On February 7, 2006, 35 DEN members gathered at the Austin Convention Center the day before TCEA even began. I have to say that I was really nervous as this was one of our first Texas combined days and when you have an event at a location that you aren’t familiar with, you never know what you might find. However, we were pleasantly surprised to have tables set up, a projector and a nice room for our day. Thanks Rusty at TCEA for helping make it work!!! The theme was "Making Connections" and I think we all accomplished that. We had quite a few presentations of "show and tell" which sometimes are the best ways that I learn new ideas. Just 10 minutes of sharing an idea – to get me excited and then I can take it back with me. I really enjoyed Scott’s presentation (not just because he is my boss :)) and it helped remind me of the article from the DE Resource Guide. (I really love that publication and learn so much – anyone interested in contributing to it????). Plus, I learned more about differentiated instruction – a concept that I did when I was in the classroom, we just didn’t call it that. I would have loved to be able to provide unitedstreaming for some of my students that needed that extra "something." Anyway, all of the presentations were great. From more student interactive PowerPoints to a basic instructional lesson for one student to claymation to electronic comic books. It’s amazing how different folks out there are using video in a variety of ways. Thanks again to Phyllis Mullane (El Paso ISD), Aurtoro Guajardo, Susan Monahan and Vanessa Jones (Austin ISD); Amy Elliott (Sherman ISD) and Chris Marshall (DEN South TX). We especially loved Phyllis and her enthusiasm to learning new things. Her presentation on STD’s was quite a show! Thanks also to Steve for enlightening us on our new DEN website and blogs across the country. It was a successful day I think for us all! I enjoyed finally putting names with faces and making those connections too! Thanks for having fun and all of the laughter! Please share with others your thoughts of the day!!!