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Middle School Technology Teacher

Dierdre Shetler is a middle school technology teacher in a low-income district in Phoenix, AZ. She has taught grades 6-8 in the regular classroom, as well as teaching technology and STEM classes. She is passionate about teaching teachers how to use technology. In her spare time, she coordinates Edcamp Phoenix, because what teachers have to say matters!  Dierdre has been an AzTEA member since 2015.


Tech Tool: Thinglink (www.thinglink.com/edu)-


Thinglink is a great tool for collecting information in one place in a more visual way than a document with links on it. It lets you import an image and then tag it with related information. This might take the form of a diagram image of the water cycle, which you then tag with any kind of digital media, including websites, images, text, audio, etc. So using the example below, the water cycle diagram is tagged with a song from Youtube summarizing the water cycle, a website from National Geographic explaining what a water table is, an image of a melting glacier, and a text question or two to stimulate thinking.


Some other uses for Thinglink would be

  • giving students an unlabeled image to use as their background and requiring them to do the tagging with relevant definitions, videos, websites, etc.
  • allow students to summarize their knowledge of a topic using Thinglink instead of writing a report
  • teacher using a background image of a map from WW2 and then tagging the locations of different battles with images, audio recordings, first-person descriptions, etc. (or splitting them up between students to tag)
  • at the beginning of the year, taking photos of students and have them tag their own images with things like their hometown, favorite vacation spot, favorite food, favorite book, favorite video game, etc.
  • creating a student portfolio by uploading a representative image and tagging it with digital copies of student work, videos of performances, or even photos of hard copy work they’ve done (like drawings, etc.)

For more things you can do with Thingling in the classroom, click here.


Educational Technology Specialist

I received my Bachelor's Degree from San Diego State University and my Master's in Muliticultural Education from National University. I've served as a teacher for 8 years and a Dean of students for 2 years as well. In 2011, I had the honor to receive the AZTEA Teacher of the Year award. Currently, I'm an Educational Technology Specialist for the Florence Unified School District and have been for the past 5 years. In addition to that, I'm also a Certified Nearpod Pionear. I give professional development trainings for our staff, students and community members in order to ensure that they are ready to use technology to their advantage and work "smarter". I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two wonderful boys, Gabriel, and Sebastian. To sum things up...I love fish tacos...

Tech Tool: WeVideo https://www.wevideo.com/

WeVideo is a web-based video editing tool that can be used across multiple platforms. I can be used on a PC, Mac, Android, iOS, and Chrome OS as well. It has all of the capabilities that many of the paid, installation-based programs have, but is much more easy to use due to it's user friendly user interface. One of the key features that makes this such a powerful tool is the integration to many cloud-based services such as Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, and YouTube just to name a few. These services make uploading media as well as publishing videos to multiple sources a snap. Everything from digital storytelling to narration videos all can be done with ease using WeVideo. Instead of consuming the internet with your students, start creating something for the internet with WeVideo. 


Instructional Technology Coordinator

John is an Instructional Technology Coordinator in the Phoenix Elementary District and is also a Google Certified Teacher and Google Certified Educator, Level 2. John has been an AzTEA member for 12 years.
Tech Tool: ViewPure (www.viewpure.com)- Move a YouTube video to a "pure" Web page without all the YouTube clutter with ViewPure!