1. Standing Ovation for Arizona AzTEA Teacher of the Year Gabriel Carrillo

    Gabriel Carrillo is AzTEA’s teacher of the year with good reason and the organization is proud to nominate him for ISTE’s Outstanding Teacher award. Of this, Carrillo says, “That’s my Christmas bonus right there.” (TriValley Central) From TriValley Central AzTEA teacher of the year says he is ” Just Doing My Job” Carrillo was cited […]

  2. Qwest/AzTEA Innovative Classroom Grant Winners Shine Bright in a Field Excellence

    Seventy-Five Applications were received this year.  Thirteen projects were funded by Qwest’s generous donation of $100,000 to AzTEA. The projects created by the award recipients are distinguished because of their strong foundation in the characteristics of project-based learning, solidly defined SMART goals, community connections, and an emphasis of putting students at the center of the […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 > […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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. […]

  9. Redesigned EDSITEment Launches on Verizon Thinkfinity

    Communication Package from Verizon Thinkfinity Verizon Thinkfinity and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announce a completely updated EDSITEment website designed to immerse educators, families and students in the world of humanities. Use primary resources with students to delve into Arts and Culture, Literature and Language Arts, History and Social Studies and Foreign Languages […]

  10. Congratulations Qwest Grant Winners!

    Qwest/AzTEA Mini-Grants Wow! What outstanding and innovative educators we have in our Arizona classrooms. Teachers engaging students in creative and self-directed learning with technology that deepens and give more meaning to their studies. iPads, iTouches, laptops, video editing software, eBooks, DNA sequencing equipment and more have been funded by the generocity of Qwest’s Teachers and Technology […]

  11. Schools Going Mobile, Trend Tracking and AUPs

    Reposted from Elliot Soloway, soloway@umich.edu ISTE SIGML (Special Interest Group, Mobile Learning) We told you so!! Mobile learning in the U.S. – at least – is at “the tipping point.” Based on surveying over 300,000 parents, teachers, and students, Project Tomorrow’s CEO, Julie Evans, has issued a report that documents the dramatic acceleration of the […]

  12. Blast to your past with html5

     Chrome Experiments of fun with html5 are meant to show off the clean and fast beauty of the new code.  Of  course Google wants you to see it in Chrome for full effect, and I would encourage that as Chrome is an easy and responsive browser, you try it out. The Wilderness Downtown is a […]

  13. AudioBooks for You and Your Classroom

    I use Audiobooks and Podcasts to get through all my mundane tasks and roadtrips.  I use them in the classroom as a center.  They are great to put on your classroom computers and create an easily navigated listening lab.  Many of these accompany their books with the pdf so students can read along. While I […]

  14. Google Treks

    Have you ever wanted to use Google Earth to follow a Lit Trip, visit an area, or share information and the program is not installed? Or tried to teach (or learn) place marking and other features of Google Earth and found the learning curve a bit steep? Dr. Alice Christie suggests you explore an application […]

  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. Discovery Education U.S. Geography App

    Discovery Education hit the iTunes App store with U.S. Geography by Discovery Education. The app is intended for 5th grade students studying U.S. Geography in the classroom, but is enjoyable and informative for people of all ages. Available through the App Store, the U.S. Geography by Discovery Education app offers educators and students videos, knowledge-based […]

  17. 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 […]

  18. Overcoming Our Fears

    DE treated LC members to the BLC 2010 Conference. The BLC Conference is hotsed by November Learning. Mitch Resnick opened the conference with a very simple message: Students should be creating on the web I couldn’t agree more and not just creating for themselves and their classmates, but for the world. Using Scratch as his […]