1. DEN Geocaching Day

    This weekend (May 19, 2012) I had the chance to participate in the DEN Geocaching Day in Dallas, Texas.  Laura Gonzalez set up the FANTASTIC event in our area! What is Geocaching you ask? “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and […]

  2. Making Life Easy

    As the end of the school year draws near, I wanted to look back and share some super cool websites/apps that have made my life a little easier.  Being a teacher for children with varying abilities I am constantly taking data and reassessing students needs and accomplishments.  Each of these websites I plan to play […]

  3. Been Looking At….

    Been looking at a few new things:   1. Teachers Paying Teachers– browse this computer science-technology section;  buy the lessons, etc created by educators  2. Vook — a new twist on ebooks — http://vook.com/ 3. Vidinstructor — ecommerce but could haveeducational applications — http://vidstructor.com/  What are you investigating?

  4. TCEA call for presenters now open

    The Texas Computer Educator’s Association (TCEA) has announced a call for presenters for its 2013 Convention & Exposition to be held February 4-8, 2013, in Austin. The theme for the conference is Fusion: Learning in a New Light. TCEA has been a favorite for convention-goers for several years, drawing educators from all over Texas and […]

  5. Congratulations Texas DEN members!

    DEN Guru Finalists Kim Chaise  This is my 2nd year on the Leadership Council and I also co-host the Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar series on Saturday mornings in Blackboard Collaborate featuring ways to integrate technology in the classroom. I am a national board educator in the area of technology education and have been in education […]

  6. SXSiPad Day in Austin, Texas!

    Right up front, I’ll say that it is not an official SXSW event, but this SXSiPad will be a fun day of Discovering about using iPads in the classroom!  We are going to have multiple venues, er, sessions about using iPads as instructional tools, managing Apps on the iPad, setting up iPads for classroom use, […]

  7. Desperate for DENSI: DEN & the CITY!

    DEN Pigeons

    It started with a Facebook message….39 DEN friends wishing each other luck…. Hoping and waiting for the weekly release of DENSI 2012 picks while sharing how we could not wait to see each other. One message lead to the next and soon a google doc was born, a date and place chosen to get our […]

  8. #Appy Hour was an ‘Appstanding’ Success!

    The Texas DEN Leadership Council hosted a Twitter chat on Tuesday, March 20, called ‘Appy Hour’ using the hashtag #appyhour. If you saw tweets flying by sharing outstanding information or answering questions related to the instructional uses of apps in the classroom then you saw part of the #appyhour Twitter chat. Questions were posed throughout […]

  9. Energize… find an PadCamp or EdCamp!

    It is the last day of our school districts spring break.  I have had a chance to spend a ton of hours in bed (if you know me.. this is NOT a common occurrence at all)  I am trying to get energized for the next few months of school.    How do you energize yourself to be […]

  10. Appy Hour Is Coming!

    Remember to join us for the Appy Hour on March 20 starting at 6 PM CST via Twitter.  We will tweet about great educational applications for iPads and Android devices.  For more on this see the following links: http://appyhourattheicafe.wikispaces.com/ http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2012/02/26/appy-hour-the-icafe-with-the-tx-den/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DEN-Texas+%28Discovery+Educator+Network+-+Texas%29

  11. Reflection App

    By Linda Rush Using the $15 Reflection App on an Apple computer, it’s now possible to MIRROR the screen of an iPad2 or iPhone4S right on your screen.   AirPlay mirror your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 to any Mac running OS X 10.6+, wirelessly. This  makes your Apple computer function like an AppleTV for iOS mirroring, except […]

  12. Top 20 Educators to Watch Includes Texas’ own Andrea Keller

    What an honor it is for Texas to have their very own National School Board Association Top 20 to watch on the Leadership Council! Below is the excerpt posted on the NSBA site. Make sure to take a moment and congratulate her! She certainly deserves it! Andrea Keller, LIFE K-5 Special Education Teacher, Elliott Elementary […]

  13. Appy Hour at the iCafe with the TX DEN

    Come Join the TX DEN for our first Tweet Chat Appy Hour on Twitter ~ Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 6pm CST with hashtag #appyhour. During this fun hour of learning, the TX DEN will lead discussions on using Apps effectively throughout the content areas in k-12 education. While its important to know the best […]

  14. Mythbuster’s Own Tory Belleci is TCEA’s Opening Keynote

    During the week February 6-10, 2012, the Texas Computer Educator Association’s convention was held in Austin, Texas. The opening keynote was Discovery’s own Mythbuster’s co-host, Tory Belleci. He provided a poignant, hilarious look at his own struggle at education and explained why he not only desired to learn science but to ‘do’ science. Tory explained […]

  15. Iron DEN Challenge at TCEA in Austin

    The Texas DEN Leadership Council participated in an Iron DEN Challenge at TCEA in Austin, Texas during the week of the convention. The ‘Special Ingredient’ was an picture of a spitting camel that all teams had to incorporate into their unique team’s digital artifacts. Many teams used audio, the Blabberize site, or some other type […]

  16. TCEA 2012 in Austin, Texas

    I had the excellent opportunity to attend the 2012 Texas Computer Education Association in Austin, Texas two weeks ago to see the latest technology being pushed into the education world. As mentioned in my blog post last week, I was amazed at the different kinds of new tech hardware and software available to classrooms that […]

  17. TCEA: more links

    More links to info from TCEA sessions: From Steve Dembo’s sessions: 50 ways to spin a digital story   http://50ways.wikispaces.com/ Storytelling for the YouTube Generation     http://prezi.com/sefzj_jpnupp/storytelling-for-the-youtube-generation/ iThink iNeed iPads in the Classroom http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1922908/iPads-TCEA.ppsx General TCEA 2012 Handouts site:    http://www.tcea2012.org/2012/public/Content.aspx?sortMenu=102015&ID=1353 If you’ve got other links from TCEA (like others from Steve or those […]

  18. Texas DEN STAR wins TCEA award

    Our own Texas DEN STAR and LC member, Andrea Keller, was named Classroom Teacher of the Year at the TCEA 2012 convention. “This award is presented to a teacher who exhibits exemplary use of technology in the classroom. The teacher recognizes and uses a wide variety of technology tools to enhance the learning of all […]

  19. Iron DEN Challenge — LIVE and In Person

    Streaming blog time as I blog live from the Iron DEN Challenge at TCEA. The Challenge: create a resource to introduce students to the water cycle The Rules: 30 minutes to make it, then will share and vote on best The secret ingredient: Camel’s Head image http://gtm-media.discoveryeducation.com/videos//imagelibrary/web//690F1114-FB29-31C4-3314FB2420B1AD45.jpg The Results: All -4-One : used blabberize  and  […]

  20. Live from TCEA–Tory Belleci

    Embark  Engage  Energize  Empower  Educate That is the theme for this years Texas Computer Education Association conference. The keynote speaker for Wednesday was none other than Mythbusters  co-host Tory Belleci!  Some notes from his talk: He is dyslexic and was not a good student.  So, yes teachers, don’t give up on those different and difficult […]

  21. TCEA, Summer Learning, and Conferences Oh My!

    Although it is only February, I am already thinking about conferences that will be happening this summer.  Conferences are a great way to renew your excitement in teaching, learn new ideas and concepts to take back to your classroom, and of course meet up with friends from all over! What conferences are your must go […]

  22. TCEA Time

    Next week, Feb. 6-10th is the Texas Computer Education Association’s Convention in Austin, Texas. Tory Belleci from Discovery’s own “Mythbuster’s” will be the opening keynote presenter on Wednesday, February 8th. His session is titled, “Engaging Students in Science and Technology Wednesday Opening Keynote”.  Several DEN members will be presenting throughout the convention and a list […]