Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Energy Modules Added to the Student Personalized Learning System

Today we have student guest bloggers.  Alex Zarkowski, Jack Sieleman and Dakotah Herr represent their teams from Waukee High School’s Aspiring Professional Experiences Program (APEX) who have been working on creating energy content  for teachers and students in AEA Learning Online's Student Personalized Learning System. AEA Learning Online thanks leads Alex Zarkowski, Jack Sieleman and Dakotah Herr,  their teams and their teacher Tyler Wright for their hard work on these modules.

Top row, left to right: Esmer Sefic, Alex Zarkowski, Jack Sieleman, Nick Murphy
Middle row, left to right: Tanner Stumpf, Dakotah Herr, Jared Johnson, Tyler Wright
Bottom Row, left to right: Chris Dudley, Rileigh Dodd, Josh Eubanks, Matt Huck


The Next Generation Energy class of Waukee APEX (Aspiring Professional Experience) is proud to share with you the work we have done on energy placed in the Student Personalized Learning System.  Our group has created content that educates students about the following types of energy.
Students can now check out modules
  • Nuclear Fusion: The sun is the ultimate producer of energy, creating so much that it makes Earth’s production of energy look miniscule. How does it do this? But more importantly, can we somehow replicate it on Earth to help our energy crisis? In this module, you will learn about the Process of Fusion, the development of machines such as a Tokamak and the Large Hadron Collider, and of a project called ITER that will be the bases for understanding the power of Nuclear Fusion along with harnessing it on Earth.
  • Energy Storage: As our society continues to progress into the silicon age, the demand for energy is increasing exponentially. As engineers worldwide develop and improve renewable and alternative energy production methods, dependence on a constant source of energy is becoming evermore crucial to avoiding chaos. In this module, you will learn about the technology of how energy is stored, as well as discuss a variety of different applications and options for energy storage.
  • Consumer Level Alternative Energy: Have you ever considered how much it costs for your everyday appliances to run? What about the fossil fuels that are emitted? In this module you will learn about about two of the main consumer level alternative energies, wind and solar. You will also gain an understanding of tax incentives and return on investment through web based learning and different interactives within this module. Consumers are an essential part of the ever changing alternative energy movement. 
To learn more about these modules, you can visit click on catalog then Science and the tab Statewide.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Teachers at Mississippi Bend AEA Complete Blending Flipping Cohort

Congratulations to these teachers from Davenport and North Scott who have completed the 4 courses in the Blending Flipping in your Classroom Cohort.   Left to Right are Robert Reppert (MBAEA Instructional Technologist), Kristi Schreffler, Bryan Braack, Tifini Foglesong, Joan Walton, Emily Meyer, Heather Whitman, Mike Radue, Noel Hansen, Shawn Dykstra, Lori Blocker, Jennifer Van Fleet, Marguerite Dasso, Kimberly Foley-Sharp and Denise Krefting( AEA Learning Online Blend Flip Instructor).  Not pictured Kathrine Rogers and Melissa Wicklund ( AEA Learning Online Blend Flip Instructor- although she is on the monitor in the background.) .

These classes which are offered at several AEAs and even as PD for school districts (such as Davenport) 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, December 1, 2017

Professional Learning Course Boosts Technology Integration at AdairCasey/GuthrieCenter

In the 2015-16 school year, the Guthrie Center Community School District piloted personalized professional learning, allowing teachers to give input on how they spent their inservice time. Last year, in their first year of whole-grade sharing junior high and high school with Adair-Casey, all PK-12 teachers in both districts had the opportunity to choose the focus of their professional learning.

Their personalized learning plan had to be tied into a district or building goal, be collaborative and be approved by the curriculum director. The professional learning menu included an AEA Learning Online course, book study, site-based technology integration course and standards alignment. Because both districts have actively supported the infusion of technology in the classroom and have looked for ways to support teachers in these endeavors, approximately 2/3 of teachers in both districts enrolled in the tech integration course.

Your district can also support personalized professional learning with your staff using AEA Learning Online's teacher training system (as Adair Casey/Guthrie Center is doing). Contact Deborah Cleveland for assistance.