GWAEA Digital Learning Update
to ensure success for all learners - September 2016
Think, Make, Innovate: Makey Makey Classic Game
This challenge focuses on game design, circuits and coding using Makey Makeys and Scratch programming. The students took the classic game of Operation and remade it into their own creations. In this episode, we feature 4th Grade students from Bowman Woods Elementary.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them on our website, www.dlgwaea.org.
Episode 12 - The Summer Sizzle
Listen to the Summer Sizzle - August 31, 2016
It's back to school time so Mindy and Jonathan use this episode to reflect on their summer learning. Discover what they saw at ISTE & iPadU, learn about their hands-on experiences with Google Expeditions, and revel in Mindy's new status as a SeeSaw Ambassador!
Youtube in the Classroom
When: 9/29/16 & 10/5/16 8:30am-4:00 p.m & 10/12/16 4pm-6pm Online
Register: Course Number: 4681-16-01 Fees: $25
Credit:R, PR, SAR - 1 Sem. Hrs.
Twitter for Educators: Connect, Share, Grow!
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.
What: Code.org is offering free workshops for K-5 educators and content-area teachers as well as librarians, tech-ed specialists interested in teaching the Code.org 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 http://www.cs.uni.edu/~schafer/outreach/k5/
Register for the Event at https://code.org/professional-development-workshops/5607568
Preregistration is required.
Teachers who participate will need to provide their own laptop
Defined Stem- Provided Free for GWAEA Schools!
Students are taught how to share information about themselves online & Students are taught how to act respectfully online
Why This Matters
In today’s marketplace, content that our students create and share online is “becoming the new CV” (Richardson & Mancabelli, 2013).
“Instead of restricting access, we should educate young people to participate [in the digital world] responsibly, ethically, and safely. Through proper use of social networking sites, students learn social media etiquette and cultivate their digital citizenship” (Wang et al., 2013).
Students are online, how are we teaching them to be good digital citizens and build a positive digital footprint? If you want to learn more about what we can do contact your GWAEA technology consultant and take a look at Exploros which is a free resource that aligns with Common Sense Media information about Digital Citizenship.
ITEC Fall Conference
Monday, Oct. 10th, 8am to Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 3:30pm
730 Third Street
Des Moines, IA
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.
Want to learn more about #GoOpen or Open Educational Resources
There will be a couple of webinars to learn more about #GoOpen from Kristina Peters, US Department of Ed Tech Fellow.#GoOpen is a national movement of districts and states transitioning to the use of openly licensed educational resources in place of traditional instructional materials. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology officially launched #GoOpen on October 29, 2015 and has seen incredible growth and support across the country.
This informational session will cover:
- Overview of openly licensed educational resources
- #GoOpen history
- What it means to become a #GoOpen District
- What it means to you as a school librarian or tech coach
- Next steps
Webinars will be held -
Monday, Sep. 12th, 11-11:30am
Monday, Sep. 19th, 1:30-2pm
More information, RSVP and links can be found here.
Saturday, Sep. 24th, 10am-3:30pm
415 12th Avenue Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA
Want to learn how to develop your own app? Join us at The Imagination Iowa App-A-Thon. It is a springboard to kick start app development for high school students.
Apply online at: app-a-thon.eventbrite.com
For questions please contact Kristine Sorensen (Director of K–12 Education) at 319-382-5128 or Kristine@newbo.co