Monday, November 28, 2016

Financial Literacy 3-5 Module added to the Student Personalized Learning System

Explore this new module that has been added to the Student Personalized Learning System:

  • Financial Literacy 3-5
In this module students will learn the following information: 
  • Create long and short term goals.
  • Distinguish between wants and needs.
  • Define credit and debt and how you are responsible for debt.
  • Identify ways to save for the future.
  • Recognize the different ways people spend money.

Coming Soon: Digital Health and Wellness 6-8

If you are interested in checking out this or any other modules go to the Student Personalized Learning System and log with the credentials from the Teacher Training System.  Once logged in to find the content enter the title in the search criteria, or click on the catalog of content.

If you wish to have your students work in this content or need additional support please contact Denise Krefting or Melissa Wicklund.  Please share this with anyone you feel would benefit.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Upcoming Courses: Dec. 1-Jan. 15, 2017


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

Using Google Docs to Improve Student Writing
Register at 22032599991703
Course Dates: Dec. 4, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017
Credit(s): 2


ADHD and Learning Disabilities: Classroom Interventions
Register at 22033999991701
Course Dates: Dec.6, 2016-Jan. 21, 2017
Credit(s): 3


Elements: Collaboration
Register at 22016799991701
Course Dates: Dec. 7, 2016-Jan. 11, 2017
Credit(s): 2


Examining: Bullying from Both Sides
Register at 22002099991703
Course Dates: Dec. 14, 2016-Jan. 30, 2017
Credit(s): 3


Examining: How the Brain Learns
Register at 22017399991702
Course Dates: Dec.14, 2016-Jan. 30, 2017
Credit(s): 3


MOLLIE: Blended Learning
Register at 22015099991704
Course Dates: Jan. 4-Feb. 7, 2017
Credit(s): 2


MOLLIE: Designing Online Lessons, Including SoftChalk
Register at 22017999991703
Course Dates: Jan. 4-Feb. 7, 2017
Credit(s): 2


OLLIE: Technology for Online Instruction: MOODLE
Register at 22005399991702
Course Dates: Jan. 4-Feb. 7, 2017
Credit(s): 2


Doing More with Google Drive-Classroom Application
Register at 22029499991703
Course Dates: Jan. 8-Mar. 5, 2017
Credit(s): 2


ELL's Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
Register at 22037599991701
Course Dates: Jan. 9-, 2017
Credit(s): 3


Advancing Minds: Collaborative Teaching-Making it Work
Register at 22031699991702
Course Dates: Jan. 9-Mar. 6, 2017
Credit(s): 3


Advancing Minds: How to Thrive as a Teacher Leader
Register at 22035399991702
Course Dates: Jan. 9-Mar. 6, 2017
Credit(s): 3



Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Register at 22036699991702
Course Dates: Jan. 9-Feb. 12, 2017
Credit(s): 2



How Do You Teach Reading-Speaking the Language of the Book Whisperer 
Register at 22019399991704
Course Dates: Jan. 9-Feb. 42017
Credit(s): 1



iEvaluate 1.2
Register at 22017299991706
Course Dates: Jan. 9-Feb. 6 2017
Credit(s): 2 (renewal only)



Intro to Google Classroom
Register at 22033399991705
Course Dates: Jan. 9-Feb. 4, 2017
Credit(s): 1



Reading in the Content Areas
Register at 22022499991703
Course Dates: Jan. 9-Feb. 10, 2017
Credit(s): 2


Supporting Technology Literacy in Elementary Classrooms with Scratch Programming
Register at 22024299991703
Course Dates: Jan. 9-Feb. 20, 2017
Credit(s): 2


Total Participation Techniques
Register at 22020199991703
Course Dates: Jan. 9-Feb. 11, 2017
Credit(s): 2


What Great Teachers Do Differently
Register at 22020399991704
Course Dates: Jan. 9-Feb. 25, 2017
Credit(s): 3


Online Effective Programming for Integrated Students on the Autism Spectrum
Register at 22031299991701
Course Dates: Jan. 1-May 2, 2017
Credit(s): 1



Pinterest: Using Pins, Boards, and More in Your Classroom
Register at 22022299991709
Course Dates: Jan. 11-Feb.7, 2017
Credit(s): 2


Exploring Iowa's Natural Resources (Online)
Register at 22007499991702
Course Dates: Jan. 15-May 1, 2017
Credit(s): 3 (renewal only)


Monday, November 21, 2016

Professional Development: Blending Flipping Your Classroom Cohort

Two Blending Flipping Your Classroom cohorts are beginning in Heartland AEA and Mississippi Bend AEA.  Course 1 "Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1" the start of the four course series will begin this summer for Mississippi Bend and in Heartland beginning in February, 2017 .

These cohorts consist of 4 courses that teachers and administrators can take through out a 1 1/2 year period.   Credit is available at a significantly reduced rate.
  • The first course (Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1- Introduction is a three day face-to-face training on "Blending/Flipping your classroom 1" for one license renewal credit.  
  • The second course is a fully online course "Blending/Flipping 2- Blended Instruction" as well as an elementary option for two credits (license renewal and graduate) which is available to those who have completed the first course.  
  • The third in the series is "Blending/Flipping Your Classroom 3: Designing Online Lessons" which will take place as a blended model with two days face-to-face and the rest online for those who have completed the first two courses. This course is also two credits (license renewal and graduate).  
  •  Finally the fourth in this series is "Blending/Flipping 4: Activities and Assessment "which will take place as a blended model with two days face-to-face and the rest online and is also 2 credits (license renewal and graduate) for those who have taken the three other courses.  

The last three courses in the series (six credits) can also be applied to the Drake Online Teacher certification for those that are interested. 

If you are interested in signing up or finding out more about the first course in the series offered at
Heartland AEA Feb 2017 click here.
Mississippi Bend AEA for June click here.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Online Resources to ‘Grow’ Educators’ Ability to Integrate Agriculture Literacy into the Content Areas


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In a data reported by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (2013), 211,373 people in Iowa were classified as farm operators or paid farm workers.* This number does not reflect individuals working in agriculture related industries, such as seed and fertilizer sales, and implement production/sales. To support Iowa’s need for a strong workforce in the area of agriculture, IALF and AEA PD Online have partnered to bring online courses and digital content around agriculture to teachers across the state of Iowa. 

AEA PD Online and IALF have created fully online and blended courses that focus on how to integrate agricultural literacy into the content areas of literacy, math science, and social studies. Both fully online and blended course participants will have the opportunity to learn about online student modules focused on the role of agriculture in the creation of alternative energy. Individuals who choose the blended courses during the summer will also have the opportunity to do hands-on, site based learning. To find upcoming course offerings check the AEA PD Online Course Catalog.

One of the biggest benefits that online or blended course participants will experiences is the opportunity to learn about the Student Personalized Learning System and the agriculture and energy content found in the system (Student modules were built with financial support from the Iowa Energy Center and IALF). Content module topics include:
  • Energy Conservation Practices
  • Agriculture and Biofuels Industry
  • Chemical Reactions in Ethanol Production
  • Biomass Technology and Energy Production
  • Agriculture and Solar Energy
  • Ethanol and the Environment
  • Impact on the Corn Supply
  • And much more
Teachers, administrators and counselors at school districts can assign any or all of the modules to their students and track student progress as they work through the modules.

If interested in viewing the content on the Student Personalized Learning System (SPLS) educators can log into it using the username and password that they use for the statewide teacher training system where they have taken mandatory trainings. Once logged into the Student Learning System, click on Modules, and select Agriculture (or Science). Content for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 will appear.

Agriculture plays an important role in the live of many Iowans. To support ongoing success and economic growth in this industry AEA PD Online and IALF are proud to have partnered to support teachers learning how to integrate Ag literacy into their curriculum and provide students with access to high quality content focused on agriculture.

In addition to the Ag energy content, the SPLS offers teachers the ability to supplement classes or provide remediation to struggling students in the areas of:

  • Counseling
  • English/Language Arts
  • Employability
  • Financial Literacy
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology Literacy
  • And more

It also allows teachers to take their own content and create online learning modules.

Click here to watch an overview of the Student Personalized Learning System or for more information contact instructional designers DeniseKrefting (dkrefting@aeapdonline.org) or Melissa Wicklund (mwicklund@aeapdonline.org) at AEA PD Online.

Online Resources to ‘Grow’ Educators’ Ability to Integrate Agriculture Literacy into the Content Areas


--> -->

In a data reported by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (2013), 211,373 people in Iowa were classified as farm operators or paid farm workers.* This number does not reflect individuals working in agriculture related industries, such as seed and fertilizer sales, and implement production/sales. To support Iowa’s need for a strong workforce in the area of agriculture, IALF and AEA PD Online have partnered to bring online courses and digital content around agriculture to teachers across the state of Iowa. 

AEA PD Online and IALF have created fully online and blended courses that focus on how to integrate agricultural literacy into the content areas of literacy, math science, and social studies. Both fully online and blended course participants will have the opportunity to learn about online student modules focused on the role of agriculture in the creation of alternative energy. Individuals who choose the blended courses during the summer will also have the opportunity to do hands-on, site based learning. To find upcoming course offerings check the AEA PD Online Course Catalog.

One of the biggest benefits that online or blended course participants will experiences is the opportunity to learn about the Student Personalized Learning System and the agriculture and energy content found in the system (Student modules were built with financial support from the Iowa Energy Center and IALF). Content module topics include:
  • Energy Conservation Practices
  • Agriculture and Biofuels Industry
  • Chemical Reactions in Ethanol Production
  • Biomass Technology and Energy Production
  • Agriculture and Solar Energy
  • Ethanol and the Environment
  • Impact on the Corn Supply
  • And much more
Teachers, administrators and counselors at school districts can assign any or all of the modules to their students and track student progress as they work through the modules.

If interested in viewing the content on the Student Personalized Learning System (SPLS) educators can log into it using the username and password that they use for the statewide teacher training system where they have taken mandatory trainings. Once logged into the Student Learning System, click on Modules, and select Agriculture (or Science). Content for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 will appear.

Agriculture plays an important role in the live of many Iowans. To support ongoing success and economic growth in this industry AEA PD Online and IALF are proud to have partnered to support teachers learning how to integrate Ag literacy into their curriculum and provide students with access to high quality content focused on agriculture.

In addition to the Ag energy content, the SPLS offers teachers the ability to supplement classes or provide remediation to struggling students in the areas of:

  • Counseling
  • English/Language Arts
  • Employability
  • Financial Literacy
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology Literacy
  • And more

It also allows teachers to take their own content and create online learning modules.

Click here to watch an overview of the Student Personalized Learning System or for more information contact instructional designers DeniseKrefting (dkrefting@aeapdonline.org) or Melissa Wicklund (mwicklund@aeapdonline.org) at AEA PD Online.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Upcoming Courses: Nov. 1-Dec. 15, 2016

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

Increasing Student Collaboration by Going Paperless
Register at 22033799991702
Course Dates: Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2016
Credit(s): 3

Technology in the Common Core Mathematics Classroom
Register at 22037399991701 
Course Dates: Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2016
Credit(s): 3

MOLLIE: Blended Learning
Register at 22015099991703
Course Dates: Nov. 2-Dec. 6, 2016
Credit(s):2

Effective Formative Assessment Using Tech Tools
Register at 22030699991704
Course Dates: Nov 6-Dec. 4, 2016
Credit(s): 2

Google Classroom: Beyond the Basics
Register at 22034699991703
Course Dates: Nov. 6-Dec. 4, 2016
Credit(s): 2 (renewal only)

Integrate Technology with 8 Simple Tools
Register at 22021899991705
Course Dates: Nov. 6-Dec. 4, 2016
Credit(s): 2

Using Google Docs to Improve Student Writing
Register at 22032599991703
Course Dates: Nov. 6-Dec. 4, 2016
Credit(s): 2

Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Register at 22036699991701
Course Dates: Nov. 7-Dec. 16, 2016
Credit(s): 2

How do You Teach Reading-Speaking the Language of the Book Whisperer
Register at 22019399991703
Course Dates: Nov. 7-Dec. 2, 2016
Credit(s): 1

iPods and iPads for the Classroom
Register at 22004199991702
Course Dates: Nov. 7-Dec. 7 2016
Credit(s): 2

Effective Formative Assessment Using Tech Tools
Register at 22030699991705
Course Dates: Nov. 13-Dec. 11, 2016
Credit(s): 2

ADHD and Learning Disabilities: Classroom Interventions
Register at 22033999991701
Course Dates: Nov. 15-Dec. 31, 2016
Credit(s): 3

ELL's: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
Register at 22037599991701
Course Dates: Nov. 15-Dec. 31, 2016
Credit(s):3

MOLLIE: Online Teaching Best Practices
Register at 22019699991702
Course Dates: Nov. 16-Dec. 20, 2016
Credit(s): 2

OLLIE: Online Facilitation
Register at 22009699991702
Course Dates: Nov. 16-Dec. 20, 2016
Credit(s): 2

Google Classroom: Beyond the Basics
Register at 22034699991702
Course Dates: Nov. 20-Dec. 18, 2016
Credit(s): 2 (renewal only)

Google Sites
Register at 22012899991703
Course Dates: Nov. 20, 2016-Jan. 15, 2017
Credit(s): 2

Intro to Google Apps: Tools to Integrate
Register at 22014599991703
Course Dates: Nov. 20, 2016-Jan. 15, 2017
Credit(s): 2

Pinterest in the Classroom
Register at 22019999991707
Course Dates: Nov. 21-Dec. 21, 2016
Credit(s): 2

Building a College-Going Culture for All Students
Register at 22036299991703
Course Dates: Nov. 28, 2016-Jan. 30, 2017
Credit(s): 3

Pinterest: Using Pins, Boards, and More in Your Classroom
Register at 22022299991708
Course Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 27, 2016
Credit(s): 2