Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Top 5 Reasons You Should Teach for AEA PD Online

  1. Opportunity. Teaching online offers you new opportunities and methods to deliver content to teachers. Discussion forums, videos, online lessons, and wikis are just a few tools that instructors can leverage in their online courses.
  2. Connectivity. Chances are if you are teaching a course, you are passionate about the content. As an instructor, you have the opportunity to connect with educators who share common interests and passions.
  3. Flexibility. Teaching online offers you a lot of flexibility. Not only do you have the freedom to determine when courses start and end, you can facilitate the course from the comfort of your own living room.
  4. Support. AEA PD Online provides new online instructors with tons of support. You will receive assistance with course proposals, course design, and ongoing technical assistance as you teach your course.
  5. Extra Cash.  Need we say more?

For additional information check out last month’s blog post here or contact Deborah Cleveland at

“Teaching online opens up a new world.  I work on my timeframe from the comfort of my recliner.  I relish the opportunity to provide the service of anytime, anywhere learning to a wide variety of students by teaching for AEA PD Online.”
-Maryann Angeroth, AEA PD Online Instructor

“I love teaching for AEA PD Online because I am able to learn along with my participants.  I have found that participants who take online classes have better discussions with each other and are more willing to share what they know with others. Online teaching also gives me the opportunity to teach classes over a longer period of time. As a result, my participants have the opportunity to implement what I  share with them and share their results.”
-Denise Krefting, AEA PD Online Instructor

Tool of the Month: Curate Content Using Pinterest

Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. Pinterest is a tool that can be used curate information in an online course. Find out how to below.

Upcoming Courses: Feb. 1-March 15, 2014

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 AEAPD Online app at or click here to go to the AEA PD Online catalog.

Building Common Core Foundational Skills - The Voweletics Method
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: Feb. 2-Mar. 30, 2014
Credit(s):  2

EL Bridge Online Workshops
Explore techniques to adapt your instruction of content to meet the needs of English Language Learners.    
Register at 22017699991402
Course Dates: Feb. 3-May 18, 2014
Credit(s):  1 (License Renewal Only)

Introduction to Preparing and Teaching in a 1:1 Environment
Discover strategies that will assist in the transition to a 1:1 environment.
Register at 22018499991402
Course Dates: Feb. 3-Mar. 9, 2014
Credit(s):  2

Examining: 7 Keys to Comprehension
Improve students' reading comprehension.
Register at 22007099991404
Course Dates: Feb. 5-May 2, 2014
Credit(s):  3

Examining: How the Brain Learns
Examine the latest brain research, how the student’s brain works and how we can best teach to that brain.
Register at 22017399991402
Course Dates: Feb. 5-May 2, 2014
Credit(s):  3

Examining: How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classes
Discover how to meet the needs of all students.
Register at 22003499991402
Course Dates: Feb. 5-May 2, 2014
Credit(s):  3

Examining: Managing Noncompliance and Defiance in the Classroom
Address misbehavior and disruptive classroom conduct.
Register at 22002999991402
Course Dates: Feb. 5-May 2, 2014
Credit(s):  3

Examining: Overcoming Dyslexia
Find out how to help students with dyslexia.
Register at 22003399991403
Course Dates: Feb. 5-May 2, 2014
Credit(s):  3

Examining: The Myth of Laziness
“Laziness” can be caused by the convergence of biological, neurological, and psychological factors. Learn how to help students manage these factors so that they can become more successful students.
Register at 22004999991404
Course Dates: Feb. 5-May 2, 2014
Credit(s):  3

iPods & iPads for the Classroom
Learn to implement Apple's iPods & iPads into your classroom.
Register at 22004199991407
Course Dates: Feb. 10-Mar. 9, 2014
Credit(s):  2

Using Iowa AEA Online Databases in our Changing Classrooms
Find ways to leverage the AEA Online Databases to increase the rigor and relevance of your instruction.
Register at 22012199991402
Course Dates: Feb. 10-Mar. 21, 2014
Credit(s):  2

Web 2.0 Data Tools for Mathematics and Science
Explore and create using tools to collect, analyze, and share data.
Register at 22011799991402
Course Dates: Feb. 10-Mar. 24, 2014
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 22008999991401
Course Dates: Feb. 12-Mar. 26, 2014
Credit(s):  2 (License Renewal Only)

Learning Southeast Asia
Explore the land, history, and culture of southeast Asia through research, readings, and discussion activities.
Register at 22002899991401
Course Dates: Feb. 13-Mar. 20, 2014
Credit(s):  1 (License Renewal Only)

Formative Assessment With and Without Technology
Fill your toolbox with formative assessment strategies and ideas that will allow you to make powerful instructional decisions to improve teaching and learning in your classroom.
Register at 22018299991402
Course Dates: Feb. 17-Mar. 23, 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 22019399991402
Course Dates: Feb. 17-Mar. 14, 2014
Credit(s):  1

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 22008599991403
Course Dates: Feb. 17-April 18, 2014
Credit(s):  3

Standing Up for Others: Moral Reasoning, Relational Aggression & Bullying
Understanding the relationship among bullying, relational aggression, and moral development can help address bullying issues with students.
Register at 22008399991403
Course Dates: Feb. 17-April 18, 2014
Credit(s):  3

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 22015099991405
Course Dates: Feb. 19-Mar. 25, 2014
Credit(s):  2

OLLIE: Online Learning Instructional Design
Create student outcomes, assessments, and lessons that can be used in an online asynchronous format.
Register at 22002799991403
Course Dates: Feb. 19-Mar. 25, 2014
Credit(s):  2

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 22004299991404
Course Dates: Feb. 24-Mar. 23, 2014
Credit(s):  2

Intro to Google Apps: Tools to Integrate
Discover how Google Apps can improve students 21st century skills.
Register at 22014599991402
Course Dates: Mar. 2-April 27, 2014
Credit(s):  2

iMovie: Digital Video in the Classroom
Change things up in the classroom by infusing digital video into instruction.
Register at 22000399991403
Course Dates: Mar. 3-Mar. 23, 2014
Credit(s):  1

MovieMaker: Digital Video in the Classroom
Use Microsoft Movie Maker to create digital video for the classroom.
Register at 22000699991403
Course Dates: Mar. 3-Mar. 23, 2014
Credit(s):  1

The Global Classroom
Find out new ways to connect your students with other students from around the world.
Register at 22004499991403
Course Dates: Mar. 3-April 20, 2014
Credit(s):  3

Google Sites
Learn to use Google Sites in the classroom to enhance collaboration, creativity, and student communication.
Register at 22012899991405
Course Dates: Mar. 9-May 11, 2014
Credit(s):  2

iPods & iPads for the Classroom
Incorporate iPods and iPads into classroom instruction.
Register at 22004199991408
Course Dates: Mar. 10-April 22, 2014
Credit(s):  2

Spanish for Educators Online
Learn basic Spanish with a focus on the vocabulary of the education workplace.
Register at 22000799991403
Course Dates: Mar. 11-April 22, 2014
Credit(s):  3 (License Renewal Only)


Archived Events
Did you know that In this AEA PD Online offers Online Learning for Iowa Educator (OLLIE) courses? Course participants build their online teaching knowledge base and skill set. In this Live event, take a look at a unit that Deb Henkes built as an OLLIE participant.     

For information on upcoming OLLIE courses, click here and search “OLLIE”.