Reflections: September 23 Day of Discovery at Discovery World

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That sums up the activity going on in the new jewel on Lake Michigan’s downtown Milwaukee shore on Saturday, 9-23-06 for 68 Wisconsin and 3 Illinois educators – at least 50% DEN members – 100% having fun, collaborating and meeting new friends.  We had an inspirational team of talented presenters, four of whom are WIDEN members (Rita Mortenson and Deb Breunig & Dale Basler & Brian Bartel) and five DEN staff (Scott Kinney, Brad Fountain, Steve Dembo, Linda Chiles, & Dick Marchessault) and Implementation Team Member, Blair McMillen on hand.  Stephanie Waite, Park HS-Racine Science Teacher, provided continuous assistance throughout the event. The pictures tell the REAL story… we connected, we collaborated, we explored, we laughed, and as Jeri Shumaker (School District of Oregon Computer Resource Teacher) said it BEST…we feel RE-ENERGIZED!

Be sure to also check out Rita Mortenson’s awesome event album at

which also includes our end of the day special group photo taken in the Digital Theater. Thanks to Rita for taking time to provide a wonderful photo journal of the day!

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Innovationtheater_1Scott Kinney, Discovery Eduacator Network Director,  held us captive with his inspiring keynote program which included use of an interactive handheld system to query input. Scott practices engaged learning whenever he presents and he has shared his keynote slide show on our National Home DEN Blog at




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After viewing a PREMIER eye-popping segment of the beautiful photo documentary series, Discovery Atlas (which airs on DHDTV and the Discovery Channel on October 1 at 8PM CST)  teams try their best to solve the "Piczzle" China Revealed puzzle… two teams won a copy of this cool Piczzle to use with their students.  See for more info on Piczzle.

Dembo_1 DicksessionDEN Online Community Manager, Steve Dembo, opens the door to imagination and creativity through podcasting, while Dick Marchessault, IL Field Manager, helps educators spin their own digital stories.   

Liz Sutton, Education Coordinator shares educational programming and a special tour of Discovery World, parts of which are still under construction.  Wow… what a wonderful Wisconsin treasure for an awesome educational hands-on experience.  Thanks go out to Liz for helping to make our event extraordinary!

All who couldn’t make the event know that another "DENfest" is planned for October 20 at Lake Geneva.   Registration is open to Wisconsin DEN only members and Illinois DEN and guests.  Contact me at asap if you want to attend as the forty slots are going fast. First WIDEN come, first WIDEN served!

Den_educator_network_newlogo1_6Thank you to all who attended, all who presented, and to the Discovery World staff for hosting a wonderful FIRST Wisconsin DEN Day of Discovery!


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