DENSI2015 Resources: Unconference

A few weeks ago, educators from around North America and the United Kingdom packed their bags, said good byes and traveled home after a week at the DEN Summer Institute. The week was full of sessions presented by STAR Discovery Educators, the Discovery Education team and some special guests. In addition to learning from keynote and breakout sessions, educators went on a bus tour around Washington D. C., participated in the DENmazing Race, and shared projects at the DENovator Fair.

Over the next week we’ll be sharing highlights from DENSI and ways for you learn, share and grow with resources from the week. 


One of the favorite activities from the week was the unconference held on Thursday. An unconference is a set of sessions that are designed and lead by the participants in attendance.  After learning together for a number of days, this type of schedule allowed participants to dig in to a topic they heard about and is a great opportunity for others to lead an informal discussion. The key to an unconference is a willingness to share from the whole group.

If you’ve never participated, here is a quick video introducing the idea from Dean Shareski.


On Wednesday afternoon the DENSI participants built an impressive schedule with over 50 sessions! Then, on Thursday participants self selected sessions to attend and participated in some great discussions.

Below are a links to some of the sessions notes- they are collaborative so if you have ideas or links to share, please add to it. Click on the grid image to access the full document.

Planning Relevant PD2015-07-24_13-06-45

Keynote Animation (Video Tips & Tricks)

What Needs to be on a District/School Website?

How to Start a Maker Club

Student Broadcast News





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