1. Apps Smackdown

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    At the recent Halifax, Nova Scotia 21st Century Learners conference, a number of iPad apps were presented.  The genre of these apps ranged from photos, creativity, organizational and learning. All the apps mentioned were free.  Some do have an upgrade if you choose to buy it. The photo and movie apps include:  iMotion, Haiku Deck,  […]

  2. Students as Teachers

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    I recently presented at a conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia where two 6th grade students were attending as IT helpers.  It soon was apparent that they were much more than that. These students loaded the iPads with apps that were needed for the presentations.  They also were trouble shooters. When a teacher could not get […]

  3. Administration Support

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    Submitted by Rita Mortenson Every teacher knows that the support of the administration (in terms of time, money, attention and recognition) can make or break any innovative idea or initiative that anyone tries to initiate in a school setting. Today, I was fortunate to witness two amazing administrators at Bedford South School, part of the Halifax […]

  4. The Story of How I Found My Joy

    Written by DEN STAR Diana Williams. Reposted from the Innovative Learning Blog I have a confession to make. I’m terrified of flying. After the harrowing experience of a “non standard landing” (translation: plane crash) I had had a difficult time with flying. If I had a choice between a three day camel ride or a […]

  5. Hey High School Teachers…

    I’m going to be presenting to High School Teachers on using Discovery Education. I’m just looking for a quick response from you as to your favorite uses of Discovery Education. If you could share what you teach and how you use DE, I’ll be sure to share and give you credit. Also please RT this […]

  6. My Back To School Speech

    It’s been interesting watching the various ways schools and districts kick off the new year. Some begin in a very low key fashion with staff meetings and prep time. Others start with professional development for large or small groups and some bring together the entire district in a pep rally atmosphere. I’m not sure there’s […]

  7. Updates from the Great White North

    So before I begin updates let me just say I’ve been in Texas for a couple of events and looked up the weather and found this: I asked the audience during my talk if they could explain what 124F feels like. Then I offered my own weather report. I told them I could explain -40 […]

  8. Communication and Community are Different

    Cross posted on my blog: As I talk with and work with schools and districts interested in using social media they often talk about their communication strategy and how they might use social media in a strategic way. My first reaction is you can’t. The word “strategic” implies a tactical and deliberate approach. While that […]

  9. Great things happening in Ontario

    I spent the last few days in the province of Ontario with some fantastic educators, parents and students. Monday and Tuesday I was with the Learning Connections team in Ottawa from the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Karen McEvoy facilitated the work of nearly 60 teachers from grades k-6 who were exploring a variety of technologies […]

  10. DEN STARs in the News: Kathy Cassidy

    Canadian DEN STAR Kathy Cassidy is a published author.  Her new ebook, Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades, is now available through the PLP Network. From the site, “This highly interactive digital book — featuring dozens of color photos, six student-centered videos, and hundreds of live links to helpful downloads and […]

  11. Discovery Education Sneak Peek Webinar Series

    Be the first to get a look at upcoming enhancements to Discovery Education! This sneak peek will showcase integration strategies for leveraging new tools, content, and resources, including Discovery Education Student Board Builder and the new Discovery Education Streaming Plus with model lessons, assessments, and digital content designed to address specific Math and ELA Common […]

  12. I have the best job

    The other day I was in the middle one of my regular google hangouts with my teammates and my wife happened to be home over hearing the conversation. “I hate you”, she said in jest. “All your calls include lots of laughing, lots of encouragement and a bunch of new cool things you’re doing.” Yeah, […]

  13. It Takes All Kinds: Communities

    This is the third in a 4 part series. You can read  part one and part two if you like. This one is very specific to my work but hopefully will resonate at some level. The truth is this post has already been written, and is the post that got me thinking about this whole […]

  14. How Awesome is Jared Heidinger?

    I’ve mentioned DEN STAR Jared Heidinger before but want to reiterate and share his simple idea of connecting his students with people all over the world and at the same time deal with the rather mundane but necessary task of having his students learn vocabulary for their provincial exams. Jared explains his idea of the […]

  15. The 2013 DENapalooza Tour

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    We are thrilled to announce an exciting professional development and networking opportunity for DEN members.  Join us for the 2013 DENapalooza Tour!  The DEN will be touring North America, stopping in ten locations to share the power of making connections through the Discovery Educator Network.  Each full day event will have formal presentations in the […]