DEN VC Wrap Up

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The DEN Spring Virtual Conference hosted in New Berlin was….dare I say excellent!  About 25 educators from around southeastern Wisconsin gathered to share in learning from the experts.  As we settled in to enjoy some fantastic learning experiences and collaboration we enjoyed a light continental Saturday morning breakfast.  Discovery is so very good to us! The morning was kicked off with a fantastic presentation on Homework Gone Digital by Matt Monjan.  Many of the attendees were excited to hear about the many ways in which Discovery Student Center could help up to be better at using the Streaming content.  After hearing Matt, we realized there was so much more out there than we are currently using!  This was followed by Dean Shareski from
Canada.  From our friend up Noth there eh, we were awed by more digital possibilities of being a connected learner.  Again, I realized I have so much work to do!  Concurrent to Dean’s presentation we were treated to local geocaching expert Malena Koplin. Something tells me there will be quite a few purchase orders being submitted in my district for GPS devices!  These awesome presentations were just finishing as we were greeted by the lunch delivery!  
We enjoyed lunch as we tuned into the keynote speaker and raffled off the books Discovery sent us.  Christina Asquith, Author of “Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family and Survival in the New Iraq” really had the group thinking. 

In the afternoon we learned from Chad Kafka, Wisconsin Google Certified Teacher, about the many ways we could be using Google.  Chad was gracious enough to work with us for most of the afternoon. As I shared in the opening of the post, we had an excellent day.  We were treated to outstanding presentations both virtually and in-person.  We ate well, had fantastic conversations and will all be looking forward to the next Discovery Education Virtual Conference.

Thanks to Rachel Yurk & Toni Heinowski for putting this post together.

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