GWAEA Digital Learning Update
to ensure success for all learners - December 2016
Hour of Code is Going on Now!
In the current episode, Mindy and Jonathan review a number of online sites that are aimed at helping improve classroom communication with parents. Remind, Class Dojo, Fresh Grade, Bloomz and more were discussed. The new Google Sites is here and there is some new follow-up for Skype & YouTube. This week's spicy tech nuggets include assessment apps, a book, and an educational YouTube channel for elementary kids.
Learn more about How to Listen to Podcasts on Every Device in this blog post by Jonathan Wylie.
Think, Make, Innovate: Famous Person Night with Aurasma
This challenge focuses on using the Aurasma augmented reality app to enhance an elementary school’s famous person night. In this episode, we feature elementary students from Strawberry Hill Elementary School in Anamosa, IA. We would love to see what you make! Join our Maker Community by sending us your photos or videos through social media and tag @dlgwaea or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them on our website, www.dlgwaea.org.
Expeditions & Beyond
In order to use the kit educators will need to attend a training workshop to learn more about how to use VR and Expeditions in the classroom. Our first workshop will be January 10, 2017 from 9am- 3:30pm Here is the link for more information and to register.
Seesaw in the Classroom: Documenting Your Students' Learning Journey
Note: This class will be taught as part of a blended learning instructional model. The first day of the class will be taught face to face, but the remainder of the time will be spent engaged in inline learning activities. A free Seesaw account is required (instructor will provide assistance with obtaining this account), as is a device with Internet access.
01/26/2017 - 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
02/04/201 7 & 3/11/2017 - Asynchronous Online Learning
03/21/2017 - 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Face to Face sessions will be at: Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Individual(s) responsible for integrating technology tools into their curriculum; PreK-12 Teachers, Curriculum Directors, Technology Directors, Administrators
Course Number: 4864-16-01
All Means ALL! Creating Equitable Learning Environments
Dr. Muhammad is recognized as one of the field's leading experts in the areas of school culture and organizational climate. The author of several books including The Will to Lead and the Skill to Teach: Transforming Schools at Every Level, Dr. Muhammad will challenge teachers and administrators alike to be transformational leaders in districts and classrooms and to broaden their understanding of how they can positively influence the culture in their district.
January 4, 2017 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: Grant Wood AEA 4401 Sixth St. S.W. Cedar Rapids, IA
Target Audience: K-12 Administrators, Teachers, Teacher Librarians, Consultants, Instructional Coaches, District Leaders
Register Online: https://www.gwaea.org/apps/ProfDev/user/signon.cfm
Course Number: 19449-16-01
Registration deadline: Dec. 21, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.
Educators in Grant Wood AEA area for non-credit $40
Outside of Grant Wood AEA area for non-credit $65
Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.
EdCamp Iowa 2017
Saturday, Feb. 25th 2017 at 8:30am-3pm
415 12th Avenue Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA
What is an EdCamp?
EdCamp sessions are NOT 'sit and get' presentations. EdCamps are about discussion and thinking and problem-solving. We build the agenda first thing in the morning and then spend the rest of the day talking, sharing, and learning. Come prepared to participate!Learn more about EdCamps and EdCamp Iowa here: http://www.edcampiowa.org/
Register for EdCamp Iowa here.
Teachers administer digital or online assessments to a majority of their students
Our AEA BrightBytes scores indicate only 53% of our teachers are using digital or online assessments. There are many great formative assessment tools out there that can provide quick feedback to students but also can help us inform instruction and support. Beth Swantz has a blog post about Plickers and quick formative assessment tool that only requires one device. If you are looking for more easy formative assessment tools this Formative Assessment Smackdown resource that looks at Recap, Formative, Quizizz, and a few others to get you started. Contact your GWAEA digital learning consultant if you are looking for other ways to use online assessments in your classroom
Why This Matters
Adaptive, online tests are being seen “as a key tool for building personalized learning programs that address students’ individual strengths and weaknesses” (Bushweller, 2014).
Please contact your digital learning consultant in your district is interested in getting their Brightbytes- Clarity data.
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- Google Slides for the Win
- Creating a Virtual Presence: Learning Outside the Classroom
- The Power of Podcasting
- Confessions of a Digital Hoarder
- Let's Gamify This!
- Choose Your Own Google Classroom Adventure
- iPad Apps to Tap Student Creativity
- Unleash Your Alter Ego- Instructional and Tech Coaching
- Getting Started with VR and Google Expeditions