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Kirk Elementary School teacher Dorie Glynn is congratulated by Discovery Education Director Lance Rougeux at the Discovery Educator Network National Institute in Sausalito, Calif., on July 17, 2009.

August 19, 2009 — Kirk Elementary School bilingual second grade math and science teacher Dorie Glynn was selected along with more than 80 educators nationwide to participate in an exclusive professional development event for Discovery Educator Network (DEN) members at the Headlands Institute in Sausalito, Calif., this summer.

The all-expenses paid DEN National Institute was open to STAR Discovery Educators—DEN members recognized for their efforts to share their insight and expertise with peers. Glynn applied and was accepted as one of 5,600 STAR Discovery Educators nationwide in April.

Glynn and her fellow educators listened to representatives from Wikispaces.com, Glogster.com and SecondLife.com, who told them about upcoming changes to these Web 2.0 sites. They learned about digital storytelling, geocaching, podcasting, smartboard features, Discovery Student Adventures, Google Earth and many more Web 2.0 sites that can be used in education.

“I really enjoyed the DEN National Institute. The DEN leaders are amazing and very knowledgeable about technology and education. They treated us like STARS,” Glynn said. “I will definitely be incorporating into the classroom many of the web tools and software that I learned about, and I know it won’t stop there. The connections I have made across the country because of the DEN will allow me to learn more during the year.”

The DEN is a global learning community of more than 100,000 active educators, supported by Discovery Education, who are passionate about using educational technology and digital media in the classroom to engage students in learning. Launched in June 2005, the DEN fosters collaboration and helps educators share resources, ideas and classroom-tested strategies for improving academic achievement. For more information about the DEN, visit http://community.discoveryeducation.com.

 


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