Greetings! I am so excited to be in Florida as the new Northern Discovery Educator Network Field manager. My name is Danielle Abernethy and I am moving from South Carolina where I was a technology coach for the past five years and a classroom teacher for four years. I had not always planned on going into education, at first I wanted to work with children’s theatre and was even an honorary Patchwork Player in college. Then the teaching bug bit and I was ready for my own classroom. During my third year of teaching we got our first classroom computer and I fell in love!
My favorite teacher in high school was Mrs. Joyce Hunter. She really opened up our creative sides with video projects. It was a thrill years later as a technology coach to work with her as a professional. She gave me the passion I have for working in education.
I have always enjoyed conferences and classes because they offer an opportunity for teachers to network, something that use to be difficult from our private world – "the classroom". With technology and this community we will be able to connect teachers with other educators interested in digital media in education. The first thing that you need to do is apply to this blog by typing in your email where it says "Enter your email to subscribe" in the top right hand corner of this page. Then hit "Subscribe Me."
The community is still new, but it’s clearly marked itself as a leader in the education world. A big question a lot of people have is "What does a Discovery Educator Network Member look like?" They are a discoverer, an educator, and a networker. If you feel like you have the traits of a member, you need to join the community. Your application is your key in. To apply you will need to submit a resource using unitedstreaming and answer a few questions. Apply today!
As a newbie to Florida, I am so ready to explore your state! For me it will be like a treasure hunt! If you are using unitedstreaming, please contact me and let’s schedule a get together. I would love to see the interesting things going on in your classroom and talk to you more about the Discovery Educator Network.