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All-day virtual professional development event set for Oct. 25

By Laura Devaney
October 22nd, 2014

PD-eventOn October 25, Discovery Education will be hosting the eighth annual Discovery Education Streamathon, a live, day-long virtual professional learning event.

This is one of Discovery Education’s annual community events with an average attendance of 3,500 educators from all around the world. Since 2006, the Streamathon has provided attendees with effective ways to integrate digital media into instructional practice.

Hosted by Discovery Education’s Hall Davidson, this free, idea-sharing marathon will offer participating educators proven strategies for integrating digital media into classroom instruction to improve student engagement and achievement. Discovery Education experts will host informative sessions exploring a variety of topics, including:
• New instructional strategies for differentiating instruction
• How to create a book trailer using iMovie and Discovery content
• Developing interactive formative assessments
• Engaging students with videos, images and audio.
Featured speakers include:
• Discovery Education’s VP of Learning Communities and Instructional Implementation Lance Rougeux
• Discovery Education’s VP of Education Partnerships Matt Monjan
• Community manager for Discovery Education Canada, Dean Shareski
• Sandi Dennis, Library Media and Instructional Technology Specialist at City Schools of Decatur (GA)
• Tray Carpenter, Instructional Technology Coordinator at Archdiocese of Baltimore (MD)
• Education pioneer Dr. Lodge McCammon

Attendees will also hear from students who are using Discovery Education to learn and explore. Participants will walk away with ready-to-use integration strategies to incorporate into their curriculum, creative ways to utilize digital media to engage students, strategies for differentiating instruction, and best practices for promoting a collaborative, connected classroom community.

There will be a live audience on site at Discovery Communications’ headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., and the Streamathon will be broadcast LIVE to homes and dozens of viewing parties around the world.

Discovery Education is encouraging teachers to create local face-to-face events at which they can convene with their peers, participate in the online events and discuss and workshop the online presentations. You can find more details at discoveryeducation.com/streamathon.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura