Archive for April, 2009

South Africa Wordle

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Check out this link to see the Wordle I created for my trip with Discovery Student Adventures

DEN Virtual Conference

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Register Today!

Taken from DEN Blog


spring virt con
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.

Take the Lead! Join a DEN Leadership Council

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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.

Discovery Student Adventures – South Africa

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

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 ( and will share the link to the trip blog when it becomes active.  In the meantime, there are a “ton” of things to do.

Twitter Reaches New High

Friday, April 17th, 2009

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

Discovery Student Adventures

Friday, April 17th, 2009

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!