Sunday, October 22, 2017

Indianola Teachers Complete Blending Flipping Cohort

Congratulations to these Indianola teachers who have completed the 4 courses in the Blending Flipping in your Classroom Cohort.   Left to Right are Zach Kaczmarek, Ali Sauter (technology integrationist and co-teacher for the Indianola BF Cohort), Christina Fitzpatrick, Lisa Butler-Msuya, Amy Edwards, Kim Grissom, Leigh Bellville, Kyle Berg, Jessica Hazelton and Denise Krefting( AEA Learning Online Blend Flip Instructor)

These classes which are offered at several AEAs and even as PD for school districts (such as Indianola) are : Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1: Introduction (Elementary and a Secondary version), Blending/Flipping 2- Blended Instruction (Elementary and a Secondary version), Blending/Flipping Your Classroom 3: Designing Online Lessons and Blending/Flipping 4: Activities and Assessment.  They are offered for license renewal credit, graduate credit or no credit depending on what credit type the participant is interested in.  6 of these credits also qualify for the Drake Online Teaching Certificate.

If you are interested in learning more about the Blending Flipping in your Classroom Cohort you can check out this site or contact Denise Krefting, Melissa Wicklund or Craig Mohr at AEA Learning Online.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Iowa Science Coaches Network

Who We Are?
We are a network of instructional coaches who are committed to supporting science teaching in learning that is focused on engaging students in Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts.

3 Reasons to Become a Member
  1. Learn about how to support teachers in ways that are specific to the science standards and the Science and Engineering Practices/Crosscutting Concepts.
  2. Access to resources related to coaching and providing professional learning to teachers
  3. Ongoing dialog among coaches focused on timely and relevant questions posed by network members.

Want to find out more?
To learn more about the community check out our website here or follow us on Twitter @SSS

Monday, October 16, 2017

Evan Abbey Receives 2017 ITEC State Technology Leadership Award

Congratulations to Evan Abbey, project director, AEA Learning Online, who received the 2017 Iowa
Technology and Education Connection (ITEC) State Technology Leadership Award during the ITEC Conference opening ceremonies held on Monday, Oct. 15, 2017. The conference is held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.    

Evan has been the project director for AEA Learning Online since February 2010. His background includes positions as a Professional Learning and Leadership consultant at Heartland AEA; high school principal, Grinnell CSD; director of technology, Howard-Winneshiek CSD; high school language arts teacher, Postville CSD; and ms/hs language arts teacher, North Winneshiek CSD.

AEA Learning Online offers online learning opportunities, which include Professional Learning for educators and K-12 Online Resources for students.

Abbey said, “AEA Learning Online prides itself in its excellent staff who have a reputation for working with districts to creatively meet their needs.”

Congratulations, Evan!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tap into IPTV LearningMedia

IPTV has hundreds of resources that you can use with students. To assist you in tapping into all that IPTV has to offer we have partnered with IPTV to create the PBS LearningMedia Overview. 

IPTV and AEA Learning Online are excited to offer the "PBS LearningMedia Overview" online module. This overview module introduces teachers to the great tools and resources available through the free-online service, PBS LearningMedia. This module is free for all teachers in public and non-public schools and participants are able to earn a certificate upon completion.  To access this module:

1 Go to

2 Log in

3 Select “catalog”

4 Search “IPTV”

5 Select “register”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New Content on Iowa History Added to the Student Personalized Learning System

With the updates to the Iowa Core Social Studies standards to include Iowa History throughout K-12 classes, authors and educators Sandra Kessler Host and Dorothy Kessler Engstrom have graciously offered the content in their books on Iowa History and the Rural School System to be added to the Student Personalized Learning System and AEA Learning Online's OER Commons hub for teachers and students in the State of Iowa.  In addition to their work "Collections of the Iowa Rural Schools Museum of Odebolt 1870-1950" and "Iowa's Unsung Prairie Transformation to Farms and One Room Schools 1870-1900 " previously shared with you as content in the SPLS and OER,  we now have added "Iowa History: A New Look at Iowa's One-Room Schools" and "Iowa History: Iowa Rural Settlement".


In the module "Iowa History: Iowa Rural Settlement" students will learn more about the history of the settlement of Iowa, where immigrants came from and how they moved westward and the futuristic thinking of leaders in the State.  There is no teacher guide for this content like there is for other content developed by Sandra and Dorthy

In the module "Iowa's Unsung Prairie Transformation to Farms and One Room Schools 1870-1900 " students will learn more about Iowa's One Room Schools. This book provides in-depth details and stories of Iowa’s highly successful Iowa (Common) Rural School System (1858-1966) and how it anchored the huge farm settlement (1870-1900) and helped shape the character of Iowa.  A teacher guide for using this content can be found in the Teacher Training System and AEA Learning Online's OER Commons Hub.

You can find any of this content in our Student Personalized Learning Center by logging in, clicking on Social Studies/History, clicking on Statewide and looking for the content.  Click on the icon to the far right of the title to explore the modules.

If you wish to use these with students or have any questions please contact Denise Krefting ( Craig Mohr ( or Melissa Wicklund (

If you have any other suggestions please let us know. Remember you can also create your own modules in our system. If you are interested in this, please contact us: Denise Krefting, Craig Mohr or Melissa Wicklund. If you or others that you are aware of who might be interested in getting this information on the Student Personalized Learning System  please sign up for this newsletter at