Happy New Year!

January 13, 2015

We started the New Year off right with a mid-school year report from the WDEN News! This amazing team took time out of their winter break to chime in and do a news report. Where else can a group of educators that are this far apart collaborate on a newscast but in the DEN! We like to show off different web tools, and this one uses our old friend Animoto as well as Smilebox. The WDEN news is my passion project that started at the DEN Summer Institute in Bozeman. We continued in Vermont, which is when I came up with the slogan “making news happen.” Most blue-blooded DEN Stars know that story. Jan, Tracie and Liz have been great anchors throughout, although it was Brandon that brought us most of the attention. Shelby came on board as the WDEN Meteorologist, and we never know how she is going to forecast the weather. Interpretive dance? Rap? Jen Kraft helped with editing a ton in Nashville. When I saw that Sheila and Robin where at the Streamathon, I asked them to get me some footage and they did! They interviewed Porter and that was great. THAT is the power of the DEN. DEN Star Martha Snider suggested that we have news throughout the year, and although it took a year or so, this is actually our first episode outside of DENS!  Stay tuned-more WDEN News to come!

Join us for the Virtcon!

April 7, 2014

Join Host Betsy Beasley and myself for a day of learning and connecting!

New Market Elementary
Apr 26 9–3am
6096 US HWY 311
Sophia, NC 27350

Watching the VirtCon alone is no fun! Come join us instead! Enjoy a full day of prizes, snacks, and lunch on us! Best of all discuss and collaborate while learning virtually from some of Discovery’s finest educators!

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DENaissance Flyer

I am so excited to host this at my school. This event has been a dream of mine for over a year now, and with the help of my dear DEN friends Mark, Kelly, Conni, Dacia, Karen and Allison, it will come true. My principal Ed Weiss is also looking forward to welcoming the DEN to this event. It will take place March 22 from 9-3. We will have a marketplace with an old timey photo booth (you know they were real popular in the Renaissance), Robin Hood will teach math lessons with his bow and arrow, we will have catapulting, minstrels, storytelling, a geocashing treasure hunt, magic potions and spells by Discovery’s Science Sorceress Patti Duncan, skype and Google hangout sessions with DENaissance men and women from other kingdoms, a Grant Writing session lead by the Goddess of Grants, Dacia Jones, a Medieval Feast with keynote DENertainment by the one and only Steve Dembo, and we will end the day with the Evolution of Dance.  Prepare to be DENlightened!!!

DENaissance Video!

Men of the DEN

January 30, 2014


My first post is devoted to our Men of the DEN Calendar. This actually came about at DENSI last summer in Vermont, when I wanted to create a “Men of the DEN” commercial for the ill-fated* WDEN News. I told Kelly about my not fully baked idea and she suggested the calendar. Kim Adair came on board and said she would make the commercial. Meanwhile, Brandon and I were both bumped from the Ben and Jerry’s excursion, so we hung around the lobby working on news ideas. He puts on one of these old blue LC shirts that was 50 times to small for him and started parading around. This is where the the Men of the DEN look was born.  It wasn’t until the final day of DENSI, when we aired the commercial, that there was a plan for a calendar to actually be made. Here it is, and you can buy one too!


Blog Challenge

January 30, 2014

In response to the “Blog Challenge” that has been put forth my my collegue Kelly Hines and other educators, I have linked my DEN blog page to my Media Center webpage and vow to at least blog monthly if not more. I have so much to share and I promise to do so. Now back in a High School Media Center, it will be great to have my students and staff follow what exciting things will transpire in what I lovingly refer to as our “Epicenter.” So here come the blogs!

We had  a beautiful day, a great turnout and lots of enthusiasm for geocaching.  We all learned a lot, even me! With Marks help I found my first two geocaches ever!

Hagan-Stone Park is a 460 acre park with 3 lakes and many hiking trails south of Greensboro.
















Join us on May 19 for the 4th Annual DEN Geocaching Day! We will meet at 9:30 at the Hagan Stone Park in Pleasant Garden, NC. This in-person event will be lead by DEN Star Mark Case, and we will also have a special guest, the National WhereIGo moderator and guru, Ranger Fox. Ranger Fox has one of the highest find counts in the world with over 28,000 finds. He is a Wherigo master and has one of the longest daily caching streaks in the world as well. He has found at least one Geo cash every day for over 5 1/2 years.

Hagan-Stone Park contains several up to date cashes and a Wherigo cash, so this is sure to be an exciting day of learning and adventure!

So join us for a great day of running around in the woods, networking, geocaching and picnicking. Please register below:

Piedmont Geocaching Day Registration

Need more info on Geocaching Day? See Porter’s blog post:


See you there!








DEN SciCon 2012

January 29, 2012

DEN SciCon 2012.

January 29, 2012

The NC DEN was welcomed to the Western Carolina Dept of Engineering and Technology by Dr Jang and Dr. Ferguson to participate in this year’s SciCon Event. We were later given a tour of the Department by Dr. Wes Stone and Dr. Robert Adams. Five NC counties were represented by our Discovery Educators!


NC DEN SciCon Event 2012

January 11, 2012



Dr. James Z. Zhang, Interim Dean of the The Kimmel School at Western Carolina University, and Dr. Chip Ferguson, Interim Department Head for the Engineering and Technology Department welcome Discovery Educators to their campus to hold this years SciCon Event. They will also provide a tour of their Engineering and Technology facility. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to explore this hidden gem nestled in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

The 2012 SCIcon is a mini-conference (with an online twist) focused on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their science classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content.

General Agenda (all times ET)

8:30 AM


9 AM
Opening Session
Your Attention Please: 10 Ways to Engage Your Students in Science
Lance Rougeux

10 AM
Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Student Learning through Inquiry-based Instruction
Trinette Green

11 AM
What’s the GIST? Bridging Literacy and Science
Brad Fountain

12 PM
The Common Core Connection
Kelly Pauling

1 PM
Busting the Myths of Project Based Learning in the Science Classroom
Mike Bryant

2 PM
Closing Session
The Scientific Method… It’s Not Just For Chapter One Anymore
Patti Duncan

Location : Western Carolina University
220 Belk Building
Cullowhee, NC 28723
United States


Date : Saturday, January 28, 2012

Time : 8:30AM – 3PM

Register for the event here: