1. Conni Mulligan: Traditional Storytelling–Shadow Puppetry & Overheads

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    Trolling social media and DEN sites for those at and not at #DENSI2014, I found yet another wonderful resource from Conni Mulligan, who reinvents our notion of storytelling, digitally, at the #DENUnconference2014. I truly enjoyed watching Conni at her best. I met her years ago at another Summer Institute, and looking back, it seems like […]

  2. NOTATDENSI14: Not a Problem, Thanks to Jennifer Wagner

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    Not at DENSI 2014. Not a problem–well–not too much of one. For many reasons, not everyone who wanted to attend the DENSI 2014 managed to get to Nashville. For me, I just was not far enough recovered from my stem cell transplant to fly. And truth be told, my heart was with everyone but my […]

  3. Jannita Demian: Using Technology to Put the Students First

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    Jannita Demian and I have a long history. We were both with the DEN since its launch in 2005. Over the years, we have become sisters because we all know the DEN is a family, and Jannita is a close part of mine. Bias acknowledged. She is, nevertheless, a legend, a tech diva, and my […]

  4. DENnis Grice: Tell Your Story with an iPad

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    Every life is a story. With DENnis Grice, those stories come to life through the simplicity of using an iPad. His mission: not to teach technology, but to help teachers use technology to teach. DENnis is a STAR Discovery Educator and Leadership Council Member, a Peer Coaching Workshop Facilitator, and a sharer of his passion: […]

  5. Dembo and Bellow: The Best of Collaboration, Communication, & Innovation

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    Does it even get any better. As we approach winding down from an intense two-day Livestream of the best of the best, here they are, and they literally wrote the book. Steve Dembo is, quite simply, a legend. He doesn’t have a milk mustache or do print commercial for a milk company. Nonetheless, he IS […]

  6. Mike Bryant: As A Matter of Fact

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    Before Mike Bryant joined the Discovery Education team as a District Manager and now serves as Director of Instructional Implementation, he had successful careers working as a director of children’s programs, administering to community learning centers, and teaching with technology in the classroom. Mike’s presentation description is intriguing, and I can’t wait to see how […]

  7. Adam Bellow: Keynote Speaker for Day 2 Opening Session

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    Adam Bellow. Founder-President of eduTecher and eduClipper. English teacher. Masters Degree in General and Special Education. His two passions –Technology and Education. What a perfect fit in Discovery Education.2010: Emerging Leader and finalist for the 2010 Totally Wired Teacher of Year award.  2011: Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by ISTE. 2014: Keynote Speaker Day […]

  8. Kyle Schutt: Rockin’ and Rollin’ with FREE Tools from Discovery Education

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    Kyle Schutt criss-crosses the country helping educators better understand how technology and digital media can be used to support instruction, motivate students, and increase passion for learning. As a role model, Kyle continually fosters relationships and community-building by hosting in-person and virtual events for the Discovery Educator Network. Think of Kyle as our mobile DEN […]

  9. Patti Duncan: 10 AWESOME STEM Lesson Ideas for NON-Science Classes

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    So what, you may ask, is all the fervor about. It’s Patti Duncan time and she’s doing what she does best: exciting students and teachers to learn and share, the DEN way. Her way. Just check out her photo. Dont you just love it. Her too. Educator, scientist, technology consultant, professional development trainer. STEM and […]

  10. Kathy Schrock: Utilizing Mobile Devices for Activators & Summarizers

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    The powerhouse continues. Really, that’s all DEN has; fantastic DEN Stars and Gurus who do it all, and Kathy Schrock–she’s all that–and more. Famous for her award-winning Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators, a now retired from education Kathy is still an active participant in Discovery Education. She maintains an active DE blog, Kathy’s Katch, where […]

  11. Tim Childers: Teaching With Just One Image

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    Anyone knows that after a powerhouse speaker like Dr. Lodge McCammon, you need to follow up with an equally potent powerhouse, and that’s exactly what Discovery Education did. Meet Tim Childers, L&N STEM Academy, Assistant Principal of Tennessee’s only Apple School of Distinction,  (and yes he helped make it one),  blogged for TN DEN Leadership […]

  12. Keynote Speaker Dr. Lodge McCammon: General Session Opening

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    The Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute 2014 proudly presents Dr. Lodge McCammon as the opening speaker for the two-day Livestream event. If you have not had the pleasure of meeting and working with Lodge at other DEN events, you are in for a very special treat. Welcome to Day 1. Dr. Lodge McCammon’s expertise lies […]

  13. Kids Host Talk Show About Autism

    The Fantastic Ferrets are an amazing group of fifth graders that I was privileged enough to work with this year. Their enthusiasm, work ethic, and need to make the world a better place exhausted, overwhelmed and exhilarated me. When I thought the year was beginning to wind down, I couldn’t have been more wrong. They […]

  14. Sounds of Nature IN Your Classroom

    Have you ever used sound effects in your classroom? There are so many different sites you can use to locate specific sounds to enhance a lesson. Below are two fantastic examples. One from http://www.naturesoundmap.com/ and the other is of course from the DiscoveryEducation media library. Use these sounds: -when students enter your room to get their attention […]

  15. Denapalooza DC

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    The first Denapalooza of the year was held this weekend in Washington DC. The day was filled with all types of activities. There were opportunities to learn about coding, 50 Ways to Use DE in your classroom, the Board Builder, creating a GoogleTour, Project Based Learning, OneNote, 20 ideas to get you to June, Digital […]

  16. 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 […]

  17. 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 […]

  18. 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 […]

  19. 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 […]