DENSI 2012

Once again it is almost time to say goodbye to new and old friends alike and head back to reality. I look forward to working with STARs from other states and can’t wait to participate in some of the community projects that we have been discussing. After a few days at home (when my brain has rested and I have reread all the Edmodo posts and session notes), I will begin the process of making what I have learned this week my new reality…more integration, more collaboration, more support. And, when I’m feeling overwhelmed, all I have to do is remember Porter’s words, “Make it Happen,” and I’ll get right back in the saddle. Happy Trails to each of you as you work to incorporate what you have learned in your school setting. It has been a great week.

Museum Box

Has you tried Museum Box? I decided to spend some time playing around with it this weekend and think the format will help students develop organizational skills as they complete research projects. The site has mutiple examples for students to see and a place for teachers to set up student accounts. Give it a try. http://museumbox.e2bn.org/

“Social Learning Summit Take 2″

Discovery Education and Classroom 2.0  Take 2!  We have selected “12 Hot Topics” to revisit from the 2012 Social Learning Summit.  For more information, see the flyer and schedule below.

 

Mobile Media in the Classroom

If you haven’t already done so, be sure and register for Hall Davidson’s webinar on mobile media.  It starts in one hour!  Below is a description of what to expect:

“Make your classroom walls expand! Mobile phones, iPads, and tablets have the ability to create and share learning both in the classroom and in the extended online anywhere/anytime universe. In this webinar, Hall Davidson will show educators how to build interactive projects and assessments that tap and expand student knowledge with apps, QR codes, social media sites, and more. Attendees will learn how free resources, media libraries, and the web can work mobile—even for students without smart phones. You don’t want to miss this webinar!”  description from Discovery Education

Libraries: Plugged or Unplugged?

The traditional role of a library was one in which patrons sought solitude in the stacks as they poured over research books or caught up on the latest classics. Today’s library is very different. The environment is more communal – one in which information is shared and collaboration is apparent. Psychologists are now concerned that this connected environment may be having negative effects on today’s students. Several libraries now offer their patrons a place to disconnect, a refuge from cell phones and other idevices. These spaces, often known as “Walden zones,” allow students to experience an environment of focus and contemplation that psychologists say is becoming more rare in our connected society. Is the pendulum swinging back to an era when people were less consumed with what the rest of the world was doing, thinking, saying? Just a thought.

Spring 2011 Virtual Conference hosted by Arkansas

Think Outside the Book with thousands of educators from all over the world as we connect during this unique professional development experience!

Learn powerful ways to integrate digital media and Web 2.0 tools into your instruction as well as discover an abundance of resources to expand your own personal learning network.

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.

DATE and TIME:
Saturday, April 30, 2011
8:00-2:00

PLACE:
Midland High School
741 Main St.
Pleasant Plains, AR 72568

EVENT CONTACT:
Karen Wells, Arkansas LC Events Chair
karenwells@ymail.com

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Registration will close on Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sessions desciptions and the registration form can be found at https://lrougeux.wufoo.com/forms/spring-2011-virtual-conference-hosted-by-arkansas/

AR DEN SCIcon

January 29, 2011

Are you interested in networking with like-minded educators? If so, join the AR DEN Leadership Council for an in-person viewing of the 2011 SCIcon.  The 2011 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. 

 

This year’s SCIcon will have a special presentation from Reed Timmer, Extreme Meteorologist and TVN team leader, for Discovery Channel’s hit series Stormchasers.

Location : Midland High School Library

 741 Main St.

Pleasant Plains, AR  72568

Date : Saturday, January 29, 2011

Time : 8:30AM – 1PM (Registration is from 8:30AM – 9:00AM)

Sign up at https://lrougeux.wufoo.com/forms/ar-den-scicon-event/

Lunch will be provided by Discovery Education.

Check out the schedule.

Discover Arkansas

Join Discovery Education’s Arkansas Leadership Council for a fabulous event on Saturday, November 6, 2010, as we explore Hot Springs, the perfect site to learn about Arkansas History. Hot Springs has a colorful heritage and the honor of having one of the first national parks. This event, which focuses on Arkansas History, emphasizes how Discovery Education Streaming and Streaming Plus can be used to supplement the Arkansas History curriculum. During this event we will be teaching participants how to use Discovery media in Prezi, a presentation editor used to create live and online presentations. Participants will be encouraged to take photographs of the historic Fordyce Bathhouse, the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, and numerous other historic buildings, artifacts, and primary sources that surround the downtown area. Participants will then be able to include these photographs in their Arkansas history prezi. The event will also include a presentation from the Director of the Garland County Historical Society as well as a National Park tour of the Fordyce Bathhouse. The event will finish with lunch at the historic Brickhouse Grill. The entire event is sponsored by Discovery Education and is completely free to the first 25 participants who register at https://lrougeux.wufoo.com/forms/discover-arkansas/

Professional Development Information: We have not applied for professional development credit from the Arkansas Department of Education.

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.

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.

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

(417) 334-5135

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

Cost
FREE!


Optional Sunday Excursion

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

Time
9:00 am – 11:30 am Central Time


Lodging Information

The King’s Quarters

http://www.kingsquarters.com/

226 Expressway Lane
Branson, MO 65616-7123
(417) 334-5464

Special rate of $35 per night courtesy of Ken Martin School Supply, Inc.

*You must present a coupon from Ken Martin School Supplies when you register.

The link to download the coupon will be provided in your confirmation email.

Register on the Arkansas Blog!

Arkansas Day of Discovery

Discovery Education, the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, Little Rock School District, and the Arkansas DEN Leadership Council proudly present a Day of Discovery at the Metropolitan Career and Technical Center in Little Rock, AR, on Saturday, September 25, 2010. This day will provide educators: • 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. Participants will leave with a digital toolkit of resources and best practices and a connection to a global support network of over 160,000 educators. When: Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 Where: Metropolitan Career & Technical Center 7701 Scott Hamilton Drive Little Rock, AR 72209 Time: 9:00 – 4:00 (registration will begin at 8:30) Cost: Free!

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