Author Archives: dave kootman

Is print not enough?

I’ve been noticing a pattern in my reading over the last few years. I love reading magazines and other periodicals. There are just so many new ideas, inventions and news all the time; it’s tough to keep up. I do my best with paper periodicals, but it never seems to satisfy me. Then it hit

Latest Google Docs features

If you are using Google Docs (and Spreadsheets and Presentations…) you’ll be happy to hear about some of their latest changes and additions.  Some of the cool ones are the ability to create forms and have people fill them out.  Then when they are updated you can view the data in your aggregator.  Some people

Spring Fling!

The California DE leadership council is proud to host an April bash at our DEN Director, Jannita Demian’s home. The entire Discovery Educator Network team is going to be there so don’t miss out. Hall Davidson, Steve Dembo, Scott Kinney, Lance Rougeux, Kim Randall, Matt Monjan, Justin Karkow, Brad Fountain, Mike Bryant and Dennis Swain

Have A Booming Good Time!

DEN Celebration at Palm Springs CUE Conference! Come join your fellow DEN members and their guests on Friday March 7 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm for an evening at Boomer’s. There will be free race car driving, rock wall climbing, mini-golf, bumper boats and free food. This event promises to be a lot of fun, but

CUE extras you should check out

If you’re planning on attending California’s largest conference on educational technology, you should know about  special offers and events for DEN members and their guests. On Thursday, March 6 from 9:30 am to 3:30pm Discovery Education is presenting a “Media Makeover” pre-conference day. This day will include several different sessions on how to incorporate technology

Can you teach Adobe? You have 10 hours…

Call for Presentations- passed on to you from your caring DEN friends We must receive your submission by Monday, February 18. Each year, TechEd’s most popular hands-on lab is the Adobe Lab. Attendees literally line up to learn the latest Adobe Software. Usually Adobe takes care of all the details, including providing the trainers… but


While these tools are great, please, please, check with your district’s/school’s teacher acceptable use policy before using them. Many districts block certain sites for many reasons. We don’t want any teachers “in trouble” for going around the system…. ~DEN Management I’ve had a lot of success using the online file conversion tool, Zamzar. I’ve used

Enjoy the Ambiance

I teach elementary school (there, I said it. Please don’t judge me 🙂 ) In my classroom, I like to use quiet music in the background when students are working. I know a lot of teachers find the value in a peaceful work environment and students working quietly to the sound of Enya (or something