GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - April 2016

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iPadU: Slide to Unlock Learning 2016

On July 6, 7 and 8, 2016, Grant Wood AEA will be hosting a conference to celebrate and expand upon innovative classroom integration strategies for the iPad. Join us for three days of learning that will include exciting, hands-on experiences that you can use to enhance teaching and learning in a K-12 classroom. This year, the theme of our conference is "Show What You Know".


Learn more about iPadU at the GWAEA Digital Learning site. Where you can get links to register and to submit a session if you would like to share!

Here is a flyer if you would like to share!


Learn a little about our keynote speaker Clay Reisler below!

Didn't make it to Iowa 1:1 Institute this year?

These are the session resources for the GWAEA Digital Learning Team's resources from the 2016 Conference

Think, Make, Innovate: Card Games with Dash


This challenge invites students to design coding games using the robot, Dash from Wonder Workshop. In this episode, we feature 6th grade students from Mary Welsh Elementary in Williamsburg. We thank Manda Marshall & Carolyn Detweiler for collaborating with us on this episode!


New to making?

Feel free to reference our lesson plan for tips on implementation, extension ideas.




Our goal is to create a community of makers. We hope you will consider sharing student work to post to our Community Inspiration Board. Sharing is easy - send us your photos or videos through social media and tag @dlgwaea or send an email to makerspace@gwaea.org or share links with us using this form. We have Dash available for checkout in the GWAEA media center if you want to give it a try!


Dash Not an Option?

Use other robots like Sphero or BeeBots to tap into those coding skills.


We hope you enjoy the show - Have Fun Making!

Think, Make, Innovate: Card Games with Dash
New for 2016-2017 - Digital Learning Institute

Learn more and get signed up by clicking the button above!

This is a course that will engage teachers in a technology-rich learning environment to support creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication with students. Throughout the course, participants will engage in a community of teachers, schools and districts, along with GWAEA coaches. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and implement new strategies learned in class.

This course will be offered for 3 hours of recertification credit. Watch the video below for more information on The Digital Learning Institute.

The Digital Learning Institute

Teacher-reported ease of recording and editing audio

Why This Matters


In one study, teachers who integrated audio resources such as podcasts found that their students were more engaged in the literacy practices at hand (Pignato, 2010).



Multimedia skills are a great way for students to create and show what they know. Podcasts are a way students can put into practice speaking and listening standards while sharing knowledge of almost any content area. Mindy Cairney and Jonathan Wylie, two of our Digital Learning Team members have put together a podcast this year, The EdTech Takeout and in one of their episodes they talk about how podcasting can be used in the classroom. If you want to learn more, don't hesitate to contact your GWAEA technology consultant.

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The Edtech Take Out - Bite-sized Technology Tips for Teachers

The Digital Learning team at Grant Wood AEA is always looking at new ways to augment the professional development and work we do with educators. With that in mind, we have recently launched a brand new way for educators to stay current with the latest technology tools and trends for the classroom - The EdTech Take Out podcast. It can be accessed on smartphones, tablets, Macs, PCs and Chromebooks so teachers can listen to it anywhere, and at any time. More information about the show, as well as how to subscribe, can be found here: http://www.dlgwaea.org/blog/the-edtech-take-out-a-brand-new-podcast-for-teachers


We think that this could be a great opportunity for you and would be grateful if you could pass this along. If you have any questions, let us know.

If you have an agency iPad, download it and listen on a drive or listen on the Digital Learning Blog!

Apple PD Events Monday, April 18th

Apple Tech Update for Education - Deploying OS X in Education

Come to this event and find out how the latest OS X technologies can be used to support teaching and learning in your school or district.
What you’ll learn:
• OS X new features and the latest updates to Apple hardware that are ideal for education environments.
• Discover best practices for zero-touch deployments of OS X.
• Hear about updates to the Device Enrollment Program and Volume Purchase Program and how these integrate into a zero-touch deployment.
• Share information with your peers from other education institutions.

Apple Tech Update for Education - 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Register>


iOS 9.3 in Education Preview

Join us for an exclusive briefing about what’s new for schools in iOS 9.3. We believe technology has the power to transform the classroom—and with iOS 9.3, we’ve made big changes to make it even easier to get devices in the hands of your students.

What you’ll learn:
• Get an early look at Shared iPad, an elegant solution that provides a personal learning experience for students on shared devices.
• Explore how the new Classroom app for iPad helps teachers focus on teaching, so students can focus on learning.
• See how Apple School Manager, a single destination for admins, can simplify and streamline deployment.
• Learn how Managed Apple IDs—designed just for schools—enable staff, teachers, and students to access Apple services.

• Hear from JAMF about how Casper is supporting the new education features of iOS 9.3.

iOS 9.3 in Education Preview - 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Register>


Monday, April 18, 2016
Grant Wood AEA
4401 6th St SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

International Scratch Day is May 14th

Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.


Consider hosting a Scratch Day event to promote Scratch programming. For more information, go to http://day.scratch.mit.edu/

Ann Nicholson is partnering with Grant Wood AEA to host our third annual Scratch Day event. For more information on this event, go to: http://day.scratch.mit.edu/events/1044/

Innovation in Education Workshop - Maker Movement - RESCHEDULED

Aaron Maurer - www.coffeeforthebrain.com


This session is designed to help educators and anyone involved in the field of education understand what this makerspace movement is all about and how to find a way to make it work in the school setting. Through a variety of hands on learning, lively discussions, activities, and planning, participants will walk away with a sense of how to implement the ideas back at their school and classroom. Key ideas to be discussed will be learning spaces, PBL integration, how to manage the makerspace, easy activities to start, and how to blueprint change for your current space.


May 4, 2016

1:00-3:30 p.m.,

Cedar Rapids Educational Learning and Support Center

Course Number: 19368-15-01

Fees: $40 within AEA10 boundaries, $65 outside of AEA10

Registration Deadline: 1/27/16 at 6:00 a.m.

Registration information can be found here.


The GWAEA Digital Learning Team has some resources to get you started if you are considering a Makerspace! Contact your technology consultant if you want to stop by for a visit or have questions.

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!
GWAEA Digital Learning PD Opportunities

Click the above button to see a list of upcoming courses and workshops.

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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