Monday, January 27, 2020

20% Time: Independent Project- Learn Like Google Modules in Student Personalized Learning System

Many of you have heard about Google's 20 % time where they allow their employees 20% of their work time to investigate other things.  Educator Kevin Brookhouser's wrote a book called The 20Time Project about this process for the classroom. See his website http://www.20time.org/.

Indianola teacher Ali Sauter developed a set of modules for Indianola students that she graciously allowed us to take and move statewide that follow what Kevin suggests students do in the classroom to work on their passion.  Here are the modules that are available for you to use with your students should you want to try this out:

Learning Op (contains all the modules sequentially)
  • 20 % Time: Independent Project
Individual Modules:
  • Independent Study: Step 1 Project Based Learning
  • Independent Study: Step 2 Selecting the Right Project for You
  • Independent Study: Step 3 Blogging
  • Independent Study: Step 4 Failing Forward
  • Independent Study: Step 5 The Final Presentation
Thanks Ali for sharing these modules with us.

You can find these modules and the Learning Op in the Student Personalized Learning System and  either search for them or choose Communication Skills to find them ( they are in other categories as well). If you need assistance or want to build your own content contact Denise Krefting or Melissa Wicklund.

Friday, December 20, 2019

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



Today we have a group of student bloggers sharing the content they have created in the Student Personalized Learning System:

Four students enrolled in the Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) program, specifically the Exploration of Health Sciences and Medicine team have created a curriculum centered around chronic traumatic encephalopathy, entitled Traumatic Brain Injury: CTE. These students all attend Waukee High School and are: Waukee senior, Evan Tigges and Waukee juniors, Alex Linquist, Alizabeth Quass, and Ellie Casler. 
It was designed for middle schoolers in grades 6-8, with a goal of helping students understand multiple objectives including:
What is CTE?~Alex Linquist (Junior)
The Anatomy of the Brain~Alizabeth Quass (Junior)
Prevention~Evan Tigges (Senior)
Careers relating to the Brain~Ellie Casler (Junior)

Our group chose this topic because many of us are athletes, and care about keeping players safe while they are participating. Additionally, most of us are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field, and we enjoy learning more about the jobs that are available along with the anatomy of the human body.

This module was added to the Student Personalized Learning System, and can be found on the AEA website. There are also many other modules available for use in the classroom, including Phonics, math, and career modules. Take a look!
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AEA Learning Online thanks these students and their teacher Anne Boesen for their hard work on this module. To learn more about these modules and others, you can visit http://learning.aeak12online.org/ click on catalog then Health and Physical Education 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 create content or using the system please contact Denise Krefting, Melissa Wicklund or Craig Mohr.

Friday, December 13, 2019

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

Today we have a groups of student bloggers sharing the content they have created in the Student Personalized Learning System:

Four students from the Waukee APEX, Aspiring Professional Experience, program have created an informational curriculum for 3rd-5th graders to improve their dental hygiene. These students all attend Waukee High School and are a part of the Exploration of Health Sciences and Medicine course at APEX. The writers and creators of this informational page are: Waukee seniors, Abdel Homedan and David Ghaly and juniors, Mia Stevenson and Elly Bates.

This curriculum will give young kids an opportunity to learn about why it is important to have good dental hygiene and how to achieve that through interactives and fun videos. Some of the main objectives that are emphasized are the following…
  • Why it is important to brush your teeth. 
  • What happens when you do not brush your teeth properly. 
  • How to clean your teeth. 
  • How to floss your teeth properly. 
  • What a dentist does for your and your teeth! 
We chose to design this course to inform young student about the importance of dental health, but in a fun way where they can play games and watch videos. Our hope is that by creating this, kids can see brushing their teeth in a different light and hopefully have fun learning about it as well.

This module was added to the Student Personalized Learning System, and can be found on the AEA website. There are also many other lessons available to look at, so feel free to browse and maybe learn a thing or two in the process.

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AEA Learning Online thanks these students and their teacher Anne Boesen for their hard work on this module. To learn more about these modules and others, you can visit http://learning.aeak12online.org/ click on catalog then Health and Physical Education 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, November 5, 2019

Iowa Story: Van Buren Agriculture Teacher Blends her classroom

Hear from Van Buren High School Ag Teacher, Samantha Godwin, as she shares her Blended Learning Journey. Samantha teaches dual enrollment AG classes with their community college, Introduction to Ag, Plant Science, Animal Science, 7th and 8th grade Ag, Ag Business, Ag Leadership, Vet Science, and Soil Science. She has found that blended learning helps her and her students keep all of the course work together.  Samantha will share why she went this route, what the benefits for students were, her expectations and future changes to her 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

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Digital Citizenship Week is Coming...Are you Ready?

October 14th kicks of Digital Citizenship Week...Are you ready?

Digital Citizenship is an important tool that we as teachers can give our students that will last them their entire life. AEA Learning Online is here to help teachers make that a little bit easier. We have created modules for different grade spans, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  The Kindergarten through eighth-grade modules are based on Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship lessons.  They are enhanced with videos, audio, and various interactive activities that make the learning fun!  The ninth through twelve grade modules are based on Mike Ribble's "Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship".  These modules are also enhanced with video, audio, and interactives.

Use these modules to help students understand screen time, the risks of sharing too much information, the benefits of using online resources, and to think critically about the choices they are making as digital citizens.





These modules are FREE for you to use a teacher with your students. To check out these modules, go to learning.aeak12online.org click log in and use the AEA Login credentials that you use for the Teacher Training system (Bloodborne Pathogens training, Mandatory Reporter training, etc). Next, click on the Catalog button at the top of the screen and finally find Technology Literacy listed on the left side of your screen.  Here you will discover all the Digital Citizenship modules that AEA Learning Online has to offer you and your students. 

If you want to get started using the Student Personalized Learning System for your classroom, please reach out to Denise KreftingMelissa Wicklund, or Craig Mohr and we would be happy to help you move forward with the system.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of students as Digital Citizens!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Indianola Teacher: Softchalk Lesson of the week

Congratulations to Wendy Arch from Indianola High School.  Her Softchalk lesson, Poetic Word & Image  was selected by Softchalk as a lesson of the week.


The objectives of this lesson are being able to analyze the use of figurative language, identify and analyze the use of rhetorical devices and to identify and analyze the use of various literary devices.

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 in Iowa.
 
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.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Earth Science Content added to SPLS

Thanks to two Newton teachers Chris Forsyth and Judy Nissly, we have some additional Earth Science content in the Student Personalized Learning System. Judy and Chris developed the following modules to be shared with all teachers in Iowa using resources in CK-12.
  • Introduction to Earth Science
  • Earth Science: Universe Formation
  • Earth Science: Motion of Objects in the Solar System 
  • Earth Science: Life Cycle of Stars
  • Earth Science: Introduction to the Changing Earth
  • Earth Science: Formation of the Earth
If you are interested in looking at this content. log into the Student Personalized Learning System  and either click on Science and scroll to find the content or use the search bar.

You too can create content in the Student Personalized Learning System and either use it in your district OR like Chris and Judy,  create and share it Statewide. If you are interested contact Denise Krefting or Melissa Wicklund.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Iowa Story: Waverly- Shellrock Teacher Blends His Classroom

Hear from Paul Mugan, High School science teacher at Waverly-Shellrock High School in Waverly, Iowa as he talks about his journey into blending his science classroom.  He explains how he uses his online instruction to help students be successful self learners and connects any adult in his classroom to help his kids. He will share some ideas for teachers trying out blended learning and share what this does for his students and their futures.



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, June 10, 2019

Iowa Story: Clear Creek Amana Math Teacher Blends/Flips His Classroom


Hear from Josh Oberg, High School Mathematics teacher at Clear Lake Amana High School in Tiffin, Iowa as he talks about how he blends and personalizes his math classroom.  He explains how he uses his online instruction to help students be successful self learners using the concepts of the Iowa Core and 21st Century Skills.


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, June 3, 2019

Iowa Story: Indianola Special Education Teacher Blends/Flips Her Classroom

Hear from Jessica Hazelton, High School Special Education teacher at Indianola High School in Indianola, Iowa as she talks about how she blends and flips her special education classroom. She explains how she uses her online instruction to help her students and other teachers who are teaching similar content. She also creates content in AEA Learning Online's Student Personalized Learning Center to support students in credit recovery and anytime/anywhere self paced learning.


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, May 27, 2019

Iowa Story: Indianola Math Teacher Flips Her Algebra Classroom

Hear from Mindy Percy,  a high school math teacher at Indianola High School in Indianola Iowa. She will talk about how she flipped her math class to increase collaboration and math conversations.  Student are able to learn at their pace in her classroom.  Flipping has given the responsibility back to the student.


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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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

Today we have student bloggers sharing the content they have created in the Student Personalized Learning System:

The Exploration of Health Sciences and Medicine students through the APEX, Aspiring Professional Experience, program have created a curriculum for 3-5th graders about how to make your brain healthy. The creators are: Safire Harter, a senior at Waukee High School, Janjay Peters, a senior at Waukee High School, and Chloe Anderson, a junior at Waukee High School.

APEX is a program through Waukee High School, where students have the opportunity to work with outside companies, and gain experience in the business world.

This course was designed to help students learn about a specific career or field that they might want to pursue later on in life and is intended for elementary age kids. The content is meant to teach these young students about:
  • Why the brain is important 
  • What the brain does 
  • How to make your brain healthy 
  • Careers in health 

The reason we chose the topic brain health was because we wanted to do something that we were all interested in. We all like children, and are also fascinated by the brain. In this project we decided to incorporate both of those aspects into the final product.

This module was added to the Student Personalized Learning System, and can be found on the AEA website. There are also many other lessons available to look at, so feel free to browse and maybe learn a thing or two in the process.

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AEA Learning Online thanks these students and their teacher Anne Boesen for their hard work on this module. To learn more about these modules and others, you can visit http://learning.aeak12online.org/ click on catalog then Health and Physical Education 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.