1. 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 […]

  2. “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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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/ […]

  5. 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!

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. Put the Interactive in your IWB

    Our district and a number of districts in our county have purchased a large number of Promethean and Smart interactive white boards in the past couple of years. For many of the teachers who had one installed in their room they are learning on the fly how to use the basic features on them. It […]

  9. Make a Snow Flake

    In the spirit of this wonderful winter weather that many of us are experiencing, I thought I would share a resource from Michigan DEN LC chair, Cheryl Lykowski. Make-a-flake is an interactive website that allows children to create their own virtual snow flake.  It is based on the age old paper folding activity that has […]

  10. Skype Guest of the Week

    Jennifer Bond, a DEN STAR educator from the Walled Lake Consolidated School District in Michigan, has a “Skype Guest of the Week.”  This past week, JoAnne Kaminski, a Reading Specialist from Wisconsin, visited Mrs. Bond’s 3rd grade classroom. The two educators connected as a result of Mrs. Bond’s post on the Skype in Schools wiki which describes how […]

  11. TEDTalks for Teachers

    Greetings everyone! I was patrolling the net during lunch today and came across this amazing Glog that has pulled together some of the best TED Talks for teachers. http://bit.ly/czXNTR Check it out! Do you think there are others that need to be added?

  12. Prepared to be Wow-ed!

    Several videos on YouTube have made the rounds recently as they have addressed perceived issues within our current educational system as it relates to the world around us. I received another video today that both challenged and “wow-ed” me as an educator. I believe that you will also be moved by both the message and the method […]

  13. Michigan PD Opportunities – "Tech or Treat" on October 23

    Want to join thousands of educators who are passionate about integrating media into their instruction and collaborating with each other to improve student achievement? Then attend the DEN Fall Virtual Conference on October 23!  During this unique (and free) professional development event you have the flexibility to attend online or in-person at one of two regional […]

  14. Tech Overload?!?!

    At our monthly technology committee meeting today, there was a theme that resounded among everyone present: we just might be experiencing technology overload! I have to admit that I did not fully believe that this could happen, because I love my technology. I am a Media Specialist, for Pete’s sake! Suddenly, however, it seems like […]

  15. Michigan DEN Leadership Council Team

    The Michigan Leadership Council for 2010-11 Chair:  Cheryl Lykowski Events Coordinators:  Gina Loveless and Lisa Wickman.  Events Team:  Cindy Carson, Susan Dornberg, Katie Rourk Blog Coordinator:  Eric Strommer.  Blog Team:  Kristi Bush, John Phillips, Pam Shoemaker

  16. Calling all Michigan STAR's!!

    Be it know that this is a semi-formal call out for any and all Michigan STAR’s to be a guest blogger on this site. You’ve read us. Now it’s your turn. Do you have a topic of great importance (or not that important)? Do you have a great idea to share? A best practice? Just […]

  17. Mark your calendars for the DEN Streamathon!

    What better way to kick off a new school year than with a whole day’s worth of DE streaming webinars?  Join the DEN team on Tuesday, September 14 for the fifth annual streamathon! Come for an hour when you have a break at school or come for several hours! Here’s the schedule: 9:00 – 9:45 AM Back-to-School […]

  18. Ride the Wave… or Crash and Burn?

    Getting ready for the new school year has taken a gradual shift for me. When I think back, I remember the early years where I needed a key to the building, to my classroom, and to the copy room. In my classroom, I dusted off and sorted through teachers’ editions, professional journals, and various handbooks […]

  19. Updated My DE

    Next time you log in, you’ll notice that My DE has a fresh new look and design, streamlined content and exciting new customization capabilities. Design your own landing page by utilizing the new Drag and Drop feature, which allows you to arrange your content so it suits your needs and gives you immediate access to what […]

  20. Michigan's LearnPort

    As many educators do I am taking a couple of continuing education courses this summer. These just happen to be all on-line and self paced. As I like to share good stuff, I share the Michigan LearnPort site. I am amazed at how many of my fellow educators don’t know about the site. It is […]

  21. First Impressions of Windows 7

    I’ve seen the ads, I’ve read the reviews, and I couldn’t wait to get a copy of Windows 7 to see how it worked for myself.  Admitedly, I was nervous about upgrading my computer (from Vista), worried that something would go wrong and I’d no longer be able to connect to my home wireless network, […]