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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mobile County Public Schools Educator Participates In Exclusive Professional Development Event From Discovery Education Focused on Using Digital Content and New Technologies To Support Student Achievement 


Mrs Dawes, Digital Media Specialist, recently joined over 100 colleagues from around the world for the 2016 DEN Summer Institute (DENSI), an immersive professional development and networking experience. A global community of education professionals supported by Discovery Education, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. The two-part professional learning experience was held July 14-22 at Loyola University in Chicago, IL.

 Laura Dawes, digital media specialist, joined a six-day professional learning event designed to support educators as they combine the latest technologies and digital content to create authentic digital learning environments. They participated in a series of interactive workshops led by the Discovery Education professional development team and other DEN members about creating digital content and integrating mobile and web-based tools into instruction; collaborated with fellow educators on a variety of educational technology projects; and shared ideas and best practices with their peers.

“We are very proud of the educators and principals from our district selected to participate in DENSI 2016, and our community is inspired by their commitment to using the latest technologies and digital content to help all students reach their highest potential,” said Martha Peek, superintendent of Mobile County Public Schools. “The students of Mobile County Public Schools will benefit tremendously from the new approaches to using educational technologies these educators have taken away from this great professional learning opportunity.”

“The exceptional group of educators selected to participate in the 2016 DENSI have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to using the latest technologies and innovative teaching strategies and techniques to improve student achievement,” said Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and innovation for Discovery Education. “What these educators learned during this unique event will support their district’s effort to prepare all learners with the critical skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom.”

After participating in the DEN Summer Institute, Mrs. Dawes will return to her school with new strategies and techniques to integrate digital resources into curriculum and instruction to transform teaching and learning.






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