AzTEA MAG CONFERENCE: MAGnify your teaching with Microsoft, Apple and Google Apps for Education

AzTEA’s MAG CONFERENCE: Thursday, May 29 & Friday, May 30, 2014

We invite you to AZTEA’s MAG (Microsoft, Apple and Google) Conference to be held at the Pendergast Learning Center on May 29 & 30, 2014. This high-intensity, two-day event focuses on deploying, integrating and using Microsoft, Apple and Google Apps for Education to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. Register now to send teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, tech support staff, CTOs, and anyone who is interested in finding out more about leveraging Microsoft, Apple and Google Apps for Education to support student learning.

Dates: Thursday, May 29 & Friday, May 30, 2014
Times:  8:30a.m. – 3:30p.m.
Register at:
Member price:  $150 Early bird (pre-April 1) $135
Non-Member price:  $199 Early bird (pre-April 1)$ 175*
*Includes 1 year membership in AzTEA

This 2-day seminar will investigate Microsoft, Apple and Google educational application tools.  Bring a laptop or mobile device and “dive in”! We encourage folks to bring their own “cellular (MiFi) hotspot” if possible.

Attention High School Teachers & College Faculty! Advanced Geocache Training

Are you interested in helping your students:

  • Build 21st century workforce skills?
  • Understand and analyze data?
  • Engage in authentic projects that provide marketable job skills?

If so, here is a great learning opportunity for you.  Application deadline:  May 2, 2014.   To download an application and performance assessment, please visit or email 

WHAT:  A paid professional development opportunity to design a geospatial technology-integrated project based instructional unit or a Geospatial Semester course that may be offered for dual credit at your high school and MCC or NAU.

WHEN:  Monday, July 21, 2014 through Friday, July 25, 2014 (8am-4pm) at Mesa Community College

WHO:   Teachers who can demonstrate basic Esri ArcMap skills interested in learning how to teach students to use the technologies within a project-based instructional framework.


  • High quality, professional learning experiences
  • Some travel assistance to MCC in Mesa
  • Up to $1,375 stipend for full participation in all project components
  • Instructional and technical support as you implement
  • Opportunities to work alongside high school and college faculty
  • Opportunity for lab upgrades for your high school
  • Opportunities to travel to the Esri Education User Conference in San Diego, CA

For more information contact:

Karen Blevins

 Faculty/Geospatial Program Director
 Mesa Community College
 1833 West Southern Avenue
 Mesa, AZ 85202


Professional Development Coordinator
Lori Rubino-Hare
Center for Science Teaching and Learning
Northern Arizona University
Box 5697
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5697



Google in Education Summit – March 18 & 19, 2014


March 18–19, 2014 at Grand Canyon University

Join us for Arizona’s first Google in Education Summit! This high intensity two-day event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K–12 and higher education. You will get to hear from Google Global Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap, as he evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools in education. You can also look forward to a demo slam competition, a closing capstone session—plus two full days of informative breakouts, cutting-edge demonstrations, and hands-on workshops led by experienced and knowledgeable professional developers.  Learn more and register at:






Speak Up 2013

Speak Up 2013

The Speak Up National Research project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning.  For more information visist Speak Up 2013Arizona participants need to enter in the survey password: su4az to take the survey.

On October 28th,  Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, shared the benefits of participation and presented data for Arizona.  To listen to her overall vision of SpeakUp and how the data can benefit Arizona schools, click here for a recording of the October 28, 2013 webinar.  

To see past Speak Up data for Arizona go to



Resources to support Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards

 Take a look at Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards website.   There will be more support for the role of technology will be coming in January   2013.

IDEAL Alignment Criteria


SketchUp Pro 2014/15 Statewide K-12 License


SketchUp Pro 2014/15 educational lab licenses are offered at no cost for schools that participate in the statewide licensing grant program. In order to obtain the critical information to activate the licenses, complete this form request.  For more information, go to: SketchUp website and Knowledge Center for downloading, installing, and authorization instructions, training materials, getting started guides, video tutorials, and much more. 

Contact Chris Giles


“Rolled-Over” 2012 Enhancing Ed thru Technology Grant Funds


EETT 2012 Grantees:

As you know, the Arizona Department of Education experienced a major reorganization in July; Brett Hinton left ADE at the end of November; and additional organizational changes have been recently made. Subsequently, this information is late in coming to you but there is time for you to make amendments and draw down your funds.

Lois Kruse and her Operations team helped us with the 2011 completion reports. Thank you, Lois! The procedure they used was that any prior year unexpended 2011 Enhancing Ed thru Technology funds were automatically “rolled-forward” into a new 2012 sub-grant with line item-by-line Item balances based on the 2011 Completion Reports. Funds are available now and must be expended by June 30, 2012. Deadline to make amendments is March 30, 2012.

Here is additional information that you need to put on your calendar and take action to complete:

• Review your 2012 sub-grant and revise the line item allocations and submit an amendment to reflect your needs.

• LEA’s with negative line item amounts MUST do an amendment promptly.

• A Cash Management Report must be submitted monthly regardless of whether or not a payment is needed. Failure to do so will result in a compliance violation and the ADE Grants Management System will automatically place a “Hold” on the LEA’s sub-grant. (FYI — These Cash Management requirements apply to all federal sub-grants on a reimbursement basis in the ADE System.)

• Reminder: Deadline to make amendments is March 30, 2012.

If you need addition support or have any questions, please contact Krystal Nesbitt, or 602-542-7884.

Additional close-out information for the Enhancing Education Through Technology grant program will be sent to you in May. The EETT grant program officially ends December, 2012.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Free Educational Technology Literacy Assessment Online Tools

Technology Literacy Assessment Tools

ADE offers a free student and staff technology literacy assessment (suitable for 5th – 12th grades) – please contact the Ed Tech Department for more information 602-364-1349.

Accounts are created at site. You can begin by selecting the Demo District from the drop-down menu.  For assistance with creating your account, please email  and request the start-up directions.

 Teacher Tech Assessment URL:

 Student Tech Assessment URL:


Assessing Technology Integration Resources

The Arizona Technology Integration Matrix – Classroom Level (ATIM – Classroom Level) was developed as part of a ARRA Title II-D competitive grant, through the Arizona K – 12 Center, to assist teachers and other educators in assessing the current level of technology integration that is occurring within a classroom. The matrix is accompanied with video clips and lesson plans to illustrate the different levels of technology integration.

Additional tools to accompany the AzTIM are the:

TIM Observation Tool

 The Technology Integration Matrix Observation Tool (TIM-O) is a tool for guiding principals, teachers, and others through the process of evaluating the level of technology integration within a particular classroom. The TIM-O provides the user with a series of easily observable yes/no questions. When completed, the tool indicates a profile for the observed lesson in terms of the Technology Integration Matrix. For example, a lesson may be at the Infusion level on the Active spectrum, at the Adaptation level on the Collaborative spectrum, and so forth. With multiple observations, the TIM-O helps evaluators get a clear picture of the professional development needs of the teacher to support further technology integration.

Technology Comfort Measure (TCM) – The Technology Comfort Measure (TCM) is a thirty-five question self-assessment for teachers. The TCM presents teachers with a series of pairs of photographs depicting different ways of using technology in the classroom. For each pair, the teacher is asked to choose the scenario with which he or she is most comfortable. Each photograph depicts a different level and characteristic of integration as described by the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM). After completion, the teacher is presented with an approximate profile in terms of the TIM and suggestions for professional development.

Once you have your username and password, click here to access the tools.

Multimedia Resource Links

Khan Academy –  (Mathematics  instructional videos)

The National Science Digital Library – (STEM resources)

NBC Learn – – (Clips from NBC news archives)

PSB Learning Media – (Video clips from PBS programming)

Pics4Learning – (Copyright-friendly image library for classroom use)

Thinkfinity-  (Interactive  and videos)

Intel Teach Tools – (Free online tools for teachers)

Teaching Channel – (Videos of classroom practices)