DEN Leaders Institute Has Begun!

After a long day of traveling through airports at Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Washington, along with a brief metro ride to Silver Spring, I arrived at the Discovery Headquarters (and more importantly my hotel!) just before lunch.  Since our schedule said to meet at 2:30, I had some time to walk the streets near the hotel and have lunch at McGinty’s.

I don’t want to give away too many particulars because the other two leadership events may follow a similar program.  Suffice it to say, you really do need to have Audacity (along with the LAME MP3 encoder) and Photo Story loaded on your PC (Macs can use Garageband and iMovie).  Take along microphones, headphones, mp3 players that record, a camera, and digital camera if you have one.  Yes, I had an entire backpack filled with tech tools in addition to my suitcase!

More important, perhaps, than the tech training is the formation of friendships.  I’m in a terrific working group with 4 women from various parts of the country.  Even during the after hours social time with ten or eleven or other STAR DEN members, the topic was almost exclusively about what we were doing with technology in our schools, what worked and what didn’t, and what websites our works are shown on so we can "borrow" each others’ work for ourselves.

As the week progresses, I’ll introduce you to some of the people I have met here.  Have a great day.  I know I will!


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  1. Teryl Magee - TN DEN LC, Chair said:

    Tim, glad you are having a great time! I am slightly jealous that you are at the institute already and forming great friendships! I just can’t wait until July. Keep us posted! See you Sunday!–Teryl

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