GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - March 2017

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2017 National Ed Tech Plan

The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The Plan articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible.

EdTech Take Out

Join Mindy and Jonathan as they talk technology in education!

Episode 21 & 22: Going Open with Josh Allen & Coaching Conversations

There are lots of nuggets of learning in the latest two episodes of The EdTech Takeout.

Want to learn more about OER and what it means to #GoOpen listen to Episode 21 with Josh Allen from Lewis Central CSD to hear about their district's experience with Open Educational Resources. In Episode 22: Coaching Conversations Mindy and Jonathan are joined by tech coaches and instructional coaches from local schools to discuss life as an educational coach. Anna Upah, Andrea Townsley, Jeff Vaughn, Frank Slabaugh and Andrew Fenstermaker share their insights about what coaching looks like in their districts.

As always, there are tech nuggets and a few laughs being shared along the way!

Email the show, or send a voice memo to, and see show notes with all the links from this episode at

Think, Make, Innovate

Amber and Jason team with local classrooms to complete a makerspace challenge. Each episode includes curriculum connections!

Think, Make, Innovate: Catapults

Think, Make, Innovate: Catapults

This challenge focuses on building cardboard catapults. The students from Xavier High School Physics classes show off their making and physics skills while designing their catapults and catapult competition.
We would love to see what you make! Join our Maker Community by sending us your photos or videos through social media and tag @dlgwaea or send an email to and we will post them on our website. #havefunmaking

Our Resources:
Our Lesson Plan - is searchable and filterable by different grade levels
Physics Classroom Lesson - projectiles
Teach Engineering - lesson plans, handouts are shared on this site

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Learn more about TMI Week and Register

Call for sessions is now open if you want to share!

Think, Make, Innovate Week 2017!

The week of June 26th, Grant Wood AEA will host a week of making with two opportunities for learning!

The week will kick off with our first learning opportunity, a two-day conference to allow educators opportunities to create, connect and get inspired. A wide range of topics will be covered to get your creativity flowing! Come learn about how makerspaces are being used to foster the 4Cs and promote project-based learning in the classroom.

Think, Make, Innovate: Experience is a three-day immersive experience are made up of half-day, in-depth workshops designed to give you a hands-on experience to tinker with tools, expand upon ideas and collaborate with the community of colleagues and presenters.

Building Bridges Technology Conference

Tuesday, April 25th, 8am

4401 6th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

The “Building Bridges: Eastern Iowa Assistive Technology Conference” will provide an opportunity to see first-hand the latest in assistive technologies (AT), practices, and services for school-age students with disabilities. This AT conference will serve as a unique opportunity for professionals, parents, administrators and service providers to exchange and gather information on the current status and assistive technology tools available for consideration.

2017 Building Bridges Conference Flyer

Registration is open.

  • Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $ 75
  • Outside of Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $ 100
  • Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

Twitter for Educators

We are excited to announce the return of a popular PD opportunity for educators who are interested in learning more about how to use Twitter as part of a personal learning network, (PLN).

Twitter for Educators: Connect, Share, Grow!
is an online class that explores how teachers and administrators can use Twitter to connect, share and network with other educators from around the world. With Twitter you can find great resources, keep up with educational trends, collaborate on global projects, and get the inspiration you need for your school. Twitter is free and available for all devices. It's also easy to learn, so sign up today and discover what it can do for you! No experience required.


03/29/2017 - 4:30 PM-5:30 PM - Face to Face
04/05/201 7 & 4/12/2017 & 4/19/2017 & 2/26/17 - Asynchronous Online Learning
Face to Face sessions will be at: Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Individual(s) responsible for integrating technology tools into their curriculum; PreK-12 Teachers, Curriculum Directors, Technology Directors, Administrators


Course Number: 4856-16-02

Registration link:

YouTube in the Classroom

With over 6 billion hours of video watched each month on YouTube*, this video service is quickly becoming a popular venue for education content, delivery, and construction. In this 3 day course, participants will learn how to navigate this reservoir of content safely, upload and edit their own video content, and to effectively organize their videos for maximum educational impact. Participants will align these skills with the Iowa Core (specific to their area of instruction) and 21st Century Technology Skills.



05/03/2017 & 05/10/2017- 8:30 AM-4:30 PM - Face to Face
05/17/2017 - 4:00 PM-6:00 PM - Synchronous Online Learning
Face to Face sessions will be at Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Individual(s) responsible for integrating technology tools into their curriculum; PreK-12 Teachers, Curriculum Directors, Technology Directors, Administrators


Course Number: 4681-16-02

Registration Link:

Register today! Iowa 1:1 Institute

Wednesday, April 5th, 8:30am-3:30pm

730 3rd Street

Des Moines, IA

It is time to get ready again for the Iowa 1:1 Institute. Registration and call for sessions is open. Learn more about the Institute here.

The Iowa 1:1 Institute exists to:

  • Help 1:1 districts learn from each other about innovative teaching, learning, and administrative practices that are occurring in their districts;

  • Build excitement and ‘buzz’ around 1:1 laptop computing initiatives

  • Help others who are interested in 1:1 computing learn more about how to get started and be successful.

The day is designed to engage school leaders around the ways they can help ensure that their technology initiative is used as a vehicle to enhance the learning environment.

Featured presenter:

Beth Holland has over 18 years of experience working in and around K-12 schools as a classroom teacher, Director of Academic Technology, and professional development consultant. She blogs regularly about innovation in education for EdTech Researcher at Education Week and Edutopia, presents nationally as well as internationally, and leads workshops in schools around the world for EdTechTeacher. She holds a Master’s degree in Technology Innovation & Education from Harvard University as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Register for the Event

Teachers use of Twitter

Our AEA BrightBytes scores indicate 20% of our of our educators use Twitter almost daily, but 48% never use it. Twitter can be a valuable tool for professional networking, learning and having students share and connect with experts in the field. If you want to learn more about using Twitter take a look at our Twitter for Educators course coming soon. Information can be found above in this update.

Why This Matters

Nearly half of all K-12 teachers (and 58 percent of high school teachers) believe that participation in social media with their teachers can enhance a student’s educational experience (University of Phoenix, 2014).

Please contact your digital learning consultant in your district is interested in getting their Brightbytes- Clarity data.

ITEC Eastern Student Technology Fair

Tuesday, May 2nd, 8am-12pm

2301 Oakdale Boulevard

Coralville, IA

ITEC sponsors regional student technology fairs each spring. The technology fairs offer K-12 students an opportunity to showcase technology-based projects created as part of their instructional curriculum in their schools.

Almost 300 projects will be presented statewide. The projects span eight different categories including web presence, programming, video/linear presentation, graphics/publishing, 3-D rendering/non-linear animation, music/sound design, mobile apps, and innovative technology use.

Each project is reviewed by local judges and those students receiving purple ribbon awards are invited to showcase their project at the ITEC conference in October.

Learn more and sign up here. Please contact Stacy Behmer,, if you have any questions about the Eastern Technology Fair.

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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