1. Going to TCEA?

    If you are heading to Austin for TCEA in February, be sure to watch for the great sessions by Discovery Educator Network speakers. Hall Davidson and Steve Dembo are featured speakers with presentations during the day on Wednesday and Thursday. Then our own Texas LC team is well represented with sessions by Lea Anne Daughrity, […]

  2. DEN Stars shine in TCEA

    Two DEN Stars — and LC members also– are on the finalist list for Educator Awards at Texas Computer Education Assocation 2012 convention.  Andrea Keller, Irving ISD, is one of three finalists for Classroom Teacher of the Year. “This award is presented to a teacher who exhibits exemplary use of technology in the classroom. The teacher […]

  3. First Ever Digital Learning Day – February 1, 2012

    Digital Learning Day will be celebrated on February 1, 2012 as a culminating event with the past year serving as a national awareness campaign to improve teaching and learning for all children. Digital Learning is defined as, “…any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience. Digital learning encompasses a […]

  4. The Power of a Hashtag

    #findhaley #lovehaley

    I have been mulling over this post for a little over a month.   When I became a DEN LC blog member I had so many ideas that I wanted to share, write about, and post.  However, the reality of this year set in.  Changing schools, changing classes, and just change in general made everything […]

  5. Android OS Apps for Education

    Culled from listserv responses, here are some suggested Android OS based apps useful for teachers or students: Spongelab is great for science. Middle School and High School FriendCaster for Facebook use (can’t use it to play games though) For good, free Android apps for children, check out Famigo Sandbox: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.famigo.sandbox One App that librarians should […]

  6. Is “Cultural Literacy” still relevant?

    First a link to what is meant by cultural literacy: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cultural+literacy  See also references to the book Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch After sending out a question to my library listservs on what they thought students should know to be culturally literate these days, one respondent told me that in presenting this concept to a […]

  7. Oldie but Goodie

    An updated post from the past: The Holidays! As the winter break draws nearer, have you found that the students are less attentive than usual?   Discovery Streaming has items to help! First, some holiday title suggestions from the catalog:  What’s New? Christmas Theme Page Hanukkah Theme Page Kwanzaa Theme Page Winter Weather Theme Page Oldies […]

  8. 2011 K12 Online Conference Week 2 Starts Next Week

    Monday, December 5th starts the second week of the free virtual conference of the 2011 K12 Online Conference. The theme this year is ’Purposeful Play’ with the following four strands with their keynoters and video presentation titles: Chris Craft, in ‘Sandbox Play’. Chris blogs on “Crucial Thought.” Co-Convener: Jose Rodriguez George Couros, in ‘Team Captains’. George […]

  9. A Great Tool on Sale

    If you have not seen the Livescribe Eco Smart Pen, you have to at least read about it. I was introduced to it during the summer and it has become one of the most used tools in my classroom. This pen records every stroke you make while writing and anything you hear and say and […]

  10. EdCamp El Paso

    Do you live in Region 19, or close by? Ever wanted to go to an EdCamp but thought it was too far? I have a solution for you. On December 3, 2011 El Paso ISD along with Region 19 and other area school districts are organizing this event. You can register on the Region 19 […]

  11. Family Science Night at Nita Pearson Elementary School

    This past week, the Discovery Education Team had the pleasure of working with educators at Nita Pearson Elementary School in Rowlett, Texas. About 200 students and parents attended Family Science night to learn various science concepts and eat pizza. Danny Forster from Build It Bigger spoke to the parents about the 911 documentary. He also […]

  12. Calling for the Stressbusters….

    Who us?  Dealing with stress?  Well, maybe, just a bit……    I have commented to some folks that I had given up trying to catch up with my to-do list; I am now going for less behind than previously.   If you ever feel like that, here are a few tech tools I use to help: Last Pass […]

  13. McKinney ISD Tech or Treat

    Saturday turned out to be a wonderful day at the McKinney, TX Tech or Treat Virtual Conference. With more than 20 people gathering to listen to the great virtual speakers and the local speakers as well. We had quite a full line up of local speakers for the day including Kass Bates, Mary Carol Strother, […]

  14. Web Surfing

          So, what have I been finding in my web surfing?   Here are a few of the “waves”:       > Weblist.me — add web links, files, videos and more to your own lists or browse the lists saved in various catagories      > twiducate.com — “social networking for schools”      >  plus.google.com  — keep up […]

  15. Airplay in iOS 5

    Airplay: One of the “quieter” new features of the new iOS 5 system release is the expansion of its functionality. Watch a youtube video to become familiar with Airplay. It’s the feature on your iPad or iPhone that allows you to wirelessly stream photos, video and music from your iOS device to any external display […]

  16. Tech or Treat in Texas

        Join us for a local DEN event held in Pasadena ISD. The DEN Tech or Treat Virtual Conference will be held on Oct. 22 from 8:00 am-2:00 pm (Central Time). From mashups to digital stories, you are sure to enjoy learning and creating for your classroom. Lunch will be provided and space is […]

  17. Texas DEN STAR Joli Brock in the news

    The DEN is all about educators who expand the walls of their classroom to the global community, and Texas DEN STAR and Leadership Council member, Joli Brock, of McKinney ISD, has done just that. Along with her students, affectionately called “Brockstars”, Joli has used various technologies in her classroom to bring the world into her […]

  18. What’s GNU?

         What’s GNU? So, I’ve been trying out and hearing about a few new things on the technology scene.  Some of my latest finds and learning more abouts are: plus.google.com — seen the little +1 button by some of the websites in a google search?  Here’s more on that: http://www.google.com/+1/button/ if this, then that – http://www.ifttt.com/ –  […]

  19. Literacy Technology for the Classroom: “A Story Before Bed”

    “A Story Before Bed lets students, teachers, and even parents record videos of themselves reading from a large collection of online children’s books (currently over 300 books). Unlimited playback of recordings is available on iPad, iPhone, Mac, or PC”  Click on the link: http://www.astorybeforebed.com/schools          Watch a youtube video “Classroom Literacy Technology – A Story […]

  20. A Day of Learning

       Simple K12 is offering a FREE day of professional development on Saturday, September 24, 2011. If you have Internet access, you can attend the information packed sessions all about integration and technology in the classroom. With 7 sessions to choose from, you are bound to find something to spark your interest. The keynote session […]