Author Archives: Jason Cochrane

Jeff Corwin at FETC

Jeff Corwin at FETC

The conference began with Jeff Corwin’s expression of appreciation for teachers and to share his thoughts on the importance of education and it’s role in helping to better our world. He shared his journey of discovering his life goals and applauded the goals educators have given themselves throughout their educational endeavors. Corwin told one story

DEN Pre-Conference Event at FETC

The conference began with a hit for STAR Educators at the DEN Pre-conference event. The picture to the right shows a few of the STAR Educators observing some sharing from other teachers in the DEN. There were around 13 states represented at the DEN pre-conference event and 49 states represented at the conference along with


              I want to share with you a really cool resource available to you for free over the Internet. If you have ever used GIS software before you should be fully aware of the power it has in teaching due to the vast amount of information at your fingertips. If

Second Life Webinar

“Get a Life, a Second Life That Is!” is a webinar aimed at educators who would like to learn more about Second Life and how this virtual world can contribute to your PLN (Personal/Professional Learning Network).  Brand new to Second Life?  Join the WebEx!!!  Thinking about entering Second Life?  Join the WebEx!!!  Never heard of Second

Orange County Choppers E85 Bike

  Speaking of Discovery Channel shows, I had the opportunity to see the E85 chopper made from the Teutul’s from the Discovery show Orange County Choppers as it toured the state. There is some information below I found from about the bike and why it was created along with some other informational sites. If

Incorporating Discovery Videos Into Your Lessons.

I hope everyone had a great holiday break and had time to relax. I got to relax a lot and found myself enjoying several hours of Dirty Jobs, Man vs. Wild, and a few episodes of Mythbusters and it made me think about all the possibilities out there for incorporating Discovery videos in the classroom.

Podcasts Anyone?

I would like to know if there are any Iowans out there who are currently podcasting with their students or for their students. It seems to be that putting audio or video out on the internet with easy access and viewing has created an easy way for students to get excited but at the same

EdTechConnect with Daniel Pink, December 12th 7:00pm EST

Daniel Pink, bestselling author of A WHOLE NEW MIND, will describe how three powerful economic forces are putting a premium on right-brain abilities in the workforce. He’ll describe the six artistic, empathic abilities that now matter most — and discuss how educators are beginning to surface and sharpen those abilities in students. Daniel is a

The Forecast Calls for an Iowa DEN Launch!

The Weather Channel Gadgets powered by Google Welcome to the IOWA DEN! Although today’s weather may not be perfect the Iowa DEN Leadership Council thinks it is the perfect time to begin building our collaborative community of sharing and knowledge. We are looking forward to providing you with professional learning opportunities, resources, and a frequently updated blog