GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - May 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 see the schedule!

Here is a flyer if you would like to share!

Learn a little about our keynote speaker Clay Reisler below and check out what he is doing with his Green Screen example for a class.

Think, Make, Innovate: Drone Course

Think, Make, Innovate: Card Games with Dash

This challenge focuses on designing, coding, and debugging drones. The students design an obstacle course and code the navigation for the Parrot Rolling Spider Drones using the Tickle App. In this episode, we feature middle school students from Center Point-Urbana Middle School.

We would love to see what you make! Join our Maker Community ( by sending us photos or videos of your designed games to or and we will post them on our website, #havefunmaking

Our Resources:

Our Lesson Plan:

EduDrone Challenge from Dr. Brad Gustafson -

Tickle App -

Blog from Parrot Drones about using Tickle -

Parrot Rolling Spider -

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 or share links with us using this form.

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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!

Learn more about Defined STEM for GWAEA schools!

Defined STEM Workshops coming to GWAEA

GWAEA is offering a free workshop for our district educators to learn how to utilize Defined STEM in the classroom. Ideal for teams, but great for everyone!

Join us on August 8th, 2016 at GWAEA, 4401 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Click here to register for the 8:30-11:30 session.

Click here to register for the 12:30-3:30 session.

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

Tech Coaching Support Options

Over the past five years, Grant Wood AEA has supported tech coaches in our area through collaborative meetings/classes. Next year we will be continuing our support in a new flexible model. Here is more information about your options! Meetings will include a new learning component (new tools, trends in ed tech, etc.) and time for networking with other GWAEA tech coaches

If you are interested in registering here is a flyer with more information or taking it for credit or you can just attend the meetings for new learning and to build your PLN!

ITEC Call for Presentations is Open

ITEC will hold its fall conference on October 9-11, 2016! If you have something to share and are interested in presenting at the conference, please submit your session(s) on the ITEC site by June 30, 2016. Presenters will be notified if their session is selected in mid-July. Specific dates and times will be announced by the first of September.

ITEC is excited to welcome George Couros as the opening keynote and the Dads in Ed team hosting the Tuesday ignite talks! Learn more about the ITEC fall conference on the ITEC website!

Teachers expressed interest in the following educational technology PD topics

  • Multimedia Skills
  • Classroom Management with Technology
  • Online Collaboration
  • Productivity Software
  • Online Writing
  • Online Tools for Critical Thinking
  • Information Management
  • Digital Collaboration
  • Social Media

Why This Matters

For both new and experienced teachers, professional development in technology develops competencies, influences teacher attitudes about technology in the classroom, and helps them find new tools to support student learning (Buabeng-Andoh, 2012).

There are opportunities for professional learning for teachers throughout the summer. Feel free to contact your technology consultant to see what options may work best for you, whether it is some individual coaching, podcast or a course or workshop. Check out the Digital Learning Site-

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

Ann Nicholson is partnering with Grant Wood AEA to host our third annual Scratch Day event. For more information on this event, go to:

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:

Download it and listen on a drive or listen on the Digital Learning Blog!
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

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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