2011-08-12 / Education

Lexington Two educator participates in Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute

Contributed by Lexington County School District Two

Kathy Seibert (r) with Discovery Educator Network director Lance Rougeaux Kathy Seibert (r) with Discovery Educator Network director Lance Rougeaux Kathy Seibert, a teacher for the academically gifted from Pineview Elementary in Lexington County School District 2, along with more than 100 educators from across the country, recently spent six days at University of San Diego, participating in an exclusive professional development event for Discovery Educator Network (DEN) members July 9-14. The DEN Summer Institute is hosted by Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, whose networks include Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

The DEN is a global learning community of more than 150,000 active educators who are passionate about using educational technology and digital media in the classroom to engage students in learning. Launched by Discovery Education in 2005, the DEN fosters collaboration and helps educators share resources, ideas and classroom tested strategies for engaging students in learning and ultimately improving academic achievement.

The DEN Summer Institute is an opportunity exclusive to STAR Discovery Educators – DEN members recognized for their efforts to share their insight and expertise with peers through activities such as trainings, workshops or presentations on how to integrate digital media and the latest educational technologies into classroom instruction. Seibert is one of only 4,500 STAR Discovery Educators nationwide.

During the Institute, participants heard from a number of speakers, including Steve Hargadon, educator, social learning consultant and creator of the Classroom 2.0 social network. Educators also participated in hands-on workshops, collaborated with fellow educators on a variety of educational technology projects, and networked with their peers to share ideas and best practices. By the end of the event, participants had created numerous classroom ready multimedia projects, and learned a variety of new strategies and techniques for integrating digital content and educational technologies into classroom activities.

“As a STAR Discovery Educator, Kathy has committed herself to engaging students through the use of digital media and technology,” said Discovery Educator Network Director Lance Rougeux. “ Now through her participation in the recent DEN Summer Institute, Kathy has gained new skills to apply and share with Lexington County School District 2 peers to improve student achievement.”

For more information about the Discovery Educator Network, or any other products and services from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800- 323-9084.

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