Author Archives: Diana Laufenberg

The stars at night are big and bright…

The stars at night are big and bright…

Will you be heading to the LoneStar state for the National Middle Schools Association Conference on November 8th, 9th and 10th?  If so, there will be a STAR DEN event spearheaded by Tim Childers of the TN DEN.  They are still hammering out all the details, but if you are attending the conference and are interested

Big Announcement

I hope that you are all enjoying a fabulous Labor Day weekend and taking a break from the hectic back to school frenzy. But, when you return to school on Tuesday, be sure to be watching your email! There will be a big announcement from the AZ DEN regarding an upcoming event. So, watch for

Freedom Walk

An estimated 21,400 Arizona residents serve full time in the military, 5,400 serve as reservists, and 7,200 are enlisted in the National Guard, totaling 34,000 Arizonans in military service. As the anniversary of September 11th approaches, please keep in mind the sacrifices that military families make throughout the Grand Canyon State. On Sept. 11, please

State of the DEN

DEN members:  Who are we?  Where have we been?  Where are we going?  If those are questions that you have and would like to both listen and contribute, sign up now with webex!  Who: DEN members What: State of the DEN Address with Scott Kinney Where: Webex (online) When: August 28th at 4pm (AZ time)

Back to School Tip!

It’s back to school time all around Arizona and back to school means excited kids, enthusiastic teachers, nervous parents and the return to the school filters. For those of you out there that are continually finding videos on blocked sites like YouTube and TeacherTube, there is a fast and easy way to bring the information

Floating DEN Institute

It was just a day ago that we headed out of Port Canaveral for Freeport, the Bahamas. We were in sessions yesterday until after 10pm and had a feverish time putting together a Door Scene under the able instruction of Joe Brennan. We had some skilled, comical, creative short scenes that showcased the power of

News from NECC

Yeah, yeah, I know – blogging should be done in the moment…but there were so many moments at the NECC conference in Atlanta, it was too overwhelming to do in between the volunteering for ISTE/DEN, the sessions, exhibits, ISTE playground displays, and oh yeah, the parties…whew! And did I mention my first “national” presentation at

In all your free time…

Well, the temps around our fine state have been heating up as of late and one would imagine that leaves many opportunities for inside activities!  If you are looking for some diverse, engaging and interesting opportunities for professional development all from the comfort of your own home, look no further.  Discovery Education has announced the

More fun from Tech Camp

Day 3, Wednesday, continued… More suggestions from Tony Vincent for blogs/podcasts, etc to check out… CU Online: Educational Technology News and Resources Learning Now blog from PBS TeacherSource 2 Cents Worth Educational Technology Blog by David Warlick not educational but good for teachers (anyone) bargains online Ben’s Bargain Blog Tony discussed podcasts, RSS feeds, etc…how

K12 Tech Camp – Midweek report

Day 3 had us starting our project creations, using iMovie/iPhoto and all the effects and transitions that can be used…and intro to the programs for most of us. Tony Vincent’s site is keeping track of all the keynotes he gives us~ and on Tuesday he spoke about podcasts and showed uo what’s out there…including