GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - November 2015

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Are you participating in Hour of Code?

Hour of Code is coming up here soon, so it is time to start planning for the December 7-13th event! Have your students code for an hour that week! If you have questions contact your technology consultant. See the video below about how to run an hour of code!

Here is the site with more information about Hour of Code!

How to Run an Hour of Code
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There are some great easy resources to get started if you are thinking about getting started with coding!

Bitsbox Giving Teachers Free Coding Kits for CSED Week

Sign up if you want to take advantage of this opportunity for Hour of Code and beyond!

3D Printed Cars!

Think, Make, Innovate is Grant Wood AEA Digital Learning Team's makerspace challenge show. This challenge taps into creativity by rethinking a traditional car design, asking students to design their own parts using a 3D Design App & bring that imagination to life with the help of a 3D Printer. This show features the creativity of 1st grade class at North Linn Elementary.

We would love to see what you make! Join our Maker Community ( by sending us your unique car design photos or videos to or share links with us using this form and we will post them on our website.


Our Lesson Plan

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

Autodesk 123D Design

Open Toys, Hack Your Vegetables with 3D Printing by leFabShop

Think, Make, Innovate: 3D Printed Cars

Defined Stem- Provided Free for GWAEA Schools!

Grant Wood AEA is offering schools a new online resource called Defined STEM. Defined STEM weaves curriculum strands into a personalized learning experience, unique for each student. Defined STEM provides real-world relevance and application opportunities to K-12 students through performance tasks, literacy tasks, constructed responses, and high-interest video. Contact Mindy Cairney or Amber Bridge if you are interested!

The Classroom of the Future: And Your Future Starts

Today for the most part, the use of technologies in schools has done little to change schools and learning. Yet the affordances of these tools and resources have great potential. How are our best teachers taking full advantage? Dean Shareski, classroom teacher, technology consultant, and Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada will speak on fundamental concepts and dispositions teachers will need in order to achieve the level of engagement and empowerment we desire for our students.

December 2, 1-3:30pm

Register Here: Course Number: 19362-15-01

Didn't make it to ITEC this year? Here are our sessions

These are the session resources for the GWAEA Digital Learning Team's resources from the 2105 ITEC Conference

Students are taught how to share information about themselves online & Students are taught how to act respectfully online

Why This Matters

In today’s marketplace, content that our students create and share online is “becoming the new CV” (Richardson & Mancabelli, 2013).

“Instead of restricting access, we should educate young people to participate [in the digital world] responsibly, ethically, and safely. Through proper use of social networking sites, students learn social media etiquette and cultivate their digital citizenship” (Wang et al., 2013).

Students are online, how are we teaching them to be good digital citizens and build a positive digital footprint? If you want to learn more about what we can do contact your GWAEA technology consultant and take a look at Exploros which is a free resource that aligns with Common Sense Media information about Digital Citizenship.

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About Us

The Grant Wood Digital Learning Team works with AEA 10 schools to help them integrate technology in the classroom. We work with teachers and administrators on-site, and at Grant Wood facilities. Each school district is assigned a Technology Consultant from the Digital Learning Team to help facilitate the ways in which we can help schools improve teaching and learning with technology.
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