Date: Monday, April 5, 2010
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: VIRTUAL meeting via Elluminate

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In Attendance: Laura Sheehy, Sandra Israel, Peggy George, Ann Lumm, Ruth Catalano, Nan Williams, Ruben Montoya, Rick Schumann, Jill Tinsley, Stephen Andrews

Agenda / Minutes

I. Welcome

Roll Call: introductions by participants

II. Business (old/new)
a. Review/Approval of minutes:
Ruth made the motion to approve the minutes; Ann seconded the motion, Unanimous approval.
b. AzTEA Westside Budget Discussion:
Discussion about releasing some or all of the funds ($1025.00) back to AzTEA to assist with budget challenges. Tabled until after discussion of End of the Year social.
c. End of the Year Social
Discussion about type of social, where and when. Suggestion to have it at Ruth's and a potluck format. Unanimous vote to have it at Ruth's and potluck, but we will need some money for thank yous.
Date selection: Thursday May 20th @ 5:00 - unanimous vote.

Everyone in the Westside Chapter is invited. Sandy will organize the potluck, create Google form to be sent out.
d. AzTEA Westside Budget Discussion:
Revisit discussion about budget. Motion made by Sandy Israel to return $700.00 to AzTEA and keep $325 for end of the year. Ruth, Nan, Ruben and Rick seconded the motion. Unanimous vote of approval.

e. Next meeting - vote for new officers

Nominations for positions:
Co-Chairs: Laura Sheehy, Sandy Israel (possibly)
Workshop Chair: Jill Tinsley (Ann will help.)
Secretary: Nan Williams
Unanimous vote that nominations are completed.

Stephen volunteered to help with the website. Ruben has been working on it this year but will be tied up with the grant next year.

III. Share & Solve (continuing this popular agenda item to allow members to ask questions, brainstorm/share solutions, and share new technology discoveries)
a. Constructing New Learning Landscapes: Evolving Practices in Education webinar: Laura Sheehy
Webinar was hosted by the ISTE Media Specialists group: SIGMS. Great resources from webinar: slideshow, chat and links. Ann co-presented peer coaching and Isaac's involvement with the SIGMS in February, and presentation is stored here as well.
b. PBS Innovation Awards Finalists: Peggy George

Videos are available on site. All of their submissions are organized by grades, subjects and categories - cross-listed.
c. George Siemens and Dave Cormier are offering a free online course starting in April about futures of education: Peggy George
Free online course: "Open Course in Education Futures" - week one is April 19th: international audience frequently for open source classes. Courses are archived and available on site.
d. Mini-Geek Fest workshop #2, Monday April 12, 8:00-9:00pm
Next session coming up - open forum for showing great tools, websites, tools, anything you have discovered or created. Great sharing opportunity! Join us :)
e. AzTEA Webinar in Elluminate by Mandy Bachali: PBS Kids Raising Readers Island, Thursday, April 8 12:00-1:00pm

Participants will explore, which provides free reading games and activities for children, parents, caregivers and teachers to use at home or in the classroom.
Number of events coming up - on AzTEA calendar. PBS working on a few events targeting parents. AzTEA events are recorded and stored on the AzTEA site. Go to Activities - then Event Calendar.

f. IDEAL on iTunesU: New channel-Classroom 2.0 LIVE and coming soon: updates to AzTEA-Peggy George
Classroom 2.0 LIVE has a channel in the IDEAL portal in iTunesU. Find it by searching Classroom 2.0 in iTunesU or going to IDEAL portal and find it there. Peggy is getting permission to update the AzTEA site on IDEAL, and will be able to upload so people can subscribe.
g. Future of Education/Learn Central interviews by Steve Hargadon with educational leaders and authors-Peggy George for upcoming interviews and recordings of past interviews (Most recent interview was with Sir Ken Robinson where there were over 500 people in the Elluminate session)

• April 6th, Tuesday (5pm Pacific/AZ): Tony Wagner on The Global Achievement Gap
• April 13th, Tuesday (5pm Pacific/AZ): Scott Rosenberg on Say Everything (from
• April 21st, Wednesday (5pm Pacific/AZ): Larry Ferlazzo
• April 22nd, Thursday (5pm Pacific/AZ): Innosight Institute: “Wichita Public Schools’ Learning Centers: Creating a new educational model to serve dropouts and at-risk students”
• April 22nd, Thursday (5pm Pacific/AZ): Tim Magner
• April 26th, Monday (5pm Pacific/AZ): Robert Epstein on Teen 2.0 (Students 2.0 Theme)
• April 27th, Tuesday (5pm Pacific/AZ): Jackie Gerstein on "User-Generated Education" (Students 2.0 Theme)

The interviews are fantastic and come up every week. Steve interviews educational leaders and authors in Elluminate. The interviews are recorded and posted. A sample of what is coming up is listed above. Larry Ferlazzo compiles incredible resources for educators and many for ESL educators. Follow him anywhere you can. He calls them "The Best of...".
h. Using ETAN to advocate for educational technology funding support: Recent letter to AZ legislators and letter received from Ed Pastor, AZ Congressman and member of House Appropriations Committee-Peggy George
Encouraging everyone to use ETAN to advocate educational technology funding support. Whenever the announcement comes across, she submits a letter. Peggy always gets a reply from Ed Pastor. In the last reply she received, Ed Pastor assured her that "as a member of the Appropriations Committee, you can be assured that I will be working with my colleagues to ensure that students continue to receive the technology education needed to succeed in the modern economy." So please send in your letters.

Anyone have something to share today or next time?

IV. Wow Factor – PD Moment: Laura Sheehy
Discovery Education and MEC:
They held a follow-up webinar summarizing what happened at MEC presentations. Posted materials from MEC on Discovery Education blog: documents, PowerPoints and links. RSS feeds are available for the blog, but need to sign in first.
FREE Classroom Resources and Parent Resources:
PuzzleMaker, Lesson Plan library, featured content, Parent Corner, Siemens Science Academy - all free and no log-in needed.
The webinar spotlighted Featured Content -> Classroom Resources -> Curriculum Center. Specific classroom resources available by subject/category. They also have Parent Resources here too.

Discovery and STEM:
Share your favorite STEM resources and collaborate. Various competitions and a webinar with Philippe Cousteau for Earth Day.
Science Fair provides information for holding science fairs.
Discovery Student Adventures - Teachers sign up to take students:
  • To enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, students in grades 5-8 must submit a 1-2 minute video on one of this year's entry topics.
    Looking for tips on how to get started? Join one of the upcoming webinars to get tips on creating a winning video entry.
Partnership between Discovery and 3M. All the details are on the site with previous winners. Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge - details and previous winners.
Discovery Education Spring Virtual Conference on Saturday, April 17:
9am EST - AZ at 6am. Cartwright is hosting a face-to-face session and is posted on AZ blog, will be starting a little later than 6 am. There will be other face-to-faces too - one in Peoria.
Become a Star!
Arizona teachers have free access to Discovery Streaming through IDEAL. It is important that teachers access Discovery through IDEAL because ADE tracks usage to make future decisions about what is available in IDEAL.
Discovery Spring Training:
Available to Star Educators - earn points and prizes.
Discovery Education Summer Institute:
Application for Star Educators to attend summer institute. Everything is paid for except travel.
Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council:

Volunteer for next time?
Would anyone be interested in providing us with a short presentation for Professional Development at our May meeting?
Sandy Israel volunteered to talk about Ian Jukes and The Committed Sardine at the next meeting.

V. Special Interest Topics:
Anyone else have a tech initiative to share today or at another meeting?
a. Con
gratulations to 21st Century Classroom Grant Winners!!
  • Alhambra Elementary School District
  • Balsz Elementary School District
  • Creighton Elementary School District
  • Cottonwood-Oak Creek Unified School District
  • Douglas Unified School District
  • Roosevelt School District
  • Safford Unified School District
  • San Carlos Unified School District
  • Tempe Elementary School District
  • Tolleson Elementary School / High School
  • Tombstone Unified School District
  • Tucson Unified School District

VI. Westside Workshops: Ann Lumm, Chair
a. K12 Lan Party report: Peggy George
(Agenda and resources here: )
​Chris Betcher's Presentation:
URL for Chris Betcher's presentaton resources and links mentioned in the presentation:

Skipped report in the interest of time: check out the links above.

VII. WOW Conference Update: Ruth Catalano, Chair
a. Update - Ruth
Schedule spreadsheet for WOW:
- Working on getting notices out to presenters. Ruth contacted Brett for help on doing this.
- Birds of a Feather review of groups, Ruth is looking for volunteers for 3 more topics (you choose). Nan Williams will do Standards. Ann was nominated for Discovery but if she's not available, find someone else.
- 90-minute rooms filled except for one. Jill agreed to fill the open 90-minute session as BYOL since all labs are taken. Have not heard from a lot of vendor partners on whether and what sessions they will hold. Possible solution for vendors is to hold them in the teacher lounge.
- Program has to go to press by April 21/22.
- Call for presenters' spreadsheet: tremendous variety of presentations. Reviewed offerings and decision about one presenter.
- Same tech crews as last year.
- Have to decide by mid April if need more bags, only if go over 250. 2-3 schools are sending 10 people a piece.
- Discussion of gift for keynote presenter and funding for it.

b. Friday Night Dinner and Musical Social Event following the Keynote - Peggy
(once details are confirmed an email invitation will be sent out)
URL for RSVP: Please RSVP by Monday, April 19, 2010 -

Draft of email contains information - review how we want event to go; funding is still an issue. Limit participation to 50 people, focusing on administrators, not just tech leaders. Last year sent out to Westside tech leaders and then they personally invite 1-2 administrators (legislators, school board, district administration, school administration, etc.). At 50, registration is cut-off. Planning Tweetwood Mac for after dinner. Kevin Honeycutt will be bringing guitar and mixer for everyone to be able to perform. You can bring anything to make music including iPhone/Touch or just sing along. It will be a fun social time.
Almost unanimous vote to agree to procedure: email will be going to Westside leadership and then they will invite others. Certificates will be done for Friday night attendees.
Student Culinary Art will be cooking and serving for dinner.
Decided on not using tickets, just a sign-in sheet.

c. Vendors / Presenters Update
d. What still needs to be adopted?

Need to be sure to track what needs to be done on WOW matrix.

VIII. Next meeting: - Monday, May 10 - Elluminate! 12:00-1:30pm
Ruth made a motion to close meeting. Seconded by Sandy. 6 votes for, 1 vote abstain.

Closing Slides