GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - October 2016

Happy Fall! Check out our refreshed blog to learn more about what educators are thinking and learning about. We are always growing and learning about new innovative things going on in classrooms, so feel free to listen to The EdTech Takeout (our podcast) and participate in a Think, Make, Innovate makerspace challenge to learn with us!

ITEC Fall Conference

Monday, Oct. 10th, 8am to Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 3:30pm

730 Third Street

Des Moines, IA

ITEC is an ISTE affiliate who promotes the use of technology in education by demonstrating to its members, other educators and the public developments in the use of educational technology and how its use supports teaching and learning. The ITEC Conference is October 11-13, 2015. It will be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IA. The conference is open to all educators and administrators in Iowa and beyond.

George Couros, this year's keynote speaker, is a learner, educator, and Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership consultant. He am also the author of "The Innovator's Mindset". He believes we need to inspire our kids to follow their passions while letting them inspire us to do the same.

More information about Sunday workshops and registration can be found on the here on the ITEC Site.

Think, Make, Innovate: Green Screen Fairy Tale

Think, Make, Innovate: Green Screen Fairy Tale

In this makerspace challenge, students from Solon Middle School put their own twist on the fairy tale, Three Little Pigs. They utilize green screen technology with movie special effects using the app Green Screen by DoInk to create a unique adaptation of a classic fairy tale.

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,


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Twitter for Educators: Connect, Share, Grow!

This online class explores how teachers and administrators can use Twitter to connect, share and network with other educators from around the world. With Twitter you can find great resources, keep up with educational trends, collaborate on global projects, and get the inspiration you need for your classroom. Twitter is free and available for all devices. It's also easy to learn, so sign up today and discover what it can do for you! No experience required.

When: 10/19/16 4:30pm-5:30pm

Where: Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility 4401 6th Street S.W. Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

When: 10/27, 10/03, 11/10,11/17 - Online Learning

Register: Course Number: 4856-16-01 Fees: $25

Credit: R - 1 Sem. Hrs.

Register and learn more here. Workshop

What: is offering free workshops for K-5 educators and content-area teachers as well as librarians, tech-ed specialists interested in teaching the elementary school computer science curriculum.

Who: Dr. Ben Schafer of the department of computer science at the University of Northern Iowa

When: Thursday, October 27th, 2015, 8:00-4:00

Where: Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA

Learn more at

Register for the Event at
Preregistration is required.

Teachers who participate will need to provide their own laptop

See GWAEA Seminar Series Sessions

National presentations brought to you locally be Grant Wood AEA

How Digital Learning Helps Close the Gap Around Educational Equity

GWAEA is excited to welcome Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educational leader throughout the Saint Louis area over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation.

Dr. Dillon will speak on how structures, systems and tradition can sometimes block educators from their ultimate goal in improving the future of our most vulnerable students. Join Dr. Robert Dillon as he shares his passion for changing the educational landscape by building engaging schools for all students with digital tools and pedagogy that facilitate the learning for all students- especially those who have fewer resources and more obstacles to overcome in achieving success.

November 2, 2016 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Target Audience: K-12 Administrators, Teachers, Teacher Librarians, Consultants, Instructional Coaches, District Leaders


Register Online:

Course Number: 19447-16-01

Registration deadline: Oct. 19, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.

• Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $40

• Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $65

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!

The ratio of students to computers in the classroom as reported by teachers is:

Why This Matters

Access to high-quality computers enhances a teacher’s ability to design and execute 21st century learning (Grunwald and Associates, 2010).

We are fortunate that many of our students and teachers have access to technology in the classroom! Now, how are those tools being used to support creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking within the curriculum? Contact your GWAEA digital learning consultant to have us help support your work.

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

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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