Weekly Update: August 4, 2006

The New Look!!

The DEN is asking for your help once again.  We are changing our look and want your input.  Go to the DEN home Blog and take a second to preview a couple of the new logos we are considering.  You can even vote on your FAVORITE one.

Math Enrichment

Are you looking for Math Software to enhance your lessons?  Well look no further—unitedstreaming was rated Best Overall Solution for Teaching Mathematics by eSchool News 2006 Readers’ Choice Awards.  To read more Download eSNAug06.pdf and check out p.28.

Google Earth

Google Earth recently released its 4th version in beta form.  The new version has several new features such as a user friendly interface (simpler to use than before), textured 3D buildings, and improvements to the GPS support.  In addition to these advancements this version is available for Linux.  So, if you are a Linux user, like myself—Google Earth is finally here!

Discovery Educator Abroad

Several teachers and two DEN leaders are visiting South Africa with the winners of a contest we had earlier this year. Make sure to check out the discoveryeducatorabroad.com website for blogs, podcasts, and pictures of their travels! 

Need a School fundraiser?

Tired of the traditional cookie and gift wrapper fundraisers?  LearningAddsUp is probably one of the easiest fundraisers I’ve ever seen and is combined with a powerful homework tool, Cosmeo.  Here is how it works: your school signs up on the http://www.learningaddsup.com website (must provide federal id number) and you’re good to go.  Then, your school receives a percent back based on the number of family subscriptions to Cosmeo…. up to 25%!  That’s it!!  This is an easy way to fund technology items that seem just out of reach.  You can also get Cosmeo for free in your school library! When your school signs up on the learningaddsup.com website, they are able to receive 4 Cosmeo accounts that students can access in the media center. If you need more information go to the Learning Adds Up website or contact Brendan at Brendan_Wilkin@Discovery.com

Ideas for Fall Events

Is there a particular training that you’d like to see offered for DEN members this fall?  Are you interested in presenting a session or skill that you have?  Do you have a suggestion on where we should host our next big event? I am in the process of planning our major fall events and would love your input.  Email me your ideas—- or better yet, check the blog and post an idea to ensure you are ACTIVE!

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