Pre Conference Workshops

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Pre-conference workshops

Pre-conference workshops will be offered on Friday, June 3rd from 1-4 p.m. to all conference attendees at an additional fee.  

Space is limited, so register now! presented by Janice Mack-No additional fee (limit 30 participants)                             
Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science in our world of pervasive technology. With this workshop geared for K-5 teachers, computational thinking and computer science teaching strategies will be integrated with the curriculum. Participants will engage in hands-on, minds-on learning while exploring equity and access issues in computer science. Upon completion of all sessions, participants will receive a hard-copy of the curriculum and fun swag. Please bring a fully charged device.  *This workshop is the first part of a 2-part series. Participants who register are required to attend the second part held during the morning sessions of the conference. This workshop will be held in a computer lab but participants may bring their own device.


Empower Students with Workforce Ready Skills presented by Microsoft Innovative Educators presenter, Benson Kwok- Cost $10                                                                                                                    

In this workshop participants will learn how to prepare today's learners for their futures by leveraging communication and collaboration tools that extend learning opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom. In this workshop, participants will practice real time collaboration in Office 365, anytime communication with Skype, explore the endless possibilities with OneNote, and publish interactive content in a Sway. This workshop will be facilitated in a computer lab, but participants may bring a personal device if preferred (although not required, Windows 10 devices with Office 2013/2016 is preferred). Those that have an O365 organizational or personal account will have a hands-on experience (participants can create a personal account prior to the workshop at


Creating Android Apps for the Classroom presented by Joel Wisser- Cost $10                                                                                                                       

Student app development is on the rise, and ed-tech companies have tapped into this trend by launching programs that teach kids how to build their own apps! Both teachers and students can benefit from learning how to create apps, as it equips them with practical skills for 21st-century careers. This workshop is an introduction session to creating Android apps for phones and tablets using MIT's App Inventor. Participants will create an Android App, have access to informational resources, be able to test apps for functionality, and share .apk files with other tablets.  Creating apps is free but if participants wish to publish to the Android App store, there is a one-time fee of $25.  This workshop will be held in a computer lab, but participants may bring their own device (Android is preferred but not necessary).


Designing Engaging and Rigorous Tasks with Adobe Voice & Slate presented by Monica Burns (EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of - cost $10                                                

Storytelling is a part of our everyday lives. It helps students express their understanding, think critically and collaborate with their peers. In this hands-on session you’ll learn how students of all ages can create dynamic, engaging presentations. With thoughtful planning and purposeful connection to learning objectives, students can become creators in your classroom as they explore content in any subject area. This session will include make-and-take opportunities for educators to dive into Adobe Voice and Adobe Slate – two powerful (and free) apps for storytellers. See how these tools can be used in a variety of settings to empower students and energize learning in your classroom. Get your students out of the audience and into the director’s chair!

Space is limited, so register now!

Join us after the Pre-Conference Workshops at our


AzTEA Reception!

When:  5-7p.m., Friday, June 3rd

Location: Dave & Busters

9460 W Hanna Ln, Glendale, AZ 85305

(Appetizers provided, cash bar)


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