DEN Guru Finalists

It goes without saying that within the DEN community we have an overabundance of talent. Every STAR has his/her own special talents, skills and passion for utilizing digital content across the curriculum. We want to continue to provide opportunities for STARs to share their knowledge with the community so in 2010, we announced another membership level – DEN Gurus.

DEN Gurus are STAR Discovery Educators who possess expertise in one or more pedagogical topics (e.g., Differentiated Instruction, Project Based Learning, etc.), have demonstrated their expertise through a variety of professional experiences, and advocate for the meaningful integration of Discovery Education digital content across their area(s) of expertise.

This was a very exciting, and difficult, process.  All of the applications were phenomenal!

There were a variety of factors that went into the selection process.  We evaluated each of the artifacts submitted in the context of how well they supported the applicant’s areas of expertise. We considered presentation experience, the session descriptions, and the topics themselves came into play as we sought to have a diverse blend and at the same time ensure the relevance of the topics for the overall DEN community.

After a lot of review and discussion we have selected 12 finalists for the 2012 class of DEN Gurus. Here’s the 10 (er…12) finalists with their proposed session titles.

David Andrade “Differentiation in Science using Project Based Learning and Multimedia Resources”
Kim Caise “Cell Phones as Instructional Tools”
Lea Anne Daughrity “Publishing Ebooks in the Classroom”
Carmella Doty  “Common Core and the 4Cs”
David Fisher “Teach APPily Ever After”
Peg Hartwig “21st C. STEM Integration using Discovery Education & Tech Tools”
Conni Mulligan “Tra-Digital Storytelling”
Karen Ogen “Engage Me!  Making Lessons Fun with Media”
Elaine Plybon “Transforming Lessons with Technology”
Lynn Reedy “DE, Web 2.0 and Interactive Whiteboards”
Linda Rush “Text-to-Speech on the iPad”
Kati Searcy “Digital Authentic Assessments”

They will be given the opportunity to do a 25- minute version of their presentation on April 23, 24, or 25 for a panel of judges and attendees.

April 23, 6-8pm ET (Register here.)

April 24, 6-8pm ET (Register here.)

April 25, 6-8pm ET (Register here.)
We hope that you will all join us.


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  1. Tracy Carpenter said:

    Congrats! Can’t wait to watch the presentations.

  2. Katie Warren said:

    Can’t wait for the presentations. Such great PD for me and to share with the Tech Leaders in my district.

    Go DEN Gurus!

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