1. DEN Fall VirtCon Recap – Get the Conversation Started!

    Elaine Plybon is a DEN Star and DEN Guru, instructional resource trainer, independent professional development and instructional design consultant. She has presented at numerous local, regional, and national conferences, including ISTE, TCEA, and NSTA. Her contribution to the 2013 Den Fall VirtCon was entitled Get the Conversation Started and highlighted three ways to increase student response and engagement within […]

  2. DEN Techformation – Smore

    This week’s post adds a tool to your PUBLISH and SHARE tech tools toolbox.  Smore.com allows you to create quality posters, newsletters and flyers for projects, presentations, and events. It is easy to create a poster: 1st sign up. 2nd choose your desired layout. 3rd Arrange the elements to your purpose. 4th add necessary text, […]

  3. DEN Techformation: Twitter + Education

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     Twitter Anyone? TWITTER is the best professional development tool that I have encountered in years.  Twitter allows you to have conversations and get resources from like-minded individuals. It allows you to network with others in a way that transcends the walls of our schools and neighborhoods. It allows for 24/7 participation in 140 characters or less.  That means […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. Hosting the #DENchat April 25

    The newly launched #DENchat, spearheaded by Lisa Parisi and Tim Childers, will be nine weeks old on April 25. I will take on the lead moderating job for this week’s #DENchat to discussion the topic Let Their Passions Shine. Come share your ideas regarding should students have time to pursue their passions in our classrooms? […]

  6. DEN Spring Training 2013 – Join the Fun

    My school system celebrates a late Spring Break, so until next Tuesday I’m enjoying a few days off. I have been having a great time reading, posting to social media sites all day long, and attending webinars. Another activity that I discovered was the DEN Spring Training. When I realized that I was doing some […]

  7. Technology Slam Scheduled in West Baton Rouge

    Will be be in the West Baton Rouge area this Saturday? Looking for some great technology ideas, activities or just want to hang out with some awesome educators then you must attend the REGION II TECHNOLOGY SLAM Come ready to share ideas as we “slam” on our favorite technology topics. Saturday March 9, 2013 8:30 […]

  8. I WANT my MTV!

    SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: This post contains links to songs from the 80s so listening may result in Dancing With Myself (Billy Idol) Remember the first time you saw Michael Jackson dance in “Thriller“? The 80s decade was ruled by music and for music junkies like myself it was Just like Heaven (The Cure). There were […]

  9. DEN STAR Valerie Burton & K12 Online Conference

    DEN STAR Valerie Burton is sharing her knowledge with others during the K12 Online Conference.  Her session, called “Show Off Your Work Online Using Weebly.com can be viewed online.  This is one of many presentations that are part of this free professional development.  Check out the conference schedule to see what might be good for […]

  10. FREE ONLINE: A New Educational Guide for Studying Louisiana’s Coastal Crisis

    Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s award-winning documentary Turning the Tide takes an in-depth look at the proposed solutions and bold engineering that can “turn the tide” on Louisiana’s coastal erosion problem. NEW! Turning the Tide: A Companion Teaching Guide and its companion video clips feature interactive classroom activities designed to educate students about the effects of coastal […]

  11. 2012 DENny Awards – Thank You

    I have been a Discovery Educator Network (DEN) STAR and part of the Louisiana DEN Leadership Council since 2009. As part of this wonderful organization, I have participated in so many wonderful events sponsored by Discovery Education including Day of Discovery in Silver Springs, Maryland and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the DEN Leadership Council Symposium in […]

  12. You’re Invited to the DEN Spring Virtual Conference

    The Discovery Education Louisiana Leadership Council is excited to host a Discovery event in south Louisiana. Join us on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 8 AM – 2 PM at the Livingston Parish School Board Office in Livingston for an amazing in-person event for the Discovery Education Virtual Conference. We will spend the day building a face […]

  13. Jacques Cousteau at a Book Fair in the Barnes and Noble in Baton Rouge!

    This is not an April Fools’ Day Joke! I wrote a post a couple of days ago on the success of day one of our book fair in Barnes and Noble.  Day one focused on Geography so our day two took a different direction with curriculum as students completed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and […]

  14. Discovery Education SCIENCE TECHBOOK Making an Impact in Rapides Parish, LA.

    Discovery Education SCIENCE TECHBOOK has been taken on throughout many school districts in many different parts of the country. The educators of Rapides Parish in Lousiana share their excitement. Read – 8 Rapides Parish elementary schools replacing science textbooks with interactive ‘techbooks”  by Karina Vailes (June 28, 2011) School backpacks are going to get a […]

  15. edcamp LA is Getting Close (July 9)

    On Saturday July 9th on the campus of UNO the first Louisiana unconference will take place. As one of the organizers, I proudly present edcampLouisiana. What, no thunderous applause? Oh, you don’t know what an unconference is and you’ve never heard of an edcamp. Well, not so no ago I stood right where you are […]