Thursday, April 30, 2020

Webinars: Resources for Continuous Learning

You may be interested in using Open Educational Resources (OER) and content from Everfi in your classroom in support of continuous learning.  These resources can be used now and when you return back to your classroom in the fall.  Learn more through these webinars:

OER Webinar: Creating and Sharing Continuous Learning OER 
When: May 19 from 10 - 11 am
What: This session will focus on developing and sharing high-quality open resources.  We will share out Blended Learning Exemplars from Iowa educators.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://heartlandaea.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIud-6sqDIsG9UcaiX_v4Asa3l842isuFwb 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Webinar: Continuous Learning with Everfi  
When May 19 from 1- 2 pm
What: EVERFI prepares students for the real world with digital, self-paced lessons on financial literacy, health, STEM, and college & career readiness. Thanks to our sponsors, EVERFI provides these resources to schools free of charge. Webinar attendees will learn more about EVERFI’s programs, how to easily integrate EVERFI with distance learning plans, receive login credentials, and ongoing technical and curriculum support. '


Sign up through this form.  An email will be sent to you with the link to attend the session

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Webinars: Continuous Learning Using Open Educational Resources (OER)


Open Educational Resources are a way for you to easily bring in content to share with students during this pandemic time of continuous learning and beyond.  In these two webinars, Megan Simmons from ISKME  will share more about OER Commons.
  • OER Webinar: Continuous Learning with Open Educational Resources
    • When April 29, 10- 11 am
    • What: This session will share with you how to find freely available resources to support continuous learning for students. We will discuss our current content area needs and priorities, share how to find resources you can use, and connect with educators throughout Iowa to collaborate and support each other.

      Before you attend this session please create an account at https://www.oercommons.org/
    • Register in advance for this meeting: https://heartlandaea.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvceugrDsqGNPnP5lq8ioogek3yBQryuLZ

      After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • OER Webinar: Creating and Sharing Continuous Learning OER

Monday, April 6, 2020

Spanish Grammar Content Available on SPLS for Students


Spanish grammar content has been added to the Student Personalized Learning System.  Look for these modules either by searching for them or clicking on the category Foreign Language:
  • Spanish Vacation: Grammar Terms and Introduction
  • Spanish Vacations: Superlatives
  • Spanish Vacations: Ser and Estar (To Be)
  • Spanish Vacations: Present Progressive
  • Spanish Shopping: Grammar Terms and Introduction
  • Spanish Shopping: Comparisons
  • Spanish Shopping: Saber and Concocer (know)
More will be coming soon so come back often. Content taken from OER content SPA 102 by Jared Reynolds (https://archive.org/details/SPA102/mode/2up)

Friday, April 3, 2020

Content Created for Teachers to Support DE Continuous Learning Plan Webinar

With the DE Continuous Education announcement, we want to remind you that content has been created for you to immediately use with students in our Free to Iowa Districts a Student Personalized Learning System .  In this system, teachers will find modules of content that can be assigned to students.  Students can log in with their google account but will need a code from us to connect them to their school building.

We will be offering a webinar on using this system (please share with others who may be interested):

Professional Learning Online Session
Topic: Continue Student Learning Now! w/ the Student Personalized Learning System
Date/Time: Monday, April 6th 1:30-2:30
Description: The Student Personalized Learning System is one way that you can continue student learning. Content in this system has been developed by curriculum consultants, teachers and students for Iowa student learning. Here is a current list of the content in this system. https://tinyurl.com/tkc5h56 . This system is free to Iowa Teachers and Students and is brought to you by AEA Learning Online and your AEAs.
Audience: K-12 Educators, Administration, Coaches, AEA Staff
Sign up HERE to receive the zoom link.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Indianola Online Learning Program

Hear from Jessica Hazelton, Instructional Coach at Indianola High School in Indianola Iowa, as she shares how Indianola is transforming education for students using blended, self-paced, flex and facilitated instruction.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Learn More about the AEA Learning Online's Student Personalized Learning System Webinar

Learn More about the AEA Learning Online's Student Personalized Learning System Webinar

The Student Personalized Learning System is one way that you can continue student learning.  Content in this system has been developed by curriculum consultants, teachers and students for Iowa student learning.  Here is a current list of the content in this system. https://tinyurl.com/tkc5h56

 This system is free to Iowa Teachers and Students and is brought to you by AEA Learning Online and your AEAs.

To learn more about this system and how to use it with students join us for a webinar on Tuesday March 24 at 10:00. The link to the webinar is below.  It will also be recorded.


Topic:  Learn More about the AEA Learning Online's Student Personalized Learning System
Time: Mar 24, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://heartlandaea.zoom.us/j/151475798


We have also put together  a list of resources for K-12 students, teachers and parents that you are welcome to use.  Please know that there are more such resources and feel free to contact your AEA curriculum consultants.  This site will continue to be updated so check back often. We are providing this site for your use and do not endorse any of these resources with the exception of the AEA Online Databases and AEA Online Learning's Student Personalized Learning System.  https://instructor20.wixsite.com/onlineresources

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.