The Gurney Gallery

Bobbi Gurney is STAR member of the Discovery Educator Network

Aug
08

Glogster

Posted by Bobbi Gurney

Aug
08

Glogster

Posted by Bobbi Gurney

Aug
08

Glogster

Posted by Bobbi Gurney

Aug
08

Glogster

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Aug
07

Glogster

Posted by Bobbi Gurney

Aug
07

Glogster

Posted by Bobbi Gurney

Aug
03

DEN Summer Institute 2010 ~ Boston, MA

Posted by Bobbi Gurney

Have you ever watched an extraordinary sunset end a perfect day, leaving you hanging on until the last light disappears? Many of life’s most memorable experiences tend to provoke this feeling. Leaving the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Summer Institute 2010, was no exception.  At the end of a remarkable week filled with learning, at Bentley University, I was left in awe of more than the heat, reality of dorm life, and numerous stairs everywhere!  The true magic of a DEN Institute appears when exceptional educators from all over the United States and Canada, join forces to produce extraordinary projects in only a few days.  

Here's a "snapshot" of my week~

Sunday: Kick Off BBQ with our fellow STARS and gift exchange.  We each brought a gift from our home state to share with another person. It was a great team building activity! 

Monday Morning: Overview of our week and projects with our teams. We learned about Discovery’s updated tools.  New information was divided up between teams.  Each team presented in a given “television genre”.  Our team shared the new features in the “My Content” section as a game show.  

·       Monday afternoon: Boston Trolley Tour.  Dinner at my favorite author Peter Reynold’s, company FableVision. Peter is best known for the children’s books Ish and Dot. Peter provided a private book signing for us of a book he wrote called, So Few of Me.  Discovery gave us each a copy as it’s message was appropriate for the busy week ahead.

·       Tuesday: Class with Lodge McCammon that transformed the way I think about using media in the classroom. Lodge turns difficult content into engaging songs, chants, and adventure.  Through the use of FLIP Cameras he commands students of all ages and learning styles to imprint learning into memory. Lodge’s music is now featured on Discovery Education!

·       Lodge McCammon Class Video & Information

·       Wednesday & Thursday:  Workshop Choices

o   Deep Dive into Discovery Education resources

o   Glogster

o    Edmodo

o   Google Tools 4 Educators

o    iPad in the Classroom

o   Prezi

o    25 free things on Discovery Education in < 60 min.

 All sessions and presenters were fabulous! Each one provided something a little different that I can take back to the classroom.

·       Wednesday evening was spent with the magnificent leaders of edu.glogster .  They threw an ice cream party in their trademark colors of “pink and green”.  Many great ideas and stories were shared of how the use of “glogs” have made a difference in classrooms.  It is a powerful tool for students to showcase their work in. 

·       Thursday: Work & Play: Classes, projects, and a little evening Hollywood Celebration to end in style. 

·       Friday morning:  Sharing of projects, goodbyes, & Thank You’s!  Some were of Emmy Award winning material.  Here is one of my favorites! Leave it to Wheezer

The learning does not stop with the conference's end.  Connecting with friends new and old through Twitter, Facebook, and Edmodo, allows continued collaboration, sharing, and learning in the DEN Community.  Thank you Discovery Education Network for another amazing week! 

 

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Aug
03

What is the DEN?

Posted by Bobbi Gurney

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a global learning community of more than 100,000 active educators, supported by Discovery Education, who are passionate about using educational technology and digital media in the classroom to engage students in learning. Launched in June 2005, the DEN fosters collaboration and helps educators share resources, ideas and classroom-tested strategies for improving academic achievement.

 The DEN National Institute is open only to STAR Discovery Educators – DEN members recognized for their efforts to share their insight and expertise with peers through activities such as trainings, workshops or presentations on how to integrate digital media and the latest educational technologies into classroom instruction.

Become a STAR Discovery Educator Today!

 

 

 

Aug
03

Scott Kinney: House Ed & Labor Committee

Posted by Bobbi Gurney
Aug
03

DEN National Institute 09 ~ San Francisco

Posted by Bobbi Gurney

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the DEN National Institute July 13-17th, 2009 at the Headlands Institute in San Francisco.  Educators from 22 states could be found networking and collaborating as we “dined and dormed it” together for 5 days and 4 nights. Our Amazing DEN team with leader Lance Rougeux,  kept us engaged, networking, & happily learning all week.   We learned from exceptional presenters such as Jannita Damian, Hall Davidson, Joe Brennan and DEN STARS themselves.  We had the priviledge of meeting the owners of Wikispaces & Glogster.  The weeks highlights included skits teaching new Discovery Education content using themes from Discovery’s top shows.  We enjoyed a day in the city by trolley car with lunch a Boudin Bakery.  We were greeted there by Discovery Director, Scott Kinney.  At the end of the week we had, “Got our GLOG on!”,   found a “Second Life” , “Wiki”‘d while we worked, “Floated Hall’s Head” in Google Earth, networked, and “geocached” our cares away.  It Was ALL Good!