Author Archives: Victoria Schmitt

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The Electric Company – Unlock the Power of Words

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

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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.

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Reflections and Projections – a time to share?

From the “Free Technology for Teachers” blog written by Richard Byrne, check out his assembled 140 of the most popular postings of the year in a google slide presentation. Are you familiar with these tools? Tell us about some of them you have tried in your classroom OR let us know about how you can

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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

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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

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Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Got time for one more? 3M has joined forces with Discovery Education on the Young Scientist Challenge to foster innovation and communication in the scientists of tomorrow. To enter the competition, students are asked to create a 1 to 2 minute video that showcases their understanding of select science concepts and how they apply to

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Past event reviews…future event reminders

Four f2f sites in Arizona recently hosted the DEN National (global actually!) Virtual Conference on Saturday, April 24th. Participants attended at Cartwright, Deer Valley, Flagstaff and Snowflake. If you missed the event, or wanted a review from a session you particularly enjoyed, the following links may be helpful. http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/spring-virtual-conference-2010/  Scroll to the bottom of the

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We're still celebrating MEC2010…join us for the highlights!

Were you one of the lucky educators who scored a seat w/computer at the DE presentations at MEC2010? Did you miss them and wish you had the handouts and materials? Have I got a deal for you(?)!   Hand-outs and “take-aways” from the sessions are posted at this blog link http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2010/03/15/celebrating-30-years-of-educational-excellence-at-mec/   In addition, there

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