Monthly Archives: April 2010

DEN Spring Virtual Conference

Discovery Education

The DEN is hosting their 2010 Spring Virtual Conference this Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 9am to 4pm EDT. The virtual conference is a fantastic opportunity to learn, share and network with tons of educators. You can register for the free conference here.

Join online and in-person for Discovery Education’s Virtual Conference: Connect the Thoughts. The high-quality, professional development seminars scheduled for this event will focus on providing attendees the skills, techniques and tools they need to leap into the world of digital content and educational technology. You will have the opportunity to learn from education experts from across the U.S. and Canada that will bring you new insights. During this unique professional development event you have the flexibility to attend online or in-person at one of many regional events hosted by DEN Leadership Councils.

We are canceling our ‘Classroom 2.0 LIVE!’ show this Saturday so everyone can participate in the virtual conference. Next Saturday, May 1st, we will resume our regular schedule. The topic will be ‘ISTE 2010 Plans and Preparation’ with special guest, Steve Hargadon. Even if you are unable to attend we hope that you will join in the discussion and participate in the virtual sessions that will be streamed online in Elluminate live from the conference.

What is your best blogging tip?

Lorna Costantini (Elearning Center) and I are embarking on another training venture. We are hosting a series of workshops on blogging for beginners and classroom blogging for beginners. For those new to blogging, what is your best tip for blogging? Creating and maintaining a blog can be daunting to new users so what would be your best tip for a new blogger? Be sure to share your blog URL when you leave your comment as I want to share examples in our sessions. Thanks!

Do you create websites?

Are you an experienced website creator? If so, I need you! I need your tips on creating websites. Lorna Costantini and I are embarking upon a new training endeavor (Elearning Center) and need your help. We are conducting a new session on creating websites. If you create websites we would love to hear your number one tip to share with new web designers. Much our focus will be about classroom websites but please share your tip even if it does not relate to a classroom website. During our session on Wednesday, April 21st at 7pm EST ( I would to share the tips you leave on this blog post. Be sure to share your website URL so we can check out your work!

We will be demonstrating features of using weebly but welcome examples and tips for other blogging platforms.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – National Memorial

I received an email from Lowell Dempsey of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial posted to my blog requesting I share the news about this historic event:

I’m reaching out to ask if you would help spread the word by posting about the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial on Kim’s Ventures in Educational Technology. This month of April marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of Dr. King and we are commemorating his life and work by creating a memorial in our nation’s capital. The Washington, DC, Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial will honor his life and contributions to the world through non violent social change.

I’ve put together this micro-site to help get the message out – there are videos, photos, banners, and even a web toolbar that, when used, donates money to the creation of the memorial:

After many years of fund raising, the memorial is only $14 million away from its $120 million goal. If you are able to post or tweet about this please let me know so I can share it with the team. If you have any questions please pop me an email. And if you are able to help, thank you so much.


Lowell Dempsey,

Twitter @mlkmemorial

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity”

–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

At the memorial website you can download a toolbar to help raise money every time you search through the Yahoo! powered search box.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated the day I was born, April 6, 1968. I never have trouble remembering that historic date.

Setting up a Class Blog

This Wednesday, April 7th, Lorna Costantini will host a session in Elluminate/LearnCentral at 7pm EST. The topic for this session will be setting up a class blog. We will use the education version of Weebly ( to show participants how to use the features and settings for a class blog. Demonstrations of the teacher’s dashboard, student accounts, user permissions as well as the basics of blogging will be featured in the session. Additionally, the importance of commenting on blogs and examples of class blogs will be shared during this session.

If you already have a class blog, please share this session with your colleagues. If not, we hope to see you Wednesday! To access our session in Elluminate please one of the following links:

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