GWAEA Digital Learning Update
to ensure success for all learners - February 2016
The Edtech Take Out - Bite-sized Technology Tips for Teachers
The Digital Learning team at Grant Wood AEA is always looking at new ways to augment the professional development and work we do with staff. With that in mind, we have recently launched a brand new way for educators to stay current with the latest technology tools and trends for the classroom - The EdTech Take Out podcast. It can be accessed on smartphones, tablets, Macs, PCs and Chromebooks so teachers can listen to it anywhere, and at any time. More information about the show, as well as how to subscribe, can be found here: http://www.dlgwaea.org/blog/the-edtech-take-out-a-brand-new-podcast-for-teachers
We think that this could be a great opportunity for you and would be grateful if you could pass this along. If you have any questions, let me know.If you have an agency iPad, download it and listen on a drive or listen on the Digital Learning Blog!
iPadU: Slide to Unlock Learning 2016
On July 6, 7 and 8, 2016, Grant Wood AEA will be hosting a conference to celebrate and expand upon innovative classroom integration strategies for the iPad. Join us for three days of learning that will include exciting, hands-on experiences that you can use to enhance teaching and learning in a K-12 classroom. This year, the theme of our conference is "Show What You Know".
Think, Make, Innovate: Rube Goldberg Challenge
This challenge asks students to create a stop motion video that will take a character from one location to another with a snap of their fingers. In this episode, we are able to feature Alburnett High School's ACE class. Check out how these students work together to create an elaborate stop motion video around their school. A big thanks goes out to those creative students and their teacher, Morgan Tjaden (@MorganTjaden), for collaborating with us.
New to making?
Feel free to reference our lesson plan for tips on implementation, extension ideas.
Our goal is to create a community of makers. We hope you will consider sharing student work to post to our Community Inspiration Board. Sharing is easy - send us your stop motion videos through social media and tag @dlgwaea or send an email to email@example.com or share links with us using this form.
We hope you enjoy the show - Have Fun Making!
Defined STEM- Provided Free for GWAEA Schools!
Making Movies in the iPad Classroom
February 29, 2016 9am-3pm, March 7, 2016 9am-3pm & March 22, 2016 9am -3pm
GWAEA Southern Facility 2301 Oakdale Blvd Coralville, IA 52241
Google Apps for Education: Basics
March 1, 2016 & March 15, 2016 8:30am-4:00pm Face to Face
GWAEA 4401 6th St SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
March 8, 2016 4pm-6pm Synchronous Online Learning
Iowa 1:1 Institute
It is time to get ready again for the Iowa 1:1 Institute. Registration and call for sessions is open. Learn more about the Institute here.
The Iowa 1:1 Institute exists to:
Help 1:1 districts learn from each other about innovative teaching, learning, and administrative practices that are occurring in their districts;
Build excitement and ‘buzz’ around 1:1 laptop computing initiatives
- Help others who are interested in 1:1 computing learn more about how to get started and be successful.
The day is designed to engage school leaders around the ways they can help ensure that their technology initiative is used as a vehicle to enhance the learning environment.
Featured presenter:Dr. Robert Dillon, Director of the Research Institute at BrightBytes, a national education think tank dedicated to promoting innovation and best practice in all classrooms. Prior to this role, he served the students and community of the Affton School District as Director of Technology and Innovation.
Register for the Event
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016, 02:00 PM
730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Teachers receive professional development concerning the effective use of AT
Why This Matters
One of the most important ways teachers learn to integrate assistive technologies in their classroom is talking with peers about their individual classroom practices. In formal professional learning experiences, teachers learn most from presentations about specific tools and activities (Kiley, 2013).
Grant Wood AEA hosts a variety of learning opportunities around AT (Assistive Technology). We will be hosting our fifth Building Bridges conference this year (see flyer below). If you want to learn more about assistive technology support visit the GWAEA website.
Building Bridges: Assistive Technology Conference 2016
Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016, 08:00 AM
Grant Wood Area Education, 6th Street Southwest, Cedar Rapids, IA, United States
Computer Science Curriculum for the Elementary Classroom
Come for a hands-on day of learning about Code.org's free K-5 curriculum and learn how coding can be integrated into your school. This one day workshop will introduce teachers to an elementary computer science curriculum. Even with no prior knowledge of computer programming, this training will empower teachers to teach the concepts of programming in their classrooms. The curriculum introduced featuring three tiers of coursework. These three courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with "unplugged" activities - lessons that teach computing concepts without a computer. Each level consists of about 20 lessons that may be implemented as one contiguous unit or one lesson a week for a semester. Each lesson may be implemented within a standard 45-50 minute class period.
The courses have been designed for students of all ages, but they reinforce math, science, and English education standards for elementary school students. The Computational Thinking Practices of: creativity, collaboration, communication, persistence and problem solving will be emphasized throughout. The workshop itself will be a mix of curriculum overview, introduction to the teacher/learner/observer (TLO) process, practice lessons, and discussions on implementation.
When: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 - 8 am - 4 pm
Where: Grant Wood AEA, 4401 6th Street S.W., Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Innovation in Education Workshop - Maker Movement - RESCHEDULED
Aaron Maurer - www.coffeeforthebrain.com
This session is designed to help educators and anyone involved in the field of education understand what this makerspace movement is all about and how to find a way to make it work in the school setting. Through a variety of hands on learning, lively discussions, activities, and planning, participants will walk away with a sense of how to implement the ideas back at their school and classroom. Key ideas to be discussed will be learning spaces, PBL integration, how to manage the makerspace, easy activities to start, and how to blueprint change for your current space.
May 4, 2016
Cedar Rapids Educational Learning and Support Center
Course Number: 19368-15-01
Fees: $40 within AEA10 boundaries, $65 outside of AEA10
Registration Deadline: 1/27/16 at 6:00 a.m.
The GWAEA Digital Learning Team has some resources to get you started if you are considering a Makerspace! Contact your technology consultant if you want to stop by for a visit or have questions.