1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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. […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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. […]

  10. 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. […]

  11. 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]

  12. 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 […]

  13. 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 […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. Smackdown in Winnipeg

    Den Stars Andy Mckiel and Joan Badger hosted a Discovery Smackdown event in their home district of St. James School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba. About 30 teachers came after school and began with some small sharing about how their using Discovery in their classrooms. Given they’ve only had access since March, they shared some cool […]

  16. The Ninth Podcast

    In today’s podcast we have special guest Lodge MacCammon who shares some wonderful insights on his creative process. We’re also joined by Kyle Schutt as we gathered after an “unconference” about Discovery innovation. We’ll maybe talk more about that another time but did reference an old Teach42 podcast. Show notes: Teach 42 podcast on unconference […]

  17. The first CanaDEN podcast

    The newly formed Canadian Leadership Council is about to take shape. Rob Wall has decided to begin a monthly podcast highlighting the work of the DEN in Canada. Thus the name CanadDEN. For his first endeavour he interviewed some teachers in Saskatchewan at a local Social Learning Summit gathering. We really want to support Rob […]

  18. The Eight Podcast

    Today Steve and I chat with our colleague Ginny Washburne about her new project The Rising Star. She may or may not have showered which meant we only recorded audio even though we used Google Hangout. This is a pretty cool project that warrants your attention. Listen and leave a comment. I mean it, leave […]

  19. The Seventh Podcast “All PD should be like this”

    “All PD should be like this” That was the resounding message after a day in Frederiction, New Brunswick as nearly 40 educators gathered for the Social Learning Summit on Saturday, April 21. DEN stars Jeff Whipple and Brian Facey put together a fantastic opportunity for New Brunswick teachers. The day began in a large meeting […]

  20. What is the DEN?

    In the past 3 months of this job I’m asked almost daily about the DEN. From teachers wanting to know how to participate and why, to districts wanting to know how the DEN adds value to their Discovery Education services. I find myself struggling at times in trying to give the elevator pitch because the […]

  21. The Sixth Podcast

    Steve gathers with Mike Bryant, Patti Duncan and Brad Fountain and talk a little more about techbook and we do the usual banter and silliness mixed in. Also, I promise to give out a prize but you have to play along. [podcast]http://ideasandthoughts.org/podcasts/DEpodcast6.mp3[/podcast]

  22. The Fifth Podcast

    Catchy title hey? Actually this is a pretty significant podcast for a number of reasons. 1. First one Steve and I have done together live. 2. No one was in an airport. 3. I nearly got through the podcast without mentioning the “p” word. 4. We went over 17 minutes. The real reason this was […]