Statewide Instructional Technology Project, Pima County

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Office of the Superintendent o
f Pima County Schools, 
Pima County Regional Support Center 
6420 E. Broadway, Ste A100 
745-4588

Technology Integration Specialists   Allen Swanson  and Emily Mann



As part of the Arizona Statewide Instructional Technology Project, our Goals are:

  • To assist public, charter, and private schools.
  • To provide training and support services for quality integration of technology based on best classroom practices.
  • To assist schools in acquiring effective instructional practices in all K-12 content areas.
  • To promote IDEAL (Integrated Data to Enhance Arizona’s Learning) to all LEA’s in the state and incorporate it into all professional development efforts.
  • Promote Intel® Teach, PeerEd Peer Coaching Programs, Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship, and Verizon Thinkfinity.


The Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) positions have been developed in conjunction with Arizona’s Statewide Instructional Technology Project (SIT Project) under Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT), Title IID Federal funds.  The vision of this grant is to train and prepare educators, --well-founded in 21st Century Skills, project-based approaches, and assessment, to integrate appropriate technologies into the school environment to increase student and professional achievement, collaboration, and engagement.

How Training will be Delivered

Webinars

Online Courses

Face-to-Face Workshops

Hybrid Courses

 

Levels of Service

Level 1: Webinars; Absolute Priority Trainings; Free

Level 2: Short Course, online, hybrid, F2F; Mostly Free

Level 3: In Depth Workshop; Nominal Fees Apply

 

 

Contact:  Allen Swanson & Emily Mann

Office of the Superintendent of Pima County Schools, Pima County Regional Support Center, 6420 E. Broadway, Ste A100 745-4588

 


 

Project-based Learning Series:

 

Level 1 - Webinars

 

Arizona Technology Integration Matrix (AzTIM)

The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal directed and associates them with the five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) in meaningful learning environments. Come explore the matrix and learn how you can use the outstanding lessons and examples created just for Arizona educators to recognize and implement quality technology integration.
Primary Focus: Project-based Learning
When:  TBD in May, 2012
Where: Online at your computer
Time commitment: 1 hour
Cost: Free

 

Digital Storytelling with PhotoStory3

PhotoStory is a free download for PCs that uses images, text, voice, and music to tell a story, document an event or concept, or anything you choose.  This webinar will provide resources for bringing digital storytelling and media to your classroom and leading students to develop their voice as digital authors and creators.

Primary Focus: Project-based Learning

When: Monday, October 24, 2011; 4:30-6:30 

Where: Online via Elluminate Live

Time commitment: 1 hour

Cost: Free

 Digital Tools for Literacy

Imagine building a tool chest of virtual resources to enrich your capacity to plan professional learning opportunities that will support your staff members as they put new strategies into practice in the classroom. You will discover free tools and research-based strategies for application that may be used for direct instruction, differentiation, remediation, and independent learning.
Primary Focus: Project-based Learning
When:  Monday, Sept. 19, 2011; 6:00-7:00
Where: Online at your computer
Time commitment: 1 hour
Cost: Free

 

Lesson Makeover: Turning Activities into Projects

Every teacher has done rather involved activities with their students like Sell pencils every Friday, build a solar oven, build a sugar cube castle, make a board game, write a picture book, or make an alphabet book. While these activities may be significant learning experiences or represent the culmination of a unit, they are not project-based learning activities. How can they be made into projects? That is the topic of discussion for this webinar.

Primary Focus: Project-based Learning

When: Tuesday, March 6, 2012; 4:30-6:30 

Where: Online at your computer

Time commitment: 1 hour

Cost: Free

 

What is PBL and How Can It Improve Teaching and Learning?

Project-based Learning (PBL) addresses many of the concerns teachers have about rigor and relevance in school by bringing authenticity, active exploration, and audience to student work. PBL has been shown to have positive effects on student achievement, but more importantly, it helps students to acquire the 21st century skills needed to succeed in today’s world. PBL also addresses the desire by many teachers to have a more integrated curriculum and still maintain laser-like focus on meeting standards.

Primary Focus: Project-based Learning

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2012; 4:30 - 6:30

Where: Online at your computer

Time commitment: 1 hour

Cost: Free

 

 

 

Level 2 - Basic Courses on PBL Topics

 

Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell personal tales, interviews, the recounting of historical events, documenting an exploration into a community or even the search for life in other corners of the universe.  This workshop will use lead you in the creation of your own story and how to help your students find voice as digital authors.
Primary Focus: Project-based Learning
When: Thursdays, October 20 and 27; 4:30-6:30
Where: Pima Regional Support Center
Time commitment: 4 hours
Cost: $20


Claymation and Stop Motion Animation for Student Projects

A well-developed story or short begins with writing and planning.  Join this workshop to learn the process of developing and storyboarding and guiding students in creating their own project. Frames, a software from Tech4Learning will be used, lesson plans, support, and free resources will also be shared.
Primary Focus: Project-based Learning
When: September 8, 15, and 22, 2011; 4:30-6:30
Where: Pima Regional Support Center
Time commitment: 6 hours
Cost: $30

 

Intel Teach: Elements of Project-based Learning Approaches

This facilitated hybrid course is designed to give teachers new to project-based learning the opportunity to explore concepts behind the instructional method, while providing the veteran project using teacher a structured approach to developing and implementing a thorough project action plan.

Primary Focus: Project-based Learning

When: Register now! Course starts October 12 in IDEAL

Where: Online

Time commitment: 30 hours

Cost: Free

 

Intel Teach Elements: Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms

Take an in-depth look at assessment that meets the needs of 21st century learners. See how assessment strategies can benefit your teaching practices and students’ learning. Learn how to plan, develop, and manage student-centered assessment. Suggested pre-requisite: Intel TeachÒ Elements of Project-based Learning Approaches

Primary Focus: Project-based Learning

When: Register February 8 for the course that starts March 28 in IDEAL

Where: Online

Time commitment: 30 hours

Cost: Free

 

Intel Teach Elements: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom

See collaboration in action through classroom examples, use a Collaboration Framework for planning digital collaboration activities, explore many online collaborative tools, and understand how to support and manage ethical, safe, and legal online collaboration. Suggested pre-requisite: Intel TeachÒ Elements of Project-based Learning Approaches

Primary Focus: Project-based Learning

When: Register now! Course starts October 12 in IDEAL; or wait and register November 30 for the course that starts January 18.

Where: Online

Time commitment: 30 hours

Cost: Free

 

Wikis for Collaborative Student Projects

How do you create a digital collaborative space where students can work together cooperatively to create a project?  How do you create an area where they can showcase their ideas and creations to a wide audience and maintain a private space for reflection and self-monitoring?  Join us to create your own wiki and learn how students are using wikis to collaborate, create, communicate, and develop skills that transfer across many web and software applications.
Primary Focus: Project-based Learning
WhenOption 1: Tuesday, Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011; 4:30-6:30.  Option 2: November 10 and 17, 2011; 4:30-6:30
Where: Pima Regional Support Center
Time commitment: 4 hours
Cost: $20

 

Level 3 - In-Depth Courses and Support for PBL

 Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety

Participants create a school action plan while they explore specific strategies for creating responsible Digital Citizens who use the Internet safely for educational purposes, and constructing a safe Internet environment for students.  They will learn essential information about compliance, AUPs, and the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA); attend to safety and health issues that these technologies present, such as cyberbullying; and, become familiar with Web 2.0 technologies for collaboration and social networking, and how they are changing the way that students and teachers interact online.   
Primary Focus: Project-based Learning
When: Register now! Course starts October 12 in IDEAL
Where: Online
Time commitment: 30 hours
Cost: Free

 

Intel Teach: Thinking with Technology Course

Through Thinking with Technology, teachers learn instructional strategies for addressing and assessing thinking skills, using technology to support deeper understanding of core content. The goal is for teachers to leave the course with a standards-based unit plan, support materials, and implementation strategies to improve and assess students’ higher-order thinking with the use of free online tools. Intel® Education The Intel® Teach Thinking with Technology Course builds on effective technology integration skills. Teachers use free online tools to support the development and assessment of their students’ higher-order thinking skills.

Primary Focus: Project-based Learning

When: Register November 30 for the course that starts January 18 in IDEAL

Where: Online

Time commitment: 30 hours

Cost: Free



Teaching with PBL and Technology

This five-day hands-on workshop blends information from the award winning Intel Teach "Elements of Project-based Learning Approaches" program and the Buck Institute for Education’s Project-based Learning Do-It-Yourself toolkit with technology tools and collaborative applications. Teachers will spend the week building strong foundations and applying new knowledge while planning implementation and developing student activities. “Project learning, also known as project-based learning, is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small collaborative groups.” – from Edutopia.org During the workshop Technology Integration Specialists from the Regional Support Center will integrate a variety of digital tools teachers can use to support student collaboration and learning with projects. Teachers will be introduced to tools for digital storytelling, group collaboration on electronic products, team planning, connecting to experts, publishing, and assessment of products and processes.

Primary Focus: Project-based Learning

When:  Session 1, June 4-8, 2012; Session 2, June 18-22, 2012; Session 3, TBA July 2012

Where: TBA – Host districts receive a $100/person discount

Time commitment: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Lunch provided. 30 hours recertification available

Cost: Individual: $450 (register by March 1, 2012 for the Early-Bird Special: $375); District groups of 10 or more on the same PO: $350


Facilitating Project-based Learning through Peer Coaching

Peer Coaching supports the “vision of professional learning, ensuring that teachers have time to work and learn with colleagues every day, that their learning is aligned with standards, and that their learning revolves around a continuous cycle of improvement” (NSDC, Advocacy Toolkit, 2008). When the coaches are on the local school campus, the teacher has someone they can turn to for support in implementing the strategies they learned in the professional development sessions. Peer coaching provides the support and follow-up for teachers to expand their abilities to create technology enhanced lessons and meet the needs of the students in their classrooms. Sessions 1-5 take place in quick succession to provide coaches with the basic coaching skills needed to collaborate with peers in their school building. At the end of five sessions, coaches have the planning tools and skills they need to begin coaching. Sessions 6-8 occur throughout the school year and cover topics related to support for school-based learning communities and extending support networks to the global community.

Primary Focus: Project-based Learning

When:  By arrangement

Where: Your site

Who: Minimum 5 classroom teachers

Time commitment: 8 full day sessions with 4 follow-up visits at school sites.

Cost: Free

 

 


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Series

 

Level 1 - Webinars

 

Scratch – Imagine, Program, Share

Scratch is designed with learning and education in mind. As young people create and share projects in Scratch, they develop important design and problem-solving skills, learning how to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch can be used in many different settings: schools, museums, community centers, and homes. It is intended especially for 8- to 16-year-olds, but younger children can work on Scratch projects as well.

Primary Focus: STEM

When: 

Where: Online via Elluminate Live

Time commitment: 1 hour

Cost: Free

 

Discovery Education STEM Connection

Discovery Education resources are free to Arizona educators through the department of education’s IDEAL portal and provide rich materials like STEM career videos, technology enrich lesson plans, STEM teacher communities, interactives, contests, student centers for individual student access and more.  Join us to explore the wealth of materials available free for you.

Primary Focus: STEM

When: January 23, 2012; 6:00-7:00

Where: Online via Elluminate Live

Time commitment: 1 hour

Cost: Free

 

Engineering Projects for the Elementary Classroom

From Build a Bear to Zeroing in on the Zoo Elephant Habitat, engineering projects on the Internet abound. We’ll give an overview of online engineering projects and activities specifically designed for grades K-5, where they can be found, and who you can trust to provide quality curriculum for your students.

Primary Focus: STEM

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011; 4:30-5:30

Where: Online via Elluminate Live

Time commitment: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Engineering Projects for the Middle School Classroom

From Build a Better Beehive to Tsunami Surge, engineering projects abound on the Internet. We’ll give an overview of online engineering projects for middle school grades, where they can be found, and who you can trust to provide quality curriculum for your students.

Primary Focus: STEM

When:  Tuesday, December 13, 2011; 4:30-5:30

Where: Online via Elluminate Live

Time commitment: 1 hour

Cost: Free

 

STEAM Resources for Arts Integration into Science Technology Engineering and Math

STEM is the hot initiative in education, but how do you widen your focus and incorporate the soft sciences as well?  Join us to explore the best free resources, motivators, community connections, successful example lessons, creativity tools and more and learn how to bring them into your classroom.
Primary Focus: STEM
When: Tuesday, November 1, 2011; 6:00-7:00
Where: Online at your computer
Time commitment: 1 hour
Cost: Free

 

Level 2 - Hands-on with Scratch

Scratch: Imagine, Program, Share; Introduction to Beginning Projects

Hands-on introduction to Scratch programming tools and classroom projects. Scratch is designed with learning and education in mind. As young people create and share projects in Scratch, they develop important design and problem-solving skills, learning how to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch is intended especially for 8- to 16-year-olds, but younger children can work on Scratch projects as well. Workshop participants will receive Scratch programming project cards and design manuals full of tested projects.

Primary Focus: STEM

When:  Tuesdays, August 23 - September 20, 2011.  4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Where: F2F - location TBD

Time commitment: 15 hours

Maximum of 20 participants

Cost: $25

Scratch: Imagine, Program, Share; Using PICO Boards to Connect the Real World to the Virtual World of the Computer

Hands-on experience with analog to digital computer interface boards for use with Scratch. Experience using Scratch programming tools is a pre-requisite for this workshop. Participants will use PICO boards to gather data from the real world in order to control the virtual world inside the computer. Participants will receive Scratch programming cards and design manuals specifically for the PICO interface.

Primary Focus: STEM

When: October 11 - November 8, 2011. 4:30 - 7:30 pm 

Where: F2F

Time commitment: 15 hours

Maximum of 10 participants

 Cost: $50 registration fee; $330 for a classroom kit or $1100 for a workshop kit with 5 units (optional)

 

PBS LearningMedia: Resources for STEM Education

STEM teaching and learning can cover a wide range of projects and activities. PBS has just launched an incredible resource for teachers that is packed with STEM. Every segment of PBS programming nationwide has been categorized into a searchable database.
Primary Focus: STEM
When: TBA - look for a special announcement later this semester.
Where: Online at your computer
Time commitment: 1 hour
Cost: Free

 

Level 3 – Making STEM Real

 

Project-based Learning Approaches with Scratch

This five-day hands-on workshop will cover the basics of turning Scratch programming activities into Project-based Learning units. Scratch is designed with learning and education in mind. As young people create and share projects in Scratch, they develop important design and problem-solving skills, learning how to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Combine these elements with math, science, and technology standards, authenticity, and products design to perform for an audience and students will take off with PBL.

Primary Focus: Project-based Learning and STEM

When:  June 11-15, 2012

Where: TBA – Host districts receive a $100/person discount

Time commitment: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Lunch provided. 30 hours recertification available

Cost: Individual: $450 (register by March 1, 2012 for the Early-Bird Special: $400); District groups of 10 or more on the same PO: $375


Other Opportunities for Training:


Peer Coaching by PeerEd

(formerly Puget Sound Center)

& Microsoft

Peer coaching provides a structure for ongoing professional development that strengthens and forms around the knowledge and expertise of your teachers.  Training of coaches is provided by the Statewide Instructional Technology project free of charge.


Google Tools for Schools Collaborative creation, 3-D drawing tools, word processing documents, spreadsheets, shared video storage. Learn about the new Google tools for online collaboration and how they can revolutionize education.
Digital Images
Learn how to edit digital images and incorporate them into your classroom instruction across the curriculum. Two strands are offered: 1) Using desktop software for the PC to edit and present photos. 2) Using free online photo-editing, posting, and presentation resources. Topics to be covered include: digital image types, resizing and cropping images, working with multiple layers, digital image resources, using digital images across the curriculum, online posting, editing, animating and presentations.

 

Digital Storytelling

 

PhotoStory and MovieMaker, free programs from Microsoft, bring digital storytelling to your classroom. Have your students take a few pictures, add a voice-over, and use some simple special effects in PhotoStory to create a finished product that demonstrates creative learning and that their parents will love. Or use a digital camcorder with MovieMaker, to create a public announcement, documentary, or other creative digital story. Cameras, digital picture libraries, and methods of work will be available for participants. You are also welcome to bring your own digital library.
Google Earth & Google Literature Trips Fly from your school to anywhere in the world or in space, follow the Freedom Trail with images, post pictures and see how other Google Earth users have enriched the world view. Follow the path of Candide, The Traveling Pants, or The Yellow Balloon and see the embedded images and descriptions that bring the stories to real-life.
 

Student E-Mail conjures up visions some educators find frightening. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are safe and sound alternatives for student e-mail which allow teachers to closely monitor and restrict student interaction. Come ready and learn and get your class online with their own email account, blog and ability to create their own learning environment showcase.

 

 

Verizon 

 

 

 

Personal News Network (Online Newsletters & Webpages) PNN provides a free online newsletter creation tool for teachers and students. Using nothing more than a web browser with a webcam or picture taking cell phone and your ingenuity you will create a fantastic online newsletter. Also featured: Kids-Talk Radio.
Podcasting With Podcasting you and your students can share audio over the internet for audiences to listen or download. In this class you will learn how to create an audio podcast using the open source software program called Audacity. Mac and PC users share the same software interface and controls, so what you learn can be used on either computer.
  Webquests
Using Technology with Marzano strategies

 

Geocaching and GIS According to Dr. Alice Christie, the challenge for teachers in the 21st Century, is to use technology effectively “to help students take ownership for learning and develop the practical and critical thinking skills necessary to better understand the world around them. To meet this challenge, teachers can use an emerging technology tool, GPS receivers, and an emerging GPS-based activity, geocaching, to transform their classrooms from teacher-centered environments to exciting, empowering, exploratory environments that focus on student engagement in the learning process.”
  Distance Learning: Options for Learning in the Digital Age What options are there available for students who need credit recovery or want to get ahead? This workshop will present several options for learning online.
  IDEAL: Moving Your Content Online Thinking about moving to anytime/anywhere learning? Participants will explore the IDEAL professional development course creation tools. Based upon Sakai, the IDEAL course creation tools make it easy to jump to online learning.

IDEAL

Curriculum Resources

Explore curriculum resources in the IDEAL Portal (iTunesU, Recipes4Success, Discovery Streaming, Thinkfinity and more). Build a portfolio of grade appropriate resources that support standards-based teaching practices.
Pacman and the Ghosts: Games That Make You Think Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design. (from scratch.mit.edu)” Come to this workshop to learn MIT’s “Scratch” program for creating games, animations, and more. This free download teaches the basics of programming and the logical thought processes required to make Pacman Eat the Ghosts.

Wikis, Blogs, and Threaded Discussion for Classroom Collaboration Learn how to use wikis, blogs, and threaded discussions to create a collaborative classroom environment.
Student Response Systems: The Clickers! The latest and greatest tool to invade the educational technology market, student response systems help to personalize and differentiate teaching and learning. You no longer have to wonder if students understand what you’ve taught them. They can tell you with the click of a button. Experience the tools for yourself.
  Google Tools for Schools Collaborative creation, 3-D drawing tools, word processing documents, spreadsheets, shared video storage. Learn about the new Google tools for online collaboration and how they can revolutionize education.
ePortfolios & Digital Portfolios ePortfolios are the show-and-tell tool of the 21st Century for showcasing student and teacher work. Learn the various tools for creating an online gallery of work that compiles documents, media, images and a platform for reflection. Explore web sites that offer space for student work.

 

Internet Safety This event is designed to show educators and administrators how to use NetSmartz interactive materials in their classrooms, accumulate more information about Internet safety and technology, and take steps to bring their classrooms into the 21st century. Other resources designed with educators in mind will be highlighted.
  Thinking about Technology...
What can I plan for? Technology Tuesdays and other technology related events are subject to federal and state funding. If you attended any of the workshops this year you might like to participate in shaping what happens next year. We would really appreciate your feedback.
  How do you do that? Ever wonder how some features work in Word, Power Point and/or Excel? iPhoto, iMovie and/or Garage Band? Other applications? Bring your questions to this open ended, hands-on, two hour workshop. Your individual concerns will be answered by the Technology Integration Specialists. We will provide you with suggestions on how you might integrate these programs into your classroom.
 

ISTE Webinar: GoogleLit Trips with Jerome Burg, GoogleLit Trips Developer

project brings the greatest journey literature of all time to the world that today's 21st century students live in by tracking and marking a book’s journey on the surface of Google Earth.
 

ISTE Webinar: Technology for Not-Yet-Readers (K-2) with Gail Lovely

As technologies advance, there are new tools and resources for non-readers. Animation, video, sound, and graphics combined with good teaching creates powerful learning opportunities. Join Gail Lovely for this webinar and see some great tools and resources for young non- and almost-readers. Gail will share more than just a series of links, she will emphasize teaching strategies and classroom management of technologies as well as some really cool technological tools!
  ISTE Webinar:

Project-based Learning

Sara Armstrong

Project-based learning strategies engage students, meet standards, and address 21st Century skills. During this session, we will examine examples in which project-based learning has been successfully implemented, learn about resources, share planning documents, and commit to implementation action steps!
 

ISTE Webinar:

Visual Arts with Mark Gura.

This webinar will discuss how technology makes Visual Art something that virtually all teachers can include in instructional activities and to greater effect than ever before. Discussed will be equipment, resources, and classroom management logistics–basic techniques–and activities and approaches of obvious value in our current instructional climate.
 

 

ISTE Webinar:

Differentiated Instruction + Tech = Powerful Learning with Stephanie Throne and Grace Smith

A thought-provoking discussion about how you can use technology as a tool to differentiate instruction. They will offer a variety of practical strategies and user-friendly resources to accommodate a broad range of learning styles, abilities, and curriculum content to help kick-start your use of technology in differentiating instruction.
  with Dr. Helen Barrett Use Web 2.0 tools, freely available on the Internet, to create student-centered electronic portfolios. Learn how the use of a portfolio can be a powerful tool to support both learning and assessment, making learning visible across the curriculum. The full details at this source

 Characteristics of Effective Professional Development

  • On the job, job-embedded training
  • Long-term, ongoing
  • Focused on classroom activities
  • Highly collaborative environment
  • Structured to offer chances to learn from others
Technology Integration Specialists:襘;
Allen Swanson襘;allen.swanson@pimaregionalsupport.org襘;
Emily Mann襘;emily.mann@pimaregionalsupport.org

Characteristics of Effective Professional Development
  • On the job, job-embedded training
  • Long-term, ongoing
  • Focused on classroom activities
  • Highly collaborative environment
  • Structured to offer chances to learn from others



1 This list of characteristics comes from work of the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) (Sparks 2002), Michael Fullan (2001), North Central Regional Laboratory (NCREL) (Sparks & Loucks-Horsley, 1989), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) (2003, July)

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