Recently Power to Learn hosted a contest. Thanks to Christine Southard for posting about the contest on the NY DEN Blog. I entered expecting nothing. First I won a set of DVDs from the Discovery series “When We Left Earth”. I was ecstatic. Then I found out that my students, in one class, would have the amazing opportunity to participate in a conference call with a NASA astronaut. We prepped the students. We did a test run of our telephones. We let the kids have exposure to working with a teleconference. The other side can hear everything was an interesting concept they quickly adapted too. Go kids! We braistormed many possible questions to ask. We narrowed down our choices to a select few. A vodcast of our questions However, simple technology difficulties made the conversation one way on the actual, exciting day of the event. Our students however were fascinated to hear Captain Gibson answer the questions from the other schools. He was also kind enough to answer our questions at a later date via email. The vodcast will show our questions and his answers. I hope you enjoy seeing this as much as we enjoyed experiencing it. Thanks Discovery, Cablevision, Captain Gibson, and the NY DEN.
One great idea or discussion can lead to another. Recently a friend on Facebook asked “What is Twitter? And what’s it for?” As I was discussing its benefits with her I realized hmmm the NY DEN LC could benefit from Twitter. I emailed the members of the Leadership Council. It was decided that we should start an account. The NY DEN Leadership Council opened its virtual doors on Twitter. Here is the post on the NY DEN LC blog. (http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/newyork/2009/04/17/ny-den-leadership-council-opens-its-doors-on-twitter/) This will serve as a great space for council members to post messages from the NY DEN LC. We can remind New York DENers of upcoming events, registration pages, new tools, Discovery announcements, and more. Plus it has interactive capabilities. I can’t wait to see how this will grow and develop over time. If you’d like to follow the group page on Twitter please visit http://twitter.com/NYDENLC.