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The DEN at BLC Boston 2010

The DEN at BLC Boston 2010

Thursday’s Keynote speaker at 2010 Building Learning Communities speaker was Dr. Michael Wesch – Asst professor of cultural anthropology and digital ethnography, Kansas State University, Manhatten, KS. Those sitting with me and I thought we didn’t know Wesch. As soon as he appeared we realized he is the creator of the viral video, A Vision

DEN Leadership Symposium Boston, Massachusetts

What a terrific evening here in Waltham, MA on the campus of Bentley University for the start of this year’s Leadership Symposium. 75 educators from around the country have come together to discuss education, pedagogy, philosophy, and where we go from here. The evening kicked off with an indoor bar-b-q and trading of state gifts.

Spotlight on the Gulf

Yesterday my class was fortunate to experience an awesome webinar on the Gulf Oil spill. Discovery Education and Philippe Cousteau joined forces to educate over 60,000 students (and their teachers!) Philippe and Steve Dembo of Discovery Education showed still photos and explained what had happened with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Philippe

A Legend Among Us!

Who knew it? We have a legend in our midst. At last week’s DENny Awards our one and only RJ Stangherlin was awarded one of two DENny Legend Awards. Steve Dembo introduced the new awards by explaining that a legend is someone who is retiring or has made a significant contribution to the DEN. He

Rock YOUR World!

The DEN Spring Virtual Conference 2010 entered into the home stretch with a real bang! Carol Anne McGuire, STAR Discovery Educator and creator of Rock Our World inspired us all to find and keep our joy. Carol Anne has taught for over 20 years in public education, mainly with visually impaired students. Today, she is

Connecting Language Learners to the Curriculum through Digital Media

Lindsay Hopkins, DEN California Team Manager, presented the 1:00 session Connecting Language Learners to the Curriculum live from Oregon. Geared toward learners whose first language is not English, Lindsay’s presentation and resources are excellent for all learners. Contrary to most opinions, research shows that vocabulary should be introduced at one level beyond (NOT below) the

STEM Connect and Siemens STEM Academy

Discovery Education is really stepping up to meet the needs of educators in the area of STEM; Science, Technology, Math and Engineering. Before you stop reading because you think, “This doesn’t apply to me. I teach third grade, or fifth grade.” In the wise words of one PA DEN STAR, LC Event chair, and scientist

YOU Can Change the World!!

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association invite you to join the only challenge of its kind.Put into action the words and examples of people like Julene Reed and Jane Goodal, empower your students to create solutions to environmental problems in their communities. Apply true Challenge Based Learning and make a

Polar Bears in a Changing Climate

  Julene Reed, the Director of Academic Technology at St. George’s Independent School in Collierville, TN and a STAR Discovery Educator and Apple Distinguished Educator shows how the polar bears in the Hudson Bay area are being affected by climate change, how Challenge Based Learning can engage students in related activities that are based on