GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - March 2015

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What are you doing for Digital Learning Day? It isn't too late! Lots of resources and ideas can be found on the Digital Learning Day site. Check out the live streamed event at 12 CST which will feature what schools all over the country are doing.


  • Rehema Ellis, Chief Education Correspondent, NBC News
  • Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

iPadU 2015 - Communicate, Create and Collaborate!

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 workshops that will guarantee exciting, hands-on learning experiences that you can use to enhance teaching and learning in a K-12 classroom.

If you are interested in presenting a breakout session at iPadU, please visit the site to submit details about your session ASAP! Registration is now open!

Learn more about iPadU!

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ITEC - Eastern Student Technology Fair 2015

Your students are doing great things with technology! Take advantage of the ITEC student technology fair to have them showcase what they are doing. Registration closes April 7, 2015 and space is limited.

: May 5, 2015
Location: Grant Wood AEA, Cedar Rapids, IA
Register HERE!
All participants receive recognition ribbons. Some projects may receive Judges' Purple Ribbon awards. The students of these projects are invited to showcase their projects at the ITEC Conference held in October.

More information can be found on the ITEC site.

If you are interested in judging or know someone who is, sign up here!

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To research a topic, teachers ask questions in online networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, ...)

Why It Matters

In research of online teacher networks, the quality of dialogue online has been shown to be equivalent or better than face-to-face interactions (Schlager et al., 2009).

If you want to learn a little bit more about what it means to be a connected educator check out technology consultant, Beth Swantz's blog post!

Below is how GWAEA students responded who participated in the BrightBytes Clarity survey.

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Iowa 1:1 Institute

Wednesday, April 8th, 8am

833 5th Avenue

Des Moines, IA

The institute is open to anyone interested in 1:1 laptop computing initiatives in P-12 schools, whether they currently are working in such a program or just want to learn more. Register and learn more at

Building Bridges: Eastern Iowa Assistive Technology Conference

Building Bridges is in its third year and will provide an opportunity to see first hand the latest in assistive technologies (AT), practices, and services for school-age students with disabilities.

April 21, 2015

This AT conference serves as a unique opportunity for area professionals, parents, administrators and service providers to exchange and gather information on the current status and consideration of assistive technology tools. The sessions presented are divided into five main tracks which include:

• Physical Accessibility

• Augmentative and Alternative Communication

• AT & Mobile Devices

• Universal Design for Learning/Accessible Instructional Materials/MTSS

• AT & Transition

See the flyer with more information or the Building Bridges Site.

Atomic Learning Resources

New in Atomic Learning this Month

Week of 3/2: Digital Sticky Notes - Guest Blog Post

Week of 3/9: ISTE Standards for Coaches Series: Model effective tech integration

Week of 3/16: Understanding the 4 C's (and Why They Matter)

Week of 3/23: The Power of Student-Centered Learning

Week of 3/30: “Friends of Atomic Learning” Program Expands Training Breadth - Over 220 Hours of Videos Added

Our New Blog and Resource Site -

The GWAEA digital learning team has been hard at work getting our new resource site and blog up and running. We are still in a transition, but go take a look!. More to come and it will be getting better all of the time!
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