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Sign up for a DEN Virtual Conference

Sign up for a DEN Virtual Conference

  Join us for the 1st ever Discovery Educator Network Virtual Conference! Saturday, February 2nd 8 AM – 2 PM Connect with educators from all over the country during this unique professional development experience where you can attend in-person, online or both. The DEN Virtual Conference is a national event that provides educators a unique

Light, Liberty and Flickr

The Library of Congress has recently made a huge step in embracing such Web 2.0 concepts such as creativity, collaboration and sharing between users.In an effort to provide better access to their collections, while symbiotically harvesting more information about those collections, the Library of Congress has created a Flickr page to host copyright-free pictures: Out

Chat With Scientist at the Space Science Institute

  Here is a press release from Space Explorers (De Pere, WI): Senior research scientist Dr. Michael Wolff will host a live, online chat with students and teachers on Thursday, January 17, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST. During this event, Dr. Wolff will answer students’ questions about the Martian atmosphere. Space enthusiasts are encouraged

Struggling… to Teach Better

In the recent issue of Edutopia (Nov/Dec 2007, Vol. 3, # 8), Mitch Martin describes about how a good teacher must be bad at something to be good at teaching (Mr. Martin’s Oopses, page 10).   I must admit – I’ve been thinking about this article a lot lately in both teaching and beyond. Martin describes

WANTED: Online Judges

Elaine Plybon, blog coordinator for the Texas DEN Leadership Council, needs YOU! The Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas, for which she works, has an annual Technology Media Fair. This year, the district has opened up several categories for online judging. The hope, above all, is that this will help keep district students excited

EdTechConnect with Daniel Pink

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

Digital Photo Frames Redux

The use of digital photo frames to show slideshows is nothing new. But while I was setting up our house for Christmas (tree, lights, etc), I noticed the digital photo frame in the family room that has been repeating the same family pictures for the last 11 months (it was a 2006 Christmas gift). Immediately,

Rate of Reaction Videos

Inspired by Dale Basler’s stop-motion video project in physics, I recently had my freshman biophys students make videos that examine the factors affecting the rate of a chemical reaction. We used a lab from an Addison-Wesley Chemistry lab manual entitled “Factors Affecting Reaction Rates”. This lab was ideal, as the instructions are already neatly divided

Gettysburg Address as Powerpoint

To illuminate how Powerpoint presentations can be abused, Peter Norvig (research director at Google) has recreated Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address as a Powerpoint Presentation. [Link] My favorite part is the introduction (we’ve all been here/seen this): Good morning. Just a second while I get this connection to work. Do I press this button here? Function-F7? No,

But CAN you take it?

Jeffrey Branzburg recently wrote an article for Technology and Learning ( entitled “You Can Take it With You” (How to integrate video segments in curriculum – without worry). To summarize, Branzburg is teaching us how to download video clips from YouTube, Google Video, etc (as they might blocked through many school districts). Here are his