October is already half over and that means we are getting closer to the conclusion of the Good News Grapevine Contest. DEN members in Florida have been telling us the GOOD NEWS of how they use unitedstreaming in their classrooms and commenting on the blogs about their impressions. Tom Turner from Bartow Middle School in Polk County Florida says:
"I will say that I’ve found that I’m liking all the uses for Inspiration and unitedstreaming, rather then just boring old concept maps, I can make a flow map or flow chart to highlight the concepts I’m trying to teach. I feel I’m able to spread out the idea and things don’t feel so crunched together."
I also have two new opportunities for you to check out: A Year on Earth and the second DEN podcast!
We are looking for 8 classrooms that would love to be involved in a unique environmental adventure to create a global map of the Year on Earth Project. Using unitedstreaming, Google Earth and other research tools, the selected classrooms will create a full "County Study" of featured nations. Check out the National Blog for more details.
Podcasting is really GOOD NEWS for the classroom. The power of audio on demand gives teachers the edge for both assessment and professional development. The DEN now has its own podcast on iTunes! I love to podcast. I have subscribed to a few of my favorite sources, synch to my iPod and play the programs while I wash dishes, clean house and especially when I’m driving around our beautiful state. What I love most about podcasting is that I can listen ubiquitously!
You can download the DEN podcast from the the National DEN site or subscribe to it through iTunes. I like gettting the podcast through iTunes because they are automatically downloaded for me and I don’t have to hunt around. It’s just like email too. If I don’t want to keep the podcast or don’t have time to listen to it, you still have that powerful delete key!
If you haven’t figured it out by now, we are definitely building the capabilities of our online family: podcasts, blogs, wikis, webinars. What’s next?
What have you enjoyed most about the online aspect of our DEN community so far?