GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - December 2017

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EdTech Take Out

Join Mindy and Jonathan as they talk technology in education!

EP36: Coding With Samantha…Again!

This week, Mindy and Jonathan are celebrating the return of the Hour Of Code so join the fun and learn about the latest technology resources for your classroom Listen online at dlgwaea.org, 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 podcast@gwaea.org. Until next time...


Email the show, or send a voice memo to podcast@gwaea.org, and see show notes with all the links from this episode at www.dlgwaea.org/podcast.


Excited to have The EdTech Takeout listed as one of ISTE's Top 16 Podcasts!

Think, Make, Innovate

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

Think, Make, Innovate: Musical Instruments

Season 3: Episode 4

Students channel their inner musicians by designing and creating musical instruments in this episode of Think, Make, Innovate. In this episode, we feature kindergarten students from Mid-Prairie Schools taking on this challenge as a cardboard challenge. A BIG thanks to Frank Slabaugh and Mrs. Buckwalter for partnering with us on this challenge. This challenge could be low or high tech. Check out or lesson plan for more integration ideas for this maker challenge.


This challenge could be low or high tech.

Check out our lesson plan for more integration ideas for this maker challenge.


There are so many different instruments to be made with this challenge, we can't wait to see what you make! 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 makerspace@gwaea.org.

#havefunmaking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piCq7hgk-ig
Think, Make, Innovate - We Challenge You...

Check out Amber Bridge's blog post reflecting on a fun new TMI challenge!

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.

Taking VR and Google Expeditions Further

Virtual reality has opened up a world of experiences for students. Immerse yourself in experiences you never thought possible! This course will provide the opportunity for you to learn how to guide your students through Google Expeditions. Participants will be introduced to a variety of resources to consume virtual reality content and the tools to create virtual reality experiences. Delivery of instruction will be through face-to-face time and online coursework. This course is required to check out the Google Expeditions kit.

When

12/14/2017- 8:30 AM-4:30 PM - Face to Face
12/15/2017 & 1/11/2017 - Asynchronous Online Learning
Where
Face to Face sessions will be at Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Audience

Individual(s) responsible for integrating technology tools into their curriculum; PreK-12 Teachers, Teacher Librarians, Curriculum & Technolgy Directors, Administrators, Tech/Instructional Coaches

Registration

Course Number:4896-17-02

Registration Link: https://web1.gwaea.org/profdev/coursesdetail.cfm?class=31685


Fee if taking for credit- Total for Renewal $ 35

Using Seesaw in the Classroom

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 with be taught face to face, but the remainder of the time will be spent engaged in online learning activities. A free Seesaw account is required (instructor will provide assistance with obtaining this account), as is a device with Internet access.

When

1/08/2018- 4:30 PM-5:30 PM - Face to Face
1/29/2018 & 2/21/2018 - Synchronous Online Learning

1/27/2018 & 2/09/2018 - Asynchronous Online Learning
Where
Face to Face sessions will be at Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Audience

Individual(s) responsible for integrating technology tools into their curriculum; PreK-12 Teachers, Teacher Librarians, Curriculum & Technolgy Directors, Administrators, Tech/Instructional Coaches

Registration

Course Number: 4864-17-03

Registration Link: http://web1.gwaea.org/profdev/coursesdetail.cfm?class=31694

Fee if taking for credit- Total for Renewal $ 35

Getting Creative with the iPads in K-12 Classrooms

This hybrid online class explores how teachers can make the most of an iPad as a creation tool in K-12 classrooms. Each learning module will focus on either audio, video, photo, digital storytelling or graphics design apps in order to explore curricular connections and enhance teaching and learning with technology. Participants are not required to purchase any apps for this class, but they MUST HAVE ACCESS TO AN IPAD, (2nd generation or later), and the ability to install apps for the duration of this class.
NOTE: The asynchronous hours listed below are for pacing purposes only. Participants do not need to be available, or online, at these specific times due to the asynchronous nature of this course. Online assignments will have due dates, but participants can work on these at times of their choosing.

When

01/10/2018- 4:30pm -5:30pm - Face to Face
Asynchronous Online Learning

Where
Face to Face sessions will be at Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Audience

Individual(s) responsible for integrating technology tools into their curriculum; PreK-12 Teachers, Teacher Librarians, Curriculum & Technolgy Directors, Administrators, Tech/Instructional Coaches

Registration

Course Number: 4870-17-01

Registration Link: http://web1.gwaea.org/profdev/coursesdetail.cfm?class=31709

Leveraging Librarian Leadership: Framing for the Future

Monday, Jan. 29th 2018 at 8:30am-3pm

4401 6th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Workshop for Grant Wood Teacher Librarians

As part of the special event, Grant Wood Teacher Librarians Lynn Kleinmeyer and Deanna Weber are pleased to introduce keynote speaker Stony Evans. Stony is a Teacher Librarian at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he has worked to ensure that his library is the hub of activity in his school. Stony works tirelessly to advocate for the profession, not only for other Teacher Librarians, but for the students and staff they serve. Stony has written for several publications, including a regular column in School Library Connection, and chronicles his library’s stories on his blog Library Media Tech Talk.


Be sure to check out more specific workshop information here: Leveraging Librarian Leadership S’More. Workshop registration can be found here: Leveraging Librarian Leadership Workshop Registration.

Registration

Registration Deadline: January 22, 2018

Cost Free

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

Building Bridges Assistive Technology Conference

APRIL 19, 2018


The Building Bridges: 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 area professionals, parents, administrators and service providers to exchange and gather information on the current status and consideration of assistive technology tools.


Keynote & Featured Speaker
Kate Ahern, Intensive Special Needs Teacher and Assistive Technology Specialist, AACVoices.org

Featured Speaker

Mike Marotta, RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC


Register Online:https://web1.gwaea.org/apps/ProfDev/user/signon.cfm

Download Form: http://web1.gwaea.org/profdev/pdf/registform.pdf

Course Number: 19018-17-01

Digital citizenship comes with rights and responsibilities

Last week I (Stacy Behmer) had the opportunity to go to a digital security & citizenship event at the Google offices in Chicago. The day was spent sharing resources that schools, educators and parents can use. Here are a few:


Connect Safely Guides- Collection of short guidebooks for parents about popular apps, services, and platforms popular with kids from Connect Safely who host Safer Internet Day.


How Secure Is My Password- Check your password strength and how long it will take for your password to be hacked.


Family Online Safety Institute- Resources and toolkits for talking to parents and students about digital safety. Schools may request a free presentation to share to help you have positive digital parents.


LEAP Innovations- Within the LEAP personalized learning framework there are samples of contracts to have with students about good digital citizenship and rules to keep them safe online. There are also strategies for being a learner connected.


Be Internet Awesome - Games and curriculum to help teach students to be internet smart, alert, strong, kind and brave! Kids can play their way to being Internet Awesome with Interland, an online adventure that puts the key lessons of digital safety into hands-on practice with four challenging games. Teachers can download the curriculum to use with students.


Digital Citizenship & Safety Course for Educators- Learn about why we teach digital citizenship and safety, online safety on the go, savvy searching, how to stay safe from phishing and more in this short certification course.


Family Link (for Android devices)- Create a Google Account for your child that's like your own and lets parents manage apps, keep an eye on screen time and set timers on the device.

BrightBytes - Technology & Learning

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

BrightBytes Tech & Learning Updates

Now in the platform is an all-new Learning Center (available from the top menu bar in Clarity), which includes a three-lesson tutorial designed to help users learn to navigate the platform and leverage their data.


This year BrightBytes undertook the first comprehensive analysis of the incredible data set they've amassed from four full years of collecting Technology & Learning data. There is still much more analysis to be done, but we have just released the very first Technology & Learning Insights Report. To receive a copy and hear all about it, our own Director of Research, Genevieve Hartman, will be presenting the research in a webinar on Friday, December 15, at 11 am PST


. Register Here to attend the webinar and receive the report.


New Partnerships

Our partnership with ISTE is supporting current revision work on the Technology & Learning survey, expected to be complete for the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Revisions will include removing arcane language and questions, and the addition of some new questions to more closely align with the ISTE standards. Those of you with the current Technology Standards Lens will have access to the new ISTE Lens when it releases.


Our partnership with Common Sense Education has provided almost 70 new Insights to Technology & Learning, along with ongoing editorial support for the Insights content. We are also pleased to be able to offer Common Sense's Premium PD Membership to our Technology & Learning subscribers at the discounted rate of just $1500/school. This incredible comprehensive PD resource provides assignable and trackable learning modules, videos, lesson plans and support through Common Sense's portal.

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.

Save the Dates for 2017-2018

Building Bridges - AT Conference - April 19, 2018

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

ITEC Eastern Student Tech Fair - May 4, 2018

ITEC - October 14-16, 2018

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!


ISTE STANDARDS FOR EDUCATORS

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.

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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.