Are you interested in going on a hi-tech treasure hunt? Consider participating in Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Geocaching Day taking place Saturday, May 17. Geocaching is a free, real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Geocaching is when you try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS. When you find one, you can then share your experience with others.
Discovery Education is encouraging every DEN member to get out and have some fun on May 17. You could go out on your own to find caches in your area, but a better option would be to host your own geocaching event. The DEN will support your event by sending you an official 2014 DEN Geocaching coin to plant and even send you a some goodies to give to those joining you. You can find resources to help you learn more about geocaching online.
If you’re ready to organize and host an event for DEN Geocaching Day, fill out this form. Contact Discovery’s Chad Lehman if you have questions.
DEN Fall Virtual Conference, VirtConLIVE!, takes place October 20th! This annual conference from Discovery Education is a blended event, a combination of virtual presentations and face to face gatherings. Participants can view the sessions from their own home or attend one of the many face to face events- like the one hosted at Cooperating School Districts– for free (prior registration is requested).
To celebrate the Discovery Educator Network’s (DEN) 10th Virtual Conference, they’ve made some exciting shifts to the event. For the first time, every session will be broadcast LIVE, so attendees will be able to see the presenter’s that are sharing, along with their presentations. Discovery Education added:
• More sessions
• More Face 2 Face (F2F) events
• More opportunities for you to get involved!
Educators of all subjects & grade levels are invited to this free event (even breakfast and lunch are provided to you if you attend at CSD). To get register for the event, or to get more information about F2F events, hosting an event, presenting or the schedule, visit the main conference page. Remember, new tech makes for even bigger treats!
Last Saturday, Discovery Education and the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts hosted a free educational technology mini-conference. The 2011 Spring Virtual Conference was streamed live with guest speakers sharing their knowledge about online publishing, project-based learning, geocaching and more. Thousands of educators from across the world gathered in their homes or at various locations around the globe to learn, collaborate, and network.
As a free professional development opportunity, CSD offered this the live stream event for St. Louis area educators to participate in from our building, plus we offered hands-on training and instructional technology assistance. The participants were able to choose between watching and discussing the live stream of Discovery Educator Network guest speakers or collaborate in smaller group sessions hosted by the instructional technology trainers in the VLC. The participants brought their own wireless device or used one in the Technology Enhanced Learning Environment (tele) of CSD. Our special guest was Discovery Education Professional Developer Cindy Lane. Cindy shared many of the hidden treasures of DE streaming.
Teachers from ten different districts in Missouri and Illinois attended this event. Attendees also received information about the VLC professional development opportunities and how to become a member of the Discovery Educator Network.
“I am so excited about all that I learn every time I come here,” one teacher from Warren County R-3 Schools shared. Two 4th grade teachers from the School District of Clayton stated that they would be sure to come back for the free trainings CSD offers on Discovery Education streaming– those are offered every-other-month on Mondays. The next session- the final one for this school year- is this upcoming Monday, May 9th. Click here to learn more about this free all-day training. Registration is required.
Think Outside the Book with thousands of educators from all over the world as we connect during this unique, free professional development experience from Discovery Education! Learn powerful ways to integrate digital media and Web 2.0 tools into your instruction as well as discover an abundance of resources to expand your own PLN. You can attend virtually, or, if you are in the St. Louis metro area, come here to Cooperating School Districts!
April 30, 2011
Time: 8 am – 2 pm (light breakfast begins at 7:45)
Location: Cooperating School Districts
Address: 1460 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO 63146
Target Audience: K-12 classroom teachers, Ed Tech Specialists, Curriculum Developers
Event Contact: Stephanie Madlinger, firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.692.1212
Participants Will Leave With:
– Deep exploration of the rich variety of digital content available within Discovery Education
– Integration strategies and exemplar learning experiences to bring digital content alive in your classroom and engage students across the curriculum
– Thorough exposure to a wealth of professional development resources including continuous support through the Missouri Discovery Educator Network
– Increased Professional Learning Network – meet other educators & discover educational resources you can connect to for support and collaboration
– Free door prizes for all attendees
Attendees at last Saturday’s Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Conference had a choice to participate in the Virtual Conference or short face-to-face seminars by St. Louis area educators. The event was free and was filled with Web 2.0 learning- participants on site received information on Using DE Resources with Digital Media with Bill Bass, Google Earth & Discovery Education Play Nice with Cindy Lane, and Organizing & Sharing DE My Content with the Virtual Learning Center’s Stephanie Madlinger (also our photographer for the day).
The VLC hopes to continue to bring St. Louis area educators great professional development days like these! To see more photos from the event over the weekend, visit the Virtual Learning Center’s Flickr page.