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DEN Virtual Conference - TECH or TREAT

Saturday, October 22, 2011 — 9 AM to 3 PM ET

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Fall Virtual Conference is a free professional development event for educators to learn about the most effective ways to integrate digital media into their instructional practices. Our focus for this fall’s Tech or Treat virtual conference is on digital storytelling.  You are invited to join in on the fun as we have an amazing lineup of presenters including Wes Fryer, author of Playing with Media: Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing, our DEN Gurus, and more.

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Schedule for the Day

9:00-9:50The Monster Mash-UpIn this session I'll share some creative ways to 'Do the Mash' DEN Style. We'll combine Discovery Education and Web2.0 applications to create a Monster Mash-Up that will surely bring out the entertainer in all of us!Traci Blazosky, DEN Guru
10:00-10:50No Tricks, Just TreatsReeses, Kit Kat, Hershey Bars...
Rolo, Peppermint Patties, Mars...
Come satisfy your sweet 'tech' tooth. I'll be sharing out the goodies in my bag during this session on hardware, iDevice apps, and online apps.  All treats, NO tricks!
Nancy Sharoff, DEN Guru
11:00-11:50Digital Storytelling: Get it Write!Take advantage of the free tools that come with every computer along with the American Film Institute's seven years of research, field testing, and curriculum development to integrate visual storytelling into your core curriculum. Use the manual and video clips available from AFI's "Lights, Camera, Education!" program available on Discovery Education streaming to help students apply the writing process to memorable video production.Joe Brennan
12:00-12:50The Colllective BrainLeverage the power of community and learn effective ways to engage and inspire your students. During this session we will explore the ten latest, greatest and most effective resources and strategies shared by teachers of the Discovery Educator Network.  You'll leave the session with a ton of new ideas, tools and resources to start using tomorrow in your classroom.Lance Rougeux
1:00-1:50Playing with MediaWe need to play with media to become more effective communicators. As children, we learn to progressively make sense of our confusing world through play. The same dynamics apply to us as adults communicating with new and different media forms. As you learn to play with digital text, images, audio and video, you will communicate more creatively and flexibly with a wider variety of options. Author and educator Wesley Fryer will inspire and empower you, as a creative person, to expand your personal senses of digital literacy and digital agency as a multimedia communicator!Wes Fryer
2:00-2:50Treat Yourself to a StoryWhat makes a good digital story?  We will discuss key components of a good digital story as well as learn about a couple tools for creating them. Dean Mantz, DEN Guru


Media and Quotes from Last Year

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"I spent six hours yesterday in my living room attending my first Discovery Education Network Virtual Conference. ... I loved listening to the lectures while being able to chat in my pj's with 300+ other educators at the same time. ... The quote that stood out the most for me from the Closing the Global Achievement Gap presentation was Isolation is the enemy of improvement."

Steve Dembo's Session

This was an amazing conference and I got lots of great technology ideas that I’ll be sharing.

Blue Star Head