Library & Digital Resources

Welcome to the Heartland AEA library e-newsletter!

April 24, 2020

  • High Interest Reading at Home or School with Ebooks
  • You asked for it! New ebooks
  • Action: IASL Award Book Delivery
  • Interactives and Simulations
  • Instructional Technology Supports

High Interest Reading at Home or School with Ebooks

To support students at school and home, we created some ebook reading guides to help students select, read, and track their reading. This was also shared with curriculum coordinators and administrators.

Choose your adventure! (elementary)

It's a mystery! (elementary)

Graphic Novels (middle school)

Sports and Recreation #1 and #2 (middle school)

  • Each guide includes book covers so students can browse the titles and choose the ones that jump off the shelf.
  • There is a thumbs-up and down feature for each book.
  • The guide can be downloaded and printed.
  • Or, keep it as a download and then click the thumbs-up and down—it’s a fillable PDF.
  • A book review form is linked to the elementary guides so students can practice their writing. Download to print or download and use as a fillable PDF.
  • There is a message for parents to sit with their child to choose the titles that best meet the child’s interest and reading level, and subject.

Here are the links you are welcome to post or share in an email:

Choose your adventure!

It’s a mystery!

Graphic Novels

Sports and Recreation #1

Sports and Recreation #2

You asked for it! New Ebooks

We asked for your recommendations for purchase last month. Here is a list of the 47 new titles added to Mackin VIA and AEA Scout (see the April 2020 tab).

Action: IASL Award Book Delivery

Perfection Learning is trying to meet their pre-COVID-19 promise to deliver your purchased books by mid-May. They are trying to reach out to each person listed on the IASL order form to confirm delivery details. Orders will not be shipped until they have received confirmation.

If your name is on the IASL order form and you haven't heard from Perfection Learning, please reach out to Regina Yost, Customer Service Representative at or call 800-831-4190. Please let Regina know whether books should be:

1. Shipped to the location indicated on the order

2. Shipped to an alternate location

3. Not shipped at this time

Interactives and Simulations

There have been a few requests lately for interactive or simulations to use in our continuous learning with students. We did a quick search in AEA Scout on the broad topics of science and history. We found hundreds of resources from PBS, Discovery Education, WGBH, NOVA, Annenberg, and more. Below is a very short list with examples that are geared more for secondary students.

How can you preview before you recommend to staff? You need to be logged in AEA Scout for authentication purposes when you click the hyperlink. So, have AEA Scout open in a Chrome tab, open another tab and copy/paste (or click) the persistent link URL.

How did we find these? We logged in to AEA Scout, chose Advanced Search, entered a subject, scrolled down to Types and selected Interactives, then Apply Filters. When you look at the summary, there is a persistent link icon by the title that you can copy/paste.

So what's next? You can help teachers navigate AEA Scout. You can share these links with teachers and students in the LMS, email, Google Drive, etc. Teachers log in to AEA Scout with their AEA Learning Online u/p. Students log in with the Google or Microsoft email and password.

There's lots more to tell, but the big take-away is that teachers have access to interactives and simulations today! If you'd like assistance finding resources for teachers, start with Susan Schrader at Heartland AEA.

Sound Waves

Life’s Instruction Manual / UNC-TV Science

Electricity: Generation, Transmission, and Distribution

Will There Be Enough Fresh Water?

Will the Air Be Clean Enough to Breathe?

Water Model

Tour the Solar System

Coastline Change

Why Do We Have Seasons?

Drought Basics

NOVA Online / A Cosmic Crossword

Mountains and Rain Shadows / Interactive Lesson

How Big Is Our Universe?

Impact Craters on Earth

Density Lab

Pickle Lab / Exploratorium

Meiosis Lab

Anatomy of a Firework

What Are Our Energy Choices?

What Is the Future of Earth’s Climate?

Ocean Acidification Awareness Game

Ocean Acidification and Marine Life

Planet Hunting Model

Map a Model Solar System

Map a Model Solar System

Colossal Fossil Jostle

World History Traveler / Bridging World History

The Founding Father

Discovery Atlas Interactive Map

Instructional Technology Supports

Take a look at the Heartland AEA instructional tech consultants support S'more page. You'll find it to be a terrific resource. It includes their office hours.

Previous Issues

April 17, 2020

  • Coming Soon: Ebooks Projects for Families and Teachers / Annotated and Sortable List of Ebooks & Audiobooks / Copyright Owner's Exclusive Rights / Crash Course in Copyright (for Continuous Learning) / More Copyright Info / Ebooks coming soon! / Instructional Technology Supports

March 30, 2020

  • Ebooks: Unlimited and Multiple Copies / Webinar / Digital Content and Family Message / Zoom Help Sheets / A copyright attorney says...

March 23, 2020

  • Principals, Copyright and Reading Books Online & Sterling Publishing / Free Booklist Access / Free SLJ Access / TeachingBooks Access / Tales 2 Go Audiobook List / What will you need?

March 20, 2020

  • Digital Content Update

February 21, 2020

  • HS Lesson Plans: Deepfake Videos / Top 10 Sites to Check Your Facts / Political Ad Analysis Worksheet / Verify Social Media Info in Real-Time / AASL Standards and Crosswalks

February 5, 2020

  • 2020-21 IASL Award Order Form / Research Skills and College Readiness Gap / Financial Literacy Lessons and Books,K-5 / Digital Privacy Course / E-sports and Digital Privacy / Confirmation Bias / Fact Checking / Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) / The Yearling and Audiobooks / 2019 K-12 Digital Content Report

January 20, 2020

  • New Ebooks & Digital Audiobooks / Highlighting, Annotating, Notetaking and AEA Scout / In the National News: Citing Your Source / Joint IASL/IRA Conference Registration / HS Media Literacy Lessons / 20 New Math Flash Cards / Civic Online Reasoning--Lessons & Assessments

January 10, 2020
  • “Just let me listen to a good story.” / Deep Fake Videos / Mystery Science / Secondary Social Studies Ebooks: 39 New Titles / Podcasts in the Classroom / Study

January 7, 2020

  • 2020-21 IASL Award Book Order Form / Fake Photos Tool / EBSCO Password Change / Winter Posters / / Books to Film Coming in 2020 / Pebble Go Bingo Cards / “Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians”--Free Book

December 9, 2019

  • AASL national standards and Google CS First Curriculum / Native Voices in Culture Grams / Media Literacy in the Climate of Fake News / Iowa Social-Emotional Learning Standards

December 2, 2019

  • AEA Scout: full-text, peer-reviewed, date display / More School Library Research / School Libraries: Student Achievement and Culture / Iowa and the 19th Amendment / PBS Series--Secondary / Esports and the School Library / More School Library Grant Info / FTC Rules on Social Media Influencers

November 12, 2019

  • AEA Scout and Sharing Folders / My School Votes Initiative / Library Standards Quick Review / New Ebooks and Digital Audiobooks / Impeachment Videos / Copyright and Logos / Winter Posters

November 1, 2019

  • Web Sites with Lesson Plans / PBS Learning Media and Lesson Plans / Licensing and Images / New Ebooks and Digital Audiobooks / Vaping Resources / Copyright and Book Covers / Importance of Notes (and AEA Scout) / School Library Grants / Order (Instructional) Posters Online / Secondary Science DVDs

October 28, 2019

  • Ebooks in College Libraries / Reading and Relationships / Teacher Librarian Standards Online Learning / AEA Scout Updates / Voting and Elections Ebooks / Animals DVDs, K-3 / AEA Scout “Assignments” / Iowa Posters and Bookmarks / Professional Reading for TLs / Social Media and Ethics, Nov. 5

October 21, 2019

  • Virtual Assistants and AI in the Classroom / Digital Content Report / HS U.S. History DVDs / TL Workshop Follow-up / I'm in IM

October 10, 2019

  • ISBN Bar Code App / Impeachment Videos / Readers Theater Scripts / School Library SmartBrief / AEA Digital Library in AEA Scout

September 20, 2019

  • October 8 Teacher Librarian Workshop Registration / Tales 2 Go Just Added Audiobooks / SEBMH Streaming Video / Frontline Streaming Video / American Experience Streaming Video / Favorite K-3 Books in Streaming Video / Novel Effect App / Flipping for Genrefication Article

September 13, 2019

  • October 8 TL Workshop / Storytelling, Music and Sound Effects / IASL Award Books and Links / Webinars / College Readiness and School Teacher Librarians / New Digital Literacy Citizenship Curriculum / New Social Studies Ebooks and Iowa Anchor Standards

September 6, 2019

  • Iowa School Library Programs / TL Meeting October 8 / Financial Literacy K-6 / Voices of History / HS Nonfiction Narrative Ebooks / Copyright: Can I Show Netflix in the Classroom? / Copyright: Creative Commons License / No Textbooks in College?

May 1, 2019

  • Iowa School Library Program Standards / New Read-Alongs, K-12 / Bill Nye Videos / Digital Versions of 2019-20 IASL Award Books / Digital Citizenship Lessons / School Libraries and College Readiness / Student (Library) Privacy

April 26, 2019

  • Grants and School Libraries / Digital Citizenship Lesson Plans / New Read-Alongs, K-12 / NGSS and Links to Ebooks

April 18, 2019

  • Financial Literacy Streaming Videos / Curating Audiobooks for Staff and Students / Copyright and Book Covers / Iowa Posters and Bookmarks / Science Posters and Bookmarks