Summer Time Fun

First let me congratulate Virginia LC chair Heather Hurley and her 5th Grade Teacher Lisa Warden  for  WINNING the “Bust-a-Myth” Video Challenge.  Heather and Lisa will be going out to San Francisco  to met the Myth Busters themselves at the end of the month.  WAY TO GO GUYS!!!!

As the school year winds down and the summer is fast approaching we wanted to give you some fun ways to spend those long hot Virginia days.

Did you know that it is the 150 anniversary of the Civil War?  The state of Virginia is celebrating with events and reenactments throughout the state.  Check out the web site to find what happened today in Civil War history, events and so much more.

The Science museum of Richmond has fun events all summer long. LUNCH BREAK SCIENCE is one such offering -Pack a lunch and join us. Wednesdays, noon–1 pm Admission is free.Museum scientists and others share easy to understand information on a wide range of science topics. Discussions follow presentations.

SKY WATCH: The third Friday of every month on the museum front lawn. Free. Weather permitting. June and July, 9 pm August 8:30 pm
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the museum’s front lawn as they share their powerful telescopes for a look at the night sky. These are just a few of the many offerings check out the museums web site for more.

If you will be in the Virginia Beach area check out Hunt Club Farm.  Hunt Club Farm is a 23 acre family-owned farm nestled in the heart of Virginia Beach, VA – just 5 miles from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Hunt Club provides agricultural based education and entertainment for the local community. Whether you’re looking for something different to do with your kids, a place to host a party or even a seasonal farm festival- Hunt Club Farm is the place to be!!!  Check out there website

If you are going to be in the Shenandoah Valley this summer make a stop at

  • Natural Bridge,- 20 stories of solid rock, carved by the fingers of nature,
  • NEW Butterflies at the Bridge indoor garden –
  • Professor Cline’s Haunted Monster Museum, Dinosaur Kingdom and Foamhenge. – take a tour of this historic haunted mansion where spooky surprises await you at every turn.

A few places require a fee but some are free and all sound like fun. Check out the website for more details. I plan on checking out the life-sized T-Rex, and triceratops, along with battling blue and gray soldiers of the Civil War with my family this summer. Hope you all do something great this summer.  Please share some of your summer plans with fellow VA Den members in the comment section.
Admission Fee: $8 – age 13 & up; $5 – ages 6-12

Don’t forget the great training offerings this summer.

The Shenandoah Valley SMART Users Conference

The 3rd annual SVTC SMART Teaching Conference will be hosted at John Handley High School, in beautiful Winchester, VA on August 2, 2011. Presenters and Participants will gather from around Virginia to share ideas, tips, tricks and lessons using the SMART family of products including SMART Boards, SMART Notebook, Response systems and document cameras. Come and enjoy an engaging day with your colleagues and learn a thing or two about teaching with SMART Products!

For more information, go to

SUCCESS Conference: SMART Users Collaborating, Educating, Sharing, and Supporting

The 4th Annual Free SUCCESS Conference will be hosted at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia on August 17, 2011. Get the most out of your SMART Board, interactive student response systems, document camera, wireless slates, audio systems, and other instructional devices. Join us to learn how neighboring schools and school districts use interactive technologies, share ideas with colleagues, meet SMART Exemplary Educators, and discover tips and tricks to enhance your lessons.  This SUCCESS Conference will offer training just in time for the 2011-12 school year.

Registration and Requests for Proposals are now open. Visit their new and improved website at

Dani Hall
Instructional Technology Coordinator
Claremont Immersion School
Arlington, VA


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