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DEN Diigo

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The “Daily Dose of DEN Diigo” is a little project Heather Sullivan has going over on the Discovery Educator Network blog to get us to share and make us aware of “aggregated content from Discovery Educator Network events, institutes, conference presentations, webinars, blogs, and workshops.” Her recent post linking to learning a foreign language got this old Spanish teacher’s attention de pronto.

If you are not already a Diigo member or use Delicious and would like to expand and cross post, Diigo has a transfer tool and special accounts for educators. Share what you’ve found and tap into the collective wisdom of many, many of your colleagues.

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Back to School Webinars with Discovery Ed

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Beginning this week and then twice a week through August, Discovery Education is offering webinars to help you help your students get the most out of Discovery Education‘s resources.
On Wednesday August 17th it’s Providing Students Access to Discovery Education
Did you know that access to Discovery Education is not just for educators, but for every single student as well? Learn how to provide student access, and in no time they will be exploring videos, images, and more from home, school, or anywhere they have an internet connection.
On August 23rd and 24th it’s Engaging Students with Discovery Education
With unique logins students can browse grade-specific content and access personalized assignments. In this webinar we will demonstrate new ways to deliver resources to motivate students, engage higher order thinking, and achieve curriculum learning goals with the support of the newly released Classroom Manager and Assignment Manager.
And on August 30th and 31st it’s Supporting the Learning Process with Discovery Education
Explore different simple and easy tools and practices that you can use to check for understanding and differentiate your instruction. Along the way we’ll highlight the back-to-school enhancements inside Discovery Education streaming and Discovery Education Assessment and explore how to assign materials and view results within the unified Classroom and Assignment Managers. Finally, we’ll demonstrate how easy all of these tools can be used to monitor student learning and provide effective instructional feedback!
Sit in on one or all to make sure your students get the most out of Discovery Education streaming.

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Bloom’s Taxonomy – Web 2.0

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Shakespeare had his Leonard Bernstein (“West Side Story”) and more than a few others. As Wilkes instructor Katie Leach has pointed out to me, Bloom has Differentiation Supported by Technology student Kim Zimmer and Web 2.0: Impacting Learning Environments instructor Kathy Schrock breathing new life into his system by applying Bloom’s Taxonomy to the access and the tools that students have today.
Kim shared this site matching apps to his taxonomy and Kathy put together her own list to show the relevance and depth of today’s tools in the light of Bloom’s venerable work.

To misquote the bard, “To taxonomize, or not to taxonomize, could that really be a word?”

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Shiny and New

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

All Wilkes students in the Instructional Media program get full access to Discovery’s streaming products, but every educator has complete and free access to the ideas and resources posted on the Discovery Educator Network’s blogs. What could be better than that? How about a shiny and new look making it easier than ever to stay on top of current posts and happenings? Come take a look and tell us what you think.

And while you’re there make sure you check out the DEN Weekly Update. You can check out our webinar archives and read about things like the 1000+ educational song library and new content on DE streaming.

And don’t forget our week long summer school webinar sessions begin tomorrow. Make the most of digital storytelling and streaming‘s resources and tools.

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Class is in Session!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

DEN Summer School starts next week, August 1st, and goes for 3 hours a day, Monday thru Thursday. The fist session every day is my favorite subject, digital storytelling. From the basics through the tools to telling stories with Web 2.0, you will be introduced to the width and breadth of this rich strategy. There is also a session on science every day as well as sessions on getting the most out of Discovery Education streaming and Twitter. Make some time to enjoy a few great learning experiences by registering here:
While you are on the DEN blog you might also want to take a look at the post on Edutopia. And as I finish writing this, I’m actually sitting in a keynote given by good friend and George Lucas Education Foundation board member, Marco Torres ( I can’t think of a better spokesperson for GLEF‘s mission of creativity!

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The Cronkite School at ASU

Monday, July 25th, 2011

After spending last week at the Walter Cronkite School with the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute, I’m starting to think that the rumors of the death of journalism are premature. Sure, there aren’t two daily morning and afternoon papers anymore here in the Chicago area. Blogs and Tweets and personal webpages seem to both make and report news. And the evening news has grown from 15 minutes to 35 not even counting the big block of local and national late afternoon news that get way more than an hour on their own. Of course, need I mention the dedicated news networks? And what newspaper, television channel and network, or radio station doesn’t have a web presence?
The students and staff from the Cronkite School who spoke to us and worked with us consistently mentioned the importance of understanding and using “Web 2.0.” I can’t tell you how often I heard the skills stressed in our EDIM program highlighted as basic literacy for an informed citizenry. Even the young man who had taken a job with a radio station because it was “all he could get” (and has since won numerous national awards for his work), reminded me that I have been remiss in excluding radio/podcast projects from my storytelling presentations. Take a look around to get a feel for the kind of researching and presenting your students can do to make learning come alive.
And though not affiliated with the Cronkite school, I was fortunate to get another opportunity to spend a week watching, learning from and visiting with “Sports Illustrated’s” Bill Frakes. Whether capturing  a moment with a single photograph or a series of them, using recorded interviews and/or video, or “painting with light” at midnight in the desert (yes, I did), or just sharing over dinner, Bill is a master storyteller in a wide variety of media. He truly embodies life-long learning. You can get a good feel for what your students could do with the tools available to them at Bill’s site regardless of their technical or artistic expertise.

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Summers Off?

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Last Saturday a group of select STAR Discovery Educators ensconced themselves in San Diego for a week of intense professional development and celebration of learning at the annual Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute held on the University of San Diego campus. It has been my experience attending over the years that it is impossible to decide whether one learns more from the “formal” program and sessions or from the peer sharing that goes on during and well beyond the week’s schedule. From opening speaker and host of “Build it Bigger,” Danny Forster, to visiting Shamu and Sea World to Pecha Kucha madness, you can get a taste of the week’s learning and sharing via a variety of posts on the DEN blog. And you can also check the institute’s hashtag (#DENSI) on Twitter for a “blow by blow” account of the week’s happenings.

Who says teachers take the summer off?

Learning from Students

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

One of the great benefits of teaching is learning from and being inspired by your students. I am happy to report that it is no different at the online graduate level.

Web 2.0: Impacting Learning Environments course designer/instructor Kathy Schrock recently shared some of the work her student, Cassie Burnett, just did for the class. Kathy found the information Cassie shared in her “Creative Advantage: Using Design Principles to Organize Information” SlideShare so rich that Kathy asked to include it in her own “Infographics as a Creative Assessment” session that she presented two weeks ago at the ISTE Conference in Philadelphia.

Every week I hope to feature something we instructors have learned from our Wilkes EDIM graduate students and I hope that helps and inspires you to continue learning from and celebrating what your students share.

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Reliving ISTE ’11

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The latest edition of ISTE “has left the building” but it is alive and well and still serving up a healthy dose of learning and idea sharing. I’d like to recommend taking a look at presentations done by Wilkes instructor/course designers Kathy Schrock and Steve Dembo as well as Hall Davidson, Discovery’s Director of Educator Outreach.
Steve and Hall were on a panel titled “What’s Your App? Finding Real Solutions with Today’s Applications.” You can see the panelists’ list here and also check out audience recommendations as well as add your own.
And Steve recorded and posted his “Extreme Web 2.0 Makeover: Education Edition” at
Kathy did one presentation on “Infographics as a Creative Assessment” and another on “Using the Manufacturing Process Across the Curriculum to Target Literacies.” And then she and Steve were in on “The ISTE Family Feud” which is available in its entirety.
Finally, the DEN blog has their own wrap-up post with a Diigo list of the best content from ISTE along with links to both the opening and closing keynotes given by Dr. John Medina and Chris Lehman respectively.

So, whether you made it to Philadelphia this year or sat this one out, the sharing goes on and out to you.

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

…Help for Busy Teachers is a weekly email sent out by Wilkes University course designer/instructor, Kathy Schrock. Her “Sites of the School Days”  webpage is designed to let busy teachers “visit this page for an introduction to an exciting and informative site to help you seamlessly infuse technology into the teaching and learning process.” And the class she designed for Wilkes, EDIM 510 Web 2.0: Impacting Learning Environments, has that very same mission.
S.O.S. is on hiatus for the summer but the archives are available on the site along with handouts from conferences she has presented at during the year. Summer reading in bite sized chunks!
You can also get more of Kathy’s tips and thinking on her Kaffeeklatsch blog.

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