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Published on August 3rd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Richland Two Computer Integration Specialist MaryAnn Sansonetti-Wood is congratulated by Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and instructional implementation for Discovery Education. Photo credit: Discovery Education

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Richland Two Technology Integration Specialist MaryAnn Sansonetti-
Wood joined 149 esteemed educators from across the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom
at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., for a prestigious week-long professional
development experience hosted by Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network

The six-day DEN Summer Institute (DENSI), held July 13-18, featured a number of
seminars and hands-on workshops designed to support educators as they use the latest
technologies to create authentic digital learning environments that engage students and
improve achievement. In addition, the DENSI provided an opportunity for participants to
connect, collaborate and share resources, ideas and strategies for integrating digital
resources into classroom instruction.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in the 2014 DENSI. This experience
has allowed me to learn from and connect with other enthusiastic educators who share a
passion for incorporating digital resources in our students’ education,” said Sansonetti-
Wood. “I am excited to inform my colleagues in Richland Two about these new, creative
strategies and techniques for advancing student achievement, and to apply them in my
classroom for the 2014-2015 school year.”

The DEN Summer Institute is exclusive to educators recognized by Discovery Education,
the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms,
as STAR Discovery Educators. STAR Discovery Educators are active members of the DEN
community and proven leaders in transforming teaching and learning. The DEN is the
largest and most active community of educators who are passionate about teaching with
technology and digital media, sharing resources, collaborating and networking. The DEN
connects members across school systems and around the world through social media,
virtual conferences, and in-person events like the DENSI, fostering valuable networking,
idea sharing and inspiration.

“MaryAnn’s selection for the DENSI demonstrates her outstanding leadership and
commitment to using the most innovative methods to enhance students’ learning and
classroom experiences,” said Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and
instructional implementation for Discovery Education. “The skills and knowledge MaryAnn has gained from this learning experience will increase her students’ engagement in their own learning, and better prepare them with the critical skills needed for college, careers and citizenship.”

During the DEN Summer Institute, Sansonetti-Wood heard from a variety of speakers,
including Adam Bellow, Founder and President of eduTecher and eduCLipper; Dr. Lodge
McCammon, noted educational consultant specializing in curriculum-based music
composition; Greg Siers, Director of Live Production and Technology at Discovery
Communications; and Wyatt Channell, Executive Producer of Science Channel.
In addition to hearing from speakers, Sansonetti-Wood participated in workshops led by
the Discovery Education team and DEN Gurus 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 his/her peers.

After participating in the DEN Summer Institute, Sansonetti-Wood will return to Richland School District Two in the fall with numerous classroom-ready multimedia projects as well as new strategies and techniques to integrate digital resources into curriculum and instruction to transform teaching and learning.

For more information about the DEN Summer Institute, visit

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and
professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of
Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional
learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary
schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery
Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate
students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that
accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery
Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media
company in the world. Explore the future of education at


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