It’s time for another DEN Celebration at CUE!

We’re getting ready for CUE and we can’t wait to see everyone! We hope you’ll come join us at our DEN celebration! Back by popular demand we’ll be hosting our event at Boomers again so be ready for some more fun with go-karts, bumper boats, skee-ball, and dance dance revolution! Here are the details and please make sure to RSVP.

When: Friday March 6th, 2009

Where: Boomers,  67700 East Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City, CA 92234
(Note: We will have a shuttle looping from the Wyndham to Boomers starting at 7pm)

Time: 7:30pm-10pm

Bring: Closed toed shoes for the rides

RSVP:   https://discoveryed.wufoo.com/forms/cue-celebration-2009/

Any questions? Feel free to email me kim_randall@discovery.com

We’re Gearing Up for CUE!

Don’t Miss Your Discovery Education Team at the CUE Conference!
Planning on Attending CUE? It’s not too late to register! (www.cue.org). Mail in registration closes February 6th, 2009 and Online registration closes February 13th, 2009. On the registration from, don’t forget to check the box DEN Communication.

Back by Popular demand and not to be missed, your DEN team will be hosting sessions at our corporate room! Please come by and join us across the street from the Convention Center in Palm Springs Unified, Room A

Web 2.0 for Administrators, March 6th, 10am-11am Presenter: Hall Davidson
Time and effectiveness are critical factors for administrators.  The tools of Web 2.0 can be used to make an administratorís life easier, faster, and even cool. Learn how to integrate Discovery Education into your assessment.

50 Ways to Use Discovery Education streaming (and Beyond),March 6th 11:30-12:30pm, Presenter: Kim Randall
A deeper look at Discovery Education streaming (unitedstreaming), its hidden treasures, and recent updates. Media is transforming teachersí classrooms by maximizing their subscription to this great media library.

Pulling it All Together, March 6th, 2pm-3pm, Presenter: Jannita Demian
An extension to 50 WaysÖVideo is just not for streaming.  See several student and teacher samples, and how video integrates into non-linear, multi-media presentations, podcasting, and the Builders.

Director’s Cut: Movie Maker, Photo Story, and Premiere Elements, March 6th 3:30pm-4:30pm Presenter: Jannita Demian
Allow students to make real-life connections to learning. Explore ways to use digital storytelling as an instructional tool. Use digital assets through the web to create powerful stories without even using a video camera.

50 Ways to Use Discovery Education streaming (and Beyond), March 7th 8am-9am Presenter: Kim Randall
A deeper look at Discovery Education streaming (unitedstreaming), its hidden treasures, and recent updates. Media is transforming teachersí classrooms by maximizing their subscription to this great media library.

Walk With the STARs, March 7th, 9:30am-10:30am, Presenters: STAR Discovery Educators
Become part of a group that shares work nationallyóthe Discovery Educator Network.  Hear Californiaís top STAR teachersí favorite websites, programs, and Web 2.0 Tools.

Pulling it All Together, March 7th, 12pm-1pm Presenter: Jannita Demian
An extension to 50 WaysÖVideo is just not for streaming. See several student and teacher samples, and how video integrates into non-linear, multi-media presentations, podcasting, and the Builders.

Roundtrip Tickets Anywhere: Google Earth in Education, March 7th 1:30pm-2:30pm, Presenter: Jannita Demian
Make the earth an interactive tool by embedding with videos, images, and sounds! Create fantastic trips through history, science, and literatureóor download existing ones from the Web.

Also Not to be Missed! None other than THE Hall Davidson is a Spotlight Speaker at CUE
The Revenge of the Digital Immigrants: Teaching with Media Technology, March 6th  11:30-12:30, Primrose B
What veteran teachers suspected the research has proved: 21st Century students are different. With different attention spans, higher IQ test scores, and social networks, their sophistication comes earlierówith a different skill set. There is a silver lining: We can teach this ìNew Brainî more effectively, more efficiently, more engagingly. We have the technology! Media has evolved and education must evolve to match. See how!

Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Video Clips,  March 6th 3:30pm-4:30pm Primrose B
Web 2.0, cellphones, and fantastic new sites mean that you can build, bend, and make meaningful video material in the classroom. From low tech to high tech, avatars, talking monuments, rain, captioning, chromakey, and more merge curriculum for the media minded students you teach. Learn what you can and can’t do!

It’s in Your Pocket: Teaching Spectacularly With Cellphones, March 7th, 9:30-10:30am, Primrose B
Cellphone technology leaps forward with staggering speed. Input merges into PowerPoint, interactive voting, instantaneous web broadcast, voice to text, and many other applications that make administrators, teachers, students (and conference attendees) fire up this powerful multitool for education. Time to catch up with the world’s most pervasive medium. Bring your phone, your fingers, your voice and be amazed!

Many of our STAR Discovery Educators are also presenting at CUE! Be sure to check out their sessions too!
Janet English, KOCE, CA
Magnificent Media from Motivated Minds: Winners from 42nd California Student Media Festival, March 6th, 2pm-3pm, Catalina, Wyndham Hotel

Jeremy Davis, Anahiem City School District, CA
Google Forms and Docs Collaboration Time!! March 6th, 11:30-12:30, Catalina, Wyndham Hotel

Lainie McGann, Newport-Mesa School District, CA
iPhone: The Ultimate Teaching Assistant, March 6th, 10am-11am, Mesquite B, Convention Center

Vicki Davis-Westwood Schools, GA
7 Steps to Flatten Your Classroom, March 6th, 10am-11am, Madera, Wyndham Hotel
Wonderful World of Wiki Wiki Teaching, March 6th, 11:30am-12:30pm, Madera, Wyndham Hotel
Blogging for a Better Classroom, March 6th, 2pm-3pm, Madera, Wyndham Hotel
Differentiated Instruction and Assessment with Technology, March 6th, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Madera, Wyndham Hotel

Dave Kootman
Not the Same Old (Free) Web 2.0 Sites, March 6th, 2pm-3pm, Primrose D, Convention Center
I Have the Software, I Have the SkillsÖNow What?!, March 7th, 1:30pm-2:30pm, Santa Rosa, Wyndham Hotel

Diana Kenney, Alameda Unified School District, CA
Google Goes to School:  Docs & Spreadsheets for the 6-12 Grade Classroom, March 6th, 11:30am-12:30pm, San Jacinto, Wyndham Hotel

Genevive Kahlweiss, Archdiocese of Orange, CA
Quick Media Projects with Voice and Music: 123 Listen to ME!, March 7th, 12pm-1pm, Ventura, Wyndham Hotel

Scott Skidmore, Atwater Elementary School District, CA
Hot Potatoes the Basics: Meet and Hot Potatoes, March 7th, 9:30am-10:30am Mojave Learning Center, Wyndham Hotel

Kim Harrison, CTAP Region 3, Staff Development Coordinator
Research + Graphic Design = Effective Graphic Organizers!, March 6th, 2pm-3pm, Mesquite E, Convention Center

Don’t forget to stop by and visit us at our Discovery Education booth!
Booth numbers: 401, 403, 500, 502
Thursday, March 5 – 12:30pm – 5:30pm
Friday, March 6 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, March 7 – 9:00am – 1:30pm

Attending OC CUE?

Hi Everyone! We’re loving the warm temperatures out here in California this week and gearing up for OC CUE next weekend. If you’re attending, come on and join us for a post OC CUE celebration! We’ll network, share our favorite tips from the conference and enjoy milkshakes and sundaes! We hope to see you there!

 When: Saturday January 24, 2009

Where: Watson’s Soda Fountain,  416 East Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866

Time: 4pm-6pm

RSVP: https://discoveryed.wufoo.com/forms/oc-cue-den-event/

OC CUE Invite.

Welcome Back! Enter to win a wireless lab in 2009!

Five Winning Schools Given the Opportunity to Expand Educational Technology and Learning Resources for Students and Teachers in the 2009 Sweepstakes from CDW-G & Discovery Education.

This is the 7th year that CDW-G and Discovery Education are partnering to support educators across the country to increase access and understanding of the power of technology in the classroom.

I hope our DEN educators will win! Please visit the site below to read the official press release and forward it on to friends and colleagues.


A Great Week in Anchorage, AK

What a busy few weeks it’s been! I recently returned from a very fun week of training and Day of Discovery in Anchorage, Alaska! There’s a great write up about the event on the Anchorage School District website, read all about it here.

Join us online for the 3rd annual streamathon!

Here at Discovery Education, people are doing daily calisthenics, stocking up on coffee and preparing I.V.’s full of Red Bull.  And that can only mean one thing…  The third annual Discovery Education streamathon is coming!This year’s streamathon features presentations by all your favorite members of the DEN team, from Hall Davidson to Lance Rougeux, and each of our expert DEN Account Managers.  They’ll be sharing a series of information-packed sessions on how to integrate the newest online technologies used by today’s media-savvy students into classroom instruction. Among the topics slated for presentation are an introduction to streaming media, tips and tricks for integrating digital media with popular Web 2.0 websites, and strategies for incorporating free movie making tools and multi-media PowerPoint presentations into curricula. On September 23rd, from 9AM EDT until 9PM EDT, we’ll be sharing a new presentation every hour on the hour.  Learn about integrating video into Powerpoint during your free period.  See how to integrate Web 2.0 into the Builders over lunch.  Share the latest in digital storytelling techniques with your colleagues in the teachers lounge.  Come for 1 hour or spend the entire day with us!  We heard reports from some STARs last year that they set up a projector in an empty classroom, supplied coffee and donut holes and invited teachers to drop in throughout the entire event.  Any way you cut it, it’s a wonderful way chance to learn some new skills, collaborate with your peers and celebrate the new school year with Discovery Education! Click here to register for the event.

Help Our Western DEN Stars WIN!

Two of our Star Discovery Educators here in California need our help! Julie Mildrew and Suzanne Wesp entered a contest at NECC and would love some help from the DEN to win! They need votes, lots of votes to win sets of Turning Point Response Systems for their school. You can vote once a day, per computer until October 15, 2008. So let’s go DEN and show them how the west can win again! Click here to watch their video and vote.  (Give the video a minute to load….)

Handouts from DEN National Institute 2008

As promised here’s the ppt with the steps for the multimedia projects using Power Point. We’ll update this with the new tricks and short cuts we’ve found this week too! Feel free to download and use these!

Closed Captioning for Mac



Check out the article about Hall!

Hall Davidson has wowed the DEN Leadership Council Institute this week at Discovery headquarters in Silver Spring, MD with his keynote about using cell phones in the classroom. To read more about it, check out the article that was just posted on the Education Week website. I can’t wait to see what our Leadership Council STAR Discovery Educators will now do in their classrooms with cell phones in the upcoming school year!

Animal Planet Expo: Santa Clara, CA

Do we have a treat for you! The Animal Planet Expo is happening in Northern California this summer and we have a special VIP tent for you to join us. We’re also excited to announce that Jeff Corwin will be at the tent for an hour to meet and greet! This event is open to you, family, friends, pets, kids, etc. I know how much the Southern California DEN likes to travel, so I hope some of you are able to join us as well! :)

When: Saturday July 26, 2008 (VIP tent 11am-3pm, Jeff Corwin at the tent 1pm-2pm)
Where: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA 95111
Cost: Free :)

We are already FULL with RSVPS, however, if you’d like to be placed on the waiting list, please leave your name, email address, school district, and number of people you’d like to bring (including yourself).

Animal Planet Expo, Santa Clara

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