GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - January 2018

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EdTech Take Out

Join Mindy and Jonathan as they talk technology in education!

EP35: We are so thankful for...

It's a new year and time to keep on learning! In this episode, Mindy and Jonathan are taking some time out to thank some of the people who influence them and help them learn and expand their thinking. So, have your smartphones or computers at the ready because they are all great people to follow and connect with.

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

Excited to have The EdTech Takeout listed as one of ISTE's Top 16 Podcasts!

Think, Make, Innovate

Amber and Jason team with local classrooms to complete a makerspace challenge. Each episode includes curriculum connections!

Think, Make, Innovate: Bot Smackdown

Season 3: Episode 5

In this special episode of Think, Make, Innovate, we highlight Belle Plaine and Williamsburg Elementaries' Bot Smackdown. The two schools took up the idea of makerspace challenges and challenged each other to a day of robot-based challenges & we came along for the journey! Watch as the students navigate Sphero and Dash Robots through a variety of different situations & games to earn points for their school.

A HUGE thank you to their teachers, Gina Miller from Belle Plaine and Manda Marshall from Williamsburg for coming up with this idea and creating an amazing and inspiring day of making for their students!

We'd love to have you 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,

New to Robot Challenges?

Check out our lesson plan for more details on how to bring this idea to your school.

We hope you enjoy the show & #HaveFunMaking!
Think, Make, Innovate - We Challenge You...

Check out Amber Bridge's blog post reflecting on a fun new TMI challenge!

Professional Learning In the Works

These options are getting prepared and more details are coming soon. Please contact your digital learning consultant if you are interested.

Makey Makey- Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators

Get ready for a fun, hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award-winning Makey Makey invention kit used by educators in all 50 states and around the world and featured in TED talks.

You will need to bring your own laptop to this workshop.

The only cost of the workshop is a $20 fee which will cover the cost of a Makey Makey that you can take home with you.


2/28/2018- 8:30 AM-3:00 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, Teacher Librarians, Curriculum & Technolgy Directors, Administrators, Tech/Instructional Coaches


Course Number: 19568-17-01

Registration Link:

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Leveraging Librarian Leadership: Framing for the Future

Monday, Jan. 29th, 8:30am-3pm

4401 6th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Workshop for Grant Wood Teacher Librarians

As part of the special event, Grant Wood Teacher Librarians Lynn Kleinmeyer and Deanna Weber are pleased to introduce keynote speaker Stony Evans. Stony is a Teacher Librarian at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he has worked to ensure that his library is the hub of activity in his school. Stony works tirelessly to advocate for the profession, not only for other Teacher Librarians, but for the students and staff they serve. Stony has written for several publications, including a regular column in School Library Connection, and chronicles his library’s stories on his blog Library Media Tech Talk.

Be sure to check out more specific workshop information here: Leveraging Librarian Leadership S’More. Workshop registration can be found here: Leveraging Librarian Leadership Workshop Registration.


Registration Deadline: January 22, 2018

Cost Free

Meetups on Computer Science Education

NewBoCo is taking the opportunity to host four open meetups on computer science education in Iowa following our workshops for teachers this academic year, and we would like to gather as many stakeholders as we can to build a strong CS Ed community for teachers and decision makers. We will have some organized activities, such as the Iowa CSTA chapter meetings, but the goal of these events is to bring Iowans together around this topic and discuss what is already happening and where we need to go. More information can be found on the Eventbrite pages, and we would appreciate it if you would share these opportunities with others in your network.

If you have questions contact Samantha Dahlby, K-12 Education Coordinator, NewBoCo

Supporting Technology Literacy in Elementary Classrooms with Scratch Programming

Supporting Technology Literacy in Elementary Classrooms with Scratch Programming is an online class offered through AEAPDOnline and can be taken for 2 recertification and/or graduate credits. 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.

The next session runs January 22- February 26, 2018. The registration link is:*

Building Bridges Assistive Technology Conference

APRIL 19, 2018

The Building Bridges: Assistive Technology Conference will provide an opportunity to see first hand the latest in assistive technologies (AT), practices, and services for school-age students with disabilities. This AT conference will serve as a unique opportunity for area professionals, parents, administrators and service providers to exchange and gather information on the current status and consideration of assistive technology tools.

Keynote & Featured Speaker
Kate Ahern, Intensive Special Needs Teacher and Assistive Technology Specialist,

Featured Speaker

Mike Marotta, RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC

Register Online:

Download Form:

Course Number: 19018-17-01

BrightBytes - Technology & Learning

Talk to your digital learning consultant to access your district's data.

Digital Citizenship = Citizenship

Our GWAEA BrightBytes Technology and Learning data show us that we are making slight gains in the teaching of some of these digital citizenship skills. There is still work that needs to be done to help support students to be good citizens and to help them be safe online. Below are a couple data points and the trends from the last few years. Later in the update you can find resources to help support teaching about online safety and digital citizenship.

Time spent per year teaching about creating an online presence

Why This Matters

Creating a character education program that addresses the digital worlds of youth conveys the message that the responsibilities that they have in digital communities do not stop beyond the school walls (Ohler, 2011).

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Time spent per year teaching about online safety

Why This Matters

Students who have access to the internet only “at school to retrieve specific information from pre-approved websites” are at a disadvantage when compared to Web-confident children, compelling increased instruction and discussion about online safety and protection (Sharples et al., 2009).

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Please contact your digital learning consultant if you are interested in getting their Brightbytes- Clarity data.

Digital citizenship comes with rights and responsibilities

In December, I (Stacy Behmer) had the opportunity to go to a digital security & citizenship event at the Google offices in Chicago. The day was spent sharing resources that schools, educators and parents can use. Here are a few:

Connect Safely Guides- Collection of short guidebooks for parents about popular apps, services, and platforms popular with kids from Connect Safely who host Safer Internet Day.

How Secure Is My Password- Check your password strength and how long it will take for your password to be hacked.

Family Online Safety Institute- Resources and toolkits for talking to parents and students about digital safety. Schools may request a free presentation to share to help you have positive digital parents.

LEAP Innovations- Within the LEAP personalized learning framework there are samples of contracts to have with students about good digital citizenship and rules to keep them safe online. There are also strategies for being a learner connected.

Be Internet Awesome - Games and curriculum to help teach students to be internet smart, alert, strong, kind and brave! Kids can play their way to being Internet Awesome with Interland, an online adventure that puts the key lessons of digital safety into hands-on practice with four challenging games. Teachers can download the curriculum to use with students.

Digital Citizenship & Safety Course for Educators- Learn about why we teach digital citizenship and safety, online safety on the go, savvy searching, how to stay safe from phishing and more in this short certification course.

Family Link (for Android devices)- Create a Google Account for your child that's like your own and lets parents manage apps, keep an eye on screen time and set timers on the device.

GWAEA Digital Learning Team

Connect with a GWAEA Digital Learning Consultant who supports your district.

Save the Dates for 2017-2018

Iowa 1:1 Institute - April 3-4, 2018

ITEC Eastern Student Tech Fair - May 4, 2018

ITEC - October 14-16, 2018

ISTE 2018 - Chicago

Get more information about the international conference.

ISTE is in Chicago!

We are excited to have ISTE in our backyard next summer. The international conference will be held in Chicago — June 24–27, 2018 at McCormick Place.

Immerse yourself in powerful ideas and inspirational speakers, while connecting with innovative educators who share your passion for transformative learning. Save the date for ISTE 2018!


At the 2016 ISTE conference, the ISTE standards for students were updated and released. ISTE released their Standards for Educators at this year's conference. Go take a look at the new standards and indicators here. These are great to consider as you are thinking about your own professional growth or coaching conversations.

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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.