a day--will they make it in time?

    The Annual DEN Summer Institute is legend among DEN members throughout the states, and competition to get a spot at the “densi” is keen. PA is so proud (and I must admit in awe) of Jan Abernethy, who with her horse Sweetie is traveling 1,881 miles from Harrisville, PA to Bozeman, MT, this year’s host […]

  15. Meet DEN STAR (Sharer) Matthew Strine

    DEN STAR Matthew Strine

    Matthew Strine is the Director of Instructional Technology for Propel Schools in Braddock Hills, PA. He is also one superb DEN STAR and super sharer. He volunteered to share out the Google Docs he and his colleagues used as they attended DEN PreCon sessions. As you can see, there’s a wealth of resources, and I […]

  16. 60 in 60 – 60 Web Tools in 60 Minutes with Brandon Lutz

    Flying solo, DEN STAR Brandon Lutz #60in6012

    Last year’s P.A.E.C.T. Advocate of the Year, this year’s P.A.E.C.T. Southeast Regional Director, and always a DEN (super) STAR, Brandon Lutz is a legend at PETE&C any year. His name is synonymous with 60 in 60, a presentation that packs an overflowing full house eager to cheer him as he achieves the superman impossible: 60 […]

  17. APP ATTACK! 60 Apps in 60 Minutes with Brandon Lutz & Scott Snyder

    Supermen Scott Snyder & Brandon Lutz: 60 Apps in 60 Minutes

    Are you ready for the fastest 60 minutes on the planet? Is there a faster conference session anywhere? Yes, if you count Brandon Lutz‘s legendary 60 in 60 crowd pleaser, possibly the most popular session at PETE&C any year. Lutz and his co-presenter Scott Snyder, both DEN STARS, have achieved legend status, famous for a […]

  18. Moving our World One Project at a Time: Jennifer Brinson and Students

    Hope Phones: Moving Our World

    DEN STAR and PA DEN Leadership Council Events Chair Jennifer Brinson always adds a great dynamic to her presentations: students. This year her co-presenters are 3 seniors from her Economics class: Jackie, Lauren, and Abigail. According to Jackie: We were doing a scarcity project in our Economics class and we wanted to select a topic […]

  19. Green Screening for Dummies: Kim Adair and Mark Perlman

    DEN Green Screen Gurus

    DEN STARS Kim Adair and Mark Perlman fine tooled this presentation specially for PETE&C. Wanting to see it in the past, Mark tells me this version is their best, so I will enjoy bringing two of my favorite STARS to you today. This session by description will engage the audience interactively in video production. Whether […]

  20. Reed Timmer: Technology and Extreme Storm Chasing Go Hand in Hand

    Reed Timmer, Storm Chaser Meterologist

    Reed Timmer, Discovery Education‘s Chief Meteorologist and Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers opens the PETE&C 2012 Conference by reminding us technology and extreme storm chasing go hand in hand. Reed notes everyone uses their storm and tornado footage because it is simply the best. A thoroughly entertaining and exciting presentation, Reed shows us tornado fury and […]

  21. Bridging Media and Digital Literacy with Brad Fountain

    Brad Fountain: Director of Instructional Implementation

    Let’s begin with Brad’s presentation; I just love when a presenter shares ahead of time. Wonderful. Thank you so much, Brad. Bridging literacy and digital media View more PowerPoint from bradfountain Brad Fountain came on board shortly after Lance Rougeux joined the Discovery team. Head hunted by Hall Davidson, Brad is a seasoned presenter who […]

  22. Creating an Integrated STEM Curriculum with Patti Duncan

    The STEM Diva: Patti Duncan

    STEM is a mindset, a way of thinking, and Patti Duncan says there are a lot of misconceptions of what STEM really is. STEM requires kids to think, be independent workers who can also collaborate, but skill sets are important and need to be learned in a relevant way. That way to integration within the […]

  23. The Collective Brain (AKA Things I’ve Learned from 5000 Teachers): Lance Rougeux

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    Lance began with e.ggtimer.com for the classic times for classroom use. Yasiv lets you enter a book and you get a visualization of related books. The visual organizer is animated and a very useful tool, despite grade level. Copyright and Creative Commons, explained by the folks of Common Craft. For simple explanations in Plain English, […]

  24. 22nd Century Skills: BD2 at DEN PreCon @PETE&C 2012

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    BD2…That’s (Max) Brooks, (Steve) Dembo and (Hall) Davidson, (Steve) Dembo open the DEN PreCon at PETE&C on 2-12-12 exploring 22nd Century Skills. Special thanks to Max Brooks, organizer of the DEN PreCon 2012 for all his efforts in bringing us the best of PETE&C before it begins. What skills will students need? Max opened the […]