1. DENaissance Faire

      HUZZZAH and welcome Ye Lords and Ladies, and anyone who has even an inkling for FUN, festivities, and edutainment to the first DENaissance Faire. Embrace your imagination for a spectacular day of learning from and with artisans, story tellers, courtiers, alchemists, fortune tellers, and musicians. Bridge time and talent as we weave together traditional […]

  2. Attention Ye Lords and Ladies

      HUZZZAH and welcome Ye Lords and Ladies, and anyone who has even an inkling for FUN, festivities, and edutainment to the first DENaissance Faire. Embrace your imagination for a spectacular day of learning from and with artisans, story tellers, courtiers, alchemists, fortune tellers, and musicians. Bridge time and talent as we weave together traditional […]

  3. Hear Ye, Hear Ye – DENaissance Fair

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      HUZZZAH and welcome Ye Lords and Ladies, and anyone who has even an inkling for FUN, festivities, and edutainment to the first DENaissance Faire. Embrace your imagination for a spectacular day of learning from and with artisans, story tellers, courtiers, alchemists, fortune tellers, and musicians. Bridge time and talent as we weave together traditional […]

  4. DEN Gone Country – Some Parting Thoughts

    This past weekend 35 educators descended on Nashville for Discovery’s DEN Gone Country mini-institute.  In spite of the fact that there was a Titan’s game on Sunday, A Taylor Swift concert Friday and Saturday nights at the arena, the Nashville Symphony playing on Saturday night, a brand new food festival going on Saturday, and a […]

  5. DENChat #13 – Has It Been That Many Already?

    Last Thursday the DEN jumped back onto Twitter for our 13th #DENChat discussion.  Lisa Parisi once again led the chat centered around the question of Language in the Classroom. How do you speak to your students?  How do you help them learn to communicate politely? As always, the chat seemed to last only about 10 […]

  6. DEN Gone Country Mini-Institute Announced

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    Yes, it has been a long time coming, but the TN Leadership Council can now (finally!) announce our “DEN Gone Country” Mini-Institute!  You will want to read this article in its entirety to see exactly what is happening and how to apply. Nashville is not only the home, but the capitol of Country Music.  Music […]

  7. UTC Admin Day of Discovery

    It’s gonna be hot in July! But guess where all of the cool people will be? The Upstate Tech Conference Administrator Day of Discovery! We hope you can join us. UTC Admin Day of Discovery • Wade Hampton School | 100 Pine Knoll Dr., Greenville, SC 29609 • Thursday, July 11, 2013 • 8:00AM-1:45PM For […]

  8. Speed Dating, PD-style at #TSLA13

    I had the opportunity to present to educators at the Tennessee STEM Leadership Academy (#tsla13) on Wednesday afternoon at Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Tennessee.  We has 2.5 hours for attendees to pass through a dozen or so session to learn about a wide-ranging list of STEM opportunities and programs to help as they integrate strategies and resources within their […]

  9. Eleven #DENChats and Counting

    Last week was our 11th #DENChat, and Paula Naugle did a fantastic job leading us through a discussion of our own summer professional development plans.  Sometimes we spend so much time training others and pouring ourselves into other teachers, we often forget that we also need a time to relax, reflect, and recharge. You can […]

  10. #DENChat Focuses on STEM Resources

    Last Thursday, Tim Childers, moderated #DENChat focusing on STEM resources and philosophies.  As with previous discussions, there were a multitude of great websites, activities, and thought-provoking questions from those who joined the chat. STEM goes far beyond the idea of, “Oh, I added a science activity to my social studies lesson,” or, “We’re going to […]

  11. Three Stages of Technology

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not really an expert when it comes to technology.  I’m more of a student.  I study it a lot.  I read about it.  I work at it.  At best, like my photography, I’m a hobbyist.  But over the years I’ve come to the realization that we may […]

  12. To Flip or Not To Flip

    Last week on #DENChat, Lisa Parisi and Elaine Plybon took on both sides of the Flipped Classroom debate as they led the discussion on Twitter. Flipping the classroom is a method of instruction that involves teachers creating short snippets of instruction on video (usually 5 to 15 minutes) and posting them online for students to […]

  13. #DENChat 8: Let Their Passions Shine

    Last week Paula Naugle led the #DENChat in a wonderful conversation about how teachers are igniting the passion for learning in their students.  In an age where we are bombarded with reports of how testing is stifling teaching, teachers are still finding ways to let their kids passions shine through. You can read through the […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. More Updates on the Knoxville Virtual Conference

    We’re getting close now!  This Saturday, April 20th, is the Spring Virtual Conference for Discovery.  There are lots of great Live Stream feeds planned for the day.  And, there are also dozens of local events being hosted across the country as educators come together to share their knowledge and experience and learn together.  Knoxville is […]

  16. Spring VirtCon: Important Announcement for TN

    We are one week away from one of the most exciting and productive professional development events available to teachers each year: The DEN Spring Virtual Conference!  Sessions will be broadcast all day over LiveStream.  In addition, there are dozens of locations across the US where teachers are gathering together to watch all or part of […]

  17. Spring VirtCon in Knoxville!

    Discovery’s Spring Virtual Conference is an all-day, online, professional development opportunity that goes, literally, around the world for educators to drop in and participate together from wherever they are at the time.  It is just one more way Discovery has met the needs of teachers who long for interaction with others that “get them.” BUT, […]

  18. New #DENChat Coming This Thursday!

    The first two weeks of #DENChat have been phenomenal.  The discussion is on target with tweets whizzing by at nearly the speed of thought.  If you haven’t joined us yet, or have been hesitant about participating in the conversation, here are a few things to think about: Its ok to “lurk” in the conversation.  Sit […]

  19. Using Technology to Transform Education: Tennessee

    SCORE is hosting a virtual convening on March 13, 2013 at 3:30 CDT with a panel of Tennessee educators to discuss how technology can be used to transform teaching and learning.  The interactive event will be live streamed to allow educators from across the state to participate in the discussion and contribute their diverse perspectives […]

  20. Did You See This Funny Video of You?

    I love Twitter.  No, I’m not a power user.  Some days I’m a lurker.  Some days I’m a re-tweeter.  Some days I’m a link sharer.  And some days I actually write something.  Not profound, mind you, but something from my thoughts. I like Twitter for a number of reasons.  First, its quick.  There are no […]