Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

We just wanted to take a minute this week to thank you for participating in AEA PD Online and AEA K-12 Online activities.

Thanks to you, we've grown so much this year!

We have

  • Offered new online professional development courses
  • Added to our catalog of online trainings
  • Hosted a series of live and recorded events around current education topics
  • Created communities of practice in the Agora
None of this would be possible without the help of connected educators like you.
Thank you for being a part of our community!

Best wishes to you and your family for a safe and happy holiday.

AEA PD Online and AEA K-12 Online

For more updates and new information about AEA PD Online and AEA K-12 Online services and products read our blog at aeapdonline.org or aeak12online.org or follow us on twitter @aeapdonline.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Moodle Updates: Introducing the "Awesome" Bar

On November 8, AEA PD Online updated the look of its Moodle Server by adding the “Awesome Bar”. Many of the menus that used to be found on the right side of a course page in Moodle are now located in the bar across the top. This new format allows more course content to be visible in the browser and lessens the need for users to scroll from right to left on a page. To learn more about the “Awesome Bar”, view the video below.


Tool of the Month: Are you "Kahoot"-ing?

Kahoot is a free, online, game-based classroom response system that teachers can use to ask students questions and receive immediate responses from their students. Students love it because it is learner-centric, centered around game-based pedagogy, and social. Teachers love it because it allows them to formatively assess their students, quickly analyze the data, and adapt their instruction. 

To find out more view the video below.

 Here is how you can get started "Kahoot"-ing.

Upcoming Courses

See below for a list of upcoming online professional learning opportunities. To register, click on the activity number listed with each course. To conduct your own search for professional development classes, download the AEA PD Online app at myapp.is/aeapdonline or click here to go to the AEA PD Online catalog.

Introduction to Google Apps: Tools to Integrate
Learn ways to use Google Apps and and create a 21st century classroom environment.
Register at 22014599991401
Course Dates: Dec. 2, 2013-Jan. 7, 2014
Credit(s):  2

MOLLIE: Blended Learning
Discover how to blend classroom instruction so that students have the flexibility of online learning and the benefits of face-to-face instruction.
Register at 22015099991403
Course Dates: Dec. 4, 2013-Jan. 7, 2014
Credit(s):  2

MOLLIE: Designing Online Lessons, Including Softchalk
Dig deep into how to design and build text-based and spoken lessons for an online environment.
Register at 22017999991402
Course Dates: Dec. 4, 2013-Jan. 7, 2014
Credit(s):  2

OLLIE: Online Facilitation
Learn about the differences between online and face-to-face instruction and online facilitation strategies that will increase student learning.
Register at 22009699991402
Course Dates: Dec. 4, 2014-Jan. 7, 2014
Credit(s):  2

Developing Student-Directed Learning
Design instruction that moves from teacher-directed to student directed learning.
Register at 22010499991402
Course Dates: Dec. 11, 2013-Jan. 21, 2014
Credit(s):  3 (Renewal Only)

Design Thinking for Creativity and Art
Engage in a five stage design thinking process to build units of study on creative thinking. (Blended Course)
Register at 22018999991401
Course Dates: Dec. 11, 2013-April 23, 2014
Credit(s):  1

Blueprint for Common Core Foundational Skills
Dig into the literacy Iowa Core Foundational Skills and find out how understanding the phonetic basis of English can help students be successful.
Register at 22016699991403
Course Dates: Jan. 6-Mar. 2, 2014
Credit(s):  2

Using IPads in the Math Classroom
Discover ways to leverage the power of the iPad and math apps to increase communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in the classroom.
Register at 22014199991401
Course Dates: Jan. 6-Feb. 3, 2014
Credit(s):  2

Moving Past the Textbook: Teaching U.S. History Thematically
Push past the boundaries of the history textbook and discover ways to make American history meaningful to students.
Register at 22017099991402
Course Dates: Jan. 7-Feb. 10, 2014
Credit(s):  2 (Renewal Only)

MOLLIE: Blended Learning
Discover how to blend classroom instruction so that students have the flexibility of online learning and the benefits of face-to-face instruction.
Register at 22015099991403
Course Dates: Jan. 8-Feb. 11, 2014
Credit(s):  2

OLLIE: Online Assessment, Feedback, and Evaluation
Online assessment, feedback, and evaluation is different than face-to-face. Learn methods to use with students in an online course.
Register at 22009899991402
Course Dates: Jan. 8-Feb. 11, 2014
Credit(s):  2

OLLIE: Technology for Online Instruction: Moodle
This course will help teachers become “Moodle-savvy ”.
Register at 22005399991402
Course Dates: Jan. 8-Feb. 11, 2014
Credit(s):  2

How Do You Teach Reading? Speaking the Language of the Book Whisperer
Add to your toolbox of resources and ideas that will “awaken the inner reader in every child”.
Register at 22019399991401
Course Dates: Jan. 13-Feb. 7, 2014
Credit(s):  1

Inquiry through the School Library
Learn how to stimulate inquiry based learning by implementing the information problem solving model in your classroom.
Register at 22007799991401
Course Dates: Jan. 13-May 9, 2014
Credit(s):  1

AEA PD Online: LIVE!

Upcoming Events

Core Skills Mastery-Decision Makers and Teachers Leaders
November 19, 2013
To access this webinar go to www.webex.com, click "Attend a Meeting" , and enter  190 671 135

Core Skills Mastery-Classroom Teachers
December 3, 2013
To access this webinar go to www.webex.com, click "Attend a Meeting", and enter 190 578 557

Core Skills Mastery is online e-curriculum available for schools free of charge.  This webinar will help teachers and leaders understand how the program works and how to get started.

Unleash Technology with Atomic Learning
November 21, 2013
Reserve your seat at the webinar at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/463080010

Did you know that the state of Iowa provides access to Atomic Learning? Have you explored all of the resources yourself? This 20 minute session will help you learn more about the key features of Atomic Learning for professional development, how-to training, and classroom tech integration. This session will cover:

-  How to access just in time training
-  An overview of professional development tools
-  Resources to integrate today’s technology into your curriculum with one easy search

Learn how our resources can assist with all curriculum areas at each grade level, and share with you tools to enhance and build your classroom into a 21st century-rich learning environment.

Going Mobile in the Classroom
December 18, 2013
Reserve your seat at the webinar at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/199440370

Do you have a BYOD or 1-1 initiative that has begun or is already in full swing?  Are you looking for resources for energizing the classroom in using mobile devices?  Attend this 20 minute webinar to see how the resources in Atomic Learning can help you effectively use mobile devices in your classroom!

Archived Events

Introduction to Standards Based Grading
Adam Vorrie, a social studies teacher at Northeast Hamilton Schools, shares his work with applying Standards Based Grading to his social studies curricula.

Part I

Part II

Veterans Day Assembly
At Dallas Center-Grimes High School, Veteran Skip Boysen shares his experiences coming home from both the Vietnam and Gulf wars.

External Partners

From Concept to Scale: Growing Blended Learning in a Large High School
Tuesday, November 19
4:005:00 PM ET

Presenters: Jim Hardman, Crown Point (IN) Schools, Chris Rapp, Evergreen Education Group, and Kirsten Peterson, EdTech Leaders Online

Are you challenged with scaling a blended learning program in a large high school or across your entire district? After a period of planning, Crown Point High School (Indiana) now has all freshman (600+) and a pilot group of sophomores engaged in blended learning across all their core courses. Join in a discussion with school leaders about all aspects of this growing blended program including strategic planning, content acquisition, teacher professional development, technology, and evaluation.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Core Skills Mastery Webinar

Join us for a webinar introducing Core Skills Mastery (CSM), a new free web-based course for college and career readiness.  CSM digs deep into math and literacy skills while also building strong problem-solving and thinking skills and fostering independent learning strategies and academic habits of mind such as persistence, carefulness, self-reliance, and confidence. CSM uses formative assessment to provide highly differentiated instruction and provides teachers with new kinds of data to allow them to be more strategic in their classrooms.  CSM adapts to each student, and can be used in grades 8-12 as a stand-alone college prep or problem-solving class, a math elective, or as a supplement in other classes such as algebra.  Participate in the webinar to learn more about CSM’s innovative curriculum, instruction, and Teacher Toolkit, and how you can use CSM in your school.

Dates and Times
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2-3 p.m.
To access this webinar go to www.webex.com, click "Attend a Meeting" , and enter  190 671 135
Intended Audience: District decision makers & teacher leaders

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
To access this webinar go to www.webex.com, click "Attend a Meeting", and enter 190 578 557
Intended Audience: Classroom teachers

Thursday, Dec. 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
To access this webinar go to www.webex.com, click "Attend a Meeting", and enter191 085 728 or call (415)655-0001 and enter 191 085 728.

If you experience technical problems please call (303)862-7233.