1. iMake iLearn – DENovator Faire

    This year I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in DENSI 2014 (Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute).  Over 140 educators from the United States, Canada, and the UK are selected to participate and learn together about different ways to integrate technology to support student learning.  This year a Maker Night was added called […]

  2. DENSI 2014: Day 5 Recap

    So, it is Day 5 of DENSI, which means today was all about un-conferencing. The notes and resources for today were kept in the Google spreadsheet, so I’m not going to go through and list them, but I will give you a quick rundown of today (at least in my experience). Tired people showed up […]

  3. DENSI 2014: Day 4 Recap

    It was another amazing day at DENSI! We started with the emotion and inspiring keynote by Adam Bellow. I think we were all in tears!! Maybe next year we can just have an Adam Bellow Day were we can just let Adam tell us stories all day! We were also treated to another episode of […]

  4. DENSI 2014: Day 3 Recap

    Our first day of sessions was just as hectic and brain-meltingly awesome as I expected.  I especially LOVED all the toys that Steve Dembo brought for us to try out this afternoon in the DENovation session! I have to start making a list of all the things I want need to get for my classroom, which should be […]

  5. DENSI 2014: Day 2 Recap

    Our Outing! Day 2 of DENSI means one thing: ADVENTURE! Today’s adventure took us on a tour of Music City, with stops at the Ryman Auditorium, the Parthenon, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. After breakfast, we all boarded the buses, and the luckiest of the DEN stars chose bus #2, led by the […]

  6. DENSI 2014: Day 1 Recap

    So, this is my 2nd year at DEN, and what a different experience I have had so far. Last year I came in early for the leadership council preconference, was well rested, and super organized. This year, on the other hand, has been so different. I had to miss the precon because of a wedding on Saturday […]

  7. Welcome to the DEN (STAR level)!

    Welcome to our new Michigan STARs! Tammy Bade                                Matt Barsen Barb Kowalewsky                      Lynn Krentz Rebecca O’Bryant                      Amanda Polaski Tina Robbins                              Carolyn Robbins Vicki Welch                                 Nancy Wind Katie Konkel                              Heather Monahan Annette Betke                         Lisa Gleason Matt Oney Trisha Weaver Don Erickson Erica Gildner                    Natasha Huber           Shelly Henderson  

  8. We’re Headed to Ohio!

    No, this is NOT an April Fool’s joke! We really will be in Columbus, Toledo, and Cleveland next week and we hope to see you there! Have you already signed up to join us? If not, use the links below to register and use the flyer to let your friends and colleagues know! Columbus – Monday, 4/07/14 […]

  9. FlipQuiz: An Interactive Quiz Builder

    Are you looking for an easy to use “Jeopardy Style” quiz  builder tool? Are you tired of using PowerPoint and other tools to make review quizzes? Check out FlipQuiz at www.flipquiz.me. Its an easy to use tool for creating jeopardy style quizzes to use in your classroom.  Its free and simple to use. First create an […]

  10. 2 More to share from MACUL14

    Here are a couple  more nuggets gleaned from this year’s MACUL conference. Kahhoot! is an online site where you have participants answer questions with their device (pc, phone, tablet) in a game show (kind of) format.Think of student-response-system that uses the students’ devices. Participants get points based on right answers and how quick they answer. […]

  11. Minecraft at MACUL14

      Diving into Minecraft, specifically MinecraftEdu. Why have I NOT gotten into this yet? One goal was to try to catch up with my sons and I feel that I can just about keep up with them. This will be on my to-do list for what to being back to my school and district. Being […]

  12. New Michigan STARs!

    Welcome to the DEN STAR fold fellow Michigan educators!       Khrissy Budzios, Lanette Carmack, Inga Costello, Carri Dyl, Deborah Ely, Molly Flitt, Tammy Gibson, Natalie Green, Katie Kehrl, Kelly Lathers, Nancy Lauseng, Samantha Marino, Deb Miller, Nicole Mooney, Stephanie OLaughlin, Angel Post, Mary Quatro, Kristen Rummel, Gail Schmidt, Laura Shingle, Darlene Shown, McKenzie […]

  13. DENSI 2013 Daily Recap – Day #4

    Keynote Day #4 of DENSI 2013 started with keynote speaker, Hall Davidson (@halldavidson). Hall spoke to us about the new 3 R’s – Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and QR Codes. Hall started by providing us with some great ideas for student made video projects, using samples from the California Student Media Festival. I think everyone […]

  14. DENSI 2013 Daily Recap – Day #3

    Keynote Today kicked off our first day of sessions at DENSI 2013 and I don’t think I’m the only one experiencing serious mind-mush right now! Our day started with a fantastic speaker, Richard Bryne, (@rbyrne) award-winning author of the website freetech4teachers.com. His keynote address focused on the idea of jobs and how to prepare our […]

  15. 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 […]

  16. DEN STARs in the News: Cheryl Lykowski

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    Michigan DEN STAR and Leadership Council member Cheryl Lykowski‘s students, along with all students at her school, grades 2-5, participated in the World Education Games. These are 3 days of real-time competition in Literacy, Math, and Science with students from all over the world. At the end of the competition, the school answered over 67,000 […]

  17. Common Core Standards in Student Friendly Language

    Curriculum standards can be hard for adults to understand let alone students and parents.  The Curriculum Corner has an excellent solution.  They have created posters for grades K-5 that explain the standards in student friendly language.  Each poster is presented as a checklist so students can use it to see how they are doing and […]

  18. 2013 MACUL Conference (D-Town!)

          The time is fast approaching for the wildly popular MACUL Conference in Detroit! For those that are attending, thinking about attending, or even mildly interested about attending PLEASE think about trying out one or more of the pre-conference sessions. These sessions are very worth the cost of attending. They cover more in-depth topics and […]

  19. Meet Jeremy from MI at #DENSI2013

    This is Jeremy Badiner from Michigan. He’s been accepted to attend the DEN Summer Institute July 14-19 in Burlington, VT. Here’s his DEN story:   Tell us yours. The main portion of this year’s application is a short  (unedited) video that t ells your DEN story. We want to know about you and why you are part […]

  20. Congratulations to Michigander Edie Erickson

    I would like for you to join me in meeting and congratulating Michigan DEN Star, Edie Erickson! Edie is a 3rd Grade teacher from Manistique, Michigan and was recently accepted to attend the DEN Summer Institute in Burlington, Vermont! Edie and I got together over “Google” during a recent snow day of mine and after […]