1. Discovery Education Sneak Peek Webinar Series

    Be the first to get a look at upcoming enhancements to Discovery Education! This sneak peek will showcase integration strategies for leveraging new tools, content, and resources, including Discovery Education Student Board Builder and the new Discovery Education Streaming Plus with model lessons, assessments, and digital content designed to address specific Math and ELA Common […]

  2. Digital Storytelling Hangout w/Kathy Schrock

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    Join Us for a Hangout Thursday, January 10 7:00 PM ET  Join Kathy Schrock and digital storytelling experts Midge Frazel and Joe Brennan as they discuss the benefits of digital storytelling in the classroom.  Register for event and reminders.   Why should teachers utilize digital storytelling in their classroom and what content areas fit best? What […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. Got Apps?

    The Palm Beach County (FL) School District has put together an outstanding resource wiki for the use of iPads in schools.  In addition to training videos, the highlight of the site is the list of apps that is shared.  I’d recommend taking a look at the list of apps for Elementary, Middle School, and High […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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. […]

  10. 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 […]

  11. Gulf Spill Investigations & Our Effect on the Systems we Live in

    In the case that you did not know about Jeff Corwin’s webinar on the Horizon disaster last year, please check your schedule for a 10 o’clock slot this Tuesday, April 19th. (register here) At Agua Caliente Elementary School in the Tanque Verde School District in Northeast Tucson, the fifth grade will come together to discuss […]

  12. Squish Circuits: Teaching Electricity with Play-dough

    Science Teachers!  Classroom Teachers!  Wouldn’t your students love this! 4 Minute Video Demonstration with AnnMarie Thomas From TED In a zippy demo at TED U, AnnMarie Thomas shows how two different kinds of homemade play dough can be used to demonstrate electrical properties — by lighting up LEDs, spinning motors, and turning little kids into […]

  13. Mobile Learning Everywhere

    We will be further updating you with reactions, exciting finds, and wonderful happenings from the AZ K12 Center Mobile Learning Conference through the week, but you can easily explore what was going on by visiting the Mobile Learning experience Posterous or Twitter pages. Tony Vincent created an easy blogging platform for all attendees to contribute […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. It Gives You Shivers Of Inspiration and Appreciation!

    If you have not been a reviewer for the AzTEA Innovation Awards, you must take the next opportunity.  AzTEA received nearly thirty nominations for truly-deserving leaders from all around the state.  It is a inspiring, complete pleasure to read the praise colleagues have for their valued co-workers. The Qwest/AzTEA Innovative Classroom Awards received over seventy-five […]

  16. Thank you Outstanding Arizona Educators, Administrators and Supporters!

    AzTEA Innovative Leaders Awards These are the people who are recognized as Innovative Leaders and agents of progressive change in the education of Arizona’s students.  Thank you for everything you do! Teacher of the Year Gabriel Carrillo Walker Butte K-8 Florence USD Administrator of the Year Cherryl Paul Sierra Verde STEM Deer Valley USD Technology […]