Posts By Victoria Schmitt

About Victoria Schmitt

I’m a Curriculum Resources Coordinator for IDEAL, a partnership between ADE & ASU.

  1. Discovery’s SCICon2012 – f2f event @ Terramar School (Deer Valley)

    There will be a “live”  Face to Face event to accompany Discovery’s SCICon2012.  The 2012 SCICon is a mini-conference (with an online twist) focused on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their science classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content. This event will be held at […]

  2. Library of Congress Resources

    I’ve read several articles about improving questioning strategies lately, and this blog from LOC shouldn’t be overlooked when we’re addressing “questioning” and critical thinking skills. What do we teach our students about observation, looking at small details, comparing versions of a reading or a painting and just generally asking “what do I notice?” Stephen Wesson […]

  3. Summer PD in Navajo County – bus tour!

    One hot summer, one cool opportunity! The Navajo County Educational Services Agency (ESA)  has arranged for a 30 passenger wi-fi bus to tour Northern AZ for four days. Educator/passengers will will stop at sites from Kayenta to Whiteriver for PD presentations based on content targeting AZ Social Studies standards. During the ride, prepared educational videos […]

  4. Building Character with Service Projects

    Alas,  the news media has been drowning us with news of character traits that probably shouldn’t be discussed with children. Most of us have been in teaching long enough to remember character building programs that we were asked to implement in our classrooms and playgrounds. High stakes testing has all but eliminated these programs from […]

  5. Artpad Digital Canvas – wow!

    Oh my! This tool came to me this morning on my Diigo bookmarks list. Extremely intuitive, allows the artist to save and send. So easy to use, I can hardly wait to share it with my nieces and nephews. Please try it and tell us how you could use it. Create bookcovers – illustrate scientific […]

  6. DEN Virtual – Camaraderie and Collaboration

    Arizona hosted three f2f groups for DEN Spring Virtual. A big thanks to Deena Jorgenson for taking photos and maintaining a running list of URL’s mentioned in each session and from the chat. April Weston wrote on the walls – large colorful bands of paper to record comments and hot topics related to each session. […]

  7. BYOD?

    This morning, I had an energetic conversation about the hows, whys, and wherefores of allowing students to bring their own technology devices (BYOD) to school with a local colleague. We were both preachin’ to the choir, but this conversation has to begin somewhere. As budgets are cut and technology improves, it only makes sense that […]

  8. Looking at the “unconference”

    Constructivism for educators? This might take an hour of your conference day to (un)organize, but I think it has the potential to meet the learning we need at the moment in regards to technology. A preview and the link to another intriguing blog are below: My own thinking about professional learning—I don’t like to call […]

  9. FREE! Geocaching/STEM Event – S. Arizona, Tucson

    WHO: K-12 Teachers and STEM educators with an interest in application of GPS technology with the study of science, math, history, and/or geography. WHAT: Geocaching with the Stars – 3rd Annual Discovery Education Event WHEN: March 21st, 4:30 – 7:00 PM Where: Behind Maynard’s Market, 400 East Toole Ave. Coordinates are N 32d 13.427m, W […]

  10. Interactive Whiteboard user?

    Good sunny morning, I’ve rarely got time for original writing, possibly because I’m reading in my spare time instead. The blog linked below caught my attention, and I was happy to see she addresses two well known IWB in Arizona classrooms. “If you’re new to Interactive Whiteboards, chances are you’ve had a couple of training […]

  11. See IDEAL & DE @ MEC 2011

    Join IDEAL at MEC 2011! Be immersed in three days of learning and collaboration created especially to meet the needs of Arizona educators. Interact with the IDEAL team, network and explore what’s new in educational technology. Join this collaborative effort while gaining valuable professional development hours. Bring your whole team to MEC2011! Register Now > […]

  12. A re-post from AcalanesUHSD Learning Continuity

    There was just too much great information to summarize in this article about learning continuity with iPod Touch. The accompanying table details 210 apps! Keep students connected to your curriculum from home and back. If you use iPod Touches in your classroom and students have access to either an iPod Touch or an iPhone, here […]

  13. The Electric Company – Unlock the Power of Words

    Note: The IDEAL site for Arizona’s educators hosts Verizon Thinkfinity in the Curriculum Resources menu. Verizon Thinkfinity partners with The Electric Company® to connect with today’s kids, parents and educators.  The Electric Company is an Emmy® Award-winning multi-media literacy experience designed to bridge the literacy gap among 6-to-9-year old struggling readers. Jump into The Electric […]

  14. The 19th Annual AzTEA Teaching and Technology Conference

    Where? Vail’s Empire High School, take the Houghton Road exit from I-10 south of Tucson When? January 29th, 2011 Time? 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Registration starts at 8:00. Cost? AzTEA member price $25.00, Non-member price $45, or $60 with membership. Includes lunch. Register? http://www.aztea.org/2011-teaching-and-technology-conference Highlights: Tony Vincent Keynote on innovative teaching practices with technology. […]

  15. Virtual Conference Inspires Lesson Sharing

    The DEN Virtual Conference last April inspired many teachers to integrate technology in their classroom lessons. The  IDEAL Learning Environment* offered teacher participants an opportunity to earn ten PD hours credit after the event by creating a lesson plan to share using the tools from the conference. Laurel, who is a second grade teacher, sent […]

  16. Looking Back on Conference Notes

    I’ve re-visited a few great sites (not necessarily new) this summer. I guess I just didn’t have an occasion for which to use them, but WOW, once I got started, they were really useful to me. During the DE Symposium, we ran “groups” in the Edmodo.com site. It was very much like having a back […]