Discovery Education Spring VirtCon

A Free Springtime PD Learning Event

Coming to you LIVE from Discovery Education Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, is the Discovery Education Spring Virtcon! Join DEN Star Terra-Lee Gratton as she hosts the live streamed event at the St.Paul Elementary School. Come for an hour or stay the whole time. This is a very casual opportunity, in a relaxed atmosphere, to network with educators in our division.

Spring Is In the AIr...Let's Learn!

Saturday, April 25th, 9am-2pm

St Paul Elementary School

Come spend a fun-filled Saturday learning more about how you can use Discovery Education in your classroom. Pizza and snacks will be supplied. Each attendee will receive a welcome gift from Discovery Education. Please RSVP by Friday, April 24, 2015. Email for attendance numbers.


Although there are the following sessions below, attending this event is for your own personal learning. Choose a session or two you want to listen to, or choose to chat and network with your colleagues and get new innovative ideas from them. It will be a great day of learning and connecting with teachers in our district!

9am—Open Keynote - Don Levy
For All the World to See: The Transformation of Visual Storytelling
Visual communication is the universal language of humankind. Participants will explore how the increasing availability of digital production tools and a growing market of trained and experienced talent creates new and important opportunities to apply visual techniques to communicate, educate and develop understanding.

10am—Dennis Grice
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.’

11am—Rachel Yurk
It’s About Learning, Not the Device
This session will explore instructional models that support the effective integration of technology into instruction. Educators will learn more about valuable digital resources and how to implement them to make the classroom environment stronger, while increasing learning and motivation.

12pm—Midday Keynote, Todd Wirt
Embracing Failure in a Creative Classroom
The digital transformation of classrooms worldwide has given students many opportunities to experience an environment of choice. With increased freedom and creativity, failure is naturally going to become a part of the process. Participants in this session will gain insights into designing their classrooms to foster creativity and embrace failure.

1pm—Tracy Carpenter
Building Community Through Creativity
This session will focus on infusing creativity in the classroom in order to create environments that transcend geographic limitations and provide spaces for students to create, make mistakes, collaborate and solve problems.

2pm—Matt Monjan
Farm to Table: A SAMR Immersion Lesson
Explore a Farm to Table transdisciplinary lesson through the lens of SAMR, an instructional model designed to help educators infuse technology in teaching and learning. Participants will leave this session with real-life examples and best practices that they can immediately apply in their classroom.

3pm—Closing Keynote, Dacia Jones
Engage, Inspire, Expect and Inform

Attendees will learn how to engage students with inspiring activities that raise expectations in the classroom, include students in the planning process and tie authentic learning to standards.