GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - September 2017

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EdTech Take Out

Join Mindy and Jonathan as they talk technology in education!

Episode 29: Good Technology Integration

Mindy and Jonathan are back from their summer break with some new tools and updates that you might have missed while school was out. They talk about what they think are the best ways to integrate technology meaningfully and share their latest tech nuggets. Listen online at, or in your favorite podcast app, and if you enjoy listening, please share this podcast with others or leave a review on iTunes. You can also send your feedback and suggestions for future episodes to Until next time...

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

Think, Make, Innovate

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

Think, Make, Innovate: Sphero Golf Featuring Southeast Junior High

This challenge focuses on students designing and creating a mini golf course for Sphero robots. As part of their makerspace time, students created a mini golf course for their school inspired by SpheroEDU. In this episode, we feature students from Southeast Junior High in Iowa City and a big thanks to their librarian Chelsea Sims for working with us on this episode!

New to making?

Feel free to reference our lesson plan for tips on implementation, extension ideas.

Maker Community

Our goal is to create a community of makers. We hope you will consider sharing student work to post to our Community Inspiration Board. Feel free to explore any of the challenges from season one and share back your results! Sharing is easy - send us your photos or videos through social media and tag @dlgwaea or send an email to



Sunday, Oct. 15th, 8pm to Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 4pm

730 3rd Street

Des Moines, IA

ITEC, Iowa's ISTE affiliate, will be hosting their annual conference this year on October 16-17, with pre-conference workshops on Sunday, October 15. ITEC is excited to welcome Buddy Berry and Dean Shareski as keynote speakers who have both been at Grant Wood AEA, but their messages were so well received they are coming to ITEC!

There will also be over 100 breakout sessions presented by Iowa educators, Iowa Featured Speakers, and featured speakers: Tony Vincent, Tammy Lind and Donnie Piercey.

Check out the ITEC site to learn more.

Registration is now open.

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!


There are countless innovations going on to support student learning in our area and here's a chance to share. There are a variety of ways to share at the conference from workshops, presentations, ignite talks and even more conversational poster sessions. If you have questions contact someone on the digital learning team, but we want folks to think about sharing the great things going on in eastern Iowa! Proposals are due September 29. Here is the link to submit your proposal.

(It is ok to include student presenters.)


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.

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.

YouTube in the Classroom

With over 6 billion hours of video watched each month on YouTube*, this video service is quickly becoming a popular venue for education content, delivery, and construction. In this 3 day course, participants will learn how to navigate this reservoir of content safely, upload and edit their own video content, and to effectively organize their videos for maximum educational impact. Participants will align these skills with the Iowa Core (specific to their area of instruction) and 21st Century Technology Skills. *

When: 9/13/17 4:40-5:30pm @GWAEA

9/20/17, 9/27/17,10/4/17,10/11/17,10/18/17 Asynchronous Online Learning

Where: Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility 4401 6th Street S.W.

Register: Course Number: 4681-17-01 Fees: $35

Credit: R- 1 Sem. Hrs.

Register and learn more here.

Classy Graphics

Join Tony Vincent for an online learning experience this fall! Tony is again gathering a community of educators to explore graphic design with Google Drawings. He has plenty of techniques, tools, and examples to share. Registration closes September 22nd.

The class is six weeks and takes place September 19 through October 31, 2017. Each week Tony records a new video and posts it in Google Classroom. You decide when you’ll watch the weekly video and complete the optional assignment.

The Classy Graphics Google Classroom will be abuzz with discussions, feedback, and resources every week! Tony is offering GWAEA educators $15 discount off of registration (use the code DLGWAEA)!

Learn More and Register for Classy Graphics here

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

BrightBytes - Technology & Learning

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

Teachers help select assistive technology for their students

Assistive technology has the potential to enhance the quality of life for students with learning disabilities by providing them the means to compensate for their difficulties, and highlight their abilities.

Select a video from the playlist provided by Edutopia on the power of assistive technologies. Consider starting with Understanding Assistive Technology: Simply Said for those who need a background on the basics of assistive technology. Screen your selection for a group of teachers and facilitate a discussion about the ways in which your school already integrates this type of technology as well as areas that could be improved. Remind participants of the benefits of AT whenever a potential barrier is encountered. Show the especially moving video, I Want to Say, if barriers dominate the conversation to underscore the necessity of such tools.

Read here to explore some AT suggestions to get you started.

Contact your GWAEA Assistive Technology consultant if you have questions.

Why This Matters

Teachers who are involved in assistive technology decisions feel greater ownership over the process, and they are more likely to use assistive technology in their classrooms (Bray & McClaskey, 2013).

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

GWAEA Digital Learning Team

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

Welcome Lynn Kleinmeyer!

We are excited to welcome our newest digital learning consultant, Lynn Kleinmeyer. Lynn is a digital learning consultant with 16 years educational experience. Prior to joining the Digital Learning Team, Lynn worked for 3 years as a Teacher Librarian for 2nd-5th graders and taught 7th grade Reading for 13 years. Lynn is dedicated to supporting the integration of technology and information literacy skills in every classroom. She is the co-founder of #mwlibchat, a Twitter chat dedicated to empowering and inspiring teacher librarians. Lynn believes strongly in advocating for #FutureReady schools and #FutureReady Librarianship. Lynn resides in Atkins with her husband, Nathan, and two children, Jackson and Ava.

Save the Dates for 2017-2018

ITEC - October 15-17, 2017

Building Bridges - AT Conference - April 19, 2018

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

ITEC Eastern Student Tech Fair - May 4, 2018

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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.