DEN Summer School: August 2014

summer schoolDiscovery Education invites all educators across North America to get back in gear for the new school year and avoid the “summer slide” with the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Summer School. Launching August 1, this month-long initiative will provide educators with new tactics and strategies for transforming teaching and learning with digital content and educational technologies.

Throughout the month of August, each day of the week will be dedicated to introducing new digital tools and resources educators can use to create authentic, engaging digital learning environments for students. Every Monday, educators can discover the creative and effective ways their peers have been implementing 21st century technology through Spotlight on Strategies (SOS), a weekly blog series that features simple integration strategies for using digital media.  Teachers and administrators are also invited to join the Discovery Education Summer School webinars each Monday at 7:00pm EST, which will explore in greater depth the topics covered in the SOS blog series.  Interested educators may register for the webinars by visiting

Each Tuesday, educators will learn through a series of insightful presentations, how to maximize the impact of Discovery Education’s full suite of digital solutions in the classroom. These presentations, conducted by the experts from the organization’s Support team, will highlight the latest content, features and resources now available in Discovery Education products and services.

On Wednesdays, the Discovery Education team will highlight the DEN’s community programs,which connect educators with their most valuable resource – their peers in the education field.  The DEN community programs allow members to stay active all year long and collaborate with one another through social media channels, engaging reading materials, podcasts, and radio programs.

“Throwback Thursdays” will highlight the DEN team’s favorite archived events, allowing participants to tune in to the DEN’s flagship professional development events such as the semi-annual VirtCon and the annual DEN Summer Institute (DENSI).

Fridays will feature a “Digital Challenge,” encouraging educators to dive into Discovery Education’s digital content offerings. Through a series of five steps that include videos and step-by-step guides, educators will learn how to build effective learning experiences for students that utilize the very best resources and strategies from Discovery Education. Participants will see how they can use Discovery Education resources as an integral part of their daily lessons, differentiate instruction with digital media, and develop an understanding of the resources available for students.

“I’m looking forward to spending the month of August with the DEN and to showing my students that learning doesn’t have to end on the last day of school,” said Dacia Jones, Area Instructional Facilitator, Durham Public Schools. “I plan to connect virtually with other dedicated educators and to gain valuable insight on how I can continue to evolve my classroom practice through the thoughtful integration of digital content.”

For more information on the DEN Summer School, visit


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