TAMS Learns About Builders

Teryl Magee and I did two workshops for the TN Association of Middle Schools (TAMS) at Farragut Middle School in Knoxville, TN, on Saturday, October 13th.  Between 35 and 40 teachers attended in all with a little over half of them unitedstreaming, uh, I mean Discovery Education streaming subscribers.

We were able to do hands-on workshops in the computer lab at Farragut.  Out of all the teachers who use streaming, none (that’s spelled “zero”) used any of the three builders.  I’m finding this is a common theme at workshops I do.  In fact, it is a common theme at my own school where I am responsible for training!  Of course, I must admit that for the first 18 months of my DEN experience, I didn’t even know they existed either!  The Builders are streaming’s best kept secrets.

So here is a question for all our DEN members in TN: Do the teachers at your school use the builders?  If not, would you consider hosting, attending, or even promoting a training session in your area?  The TN DEN LC stands ready to assist in any way we can.  You know, if you are not a STAR DEN member you can use this opportunity to do some training with 3 or more teachers at your school and show them how to use the builders yourself.  These trainings can go toward your application to become a STAR!

We had a blast, met some really nice teachers, and got to share our passion for teacher collaboration using the DEN.  All in all, it was a pretty good weekend.   Teryl and I are already planning for the state conference in Franklin, TN, next summer!


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