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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