Screen_Shot_2018-08-24_at_9_26_45_PM.pngSaturday, October 20, 2018
Discovery Education's Virtual Conference (VirtCon) is an annual conference that brings the DEN Community together to hear cutting-edge keynotes, be inspired by thought-provoking presentations, and participate in engaging discussions around the globe.

Find links to VirtCon discussions, presentations, and archives here.

VirtCon provides you the opportunity to hear from your peers, share ideas and instructional tools, and discover new resources.

2018 Fall VirtCon features "Community Favorites" presented by DEN STAR Educators—practicing educators, just like you. Learn tips, tricks, and strategies for integrating Discovery Education digital resources to create effective and impactful learning experiences for students.

VirtCon Schedule

All times Eastern (UTC -4:00 hours)

Time Session
8:45—9:00 AM Pre-Event Show
9:00—9:15 AM Welcome to 2018 Fall VirtCon
9:15—9:45 AM Makerspace, Mega Fun!
featuring Shelby Graves
Interested in starting a Makerspace but not sure how? Running a Makerspace but looking for new ideas? Learn how this Library Media Specialist developed a center for creativity, discovery, and community spirit.
9:50—10:20 AM Math and Discovery Education: See How They Add Up!
featuring Eve Heaton
Learn a RANGE of resources and how they can MULTIPLY understanding of math concepts. EVEN with limited experience, it's easy to COORDINATE tools to turn an AVERAGE classroom into a MAXIMUM learning experience.
10:25—10:55 AM Extending the Love: How UDL Embraces the Needs of All Students
featuring Quentin Alimayu
Learn how I save time and enhance my effectiveness by combining the tenets of UDL with appropriate apps and instructional strategies to ensure all students feel supported and valued.
11:00—11:30 AM Got Techbook?
featuring Dane Sadownyk
Discover why Discovery Education's Science Techbook is the perfect teaching partner for your classroom! Learn how I use Techbook’s interactive texts, virtual labs, assessment tools, and built-in assistive technology to inspire my students.
11:35—12:05 PM STEMazing Resources from Discovery Education
featuring Jannita Demian

Go beyond STEM activities and explore ways to engage your students in real world problem solving. Access STEM Career Challenges, educational partners, content collections, and instructional strategies to support the 4Cs.
12:10—12:40 PM Let's Get Googley
featuring Jennifer Hall and Jeremy Badiner

Get ready to Get Googley! Discovery Education and Google play well together: explore easy ways to infuse Discovery Education resources into your Google-based classroom to empower students to create, explore, and stay engaged!
12:45—1:15 PM SOS
featuring Emily Fagan and Jennifer Tatum
Quickly increase student learning by weaving powerful SOS instructional strategies with easy and exciting tech tools. Creatively engaging students with these tech tools is efficient and fun for everyone!
1:20 - 1:50 PM Necessary New Letters for Your School Alphabet: AR, VR, AI, ML, MR
featuring Hall Davidson
AI, AR, and VR will impact students’ adult lives in profound ways. Explore easy ways to get these technologies into classrooms and integrated into subject matter. Free tools from Google, HP, and Amazon make it possible! ​
1:55 - 2:25 PM Community Favorite Apps and Tools
featuring Carrie Willis and Terra-Lee Gratton
Join us for an app-smashing good time as we show how Discovery Education resources, digital media, and instructional strategies integrate with our favorite apps like SeeSaw, Book Creator, Flipgrid, DoInk, and more!


How to Participate

Take part in VirtCon sessions to learn how your peers are using Discovery Education in their classroom, hear how they solve problems, and experience Discovery Education through their eyes. You can participate in VirtCon by:

  • Watching VirtCon from home, a coffee shop, or soccer practice—you just need an Internet connection
  • Hosting an in-person viewing party for your colleagues
  • Attending a local in-person event
  • Following the learning by watching #DEPD on social media
  • Extending the conversation in the DEN Online Community

Questions about VirtCon? Contact Jannita Demian
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VirtCon Viewing Party Map

Viewing parties are hosted throughout the country by DEN STAR Educators and provide an opportunity for you to meet new community members in your area, connect with colleagues locally and reflect on your learnings from the conference.
Browse the map below to see what viewing parties are currently being hosted in your area and register to join the event. New locations added each week!

2018 Fall VirtCon Presenters

Alimayu_Quentin.jpegQuentin Alimayu
Badiner_Jeremy.jpegJeremy Badiner
Davidson_Hall.jpegHall Davidson
Demian_Jannita.jpegJannita Demian
Fagan_Emily.jpgEmily Fagan
Gratton_Terra-Lee.jpegTerra-Lee Gratton
Graves_Shelby.jpgShelby Graves
Hall_Jennifer.jpegJennifer Hall
Heaton_Eve.jpegEve Heaton
Sadownyk_Dane.jpgDane Sadownyk
Tatum_Jennifer.jpegJennifer Tatum
Willis_Carrie.jpgCarrie Willis