GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - January 2017

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EdTech Take Out

Join Mindy and Jonathan as they talk technology in education!

NEW Episodes

Two new episodes came out in December. If you haven't checked out what the GWAEA Digital Learning Team had on their EdTech Christmas lists for Santa be sure to listen. Then stay tuned for the "Extra Spicy Nuggets" episode where Mindy and Jonathan spend some extra time sharing some wonderful tools of the trade.

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

Think, Make, Innovate: Sphero Battle Bots

Think, Make, Innovate: Sphero Battle Bots

This challenge focuses on students designing and making armor for a Sphero robot to be able to strategically to be able to pop a balloon attached to another robot's armor. In this episode, we feature students' creativity from Bowman Woods Elementary Maker Day!
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, #havefunmaking

Our Resources:
Our Lesson Plan:
Sphero Lighting Lab: Lessons created by Sphero for education
Purchase all models of Sphero through the Sphero store
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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 9-February 20, 2017. The registration link is:*

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!

Building Bridges Technology Conference

Tuesday, April 25th, 8am-4pm

4401 6th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

The “Building Bridges: Eastern Iowa 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 professionals, parents, administrators and service providers to exchange and gather information on the current status and assistive technology tools available for consideration.

2017 Building Bridges Conference Flyer

Registration is open.

  • Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $ 75
  • Outside of Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $ 100
  • Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.
See GWAEA Seminar Series Sessions

National presentations brought to you locally be Grant Wood AEA

Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need

Zac Chase is a thought-leader on combining pedagogy and technology for teaching and has led schools and systems in Canada, Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa, and Pakistan to consider the intersection of learning, inquiry, reflective pedagogy, technology, and project-based learning.

As we thrive to provide learning that is equitable and personal for all learners, there is a growing desire to re-examine education and learning. Educators use the phrase "school 2.0" to think about what schools will look like in the future. Moving beyond a basic examination of using technology for classroom instruction, Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need is a larger discussion of how teachers and school leaders can change student education, learning and our physical school spaces to reflect the changing nature of our lives brought on by new technologies.

March 1, 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: 19450-16-01

Registration deadline: Feb. 15, 2017 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.

Google Apps for Education (Google Suite): Advanced

This course is designed to be the NEXT STEP for teachers implementing Google Apps for Education in an existing classroom structure. Participants will have the opportunity to revise and revitalize their current teaching practices, through online learning and integration in the classroom by participating in individualized coaching conversations. These conversations will provide focused goals for each participant tailored to their classroom and Google experience.
Prerequisite: Participants must have taken Google Apps for Education: Basics or equivalent in-depth experience in Google Apps for Education usage AND have a classroom of students for implementation practice.

Class Structure: The course will begin and end with face-to-face experiences. Between those sessions, participants will select online self-paced learning modules that best fit their teaching practice and skill level which they will implement in their classrooms. During the self-paced section, participants will schedule two coaching conversation with facilitators.

March 1, 2017 & April 25, 2017 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Grant Wood AEA Southern Facility 2301 Oakdale Blvd Coralville, IA 52241

Weekly Asynchronous Online Learning to be completed weekly between these two dates.

Target Audience: PreK-12 Individual(s) responsible for integrating technology tools into their curriculum, Teachers, Teacher Librarians


Download Form:

Register Online:

Course Number: 4862-16-01

Fees: Total for Renewal $ 25

EdCamp Iowa 2017

Saturday, Feb. 25th, 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 expressed interest in educational technology PD topics

Our AEA BrightBytes scores indicate that our educators are looking for professional learning opportunities in a variety from Online Collaboration to Multimedia Skills. Contact your GWAEA digital learning consultant for support in your district and take look at the many different learning opportunities provided in the are over the next few months!

Why This Matters

For both new and experienced teachers, professional development in technology develops competencies, influences teacher attitudes about technology in the classroom, and helps them find new tools to support student learning (Buabeng-Andoh, 2012).

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

SAVE THE DATE - Iowa 1:1 Institute

Wednesday, April 5th, 8:30am-3:30pm

730 3rd Street

Des Moines, IA

It is time to get ready again for the Iowa 1:1 Institute. Registration and call for sessions is open. Learn more about the Institute here.

The Iowa 1:1 Institute exists to:

  • Help 1:1 districts learn from each other about innovative teaching, learning, and administrative practices that are occurring in their districts;

  • Build excitement and ‘buzz’ around 1:1 laptop computing initiatives

  • Help others who are interested in 1:1 computing learn more about how to get started and be successful.

The day is designed to engage school leaders around the ways they can help ensure that their technology initiative is used as a vehicle to enhance the learning environment.

Featured presenter:

Dr. Robert Dillon, Director of the Research Institute at BrightBytes, a national education think tank dedicated to promoting innovation and best practice in all classrooms. Prior to this role, he served the students and community of the Affton School District as Director of Technology and Innovation.
Register for the Event

Submit a Proposal to Present

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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