Archive for Conference

Feb 24

The Kansas Discovery Education Network Leadership Council wants to invite all DEN STARS and fellow teachers to the 2015 MACE Conference educational “Discovery” gathering. The LC is looking to promote this global community through conversation shaped around your needs for professional development connecting various aspects of Discovery Education. Check out the Thinglink embed for various resources available to all educators as well as items specific to Discovery Education users. These are just a few of the discussion points we will be facilitating.

The educational “Discovery” event will be hosted at the Bluemont Hotel in Manhattan, Kansas on Thursday, March 12th from 6pm to 8pm. This time frame allows for all MACE Conference participants to walk down to the hotel following the day’s events. Please see the map below for location of the Bluemont Hotel.

To register for the Kansas Discovery Education Leadership Council’s Educational “Discovery” event visit our Wufoo form. We look forward connecting with our fellow Kansas DEN educators!

Jun 17

DENapalooza logo The Kansas DEN Leadership Council wants to invite all Discovery Education subscribers and STAR educators to participate in DENapalooza Wichita.

On Saturday, August 23, Discovery Education will be offering a FREE day of professional development and connecting with your peers at Challenger Middle School in Goddard, KS. The day will start at 9am with formal presentations from the DEN team and selected session presenters. If you are interested in presenting at DENapalooza Wichita submit your session by completing this form. Lunch time will provide opportunities to connect with other participants. The afternoon’s format will be in an unconference style. Sessions may be led by DEN STARS, Gurus, and DEN team members. Please keep in mind, even though the event is scheduled to end at 3:30pm, the learning and connections made at DENapalooza Wichita will be an ongoing collaboration. To continue the collaboration, the KS LC is looking to develop other events to go along with the 2014-2015 school year events the DEN have already planned.

Please be sure to register as tickets are going quickly for DENapalooza Wichita. The KS LC and DEN team look forward to seeing everyone in Goddard!

Dec 16

On December 16th, 2011, ALTEC will be offering a Mini-Conference focusing on Mobile Learning in the Classroom. Educators will be participating in professional learning, networking and conversations courtesy of the University of Kansas School of Education. Participants will collaborate with the K-12 community in sharing “what works” for Mobile Learning in the Classroom.

For those attending or interesting in learning about each session offered checkout the program. Participants Tweeting throughout the day will be using the hashtag of #mlearningku. Those interested in learning of resources, conversations, and apps shared during the mini conference review the following Cover It Live session. Please feel free to ask questions via the live blog resource.

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Oct 17

I have the honor of presenting at ESSDACK’s iPad’s For Learning Conference on Tuesday (10/18/11) along side of Cyndi Danner-Kuhn as well as several other leading edge educators, administrators, and technicians. The concept for this conference can best be explained by this quote from the iPads For Learning website.

iPads for Learning is designed to help teachers, administrators and schools find the best way to implement iPad tablets as part of learning and instruction.
You’ll find lists of apps by content, helpful instructional strategies, recent research, iPad-related articles and posts by a stable of knowledgeable curriculum / technology experts.
Learning is a complex activity. It happens in many different places and many different ways. And we’re finding out that the use of technology can help the process along. Technology, especially in the form of mobile devices, provides access to information, to other people and to a wide variety of tools.
And we want you to be a part of it! Help make the community stronger by posting comments, suggesting articles and sharing your best ideas.

Now that the quote has peaked your interest in this small but thought provoking one day conference in the heartland, enjoy the following Cover It Live session. This live blogging session will be composed of Tweets from all participants using the hashtag #ipadsforlearning as well as participants contributing information directly to the interactive posting.

The following two resources are materials that I will be sharing during my portion of the “Best Practices” session with Cyndi Danner-Kuhn. I will start focusing on using three apps with Cover It Live’s app for a collaborative note taking, creative writing or interview tool as the first recommendation. The second practice for discussion is how to successfully implement Discovery Education via mobile learning devices. In saving the best for last, I will introduce Wesley Fryer‘s ebook Playing With Media.

Finally, I am including the following resources for all parties interested in learning more about iPads, iPod Touchs, applications, and mobile learning. Enjoy!

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Sep 30

You are invited to an in-person event hosted by the Kansas Leadership Council, with support from Goddard Public Schools. Join us for this day of professional development and networking as we “Tech or Treat” with the Discovery Educator Network in Goddard, Kansas October 22, 2011. The day will take place at Challenger Intermediate School located at 325 Walnut.

Ghosts and goblins will gather to participate in the global virtual conference, then we will release the technology ghouls by breaking out in to our own sessions led by DEN Stars!
Use your vampire teeth and take a “byte” as we will go door to door gathering technology treats, gobble up a delicious lunch, and spook one another with amazing integration ideas. It will be a Scream!!!

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Virtual Conference provides an opportunity to 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 professional learning network. And, it’s free! Here is the schedule of the days events composed of live conference feeds and in-house presentations.

Video Feed Sessions:
7:30am Registration
8:00 am The Monster Mash-Up with Traci Blazosky, DEN Guru
9:00 am No Tricks, Just Treats with Nancy Sharoff, DEN Guru
10:00 am Digital Storytelling: Get it Write! with Joe Brennan, Discovery Education
11:00 am The Collective Brain with the DEN Team
12:00 pm Spotlight Session with Wes Fryer “Playing with Media”
1:00 pm Treat Yourself to A Story with Dean Mantz, DEN Guru

In-House Presentations:
Tricia Reiser KS DEN LC – PhotoStory3
Mary Frazier KS DEN LC – Fluid Environments
Tanya Zsanto KS DEN LC – Become a STAR!

(Session descriptions will be announced soon)

If you have questions please contact Doug Mann (
To register and participate in Goddard visit: Event Registration Form
For those unable to attend but want to participate from home: Register here

Apr 27

  Educators and students are always looking for images and media to be integrated into a variety of classroom projects.  Some of those projects may be book reports, digital storytelling projects, or podcasts.  To some of us, relying on Flickr for images licensed under Creative Commons is our first stop.  Creative Commons provides folks the ability to share, remix, and reuse a variety of media in projects without the concern of copyright violations.  A second resource, also part of Flickr, folks like Wesley Fryer recommends is Compfight.  The focus of this site is to provide access to images for visual inspiration for digital media projects.  I would suggest Wes’s blog post "Using Copyright-friendly images" as a great starting point for those educators not familiar with the use of Creative Commons or following Fair Use procedures.

A final way to find Creative Commons licensed items is to use Google by following the instructions posted on "Make Use Of".  The article addresses "How to Find…." open source programs and CC images.  The following image just starts to touch the wealth of information shared by Make Use Of.

Apr 27

In reflecting upon my childhood days, after receiving an e-mail from Thinkfinity, brought back some good memories.  The one memory I am speaking about in this post deals with our childhood friends on the television series "Electric Company".  Now our children can visit PBS Kids to find resources, games including Word Mangler and Word Transformer, as well as videos in the form of music, interviews, and naritive songs.  In all, this site is geared to assist six through nine year old kids struggling to close the literacy gap.

Electric Company via Thinkfinity

Therefore, I encourage all elementary teachers and Title 1 instructors to explore the resources and lesson plans available through Thinkinty and this new partnership with Electric Company.

Jun 26

I am one of the many less fortunate educators (those unable to be in Denver, Colorado for ISTE 10 and EBC10) that believes strongly in 21st Century Skills while integrating technology into education.  As a result of not being able to attend, I wante dto capture the excitement and opportunities to learn what is being presented at EBC10 and ISTE10.  Therefore I decided to use Wiffiti to collect all of the Tweets and images from Flickr tagged with #iste10 and #ebc10 to capture everyone’s comments.   Please enjoy the feeds as they are captured and displayed via the two embed screens. Continue reading »

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