A Week of DEN Learning? Sign me up!

Getting ready to put together my DEN SI video

Giving up a week of a pretty short (7 weeks) summer vacation to do school work?  Um…yeah!  It’s the Discovery Education Network Summer Institute.  Who wouldn’t want that opportunity?!?!

So, on this Sunday morning in February, I am hard at work on  my application video and thinking of all the reasons why Discovery Education is such a valued part of my professional learning.

1.   Webinars Galore.  DE offers truly amazing webinars.  Don’t believe me?  Check them out here.  I am especially looking forward to seeing Dr. Lodge do his thing on March 1.  In fact, I’m “flipping” out (a little hint as to his topic for that webinar.

2. Discovery Education on Twitter.   ( @Discoveryed )  Not only are there great tweets originating from the DEN, but lots of people are retweeting and mentioning DE too.  Often, there are great ideas about how to create and innovate with DE services.

3.  Steve Dembo and Hall Davidson’s Web 2.0 presentations.  Steve and Hall do a great job each year of introducing amazing Web 2.0 sites for educators.  Here’s a link to some from a couple of years ago.

4. DEN on YouTube.   Of course DE has a You Tube channel!  And no surprise, it has some amazing videos for you to watch. Archived webinars, presentations, all kinds of resources.

5.  Speaking of Lodge McCammon (see reason #1), searching for his name when you are signed in to DE will bring up all kinds of great songs that introduce kids to content in a fun, engaging and toe-tapping way.

6.  DE’s presence at ISTE.  It was great to hang out with DEN STARs at ISTE 2010 (Denver) and to check out their many sessions (Steve and Hall rocked out!).  I am super excited to join in the DEN fun at ISTE 2012 in San Diego.

7.  All the movies.  Yes, DE Streaming has all kinds of great videos for students.  My six year old son spends a good amount of time watching Magic School Bus, Word Girl and Between the Lions.   My students have enjoyed many a science or math clip.  We’ve learning about famous people using DE videos.  But DE also offers professional development videos, and even has full episodes of Planet Earth, Life and Mythbusters.  I am ALWAYS learning something new.

8.  Adding to my PLN.  Without Discovery Education, I wouldn’t be connected with the amazing and thoughtful musings of Lodge McCammon, Lindsay Hopkins (who always makes me laugh!), Steve Dembo, Porter Palmer, Kathy Schrock and Traci Blazosky, Tim Childers and Lee Kolbert.  While they may not know much of me, I am always learning from them.

9.  DEN Colorado Leadership Council.  It is so exciting to be part of the Colorado Leadership Council.  We’re in our first year, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this amazing group of people.

10.  Endless possibilities.  Each year that I have been a part of the DEN, I have been amazed by the opportunities that DE offers to teachers.  I’m so honored to be a part of it.





  1. Peg Hartwig said:

    Great Post Catherine! Hope to see you at DEN SI this year! It’s one of those experiences where we work hard to stretch our teaching for hours beyond any other conference and yet we do not tire! I believe it is the Positive Power of the DEN STAR Attitude!

  2. Kass Bates said:

    Thoghtful post. It is amazing that the DEN can be so many things to so many people. It has certainly stretched me professionally and provided such a great learning support system. I consider it my most valued PLN.

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