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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 18:43

Des Plaines School District 62 has joined the Digital Leader Corps Community! On August 19th,  D62 Teacher Leadership Corps was launched with teacher leaders, building/district personnel and community members. It was an amazing day. Check out the storify below for highlights!

Author: "Kelly Pauling" Tags: "Digital Leader Corps, Illinois"
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Date: Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 15:39

STAR events come in all shapes and sizes.  While most people tend to log events that they’ve done within their own district, this week we’re turning our eye to a presentation shared by Karie Huttner at the 2014 ICE Conference in Illinois!  Karie is a Wisconsin STAR hailing from Stoner Prairie Elementary in the Verona Area School District.  Along with her colleague Amy Klubertanz, she presented “Discovery Education: Common Core and Creation” to a packed room of educators eager to learn.

huttnerThis workshop focused on the resources that Discovery Education provides you. A specific focus was on new features – the Common Core strands and a new student creation tool called Board Builder were shared. The session was a blend of formal presentation, sharing, and creation. Participants learned about the amazing tools that are provided in DE as well as examples of student work using Board Builder.

In addition to both of the DEN Star Educator presenters, a team of DEN members helped answer questions and showcase the power of the DEN both through the product and through the even more powerful connections of dedicated educators.

Please join us in giving Karie the DEN Finger in appreciation for sharing her expertise with the attendees at ICE 2014!

become a starWant to have your event featured?  Keep logging your events.  It’s as easy as STAR!

  • S – Share something you’ve learned about using Discovery Education resources with your colleagues
  • T – Teach your colleagues about this idea or strategy
  • A – Assist your colleagues as they implement this idea or strategy
  • R – Report what you’ve done


Author: "Steve Dembo" Tags: "Illinois, Wisconsin, eventoftheweek"
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Date: Friday, 21 Feb 2014 19:38

On Thursday, February 27, from 6-8, we would love for all the DEN Stars that are going to ICE conference in Illinois (or are around St. Charles, IL) to come and hang out, laugh and socialize with other STARs at TGI Friday’s. First beverage is on us, along with some munchies!  It’s only a block away from Pheasant Run (ICE) and a great opportunity to meet and greet your DEN friends! We’d be super excited to see you!! Afterwards, we can all walk back to Pheasant Run and join the Fiesta! If you would like to join us at Friday’s, just fill out this form so we can make sure there they have enough room to accomodate us  all: http://tinyurl.com/DENICEFRIDAYS

Thanks, we look forward to seeing you there!

(props to Elizabeth Charlton for making this happen!)

Author: "Steve Dembo" Tags: "Illinois"
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 18:53

Be the first to get a look at upcoming enhancements to Discovery Education! This sneak peek will showcase integration strategies for leveraging new tools, content, and resources, including Discovery Education Student Board Builder and the new Discovery Education Streaming Plus with model lessons, assessments, and digital content designed to address specific Math and ELA Common Core standards. We’ll also explore the latest content, features, and resources that are available to you right now, wrapping up with a just-for-students session. Don’t miss this exclusive preview!


Discovery Education Sneak Peek Sessions
Tuesday, May 7, 4 PM ET
Wednesday, May 8, 7 PM ET
Tuesday, May 14, 4 PM ET
Wednesday, May 15, 7 PM ET
Tuesday, May 21, 4 PM ET

Discovery Education Sneak Peek: Student Edition
Wednesday, May 22, 1 PM ET

Author: "Lindsay Hopkins" Tags: "Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Cali..."
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Date: Monday, 11 Mar 2013 20:11

Please join me and hundreds of other educators at the 2nd Annual DPS Technology Conference in Decatur at Hope Academy on April 6 as we spend an exciting morning and afternoon exploring the best educational tools, toys and gadgets that the most exceptional digital playgrounds have to offer. Educators from across Illinois are encouraged to attend but the registration deadline is March 22. Please view the video below to learn more about this exciting opportunity, or follow this link for more details.

Author: "Jason Altman" Tags: "Illinois, Uncategorized, Conferences, ed..."
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Date: Sunday, 03 Mar 2013 16:59

A number of educators (including DEN Stars) attending the 2013 Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) Conference were in for a treat at the DEN-tastic I.C.E. Cream Social. The best part of these “social” events is the networking and sharing ideas and discoveries.

We spent some time exploring the “Reflector”  App that allows an iPad screen to broadcast to a computer connected to a projector, and also enjoyed a flashback in time showing random videos using the Video Time Machine App.

Which DEN Stars can you identify?

Author: "Charlene Chausis" Tags: "Friends of the DEN, Gurus, Illinois, Wis..."
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Date: Saturday, 02 Mar 2013 12:37

Contributed by Rita Mortenson WI DEN LC / DEN Advisory Board Member

This past week, I was able to attend and present at the ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) Conference at the Pheasant Run Resort and Conference Center in St. Charles, Illinois with a few other Wisconsin DEN Stars.

First, let me begin by giving a shout out to the amazing people who coordinated this fantastic conference. With DEN Star member Anne Truger as ICE President, I knew it could only be amazing – and it was! It was truly one of the best conferences I have attended. With nearly 4000 people in attendance over the 4 days, I was able to attend some incredible workshops that I hope to share with you over a few blog posts.

When we first arrived, on Wednesday night, we attended the DEN Ice Cream Social with lots of delicious ice cream toppings. This was so much fun and a great way to connect with many DEN members. Steve Dembo, Hall Davidson and other cool DEN members enjoyed time collaborating, sharing stories and laughing. The time flew by and before I knew it, I had collected many DEN trading cards, and meet new friends. Thursday and Friday were filled with keynote speakers, workshops, sessions and more! So much great information.

In this blog post, I want to share some of those pictures from the event, as a picture truly is worth 1000 words. Stay tuned for more updates about the info. from the conference. For now, I hope you enjoy these photos.

Hall Davidson, Rita Mortenson,  Hope Mikkelson and Julie Jenewein.


Author: "Peg Hartwig" Tags: "Illinois, Wisconsin, DEN Events, DEN STA..."
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Date: Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 18:53

It’s gonna be DENtastic!

Share your “toppings” (technology tips and lessons) with others while eating your own sundae treat! Be prepared to walk away with a smile, happy tummy and great ideas! If you prefer, we will have a cash bar.

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Where: New Orleans Ballroom at Pheasant Run
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

You MUST register to indulge in ICE Cream! Please RSVP.

Click to register: https://lrougeux.wufoo.com/forms/dentastic-ice-cream-social-illinois/


Author: "Charlene Chausis" Tags: "General News, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, M..."
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Date: Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012 14:46

Please join us during the 2012-2013 school year as we travel the country for local workshops that focus on our Discovery Education Assessment tools. These exciting and interactive afternoons and evenings of professional development will highlight creative ways to meet your students’ needs using your Discovery Education Assessment tools and resources. Prizes will be many! Our first events of the school year will take us to the educators in Illinois and Michigan. Please register if you are interested in attending by following this link.

Event Information:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
District Office Board Room
102 S. Cedar Rd.
New Lenox, IL 60451

Wednesday, September 19
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
District Board Room
305 Church Street
Minooka IL 60447

Thursday, September 20, 2012
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Media Center
Jenison High School
2140 Bauer Road
Jenison MI 49428

Author: "Jason Altman" Tags: "Assessment, Illinois, Michigan, Discover..."
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Date: Tuesday, 07 Aug 2012 18:40

Starting August 8th, Discovery Education will be helping teachers with the Back-To-School transition by hosting a series of webinars exploring the exciting 2012-2013 enhancements to Discovery Education STREAMING, student access and engagement, and administrator level tools. Sign up today!


Author: "Max" Tags: "Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Cali..."
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Date: Saturday, 14 Jul 2012 03:04

DE: So much more than just a conference and so much more than a Digital Text… 32 teachers from across the nation came together at the University of Indianapolis to dig into the layers of the DE science techbook, realizing what we are really involved in is extending beyond the techbook!

The DE Science Techbook is an amazing product but building scientific learners involves multiple diverse learning opportunities using both digital and hands on experiences. By encorporating multiple scientific experiences we can create amazing synergy in student understanding and engagement.

After being together for only a little over a day, we had already experienced so many ways to diversify learning in our classrooms!
The first night, I had the opportunity to learn from Dr Lodge McCammon. After learning from Lodge 2 times prior, you may think there would not be much for me to gain but I was once again intrigued and impressed.  Dr Lodge demonstrated effective methods of gaining classroom time while concentrating on student application, analysis, synthesis through publishing.  Lodge explained effective “flipping” lesson techniques and how these lessons lend time to further engage students by explaining what they have learned in the flipped lesson through a paper slide show videos.  As we engaged in a Kinesthetic lesson, I learned a quick, efficient way to assess student readiness for filming.  Dr Lodge has many engaging, content driven songs available on DE Streaming, which also contain the lyrics for teachers to use. This year, Lodge strategically  arranged us into groups around the perimeter of the room so that upon recording, we were prepared to rotate through our parts without chaos.  This organization strategy helped me understand how I could efficiently and effectively  run such a lesson with  25 students in a classroom!

Tuesday, we went to Morgan -Monroe State Park. Two Professors from the Purdue University Extension Joined us to discuss  biodiversity and sustainability of the forest and the dynamics of fragile ecosystem.  Dr. Rob Chapmann, Purdue extension forest & wildlife specialist and  Dr Lenny Farlee, an extension forester professor, explained the many proactive measures the DNR is engaging in to restore the original vegetation including the Red and White Oak trees.  We discussed the multiple  Purdue research projects in progress including effective vegetation restoration through multiple cutting techniques while considering the relative positive wildlife impact of  the clear cutting area which re-established. Purdue has free resources for STEM teachers which you can find here.

After experiencing the hands on activity in the forest, we returned to the university and worked until 9 PM learning to build a techbook lesson around the biodiversity activities. We explored a multitude of relative DE Techbook resources, lessons and tools  to support the experiences of the day relative to our state standards.  This Mini- DE Techbook experience set the stage for a full day of Techbook training on Wednesday.

Wednesday was packed with techbook philosophy, helping educators understand the nuances within each of the 5 E’s and how the Techbook transforms otherwise passive learners to active scientists, exploring experimenting  and exlpaining their findings through scientific inquiry. Patty Duncan shared a model lesson featuring the explore and explain components regarding the 3 essential questions of the lesson.  Mike Bryant shared the many strategies in creating both formative and summative  assessments within the techbook as well as extending alternative assessments.  Lance Rougeux demonstrated how the techbook encourages literacy far beyond  what any traditional text can.  I was impressed with the many layers of literacy within the techbook resources and activities.  ”Text” comes in many forms, including interpreting data, charts and graphs. Text is also found within video, images and songs, where students glean relative information as they conduct their research to support their scientific claims.

Wednesday evening gave all the attendees the opportunity to share their favorite 21st C educational tools.  We all enjoyed the evening of sharing, gaining insight into many21st C. resources and tools.

Thursday Mike Bryant gave us a Sneak Peak into the new series that will air following the 25th anniversary of  Shark Week, which is North America.  he also shared with us a sneak peak of the High School Biology Techbook and STEM resources. The High School Techbook was impressive and I am anxious to see more!

As we wrapped up the conference, I was asked to share my feelings regarding our greatest resource – each other.  The DEN community is what drives our passion. By taking advantage of local DEN Events and  national webinars, we can retain our momentum, always finding support from DEN educators from across the nation.   Teachers were encouraged to continue the conversation, sharing what they have learned, as DEN Star Educators.



Author: "Peg Hartwig" Tags: "Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, De Science..."
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Date: Monday, 16 Apr 2012 16:44

The schedule for the Social Learning Summit has been released!!
Here is the link (time is in Central Standard): http://www.classroom20.com/page/sls-2012-schedule-gmt-5

Don’t forget there is an in-person event being held at Hinsdale Central High School. Register here: https://lrougeux.wufoo.com/forms/hinsdale-social-learning-summitvirt-con/

Author: "Tricia Lazzaro" Tags: "Illinois"
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Date: Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 01:09
Please join us at Hinsdale Central High School at 5500 S Grant Street in Hinsdale, IL as we collaborate and experience the Discovery Spring Virtual Social Learning Summit with colleagues who share our enthusiasm. Learn also about the DEN and what we have to offer to those of like mind.
The 2012 Social Learning Summit is a one-day virtual conference being held as a partnership of Classroom 2.0 and the Discovery Educator Network, on Saturday, April 21st, 2012, from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The conference theme is the use of social media and Web 2.0 in teaching and learning. This is a free event, with a focus on inclusion and participation. All sessions will be publicly available to attend through the online Blackboard Collaborate platform, and every session will be recorded and made available immediately following the conference. More information is available at http://www.sociallearningsummit.com.
When: April 21, 2012
Where: Hinsdale Central High School
5500 S Grant Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Time: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm


Fee: Free (CPDUs will be given)
A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Register Here!!!

Schedule for the Day

8:00-11:00 – 30 minute sessions beginning on the top and bottom of each hour.

9:00-10:00 – One hour long session featuring Dean Shareski

11:00-12:00 – One hour keynote session featuring Hall Davidson

12:00-2:00 – 30 minute sessions beginning on the top and bottom of each hour.

View accepted sessions and read the descriptions here. 

To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join the Classroom 2.0 network. This will also allow you to correspond with the presenters and other members, and to comment on sessions and discussions.  Steve H. will be posting updates about the event on his blog and we’ll be cross posting most of that information here, on the DEN blogs.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Tricia Lazzaro

Author: "Tricia Lazzaro" Tags: "DEN Events, Illinois"
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Date: Thursday, 05 Apr 2012 18:15

After great success with our November in-person event at the Naperville Apple store, we have set up a second event! This one will be at the Apple Store in Downtown Chicago on April 29th!

On Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m at the Apple Store Downtown at 679 North Michigan Avenue the Illinois DEN will be hosing a morning to help you learn about how the iPad is being used in education. We will explore how the iPad, and thousands of apps now available in the Apps Store, are being used in education in many creative and innovative ways.

You will have a chance to share and hear from other educators as to how they are using the iPad in the classroom. In addition, you will also learn about Discovery Education’s ground-breaking iPad web app, which focuses on student exploration of safe and appropriate educational content.

Space is limited! We only have room for 35 educators. Click Here to register for this event! Hurry before it fills up!

Join Us!!

April 29, 2012

10:00am- 11:30am (Photo Walk from 11:30am-??)

Apple Store Chicago;  679 North Michigan Avenue

Register Here!!

BONUS!!!! At 11:30am once we have explored the possibilities Joe Brennan will lead us out to explore the city! If the weather cooperates Joe will be walking us down the Magnificent Mile so that we can learn how to take magnificent pictures! Be sure to bring your camera.

Author: "Tricia Lazzaro" Tags: "Apps, DEN Events, Illinois, Uncategorize..."
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Date: Thursday, 05 Apr 2012 14:45

Saturday April 21st

8:00AM – 1:00 PM

Join us Live  or Virtually!


The Discovery Educator Network is mixing it up a little this spring and trying something different. Instead of the typical Spring Virtual Conference, the DEN has partnered with Classroom 2.0 to present the Social Learning Summit.

This event will take the place of the DEN Virtual Conference in 2012. In conjunction with the DEN, Steve Hargadon will be organizing the event that will take place on Saturday, April 21st.

The conference theme is the use of social media and Web 2.0 in teaching and learning, and the
conference URL is http://www.SocialLearningSummit.com. To be kept informed of the latest
conference news and updates, please make sure you are a member here at Classroom 2.0. This will
also allow you to correspond with the presenters and other members, and to comment on sessions
and discussions.

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Virtual Conference provides an opportunity to 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 professional learning network. And, it’s free!  This amazing free event is open to ALL Educators! Come get a taste of what DEN is all about! 

So maybe you are feeling overwhelmed with the 21st C learning that is sweeping education but you are a bit uncomfortable jumping through tech hoops to experience the ways to easily supercharge your students’ learning opportunities.  Well, we have a great option for you! By attending our Live event in Muskeego, you have the opportunity to learn and experience the virtual conference with DENmazing support. We will provide you the help you need to enjoy both  the virtual and live event options! just register below, bring your laptop & or iPad / tablet and we will take care of you when you arrive!

You are invited to an in-person event hosted by the Wisconsin Leadership Council, with support
from the Muskego-Norway Schools

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Muskego High School ( Map)

Muskego, WI

8:00 AM to 1 PM

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information and to register visit:

Author: "Peg Hartwig" Tags: "Illinois, Wisconsin, Conferences, DEN, D..."
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Date: Tuesday, 03 Apr 2012 03:40

It started with a Facebook message….39 DEN friends wishing each other luck…. Hoping and waiting for the weekly release of DENSI 2012 picks while sharing how we could not wait to see each other. One message lead to the next and soon a google doc was born, a date and place chosen to get our own little DEN Fix! Destination Chicago. Although most everyone wanted to meet for our mini DENSI Pre-Con, as schedules go, only some of us could make it happen. On March 29, twelve DEN Sisters from across the nation reunited in Chicago, IL to spend 3 nights together, enjoying the city and each other’s company. Four days of tech and DEN sharing was a refreshing charge to get us through the rest of the school year…..and the remaining wait for the DENSI 2012 announcement.

Although we arrived late Friday evening, we stayed up until 2 AM, sharing how to use Discovery Education resources within the Rover app while being advised on Ikea funiture choices.

Much of our late night dinner was focused on motivating teachers and students to become more active as 21st Cent. Learners through DE and how to navigate the different obstacles we encounter.  We were 7 : Liz, Gina, Katie, Trace, Jan, Margie & Peg. Poor  Amy had her flight cancelled so she arrived with  Emma & Wendy  who drove in from MI, on Sat AM.  We took on the city streets, braving the wind, heading to Old Towne for 2 shows of “Second City”.  Thank Goodness we had Liz W. to help us efficiently navigate the city! She empowered us to  use our time together wisely, using the city transit without losing anyone!

Being the Dedicated DEN Sisters we are, we shared geocaching stories and ideas. Once Genny arrived from the PA DOD Sunday morning, we headed out to experience the Science Museum and Mythbusters exhibit! What a great interactive display with a clear educational motive, helping people understand the scientific method and real world connections through testing myths! We all plan to return with our kids to enjoy this exhibit again! There is Great learning and fun for the whole family!

After the Museum of Science and Industry, we headed back to the hotel for more iPad sharing, surfing each other ‘s wikis and resources! Genny even held a raffle with tickets and prizes! We had DENnis Grice join in through FaceTime, and the “draw something app marathon” continued!

On Monday Morning, we had our final mission: visit the Discovery Office in Chicago.
We put on our walking shoes and headed out to the Office.  Security was off-balance, but persisted to gain us access. We were thrilled that Mike Bryant was in the building! Mike gave us a tour, introducing us to all the hard working, behind the scenes people, who make the Discovery Education product so great!

Now, I can’t possibly share everything we learned, but here are a few lessons we can share:
1. IKEA supplies furniture to the hotel… Be gentle!
2.  If you forget your smart phone when traveling, it was probably a gift from God.
3.  There is no way to stop room 105 except pure exhaustion.

4.  The safest iPads have iBallz.

5.  Always have a DEN buddy in the City! They catch you when you fall, pick up your wallet when you leave it on the bus, buy tickets on credit knowing you will pay them back, watch your back when you enter establishments
6.  Always carry your  phone charger.
7.  Bus routes matter!
8.  Chad L can’t draw… and blames it on his kids!
9.  Former school administrators become floor managers at Second City
10.  When on a stair case, Shift Left!
11.  You can never sing Happy Birthday too much to a DEN Star!
12.  Not every establishment in Chicago is meant for women!

13.  Steve Dembo has no sticky-notes or tape in his office.
14.  Discovery Streaming has audiobooks for Hunger Games!

But most importantly,  DEN Friends are always willing to share and help each other!  Discovery Education has created a healthy atmosphere of support through constant modeling of professional development and innovative educational approach.    The energy and excitement we share for motivating kids to love learning in the 21st Century never fades!  Our little   “DENSI PreCon” was a great fix! Now we wait for the Real thing with all our DEN Friends!  Hope to see you all in MT!

Author: "Peg Hartwig" Tags: "California, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, ..."
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Date: Monday, 05 Mar 2012 13:37

The DEN hosted an event at the ICE Conference on Leap Day!  Approximately 100 educators received a little taste of the DEN.  The Minute to DEN It event was a great time, with plenty of networking, information sharing about the DEN, and fun times for all.  Attendees were given the challenge to complete 9 Minute to Win It type games to earn valuable DEN prizes.  A few of the challenges included  “This Blows,” “Noodling Around,” “Spare Me,” “Johnny Applestack,” and “Stick To It“.  Some of the challenges were a little easier than others, but the effort involved was fantastic.  The faces of the participants and the laughter heard around the room told much of the story.  A huge thanks goes out to the Illinois Leadership Council (Anne, Lori, Liz, Deb, & Tricia), along with LC members from North Carolina and Florida (Cheryl and Conni), for helping with setup, monitoring the prize table, and keeping an eye out for those needing assistance with the games.

Here’s a brief Animoto that was made with media from the event.

Author: "Chad Lehman" Tags: "DEN Events, Illinois, ICE"
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Date: Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 23:59

Cheryl Lykowski is ready. Gina Loveless is ready. Scores of other passionate, technology-using educators are signed up and ready.The Discovery team is ready. I just landed in Kalamazoo, MI today so I am definitely ready!

So, I hope you are ready and as excited as I am about the Day of Discovery happening this Saturday, February 18th! Attendees will experience a full day of learning, sharing, and FUN… DEN style! If you haven’t already signed up to be there, do so now at http://dodkzoo.eventbrite.com.

Kalamazoo RESA
1819 E Milham
Portage, MI 49002

Author: "Max" Tags: "Assessment, Day of Discovery, DEN Events..."
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Date: Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 18:56

The ICE Conference is quickly approaching! On February 29th Discovery will be hosting an evening event at the Phesant Run Resort in conjunction with the ICE Conference. This event will challenge your skills in many “Minute to Win It” type games. Come join us at Phesant Run!!! If you can’t make the conference join us anyways for an exciting evening with Discovery!   Register Here!!!



February 29, 2012

5:00PM- 7:00 PM

Phesant Run Resort

New Orleans Ball Room

4051 East Main Street

St. Charles, IL 60174



See you at ICE!!

Author: "Tricia Lazzaro" Tags: "Conference, DEN Events, Illinois"
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Date: Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 15:56

The ICE Conference is coming soon and if you’re attending the conference or will be in the area, you must come to the DEN social event on Wednesday, February 29th.  Yes, that’s Leap Day and Leap Day needs to be celebrated and what a better way than with the DEN.

The DEN (Discovery Educator Network) invites you to kick off the 2012 ICE Conference and celebrate Leap Day by joining fellow educators for a fun pre-conference networking opportunity.  Stop by from 5:00-7:00 (immediately following the Exhibit Hall Kick-off) to network with and meet new colleagues, meet the Illinois DEN Leadership Council, learn about the Discovery Educator Network, and test your skills to win prizes in several “Minute to Win It” type games.  You’ll have ONE MINUTE to try and complete several challenges such as “This Blows,” “Noodling Around,” “Spare Me,” “Johnny Applestack,” and “Stick To It“.  The more challenges you complete, the more points you earn.  If you’re successful, you’ll walk away with some great Discovery Educator Network goodies.  If not, well, you’ll at least have a good time networking and meeting new colleagues.  Drinks and appetizers will be served.

February 29, 2012
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Pheasant Run Resort
New Orleans Ball Room 

RSVP here –>  http://discoveryeducationice12.eventbrite.com

Download an event pdf to share with others.



Author: "Chad Lehman" Tags: "Featured, Illinois, den events, ICE, ill..."
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