Author Archives: Victoria Schmitt

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

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

The new look of the AZ DEN – we’ve still got it!

I’m copy/pasting notes from our fearless leader Emily. Maybe you missed this meeting, too? A big thanks to Lillian, Laura, and Alison for thinking of using AzTEA access for our local webinars! These recent months have been rather adrift as we tried to figure our our role, but we are back and ready to bond.

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

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

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

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

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.