Author Archives: Betsy Ruffin

Teaching Questioning Skills: continuing the VirtCon conversation

Teaching Questioning Skills: continuing the VirtCon conversation

There is no doubt in this librarian – technologist’s mind that asking good questions is a skill needed by students – and adults for that matter.  One of the first keys in good research — a particular interest area for librarians — is, as the Big 6( puts it, Task Definition with the person needing

Web Wanderings: being the first in a series…

Web Wanderings: being a series on the interesting, curious, humorous and sometimes even helpful items I’ve found on the web . For this first post, some items recommended to me by Linda Rush — DEN STAR, LC Member and DEN Guru: — connecting two  popular tech resources, the site states “This video outlines how the Edmodo

Discovery — To the Classroom and Beyond!

Just as I tell teachers that Discovery Education is so much more than merely videos,  the program is not just for classroom teachers but for all educational settings.   That includes the library– my particular setting!   This wealth of resources is continued by the DEN, another place with something for all educators, from the core teachers in the regular classroom

Beep Beep , Beep Beep …

The car songs ran through my head … G.T.O., Mercury Blues, Little Deuce Coupe, We’ll have fun fun fun, Hot Rod Lincoln…  Discovery Education and the Velocity Channel had come to the Dallas Mecum Auto Auction.  I was  walking with a group of excited students through rows and rows of cars- muscle cars, classic cars, even a couple of race cars

Next Appy Hour Tweet Chat– June 19th

June 19th, 7 pm to 8 pm CST Topic: Using Apps and Devices with Special Needs Students Moderator – Betsy Ruffin with Special Guest Linda Rush Use hash tag #AppyHour #AppyHour is a Tweet Chat held on the third Tuesday of each month and hosted by the Texas Leadership Council of the Discovery Educator Network

Texas DENnys Winners!

Texas Stars shown at the 2012 DENnys awards, streaming live from Discovery HQ in Maryland.  In the Most Creative/Best DEN event category was  Howard Martin, from Austin, with his SXSiPad event. “We did a South By Southwest-themed iPad event called, South By South iPad.   Almost 50 people converged for a full day of concurrent sessions

Been Looking At….

Been looking at a few new things:   1. Teachers Paying Teachers– browse this computer science-technology section;  buy the lessons, etc created by educators  2. Vook — a new twist on ebooks — 3. Vidinstructor — ecommerce but could haveeducational applications —  What are you investigating?

Post Test Season: keep the learning going

Testing is over for most, the end of the year is in sight — it is WAY to easy to just coast the rest of the year.  However, this time can be a great time to bring those special , extra, or just plain fun learning items that too often get pushed aside in the rest

Congratulations Texas DEN members!

DEN Guru Finalists Kim Chaise  This is my 2nd year on the Leadership Council and I also co-host the Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar series on Saturday mornings in Blackboard Collaborate featuring ways to integrate technology in the classroom. I am a national board educator in the area of technology education and have been in education