MOARKS Virtual Conference

Join the Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas DEN members for a day of learning and fun in Branson, MO! This year’s DE Virtual Conference will be hosted at Branson Elementary West. We plan to spend the day learning about all the new, exciting content and features Discovery Education offers. In addition you have the opportunity to learn from other teachers in face-to-face sessions.  Register at https://lrougeux.wufoo.com/forms/moarks-virtual-conference/

Participants Will Leave With:

-Deep exploration of the rich variety of digital content available within Discovery Education.
-Integration strategies and exemplar learning experiences to bring digital content alive in your classroom and engage students across the curriculum.
-Thorough exposure to a wealth of professional development resources including continuous support through the Discovery Educator Network.

Breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Branson Elementary West
396 Cedar Ridge Drive
Branson, MO 65616-8142

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Central Time (registration begins at 8:30 am)


Optional Sunday Excursion

Geocaching and Photo Walk at the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery by Lake Taneycomo.

9:00 am – 11:30 am Central Time

Mark Your Calendars for Streamathon 2010

The 5th annual Discovery Education Streamathon is September 14, 2010. We’ve got a full day of information-packed sessions on how to integrate DE streaming and the newest online technologies used by today’s media-savvy students into classroom instruction. It’s a perfect end-cap to the Back to School with Discovery Education webinar series.

Here’s the schedule. Come for an hour or spend the entire day with us! (All times are eastern time. If you miss a session, we’ll archive as many as we can and post them here after the Streamathon.)

9:00 – 10:00am – Back-to-School with DE streaming

10:05-10:15 – Announcements

10:15-11:15 am – 25 Free things in 60 minutes or less

11:15-11:35 – The DEN in Ten + Announcements, etc

11:35 – 12:35 – The Teacher Center + Creating Content with The Builders

12:35 – 12:55 – The DEN in Ten + Announcements

12:55 – 1:55 – Creating Classrooms within DE streaming

1:55 – 2:15 – The DEN in Ten + Announcements

2:15 – 3:15 – Back-to-School with DE streaming

3:15 – 3:35 – The DEN in Ten + Announcements

3:35 – 4:35 – 25 Free things in 60 minutes or less

4:35 – 4:45 – The DEN in Ten + Announcements

4:45 – 5:45 – Creating Content with The Builders

5:45 – 6:05 – The DEN in Ten + Announcements

6:05 – 7:05 – Creating Classrooms within DE streaming

Register here: http://links.discoveryeducation.com/streamathon2010

Get Flipped with Discovery

We’ve Flipped!


Are you ready to learn everything you ever wanted to know about flip cameras?  The Arkansas Leadership Council is collaborating with Best Buy in North Little Rock to offer you a little one-on-one time with the famous Geek Squad.  The event, which will take place on March 6, 2010, at the North Little Rock Best Buy, is open to the first 15 participants to register.  We will confirm your place at the training by return email.  We will start at 8:00 a.m. with a complimentary breakfast provided by Discovery Education and then it’s on to the Geek Squad who will show us the best flip cameras available for use in our classrooms.  They will also highlight some of the features on their newest arrivals.  After the training with the Geek Squad, you will have the opportunity to try out some of the flip cameras and learn how to upload your videos to Glogster and PhotoStory.  We will finish at approximately 11:30, but the best part is still to come!  You will have approximately one week to shoot your own video and upload it to Glogster.  Best Buy is donating a gift card to the attendee who uploads the best video to Glogster!



Discovery Education’s Arkansas Leadership Council:

Evelyn McFadden, Chair

Glenda Jenkins, Blog
Karen Wells and Daniel Moix, Events

DEN Virtual Conference

Register Today!

Taken from DEN Blog


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Register Today!

Spring Into Action with the DEN and join thousands of educators who are passionate about integrating media into their instruction and collaborating with each other to improve student achievement. During this unique (and free) professional development event you have the flexibility to attend online or in-person at one of many regional events hosted by the DEN Leadership Councils.

The day will feature a special presentation from Chris Lehmann, Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in the School District of Philadelphia.  Entitled Building School 2.0, Lehmann’s presentation will examine ideas of constructivist pedagogy and the use of 21st century tools to create schools that are engaging, caring and relevant places of learning for everyone involved.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn alongside the DEN team through presentations from Hardin Daniel, Brad Fountain, Matt Monjan and Lance Rougeux.  The day will also include two special presentations featuring projects, ideas and tips from STAR Discovery Educators. 

The schedule below reflects what sessions will be presented virtually in the webinar room and broadcast nationally.  People attending at local gatherings may have other breakout offerings to choose from during these times.


9-10 AM
The Benjamin Button Effect
Lance Rougeux

10-11 AM 
Virtual Breakout
Turning Data Into Action: Exploring the reporting features of Discovery Education streaming
Matt Monjan

11-12 PM
Virtual Breakout
Sowing Seeds of Success: Projects, Ideas and Tips from STAR Discovery Educators

12-1 PM
Building School 2.0
Chris Lehmann

1-2 PM
Virtual Breakout
Closing the Global Achievement Gap: Beyond Test-Prep, Toward Life-Prep
Brad Fountain

2- 3 PM
Virtual Breakout
The Impact of IT in RTI
Hardin Daniel

3-4 PM
Virtual Breakout
Sowing Seeds of Success: More Projects, Ideas and Tips from STAR Discovery Educators

Click here to register for the DEN Virtual Conference.

Posted on April 23, 2009 in Uncategorized by Karen Wells

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Take the Lead! Join a DEN Leadership Council

Taken from DEN Blog

den globe smallWe’re looking for a few good DEN (sorry, couldn’t resist)! 

Seriously, the DEN has doubled in size since last year and this amazing growth has a lot to do with our incredible DEN Leadership Councils.  We are in awe of the work they have volunteered to do to make the DEN community what it is today.  Wouldn’t you love to be part of these incredible groups of STAR DEs?  Now’s your chance.

In order to provide the necessary support to ever-growing state-level DEN communities, give new STAR Discovery Educators the opportunity to take an active leadership role with the DEN, and allow current LC members a break (if they choose) we are starting an annual LC election process.

From now until Friday, May 15, 2009 you have the opportunity to express interest in staying active as an LC member, joining an exisiting LC or helping to launch a new LC.

Every STAR Discovery Educator is encouraged to formally express his/her interest by completing the self-nomination form.  You will select which leadership role(s) you are interested in as well as provide a brief statement of interest that will serve as your “campaign speech” should someone else wish to be considered for the same leadership role.

In order to be considered for the Chair, Blog Coordinator or Events Coordinator roles you must serve on the DEN LC for at least one year as part of the Events Team or Blog Team.  For new LCs this does not apply.

For more details about the DEN Leadership Councils including the roles, responsibilities, benefits and the election process please read the DEN LC Overview.

If you have any questions, please post them as comments so everyone can see the response.

Posted on April 23, 2009 in Uncategorized by Karen Wells

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Discovery Student Adventures – South Africa

I have been excited beyond belief since receiving word that I, along with four of my students, am headed to South Africa through Discovery Student Adventure’s pilot program.  I have included a link to the news story (http://www.kait8.com/global/story.asp?s=10160946) and will share the link to the trip blog when it becomes active.  In the meantime, there are a “ton” of things to do.

Posted on April 22, 2009 in Uncategorized by Karen Wells

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Twitter Reaches New High

Hey did anyone help Ashton Kutcher reach his million followers mark last night?  He beat out CNN!


Posted on April 17, 2009 in Uncategorized by Karen Wells

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Discovery Student Adventures

Can’t wait to see everyone in Rogers at the “Sweet on Discovery” event.  If you didn’t get registered, send me an email and we’ll work you in.  Currently, I am at the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association’s (ASAP) convention with my students.  It’s been a long night, but we have had a blast.  See you Saturday! 

Sweet on Discovery

Teachers and library media specialists gathered in Rogers, Arkansas on Saturday to enjoy the sweet chocolate desserts.   Sunday 450+ teachers, library media specialist, and technology personnel from across the state gathered together for a three day conference.   “Bring Life to Lessons with Discovery Education Streaming” session highlighted the benefits of using Discovery Education and being a DEN member. 



 One lucky lady received a door prize filled with various Discovery items. 

Discovery Educator at AAIM Conference

Many of you attended Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Conference (AAIM)this weekend.  Discovery was there to welcome library media specialist and technology personnel from around the state.  The Discovery session gave information for beginning users needing passcodes to advanced users learning about the educator network.  Attendees were encouraged to get involved and join us in the upcoming events for Discovery.  As an added bonus, a door prize was awarded to the person traveling from the greatest distance. 

If you missed the session or the Sweet on Discovery event, we would like to hear from you.   

Sweet on Discovery

Saturday,  April 18th Discovery Educators met at Mimi’s in Rogers, Arkansas.  The members gathered together to learn what Discovery could do for them professionally and for their classrooms.  As members ate the triple chocolate brownie covered with ice cream, discussions were held on the limitless possibilities on the benefits and how Discovery could impact their students.  If you could not attend this meeting, plan on joining us for the next one.  We would love to see all of you. 

Just a reminder

Just a friendly reminder about the upcoming Sweet on Discovery Event in Rogers, Arkansas. 

Sweet on Discovery

Saturday, April 18tb

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Do you love Discovery even more than chocolate?  Do you find yourself needing a Discovery fix???  Then you don’t need to miss this sweet event at Mimi’s Cafe in

Rogers.  Join us for dessert and an update on Discovery programs that are sure to sweeten the lives of both you and your students.  The triple chocolate brownie (just one of your delicious choices) will stimulate your appetite as we explore a real treat …
 With the launch of Discovery Student Adventures, “Discovery is taking its passion for learning around the globe– providing students and educators with one-of-a-kind, education based trips to incredible international destinations.”  We’ll finish up our sweet adventure with an explanation of how Delicious, the social bookmarking service, can be used by teachers to organize and share favorite web resources.  With Discovery Student Adventures, Delicious, and Mimi’s great desserts, the night promises to be a triple-decker delight!  This event is open to all educators in

Arkansas, but we’re limited to the first 20 who sign up for this sweet event.  The deadline to register is April 4th so get your registration turned in quickly. 
To register – send an email to karenwells@ymail.com OR emcfadden@sdale.org and supply your Name, School, Email Address and Phone Number for Confirmation.

Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM)

Join Karen Wells, Glenda Jenkins, and I as we meet with other Arkansas DEN Members at the AAIM Conference in Rogers, Arkansas.  The conference will be held April 19-21.

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