1. 9-11 Resources On-Line

    In gathering resources for my lessons on 9-11, these are some that I have come across. BrainPop’s September 11 page Teach+Learn: National 9/11 Memorial Scholastic’s 9/11 page History Channel has 3 pages: Ten Years Later: 9/11 Attacks, 102 Minutes that Changed America Discovery Education also has their page with links to resources: Rise: Reconnect & […]

  2. Interactive Maps online

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    I am currently taking on on-line course; Michigan History for the 3rd Grade Teacher. One of activities has us critiquing 17th century French maps of the Great Lakes and more. Go here. You can zoom in and out and shift all over the maps. I did check out the Luna Commons site to see what […]

  3. An Example use of Bubbl.us

    As most teachers do when summer starts I am taking a class. This one is on-line and uses Moodle and the group feature of Facebook as its platform. One of the tools used is the web 2.0 site Bubbl.us. Here is one mind map that I put together for an assignment on early Woodland culture. […]

  4. SE Michigan Geocaching Day

    The Michigan Leadership Council hosted three events across the state for teachers as part of Discovery Educator Network’s Geocaching Day!  Events were held in Battle Creek, Flint, and Milford.  It was a great day of collaboration, learning, and outdoor fun.  The Milford group found 7 caches along Milford Trail, a path that goes from the […]

  5. This and That’s

    In case you missed all or part of this spring’s DEN Virtual Conference you have two ways to watch the sessions. The first is at the DEN’s webinar archive page. The second is at the Discovery Education YouTube page . Just give them a couple of days to upload the sessions. Also, don’t forget about […]

  6. Thoughts on Symbaloo

    Back in the winter I participated in a three day technology integration workshop. One of the tools that             the instructor shared with us was a new site he discovered, Symbaloo. I have used both Delicious and Diigo for a while and did not need another social bookmarking account. But, this […]

  7. Bye-bye Blackboard

    For many educators in Michigan, July will mark the end of Blackboard’s “reign” as our primary e-learning platform. I am one of those users and, if you are familiar with my articles in the MACUL Journal, you know that I have been a very avid Blackboard supporter. When the potential change was discussed, I have […]

  8. Michigan Event: Stir it Up with Discovery

    The Walled Lake Consolidated School District in southeastern Michigan hosted the Stir it Up with Discovery Education Conference on Saturday, March 19. It was a fantastic day of learning and networking. There were 75+ attendees from at least 15 different school districts and one attendee from Canada. We were lucky to have Discovery Education’s Mike […]

  9. MACUL Day 1 Wrap Up

    Day one was a great day for all attendees at the MACUL 2011 conference.  The opening keynote this morning was Rushton Hurley (@rushtonh).  He spoke about the changes that technology have brought to the classroom, but how the fundamental elements of education haven’t changed. Following Rushton, the DEN Stars in attendance broke up to the […]

  10. March Michigan DEN Newsletter and Upcoming Events

    Attached is this month’s Michigan DEN newsletter produced by your own Michigan DEN LC chair Cheryl Lykowski. March2011 Also, here are some upcoming dates to put on your calendars. Open enrollment to join the Leadership Council, 3/7 to 3/28. DEN Guru Application, now through 3/14. Spring Virtual Conference, 4/30. Quest for Curiosity, Registration now till […]

  11. MACUL’s On-Line Conference Planner

    In years past I was all a-tither about about getting the MACUL Conference book with all the sessions and their times. I have had to sit and highlight sessions that I was interested in and then have to figure out times, locations, etc. That was nice, but now we have the On-Line Conference Planner at […]

  12. “Stir it Up” with Discovery: Michigan PD Event, March 19

    Michigan Educators:  You are invited to attend a technology conference on Saturday, March 19 at Sarah Banks Middle School (Wixom, MI)  from 8:30am-3:15pm. This event will focus on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming teaching practices through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content.  Presenters are from Discovery Education, the […]

  13. Get Fed with RSS Feeds!

    Okay, so it’s kind of a cheesy tag line, but don’t you sometimes just feel “hungry” for new ideas? With the constant updates that are being made to technology and with the vast array of information available online, we have the option of having a “buffet” spread before us each day using resources such as […]

  14. Weather Resources

    With most of the nation experiencing a huge winter storm many schools are canceled. What can you do when you get back to integrate the “stormagetton” ? Here are some online and downloadable tools to use with your students. Desktop Weather Stations to download (all free) Weather Exchange http://www.ambientweather.com/weex1.html (I use this one) WeatherBug http://weather.weatherbug.com/ […]

  15. Superintendents Get Schooled in Social Media

    Porter Palmer delivered the keynote address to Michigan school superintendents at the MASA Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan this morning.  She demonstrated six super tools for lifelong learners:  Facebook, Twitter, the new and improved MASA website, RSS, Blogging, and the Discovery Educator Network Administrators’ Academy.  See her presentation and all shared links here.  Enjoy!

  16. Administrative Leadership: Paving the Path

    I recently wrote an article for the MACUL Journal, and the topic, “Essentials for 21st Century Teaching and Learning,” created a dilemma for me. As a teacher, I immediately narrowed my view to that of the classroom teacher’s necessities. My brainstorming produced a rich list of resources, along with qualities and attitudes, which I believed […]

  17. Information Whateracy

    What is Information Literacy? In this digital age, there is a lot of talk about Information Literacy. First and foremost, information literacy means having information skills. These skills require individuals to be familiar with print materials (books, periodicals, and so forth), as well as with the electronic resources in the Library/Media Center (Internet, CD-ROMs, and […]