1. DEN Spring VirtCon – on now!

    I was a bit late tuning in this morning, but the DEN Spring VirtCon is live now! It’s live, and there are lots of presentations available, with a closing keynote “Igniting a Passion to Learn” with Karen Ogen at 3:00 PM. I am participating in Chad Leman’s “Build Your PLN with the DEN!” If you […]

  2. 2014 New England Day of Discovery

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    As part of our commitment to transforming teaching and learning, Discovery Education invites you to the 2014 New England Day of Discovery, a free, local learning and development opportunity. This interactive and inspirational day will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate your curriculum with the latest strategies for instructional practice, all while connecting with […]

  3. DEN Fall VirtCon – “A Bewitching Combination: Student Facilitators, Professional Development & Livebinders

    On October 19, 2013, Discovery Education again wowed us with their full day of presentations, 23 in all. Since it was impossible to participate in all the events, all presentations have been archived and are available at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/community/den-fall-virtcon-archive.cfm I know many of us intend to go back and view some that we missed, but with […]

  4. 3D Printing – My First Exposure

    I knew that 3D printing, crafting three-dimensional objects using CAD and a variety of materials from plastics to metal, existed, but it was a mystery to me. I know that these printers have become more affordable such that they are in the price range of more schools (a little over $2,000), but I knew very […]

  5. Digital Passport by Common Sense Media

    Designed for students in grades 3-5, Digital Passport consists of free web-based games and videos to engage students in learning about how to use the internet.  There are five modules that students can complete to earn badges toward a Digital Passport.  Teachers create student accounts and can receive reports on student’s progress and success.  The […]

  6. Virtual Field Trips

    Here are some virtual field trips that are worth exploring: Polar Husky Programming: http://www.polarhusky.com/ Free to the entire K-12 community, explore Arctic dogsled expeditions and Arctic research as the vehicle through which K-12 teachers and students gain an understanding of natural and social sciences while experiencing the cultures of the Arctic. Global Trek: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/globaltrek/ Created by Scholastic, students can […]

  7. How Much Is Too Much?

    As an education technology specialist for a regional education service center in Connecticut, I spend a large portion of my time helping teachers who are valiantly attempting to learn new and innovative ways to engage their students in positive learning experiences. In one of the districts I am currently working with, not only are the […]

  8. Exciting News! DENSI Live!

    I have never attended the Den Summer Institute, but I’ve always envied those who have. This year it takes place in our own neck of the woods, Burlington, Vermont. Congratulations to all those wonderful DEN stars who were chosen to attend. But guess what! The rest of us are not going to be left out […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. LibreOffice 4.0 released – better performance and greater interoperability

          LibreOffice is a free, open-source, powerful office suite software that is a great alternative to Microsoft Office. I use it on my home computers. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and has six applications: Write (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation), Draw, Math and Base (database). It works great and the […]

  11. Google Slides Now Available offline

        Google Docs/Drive is a great, free resource that allows you to create, edit, share, collaborate on, and comment on Documents (Docs), Spreadsheets (Sheets), and Presentations (Slides), all online. Think Microsoft Office in the cloud with some other great features.   I use Google Slides (Presentations), the equivalent of PowerPoint, for all of my presentations. […]

  12. My DEN Love Story

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    Porter Palmer, as she is so good at doing, has inspired me to write my DEN love story. I have been a member of the DEN since 2006 and a STAR since the program started. It has also been my privilege to have been the chair of the CT DEN LC for the past three […]

  13. MyPhysicsLab – Free Physics Simulations

        MyPhysicsLab is a free site that contains, you guessed it, physics lab simulations. They are simple and created in Java, but illustrate the physics concept quite well. They are organized into topics: springs, pendulums, combinations, collisions, roller coasters, molecules. There is also a section that explains how they work and the math/physics/programming behind creating […]

  14. Any.do popular to-do app adds 12 new languages – still free

        Any.do is a very popular, free, to-do list app for Android, iOS and Chrome. It has now added 12 new languages and is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Chinese (simplified & traditional) & Russian.   This makes this highly popular task app even better.     What’s nice about Any.do is that […]