2012DENny Awards – Thank You DEN

May 19th, 2012

Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve posted here. Since I maintain a classroom blog, a professional blog, and also blog for the Louisiana DEN Leadership Council, I just don’t seem to have the time to post here as well. However, since I am so excited to share my DENny Award news, I thought I should post it here too.

I have been a Discovery Educator Network (DEN) STAR and part of the Louisiana DEN Leadership Council since 2009. As part of this wonderful organization, I have participated in so many wonderful events sponsored by Discovery Education including Day of Discovery in Silver Springs, Maryland and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the DEN Leadership Council Symposium in Boston, the DEN Summer Institute in San Diego, and virtual conference days every fall and spring since I joined.

On the evening of May 17, at the fourth annual DENny awards, I was honored with a PL DEN Award for my 365 Day Project.  Unfortunately I was unable to attend the live presentation of the awards, because I was helping prepare for our annual Parent Volunteer Breakfast which was being held at my school on Friday, but I would like to say how truly honored I am by this award. Below is the recording of the DENny Awards. (Mine starts at 9:27.)

When I got home Thursday night I found out via Twitter that I had been honored with a DENny Award.

I would like to thank Discovery Education and the DEN for this honor. I would also like to congratulate all of the other DEN members who received DENny Awards for 2012. I am inspired by all of you.

(Note – I crossposted this on on Louisiana DEN blog.)

Join a STAR on the Echo Series

November 22nd, 2010

I am so excited to let you know that I have been invited to present on the K12 Online Conference Echo series. My Skype buddy, Jan Wells (from Kansas), and I rolled out our K12 Online Conference presentation on October 27. Shortly after our session went “live” we were invited to be the first presenters for the Echo series this year.

The one hour webinar will take place on November 22 at 8:00 pm CST.  Our recorded presentation will be shared with the participants and that will be followed by a question and answer period. Click here for all the information.

I hope you will be able to join Jan and me for this live online event.

I’m Going to iSTE10, Are You?

June 7th, 2010

iste2010-denver-icon-small.jpgI’m excited about attending ISTE10. It is not so much that I’m a geek, it’s that I’m looking forward to meeting my PLN (personal learning network) members face-to-face.  Please head over to my professional blog to read about why I’m so excited about my trip to Denver. If you are going, please look for me so we can connect.

DEN Virtual Conference at Bissonet

June 5th, 2010

Article on DEN Spring Conference(Click on the image to the left to see the article from the April 2010 issue of 21st Century Teaching and Learning with Technology from the Jefferson Parish Public School System.)I know I am late in writing this post, but better late than never. I would like to thank the DEN and my cohost, Alexis Western for a wonderful Spring Virtual Conference. We learned a lot, ate a lot, and had a great time. den-springconfsign.JPG alexis-at-den-spring-event.JPG den-event.JPG den-spring-conference.JPG watching-den-session-at-bissonet.JPG food-at-den-vc.jpg

School’s Out for the Summer

May 30th, 2010



My last day of school for the 2009-2010 school year was Friday, May 28. I can’t believe this school year is over. It went so-o-o-o fast.  I left New Orleans Friday night with a friend of mine to attend the Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge over the Memorial Day Weekend. In between listening to the great artists – Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Brooks and Dunn, and Kenny Chesney – I took some time to reflect on my school year.

I am proud of the fact that I won a $15,000 Technology Model Classroom grant, completed my first two courses toward my Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership, and taught my students well. Our high stakes LEAP test scores were released just days before summer vacation and my students did an awesome job on the math test. They also loved the projects we completed during the year, and enjoyed learning to use all the Web 2.0 tools I shared with them this year. Their favorites were SkypeGlogster, and Edmodo. They always loved when I told them we would be watching a Discovery video. Since I teach 4th graders, I used dozens of videos with my math classes, and even more with my social studies class. They were thrilled to learn how to embed a Discovery video clip in their Glogsters.

While this was a great school year, I’ll be looking forward to using all of my new tech equipment next year. This summer I’ll be attending ISTE10 in Denver and the DEN Leadership Council Symposium in Boston.  I’m sure I’ll also attend several other conferences virtually (my PLN will tweet out the links) and most of the Classroom 2.0 Live sessions on Saturday mornings. But I plan on spending the majority of my summer planning for next year. I have a lot of great ideas I want to try.

My Twitterversary

May 30th, 2010

twitter-logo.jpgI joined Twitter on February 25, 2009, so I just celebrated my one year anniversary. (You can find out when you Twitter here.) My participation on this social networking sight has truly transformed my life. I use Twitter via Tweetdeck everyday on my laptop or iPhone. I have a tremendous PLN (personal learning network) that shares great resources, answers questions, points me toward great posts and articles, and lets me know how to join the conversation at conferences virtually. My PLN also “pats me on the back” when things are going well and helps me work out the bumps in the road when things aren’t going so well. They encourage me, challenge me, and support me in my use of technology within my classroom.


January 31st, 2010

educon22logo.jpgI attended Educon 2.2 virtually today from the comfort of my sofa. I really wanted to attend in person and spend time with the great educators who were there and have extended conversations with members of my PLN. Since time and money did not allow that this year I did the next best thing and got involved virtually. I thoroughly enjoyed my day which started at 9:30 and continued until 3:00. Most of the time the streaming worked well, but there were a few glitches. But that is the nature of tech. Some of the conversations I took part in involved what teacher education should look like, how educational spaces should be organized, and best practices for backchanneling. Thanks to everyone who was responsible for extending the conversations. I look forward to being there in person next year.

3D on TV

January 5th, 2010

(Las Vegas, NV) Three of the world’s leading media, technology and entertainment companies – Discovery Communications, Sony Corporation and IMAX Corporation – today announced a joint venture to be established to develop the first 24/7 dedicated 3D television network in the U.S.That quote was taken from Discovery Communications website under their Discovery News Tab. Read the whole news release here.Should I buy stock in 3D glasses? 3dglasses.jpg

I Presented at LaCUE 2009

December 6th, 2009


This year marked the 25th anniversary of the LaCUE Conference in Baton Rouge. I attended for the first time last year and vowed then that I would present a session at the next one. Well, I manage to keep that vow. My presentation was about building a personal learning network (PLN) and was titled “Communicate, Collaborate, Contribute”. I asked a member of my own PLN, Alexis Western to be my co-presenter. Alexis is a Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) in Jefferson Parish Public School System where I work. She gladly accepted my invitation.


Well after many hours of putting together our presentation we were ready. Alexis was great about letting me take the lead because she said this was about how I built my PLN and she was there more as a facilitator. In the last eight months I have built an incredible PLN and I showed the attendees how that was accomplished. Then Alexis and I walked them through the steps to start their own journey. We helped them set up Google accounts, Google Reader, a Ning identity and had them join the LaCUE Ning, Delicious, Skype, and Discovery Education. I told them how I became a STAR Discovery Educator and a member of the Louisiana Leadership Council. Hopefully they will stay the course and become STARs too. It felt great to be a presenter, and I plan to do it as often as I can.


Beside presenting, I attended the “Dining with the STARs” dinner hosted by Susan Tompkins, Louisiana Leadership Council (LALC) Chair. At the dinner I was able to meet the other members of the LALC – Cindy Wallace, Events Coordinator, and Susan Gauthier, Blog Team Leader. They graciously welcomed this newbie into the fold. Now when we communicate on our monthly online meetings I will have a face to put with their names. I continued to grow my PLN by meeting the other Louisiana STARs who attended the dinner.




What a Week This Will Be

June 22nd, 2009

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 Monday – PBWorks Summer Camp offically started. Got my homework.

Tuesday – Attend PBWorks Summer Camp webinar and work on homework.

Wednesday – Start getting things ready for the trip north. Submit materials electonically for August presentation.

Thursady – Pack for my trip. Finish my PBWorks Summer Camp homework.

Friday – Be at the airport for 6:00 a.m. for flight to BWI (Baltimore/Washington International)

Saturday – Attend DEN Extravaganza in Silver Springs, MD. I can’t wait to meet the other STARS.

                    Then travel to D.C. for NECC.