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DEN Spring VirtCon 2014

Over 3,400 educators from around the world converged for the DEN Spring VirtCon. Meeting face-to-face at over 30 sites, and interacting with more than 25 presenters throughout the day, attendees connected with a Superintendent, Ed Tech experts, and master educators. Relive the talks that spurred new thoughts, inspired action, and committed us to transforming teaching and learning.
 
 


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Chris Kennedy

KEYNOTE: Inquire, Inspire, Innovate - Leading Learning Transformation

Chris Kennedy
Chris' presentation will challenge us to model the way using social media and technology in our schools. Just as the tools have great power for students, the same is ture for the adults and we must be learners together. He will look at various tools that have powerful professional value and also consider the challenges and risks of engaging in the social space.
Andrea Keller

Are You Up for the Challenge?

Andrea Keller
Gaming has been prevalent for years, but its use in the classroom has shifted significantly. Participants in this session will have a chance to hear how challenges have been created for students to complete on a classroom level and an individual level through the school wide Affinity game. Are you up for the challenge?
Duane Waber

Don't Worry, Be Appy! with iPad and Discovery Education Techbook

Duane Waber
Learn about several iPad apps that work well in conjunction with Discovery Education Science and Social Studies Techbook. This session will explore apps that have a practical application with iPad and Techbook, which will help you utilize these tools in a classroom.
Willow Alston

SySTEMically Teaching

Willow Alston
This session will feature science and math integrated lesson ideas for grades 6-12. As well, participants will be given a resource with strategies that utilize technology for math instruction and assessment.
Porter Palmer

The DEN Princess Diaries: Top Tips from Connecting with Thousands of Discovery Educators

Porter Palmer
The Discovery Educator Network is full of royally talented educators. Nobody knows this better than your DEN Team. Join @DENPrincess as she shares some of her favorite projects, classroom tips, and ideas discovered through connections with DEN members.
Kelly Grogan

Infographics in the Classroom

Sue Hellman, Kelly Grogan
What are infographics? Why do they delight and confound us? How do they fit into your classroom and curriculum? During this webinar you'll explore how infographics mash-up data and visuals to tell a story and try tools such as Gap Minder and Easl.ly to construct one of your own.
Duane Waber

ISS: Investigation Social Studies

Duane Waber
Go back in time to investigate like only Discovery can through the use of the interactive Investigations in Social Studies Techbook. This session will explore the various types of Investigations in the Social Studies Techbook courses and demonstrate how students will be immersed in issues from the past.
Heidi Morgan

It's All About the C's

Heidi Morgan
Get connected and start collaborating! This session will offer many practical ideas, resources, and tools to get your students collaborating and learning with others inside your classroom and with others throughout the world!
Kristy Vincent

Move Over Worksheets - Move Note is in the House!

Kristy Vincent
Presentations are suppose to be graphic heavy but then what happens when they are shared without a presenter? Watching a presenter is great but where is the stuff? Hello MoveNote! A free app that overlays presentations with video. Middle schools students are doing it and you can too!
Kyle Schutt

Spelunking for Resources - Free Tools from Discovery Education

Kyle Schutt
DiscoveryEducation.com links to FREE content, curriculum and challenges for parents, students, and educators. Join us to browse through invaluable resources organized before you login to your DE account. From webinars and virtual field trips to web 2.0 tools there's sure to be something here for you.
Elaine Plybon Educator

What's Up With the Girls?

Elaine Plybon
This session will discuss ways educators can engage and empower the girls in their classrooms. An organization created in Texas will be discussed as an example of building community among girls interested in STEM fields.
David Thornburg

KEYNOTE: Making the Right Choice: 1:1 Tools for Students

David Thornburg
Laptops, Tablets, Chromebooks - all are vying for scarce school dollars as we bring technology to every child. This dynamic session explores the pros and cons of today's tools, and provides a roadmap to the future.
Jesse Welsh

100,000 Students in Online/Blended Learning by 2015/16: Building An Ecosystem for Change

Jesse Welsh
The Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada has a vision of 100,000 students in online and blended learning by 2015-16. Find out how we are building a culture of grassroots change to online and digital learning.
Tracy Carpenter

20 Ideas to Get You to June

Tracy Carpenter
The good news? It's the end of April. The so-so news? It's (only) the end of April. Make the most out of the time remaining this school year with these digital tools, resources and hands-on activities.
Kati Searcy

Authentic Assessment with Digital Tools

Kati Searcy
Let's focus on highly effective, free, digital technologies that will engage students in meaningful ways to demonstrate their learning. When students are asked to master engaging tasks to demonstrate what they have learned, performance increases and knowledge is retained long-term.
Jeanette Edelstein

Board Builder for Students

Jeanette Edelstein
Students can create an unlimited number of projects and presentations using Board Builder. Come to this session to see some exemplary boards and look at Board Builder from a student's perspective.
Chad Lehman

Building Your PLN with the DEN

Chad Lehman
The DEN is one of the largest and most active educators communities around. Educators share ideas, questions, and resources with each other in a variety of ways, including Twitter. This session will help you join the fun.
Patti Duncan

Exploring the Possibilities: Station Based Learning for the Social Studies Classroom

Patti Duncan
The Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook has many resources for exploring concepts. Allowing students to experience that content in a station based experience gives them multiple opportunities for learning. This session will focus on examples of social studies station based lessons and how they can be created using the Techbook.
Rafranz Davis

Transforming a School Community from Compliance to Engagement

Rafranz Davis
You’ve bought the devices and invested in training yet many classrooms aren’t making the transition. What’s holding certain teachers back while others flourish? Let’s tackle systemic beliefs and find a path towards truly transforming schools from the inside leading to more engaging experiences.
Sam Blanco

Using the iPad Functionally with Students with Autism

Sam Blanco
Many learners with autism are highly motivated by the iPad. This presentation will focus on how to utilize that motivation to gets students interacting with you while using the iPad functionally.
Jeffery Baugus

Creating a Flipped Classroom in a Common Core Culture

Jeffery Baugus
Flipped Classrooms have been a hot topic in the midst of a digital shift in education. But how does one begin the process of turning instruction upside-down? This session shows simple, practical steps educators can take to begin a partial or full-scale flipped classroom.
Veronica Lopez

How to Design an Infographic with 1 PowerPoint Slide

Veronica Lopez
How to Design an Info-graphic with 1 PowerPoint slide provides: 1) Info-graphics - what are they and how to use them 2) How to quickly design an Info-graphic with PowerPoint 3) 5 Info-graphic templates
Peg Hartwig

Math Techbook Sneak Peek

Peg Hartwig
Be the one of the first educators to see how the New Discovery Math Techbook will support you and your students in the advancement of 21st C learning, Common Core Standards and Mathematical Practices for Grade 6 through Algebra II.
Patti Duncan

Science in the Virtual World: Using Discovery Education Science Techbook Explorations and Virtual Labs

Patti Duncan
Virtual science experiences allow students to see and do things that would be difficult in the classroom. Whether they are working with dangerous materials, speeding up time, or visualizing processes too small or large to see with the naked eye these learning tools help open a whole new world of possibilities. This session will deal with strategies for using these virtual experiences in an engaging and effective way.
Jeanette Edelstein

The Student Center

Jeanette Edelstein
Take a look at Discovery Education from your students' perspectives. We'll sign in as a student and explore the student center view and all the resources and information that's available to them.
Kelly Hines

Tech in Ten

Kelly Hines
Don't think you have time to integrate technology into your classroom? Check out these ten technology infused activities that you can do in ten minutes or less, with under ten minutes of prep time.
Sam Blanco

Using Technology to Teach Job-Related Skills in Special Education

Sam Blanco
Learn how to use games and apps to teach essential skills such as following directions, checking progress, and prioritizing tasks.
Sam Blanco

Spread the Word: Stop Cyberbullying

Jan Abernethy and the Fantastic Ferrets
Fifth graders from Greenville have been working hard to change the world. They would like to put a stop to cyber bullying! This session will explore what they have done so far, what they are doing now, and how you and your students can become a part of the process to stop cyber bullying once and for all.
Karen Ogen

KEYNOTE: Igniting a Passion to Learn

Karen Ogen
How can we increase student achievement and engagement in a time when our classrooms are taken over by Common Core, prescribed lessons, and high-stakes testing? By giving students choice! We will explore how to inspire and challenge students through Genius Hour, maker challenges, Project Based Learning, and gamification. Learn how to teach the skills of collaboration, communication, and critical thinking through standards-based content creation that will prepare your students for future success.
 

 

 
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