1. 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, […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. Two Canadian meetups in January

    What continues to be among the simplest, yet most meaningful opportunities for teachers are those informal chances to network with other teachers. This month they will be a couple of chances for the DEN to support that. On Wednesday, January 16th, Ottawa area teachers are invited to an after school meetup from 4-7 PM at […]

  6. Surrey, meet the DEN

    “Connecting educators to their greatest resource….each other.” That’s the core principle under which the Discovery Educator Network operates. The great thing is you never know what or how those connections are facilitated. This past week I was in Vancouver and have been impressed over the past while at the burgeoning online community of passionate, thoughtful educators […]

  7. What Innovation Looks Like

    It was great to return to Nova Scotia and meet with teachers and leaders in several districts. Not only is Nova Scotia a beautiful part of Canada but the people are among the most hospitable. It was great to spend one morning in Bedford South School in Halifax. This is a school that serves students […]

  8. Sometimes, it’s just too much fun

    I feel guilty that I get to have this much fun and get paid for it. Wednesday Discovery Education Canada partnered with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium and hosted a pre-conference event for the ATLE event in Edmonton, Alberta. To set the stage for the conference we send out this little preview video: I was […]

  9. A Quick Screencast

    I was great to see the last DEN newsletter feature 12 new Canadian STARs. Thanks to Chad and team for getting our technical issues sorted out. As I travel around and get to know the many educators across Canada using Discovery, it’s certainly evident how many fantastic, passionate teachers are out there. When I consider […]

  10. Hey Canadian STARs, We’ve Had Some Issues

    One of my goals as Canadian Community Manager has been to increase the number of DEN STARs in Canada. When I began the job in the beginning of January there were about 60 stars. Over the first few months that number increased to 80+. I’m not about to take credit for that that but the […]

  11. An Evening of Discovery

    What do you get when you  take folks from across Canada from their classroom, their kitchen, and their car  and connect them with 40 teachers in a local watering hole? An Evening of Discovery. Most of you have heard of Days of Discovery. These are full out events put on by Discovery during the day […]

  12. Star Stories…Brian Harrison

    During DENsi 2012 we had the chance to interview a few Stars and get their stories. The fabulous and talented Dennis Grice did the filming and we edited it down to about 3 minutes. We hope to create more of these and perhaps see some of you consider creating these yourselves. The idea is simply […]

  13. A Star Shines

    I had the privilege the other day of watching Lindsay Morhart of Holy Trinity School Division in Moose Jaw, SK showcase Discovery Education for her district’s opening school year PD sessions. Not only did she do a great job in sharing some of the new features of the new interface, but taught me a thing or two. […]

  14. Things that Suck

    One thing that is wonderful about my work with Discovery, and there are many, is that I get to try out a lot of stuff. I was invited to present at LearnEast in Fredericton, New Brunswick which is a free conference for educators put on by Bryan Facey and Jeff Whipple. These guys do a […]

  15. How Hard Is it To Leave a Comment?

    If you’ve ever started a blog or posted something to facebook, you no doubt understand the feeling when someone responds or leaves a comment. I often tell the story of the first person to ever comment on my blog over 7 years ago. His name was Casey Hales and he’s a special educator from Texas. […]

  16. We’ve Moved and We’ve Upgraded

    Hey Canadian subscribers, You may have already gotten an email about a new way to login to Discovery Streaming. Beginning July 1, 2012,  you must login to your Discovery Education Canada account through DiscoveryEducation.ca. Attempting to login using DiscoveryEducation.com will result in an error message.Also, do not forget to update your bookmarks to reflect this change. […]

  17. The Twelfth Podcast

    Steve and I hangout. If you can ignore the barking dog and military plans flying over head, you’ll hear us recap ISTE, our session and preview the DEN Summer Institute. Watch below or listen to the podcast. [podcast]http://ideasandthoughts.org/podcasts/DEpodcast12.mp3[/podcast]

  18. The Eleventh Podcast

    Today Steve and I chat with a few members of team Canada. Tom Metuzals, Andy Schaefer and Erika Duffey. We talk Canada, new cool stuff for DE and #ourimpact. Also, don’t you people like schwag? We didn’t receive any comments on our last podcast. There’s schwag in that one. This one too. For this one […]

  19. The Tenth Podcast

    Today’s podcast comes via Google Hangout and it’s new “on air” feature. You’ll hear 27 minutes of bantering and nattering with some useful ideas we hope, sprinkled in between. If you’re patient, there’s an opportunity to win a little somethin’ somethin’. Listen and you’ll find out. I’ve also included just the audio. We hope to […]

  20. This is the DEN

    A few weeks ago I fished around asking for folks to share either how they would describe the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) or what it means to them. Armed with a few responses and a wack sack of other great resources, data and stories I set out trying to create a simple, one stop place […]