GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - December 2016

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Hour of Code is Going on Now!

Coding has gotten a lot of attention and our team thinks it's pretty important! There is an episode of the EdTech Take Out and you can find coding in Think, Make, Innovate too! This week is a week to get your students coding if they haven't been already! So, if you want to get started there is a lot out there, but a super place to start is There are resources from PK-12 for all ability levels. Go take a look!
EdTech Take Out

Join Mindy and Jonathan as they talk technology in education!

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.

Email the show, or send a voice memo to, and see show notes with all the links from this episode at

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

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 and we will post them on our website,


Our Lesson Plan

Think Make Innovate - Green Screen Challenge

Green Screen Tutorial from DoInk!

GWAEA Online Resources

Aurasma iOS app

Expeditions & Beyond

Having students travel to the Great Wall of China is a bit pricey, but how about taking them there virtually? Grant Wood AEA has a Google Expeditions kit for our districts to do just that! The digital learning team will be offering a workshop for educators who are interested in using Google Expeditions in their classroom along with other virtual reality apps. Take a peek at Beth Swantz's blog post to see one classroom's experience.


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.

Learn more about Google Expeditions on the DLGWAEA site!

Seesaw in the Classroom: Documenting Your Students' Learning Journey

Participants will explore ways that students and teachers can use Seesaw: The Learning Journal for teaching, learning, collaboration and communication in a modern classroom.
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

Complete registration form or register electronically

Learn more here!

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National presentations brought to you locally be Grant Wood AEA

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


Download Form:

Register Online:

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:

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).

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Please contact your digital learning consultant in your district is interested in getting their Brightbytes- Clarity data.

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!


If you didn't make it to ITEC this year you can still check out the GWAEA Digital Learning Team's here. The resources for the sessions on:

  • 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

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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