Wednesday, July 29, 2015

eCurriculum Content Iowa Teacher shares what he built

Did you know that AEA PD Online K-12 System has online content created by teachers that can be used in their classes (downloaded and added to your Moodle or Canvas course).  Here is a list of new content that was just added from an Iowa teacher.  To see this click on eCurriculum Catalog icon under Teacher Resources. REMEMBER- these are meant to be teacher facilitated course.

Here are some shared by David Te Grotenhuis from Pella Christian Schools currently available for use in the classroom. Check back for more as this will be expanded upon over the summer.  Thanks David!

Social Studies:
7th History Launching a New Nation
7th History US Constitution Article 1 - The Legislative Branch
The Executive & Judicial Branch
7th History The American Revolution
7th History The Road to Revolution
7th History Colonies Take Root
7th History Europe Looks Outward.
7th History Roots of the American People

7th Bible Literary Genres
7th Bible Between the Testaments
7th Bible Prophets
7th Bible The Feasts of the Lord
7th Bible Themes of the Old Testament

Friday, July 17, 2015

Now Available: Universal Constructs Self-paced Course

As educators, it is our job to prepare students for their future by ensuring that they not only know
important content related to their future careers, but it also our job help them develop proficiency around the Universal Constructs. Students who are
  • Creative
  • Critical thinkers
  • Collaborative
  • Good communicators
  • Flexible and adaptable, and
  • Productive and accountable
will be successful in life and in their future careers.

The Universal Constructs self-paced course is focused on helping Iowa educators learn about each of the Universal Constructs and their attributes, explore/consider how to support developing student proficiency around each of the Universal Constructs, and discover technology tools to support student learning and engagement in the Universal Constructs.

To access the self-paced course go to, log in, and select "catalog">self-paced courses>Universal Constructs.

Quick Fix x 2

With a cup of coffee, you sit down in front of your computer, and are excited to get a jump
start on your online course work. You spend 15 minutes catching up on the latest forum posts and then decide to dig into the videos for next week. You hit play. Nothing happens. You hit play...still nothing...You refresh your browser. Nothing. Frustrated you send off a quick e-mail to your instructor about the video issue and shut your computer. Your plan to get ahead on your coursework foiled.

Or is it??? Here are two quick fixes that you can try when a video or page doesn't load.

Quick Fix #1: Try a different browser. If you were using Firefox, try Chrome. Working on Chrome, try Safari. Using Internet Explorer try Firefox. Not all browsers are the same. In some cases, different browsers work better than others.

Quick Fix #2: Make sure the browsers that you are using are up-to-date. Up-dating your browser will help ensure that your pages load properly. Click here to access directions for updating different browsers.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

TLC Agenda: Leveraging Teacher Leadership for Administrators & Teachers

Leveraging Teacher Leadership for Administrators and & Teachers

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015
Speakers include: Joseph Grenny, Steve Barkley, Jill Harrison Berg, Jennifer Abrams and Heather Clifton.

The event runs from 7:30 to 4:15. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m, the welcome commencing at 8:15, and the keynote at 8:30. Numerous breakout sessions will be held throughout the remainder of the day.

Leveraging Teacher Leadership is co-sponsored by SAI and ISEA.
Please contact SAI if you have additional questions or concerns. Phone: 515-267-1115

Participant Resources for July 16, 2016
Leveraging Teacher Leadership Program 
At-A-Glance Schedule for Leveraging Teacher Leadership 
Jill Harrison Berg: 
Jennifer Abrams
Heather Clifton
 Jill Schreifer
Steve Barkley Slides

Share your LMS Content With Others

We have been sharing eCurriculum content that has been added to our K-12 Online system that teachers can take and add to their blended or online presence.  Some of these came from classroom developers across the globe as well as those in Iowa. One way for you to give back is to share your online or blended class content with others.  If you are interested in sharing your class through our eCurriculum Catalog please contact AEA PD Online and let us know. We would love to have Iowa teachers share the wonderful things that they do in their classroom with others.  Look for these additions to our eCurriculum Catalog in future postings.

New Training System Feature - Notifications

Iowa educators may have received a surprise email in their inboxes today, as we have turned on the automatic notification feature.  Now, the system will send out an email under the three conditions:

1. You have been assigned a training by a district administrator
2. You have a training that is not complete, and the due date is a week away
3. You have a training you completed previously that is now expired

The purpose of the notifications is to help serve as a reminder system for educators.  We are excited about this additional feature for both districts and employees to benefit in the learning process.

An employee can choose what to do with the reminders.  If you would like to turn your own email reminders off, you can do so from within your profile area (the same place where you edit your password or email address).

Upcoming Courses: Aug. 1-Sept. 1, 2015

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 or click here to go to the AEA PD Online catalog.

Methods of Teaching Elementary Fine Arts
Register at 22027899991602
Dates: Aug. 3-Aug. 24, 2015
Credit(s):  1

Mesoamerica: Visions and Voices Part 1: Mexico: A Land of Contrasts
Register at 22006299991601
Dates: Aug. 6-Sept. 8, 2015
Credit(s): 1 (renewal only)

Register at 22017299991602
Dates: Aug. 10-Oct. 2, 2015
Credit(s): 2 (renewal only)

Mackin VIA: Curriculum Integration
Register at 22015499991601
Dates: Aug. 10-Oct. 15, 2015
Credit(s):  1

Introducing Asian Literature
Register at 22015499991601
Dates: Aug. 13-Sept. 17, 2015
Credit(s):  2 (renewal only)

Earth Systems Science
Register at 22027599991601
Dates: Aug. 17-Dec. 7, 2015
Credit(s): 3

Register at 22017299991603
Dates: Aug. 24-Oct. 16, 2015
Credit(s): 2  

Introduction to Google Apps in the Classroom
Register at 22029199991601
Dates: Aug. 24-Sept. 14, 2015
Credit(s): 2  

Supporting Technology Literacy in Elementary Classrooms with Scratch Programming
Register at 22024299991601
Dates: Aug. 31-Oct. 12, 2015
Credit(s): 2

Standards-Based Teaching I: Instructional Strategies
Register at 22024399991602
Dates: Sept. 2-Oct. 10, 2015
Credit(s): 1 (renewal only) 

Pinterest in the Classroom
Register at 22019999991604
Dates: Sept. 7-Oct. 4, 2015
Credit(s): 2

Mollie: Blended Learning
Register at 22015099991603
Dates: Sept. 9-Oct. 13, 2015
Credit(s): 2

OLLIE: Technology for Online Instruction: Moodle
Register at 22005399991601
Dates: Sept. 9-Oct. 13, 2015
Credit(s): 2

Pinterest: Using Pins, Boards, and More in Your Classroom
Register at 22022299991605
Dates: Sept. 9-Oct. 6, 2015
Credit(s): 2

Presentation Zen: Improving Your Approach to Presentation
Register at 22012399991602
Dates: Sept. 9-Sept. 29, 2015
Credit(s): 1

Google Sites
Register at 22012899991602
Dates: Sept. 13-Nov. 8, 2015
Credit(s): 2

Intro to Google Apps: Tools to Integrate
Register at 22014599991603
Dates: Sept. 13-Nov. 8, 2015
Credit(s): 2

17,000 Classroom Visits Can't be Wrong
Register at 22026999991602
Dates: Sept. 14-Nov. 6, 2015
Credit(s): 3

What Great Teachers do Differently?
Register at 22020399991602
Dates: Sept. 14-Oct. 23, 2015
Credit(s): 3

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ten Smart Phone Apps Every Teacher Needs

It's hard to think that summer is half over and time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. Apps are everywhere, and it is a fact that apps can help people deal with any situation! Join middle school administrator Shannon Holden as he lists his top 15 smartphone apps. These apps will help teachers get organized, keep track of student grades and behavior, and engage students in the learning process. This webinar will benefit K-12 educators using iOS or Droid.  

Click here to register for this webinar from and find some apps to help you get ready for this fall.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

NROC Webinar: Access & Outcomes: The K-12 Digital Learning Landscape

The NROC Project and Evergreen Education Group will be reviewing the 12th annual edition of the "Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning" report!" through this webinar on July 16th. (2 pm CDT)

Online learning in K-12 education is entering its third decade, but digital learning is still new to many schools, evolving in important ways, and often misunderstood by policymakers, observers, and advocates. John Watson of the Evergreen Education Group and Stacy Hawthorne of Hawthorne Education will discuss key issues and trends, myths and realities, and critical components of the current digital learning landscape, based on more than a decade of research and working with schools that are implementing online and blended learning.

Join this webinar to learn more about the current trends of online and blended learning.

Click here to Register

Thursday, July 2, 2015

AEA PD Online Training System Upgrades
AEA PD Online's training server houses professional development modules and self-paced courses for Iowa educators.  This system will be off line for upgrades on Monday, July 6, 2015 starting at 8:00 am.  The system should be back online sometime after noon on the 6th.  
Some of the system updates will include:
  • Users will now log in using the email of their account.
  • Users will be asked to update their profile information including BoEE folder number and district information.
  • Districts will have more administrative functions to personalize the system including; 
    • creating district groups, 
    • automatic notifications and expiration notifications, 
    • exporting of district usage reports, 
    • uploading of district created modules,
    • and many more functions.
Based on user feedback, several things have been updated to make it easier to find things that users access the most.  This includes a cleaner look to the site navigation as well as easier ability to access certificates.  In future blogs we will highlight some of the new functions.