Today I was thrilled to spend the whole day at the Discovery Education Network. With the help of my friend Jennifer, I rode the "Metro" train to Silver Springs, Maryland. It took some time to figure out the whole farecard process. I may get the hang of it by the end of the week!
The learning opportunities were abundant. Presentations were given by educators who use Discovery products and are able to demonstrate many uses. I am in awe of the capabilities of each product. It is a pleasure to watch presenters show their passion for teaching with the right tools.
Which student would not benefit from a teacher who is excited to share new knowledge?
My only regret today is that I did not win the big door prize...I so wanted the Mimio system. This is an interactive whiteboard system which does not require a dedicated whiteboard such as a Smartboard or Promethean board. This system uses a magnetic backed "capture bar". It attaches to any whiteboard and uses a specialized infrared pen. Wow. It packs away in a small case and can be carried from room to room!
I think this would be a great option for many because there would be no need to bring in another board. Maybe I will win one during the main NECC conference?!? One can dream, can't they?