GWAEA Instructional Tech Update

to ensure success for all learners - April 2014

C21 Year 3 Spring Event- Coding in the Classroom

Tuesday, April 29th, 8am to Wednesday, April 30th, 4pm

4401 6th St SW

Cedar Rapids, IA

This year our Year 3/Spring Event will showcase computer programming and coding. Participants will discuss the importance of teaching programming and computational thinking in K-12! You will get hands on time with some online programming applications (like SCRATCH), iPad apps and programmable robots that can be used for students from Kindergarten to 12! Check out the SMORE with more info!

Learn more about what this coding is all about and how you can bring this into your classroom and make connections to the Iowa Core! One of the resources we will dig into is We are excited to have Matt Mena-Landry back to lead the event!

Registration for the event is on the GWAEA PD Site!

Iowa 1:1 Conference

Thursday, April 10th, 8:30am

833 5th Ave

Des Moines, IA

Visit the site to register and get more information!

The Iowa 1:1 Institute exists to:

  • Help the Midwest’s 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 in the state; and

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

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.

Record of Reading: Check out this AEA On Air Presentation by Gina Rogers

In this session you will learn how to use the Record of Reading app to help support literacy instruction and data collection. The app has a number of very useful built in features including error categorizing, recording, and organizing tools.

Link to Record of Reading in the App Store

AEA's On Air: Record of Reading - Take 2 :)

Build Your PLN with the GWAEA Daily

Looking to expand your PLN (Personal Learning Network), but don’t know where to start or who to follow. We have put together a site to get you started! This site is published daily pulling resources from Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other social media. You can select the subscribe button and have it emailed to you. Readers can also easily select a story, video, photo or link and share it with others! All you need is an email address to subscribe to this electronic newspaper!

Check out the GWAEA Daily!

3D Printing Capabilties at GWAEA

GWAEA is now offering professional development for local educators to help them understand how to use 3D printers in the classroom outside of the traditional use in Project Lead the Way. A report released by the NMC Horizon Project highlighted that 3D printing will have a massive impact on education, particularly in the STEM areas in the next 3-5 years. 3D printing provides a tool for rapid prototyping and production, allowing students to be able to reach higher levels of thinking and problem solving as they experiment in their learning. More information can be found on the GWAEA site

GWAEA 3D Printer Site with more information.

Want to join our team?

GWAEA is hiring an additional technology consultant! Check out the posting for more information.