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Tuesday, July 16
 

10:10am

Are You Smarter Than A Common Core 5th Grader?
Common Core state or not; Common Core believer or not...our global economy is requiring all students to be college and career ready. We need students who are prepared to innovate, collaborate, integrate and communicate.  We need to think, plan, act and teach differently than ever before.  This session will examine how the Common Core State Standards can prepare students for these challenges.  You will learn processes, strategies and tools to use immediately in your classroom.  Prepare to leave the session smarter than a Common Core 5th grader!

Speakers
avatar for Karen Beerer

Karen Beerer

Vice President, Professional Development – Common Core, Discovery Education
Karen Beerer, Ed.D. has 28 years of experience in public schools. First beginning as a grade two elementary teacher, she has also taught fifth grade, seventh grade and graduate level courses.  Dr. Beerer has served as a reading specialist and an elementary principal as well as a... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2013 10:10am - 11:00am
Silver Maple Ballroom Davis Student Center UVM

10:10am

Connecting Classrooms with Discovery Education
In this session, we will explore ways to plan and organize for a year of building classroom connections with your students and other classrooms. We will look at different ways to connect, whether you have one computer or a classroom full of them. We will also explore places to find connections, as well as ways to make sure the experiences stay grounded in curriculum and content.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Hines

Kelly Hines

Senior Manager, Community Engagement, Discovery Education
Kelly Hines is currently a Community Engagement Manager with Discovery Education. After 15 years as a National Board Certified Teacher and professional development trainer, Kelly works with schools and school districts across the Southeast to build classroom and professional communities... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2013 10:10am - 11:00am
Mt. Mansfield Room Davis Student Center UVM

10:10am

Getting Started with Twitter
You've heard all about Twitter but still haven't taken the leap. Well, now's the time. In this session we'll go over the basics of creating your account, finding followers, exploring hashtags, and spreading the word to grow your PLN. Come prepared to start connecting with others to open up opportunities you never knew imagined.

This is a beginner session or for people who might have created an account, but haven't really used it very much.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Lehman

Chad Lehman

DEN Community Manager, Discovery Education
I'm a big fan of educational technology and how it can be used to excite learning. I love to play and watch almost every sport and when I have time, getting out for a ride on my Harley is very enjoyable.


Tuesday July 16, 2013 10:10am - 11:00am
Frank Livak Ballroom

10:10am

Mobile Magic with DE
Come to a discussion and sharing session for using Discovery assets like songs, photos and sounds on a mobile device. We will focus on lessons rather than apps by creating a matrix of ideas to share.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Martin

Robin Martin

Teacher, Unionville-Chadds Ford SD
Robin Martin attended the Google Teacher Academy in Washington DC in 2009. She has been a part of the planning and implementation of GAFE in the Unionville-Chadds Ford SD as well as a leader in the teacher training. She has presented at conferences and workshops at the local and national... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2013 10:10am - 11:00am
Mildred Livak Ballroom

11:10am

Exploring Edmodo
Tuesday July 16, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mildred Livak Ballroom

11:10am

Jump into the Summer Fun! Free Resources from Discovery Education
What do the following things have in common? Access to the Discovery Science Techbook. A trip to Washington DC to learn about STEM education. Virtual field trips to amazing places across the US with experts in their field. Professional Development webinars. Virtual Labs. Contests. Sweepstakes. Lesson Plans. eBooks. Student Interactives. And more?. They’re all free resources that Discovery Education provides to educators, students, and parents. Dip your toes into this pool of free resources as we have fun and share exclusive opportunities for our DEN STARs.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Schutt

Kyle Schutt

Director, Edu Outreach & Curriculum Integration, Discovery Communications
Husband, father, friend - Outdoors lover - DIYer - STEM enthusiast - Learner - Educator - Virtual Field Trip Host - Discovery Education


Tuesday July 16, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
Silver Maple Ballroom Davis Student Center UVM

11:10am

Show and Tell, 21st Century Style
All students have a story to tell. Through telling their story, students feel empowered - they gain a better understanding of themselves and their heritage, their background and their culture.
The rules of traditional "show and tell" are no longer (or should be no longer). Gone are the days when a student brings in just one object to describe themselves. Let's encourage students to harness the power of technology to share about themselves and accomplish a 21st century show and tell.

Lesson ideas from this session: Pecha Kucha presentations, trading cards, and student-created superheroes
Highlighted resources for this session: DE Social Studies Techbook, Wolfram Alpha, trading card generators, Sketchup and Haiku Deck

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Carpenter

Tracy Carpenter

Technology Coordinator
Maryland DEN Leadership Council, DENvice team member, DEN Guru


Tuesday July 16, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
Frank Livak Ballroom

1:00pm

Authentic Assessment using Digital Tools
This session will focus on highly effective digital technologies that will engage students in meaningful ways to demonstrate their learning through formative and summative assessments. Learn what Discovery Education has to offer in conjunction with 10 other free digital tools.  

There is a LiveBinder that goes with this topic  http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=407909     

Speakers
avatar for Kati Searcy

Kati Searcy

Teacher, Fulton County Schools


Tuesday July 16, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mildred Livak Ballroom

1:00pm

Getting Started with Twitter
You've heard all about Twitter but still haven't taken the leap. Well, now's the time. In this session we'll go over the basics of creating your account, finding followers, exploring hashtags, and spreading the word to grow your PLN. Come prepared to start connecting with others to open up opportunities you never knew imagined.

This is a beginner session or for people who might have created an account, but haven't really used it very much.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Lehman

Chad Lehman

DEN Community Manager, Discovery Education
I'm a big fan of educational technology and how it can be used to excite learning. I love to play and watch almost every sport and when I have time, getting out for a ride on my Harley is very enjoyable.


Tuesday July 16, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Silver Maple Ballroom Davis Student Center UVM

1:00pm

Take Control of the iPad: Accessibility
There are many built-in features on a Mac that accommodate learning disabilities and help improve productivity and academic performance in reading proficiency, math, spelling, and more. Text to speech in iBooks, iChat, iMessage, closed captioning, Photo Booth, Garageband and iMovie will be demonstrated using DE assets. Learn about restriction and accessibility features  on the iPad.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Rush

Linda Rush

Technology Integration Specialist, Notre Dame School
I am passionate about technology for the special education population and the integration of DE assets. I love yoga and fitness classes. My husband and I enjoy cooking, hiking and gardening together. Looking forward to DENSI !


Tuesday July 16, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Frank Livak Ballroom

2:00pm

Are You Smarter Than A Common Core 5th Grader?
Common Core state or not; Common Core believer or not...our global economy is requiring all students to be college and career ready. We need students who are prepared to innovate, collaborate, integrate and communicate.  We need to think, plan, act and teach differently than ever before.  This session will examine how the Common Core State Standards can prepare students for these challenges.  You will learn processes, strategies and tools to use immediately in your classroom.  Prepare to leave the session smarter than a Common Core 5th grader!

Speakers
avatar for Karen Beerer

Karen Beerer

Vice President, Professional Development – Common Core, Discovery Education
Karen Beerer, Ed.D. has 28 years of experience in public schools. First beginning as a grade two elementary teacher, she has also taught fifth grade, seventh grade and graduate level courses.  Dr. Beerer has served as a reading specialist and an elementary principal as well as a... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Frank Livak Ballroom

2:00pm

Creating Your Own Closed Captions
Closed Captions are used to compliment a video’s auditory component by providing a visual display of the text information on the screen. This component can be used to enhance reading and listening comprehension skills, decoding abilities, vocabulary development and understanding. Thanks to Discovery, many of the videos come with the CC's already. Learn how to use them in a variety of ways to differentiate the learning in your classroom.

And. . . . Learn how to add this vital piece of information to any video that is royalty free, creative commons, or has been created by you or your students.

Speakers
avatar for Conni Mulligan

Conni Mulligan

Instructional Technology, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
2012 DEN Guru, STAR Discovery Educator, NC LC DEN Chair, Intel Master Trainer, QTL Instructor, iSafe Certified, FableVision Ambassador, Glogster Ambassador, Microsoft Certified,


Tuesday July 16, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mt. Mansfield Room Davis Student Center UVM

2:00pm

Hi, I'm David And I'm An APPoholic!
Join us for this popular, fast paced, fun-filled, creative learning experience to discover the FREE apps on an APPoholic’s iPad! 

The Davids will demonstrate 20-30 educational apps for the iPad in a shared, smack down, delivery. Each app will be demonstrated for approximately 2 minutes.

Attendees will be provided a link to our collaborative list of educational apps. Our list, available online, of free educational apps extends beyond what can be presented in this session. This online resource will allow attendees to submit their own suggested app(s) for a collaborative list of recommended apps. ALL of our materials will be made available to all DENSI attendees and to all DEN Community Members.

Speakers
avatar for David Fisher

David Fisher

STEM Resource Teacher, School District Palm Beach
David Fisher began the 2014-2015 school year as a STEM Teacher and Learning Team Facilitator and is currently a Grade 4 Teacher at Whispering Pines Elementary School in Boca Raton, Florida. David recently completed a three-year School Improvement Grant funded position as the Technology... Read More →
avatar for David Tchozewski

David Tchozewski

Director of Information Technology, Jenison Public Schools
I have just finished my 28th year in education. I a 22-year veteran of the high school math classroom before moving into my current role of Director of Information Technology for Jenison Public Schools in Michigan. I now lead my district in providing access to appropriate technology... Read More →


Tuesday July 16, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mildred Livak Ballroom

2:00pm

How to Hook Em... Engaging Science Demonstrations
Engaging learners is the most important part of any science lesson.  The Discovery Education Techbook model lessons all start with an engage activity that is meant to activate prior knowledge and generate interest.  Science demonstrations go a long way for doing both.  In this session I will show a collection of science demonstrations and the corresponding digital components that will take your students from "whatever" to "WOW".

Speakers
avatar for Patti Duncan

Patti Duncan

Manager, Science Instructional Implementation, Discovery Education
Educational Consultant Manager for Techbook


Tuesday July 16, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Silver Maple Ballroom Davis Student Center UVM
 
Wednesday, July 17
 

10:10am

Close and Critical Reading the DE Way
This session will focus on using digital media to teach the four Close and Critical Reading (CCR) Questions. The focus will be on using media in non-ELA courses to help students summarize, determine text structure, determine theme, and apply the theme. This is a scaffolding technique aimed at teaching CCR and generating student interest.

Speakers
avatar for Taryn Hailstock

Taryn Hailstock

DEPD Specialist, TMH Educational Enhancement
I a PROUD HBCU graduate of Central State University and an ENTHUSIASTIC, ENERGETIC, ever LEARNING member of the Discovery Education ICPD Team!! I am an active member of both Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. After ten years in... Read More →
avatar for Joann Iras

Joann Iras

Math/Science Teacher and DEPD Specialist, Van Dyke Public Schools/Discovery Education
Joann Iras has 11 years of experience in public education with the Van Dyke Public Schools, just north of Detroit, Michigan. She has taught high school mathematics and science in this diverse community. She also has served in leadership positions, including technology trainer, PLC... Read More →


Wednesday July 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:00am
Mt. Mansfield Room Davis Student Center UVM

10:10am

Learning To Speak Android
Having the ability to speak more than one language in today's world is essential for success.  It's not just English, Spanish, etc.  It's iOS and Android!  Join me as I detail my adventures in learning how to speak Android!   You'll learn how the two operating systems differ, yet remain quite similar.  You'll explore apps that can be used on both platforms, and some of the unique aspects to both.  In the end, you'll realize that speaking two languages is a wonderful skill to possess.  So join me and learn how to speak Android!      

Many people who live in the iOS world like to stay there.  The thought of moving to another world is not only scary, but some might consider crazy.  iOS, after all, is intuitive, easy to adapt, and seemingly prevalent in the world of education.  The idea of learning a new OS language creates a new and possibly frustrating learning curve.     This presentation will explore how quickly one can learn to speak Android when coming from an iOS world.  That is, how does on become bilingual?  What steps need to be taken?  Which device or devices should one look at to learn this new language?  And, how does the integration of the Android language in the classroom differ from that of the iOS classroom world?  As with the learning of iOS, the learning of the Android language is a process that can easily be acquired.    During this presentation participants will have the opportunity to explore both operating systems and their respective application market places.  Participants will become knowledgeable about how to acquire Android skills, and how to really understand the differences between the two operating systems.  The presentation of apps from both platforms will be incorporated, including a listing of apps that are friendly to both iOS and Android.    In the end, participants will learn that if you're fluent in the language of iOS, you can easily become fluent in the Android language as well.    

Speakers
avatar for David Fisher

David Fisher

STEM Resource Teacher, School District Palm Beach
David Fisher began the 2014-2015 school year as a STEM Teacher and Learning Team Facilitator and is currently a Grade 4 Teacher at Whispering Pines Elementary School in Boca Raton, Florida. David recently completed a three-year School Improvement Grant funded position as the Technology... Read More →


Wednesday July 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:00am
Jost Foundation Room

10:10am

S.O.S: Spotlight on Strategies
Do you need help in finding creative ways to showcase easy and effective ways for educators to integrate Discovery Education resources in their class?!?  We've heard your S.O.S call! Join us in our newest and most popular sessions for a deep dive into media integration. Walk away with resources for yourself and your colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Jannita Demian

Jannita Demian

Discovery Channel
As a classroom teacher in California, Jannita was known for engaging her students through digital media, technology, creative projects and partnerships with companies and educational organizations. She was recognized by her peers as Teacher of the Year and received the PTA Honorary... Read More →


Wednesday July 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:00am
Silver Maple Ballroom Davis Student Center UVM

10:10am

There and Back Again: A Social Studies Techbook Tale

Placing students in the debates and events of the past, present and future, we provide students an opportunity to think and act like historians. This session will showcase how the Social Studies Techbook is immersing students in events, cultures and places by allowing them to solve problems of the past and challenges we face today


Speakers
avatar for Mike Bryant

Mike Bryant

Head of Programs, Education, Discovery Education
Mike Bryant has spent the last 12 years working with educators in the U.S. and globally on the digital transformation of instruction. He and his colleagues built one of the largest, award winning, educational communities, the Discovery Educator Network. A community that continues... Read More →


Wednesday July 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:00am
Frank Livak Ballroom

11:10am

Bloomin' with Discovery Education Board Builder
The newly enhanced My DE for Students makes it easier than ever for students to explore content, complete assignments, and connect with the world. However, have you seen Board Builder - the latest tool from Discovery Education designed FOR students?! Board Builder empowers students with the ability to curate, create, and synthesize content to express their personal curiosity, solve problems, and demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge like never before!

Attendees will log in to Discovery Education as a student and:
-Effectively navigate all components of the Student My DE
-Create a Board using 3 distinct media types and at least one textbox or attachment to demonstrate proficiency in at least one standard. For example: create a board that compares and contrasts auditory, visual, and written media messages (VA SOL.English.2010.6.3.a - Compare & contrast auditory, visual, and written media messages)
-Save, Tag, Share the board to a class or school
-Articulate 3 potential cognitive outcomes for Students using Board Builder and share in a collaborative document

Speakers
avatar for Max Brooks

Max Brooks

Vice President, CT3
Max is a life-long learner-sharer who started his career in education nearly twenty years ago as a middle school teacher in Washington, DC. As an educator, he has worn the hats of department coordinator for World Language, Fine Arts, and also served as a SmartLab Facilitator. Both... Read More →


Wednesday July 17, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
Silver Maple Ballroom Davis Student Center UVM

11:10am

How to Assess Those Really Cool Digital Projects Your Kids Create

Let’s say your students created a digital board complete with videos, images, links, pretty backgrounds, nifty designs and more.  How do you assess their work?  More importantly, what exactly are you trying to assess?  In this session we’ll share a variety of ideas, resources and instruments to help you assess the seemingly inassessible.  As we share and chat, we’ll model development of a rubric for assessing a digital project created with the Discovery Education Board Builder.  You’ll leave with practical, useful tools that you can start using this school year.


Speakers
avatar for Andrew Poggio

Andrew Poggio

Director of Assessment, Discovery Education
My passion is asking questions, to continually ask 'why?', 'how?', and 'what if?'. To me, the goal of learning isn't as much about getting students to answer challenging questions as it is enabling them to ask them. Igniting a student's passion and curiosity enables them not only... Read More →
avatar for Lance Rougeux

Lance Rougeux

Vice President, Learning Communities, Discovery Education
Vice President of Learning Communities & Instructional Implementation


Wednesday July 17, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
Jost Foundation Room

11:10am

Storytelling for the YouTube Generation
Every student has a camera in their pocket and easy access to video tools that rival professional movie studios. The question becomes, how do we leverage such tools in the classroom? We will explore non-traditional ways to harness the power of digital storytelling to tap into student creativity throughout the curriculum. By analyzing popular 'viral' videos, we will assess what draws us to them, how they were created, and how educators can replicate those same principles and ideas using Discovery Education videos and free websites.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Dembo

Steve Dembo

Director of Social Media Strategy and Learning Communities, Discovery Education
Director of Social Media Strategy and Learning Communities | Former Kindergarten teacher


Wednesday July 17, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
Frank Livak Ballroom

1:00pm

50 Ways Quick Fire with Discovery Education
You already know that Discovery Education Streaming has videos, an interactive atlas, dynamic calendar, thousands of quiz questions, images, speeches, and sound effects. Do you know about all the wonderful Back to School features for 2013? From English to Science, from iPads to PCs, you will walk away from this session with hundreds of new integration strategies for the new Discovery Education Streaming!

Speakers
JD

Joe Diaz

Regional Account Manager, Discovery Education
Born and raised in Upland California, Joe is currently part of the Discovery Education SPI team with his best friend Max Brooks. As a poet, philosopher, teacher, published artist, and foot double, Joe loves working with educators. Some would call him a modern day Indiana Jones. Others... Read More →


Wednesday July 17, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Silver Maple Ballroom Davis Student Center UVM

1:00pm

Oh, the Places You'll Go (for free PD)
Thanks to the wonderful world wide web, professional development opportunities exist all over the place.  In many cases, the opportunities are free and on demand.  We'll take a look at a number places to explore that offer free opportunities for you to continue your professional learning.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Lehman

Chad Lehman

DEN Community Manager, Discovery Education
I'm a big fan of educational technology and how it can be used to excite learning. I love to play and watch almost every sport and when I have time, getting out for a ride on my Harley is very enjoyable.


Wednesday July 17, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Frank Livak Ballroom

1:00pm

Somersaulting the Classroom: For Those Afraid To Do A Total Flip
Have you thought about Flipping your classroom, but just aren't sure if you're ready to make that total leap? Its ok! In this session we will look at 3 different "styles" of online video instruction and 7 different tools you can use to create them. Create content to introduce a new unit, communicate with parents, review for tests, and more. You'll be amazed at just how easy it is!

Speakers
avatar for Tim Childers

Tim Childers

Knox County Schools, TN
I am a STAR Discovery Educator and Secondary Techology Coach, and I am the proud grandfather of FIVE wonderful grandchildren! | | You can find me blogging at www.timchilders.com, www.bcape.org, www.bcstechblog.org, and occassionally for the TN DEN LC.


Wednesday July 17, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mildred Livak Ballroom

2:00pm

5 Minutes of Creativity
You can't read a document about education and learning without seeing the word creativity. We all know how important creativity is in the 21st century and yet with all the other demands, it can often be a challenge to make it a regular part of the day. Creativity is like a muscle, it needs to be practiced and work on daily. This session will showcase a few simple ideas that can be embedded into any classroom with 5 minutes and a bit of technology.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski

Community Manager, Discovery Education Canada
Dean is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada and worked for 24 years for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada as a classroom teacher and technology consultant. He specializes in the use of technology in the classroom and holds a Masters of Education... Read More →


Wednesday July 17, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Silver Maple Ballroom Davis Student Center UVM

2:00pm

Discover Augmented Reality
How would you like to make your classroom come alive where words and pictures on your classroom wall trigger educational videos, songs, or information just by scanning them with your iPad, iPod touch, or Smartphone?  Learn how easy it is to bring augmented reality into your classroom.  You will learn to scan augmented reality triggers, create a trigger points using a FREE app (so bring your iPad if you have one), and get some great ideas for creating an interactive classroom with Discovery Education media.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Ogen

Karen Ogen

Magnet Coordinator @ MEDIA School, Lexington Richland 5
2012 DEN Guru, SC DEN Leadership Team, National Board Certified Teacher, SMART Certified, ISTE Member, Loves Technology and Blogging! Creator of interactivesites.weebly.com- used by thousands of elementary students everyday.


Wednesday July 17, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Frank Livak Ballroom

2:00pm

Let Them Be Heard!
Everyone wants to be heard while sharing his or her passion. Theologist, David Augsburger is quoted as saying: “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.” If we as educators want to incite passion in our students, we need to let others hear them. Come with me on a journey of excellence, creating books to give your students a voice and to let them be heard!

Learn with your iPad how to use Discovery's video content to create and build a classroom ebook together with your students or individually in your classroom. The students will walk away with a better understanding of how to use different apps together to create a wonderful ebook for sharing.
Apps to be covered:
*iMovie
*iCabMobile
*Book Creator
*ibooks
*Strip Designer

Speakers
avatar for Lea Anne Daughrity

Lea Anne Daughrity

Lucas Christian Academy
Lea Anne Daughrity is a specialist in the area of 1:1 devices in education. She led one of the first large-scale iPad rollouts in the state of Texas and has shared her knowledge and understanding in venues around the state and across the country. She believes that handheld devices... Read More →


Wednesday July 17, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mildred Livak Ballroom

2:00pm

Ready, Set, Create!
Let's get students creating content, not just consuming content! Explore ways to get your students creating meaningful content using Discovery Education digital media and free digital tools. Learn how to use the power of technology to increase student engagement and help students create solutions to real world problems. This session will introduce lesson ideas, tips, tools and resources that can be used across grade levels and content areas.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Carpenter

Tracy Carpenter

Technology Coordinator
Maryland DEN Leadership Council, DENvice team member, DEN Guru
avatar for Zulma Whiteford

Zulma Whiteford

Technology Teacher, St. Louis School
I am a technology teacher, a primary foreign language teacher and STEM Initiatives Chair at St. Louis School in Clarksville, Maryland. As a teacher in this digital world, I am excited about the opportunities available to our students and passionate about collaborating on effective... Read More →


Wednesday July 17, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mt. Mansfield Room Davis Student Center UVM
 
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