A sweet start to PETE&C

 Simulposted from the PA blog

We are in Hershey, PA, for the DEN pre-conference at PETE&C and we are having a TERRIFIC day chock full of tips and tricks for digital storytelling.

The day was kicked off with an inspiring keynote, Beyond Essays: Digital Stories, New Media Narrative and the Emerging Nature of Literacy, featuring Jason Ohler, digital storytelling extraordinaire. You can click here to read the live blog from the keynote.

Jason Ohler’s DEN Pre-Conference Keynote at PETE&C

The break-out sessions that followed Jason’s keynote allowed participants to differentiate their learning and jump into the storytelling process through various entry points.

[Note: This blog post will be updated with the URL addresses for the resources for the break-out sessions.]

As you can tell by the session titles, digital storytelling was the topic for the day and it was truly motivating.

The only thing that put a damper on our DEN fun was the conspicuous absence of the heart of the PA DEN, the Rougeuxs – Lance and Martha. Lance and Martha have been fixtures at PETE&C for as long as I can remember. Lance is the Director of the Discovery Educator Network the the driving force behind the DEN pre-conference and Martha is a teacher in Harrisburg and a member of the Pennsylvania Leadership Council. Unfortunately, Martha had a medical scare last week and has been in the hospital. She is doing much better and is in good spirits, but is really upset to miss seeing everyone in Hershey. Lance is also bummed to miss one of his favorite conferences (okay, I can totally say that because Lance IS from PA – no offense to all the other states . . .)

Martha Rougeux

I think it would be wonderful for everyone to leave some words of support and encouragement for Lance and Martha. Keep in mind that although he was not here with us today, Lance did a lot of work coordinating the pre-conference and lining up all the presentations and speakers. Let him know what you learned today.

Thanks for joining us in person as well as online.


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  1. Teryl Magee, TN DEN LC said:

    Hope you are doing well, Martha! Love the picture of you posted here. My hubby and I were all decked out in our Steelers gear and a designated Steeler Nation establishment in Knoxville. Anyway–you two are a wonderful couple and I know you are missing PETE&C, but take care of YOU first! Hugs! ~Teryl

  2. Lor, DEN SL LC said:

    Hope you get well soon. Maybe you’ll be better and come to ICE. I think I heard Lance was suppose to come to ICE, too.

  3. Cheryl Lykowski said:

    Lance and Martha
    You are both in my thoughts. I hope you are feeling better. I know you were both disappointed in not attending your favorite conference (although I am partial to Michigan’s MACUL), but it is important to take care of you first.

  4. Pat said:

    Dear Martha and Lance,

    Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. We’ll see you in 2010! Take care.

  5. Bev Plein, NJ DEN LC said:

    Lance and Martha,
    I hope everyday finds you feeling better with a bigger smile than the Steelers picture! (is that possible?)
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    May all the sweetness of Hershey be with

  6. Joe Brennan said:

    And in the words of the great one*, “Mmmm, and how sweet it is!” What a treat it’s been hanging with the PA DEN, the usual Discovery subjects, and Jason. I wish I could have stayed longer. I’m a little worried about all those pictures of me in a Steelers/Mendenhall jersey but hope they bring a bit of a smile to Lance and Martha’s faces. Here’s hoping for better, healthier days out there at chez Rougeux on Mendenhall Lane.

    *For those of you to young to have seen the Beatles perform live (on TV): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Gleason

  7. Tracie Belt said:

    Hi Martha, I met you this summer at the National Institute. I hope your scare was just a scare and that you are feeling better soon. I will keep you in my prayers and think positive thoughts for you and Lance. Take care of yourself and let Lance spoil you. Tell Lance all of his DEN buddies give him permission to take off as much time as you need!!!!

  8. Maryann Molishus said:

    Lance and Martha,
    It was a packed house as usual. There were new people to meet and lots of old friends too. I am glad to hear that Martha is on her way. I will be thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts. Take care!

  9. Linda Michael said:

    Lance and Martha,
    The Discovery Day was great as usual. Thanks for all of the work you did in preparing another fantastic learning experience. Hope to see you both soon… and Martha…take care of yourself. I’m glad you are feeling better.

  10. Nancy Sharoff said:

    As great as the pre-conf was (and believe me it was AWESOME!) I could immediately tell that something was amiss. I quickly figured out what that was — Martha behind the table with her huge smile, a ready hug, and bubbling conversation. I’m looking to seeing her back at PETE&C in 2010.

    Lance, the true test of a ‘leader’ is having an event go off flawlessly even without their being there. The pre-conf at PETE&C was no exception. HOWEVER…I do hope I’ll see you there in 2010!

  11. Traci Blazosky said:

    Missed seeing you both! I hope you are feeling better Martha. I love the Steelers gear… that’s a great picture! I made sure to be sportin the STEELERS stuff during the pre-conference too. 🙂 Take care!

  12. Patti D said:

    Lance and Martha,
    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers…. we missed you at PETE&C, but it was a good to hear that Martha was doing better. Be there for each other and we will be here for you when you are ready to come back! Be well! XOXOXOXOXO

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