Friday, January 13, 2006

Podcast #11 - The Discovery Educator Network Interview

Hello. Sorry for the long delay between podcasts. I also coach 8th grade boys basketball and we are currently still in season. Once the season is over in about 3 weeks I will probably be able to post more shows. Over the past month or so I have written down a ton of ideas - now I just need to make them come to life.

This podcast is a conversation I had with Linda Chiles - the Missouri/Kansas Field Manager for the Discovery Educator Network. If you haven't checked out DEN yet please go over and check it out. You may already know about what Discovery is doing in education through United Streaming. I have signed up to be a member of the Discovery Educator Network and would encourage you to sign up as well. If you are listening to a podcast this is definitely a network of teachers for you.

Linda came up to Liberty to visit with myself and Lance Huebner - another teacher at South Valley Jr. High who is a member of DEN. Lance and I have taught together for the past 5 years and work on many technology projects together. Linda will be presenting several sessions at our district's workshop in February and we sat down to visit about video editing, podcasting, what Discovery Education is working on for the future, teaching, family......... I sat down to ask her some questions about DEN and recorded it on my MP3 player for the podcast.

I also ask the audience for help on a future show. Please send me the best teaching resources you have found for FREE. I plan on putting together a show of the best free teacher resources. You can send them to me at

Direct link to the Podcast #11 - The Discovery Educator Network Interview

Show Notes:


  1. I wanted to drop some truly free info off at you door step:)

    The Library of Congress has a great digital collection.

    There are real documents from the South covering a significant amount of history. Great Civil war stuff!!!

    Across the curriculum this has resources that look at everything, very popular with teachers that I work with.

    Want to truly span the digital divide? If students can afford a high end system and Microsoft Office here is an Open Source project. Think about the impact it could make on society to enable every student to have access to basic computing essentials??

    Can forget this, there are also GIS based systems from ESRI and NASA that are free! Teach about geography and social trends using this and true GIS Census data from the U.S. Census bureau.

    Personally I look at any product Web site for tech integration ideas

    More Primary source documents.

    If you are looking for Open Source software (Free speech and free as in kittens) you can check out sourceforge for a great amount of tech savvy user products.

    I hope this list helps. Check out two blogs I work on.

    From Tadge O'Brien

    Collaborative Work Blogs

  2. Tadge

    Thanks so much for the great comment. I will work my way through these great links over the next couple of days. Thanks also for pointing me in the direction of your blogs. I have added them to the my blog roll on the Speaking of History page. I will check in and stay current with your topics.

    Thanks again and keep stopping by - I hope to be doing many more shows this spring.

    Eric Langhorst

  3. Anonymous9:48 PM


    Our new website has launched! Check out the new interactive Discovery Educator Community -- we've added a resource library where DEN members can upload and download resources for use in the classroom, interact on discussion boards, post notices about upcoming events and trainings, and read and create blogs.

    We have been live for five days and already have over 1800 educators registered on the site!

    Glad you are enjoying the Discovery Educator Network - we have had a great time building the community and are so lucky to have educators like yourself as members!

    -Betsy Whalen
    Discovery Educator Network