GWAEA Digital Learning Update
to ensure success for all learners - December 2015
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Think, Make, Innovate: Sphero Maze Challenge
Think, Make, Innovate is Grant Wood AEA Digital Learning Team's makerspace challenge show. This challenge asks students to test their coding skills, by designing a maze out of common objects and coding a Sphero robot to travel through the maze.
We would love to see what you make! Join our Maker Community (http://www.dlgwaea.org/maker-communit...) by sending us photos or videos of your Sphero mazes to firstname.lastname@example.org or share links with us using this form (http://goo.gl/forms/FQiHbDNZXS) and we will post them on our website, www.dlgwaea.org.
Our Lesson Plan: https://goo.gl/fmFXE6
Sphero SPRK Lesson - Maze Mayhem http://www.sphero.com/education
Sphero Robots: http://store.sphero.com/
Tickle App: https://tickleapp.com/en-us/
Supporting Technology Literacy in Elementary Classrooms with Scratch Programming - AEA PD Online Course
This course is aimed for elementary teachers and media specialists. There are no prerequisites and can be taken for recertification or graduate credit.
Online January 11-February 15, 2016
If you are looking for some science and technology toys for the holidays here is a list to get you started.
Defined STEM- Provided Free for GWAEA Schools!
Innovation in Education Workshop - Maker Movement
Aaron Maurer - www.coffeeforthebrain.com
This session is designed to help educators and anyone involved in the field of education understand what this makerspace movement is all about and how to find a way to make it work in the school setting. Through a variety of hands on learning, lively discussions, activities, and planning, participants will walk away with a sense of how to implement the ideas back at their school and classroom. Key ideas to be discussed will be learning spaces, PBL integration, how to manage the makerspace, easy activities to start, and how to blueprint change for your current space.
February 3, 2016
Cedar Rapids Educational Learning and Support Center
Course Number: 19368-15-01
Fees: $40 within AEA10 boundaries, $65 outside of AEA10
Registration Deadline: 1/27/16 at 6:00 a.m.
The GWAEA Digital Learning Team has some resources to get you started if you are considering a Makerspace! Contact your technology consultant if you want to stop by for a visit or have questions.
Making Movies in the iPad Classroom
February 29, 2016 9am-3pm, March 7, 2016 9am-3pm & March 22, 2016 9am -3pm
GWAEA Southern Facility 2301 Oakdale Blvd Coralville, IA 52241
Google Apps for Education: Basics
March 1, 2016 & March 15, 2016 8:30am-4:00pm Face to Face
GWAEA 4401 6th St SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
March 8, 2016 4pm-6pm Synchronous Online Learning
Apple IT Workshops
Jan 21, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Apple Configurator 2.0 - What’s New and Best Practices
Come to this event to find out how the latest release of Apple Configurator can be used to support teaching and learning in your school or district. Learn about new features and experience best practice workflows that are ideal for both shared and 1:1 education environments. Hear about updates to Apple Configurator that allow integration of MDM, Device Enrollment Program and Volume Purchase Program.
Jan 21, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: What’s New with MDM, management, and app distribution
Come to this event and find out how the latest MDM product releases can support teaching and learning in your school or district. Learn about new MDM management and app distribution features in iOS and OS X that are ideal for education environments.
Feb 17, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.: iOS 9/OS X - Deployment Best Practices
Come to this event and find out how the latest deployment best practices can support teaching and learning in your school or district. Learn about deployment best practices and workflows for iOS and OS X that are ideal for education environments.
Workshops presented by Apple staff and will be held at the GWAEA 6th Street facility.
These are the session resources for the GWAEA Digital Learning Team's resources from the 2105 ITEC Conference
Teacher-reported time spent per year participating in non-school-sponsored formal PD
Why This Matters
Long-term professional development that models the type of learning expected of students is needed in order for educators to leverage technology tools that develop 21st century skills (Delaney, 2011).
An example of non-school sponsored PD could be attending an EdCamp! EdCamp Iowa is coming up on February 13, 2016! EdCamp Iowa is for educators, students, parents, board members, policymakers, community members, and anyone that cares about education. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other electronic devices are encouraged. Oh, and it's FREE!
Never been to an EdCamp? Watch the video and read the information below! This year the southeast location will be in Cedar Rapids!