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DENSI 2014 Reflections

Waiting at the airport. The plane ride. The drive from the airport home. During all of those times and more, I’ve reflected on the week that was the DEN Summer Institute. I haven’t put any of my thoughts down on “paper” yet, and I don’t know if I will, but thinking about the impact the week

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Session Archives from DENSI 2014

The DEN Summer Institute wrapped up last week. It was a great week with over 125 educators gathering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN to learn, share, and collaborate with each other. From what I saw throughout the week, they also had a little fun! On Tuesday and Wednesday, attendees had a chance to attend

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Top 10 Things I Learned at DENSI 2014

We often live our lives by habit, performing daily routines on autopilot without much thought or reflection. It is easy to live the way we have always lived, to teach the way we have always taught, and to learn the way we have always learned. I am so grateful for opportunities like DENSI because they

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August 2014: DENSI 2014 Takeaways

The Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute was held in Nashville, TN during the third week of July 2014. As a DEN Guru I was both a presenter and an attendee. It was an amazing week with a creative, dedicated, passionate group of Discovery STAR Educators and Discovery Education staff with special Discovery Communication guests, too.

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DENSI 2014: Day 5 Recap

So, it is Day 5 of DENSI, which means today was all about un-conferencing. The notes and resources for today were kept in the Google spreadsheet, so I’m not going to go through and list them, but I will give you a quick rundown of today (at least in my experience). Tired people showed up

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DENSI 2014 – Wednesday update

This post by Monique Liles We started off the sessions with a bang and a fun and interactive assessment using Kahoot. I will definitely be using Kahoot to teach the student handbook as a back to school activity. The DENSI2014 sessions started off with the great Dr. Lodge McCammon. He taught us strategies for maximizing teacher effectiveness,

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DENSI 2014 – Thursday Update

This post by Monique Liles We started out another day of mind bending professional development with a Family Feud warm-up game. We listened to an inspirational speaker, Adam Bellow, who reminded us of what school should be like for kids and why we are teachers. His humorous and engaging presentation hit close to home for

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DENSI 2014: Day 4 Recap

It was another amazing day at DENSI! We started with the emotion and inspiring keynote by Adam Bellow. I think we were all in tears!! Maybe next year we can just have an Adam Bellow Day were we can just let Adam tell us stories all day! We were also treated to another episode of

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DENSI 2014 – Comfort, safety and the DENmazing Race

This post by Monique Liles The DENmazing Race: This was the first time I felt comfortable enough to actually participate in the race. The weather was beautiful, and I had an even more beautiful group aligned to my participation style. We were the Smooth and Easy team, even taking the time to look at the

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DENSI 2014: Day 3 Recap

Our first day of sessions was just as hectic and brain-meltingly awesome as I expected.  I especially LOVED all the toys that Steve Dembo brought for us to try out this afternoon in the DENovation session! I have to start making a list of all the things I want need to get for my classroom, which should be

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