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Thursday, July 9
 

3:00pm

DENSI Principal Summit Registration
Principal Summit registration opens at 3pm ET. 

If you arrive before that time, hang out and enjoy yourself. You may drop your luggage off at Cassell Hall and explore D.C. if you'd like. 



Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Cassell Hall American University

5:00pm

DENSI Principal Summit Dinner and Opening Session
5:00-5:30: Welcome
5:30-6:30: Special Guest Thomas Murray
6:30-7:30: Dinner  (Don't worry if you have special dietary restrictions; we have informed the university.)
7:30-8:00: HALL Activity



Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm - 8:15pm
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University
 
Friday, July 10
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Don't worry if you have special dietary restrictions; we have informed the university.

Friday July 10, 2015 7:00am - 8:00am
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

8:00am

Buses depart for World Headquarters of Discovery Communications
Buses depart promptly at 8:15am. 

Friday July 10, 2015 8:00am - 8:15am
TBA

9:15am

DENSI Principal Summit Morning Welcome and Keynote
Opening Keynote: OMG-OGY
Presenter: Lance Rougeux
Technology is often referred to as the game-changer in education. We
can use it to connect with classrooms around the world, create new and
innovative products, and present content in accessible and engaging
ways. But is it the OGY that really makes the greatest impact in our
classrooms?

Friday July 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:00am
Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPR) 1 Discovery Place

10:10am

4C-ing the Future of STEM
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics has been a topic of great importance in many classrooms, schools, districts, and even nationally. Learn how Discovery Education is taking a different approach to this idea and how you can utilize some of Discovery's resources to get started in transforming your instruction.

Speakers

Friday July 10, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Science Channel Room 1 Discovery Place

10:10am

Diving into Literacy Learning
In today’s information-rich and media-driven world, the definition of literacy has changed. Technology allows for students to surf, connect, share, and create – but how are they developing these skills? Learning experiences must ensure that they become deeper readers, writers, and thinkers, equipped for their future. We will explore ways to ensure that instruction in your school moves beyond the surface and into deeper literacy learning for all students.

Speakers

Friday July 10, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Discovery Channel Room 1 Discovery Place

10:10am

It's All the Same, But It's Different
How do we meet the needs of all students? As new initiatives, strategies, resources and tools emerge, this is the same question that we've been asking for decades. But, finally, "going digital" provides teachers with the opportunity to truly differentiate and personalize instruction while at the same time, ensure all students reach more rigorous standards. In this session, participants will explore different digital strategies and tools that teachers are using to differentiate instruction for students. Come with questions and ideas that you've seen work in all types of classrooms. Prepare to leave with practical ideas to lead differentiation in your school!

Speakers
KB

Karen Beerer

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 Supervisor of Curriculum and Professional Development. She has spent the last 8 years as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Animal Planet Room 1 Discovery Place

10:10am

Putting The "D" in PBL
Project/Problem/Challenge Based Learning are powerful, engaging and proven instructional models. Even though the models are unique, all require the student and the teacher to play different roles in the learning process. For some, finding resources to support a "project" can become a "challenge" leading to a bigger "problem" down the road. From finding the right starting point to supplying the media and tools to support all stages of work, learn how to put the "Discovery" back into the learning.

Speakers

Friday July 10, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
TLC Room 1 Discovery Place

11:10am

4C-ing the Future of STEM
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics has been a topic of great importance in many classrooms, schools, districts, and even nationally. Learn how Discovery Education is taking a different approach to this idea and how you can utilize some of Discovery's resources to get started in transforming your instruction.

Speakers

Friday July 10, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Science Channel Room 1 Discovery Place

11:10am

Diving into Literacy Learning
In today’s information-rich and media-driven world, the definition of literacy has changed. Technology allows for students to surf, connect, share, and create – but how are they developing these skills? Learning experiences must ensure that they become deeper readers, writers, and thinkers, equipped for their future. We will explore ways to ensure that instruction in your school moves beyond the surface and into deeper literacy learning for all students.

Speakers

Friday July 10, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Discovery Channel Room 1 Discovery Place

11:10am

It's All the Same, But It's Different
How do we meet the needs of all students? As new initiatives, strategies, resources and tools emerge, this is the same question that we've been asking for decades. But, finally, "going digital" provides teachers with the opportunity to truly differentiate and personalize instruction while at the same time, ensure all students reach more rigorous standards. In this session, participants will explore different digital strategies and tools that teachers are using to differentiate instruction for students. Come with questions and ideas that you've seen work in all types of classrooms. Prepare to leave with practical ideas to lead differentiation in your school!

Speakers
KB

Karen Beerer

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 Supervisor of Curriculum and Professional Development. She has spent the last 8 years as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Animal Planet Room 1 Discovery Place

11:10am

Putting The "D" in PBL
Project/Problem/Challenge Based Learning are powerful, engaging and proven instructional models. Even though the models are unique, all require the student and the teacher to play different roles in the learning process. For some, finding resources to support a "project" can become a "challenge" leading to a bigger "problem" down the road. From finding the right starting point to supplying the media and tools to support all stages of work, learn how to put the "Discovery" back into the learning.

Speakers

Friday July 10, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
TLC Room 1 Discovery Place

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPR) 1 Discovery Place

12:30pm

Learning Lab
Experience Math, Science, Social Studies and ELA in inquiry-based learning labs using Discovery Education resources. Walk-thru and explore multiple examples of digital resources integrated in station-based lessons all wrapped around instructional strategies that work.

Science Channel Room: Science
TLC Room: Social Studies
Discovery Channel: Math
Animal Planet: STEM
Multipurpose Room: Discovery Education User Experience

Friday July 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

Top Ten Things to Know About DE
Speakers
avatar for Jannita Demian

Jannita Demian

I have been with the DEN since its launch in 2005. I am passionate about encouraging participants to discover new and creative ways to re-engage today's learners and am always seeking new opportunities to keep educators connected and inspired. Prior to coming to Discovery Education I was a classroom teacher in Anaheim City School District.


Friday July 10, 2015 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPR) 1 Discovery Place

1:45pm

Break
Friday July 10, 2015 1:45pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

2:30pm

VIP Guest: Christo Doyle
Project/Problem/Challenge Based Learning are powerful, engaging and proven instructional models. Even though the models are unique, all require the student and the teacher to play different roles in the learning process. For some, finding resources to support a "project" can become a "challenge" leading to a bigger "problem" down the road. From finding the right starting point to supplying the media and tools to support all stages of work, learn how to put the "Discovery" back into the learning.

Speakers
CD

Christo Doyle

Vice President of Production and Development


Friday July 10, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
HD Theater 1 Discovery Place

3:00pm

DENLC PreConference Registration
Check-in starts promptly at 3pm. If you arrive early and need a place to stow your bags, there will be a space in the dorms to drop them off.

Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Cassell Hall American University

3:15pm

Break
Friday July 10, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

If These Walls Could Talk: Building Your Brand. Branding Your Building
A brand represents “the promise” it makes to the people it serves. In this session, We will review a valuable process that you can use to build your school’s brand through key stakeholder consensus and shared ownership. We will explore some of the largest brands in the world and work to understand the promise they make to their consumers. From social media to community evangelism, we’ll demonstrate creative ways for your district to tell the stories that need to be heard!

Speakers
SD

Steve Dembo

As the Director of Online Community and Social Media Strategy at Discovery Education, I oversee the DEN website, blogs, virtual events, and our social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook. I also have the privledge of working with our LC Social Media and Blog teams throughout the year! Prior to working for Discovery, I taught kindergarten for several years and served as my school's Director of Technology.


Friday July 10, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPR) 1 Discovery Place

5:00pm

6:00pm

DENLC Dinner and PreCon Opening
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

6:15pm

 
Saturday, July 11
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Don't worry if you have special dietary restrictions; we have informed the university.

Saturday July 11, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

8:15am

DENSI PreCon: Buses depart for World Headquarters of Discovery Communications
Buses depart promptly at 8:15am. 

Saturday July 11, 2015 8:15am - 8:30am
TBA

9:00am

DENSI Principal Summit Morning Welcome and Keynote
The Transition to Digital Makes School The Right Place at the Right Time for Learners
Educators know the move from print to digital is inevitable and a good thing for learners. But how will classrooms look when print goes digital? Digital devices are more than just a change of medium, they enable a change in practice, and a change in effectiveness that can make the world around us filled with teachable moment.. It allows personalization at an unbelievable. On your watch, make your school the right place at the right time every learner.



Walk across the Quad to Mary Graydon Center. MGC is the main building on the campus green with the flagpole in front. As you face the front door of MGC, find the steps to the right of the building between MGC and Battelle-Tompkins. Cross the pedestrian bridge and enter the Butler Pavilion building via the glass doors. Take the elevator to the 6th Floor for Butler Boardroom. On exiting the elevator, the doors to Butler Boardroom will be on your right. 

Speakers
HD

Hall Davidson

As Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives, I get to go all over the country and sometimes all over the globe to work with teachers, administrators, districts, and regions that want to make the transition to digital. Since being part of the DEN's beginning, I have learned much from DEN members. Their work in the classroom is worth spreading and that is the fun part of my job. I try to repay that experience with workshops, ideas, and... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
Butler Pavilion: Butler Board Room American University

9:30am

DENSI PreCon: Leadership Workshop
Speakers

Saturday July 11, 2015 9:30am - 12:00pm
Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPR) 1 Discovery Place

10:15am

Principal Spotlights: Round Table Discussions
Roundtable discussions around the following educational topics

Giannia Lounge: Professional Development facilitated by Harvey Chambers and Kelly Krueger
MG-245: Instructional Practices facilitated by Docilla Pollard and Mark Shea
MG-324: Blocking and Rotation Scheduling facilitated by Fritz Lehrke and Mark Rasar
MG- 247: Grant Opportunities facilitated by Dacia Jones


Saturday July 11, 2015 10:15am - 10:45am
Mary Graydon Center American University

11:15am

Leading Learning
Join NASSP Principal of the Year Jayne Ellspermann as she shares how school leaders can personalize learning for their students, teachers and staff while maintaining balance of the myriad of administrative responsibilities in this time of constant change. What is working and what needs to change to create a positive and academically successful school environment. Empower your staff and students to embrace change and increased rigor to improve student achievement.


Saturday July 11, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
The Gianni Lounge MGC Room 200 American University

12:00pm

Principal Summit Lunch
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

12:00pm

DENSI PreCon: Lunch
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPR) 1 Discovery Place

12:30pm

Press Photos
Join NASSP Principal of the Year Jayne Ellspermann as she shares how school leaders can personalize learning for their students, teachers and staff while maintaining balance of the myriad of administrative responsibilities in this time of constant change. What is working and what needs to change to create a positive and academically successful school environment. Empower your staff and students to embrace change and increased rigor to improve student achievement.

Saturday July 11, 2015 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Front of Mary Graydon

1:00pm

Principal Spotlights: Round Table Discussions
Roundtable discussions around the following educational topics

Giannia Lounge: PLC Time facilitated by Alan Ramos and Rena Sabey
MG-245: Behavior Management facilitated by Lacei Koffi, Tabatha Lawrence, and Troy Hughes
MG-324: Special Focus (Coding, Engineering Challenges, MakerFaire) facilitated by Delsia Malone, Paul McGuire, and Ronnie Cantu
MG- 247: Grant Opportunities facilitated by Dacia Jones


Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Mary Graydon Center American University

1:00pm

DENLC Focus Group: Make Discovery Education a Better Experience- Share Your Ideas and Vision for DE

What ideas are burning in your back pocket?  What passion projects would you like to see come to fruition in DE - large or small?  The door is wide open and we want to hear your thoughts.  Join us in a brainstorming session around ideas that will solve instructional challenges.  Help us get beyond the trends and buzz words to arrive at long lasting solutions for teachers to be more effective and students more engaged in their learning.  We will start with a Paper Chat SOS and then prioritize suggestions against a rubric of our design.


Speakers

Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPR) 1 Discovery Place

1:00pm

DENLC Focus Group: The Ultimate Discovery Education Virtual Field Trip Experience

The Discovery Education Virtual Field Trip series transports young learners beyond the walls of their classrooms to question, explore, discover and learn about the world around them. Help us understand what virtual experiences and resources would be most exciting and educational for you and your students. Join this brainstorm around subject areas, topics, supporting resources, timing and communication for our upcoming virtual field trip calendar.  


Speakers

Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Animal Planet Room 1 Discovery Place

1:00pm

DENLC PreCon: Behind the Scenes Tour
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Atrium 1 Discovery Place

1:30pm

Principal Spotlights: Round Table Discussions
Roundtable discussions around the following educational topics

Giannia Lounge: Google Tools facilitated by Frank Chiki and Karen DeVore
MG-245: Social Media facilitated by Frank Robinson and Walter Reap
MG- 247: Grant Opportunities facilitated by Dacia Jones


Saturday July 11, 2015 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Mary Graydon Center American University

2:00pm

DENLC Focus Group: Discovery Education Product Roadmap (via the story of The Blind Men and An Elephant)

We all have a different view of who DE is (and should be) -- a fabulous community of educators, a stellar professional development service, a great instructional tool, all of the above?.  Where do we go next?  Hear what is the on roadmap for the next 12 – 24 months.  Help us prioritize the features that are essential to engaging our customers and that make a postiive difference in teaching and learning.   Join us in a discussion of the Student Experience, Collaboration and Groups, Builder 2.0 and more. 



Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPR) 1 Discovery Place

2:00pm

DENLC PreCon: Behind the Scenes Tour
Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Atrium 1 Discovery Place

2:15pm

Blended Learning Tech Talk and Panel
Saturday July 11, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Butler Pavilion: Butler Board Room American University

3:00pm

A Year of Discovery with Your Students: Aligning Teacher Resources with a Calendar of Events

Help us understand what resources are most valuable to you, how and when we should provide them to you for easy and timely use in your classroom lessons. Join us for a discussion around the importance of aligning resources with the calendar of events, special dates, commemorations and celebrations. We want to hear what significant events you build into your lesson plans, what resources you are currently using that are helpful (inside and outside of Discovery Education), and what resources are not offered but would be valuable to your students.


Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Animal Planet Room 1 Discovery Place

3:00pm

DENLC Focus Group: Examining Learning Progressions that Give a Student Control

Providing teachers with data about students' progress is critical, but what about giving students knowledge and control of their own learning progress?  Help us understand what data elements (standards, skills, concepts, activities) are most important in developing a picture of student progress. Join us for a discussion of a new interface for students based on learning progressions.  Share your thoughts on effective visualizations of student progress, student motivation factors, as well as how you would balance student-paced learning within a classroom environment.


Speakers

Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPR) 1 Discovery Place

3:00pm

DENLC PreCon: Behind the Scenes Tour
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Atrium 1 Discovery Place

3:30pm

Appy Hour
Share your favorite tools and apps for organizing and leading

Saturday July 11, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Butler Pavilion: Butler Board Room American University

4:00pm

Code Name “Asteroid:” Take A Peek At A New Platform

As we wrap up for the day we’ll share a sneak peek at a new platform that will allow exciting new things to happen in the classroom.



Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPR) 1 Discovery Place

4:00pm

Open Office and Networking
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Butler Pavilion: Butler Board Room American University

4:30pm

5:00pm

DENSI PreCon: Dinner
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

6:00pm

7:00pm

DENSI Game Night
Saturday July 11, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cassell Hall American University
 
Sunday, July 12
 

7:00am

Breakfast for Principal Summit and PreCon Attendees
Breakfast is available in the dining hall for attendees of the DENSI Principal Summit and the DENLC PreCon.

Sunday July 12, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

8:30am

Spread the DEN Love: Community Service Project
Join other Discovery Education Community leaders in a special time of networking. Spread DEN Love together by giving your time and talents to a local charity or two while getting to know each other better.

Sunday July 12, 2015 8:30am - 11:00am
Cassell Hall American University

11:00am

Lunch for Principal Summit and PreCon Attendees
Lunch is available in the dining hall for attendees of the DENSI Principal Summit and the DENLC PreCon.

Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

3:00pm

DENSI Registration
Check-in and registration open at 3pm. If you arrive before that time, hang out in town or on campus and enjoy yourself. You may drop your luggage off if you need to, but DENSI registration won't begin until 3.

When you register, make sure you have your less than $5 gift that you will bestow upon another attendee. We will collect them from you when you check-in and bring them to the barbecue. We will put them in a gift bag for you so keep it small-ish. Remember, people are flying home. (Gag gifts are discouraged. We want you to be able to share something about your home state/province/region.)

Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Cassell Hall American University

4:00pm

DENSI Press Photos
When you check in, we'll tell you where press photos are being taken. A week or so after DENSI, we send a press release to your school/district, your local news outlet, and even you!
You'll get your picture taken with Lance Rougeux. He's Vice President of Learning Communities and Instructional Implementation at Discovery Education and one of the founders of the DEN. Lance is also an all around good guy.

Sunday July 12, 2015 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Cassell Hall American University

6:00pm

DENSI Opening Dinner
Sunday July 12, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eric Friedheim Quadrangle American University

7:00pm

DENSI Opening Session
Sunday July 12, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

8:30pm

Team Meetings
Most every day, you will meet with a team of about a dozen other attendees to reflect on the day. Your team leader will let you know where your team will meet each day.

Sunday July 12, 2015 8:30pm - 9:00pm
TBA
 
Monday, July 13
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Don't worry if you have special dietary restrictions; we have informed the university. Fuel up! We're going on a field trip.

Monday July 13, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

8:30am

Outing
Buses depart promptly at 8:30am to take us on a tour of Washington, D.C. monuments. Around noon, we should arrive at the National Mall for lunch.

Monday July 13, 2015 8:30am - 12:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Lunch
We'll have yummy bagged lunches under as many shade trees as we can find :) Don't worry if you have special dietary restrictions. We have informed the University, and they will make sure there is something for you.

Pro tip: If you have food allergies, get hangry if you've not eaten in a little while, or are simply a picky eater, pack a familiar snack for this day or a few bucks to grab something as you wander.

Monday July 13, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Outing
After lunch, you'll have until 4pm to explore the monuments, museums, and parks along the National Mall. Here are just a few things you might go and see.  You may choose to ramble around the area. Navigate with the National Mall App. 

Download the Android and Apple versions of the app.

Want a little more structure? Meet at 1:30pm at the Museum of Natural History.

Monday July 13, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

5:00pm

Dinner
Monday July 13, 2015 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

5:00pm

Dinner
Monday July 13, 2015 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

7:00pm

Photo Walk via Metro (optional)
Please bring a few dollars for the Metro if you'd like to go on the photo walk. 

Monday July 13, 2015 7:00pm - 9:30pm
TBA
 
Tuesday, July 14
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Don't worry if you have special dietary restrictions; we have informed the university. Energy in!

Tuesday July 14, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

8:00am

Morning Meditations and #DENspirations
Need some time to focus before the day of learning begins? This is your chance. Bring a coffee and catch up on your Twitter, Facebook, blog feeds, etc. This is just an informal time as people are gathering in the morning.

Tuesday July 14, 2015 8:00am - 8:30am
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

8:30am

General Session
Morning announcements are followed by the WDEN news, DEN Speaks with David Fisher, and a keynote address from Hall Davidson.

Tuesday July 14, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

10:10am

Coding in the Elementary-ish Classroom
We will share tips, tricks, apps, and real-world experiences of teaching coding in the classroom (our experience is mainly in elementary school but could be applicable to all grade levels).

Speakers
CL

Cheryl Lykowski

Cheryl Lykowski is an educator, tech geek, mother, and grandmother. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from Lourdes College and her Master’s Degree in Education/Instructional Technology, where she is also an adjunct instructor. | | Cheryl teaches second grade at Monroe Road Elementary School, Bedford Public Schools; Lambertville, Michigan. She is Webmaster for her building. Cheryl has experience in online projects for... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 303A American University

10:10am

It's About Learning Not the Device
Explore instructional models that support the effective integration of technology into the classroom. Educators will learn more about valuable digital resources and how to implement them to make the classroom environment stronger, while increasing learning and motivation.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Yurk

Rachel Yurk

Instructional Technology Specialist, Cedarburg School District
Rachel Yurk is the Instructional Technology Specialist for the Cedarburg School District. After completing her masters degree in teaching from Aurora University, Rachel earned the Instructional Technology Coordinator License from Cardinal Stritch University. In over 20 years in the field of education Rachel has worked in the the classroom, coaching teachers as a Technology Integrator, and consultant to support the use instructional technology... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Classroom 323 American University

10:10am

PBL in the Media Rich Classroom





Speakers
PD

Patti Duncan

Patti Duncan is an educator, scientist, technology consultant, and professional development trainer. After working for 10 years as a food chemist, Patti made the switch to education in 1997. She has taught middle school and high school science for twelve years, most recently for the Wallenpaupack Area School District in Hawley PA. During that time, keeping her classroom innovative and engaging has been her focus. She has spent the past 10 years... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 324 American University

10:10am

The Snow Day Challenge
Mother Nature has caused an increasing number of canceled school days in the last few years, particularly in the eastern United States. In Michigan, we have seen school districts extend their school years to make up for lost days. Both staff and students often get frustrated with the increasing number of interruptions. Just because people are not physically in the building does not mean that learning has to stop. Let’s grab onto the opportunity to educate students during those days. Discovery Education offers an easy way to engage, educate and entertain students.

This session will be “all hands on deck” as we figure out the best way to put together a collection of resources that can be assigned to students that are experiencing “School Canceled” due to the weather.

A Snow Day Challenge is a short independent assignment that is issued by a teacher, principal or superintendent during a canceled school day. Typically, the challenge is designed to be a fun learning experience that keeps a student engaged during a down day. A Snow Day Challenge can be an exciting opportunity for those “days off”.

My goal it to put together a collection of up to 10 ready-made grade-level assignments that can be easily assigned during weather related cancelations. They should be designed in a way that students are excited and can’t wait to get online to complete the challenge. 

Speakers
avatar for Dave Tchozewski

Dave Tchozewski

Director of Information Technology, Jenison Public Schools
Dave is now in his 28th year in education. He is a 22-year veteran of the high school math classroom before moving into his current role as Director of Information Technology for Jenison Public Schools in Michigan. He now leads his district in providing access to appropriate technology services that positively impact teaching and learning. He strongly believes that an “engaged student is a learning student” and that technology can... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 331 American University

10:10am

An SOS Digital Call for Integration
You may have heard of these strategies, but join us as we dive deeper, share ways to enhance them with web tools, explore the brand new feature page, explain how to build your own PD session using these strategies, learn how you can add strategies to our collection, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Jannita Demian

Jannita Demian

I have been with the DEN since its launch in 2005. I am passionate about encouraging participants to discover new and creative ways to re-engage today's learners and am always seeking new opportunities to keep educators connected and inspired. Prior to coming to Discovery Education I was a classroom teacher in Anaheim City School District.


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

11:10am

Bridges to STEM
In this session the participants will learn how to engage creative problem solving in your students thru the use of Discovery Education products (Science Techbook, Streaming Plus and Board Builder). Mrs. Whiteford will present an example from her own curriculum in the design and construction of a bridge in order to demonstrate STEM teaching principles and motivate you to bring STEM learning into your classroom. This session will include a hands on component in which you will be challenge to "make" something as part of a team.

Speakers

Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Classroom 323 American University

11:10am

Choose to MASH- DEN Style!
In this session, Traci will share some creative ways to offer students choice when curating information. Combining Discovery resources and applications, you'll experience how to create a unique Mash-Up that can easily be implemented in your own classroom. You'll see just one way to design learning experiences that teach students to synthesize content and reach a more complete level of understanding. We will also explore ways to integrate S.O.S. strategies like: What Did They Say?!?, Tweet! Tweet!, Paper Slide, and Six Word Story.
Come and explore a great way to get your students working collaboratively together!




Speakers
TB

Traci Blazosky

I am a fourth grade teacher at Clarion Area Elementary in Clarion, PA. I was recognized as astate level Keystone Technology Integrator in 2007, and also facilitated the Keystones State Summit as well. I have been a DEN star since 2007, and on the PA DEN Leadership Council since 2008. In 2009, the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology recognized me as Outstanding Teacher of the Year. I have presented... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 303A American University

11:10am

Immerse Your Students in the Magic of Green Screen
Immerse your students in Discovery Education images and videos with the magic of green screen technology. This session will be a “Let’s give it a try!” experience. A green screen will be set up for participants to work hands-on with the magic of a green screen. Although there are other green screen apps available, we will be using the iPad app, Green Screen by Do Ink ($2.99). Feel free to investigate with us before making your purchase. For those of you on the cutting edge, download the app prior to attending so you are ready to lead the way. Note: This is an iPad ONLY app. Feel free to give other apps a try and teach the group about alternatives.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Tchozewski

Dave Tchozewski

Director of Information Technology, Jenison Public Schools
Dave is now in his 28th year in education. He is a 22-year veteran of the high school math classroom before moving into his current role as Director of Information Technology for Jenison Public Schools in Michigan. He now leads his district in providing access to appropriate technology services that positively impact teaching and learning. He strongly believes that an “engaged student is a learning student” and that technology can... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 331 American University

11:10am

Sketch it Out! Doodle Your Learning
During this interactive session we will examine how doodling and visual note taking can capture learning and help students process complex ideas. We’ll share classroom examples and explore how doodling and drawing can help students process, retain, and share information.

Speakers
TC

Tracy Carpenter

Learner. Creator. EdTech enthusiast. DEN Guru, Maryland LC.Learner. Creator. EdTech enthusiast. DEN Guru, Maryland LC.


Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 324 American University

11:10am

Creativity in the Classroom
Knowing we need students to think creatively and problem solve in order to be college & career ready, how can we encourage these skills and still meet the standards and curriculum goals each day?
This session will feature ways to foster creativity, innovative thinking & problem solving in your classroom regardless of the subject/grade level you teach. 

Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

12:00pm

Lunch
Tuesday July 14, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

1:00pm

6 Ways to Show What You Know
Testing isn't the only way to assess students. Learn practical, concrete ways to give students ownership of their own learning and allow them to use their creativity to 'show what they know.'

Speakers
DG

DENnis Grice

Dennis Grice is a K-8 Technology Teacher at St. John's Lutheran School in Orange, California where his mission is not to teach technology, but to help teachers use technology to teach. He is also a STAR Discovery Educator and Leadership Council Member, Peer Coaching Workshop Facilitator, and has shared his passion for integrating technology into curriculum at workshops and conferences across the country.


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 324 American University

1:00pm

A Monumental Tour of Free Tools from Discovery Education
When was the last time you paused before logging into Discovery Education? Hop onboard as we share Discovery Education's portal of FREE content, curriculum and challenges for parents, students, and educators. We’ll make stops at some of the most sought after gems organized before you login to your DE account. From webinars and virtual field trips to virtual labs and downloadable interactive lesson plans there's sure to be something here for you (and your colleagues).

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 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 312 American University

1:00pm

Creating an Engaging Course Using iTunes U
It is easier than ever to create a course or unit for your students using the iTunes U app. on your iPad. If you have an iPad, and an iTunes account, you can begin creating an engaging and interactive course for your students or staff.

In this class participants will explore how easy it is to make a unit or a course in iTunes U. With the growing interest in mobile devices (iPads, laptops, etc.) as well as online and blended learning opportunities, creating and customizing content for our learners is essential. This tool makes it possible for your learners to easily access all links, content and materials in one place. Participants will see many examples of what they can do with these tools, and have hands-on time to create and publish a unit, course or book using iTunes U.

Speakers

Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 303A American University

1:00pm

Lights, Camera...Student Engagement!
Let's harness our students' interest in video and make our classroom lessons more creative, student centered, and engaging. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore 5 (or more) easy, fun, and free or low-cost ways that your students can become producers of their own content. You will leave with curricular-based ideas that you can implement in your classroom immediately no matter what devices you have, grade level you teach, or skill level you possess.

Speakers

Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 247 American University

1:00pm

Stop, Drop, and Roll!
When is the last time you found an idea so awesome that you stopped what you were doing, dropped everything, and rolled with it? Join us for a fast-paced session filled with 'totally rad' instructional tools, 'rock star' equipment, and 'design diva' physical space design ideas that will inspire you and your students to STOP, DROP, and ROLL! Library Media Center and Arts Integration strategies will be emphasized in this fun breakout session.

Speakers
SD

Sandi Dennis

I am a highly motivated, creative, and engaged Library Media and Instructional Technology Specialist in a charter school district in Decatur Georgia, just outside Atlanta. I design instruction, online courses, training materials, and training presentations. I work with students, teachers, and families to help integrate media in print and electronic formats into their lives and educational experiences. I am an enthusiastic and passionate member of... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

2:00pm

Board Builder Plus SOS Is BOSS
This equation will bring Board Builder and SOS together in a jam packed session of ideas and ways to use these two Discovery Education tools together. Which SOS can you use with Board Builder? Come and find out!

Speakers

Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 303A American University

2:00pm

Breaking Down the Walls of your Classroom and School Library
Shhh! Not anymore. The school library is changing and is now a place where students and teachers are creating, collaborating, and sharing their learning beyond the physical library space. Let's explore some examples of how this is occurring and how you can do it your school.

Speakers

Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 324 American University

2:00pm

Class Will Come to Order.... Online!
Google Classroom was released to schools last year. What's all the hype about it? What can it do for your classes? Come find out!

Google Classroom is a super simple, intuitive dashboard for your students to quickly and easily receive assignments, announcements, links, and more! For those in or transitioning to the paperless classroom, this is the tool guaranteed to propel you to success. Communication is at the core of this tool.

**Google Apps for Education required for participation and implementation in the classroom**

Speakers

Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 312 American University

2:00pm

Coding in the Classroom: Adding a British Perspective
Speakers
TC

Tracy Carpenter

Learner. Creator. EdTech enthusiast. DEN Guru, Maryland LC.Learner. Creator. EdTech enthusiast. DEN Guru, Maryland LC.


Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 247 American University

2:00pm

Building Momentum: What Makes a Movement?
As teacher-leaders, we are used to being leaders within our classrooms and communities, yet it can be difficult to extend the influence beyond the walls of our buildings. Join me to explore ways to assess readiness, make a plan, and build a movement within your school, district, and/or beyond. Share your strategies for what has worked for you, and take away a few new ones to try!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Hines

Kelly Hines

Community Engagement Manager, Discovery Education
Kelly Hines is a Community Engagement Manager with Discovery Education. After 15 years as a National Board Certified Teacher and professional development trainer, Kelly works with districts across the Southeast to build classroom and professional communities as a pathway for professional growth, increased opportunities for learning, and personal engagement through Discovery Education's global community of educators and beyond.


Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

3:00pm

Team Meetings
Most every day, you will meet with a team of about a dozen other attendees to reflect on the day. Your team leader will let you know where your team will meet each day.

Tuesday July 14, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

4:00pm

Dinner and Break
Pro tip: sneak in a little #napchat here to prep for the evening fun.

Dinner is available at 5pm 

Tuesday July 14, 2015 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

7:00pm

DENmazing Race
Tuesday July 14, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cassell Hall American University
 
Wednesday, July 15
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Don't worry if you have special dietary restrictions; we have informed the university. Energy in!

Wednesday July 15, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

8:00am

Morning Meditations and #DENspirations
Wednesday July 15, 2015 8:00am - 8:30am
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

8:30am

General Session
Morning announcements are followed by the WDEN news, DEN Speaks with Chad Lehman and Lindsay Foster, and a keynote address from Steve Dembo. You'll also get to meet Kelli Campbell, SVP Discovery Education.

Wednesday July 15, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

10:10am

Happy 'Hours of Coding'
Coding is all the rage for the classroom these days. But getting started, knowing what to use, and knowing the steps to implement it in the classroom take a lot of planning and understanding. If you are new, or semi-new, come let me share what I have learned and how my students successfully learn to code every year. We will start with the basics of code.org, dive deep into Scratch, where will spend most of the class and then learn of extended opportunities that you can provide for your students with little coding knowledge yourself. Your eyes will be opened to an array of sites to use and I will settle your fears of getting started.

Speakers
LA

Lea Anne Daughrity

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 are a tool that can enhance learning and can empower the end user. She shares with local scouting groups in her community about the importance of their digital... Read More →
avatar for Karie Huttner

Karie Huttner

Educational Technology Coordinator/Math Resource Teacher, Verona Area School District
I love learning about how to incorporate technology to strengthen teaching and learning. I am a creator at heart. As a blogger for the Discovery Educator Network blog iMake iLearn, I am able to share ideas of how to make in the virtual and physical world with different mediums like 3D printing, Minecraft EDU, Spheros, cardboard, LEDs, and more. I believe that everyone has an inner Maker and just needs the opportunity to find the right medium.


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 American University

10:10am

Making Learning Visible with E-Portfolios

On line digital documentation allows students and parents to be actively involved in the learning process. Students are able to reflect on their success and failures and parents will have a window into the classroom. Parents are able to have authentic conversations with their children about learning as well as provide support when needed. I have been using portfolios in my classroom for 2 years and would never go back!

Speakers

Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
The Gianni Lounge MGC Room 200 American University

10:10am

Weave DE tools and Learning together with the Google Thread
Is your district a Google Apps for Education user? If so, there are countless ways in which the use of Google tools can be leveraged to make Discovery Education media more meaningful in the classroom. Not only will we see how you can use the main suite of Apps like Docs, Presentations, and Forms, but we will explore some great Apps and Extensions that weave it all together with DE resources for more engaged, meaningful learning.  

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Yurk

Rachel Yurk

Instructional Technology Specialist, Cedarburg School District
Rachel Yurk is the Instructional Technology Specialist for the Cedarburg School District. After completing her masters degree in teaching from Aurora University, Rachel earned the Instructional Technology Coordinator License from Cardinal Stritch University. In over 20 years in the field of education Rachel has worked in the the classroom, coaching teachers as a Technology Integrator, and consultant to support the use instructional technology... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 American University

10:10am

STEM is Everywhere in Discovery Education





Speakers
PD

Patti Duncan

Patti Duncan is an educator, scientist, technology consultant, and professional development trainer. After working for 10 years as a food chemist, Patti made the switch to education in 1997. She has taught middle school and high school science for twelve years, most recently for the Wallenpaupack Area School District in Hawley PA. During that time, keeping her classroom innovative and engaging has been her focus. She has spent the past 10 years... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

10:10am

Echoes and Reflections: Bringing Holocaust Survivors to Life in Your Classroom

Making the Holocaust and other genocides relevant to your students can sometimes be a challenge. This session will focus on Echoes and Reflections,  leaders in Holocaust education, and specifically on the technique of using visual history testimony, available online, to help your students connect to those who witnessed the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazi party during World War Two. 

 

We will begin by examining one lesson from the Echoes and Reflections resouce guide and it's accompanying primary sources and continue with an examination of relevant testimony available to teachers and students in a digital format.

 

Audience: all 6-12th grade teachers who touch on this subject in their classrooms. 


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 247 American University

11:10am

Scavenging New Realities
The Most UnReal, UnBelievable Scavenger Hunt Come to this un-conference session to be challenged! Come alone or as team and bring mobile and tablets. You'll need them! With no instructions, you will solve a puzzle that taps hidden codes, music, movies, image cues, art, and your own imagination. Learn some great classroom applications along the way. Note: Contents may include QR, AR, and LOL.

Speakers
HD

Hall Davidson

As Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives, I get to go all over the country and sometimes all over the globe to work with teachers, administrators, districts, and regions that want to make the transition to digital. Since being part of the DEN's beginning, I have learned much from DEN members. Their work in the classroom is worth spreading and that is the fun part of my job. I try to repay that experience with workshops, ideas, and... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 American University

11:10am

Substituting to Redefining: Transforming Learning the SAMR Showdown
Substituting to Redefining: Transforming Learning the SAMR Showdown

Speakers
avatar for Jannita Demian

Jannita Demian

I have been with the DEN since its launch in 2005. I am passionate about encouraging participants to discover new and creative ways to re-engage today's learners and am always seeking new opportunities to keep educators connected and inspired. Prior to coming to Discovery Education I was a classroom teacher in Anaheim City School District.


Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 American University

11:10am

Unleashing Creativity with App Smashing
Linda will explain what app smashing is and give examples of key apps that she has used to create a new project to make a multimedia book or video. Lots of resources and examples will be shared. 

Speakers

Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
The Gianni Lounge MGC Room 200 American University

11:10am

Discover Student Accounts
Much of the power of Discovery Education won't be realized until teachers set up accounts for their students. Student accounts allow students to access DE resources on their own, have access to the wonderful Board Builder for creating projects and showing understanding in a multitude of ways, teachers to differentiate instruction, to provide links for resources directly to students, create quizzes and reading prompts that can be assigned directly to students, and much more. Do you want to know more about using student accounts? This session is for you!

Speakers
SM

Sandy MacDougall

Sandy has been an educator for almost 30 years. He taught a wide variety of subjects while he worked in an alternative high school and then taught primarily English, science and healthy living while teaching grade 7. For the last several years, Sandy has been working centrally as a Technology Integration Leader at Halifax Regional School Board. He strives daily to make technology as simple as possible for those he works with in order to help them... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

12:00pm

Lunch
Wednesday July 15, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

1:00pm

Back to School with Discovery and the Discovery Educator Network
In this session you will learn tips and techniques to keep your students engaged throughout the school year. In addition, I will showcase ways you can stay connected with the DEN. Specifically, you will learn about many websites, apps. and people that allow you to (1) Get Organized , (2) Get Creative, (3) Get Connected and (4) Get The Resources. This will be a fun and engaging session!

Speakers

Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
The Gianni Lounge MGC Room 200 American University

1:00pm

Level Up! Gamified Professional Development
Ever needed to cover a bunch of topics with your staff but didn't have the time? Why not build a game out of it and in the process build a PLC? Come get some ideas on how to build learning challenges around Discovery Education and more. Make learning engaging for adults again!

Speakers

Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 American University

1:00pm

Mystery Skyping
Are you trying to build your students problem solving and critical thinking skills? Mystery Skyping provides you with an opportunity to provide authentic and engaging activity to build these skills as well as many other life long skills. Students use communication and collaboration to try and locate another class. We use Skype but Google Hangouts would also work. We will actually be having a Mystery Skype call, so come ready to work and learn!

Speakers

Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 American University

1:00pm

Perfectly Portable Presentations
PowerPoint and Keynote are awesome presentation tools. But, they're not the only games in town. Join me as I expose you to free, easy-to-use, web-based presentation tools that go beyond PowerPoint and Keynote. These tools are guaranteed to bring your presentation to life in ways that machine based software simply can't. You no longer need to be tied to your desktop for the best presentations. It's time to become portable!  

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 Coordinator for a Title 1 elementary school in Palm Beach County, Florida implementing a one-to-one iPad program . With more than 20 years in the classroom... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 247 American University

1:00pm

Building Your Top 10 of DE Staff Development
Have you been asked to present Discovery Education to your staff? Join us as we highlight the top strategies, resources, and supports to share from professional development to the hidden gems. Let us know your favorites and we'll add them. Together we can build the best session you can take back with you!

Speakers
avatar for Jannita Demian

Jannita Demian

I have been with the DEN since its launch in 2005. I am passionate about encouraging participants to discover new and creative ways to re-engage today's learners and am always seeking new opportunities to keep educators connected and inspired. Prior to coming to Discovery Education I was a classroom teacher in Anaheim City School District.


Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

2:00pm

Augmented Reality Can Make Your Classroom Come Alive
Make your classroom come alive by using Augmented reality (AR)! This session will you how to create AR experiences for your students. We will also discuss meaningful ways to integrate AR in classrooms to enhance learning and understanding. This hands-on workshop will leave you empowered to bring a whole new dimension to your teaching.

Speakers

Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 American University

2:00pm

Connecting your Classroom to the World
With a focus on Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) , applicable tips and tricks will be shared with participants on the hows and whys of connecting your classroom and students with the outside world. We will explore strategies for incorporating literacy and math skills into VFT experiences. Come learn how we are using VFTs as a springboard into great lessons.

Speakers
CL

Cheryl Lykowski

Cheryl Lykowski is an educator, tech geek, mother, and grandmother. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from Lourdes College and her Master’s Degree in Education/Instructional Technology, where she is also an adjunct instructor. | | Cheryl teaches second grade at Monroe Road Elementary School, Bedford Public Schools; Lambertville, Michigan. She is Webmaster for her building. Cheryl has experience in online projects for... Read More →
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


Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
The Gianni Lounge MGC Room 200 American University

2:00pm

Get In Touch With Your Inner Librarian: Strategies with Using Digital Tools to Enhance Literacy
Are you looking for a range of methods to support literacy, creativity, and problem-solving in your classroom? Come discover a wide variety of teaching techniques, interactive ebooks, apps, websites and online tools in this session. Not only will these resources promote literacy, but they are also a novel way to bring creativity and technology together. 

Speakers

Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 American University

2:00pm

Research, Making, and Board Builder
This session focuses on using the Big 6 to create a research project using DE videos and other resources to curate all of the research into Board Builder. But the learning doesn't stop there.... take the Big 6 one step further to create physical designs and document the process with Board Builder. Examples of 3D printing projects as well as other ideas that promote student creation will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Karie Huttner

Karie Huttner

Educational Technology Coordinator/Math Resource Teacher, Verona Area School District
I love learning about how to incorporate technology to strengthen teaching and learning. I am a creator at heart. As a blogger for the Discovery Educator Network blog iMake iLearn, I am able to share ideas of how to make in the virtual and physical world with different mediums like 3D printing, Minecraft EDU, Spheros, cardboard, LEDs, and more. I believe that everyone has an inner Maker and just needs the opportunity to find the right medium.


Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 247 American University

2:00pm

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 free technologies. Students live in a remix culture, so we will take inspiration from YouTube videos and demonstrate how they can be remixed for classroom usage!

Speakers
SD

Steve Dembo

As the Director of Online Community and Social Media Strategy at Discovery Education, I oversee the DEN website, blogs, virtual events, and our social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook. I also have the privledge of working with our LC Social Media and Blog teams throughout the year! Prior to working for Discovery, I taught kindergarten for several years and served as my school's Director of Technology.


Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

3:00pm

Things that Rock
Speakers
SD

Steve Dembo

As the Director of Online Community and Social Media Strategy at Discovery Education, I oversee the DEN website, blogs, virtual events, and our social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook. I also have the privledge of working with our LC Social Media and Blog teams throughout the year! Prior to working for Discovery, I taught kindergarten for several years and served as my school's Director of Technology.
avatar for Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski

Community Manager, Discovery Education Canada
Dean Shareski is a teacher, speaker and consultant who works with schools and teachers looking to leverage technology for learning. Dean has been in education for the past 26 years. His role the past several years has centered around supporting teachers transition classrooms to leverage technology to transform and enhance learning. | Dean is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada. He taught grades 1-8 for 14 years and spent 9 as... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

4:00pm

Unconference Planning
Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

4:30pm

Team Meetings
Your team leader will let you know where your team will meet each day.

Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:30pm - 5:00pm
TBA

5:00pm

Dinner and Break
Pro tip: sneak in a little #napchat here to prep for the evening fun.

Wednesday July 15, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

7:00pm

DENovator Faire

Wednesday July 15, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University
 
Thursday, July 16
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Don't worry if you have special dietary restrictions; we have informed the university. Energy in!

Thursday July 16, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

8:00am

Morning Meditations and #DENspirations
Thursday July 16, 2015 8:00am - 8:30am
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

8:30am

General Session
Thursday July 16, 2015 8:30am - 9:00am
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

9:15am

Unconference Sessions

Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 

Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 

Mary Graydon Conference Room 247

The Gianni Lounge (Mary Graydon Conference Room 200)

Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5

Thursday July 16, 2015 9:15am - 10:00am
Mary Graydon Center American University

10:15am

Unconference Sessions

Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 

Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 

Mary Graydon Conference Room 247

The Gianni Lounge (Mary Graydon Conference Room 200)

Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5

Thursday July 16, 2015 10:15am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Center American University

11:15am

Unconference Sessions

Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 

Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 

Mary Graydon Conference Room 247

The Gianni Lounge (Mary Graydon Conference Room 200)

Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5

Thursday July 16, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Center American University

12:00pm

Lunch
Thursday July 16, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

1:00pm

Unconference Sessions

Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 

Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 

Mary Graydon Conference Room 247

The Gianni Lounge (Mary Graydon Conference Room 200)

Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5

Thursday July 16, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Mary Graydon Center American University

2:00pm

Unconference Sessions

Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 

Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 

Mary Graydon Conference Room 247

The Gianni Lounge (Mary Graydon Conference Room 200)

Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5

Thursday July 16, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Mary Graydon Center American University

3:00pm

Unconference Sessions

Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 

Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 

Mary Graydon Conference Room 247

The Gianni Lounge (Mary Graydon Conference Room 200)

Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5

Thursday July 16, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Mary Graydon Center American University

4:00pm

Team Meetings
Your team leader will let you know where your team will meet each day.

Thursday July 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

5:00pm

Dinner and Break
Pro tip: sneak in a little #napchat here to prep for the evening fun.

Thursday July 16, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

7:00pm

Closing Celebration: History is the theme!
Thursday July 16, 2015 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University
 
Friday, July 17
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Don't worry if you have special dietary restrictions; we have informed the university. Energy in!

Friday July 17, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am
Dining Hall: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

9:00am

9:15am

General Session
Morning announcements are followed by the WDEN news, DEN Speaks with DENnis Grice, and a keynote address from Dean Shareski.

Friday July 17, 2015 9:15am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University