GWAEA Digital Learning Update
to ensure success for all learners - May 2017
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.
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!
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 email@example.com and we will post them on our website, www.dlgwaea.org. #havefunmaking
Iowa City Summit Featuring Google for Education
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
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 SouthwestCedar Rapids, IA
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 course will be offered for recertification credit and will be done face to face and online.
Taking VR & Google Expeditions Further
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).