Author Archives: Karen Ogen

Start The New Year With Technology

Start The New Year With Technology

I was on Pinterest the other night just looking through classroom pins and, of course, many teachers were pinning ideas for the beginning of the school year.  But what became apparent to me was that none of the ideas that I saw used any technology, but each idea could so easily be transformed into a technology-rich lesson.  (Don’t

SC DEN News and

The SC DEN has been using to create a monthly newsletter for our state STARS. If you haven’t seen our newsletter, check out this month’s issue: SC DEN NEWS: Summer 2013. We have found Smore to be the perfect platform for our newsletter for several reasons: -It is FREE -We can collaborate on the

Geocaching and QR Code Day: Downtown Columbia, SC

Saturday, 5/18 10AM-12:30PM Main Street,  Columbia, SC 29201 Your hosts: Suzanne Brooks and Karen Ogen Educators (K-12) bring your family for our Discovery Education Geocaching and QR Code Day.  This year we are mixing it up a little and combining our annual Geocaching Day with QR codes.  If you don’t know anything about either one

Polar Bears International Thermostat Challenge!

Celebrate International Polar Bear Day (2/27) and Join The Thermostat Challenge! What is it? A challenge to adjust your thermostats a few degrees to save energy and lower carbon emissions to help save polar bears.  It is also, encouraging participants to make every day a polar bear day by purchasing and installing a programmable thermostat

New DEN STARS: Join the Rising STAR Program

Are you a new DEN STAR?  Consider joining the Rising STAR program. This optional, newly revamped 1 month program is designed for all new STARs to welcome them into the DEN and connect with this amazing community. Over the years the DEN has flourished into a wealth of information and resources and we want to ensure all

Thanks to DE for Supporting Our Eco-Challenge!

From mid-November to mid-December I ran an eco-challenge with three of my elementary schools.  I challenged my teachers and students to reduce their use of electricity, paper, and plastic in the classroom and at home.  For a month, they kept track of their daily habits on a spreadsheet and tallied their points for turning off classroom

Poster My Wall

I am LOVING PosterMyWall!  I have to thank my colleague Jennifer Morrison for sharing this great resource on our Discovery Education Edmodo site because it is a real find. PosterMyWall is an online site that will allow you or your students to instantly and FREELY create wonderful quality posters.  You can use the pre-loaded backgrounds