New Year’s Resolution: WI DEN Blog to BLOOM!

It is time for 2006 New Year’s Resolutions this week. Here is one of my resolutions for the year: The WI Discovery Educator Network Blog is about to BLOOM!

I resolve to develop the WI Blog as a critical resource and forum for all WI DEN and others interested in exploring, sharing, and participating in engaged professional development growth.

The WI DEN has blossomed to 90 educator members from over 40 school districts and educational entities across the state of Wisconsin as of December 31, 2005.

In a three month period from September 6, 2005 (my start date) to December 31, 2005 more than 1921 Wisconsin educators have participated in a unitedstreaming digital media in the classroom workshop or a DEN only professional development day. Each workshop and event resulted in steady expansion of the DEN membership. We now have members from around the state and include educators from all grade levels, content areas, and hail from both public and private schools. Each of these educators has already made a significant contribution to their own school district as leaders in effective use of technology and information resources in the classroom. Each of these educators has significant instructional skills, creativity, positive attitude, and the drive to SHARE their expertise with others. They represent the very finest form of leadership and collegiality in our K-12 schools across the state of Wisconsin. I am very, very proud of my WI DEN team and wish to thank each of the members for applying for membership and actively sharing within their districts and around the state!

The following school districts and educational entities have active DEN members. Interested educators from Wisconsin schools may apply to become a Wisconsin DEN Member via our online DEN membership site!

DEN MEMBERS represent the following districts and schools:
Appleton, Arcadia, Arrowhead, Cashton, CESA #4 and CESA #7, Chippewa Falls, De Pere, Eau Claire, Elcho, Fall Creek, Holmen, Howard-Suamico, LaCrosse, Janesville – St. Matt’s Lutheran School, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menomonie, Milwaukee Public Schools, New Berlin, New Holstein, Nicolet Union, Northern Ozaukee, Oak Creek-Franklin, Onalaska, Oneida Nation, Oregon, Plymouth, Port Washington-Saukville, Portage, Pulaski, Rhinelander, Waukesha, Sheboygan, Sparta, West Bend- St. Frances Cabrini, Thorp, Verona, Watertown, Waukesha, Westby, Whitehall, and WI School for the Deaf.

If your district or school is not represented or if you would like to JOIN THE WI DEN… visit the Learn More link on our national DEN web site and APPLY NOW!

January 2006 Events

I.  There is a lot happening in January including the KICK-OFF of our EXCITING new speaker series, EdTech Connect!    

If you have never had the opportunity to attend one of Hall’s keynote presentations around the country, here is your opportunity to do so for FREE!   How awesome is that?!

JOIN US Online for "EdTech Connect" Featuring Hall Davidson!

Discovery Education is launching a new FREE Webinar series — EdTechConnect — to help teachers integrate media and technology into the classroom. Discovery Education will CONNECT YOU with the experts who will answer your questions and bring you new insights.  All you need is a telephone and a computer connected to the Internet and a cadre of experts will virtually join you at your desk.


Jan and Hall – October 6, 2005 Presentation to Madison-Milwaukee Area Tech Coordinators; with Linda Hanson, Division Administrator, Educational Services, Wisconsin ECB; and with Jannita Demian (CA Field Manager) and Jan


Hall attracts the admiration of everyone! Here he is in front of the Wisconsin ECB with a Katrina dog saved by members of a Madison area dog rescue effort and adopted by Susan Stevens, ECB staff member

WHEN: Wednesday, January 18th at 5 PM EDT

WHO: Hall Davidson, renowned education keynote speaker and expert in education technology

(And Hall is my boss and an awesome educator and visionary leader ! J)

TOPIC: A walkthrough of the incredible wealth of teaching media resources available on the internet — videos, images, sounds, music, speeches, projects and more! Also, tips and tricks for making these resources accessible and friendly for students. And Hall will share with you a secret for ensuring that media resources can be tied to your own state standards.

REGISTRATION: For information and to register visit:


Only 200 people will be able to participate. Please reserve your spot early!  Questions? Email Shelley Santora Jones at

II. DEN Event Promotion Winners Announced!

The following Wisconsin DEN Members have qualified for special recognition prizes by conducting trainings during the August 15-December 30, 2005 time period and sending training reports by December 31, 2005! Each of these WI DEN members will be receiving a special Discovery item (Discovery Education Polo shirt, computer bag, wireless presentation mouse, or a $40.00 gift card) for their special efforts!

Esther Frost and Carol Rumpel of Arcadia, Keith Schroeder of Marinette, Patricia Hawkenson of Eau Claire, Rita Mortenson and Cara Cavin of Verona, Dan King and Shirley Galstad-Roh of Onalaska, Becky Kane and Mike Nickerson of Pulaski Community Schools, Deb Donley of Verona, Diane Carriveau of Menomonee, Lisa Risch of Holmen, and Missy Smits of DePere

Congrats to all!

III. Upcoming Training Events

The following is a schedule of upcoming January 2006 unitedstreaming workshops. If your district would like to schedule a unitedstreaming workshop and learn more about the DEN, please contact me as soon as possible.

Thursday, January 12 Manitowoc School District – PM and after-school sessions arranged by Kathy Tuschl

Friday, January 20 Longfellow Middle School, LaCrosse – PM training arranged by Jeanne Halderson and Principal Dr. Penny Reedy

Thursday, January 26 Watertown Unified School District – 9am-3:30pm for select district staff members – arranged by Bob Logan and Dave Vitale

IV. Spring Event Planning

Would your district be a good host site for a 2006 Spring DEN ONLY event?

I am looking for 2 host sites which would provide a mixed platform computer labs (preferred) — both Windows XP and Mac OSX computers — and a good general meeting area large enough for 50-75 participants. I would like to schedule an event in the Madison/Milwaukee area and Green Bay area for mid-late February on a Thursday evening (4pm-8pm) OR a Saturday from 9am-1pm. Other regional events will be scheduled for summer and fall in the Menomonee and western Wisconsin location. ALL DEN members and guests (prospective DEN Members) will be invited to attend this event. The agenda will include focused integration workshops on topics such as:

Creating Your OWN DEN EduBlog

Digital Storytelling (PhotoStory or PowerPoint; iMovie or Adobe Premier or Studio 9.x)

unitedstreaming Integration Strategies for Elementary, MS or HS

unitedstreaming Assignment Builder – Creating Enriching Differentiated Instructional Lessons

Other topics by request!

If you have questions about setting up a regional event, please contact me via email!

Have a great start to the NEW YEAR!



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One Comment;

  1. Keith Schroeder said:

    I’d encourage you to join the DEN team! There have been some awesome trainings they have offered and some benefits for your districts to encourage staff to attend your training sessions. I’m looking forward to more great trainings and special offerings for DEN educators!

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