1. iMake iLearn – Puppets, Puppets, Puppets

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    Who doesn’t like puppets?  Meet Conni Mulligan, our DEN guru and expert in how to integrate puppetry into the learning environment.  Conni’s passion for puppetry is infectious and the ways that she integrates puppets in storytelling and giving students voice.At the DENovator Faire, Conni shared a wonderful way to create puppets.  Her area was three […]

  2. iMake iLearn – LED Glow in the Dark Ping Pong Ball

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    Making is a passion that comes naturally to me.  But LEDs and circuitry are very new to me.  This June Instructables had a LED Build Night opportunity where makerspaces could apply for free materials.  I applied for our SP Design Lab as the hope this year is to expand beyond lunch hour and after-school to family and […]

  3. iMake iLearn – Sock Monkey Love

    Meet another of our DENovators.  Zulma is one of the core contributors to iMake iLearn as well as the leader of several LC Community Projects. Her endless energy and encouragement have impacted many DEN members around the country. She is one of my inspirations and positively impacts my life from many miles away. She helped […]

  4. iMake iLearn – DENovator Faire

    This year I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in DENSI 2014 (Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute).  Over 140 educators from the United States, Canada, and the UK are selected to participate and learn together about different ways to integrate technology to support student learning.  This year a Maker Night was added called […]

  5. iMake iLearn – Sphero Me Some Math

          A few weeks ago I tried a small group math game using the Spheros, Sphero Drive app,  and Math Marks the Spot.  First we practiced navigating with the Sphero before starting the game.  Placing a piece of tape on the floor, each sphero started away from the mat.  Rolling the large foam number dice, students were asked […]

  6. iMake iLearn – Summer Learning

    Coursera – Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning Course Description:Tinkering activities provide a powerful way to inspire students’ interest, engagement, and understanding in science. The Tinkering Fundamentals course will help educators and enthusiasts develop a practice of tinkering and making. This course will focus on key design elements of high-quality, science-rich tinkering activities, […]

  7. iMake iLearn – Minecraft EDU and Student Reflections

    I have had the fortune of working with several second grade classrooms to use Minecraft EDU as part of a learning unit about communities.  Discovery Education resources played a vital part in creating the background knowledge to make this project successful.   In previous posts, I have shared what we have been doing and learning but […]

  8. iMake iLearn – Minecraft EDU Community Project

    Background Knowledge and Discovery Education To build background knowledge about different types of communities, I started by using Board Builder from Discovery Education.  Board Builder allows you to create an interactive poster with embedded videos. I chose an overview video of communities and in the text there is a link to a padlet about communities. […]

  9. VASD DEN Ambassadors

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    This spring our district participated in the DEN Ambassador program.  In the Verona Area School District we are very fortunate to have leadership that supports technology integration as well as collaboration between educators.  Betty Wottreng, our district technology leader, immediately supported the program. The program consists of three face to face meetings where resources and […]

  10. iMake iLearn: Sphero Me Some Fun and Learning

    This week our three 2.0 Spheros arrived.  What is a Sphero you say?  It is a programmable ball and so much more.  After looking at many different options to introduce robotics and coding into our SP Design Lab, I learned about the Sphero. Several great posts have already been done by Erin Klein and the Nerdy Teacher which made me realize […]

  11. 3D Printing – A Shared Adventure

    Sometimes you start an adventure only to realize that every time you talk about your learning, you are inspired by those around you.  Our school has been extremely fortunate to have acquired a 3D printer for $100 as well as to have created a community partnership with Radiant Fabrication.  Yesterday while presenting at DENapalooza Milwaukee, I […]

  12. DEN Event at the Apple Store

    On Saturday, March 29 nearly 20 educators from the Madison, WI area had a chance to participate in a Discovery Event at the Apple Store! The event started at 8:00 a.m. with a light breakfast and great conversation.  Next, participants had an opportunity to learn about some of the 200+ new features that Mac OS X Mavericks has […]

  13. DENapalooza in Milwaukee

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    The 2014 DENapalooza Tour will be stopping in the Milwaukee area on Saturday, April 5th. Join educators for a free day of professional development from members of the DEN Team as well as STAR Discovery Educators from Wisconsin and beyond. The free event will help you get the more out of your school’s partnership with […]

  14. Why Schools Should Encourage Students to Become Builders and Makers

    Why Schools Should Encourage Students to Become Builders and Makers -Monique Liles Building Learning Spaces: There are many platforms for students to build and engage in transformational play that will enhance critical skills needed for the global 21st century economy. Students are building and making a variety of objects from 3d worlds such as Minecraft,, […]

  15. DEN Power

    One thing that you should know about me is that I have a powerful Personalized Learning Community (PLC).  Many years ago our school district purchased a product called United Streaming which later changed to Discovery Education.  It started as access to quality educational videos that you could stream or download but quickly expanded into building […]