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 ( by sending us photos or videos of your Sphero mazes to or share links with us using this form ( and we will post them on our website,
Our Lesson Plan:
Sphero SPRK Lesson - Maze Mayhem
Sphero Robots:
Tickle App:

Think, Make, Innovate: Sphero Maze Challenge

Supporting Technology Literacy in Elementary Classrooms with Scratch Programming - AEA PD Online Course

Scratch 2.0 is an excellent, free, web-based, graphical programming tool developed by MIT that supports digital age learning, the National Educational Technology Standards for Students, and 21st Century Skills (Common Core – Technology Literacy). Course participants will learn and reflect on how Scratch supports Technology Literacy, learn the basics of using Scratch 2.0, explore the tutorials and resources available, and see examples of how students in elementary grades can use Scratch 2.0 across the curriculum, creating and sharing interactive stories, games, and animations. Participants will create a plan and resources for introducing Scratch to students.

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

Register and get more information here.

Some STEM Gift Ideas on Amazon

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!

Grant Wood AEA is offering schools a new online resource called Defined STEM. Defined STEM weaves curriculum strands into a personalized learning experience, unique for each student. Defined STEM provides real-world relevance and application opportunities to K-12 students through performance tasks, literacy tasks, constructed responses, and high-interest video. Contact Mindy Cairney or Amber Bridge if you are interested!
GWAEA Digital Learning PD Opportunities

Click here to see a list of upcoming courses and workshops.

Innovation in Education Workshop - Maker Movement

Aaron Maurer -

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

1:00-3:30 p.m.,

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.

Registration information can be found here.

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

Join us for an interactive, hands-on class that is designed to take full advantage of the iPad's ability to create videos with students in your classroom. Participants will learn how to script, shoot, edit and share videos using an iPad. They will explore the use of iMovie, green screen effects, stop motion video, and other techniques in order to bring a rich, multimedia flavor to their existing curriculums. Participants are asked to bring an iPad to class.

February 29, 2016 9am-3pm, March 7, 2016 9am-3pm & March 22, 2016 9am -3pm

GWAEA Southern Facility 2301 Oakdale Blvd Coralville, IA 52241

Register Here: Course Number: 4678-15-01

Google Apps for Education: Basics

The primary focus of this course is to introduce teachers to the full suite of Google Apps for Education tools. Participants will have the opportunity to explore, through hands-on experiences, the various features and aspects of Google Apps that support instructional strategies. This course will cover Drive, Docs, Forms, Sites, and much more. The course will also provide participants with opportunities to revise and revitalize current teaching tools and practices with the help of Google Apps for Education Tools.

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

Register Here: Course Number: 4782-15-02

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.

Didn't make it to ITEC this year? Here are our sessions

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!

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Learn more about EdCamp Iowa

Head to the site to get signed up!

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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