It was a day for winners in St. Petersburg, FL! The attendees for the regional and national institutes presented the various topics that they learned to the Florida DEN members at our Back to School Bash held at the Devil Rays Stadium before the game. Everyone won at least one small doorprize, and then 2 big prizes – a weekend trip to Orlando and a projector – were given away to two very lucky DEN Members. Prizes were also given away for the best Digital Story on Devil Rays (a three way tie for first) and for the best Devil Ray resource. Cecelia Solomon also received her big prize of a Podcasting Package for her "Tip a Day in May" Winning.
After the wonderful sessions, we all had an opportunity to go to the brand new Devil Ray touch tank, enjoy some great baseball food and network in the stands. Winning continued with the Devil Rays blasting away that other team. (We defeated the Orioles. Not the cookie, but the bird. Joey thought they were the Oreos.)
But in all honesty, I think the biggest winner tonight was me. I am honored that I have been given the opportunity with some of the best educators in the Nation. Your dedication and passion for our young students is simply inspiring. And while I might be a bit biased, I think we have some great DEN members in Florida! That goes for the South Florida DEN Members as well. You always add extra joy to any event that DEN holds. I always enjoy hanging out with all of you. Thank you for making my job fun and exciting.
Stay tuned for a list of all the websites and resources that we shared during this event. They will be posted, hopefully by Monday. (Presenters, start sending me those links you kept dropping!) We’ll also share some of the pictures that were snapped. OH! And we have decided to share in more depth what we learned through some webinars. So presenters, decide when you’d like to host your hour long session so we can get them scheduled!
Hope everyone makes it home safely. Time to crash on my end. G’night!