Spring Virt Con 2010

Connect the Thoughts!
Saturday, April 24, 2010

9 AM
Connections, Conversations, and Collaborations: Creating a Personal Learning Network That Works For You
Lee Kolbert, DEN Guru, Palm Beach County, FL

Thanks to the influx of social tools on the Internet, educators are becoming increasingly empowered to control their learning environment. We are no longer limited by the physical proximity of colleagues to discuss issues and develop professionally since the wisdom of the masses is as close as a computer. Social networks, such as the Discovery Educator Network, can be synchronous or asynchronous and allow us to connect with each other. In this session, we will explore the DEN, as well as, Twitter, FaceBook, Ning and other online tools where you can reach out to connect and build your own Personal Learning Network, tailored to your needs.

10 AM
Homework Gone Digital
Matt Monjan, Discovery Education, Silver Spring, MD

Learn how to differentiate your instruction and connect with your students using the Discovery Education Student Center. We’ll start by creating quizzes, assignments and writing prompts using the Builders in DE streaming. Then we’ll create a classroom and show you how to assign content to your students.

11 AM
When You’re Not the Smartest Person in the Room
Dean Shareski, Digital Learning Consultant, Prairie South School Division, Moose Jaw, SK, Canada

The moment you bring an internet connection into the classroom, you open up you and your students to a vast world of knowledge, possibilities and connections. Many teachers are beginning to realize this but are struggling to make it a reality. This session will explore and reflect on the current barriers that prevent teachers from reaching out and more importantly provide reasons and examples that clearly make the case that everyone needs to be a networked learner.

12 PM
Cell Phones, Internet and Oprah: How the US Presence in Iraq Has Affected Women’s Lives
Christina Asquith, Author of “Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family and Survival in the New Iraq”

What do Muslim women think about America? Journalist Christina Asquith spent five years living and reporting in the Middle East. For her new book, Sisters in War, Asquith lived in the Baghdad home of two Iraqi sisters, visited the beauty salons, attended women-only weddings and hid from suicide bombers cruising the neighborhood. She will describe how life changed for Iraqi women, for better and worse, after the US invasion of 2003, and explain how restrictive Islamic traditions for women are being challenged by the arrival of cell-phones, internet and Oprah.

1 PM
Connecting Language Learners to the Curriculum through Digital Media
Lindsay Hopkins, Discovery Education, Los Angeles, CA

With diverse classroom populations, your ability to differentiate feels more important than ever. In this session, explore Discovery Education through the lens of Language Learners and see how digital media and technology can engage and benefit students from all backgrounds.

2 PM
Rock OUR World!
Carol Anne McGuire, STAR Discovery Educator, Anaheim, CA

Is global collaboration an educational reality? Or just a buzzword? See how K-12 students have rocked
their world by solving real problems while composing music, making movies and learning about each
other in live video conferences. What a great time to be an educator! The walls of the classroom are
coming down! Learn how to bring the world to YOUR students!

3 PM
DEN in Ten
Lance Rougeux, Discovery Education, Mechanicsburg, PA

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a global community of educators passionate about teaching in the 21st century. In this session we’ll explore all of the benefits the DEN offers and take a look at the many events planned for 2010. If you aren’t part of the DEN yet we’ll show you how to join the community. If you are part of the DEN, we promise this session will show you a few things you didn’t know about the DEN.


  1. TechyNana said:

    This sounds like a great day, as always. I hope the opening presos will be archived so we West Coasters will be able to see them as well!


  2. Kim van Putten said:

    These sound like great topics. For those of us who cannot partake in the conference on this given day, will it be available for later viewing?

  3. Rachel said:

    I agree with Katie — looks awesome but in Hawaii I would have to wake up very early. Will the early sessions be archived in some way?

  4. Janice Bender-Benner said:

    I have the old dinosaur–dial up system. I don’t believe it will allow me to view these sessions.

  5. Helene Wyskup said:

    Hi DEN Team!I have attended numerous webinars given by the DEN team and I must say I am overwhelmed everytime. I learn so much everytime. Many thanks! No other sites can even be compared to Discovery Education! I was sold the first day I sat down at my first webinar with Discovery Education. Thumbs Up! Cannuck Helene from Ottawa, Ontario.

  6. Linda Williams said:

    Can’t wait. Love the idea learning loads at a conference in my sweatshirt, sweatpants, slippers and my personal food. Thanks!

  7. Carol Papuga said:

    We are planning to get a group of teachers together to watch the presentations. They sound great!

  8. Matt said:

    I’d just like to echo the comments of others about archiving the sessions for later use – I’m in a wedding that day in Chicago, so even a virtual conference is out of the question but I’d love to see and hear the sessions!

  9. Nancy Porter said:

    Thanks so much for continuing to develop cutting edge professional development. Discovery has so enhanced my development as an educator!

  10. Gail Franson said:

    Will these sessions be made available for later viewing through Discovery Streaming?

  11. Donna Machin said:

    This sounds wonderful. I wish that I had recieved notice earlier so that I would not have committed myself to other things. I woud have loved to have be part of this. Perhaps next time.

  12. Diane Nicolo said:

    Another super inspiring day planned by one of best! Last summer’s sessions were GREAT and I know these will be too. Thanks so much for everythin!

  13. Jol Forth said:

    I too hope that these sessions will be archived and available to those who aren’t available on 4/24/10. If they are, I hope you’ll notify us and tell us how to access the sessions. Thanks.

  14. Holly Curtis said:

    I already have a slammed schedule for this Saturday. Does anyone know if you can view content via Discovery’s streaming? Thanks and have a great day!

  15. gail bingenheimer said:

    I loved Lindsay Hopkins presentation in closed captions that included font size, color and adding words.
    I also liked Personal Learning Networking.
    Everything was great. I intend to review my notes and look at websites when I’m done viewing the seminar.

  16. Carolyn Stanley said:

    I just attended. I joined the conference at 10:30 EST and wasn’t able to take a break until it ended. The speakers were compelling as was the content. The chat was great, but it went so fast, it was hard to keep up with. This was a great commitment of time for a Saturday, but at least I was able to connect in my garage with the back door open to my yard and the beautiful day.

  17. Marie Belt said:

    It was a great day…I learned a lot, and enjoyed some time to sit and absorb…

  18. Rita Henson said:

    Loved the conference. Did not plan to stay the entire day but could not tear myself away from it. Thanks for all the information. Excited about learning more!

  19. Carol Papuga said:

    What a great conference! We had teachers in the North Florida area gather in two locations to view the conference. In Orange Park, we met at the Teacher Training Center at Fleming Island High School. Everyone enjoyed it and went away with lots of new ideas. Thanks to Discovery for providing a delicious lunch from Panera Bread and an exciting conference!

  20. Zoe said:

    Thoroughly enjoyed all speakers.Anxious to revisit the speakers in the archive.

  21. Cameron said:

    Please let us know where these are archived. We had an all-day commitment Saturday but REALLY want to “attend” via recorded webinar!

  22. Melanie said:

    Thanks so much for posting the recordings. I had another commitment and so couldn’t attend live this year. I’m excited to get to watch them now!!

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