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Pa. educator helps peers statewide teach with technology

Published February 12. 2010 05:00PM

As a member of the Pennsylvania Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council, Michael Cichocki of Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit will be sharing his skills with educators from across the state.

During the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference, a statewide event focusing on educational technology, the Pennsylvania Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council will be hosting a "Day of Discovery" in Hershey.

National experts, educators and administrators will share ideas and best practices for engaging students with digital media to improve student achievement.

"This preconference event is our chance to experience an exciting and enriching day of professional development focused on creative ways to use digital media in the classroom," said Cichocki, Technology Integration Specialist at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit. "We also have the opportunity to collaborate with teachers and learn from their experiences in the classroom."

The Pennsylvania Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council is comprised of educators who volunteer to organize and lead professional development events that support teachers as they integrate technology into existing curriculum.

The Council is supported by Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, whose networks include the Discovery Channel and Science Channel.

As a member of the events team, Cichocki helps plan, organize and execute a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year. The events aim to improve educators' technology skills in the classroom through trainings and networking opportunities with other educators in the state.

"Integrating educational technology into the classroom is important because it allows the teacher to bring real life examples into the classroom," said Cichocki. "Technology attracts students' attention, encourages participation and makes lessons motivating, interesting and fun for all."

The Day of Discovery will be held on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Entitled "A Day in the Life: Moving Beyond the Textbook," the professional development event will focus on creative ways to use digital media in the classroom.

Participants will have the opportunity to customize their schedule and choose from sessions such as The Student as Collaborator and Creator, Homework Gone Digital and The Top Ten Web 2.0 Tools for 2010."

"Cichocki has demonstrated a tremendous level of leadership in planning the upcoming Day of Discovery in Hershey," said Scott Kinney, vice president of Global Outreach and Learning Initiatives. "Across the country, forward thinking educators are putting aside traditional textbooks and embracing digital content as the primary instructional tool to engage students in learning. Cichocki, and the other members of the Pennsylvania Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council, are leading this effort to bring America's classrooms into the 21st century, and we at Discovery Education join their local community in thanking them."

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council, visit For more information about Discovery Education, visit, or call

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