GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - September 2015

If you have a makerspace or are doing any making in your classroom take a look at the makerspace resources on our blog. Join Amber and Jason in our makerspace YouTube show, Think, Make, Innovate. Each month we release a new makerspace challenge.
To participate, review the lesson plan we created, have your students watch the video, and let them create! Capture the creativity through photos or videos and we'll post them to our Community Inspiration Board.
Think, Make, Innovate Challenge: Green Screen

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!

Google Apps for Education: Basics Course

The primary focus of this course is to introduce teachers to the full suite of Google Apps for Education tools. Participants will have the opportunity to explore, through hands-on experiences, the various features and aspects of Google Apps that support instructional strategies. This course will cover Drive, Docs, Forms, Sites, and much more. The course will also provide participants with opportunities to revise and revitalize current teaching tools and practices with the help of Google Apps for Education Tools.

Sept. 14 & 28, 2015 - 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Face-to-face class

Sept. 24, 2015 - 4:00-6:00 p.m. Synchronous online class

Register Here : Course Number: 4782-15-01

Foundations of Digital Learning 101

This course is designed for educators who would like to develop the skills necessary to begin using technology in their classrooms. This is an introductory course. It is specifically designed for teachers who want to take the first steps towards integrating technology into a K-12 learning environment. Participants will learn how basic technology can facilitate learning and increase collaboration and creativity in the classroom. Participants will also build knowledge of the Iowa Core Curriculum and 21st century technology skills.

Sept. 22-23, 2015 Nov. 18-19, 2015 Feb. 10-11, 2016 April 27-28, 2016 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Register Here: Course Number: 4783-15-01

Atomic Learning Resources for September

Week of 9/7: Need Help Managing Your Time Successfully?

Week of 9/14: Infographic: Bloom's Taxonomy in the Classroom

Week of 9/21: Striving Towards District-Wide Atomic Learning Adoption: Teachers

Week of 9/28: Developing an Interactive Classroom


Monday, Oct. 12th, 8am to Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 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. Ramsey Musallam and Eric Scheninger will be this year's keynote speakers. Ramsey’s TED Talk “3 Rules to Spark Learning is widely popular with classroom teachers, and was the lead talk on TEDs first ever PBS TV premiere, “TED Talks Education.” Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP).

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

Technology Use Can Enhance Student Learning

Why This Matters

The more experience teachers have with technology, the more likely they are to have positive attitudes towards technology and its educational value (Buabeng-Andoh, 2012).

96% of GWAEA teachers agree or strongly agree with this statement and 94% of GWAEA parents who participated in the BrightBytes Clarity survey. Visit the GWAEA Digital Learning Team's blog to learn more about how you can use these tools to support student learning.

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