Monday, April 8, 2019

Blending Flipping Cohort To Begin: Sign up Now

Blending Flipping Your Classroom cohorts series is available for teachers this summer at Heartland AEA and Green Hills AEA.  Course 1 "Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1: Introduction" the start of the four course series will begin June 17-19 offered at Heartland in Adel, Iowa and  June 11- 13, offered at Green Hills AEA in Avoca. 

The Blend Flip cohorts consist of 4 courses that teachers and administrators can take throughout a 1 1/2 year period.   Credit is available at a significantly reduced rate.

  • The first course (Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1- Introduction is a three day  face-to-face training on "Blending/Flipping your classroom 1" for one license renewal credit.  There is a secondary and an elementary version
  • The second course is a fully online course "Blending/Flipping 2- Blended Instruction" as well as an elementary option for two credits (license renewal and graduate) which is available to those who have completed the first course.
  • The third in the series is "Blending/Flipping Your Classroom 3: Designing Online Lessons" which will take place as a blended model with two days face-to-face and the rest online for those who have completed the first two courses. This course is also two credits (license renewal and graduate).  
  •  Finally the fourth in this series is "Blending/Flipping 4: Activities and Assessment "which will take place as a blended model with two days face-to-face and the rest online and is also 2 credits (license renewal and graduate) for those who have taken the three other courses.  

The last three courses in the series (six credits) can also be applied to the Drake Online Teacher certification for those that are interested.  Learn more about the cohort here.


Course 1: Blend/Flip Introduction Heartland AEA: 3 days face to face June 17, 18, and 19. 1 LR credit available

Course 1: Blend/Flip Introduction Green Hills AEA: 3 days face to face June 11, 12 and 13.  1 LR credit available

Here is the website for all the information on the Blend Flip Cohort for those that are interested. https://instructor20.wixsite.com/aealearningonlinebf

If you have any questions please contact Denise Krefting or Melissa Wicklund.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Iowa Story: Johnston Social Studies Teacher Blends His Classroom

Hear from Thomas Giffin, a high school Instructional Coach and Social Studies teacher at Johnston Schools in Johnston, IA. Thomas has blended his classroom for several years. At Johnston juniors and seniors have open campus and the blended classroom makes use of this by having days where students are not in the classroom with the teacher, but doing their work in the online portal. He will share why he went this route, the benefits for students, how he scaffolds his students to learn this way, what parents and students are saying and where his students go when they are not in the classroom.




We would LOVE to share your story. If you would like to be interviewed for the Iowa Story of Online, Blended or Flipped Classrooms please contact us- Denise Krefting or Melissa Wicklund.

If you are interested in learning more about professional development for blended learning, here is the information on AEA Online's Blended Learning Cohort- https://instructor20.wixsite.com/aealearningonlinebf

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Teacher uses Student Personalized Learning System to teach Digital Citizenship

Hear from North Polk Elementary Technology Coordinator and Teacher Ann Howe from North Polk, Iowa as she shares how she uses the Digital Citizenship content in AEA Learning Online's Student Personalized Learning System with her 2nd and 3rd graders.



If you are a teacher in the State of Iowa, you too can use content in the SPLS with your students. Check it out: http://learning.aeak12online.org/

For more information contact Denise Krefting, Melissa Wicklund or Craig Mohr

Friday, March 29, 2019

Iowa Teachers Create Content for the Student Personalized Learning System

While much of the content available for students in the Student Personalized Learning System was create by AEA Learning Online instructional designers, we are fortunate to also have teachers creating content for students. It is our pleasure to share work done by Indianola Instructional Coach Kim Grissom and Newton high school Science teachers Christine Forsyth and Judy Nissley that you can also use with your students.

Kim has developed content for 9th grade English Language Arts and has shared it with Iowa teachers statewide. Look for this content:

E9 Short Stories Unit: Literary Devices #1 (SW)
E9 Short Stories: What is Analysis? #2 ( SW )
E9 Short Stories: More Practice #3 (SW )
E9 Essay Unit: Expos Getting Started #1 ( SW )
E9 Essay Unit: ExposStructure #2 (SW )
E9 Essay Unit: ExposWriting #3 (SW)
E9 Essay Unit: ExposFinish #4 (SW)

Christine Forsyth and Judy Nissley have developed this Earth Science content for their students at West Academy and have shared it with Iowa teachers statewide. Look for this content:

  • Introduction to Earth Science 
  • Earth Science: Universe Formation

Our thanks go out to Kim, Christine and Judy for their willingness to create content and share it with all Iowa students and teachers.

Other teachers at Indianola are also creating content that are used with their students.  This content was developed to be district only content.

You can also create content in the Student Personalized Learning System to be shared Statewide or used within your district.  Contact Denise Krefting or Melissa Wicklund and we will help you through the process. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Iowa Story: Indianola Social Studies Teacher Blends His Classroom

Hear from Zack Kaczmarek, high school social studies and Sociology teacher at Indianola Schools in Indianola, IA as he talks about his blended learning classrooms. Zack will share why he went this route, what the benefits for students were, his expectations and future changes to his classroom.


We would LOVE to share your story. If you would like to be interviewed for the Iowa Story of Online, Blended or Flipped Classrooms please contact us- Denise Krefting or Melissa Wicklund.

If you are interested in learning more about professional development for blended learning, here is the information on AEA Online's Blended Learning Cohort- https://instructor20.wixsite.com/aealearningonlinebf

Monday, March 4, 2019

Iowa Story: Indianola Elementary TAG Teachers Flip their Classroom

Hear from Shari Shaw and Brian Baker, Gifted and Talented teachers at Indianola's four Elementary Schools as they talk about how they use flipped learning to extend their time with their gifted and talented students.

Quotes from 5th grade TAG math students:
  • “I understand the concepts easier as the learning is much clearer, and I’m developing math concepts quicker.”
  • “I can check my own work instantly and on Ed Puzzle there are questions during the video to see if I am understanding the concept as I watch the video.” 
  • “I really like watching the videos as I can rewatch them until I have a clear understanding of the concepts. All of this saves me time as I am able to get more of the work completed in the classroom and get help from the teacher if I need it.” 
  • “It is fun as I am able to learn at my own pace.” 
  • “Blended and flipped learning helps me understand the concepts, it is less time consuming and makes math easier.” 
  • “We watch the video to learn the concept then talk about what we don’t understand.”
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We would LOVE to share your story. If you would like to be interviewed for the Iowa Story of Online, Blended or Flipped Classrooms please contact us- Denise Krefting or Melissa Wicklund.   We have several other teacher video of those who have volunteered to contribute. They can be found on in our Google Community with the filter "Blended Videos from Iowa Teachers.

If you are interested in learning more about professional development for blended learning, here is the information on AEA Online's Blended Learning Cohort (video listings are also here under the tab Iowa Teachers Blending/Flipping)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Virtual Snow Days


With weather issues causing schools to cancel school due to snow and extreme cold this article from the Des Moines Register is very timely. Estherville Lincoln Central schools in northern Iowa is handling snow and extreme cold school days virtually so they don't have to make them up.  Something for other schools to consider.

Read Des Moines Register article.

The Blend Flip Cohort professional development  from AEA Learning Online can help by training teachers to do this effectively.  Learn more about this
 professional development here or contact AEA Learning Online at support@aealearningonline.org.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Blending Flipping Course 1 to begin- Sign Up Now

Blending Flipping Your Classroom cohorts series is  available for teachers this winter at Heartland AEA annd Keystone AEA.  Course 1 "Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1: Introduction" the start of the four course series will begin January 23rd offered at Heartland in Johnston and  January 24, offered at Keystone AEA. 

These cohorts consist of 4 courses that teachers and administrators can take through out a 1 1/2 year period.   Credit is available at a significantly reduced rate.
 
The first course (Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1- Introduction is a three day face-to-face training on "Blending/Flipping your classroom 1" for one license renewal credit.  There is a secondary and an elementary version

The second course is a fully online course "Blending/Flipping 2- Blended Instruction" as well as an elementary option for two credits (license renewal and graduate) which is available to those who have completed the first course.

The third in the series is "Blending/Flipping Your Classroom 3: Designing Online Lessons" which will take place as a blended model with two days face-to-face and the rest online for those who have completed the first two courses. This course is also two credits (license renewal and graduate).  

 Finally the fourth in this series is "Blending/Flipping 4: Activities and Assessment "which will take place as a blended model with two days face-to-face and the rest online and is also 2 credits (license renewal and graduate) for those who have taken the three other courses.  

The last three courses in the series (six credits) can also be applied to the Drake Online Teacher certification for those that are interested.  Learn more about the cohort here.

If you are interested in signing up or finding out more about the first course in the series offered at Heartland.  This course is also offered in June in Green Hills AEA. Sign up coming soon!

Heartland AEA: Blending/Flipping Your Classroom Course 1: Introduction- face to face 1/23/19, 2/6/19 and 2/21/19  1 credit LR online  More information and Signup:  https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4DCGI/22044292111901INV&True*
Keystone AEA:  Blending/Flipping Your Classroom Course 1: Introduction- face to face 1/24/19, 2/7/19 and 2/21/19  1 credit LR online  More information and Signup:  http://bit.ly/2EZtx9W

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Kuemper Teacher Softchalk Lesson of the Week

Congratulations to Christina Tait from Kuemper Catholic Middle School.  Her Softchalk lesson, Opera Stew, was selected by Softchalk as a lesson of the week.

This introduction to opera lesson teaches students what exactly opera is, some of the vocabulary and what goes on behind the scenes for the production.

Each week Softchalk selects a stand out, top notch, lesson from SoftChalk Share and features it across their social media platforms. SoftChalk Share is an Open Education Resource (OER), learning object repository with thousands of free learning materials (used in blended learning environments, online learning environments, flipped classrooms and more...) created by educators just like the ones listed below.
These lessons are interactive, engaging and cover a wide variety of subjects. Through these, you can see the endless possibilities SoftChalk has to offer and learn something new in the process. 

Educators in Iowa are able to obtain Softchalk from AEA Learning Online at no additional cost. If you are interested please contact us Denise Krefting, Evan Abbey or Melissa Wicklund.  You can learn more about best practices of using this tool in our Blending Flipping Cohort course 3.  Learn more.

Success Stories, Insights by African American males: New Content Added

Just added to the Student Personalized Learning System (http://learning.aeak12online.org/) and available in AEA Learning Online's Moodle server for download into your LMS:  Success Stories, Insights by African American Males: Workbook.

Hear from the author of the content:

"Success Stories Insights by African American Men" is an inspirational collection of stories by 19 African American Men. Four are current college students from urban America and four are former student athletes and alumni of the NFL, Chris Ward, Steven Holden, Michael Montgomery and Reginald Grant. The collection includes views from a wide range of occupations, actors, writers, law enforcement, business professionals and much more.

With this workbook, students can read interesting stories and improve academic skills, including critical thinking (extraction of facts from each story and pre-writing organization). Students can compare their lives to the stories in the text and develop essays. This is accomplished by reading the text and using the tools after each story and in the back of the text.

“African American males want the same things as everyone else, a family, a job an education, the opportunity to live the American dream. “ J. Everett Pearsall, Executive Director of the National Alliance of African American Athletes. I, nor most African American males don’t want any handouts or hand me downs, just the opportunity to compete on a level playing field.  But, being an African American male in American is a unique experience.  No matter your background the examples of perseverance, determination and focus are a roadmap for success.

Here are a few of our stories, enjoy.

Reginald Grant, MSEd
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 You can access this module in the Student Personalized Learning System by searching for it or choosing the category Counseling or At Risk.  Because it is an elective, students can also search for and access the content themselves.  If you have a Learning Management System, you can look at the content in our Moodle Server through this link and download the back-up from the course to be uploaded into your LMS.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Waukee APEX Students Create Content for Peers in the Student Personalized Learning System



A team of students from Waukee High School’s Aspiring Professional Experience Program (APEX) have created a personalized learning module on the career of a Pharmacist.

The students who were a part of this project are (L to R) Tawfeeq Alimami, Chason Yan, Emma Shepard, and group lead, Mikayla Schneider. These students are enrolled in the Exploration of Health Sciences and Medicine class offered at APEX.

Throughout this module, students will learn:
  • What a career in Pharmacy looks like
  • The requirements and steps to become a Pharmacist
  • Why we need Pharmacists?

This module is mainly designed for High School students.

AEA Learning Online is a program where students can use modules to learn more about a specific topic. AEA offers a countless number of topics and information provided for a variety of different learning levels and grades. This program is a great tool to use to help assist your learning.
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AEA Learning Online thanks these students and their teacher Cindy Snell for their hard work on these modules.

To learn more about these modules, you can visit http://learning.aeak12online.org/ click on catalog then Employability and Careers: Pharmacy and the tab Statewide or enter the criteria in the search.

You can also have your students create content in our system. If you are interested in having students create content, teachers creating content or using the system please contact Denise Krefting, Melissa Wicklund or Craig Mohr.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Professional Development: Blending/Flipping Your Classroom Cohort

Blending Flipping Your Classroom cohorts series is  available for teachers this winter at Heartland AEA.  Course 1 "Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1: Introduction" the start of the four course series will begin in February offered at Heartland in Johnston and will be offered in June at Grant Wood and beginning in January for Keystone AEA. Sign up coming soon for these sessions.

These cohorts consist of 4 courses that teachers and administrators can take through out a 1 1/2 year period.   Credit is available at a significantly reduced rate.

  • The first course (Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1- Introduction is a three day face-to-face training on "Blending/Flipping your classroom 1" for one license renewal credit.  There is a secondary and an elementary version
  • The second course is a fully online course "Blending/Flipping 2- Blended Instruction" as well as an elementary option for two credits (license renewal and graduate) which is available to those who have completed the first course. 
  • The third in the series is "Blending/Flipping Your Classroom 3: Designing Online Lessons" which will take place as a blended model with two days face-to-face and the rest online for those who have completed the first two courses. This course is also two credits (license renewal and graduate).  
  •  Finally the fourth in this series is "Blending/Flipping 4: Activities and Assessment "which will take place as a blended model with two days face-to-face and the rest online and is also 2 credits (license renewal and graduate) for those who have taken the three other courses.  

The last three courses in the series (six credits) can also be applied to the Drake Online Teacher certification for those that are interested.  Learn more about the cohort here.

If you are interested in signing up or finding out more about the first course in the series offered at Heartland.  This course will also be offered at Keystone AEA and Green Hillis (June). Sign up coming.

Heartland: Blending/Flipping Your Classroom Course 1: Introduction- face to face 1/23/19, 2/6/19 and 2/21/19  1 credit LR online  More information and Signup:  https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4DCGI/22044292111901INV&True*