1. Huzzzah!

    Hear Ye Hear Ye all lads and ladies of the shire and beyond. You have missed the celebration of the NC DEN Ren14. Where were you? This was the most whimsical, thematic Discovery Day ever. The fun festivities began with the game show “Family Feudalism” which set the tone for the day of learning. This […]

  2. March is Women’s History Month

    Women’s History Month has been celebrated since the 1980′s in honor of those that cleared a path for today’s young women.  Traditionally history has highlighted only a few women of our past including Susan B. Anthony, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sally Ride, Sandra Day O’Connor, first ladies and a few others. Bringing more attention […]

  3. Reducing Paper

    Ever since we have implemented portable devices and carts in our middle school, the paper and toner budget has exploded. For a school grades 6-8 with 1100 students, we use over 380 cases of paper and over $12,000 in toner. It would have been higher, but our principal stopped purchasing toner at the end of […]

  4. DEN Techformation: Teaching with Technology Thoughts

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    I began my teaching career in 1995. Over the past 18 years, I have integrated information technology into my instructional process and curriculum development. I have accomplished this by looking for technology that improved student learning and made me a more effective teacher. My guiding question when evaluating technology has been “What technology will help […]

  5. PETE&C Lives Up to Expectations

    Each February educators from PA, MD, DE, NJ and more descend upon the “Sweetest Place On Earth” – Hershey,PA for the annual PETE&C conference. This showcase of exemplar integration lessons, products and ideas inspires hundreds of folks to try something new at their home district. From keynotes to informal conversations at the fireplace, teachers gathered to […]

  6. 2014 DEN PreCon at PETE & C

    Join the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) team for a full-day pre-conference extravaganza: Discover (or rediscover) the Joy of Teaching and Learning.  This year teachers and administrators will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from each other, as well as our fantastic lineup of presenters, around relevant topics that include Common Core, STEM, assessment, […]

  7. DEN Techformation – What does a software company look like?

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    Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to visit AWeber.  They are going to take part in our Hour of Code events next week.  They have helped us organize several technology companies to come to our school district.  These companies will demonstrate what they do and the paths that lead to employment in a technology company.  One of the goals […]

  8. DEN Techformation – Through the Looking Glass

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    In 2008 ”Randy” Pausch died.  You may have heard of the last lecture series, Pausch delivered his “Last Lecture”, titled ‘Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams’, at Carnegie Mellon on September 18, 2007. This lecture was modeled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then […]

  9. Journey To Online Teaching – A possible answer to Why School?

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    This week in my online courses we have been discussing delivery and assessment of content and how that is different in the online environment.  In my last JOT post we discussed the modes of learning online and how that affects engagement.  Engagement is an education code word for student motivation.  How do you motivate students in […]

  10. DEN – Techformation Piazza

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    Piazza is a free online Course Communication system.  It  is an online platform that facilitates interaction among students and instructors in an efficient and intuitive manor.  It was started as a way to help students who were stuck on homework problems get unstuck with the help of their classmates, TAs and professors. The list of what you can […]