GWAEA Instructional Tech Update

to ensure success for all learners

21st Century Learning Institute 2014-15 Year 1 Application Deadline Extended!

Participants will engage in a variety of activities to enhance teaching and learning through the use of technology, including productivity software, multimedia tools, the Internet, peripherals, and Web 2.0 tools. Also, participants will build knowledge of the Iowa Core Curriculum and 21st Century Technology Skills. Deadline is extended until March 15, 2014!

ITEC Eastern Iowa Student Tech Fair

Friday, April 4th, 9am-12pm

1227 W 27th St

Cedar Falls, IA

ITEC sponsors three regional student technology fairs each spring. The technology fairs offer K-12 students an opportunity to showcase technology-based projects created as part of their instructional curriculum in their schools.

Register your students for the ITEC Eastern Iowa Tech Fair and learn more at the site.

Iowa 1:1 Conference

Thursday, April 10th, 8:30am

833 5th Ave

Des Moines, IA

Visit the site to register and get more information!

The Iowa 1:1 Institute exists to:

  • Help the Midwest’s 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 in the state; and

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

The institute is open to anyone interested in 1:1 laptop computing initiatives in P-12 schools, whether they currently are working in such a program or just want to learn more.

Kahoot! Take a look at this AEA on Air Presentation

Tony Amsler shared all about Kahoot! for his AEA on Air session on Digital Learning Day. More information can be found on the AEA On Air site.
AEA's OnAir Presents - Kahoot

C21 Year 3 Spring Event- Coding in the Classroom

Tuesday, April 29th, 8am to Wednesday, April 30th, 4pm

4401 6th St SW

Cedar Rapids, IA

This year our Year 3/Spring Event will showcase computer programming and coding. Participants will discuss the importance of teaching programming and computational thinking in K-12! You will get hands on time with some online programming applications (like SCRATCH), iPad apps and programmable robots that can be used for students from Kindergarten to 12!

Learn more about what this coding is all about and how you can bring this into your classroom and make connections to the Iowa Core! One of the resources we will dig into is We are excited to have Matt Mena-Landry back to lead the event!

Registration for the event will be on the GWAEA PD Site soon and be checking your email!

SCALE-UP Classroom at GWAEA

We recently hosted a 3rd grade class for a morning to try out our SCALE-UP Classroom, stop by and take a look or visit the GWAEA SCALE-UP Classroom site to learn more!

The SCALE-UP classroom at Grant Wood AEA is a space where teachers, administrators, and agency employees can experience and experiment with student centered, creative, and collaborative learning environments in a space designed to be flexible to meet the diverse needs of students during the learning process.

The furniture and technologies selected for the SCALE-UP classroom were chosen to model developing trends in educational technology and furnishings. These trends focus on the flexibility needed to meet the diverse needs of students as they explore, share, and create new ideas tied to their learning.

Build Your PLN with the GWAEA Daily

Looking to expand your PLN (Personal Learning Network), but don’t know where to start or who to follow. We have put together a site to get you started! This site is published daily pulling resources from Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other social media. You can select the subscribe button and have it emailed to you. Readers can also easily select a story, video, photo or link and share it with others! All you need is an email address to subscribe to this electronic newspaper!

Check out the GWAEA Daily!

3D Printing Capabilties at GWAEA

GWAEA is now offering professional development for local educators to help them understand how to use 3D printers in the classroom outside of the traditional use in Project Lead the Way. A report released by the NMC Horizon Project highlighted that 3D printing will have a massive impact on education, particularly in the STEM areas in the next 3-5 years. 3D printing provides a tool for rapid prototyping and production, allowing students to be able to reach higher levels of thinking and problem solving as they experiment in their learning. More information can be found on the GWAEA site

GWAEA 3D Printer Site with more information.

Want to join our team?

GWAEA is hiring an additional technology consultant! Check out the posting for more information.