Friday, January 18, 2013

Update: Beware of Spam Claiming to be Us

Yesterday afternoon, spam email was sent out from someone claiming a new account had been requested at "Heartland 11 Online Learning Community" using the person's email address.  It then asked a person to click on an unrelated link to confirm your new account.

Much like any other suspicious email, don't click on the link if you haven't created a new account on our Moodle system.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Interested in Becoming an AEA PD Online Instructor?

Not only does AEA PD Online offer educators the opportunity to learn anytime, anywhere, it also provides instructors with the opportunity to teach outside of the traditional professional development times. AEA PD Online offers interested individuals many supports which include:

     Online Learning for Iowa Educator (OLLIE) courses
     An instructor toolbox located here
     Support with course development and design
     Assistance marketing your course to Iowa educators
     Online teaching mentors who will work with as you teach your first class

For additional information about any of these supports contact Deborah Humpal at

For AEA PD Online Instructors: Moving from Moodle Version 1.9 to 2.2 in May 2013

This spring, we are sunsetting the old statewide Moodle server (v 1.9, at The old server gave us the opportunity to experiment and learn in order to create a more successful server. Having all our courses on the new server will make for less confusion among participants and better support from our staff for instructors and participants alike.

Our plan is to transition all our current content and users over to our new server (v 2.2, by May 1, 2013 the beginning of our summer semester. Starting with our summer semester, all online courses will be on our new server.

We will then completely sunset the old server on June 1, 2013 (giving time for any spring courses to finish up). For those who have not used Moodle 2.0, you can access resources by selecting “Orientation and Tutorials” located in the grey bar here .

For questions about the transition process, please contact either Peggy Steinbronn at or Evan Abbey at

Tool of the Month: Diigo

What is Diigo?
Go beyond bookmarking webpages, use Diigo! Diigo allows you to archive webpages, organize them with tags, access them from any of your devices, and share them with others. It also allows you to highlight and attach sticky notes to a webpage. The next time you or someone in your diigo group returns to the site, they will see the highlights and notes others have left on the page.

See a Diigo in action!

How do I get started?
2. Click on “Get Started Now” button.
3. Create an account by filling in required information.
4. Submit your information. Diigo will send you a verification e-mail.
5. Open your e-mail and click on the e-mail from Diigo.
6. Click on the link in the e-mail to activate your account.
7. Get Diigo-ing!

Upcoming Online Course Offerings

Check out the list of online professional learning opportunities below. To register, click on the activity numbers listed with each course. To conduct your own search for professional development classes, click here to go to the AEA PD Online catalog.  

Becoming a More Effective Teacher
Become familiar with Iowa’s 8 teaching standards and how to meet them.
Register at 22002199991302
Course Dates: Jan. 21-Apr. 5, 2013
Credit(s): 2 (Liscensure Renewal) 1(Graduate)

iEvaluate Teachers
Learn the critical elements of the teacher evaluation system in Iowa.
Register at 22000299991309
Course Dates: Feb. 4-Mar. 15, 2013
Credit(s): 2 (Renewal Credit Only)

The Malleable Mind: Improving Student Achievement through Brain-Based Teaching
Improve student learning by implementing brain-based lessons and curriculum in your classroom.
Register at 22010299991303
Course Dates: Feb. 4-Apr. 26, 2013
Credit(s): 3

iPods & iPads for the Classroom
Learn to implement Apple's iPods & iPads into your classroom.
Register at 22004199991307
Course Dates: Feb. 11-Mar. 10, 2013
Register at 22004199991308
Course Dates: Mar. 11-Apr. 7, 2013
Credit(s): 2

Using Iowa AEA Online Databases in the Language Arts Classroom
Integrate Iowa AEA’s Online Databases into language arts instruction.
Register at 22006599991301
Course Dates: Feb. 11-Mar. 25, 2012
Credit(s): 2

Poverty’s Toll: Improving Academic Success for Low SES Students
Explore how poverty impacts learning and learn practical strategies that educators can use to increase low SES student success.
Register at 22011699991302
Course Dates: Feb. 11-Apr. 19, 2013
Credit(s): 3

Sharpen your Critical Thinking Skills
Help improve your students critical thinking skills by learning specific skills important for information based learning.
Register at 22008999991301
Course Dates: Feb. 12-Mar. 26, 2012
Credit(s): 2 (Renewal Only)

Google Sites
Learn to use Google Sites in the classroom to enhance collaboration, creativity, and student communication.
Register at 22012899991301
Course Dates: Feb. 14-Apr. 14, 2013
Credit(s): 2

Spanish for Educators Online
Learn basic Spanish with a focus on the vocabulary of the education workplace.
Register at 22000799991304
Course Dates: Feb. 15-Mar. 28, 2013
Credit(s): 3 (Renewal Only)

Introduction to the Online Learner (OLLIE)
Discover what online learning is like from the student perspective.
Register at 22001399991304
Course Dates: Feb. 20-Mar. 12, 2013
Credit(s): 1

Online Learning Instructional Design (OLLIE)
Create student outcomes, assessments, and lessons that can be used in an online asynchronous format.
Register at 22002799991303
Course Dates: Feb. 20-Apr. 2, 2013
Credit(s): 2

Les 400 Ans du Qubec/Qubec’s 400 Years
Learn about our neighbors to the north: French-speaking Canadians.
Register at 22013699991301
Course Dates: Feb. 21-Mar. 26, 2012
Credit(s): 1 (Licensure Renewal Only)

iLife in the Classroom
Find out how to integrate Apple’s iLife Suite (iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iDVD, and iWeb) into your classroom instruction.
Register at 22004299991304
Credit(s): 2

More Than Just Mean (Relational Aggression, Cyber Bullying, LGBT)
Relational aggression is different than physical aggression. Learn how to identify and address relational aggression in children and adolescents.
Register at 22013599991301
Course Dates: Feb. 25-Apr. 26, 2013
Credit(s): 3

Standing up for Others: Moral Development, Relational Aggression, and Bullying
Understanding the relationship among bullying, relational aggression, and moral development can help address bullying issues with students.
Register at 22008399991304
Course Dates: Feb. 25-Apr. 26, 2013
Credit(s): 3

Motivating Kids from the Inside Out
Discover how to increase student motivation by learning about self-efficacy, locus of control, engagement, and self regulation.
Register at 22008599991304
Course Dates: Feb. 25-Apr. 26, 2013
Credit(s): 3

AEA PD Online: Live!

In the November update, we shared that AEA PD Online: Live! would be a place where we are storing and sharing videos. Watch for more AEA PD Online: Live! events in the newsletter or on Twitter @aeapdonline.

Developing a Course Proposal for AEA PD Online
AEA PD Online
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Do you have a great idea for an online course? Get the ball rolling by creating a course proposal. Live presenters will walk you through the process of creating and submitting a course proposal to AEA PD Online.

AEA PD Online
Available: January 15, 2013
Did you know that every educator in Iowa has access to Softchalk? Learn how to access softchalk and use it to create engaging content for students. View our live event here

External Partner Webinars

In case you missed it, check out these informative webinars.
Recorded on Thursday, December 13, 2012
In this video Connie Jaeger and Sue Bradtke describe what is new and different in Moodle 2.2 and 2.3.

Recorded on Thursday, October 11, 2012
Sponsor(s): Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC)
Learn everyday tips and tricks for protecting yourself and others online. This session focused on the basics of computer security, such as using strong passwords, use of external devices, phishing and social engineering, and protecting mobile devices.

The dissemination of information from external organizations by AEA PD Online does not imply sponsorship or endorsement of the information. It is being passed on to our stakeholders for its educational value.