Thursday, February 14, 2013

AEA PD Online App

It is official! AEA PD Online is excited to announce that you can add the AEA PD Online app to your iPad, iPhone, Android, or Windows 7 phone. The app allows you to do the following:
  • Read the latest blog posts from AEA PD Online
  • Access the AEA PD Online course catalog and search for upcoming online courses
  • Watch AEA PD Online: Live! recorded webinars
  • Follow our Twitter feed
  • View a list of upcoming AEA PD Online events

To get the app, follow the instructions below.
  1. On your mobile device, go to
  2. Tap the box that says, “Download app to your...”
  3. Allow your device to add the app to your home screen
  4. Once the app appears, click on the app icon and start exploring

Tool of the Month: NanoGong

What is it?
Nanogong is a Moodle tool that allows teachers to differentiate instruction for learners. Teachers can provide students with audio recordings of course content. They can also create activities where students can submit recordings for others to hear in Moodle.
Teachers can use it to:

  • Provided verbal descriptions of course content
  • Make announcements
  • Give detailed, verbal directions to activities, assignments, or assessments
  • Listen to student responses
  • Provide students with verbal feedback
Students can use it to:

  • Listen to descriptions of items contained in Moodle, directions, and teacher feedback
  • Submit verbal responses to discussion forums and assignments
  • Respond verbally to the teacher and peers
See NanoGong in action!

Technical Requirements
NanoGong requires Java 2 Runtime Environment 1.4.2 or above. you can download it here.
Additional hardware and software requirements for using NanoGong can be found here.

How do I get started? As a Teacher?
1.     Sign into your course.
2.     Turn on editing.
3.     Decide how you want to use NanoGong.   
NanoGong Icons or Buttons

        Option 1 
Decide if you want to use NanoGong to communicate information out to students by             posting an audio recording in a news forum, or to describe a label, or to add directions        to an assignment. Follow the direction below.

  1.  Locate the item where you would like to add an audio recording.
  2.  Select “edit”.
  3.  Locate the "speaker" icon in the formatting toolbar above the text editing box.
  4. The computer might ask for permission to “run” this application. Select “run”.

  5. A "recording" box will appear. When you are ready to record, click on the red button.
  6. While recording the red button will change to the pause button. When you are finished recording, click on it.
  7.  Listen to your recording by clicking on play button. 
  8. When you are satisfied, click on insert.
  9. The speaker icon will appear in your text editing box.
  10. Scroll down and click “save and return to course”
  11. Your audio recording has been added. When students click on speaker icon the a player box will appear and they can listen to your recording.


Option 2 
Decide if you want to have students submit audio recordings for an activity or assignment. Follow the directions below.

  1. Go to “Add a resource”.
  2. Select “NanoGong Voice Activity”.
  3. Name the activity.
  4. Provide students with instructions. (Note: You can use text or you can add your own audio recording using the process described in Option 1.) If it is the first time your students have used NanoGong, it might be a good idea to insert a NanoGong tutorial video.
  5. Change any settings (availability, grading information, groups, access, etc.) to meet your needs.
  6.   Select “Save and display”.
  7. The assignment has now been added to the course.
  8. Listening to student audio submissions.
  9. Go to the NanoGong Activity.
  10. Select “Show recordings of each student for entering feedback” and a list of submitted recordings will appear below.
  11. Locate the name of the student you want to and click on the speaker icon next to the name.
  12. A box player box appear. Select the play button to listen to the recording.

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. 

Google Sites
Examine how to use Google Sites in the 21st century classroom as a digital tool to enhance collaboration, creativity, and improved student communication.
Register at 22012899991302
Course Dates: Mar. 4-May 12, 2013
Credit(s): 2

iMovie: Digital Video in the Classroom
Discover how to bring learning to life by using digital video in your classroom.
Register at 22000399991303
Course Dates: Mar. 4-Mar. 24, 2013
Credit(s): 1

MovieMaker: Digital Video in the Classroom
Learn how to create and edit movies using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker.
Register at 22000699991303
Course Dates: Mar. 4-Mar. 24, 2013
Credit(s): 1

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: Mar. 4-May 10, 2013
Credit(s): 3

iPods and iPads for the Classroom
Incorporate iPods and iPads into classroom instruction.
Register at 22004199991308
Course Dates: Mar. 11-Apr. 7, 2013
Credit(s): 2

Learning Japan
Explore the land, history, and culture of Japan through readings, research, and discussion activities.
Register at 22013999991301
Course Dates: Mar. 12-April 16, 2013
Credit(s): 1

iEvaluate: Teachers
Learn the critical elements of the teacher evaluation system in Iowa.
Register at 22000299991310
Course Dates: Mar. 18-Apr. 26, 2013
Credit(s): 2 (Renewal only)

Using Iowa AEA Databases in the Science Classroom
Embed resources found in the Iowa Online Databases into your science classroom. Participants will learn about AP Images, Britannica Online, GALE, iClipart, Learn 360, DE Science, TrueFlix and much more.
Register at 22009299991301
Course Dates: Mar. 18-Apr. 29, 2013
Credit(s): 3

The Mexican-American Experience: Introduction to Chicano Studies
Study the role of Mexican-Americans in US history and culture.
Register at 22010099991301
Course Dates: Mar. 19-Apr. 23, 2013
Credit(s): 1 (Renewal only)

Introduction to Google Apps
Transform classroom experiences with Google Apps.
Register at 22007899991309
Course Dates: Mar. 25-Apr. 28, 2013
Credit(s): 2

Glogster: Project-Based Learning with Multimedia
Discover how to create and use interactive posters (glogs) that combine text, images, sound, video clips, graphics, and hyperlinks with students.
Register at 22009099991303
Course Dates: Apr. 1-Apr. 21, 2013
Credit(s): 1

iEvaluate: Teachers
Learn the critical elements of the teacher evaluation system in Iowa.
Register at 22000299991311
Course Dates: Apr. 1-May 10, 2013
Credit(s): 2 (Renewal only)

Photoshop Elements: Digital Imaging in the Classroom
Find practical ideas about how to use digital cameras, scanners, and images from the web to enhance student learning.
Register at 22000499991303
Course Dates: Apr. 1-Apr. 21, 2013
Credit(s): 1

Introduction to the Online Learner
Discover what online learning is like from the student perspective.
Register at 22001399991305
Course Dates: Apr. 3-Apr. 23, 2013
Credit(s): 1

iEvaluate: Teachers
Learn the critical elements of the teacher evaluation system in Iowa.
Register at 22000299991312
Course Dates: Apr. 8-May 17, 2013
Credit(s): 2 (renewal only)

Online Facilitation
Learn about the differences between online and face to face instruction and online facilitation strategies that will increase student learning.
Register at 22009699991304
Course Dates: Apr. 10-May14, 2013
Credit(s): 2

iPods & iPads for the Classroom
Incorporate iPods and iPads into classroom instruction.
Register at 22004199991309
Course Dates: Apr. 15-May 20, 2013
Credit(s): 2

Using the iPad in the Math Classroom
Math meets mobile learning in this course. Discover ways to support student understanding of complex math content with iPads.
Register at 22014199991301
Course Dates: Apr. 15-May 20, 2013
Credit(s): 2

AEA PD Online: Live

 Instructor Course Proposal Tips and Tricks  
Join Instructional Designers Peggy Steinbronn and Rob Brookhart as they share practical tips on how to complete your online course proposal.
February 19, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
Register for the webinar here!

Watch for the following AEA PD Online Spring Events!
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