Office of Digital Teaching & Learning July Newsletter
- Thu, Jul 7 2022
Summer is officially here and the projects, clean up and preparation are in full effect for K12s in Arizona! We know it’s a busy time, so we’ll keep our updates short and helpful.
Table of Contents:
State Cooperative Purchasing Program: joint purchases of computers and services.
CompTIA Technology Hub Pilot School Application: advancing students' technology skills.
National Education Equity Lab: scholarships available for free and reduced-cost college courses for Arizona high school students.
Title IV-A & B's Symposium: virtual PD opportunity on July 14-15
CSPD Week: learn about the 2022 CSPD week.
Technology Townhall: join us on August 8th.
LinkedIn: follow us on LinkedIn.
Digital Office Hours: jump in a quick call with ADE.
Meet the Team: meet the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning.
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State Cooperative Purchasing Program
According to the data from the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning 2021 Opportunity Assessment, many K12s in Arizona are in need of new, updated devices, and the services that come with those devices. In order to maintain device operability, schools often rely on their limited staff. Almost 3/4 of respondents indicate teachers are the first level of tech support for students.
To help reduce the financial and human resource burden on K12s and better understand their unique technology needs, we have released an “Interest Form” inviting K12 Local Education Agencies to participate in the Arizona Cooperative Purchasing Program. This is a group effort to drive savings in the purchase of devices (laptops, desktops, tablets, etc.) and services on those devices (accidental damage protection, white glove services and others).
Please help us make sure that the needs of local education agencies are well represented in the State Cooperative Purchasing Program. The more participation, the better! View the interest form questions here.
CompTIA Technology Hub Pilot School Application
Is your middle school interested in a website where students, teachers, parents, and caregivers can learn about technology? CompTIA is now offering a free pilot program to help advance students' technology skills.
The initial requirements for the pilot schools are as follows:
- Ability to run the pilot program during the fall of 2022-2023 school year.
- Reliable internet access and computing devices for students.
- Assign a teacher to attend a 2-hour virtual live teacher training in August 2022.
- Willingness to share updates as to what is working and what’s not, via surveys and monthly review meetings.
If you are interested in being a pilot school, please complete the form. There is no cost to participate. Email [email protected] if you have any additional questions.
Technology Hub Pilot School Application
National Education Equity Lab
Apply now! The National Education Equity Lab is offering scholarship opportunities to Arizona schools! This education justice non-profit aims to democratize access to college by partnering with top colleges and universities to offer actual college credit-bearing courses in teacher-led Title 1 high school classrooms across the country. Students gain the opportunity to take college courses from top professors co-taught by their high school teachers.
Students earn 3 widely-transferable college credits and a transcript from the offering institution upon successful completion - with an impressive new metric for college admissions to boot!
Scholarship opportunities are available for the first five Arizona schools that apply. If you are interested in exploring more please email [email protected] by Friday, July 15th.
The following courses are open for Fall 2022.
Arizona State University + Amazon Web Services | Introduction to Cloud Computing
University of Pennsylvania | Grit Lab: The Psychology of Passion, Perseverance and Success, Taught by Professor Angela Duckworth
Howard University + Khan Academy | College Algebra
Title IV-A & B's Symposium
Educators and School Leaders
Come check out our new addition:
Community Partner Exhibit Hall
Meet organizations, build partnerships, enhance community
The Title IV-A & B Symposium is just weeks away. It’s not too late to join us for two days of learning and collaborating with Arizona educators. Register Today! View the Itinerary: Day 1 & Day 2
Keynote speakers · interactive · inclusive practices · lunch & learn · relevant · leadership showcase · blended learning · STEM · spark sessions · STEAM · community partners · virtual · SEL · 21st Century · hands-on · digital literacy · whole child
CSPD Week 2022
AZ Computer Science Professional Development Week
Arizona CSPD Week took place the week of June 20th and was a success! Thank you to all the teachers that came out and participated. It was a great week of learning, creating, sharing, and discovery! For more information on the 2022 CSPD Week click here.
Join us on August 8th for the next Technology Townhall meeting. Technology Townhalls are monthly hybrid gatherings to discuss, share information and practices, and provide feedback to ADE about options and needs.
- Technology: K12 IT professionals meet on the second Monday of the month from 1-3pm. Register here for the next meeting on August 8, 2022.
- There will be no Technology Townhall in July.
If your school would like to host the next Technology Townhall email us at [email protected]
Technology Townhall Information
The Office Of Digital Teaching and Learning LinkedIn page officially has 100 followers! We want to thank you for taking the time to follow and share! We are just getting started and look forward to sharing valuable digital teaching and learning content with you. Thank you for helping our office grow.
Digital Office Hours
Each week the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning (ODTL) will host Digital Office Hours.
This is a great way to share ideas and needs about digital practices and space, and meet the ODTL team. Meet, mingle and learn on your schedule!
July Digital Office Hours Topics:
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Onsite at the Title IV-A & B Symposium
- State Cooperative Purchasing Program
- Technology Townhalls
Pop in anytime from 11:00am - 1:00pm MST Thursdays (excluding holidays).
Register For Digital Office Hours
Meet The Team
We are proud to connect you with the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning team. This small but mighty group is building this program to serve Arizona schools with the resources they need for digital teaching and learning.
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