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EdTech Courses | Teacher Observation Tool | Digital Citizenship | YouTube Videos | Smart Learning Suite | Tech Tips & Resources



EdTech logo  EdTech Courses


Educational Technology has many courses offered online.  Upon completion of each course, you will earn 75 minutes of recertification credit.  Sign up through Professional Development ERO system.  Select the Course Catalog tab and then use the Curriculum drop-down arrow to select Technology and then Search.  Courses are continually added, so check back often to see new course offerings.


Remember icon  Teacher Observation Tool

Just a reminder . . . Once you have submitted your pre-observation form, post-observation form, or self-assessment, you will receive an email saying the form has been submitted.  In order to make changes or update those forms in any way, you will need to go to the email and select the Edit link, make your changes, and then submit it again. 

If your administrator is unable to see the forms, go to the email and check that your EIN is correct and that you are on the correct Cycle,  If not, select Edit, make your corrections, and re-submit.  These are the two most common problems.

For more information go to the TOT Teacher Support page.


digital citizenship word cloud  Digital Citizenship


For resources for teaching students how to find and use online resources safely visit the Digital Citizenship page.


YouTube iconYouTube Videos

Video Exception Request: 

To limit access to videos that may be inappropriate within an educational setting, Mesa Public Schools leverages YouTube's internal algorithm for restricting content. No algorithm is perfect. As a result, educators may find that a YouTube video they wish to use as an instructional resource is currently blocked within the district. In such cases, certificated staff can use this form to request individual videos be made accessible to teachers and students. The request form can also be found on EdTech's YouTube support page.


    red arrow  Having trouble viewing videos?  This may help.  Follow these directions for 
                Enabling Flash in the Chrome Browser.


Smart notebook icon  Smart Learning Suite


Have you tried the new online version of SMART Learning Suite? It lets teachers open SMART Notebook lessons anywhere, and share them to any student device. With lessons on phones, tablets and PCs, students complete interactive assignments – and learn at their own pace. Teachers also gain valuable insights with real-time formative assessments. It’s a great way to spark active learning and reinforce material previously taught.  You can use it for free until Jan. 31st, and it's included in the district license if you took the SMART Learning Suite course. Please call or email Joelyn Hilton if you have any questions.  jhilton@mpsaz.org; 472-0015 

Thousands of free SMART Notebook lessons, searchable by subject, standard, grade level, etc. at SMART Exchange.


Tech tips icon  Tech Tips & Resources


Place work orders online
If you haven't already, bookmark help.mpsaz.org for future use. If you want IS to fix your computer, you need to submit a work order request and this is the easiest way to do it.
Software installs
If you need to install software, here is how you (and your students) should access the Software Center portal:
If you have a bar at the bottom left of your screen that says, "Type here to search" then type the word "software." If you don't have the search bar, then click the Windows icon and type it. Select "Software Center app", then find the program and click it to open, and then click to download. (A tutorial with screenshots can be found here)







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