GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - May 2017

Learn more about TMI Week and Register

Call for sessions is now open if you want to share!

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Think, Make, Innovate Week 2017!

The week of June 26th, Grant Wood AEA will host a week of making with two opportunities for learning!

The week will kick off with our first learning opportunity, a two-day conference to allow educators opportunities to create, connect and get inspired. A wide range of topics will be covered to get your creativity flowing! Come learn about how makerspaces are being used to foster the 4Cs and promote project-based learning in the classroom.

Think, Make, Innovate: Experience is a three-day immersive experience are made up of half-day, in-depth workshops designed to give you a hands-on experience to tinker with tools, expand upon ideas and collaborate with the community of colleagues and presenters.

Subscribe to get our Digital Learning Updates here. Send the email to the address and then you will be sent a confirmation email and be automatically added to the list.
EdTech Take Out

Join Mindy and Jonathan as they talk technology in education!

Episode 24: #Formative Tech with Dr. Monica Burns

In this episode, Mindy and Jonathan interview Dr. Monica Burns about her new book #FormativeTech. There are some great tips to get you started with formative assessment and a few extra nuggets to top it off!

Email the show, or send a voice memo to, and see show notes with all the links from this episode at

Think, Make, Innovate

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

Think, Make, Innovate: Wearable Cardboard

This challenge focuses on redesigning a structured cardboard box into something wearable. The students from Benton Community School District were up for the task creating some amazing wearable cardboard outfits. In this episode, we feature three different elementary schools within the Benton School District ranging from Kindergarten to 6th grade.

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, #havefunmaking

Our Lesson Plan

Think, Make, Innovate: Wearable Cardboard

Iowa City Summit Featuring Google for Education

Iowa City Community School District and Grant Wood AEA are excited to host the Iowa City Summit Featuring Google for Education. This summit will be a two-day, hands-on conference focusing on integrating Google for Education in K-12 learning environments. Presenters will include Google for Education Certified Innovators, Google for Education Certified Trainers and local Googley talent! We are excited to Steve Dembo deliver this year's opening keynote!

Call for sessions is now open and more information can be found here.

August 7 & August 8 8:30AM-4:00PM

Liberty High School

$70 for two days of learning (lunch included)

Defined STEM Workshop

What is Defined STEM?

Grant Wood AEA is offering its schools an 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 and literacy tasks.

GWAEA has purchased licenses for all schools in our service area. The platform supports teachers with implementation of project-based learning experiences by showcasing real-world careers and using meaningful reading and writing activities. It may also link to your district’s goals around project-based learning, STEM education, and blended learning.

In this workshop, you will see what a Defined STEM activity is like, how to customize it for your classroom, and learn more about how to integrate this into your curriculum.


Friday, August 4, 2017 9am-12pm

4401 6th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Registration Information Link

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.

Digital Learning Institute

This is a course that will engage teachers in a technology-rich learning environment to support creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication with students. Throughout the course, participants will engage in a community of teachers, schools, and districts, along with GWAEA coaches. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and implement new strategies learned in class.

This course will be offered for recertification credit and will be done face to face and online.

Learn more about the course here.

Contact digital learning consultants Mindy Cairney or Amber Bridge with questions.

Taking VR & 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.

Register and get more information here.

Course number: 4896-17-01

Student sources of advice about responsible Internet and cellular phone usage

Students go to parents/guardians and teachers to learn about digital citizenship, so it is important educators have the knowledge to share!

Help students articulate what they know about digital citizenship through multimedia projects like those found on Common Sense Media. Start by having discussions with students about what it means to be a good digital citizen and brainstorm the topics that they think are at the forefront of the school community. Have them use the Common Sense Media videos as inspiration, and make arrangements for them to conduct interviews or create another form of public service announcement that will be shared with the school community or beyond.

Why This Matters

As schools increasingly adopt 1:1 initiatives, teachers and students “must understand digital citizenship and the issues it entails” (Kiker as quoted in Ribble, 2012).

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

Save the Dates for 2017-2018

ITEC - October 15-17, 2017

Building Bridges - AT Conference - April 19, 2018

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

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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.