A DEN Virtual Conference Report from Canada!

Wow what an experience we had here in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada!
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I can’t begin to express how welcoming everyone was.  The kindness and generosity of our hosts immediately found a way into my heart.

Our conference actually started on Friday, April 23rd, when Norval, Liz and Jason took me to the oldest building in town. We spent the evening sharing dinner (thank you again Norval!) and talking about what instruction could look like today in the 21st century. It was a really nice discussion and a great lead into the DEN Virtual Conference the next day. And what a place to have that conversation – we happened to be in one of the oldest buildings, in the town, the Marshlands Inn. The building is well over the 100 years old!

Our conference was held at Tantramar High School and the Wetlands Centre.  It is such a cool space and even cooler learning experience for the students that go there!  The school has its own wind turbine and photovoltaic cells that the students monitor and use to design their own collaborative projects.  Students at the school also tag ducks to monitor migration patterns or, in the winter, strap on snow shoes and drill ice cores to study the health of the ecosystem all year long.

We began our day at 9am Atlantic Time (8am EST) with educators from around District 2 and started with a 50 Ways to Use Discovery Education streaming Canada.  The link to that presentation is here: www.tinyurl.com/canada50  We ended just in time to catch the tail end of Lee Kolbert’s presentation 

My presentation, after a few technical glitches and Steve Dembo’s wonderful stalling banter, finally loaded and we launched into Homework Gone Digital – fairy tale style – oh yeah it was in rhyme :0)

We then got to watch Dean Shareski’s When You’re Not the Smartest Person in the Room presentation while munching on Joey’s Pizza’s tasty treats – I would come back just to eat there again!

We had the chance to pose for a few pictures and below you’ll find a little animoto/photo essay for you to enjoy.  I can’t wait to learn more from today’s participants as they begin to explore the Discovery Educator Network and Discovery Education streaming.


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  1. Susan Gaboriau said:

    I really enjoyed your presentation today! I thought the rhyme was great! You have a way of keeping people actively listening. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Thanks 🙂

  2. Mario Chiasson said:

    I couldn’t agree more! Matt, your presentation was excellent! I really enjoyed it too. Keep up the great work. Thanks

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