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Jul
21

DENSI2014 – Reflections

Posted by Patti Harju

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Wow! I am still recovering mentally and physically from DENSI2104. Lack of sleep and too many great ideas swimming in my head to sleep, as well as thinking I could run the DENmazing Race have taken their toll. So much to process and I feel a bit ADD in trying. I have an idea, I get work on it, I check Facebook, I comment, I get up and get a snack, I check my email, which leads me to Twitter, where there is a link I must check out, I go back to the first idea, SQUIRREL! and then well I am back at the beginning. I have also realized I should not attempt to cook and check Facebook and Twitter the first few days after DENSI2104. Good thing I put the battery back in the smoke detector.

My first take away from this DENSI was the people. I really feel as though I talked to just about everyone. I met so many new people and I am friending them like crazy on Facebook and following on Twitter. I loved all the Newbies that I met and got to know many of the veterans even better. I can’t wait to set up Mystery Skypes during the first month of school with as many as I can.  I have invited everyone to apply to present at MACUL our Michigan Ed. Tech Conference mainly because I will get to see them again! (Proposals are being accepted now - http://maculconference.org ) Dean Shareski’s Name that Tune, Heads Up!, The Maker Faire, and the UnConference added to the fun by giving us more opportunities to interact informally. Thank goodness for social media so I can keep in touch and continue the learning, sharing, and fun with all of these amazing educators!

The learning that takes place at DENSI is immense and deep and hard to pin point. I have many blogs to read, links to check out (thank you Chad Lehman for collecting the links) and ideas to flesh out. I loved MaryAnn Sansonetti-Wood’s “I Must-ache you a question” and will be getting my mustaches together for this school year. I learned how to make Lip Balm with my students (Patti Grammens) as well as Light up Ping Pong Balls (Karie Huttner) and how to use Shaving Cream and food coloring to make cool paper designs (Patti Duncan.) I Got to play with Sphero ( I want one!)  The Keynotes were awesome as well and I love that they were Live Streamed so I can go back and catch the ones I missed. I loved learning from Lodge McCammon and I WILL flip my classroom and my staff training this year. I am planning my first staff training using some of the videos from DENSI2014 and Ka-Hoot (thanks Kelly Hines.) Loved hearing from Adam Bellow (and playing Heads Up with him in the lounge!) and of course Steve Dembo. The Kathy Schrock and I sang Brady Bunch tunes on the way to dinner in addition to talking tech.  Jannita is an inspiration and I need to keep using those S.O.S. strategies as well as check out the DEN Ambassador program. Everyone was awesome, amazing, inspiring, including _________ (insert YOUR name in the blank.)

I appreciate so much being able to attend DENSI2104. I was on the wait list and got the call about a month before DENSI2014 was to start. It came at the perfect time and everything fell right into place. I was able to hitch a ride with the very fun Sara and Jeremy Badiner, and even better was able to learn from them on the way to and from Nashville. I wish I could be at every future DENSI, and I will not stop applying, but I also know that this amazing week MUST be experienced by as many educators as possible. DENSI is changing the way we teach and sending us back to our schools with new ideas, new enthusiasms, new friends and renewed energy.

Thank you Porter Palmer, Lance and Martha Rougeux and all those who are part of Discovery Education and DENSI. Your work is so very much appreciated and I am thankful for the opportunities that I have been given because of of y’all!

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Jul
20

DENSI2014 Maker Faire

Posted by Patti Harju

The first DEN Maker Faire was a huge success. A big thank you goes to Kristy Vincent for all of her planning. A great number of DEN STARS brought many amazing and different craft/maker projects to share. There were MANY highlights. Here are just a few -
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Jul
16

DENSI2104 – Adam Bellow Keynote

Posted by Patti Harju

Adam Bellow rocked his Keynote this morning at the Discovery Educator Summer Institute in Nashville, TN. Many inspiring moments, here are a few.

Excited to check out Pixel Press, an iPad App used to create a video game.
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Inspiring (meaning there may have been tears in a few eyes) videos were shared.
This one is from the White House Film Festival.

This video, actually commercial, is really about the power of a student’s passion for learning, not the scotch.

I am also excited to explore Adam Bellow’s own site, EduClipper. I’ve been told it is like a Pinterest for Educators. Can’t wait to check it out.

Jul
16

DENSI2014 – A Few Links

Posted by Patti Harju

I am having a great time in Nashville attending the Discovery Educator Summer Institute. It is an opportunity to renew friendships and to meet more amazing educators from all over the US, Canada and United Kingdom. The learning takes place in planned sessions and in conversations over lunch, over coffee and while gathering in the lounge in the evening. The Discovery Educator Summer Institute is the most powerful and valuable professional development and should be experienced by every teacher.

A few highlights:

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Kahoot.it Go to https://getkahoot.com to get started. Kahoot is a game based classroom response system. Easy to set up and use. Students reply using any device – computer, iTouch, iPad. Can’t wait to use it with my students. It was a wonderful warm up activity for our group and a great way to learn more about each other.

Code.org I have used the Hour of Code activities with my students, however I hadn’t attempted the non-computer activities.LeaAnne Daughrity led a session on coding that had us taking part in these non-computer coding activities. Solo cups were used to demonstrate the power of clear directions and we also used code to write our names. I learned even more about bringing coding activities to my students and staff. Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.43.47 AM

Center of the Universe with Lodge McCammon. I learned more about the Solar System in a session with Dr. Lodge. He used a combination of short video lectures (less than 5 minutes), peer discussion, and movement to engage learners. We used the song – Center of the Universe, written by Dr. Lodge and available as a Discovery Education resource.
http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/0565A817-4C8F-4C88-935E-1A618FBE6002 The video below is our final product. It was great fun to experience learning this way and will be a great way to engage my students and to learn.