Hershey provided the perfect setting for an incredible 3 days of entertaining and educational professional development for over 100 Discovery Educators at this years PETE & C.
DEN members began arriving an hour early to make sure they got the best seats in the house for a power packed pre-conference event. Will Richardson started the day off with Why the Read/Write Web Changes Everything. Following the keynote, STAR DEN members attended sessions on Google Earth, Blogging, Podcasting, Differentiating Instruction, Movie Editing, unitedstreaming, iPods, Web 2.0 and much more. Steve Dembo inspired educators with his closing session on The New Permanent Record.
The best part of this event was seeing how the energy transformed over to the following 2 days as Discovery Educators held their own workshops and even worked the Discovery Education Booth!
A HUGE congratulations to Lance for creating such a memorable 3 day experience for the PA DEN and also for receiving the 2007 "Friend of PAECT" award for his contributions to the local ISTE affiliate.
So, I’ll just beat everyone to posting about probably the most entertaining part of the weekend…. my "California Girl" moment. The teacher in me still loves to walk by the vendor tables and find all the great little prizes and I got so excited when I saw a stack of plastic type sticks laying out for attendees to grab. (For all my friends the following was a true "Jannita" moment) As I went to grab one I shouted out "Cool… Look at these great back scratchers!" Well, to my utter embarrassment Matt Monjan gave me my 1st lesson in what "Ice Scrapers" were and used for. But the jesting didn’t end there. A Big thanks to Lance for making sure to share this session with 100 of his attendees the next day! But at the end of the day, Lance and I came to a great compromise!