Margie Rogers from Waynesville R-VI School District joined more than 70 educators from across the country participated in an exclusive professional development event for Discovery Educator Network members July 21-25 at the headquarters of Discovery Communi-cations in Silver Spring, Md.
The Discovery Educator Network National Institute was hosted by Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, whose networks include Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the Science Channel.
The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a global community of over 88,000 educators passionate about integrating media into classroom curriculum. The DEN National Institutes are exclusive professional development opportunities open only to STAR Discovery Educators. These educators are DEN members recognized for their outstanding efforts to share their insight and expertise with peers through activities such as trainings, workshops or presentations on how to integrate digital media into classroom instruction.
STAR Discovery Educators enjoy access to a variety of exclusive benefits, including in-person professional development, online activities, training resources, Discovery events, and regular support and communication with DEN staff members.  Rogers is one of only 3,000 STAR Discovery Educators nationwide.
During the Institute, national leaders in educational technology collaborated with participants on a variety of projects.  By the end of the Institute, participants had created classroom ready multimedia projects and participated in a variety of workshops on the newest online technologies used by today's technology-savvy generation, including streaming media, Web 2.0 web sites, podcasts, blogs and wikis.
“Discovery Education is pleased to host the DEN National Institutes and offer educators such as Margie who are passionate about digital media the opportunity to participate in a unique professional development event," said Scott Kinney, Discovery Education Vice President of Outreach and Professional Development. "We know that educators leave this Institute enthusiastic about what they have learned and eager to integrate new technologies into their lessons.”
For more information about the Discovery Educator Network, visit the web site at http://community.discoveryeducation.com/